After watching one of my rugby league teams lose by just the 82 points I was very much looking forward to seeing London Broncos get a win.  Well, I was hoping that would be the case anyway!
 

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Having had a taste of Spring on the Saturday, Sunday morning was glorious in Chelmsford!  I dressed accordingly and took Shirley (yes that’s a dog) for a walk before I left.

 

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And this is where a schoolgirl error came in – it is generally a good idea to check the weather forecast when going to sport – well outdoor sport anyway!

 

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I had a pretty decent drive to The Hive – still moaning to myself about all the 3rd land drivers!  Why???  There is no glass honestly  you are allowed in the 2 inside lanes!  When I arrived – the sun had departed!  I was in for a chilly afternoon!

 

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I met my Broncos friend Shaun, having been able to get him a ‘bring-a-friend’ ticket and we headed for the bar.  One thing that is refreshing at The Hive is the food offering – I can’t give prices the time – but I can recommend lunch before the game.  I had a cheese and ham baguette and very nice it was too!
 

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The bar area is, let’s think of a word, convivial I’d say.  Decent, comfy leather sofas, decent food, big screens and for those that want it, beer etc on tap.

 

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One nice thing about a small crowd is that you get to know people, and often to a degree through Twitter meeting fans of the opposition team.  We all have one thing in common, a passion for our team and also for the game of rugby league as a whole!

 

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London Broncos had faced some trauma with the delightful Joey Grima leaving the club during the week before the game.  I don’t think I’ve met such a sunny character before – I wish him so much luck in whatever he does next!

 

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Andrew Henderson had taken over, a man with a huge depth of experience when it comes to playing the game playing in both the Superleague and the Australian Premier League.

 

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It was going to be interesting to see how Broncos fared with 2 losses and a win behind them.   Workington Town with a fixture less had a win and a loss to their name.

 

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I am going to write a full match report so I’m not going to write too much here.  The game was very enjoyable, both teams played some good rugby.

 

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One thing I’ve noticed about myself at the league is that I behave totally differently, wow I had a bit of a sore throat before the end of the match.  It’s not that I don’t shout at union – but boy I yell at league!  Maybe because in general it’s a much quicker game?

 

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I’m already noticing that some big names are turning up in Championship teams, but I was pretty surprised to see Logan Tomkins playing in a Workington shirt.  Several players shone during the day – he was most certainly one of them!

 

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More detail to come on the game – but, one controversial comment that may upset my fellow Broncos fans – in my opinion the final try of the game scored by Iliess Macani was held up, not a try at all.  I can fully understand why the Workington players were perturbed!

 

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The game finished with a good victory for the home team – London Broncos 34 Workington Town 16.  A reasonable gap that was possibly unfair on the visitors, they had many positives to take from the game.

 

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As a Broncos fan I am going to confess I was delighted by the win – we had just the one last season, beating Leeds – you would have thought we’d won the league!

 

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I left the ground hopeful that the 2015 season will see more than a few wins!  A quick getaway to get back to see my son on his birthday, with fixture clashes it’ll be a while until I see Broncos again.

 

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The journey home was a smooth one – yes, still with the middle lane huggers!  Favourite music on the journey was:  Beyonce – Love on Top – I sang every word at the top of my voice! Naturally!

A few facts – more to come next time

  • Cost of Ticket       Season Ticket £174.00
  • Cost of Parking                 £    5.00
  • Estrella (what is it?)          £    4.00
  • Becks Vier                          £     3.80
  • Strongbow                        £      3.90
  • Soft Drinks                       £      2.00
  • Ladies toilets – plenty of them, soap, but only one drier – a snag with 5 people to dry their hands!
  • Safety – no problem at all, a safe environment

It was much more entertaining to watch a competitive game of rugby league, it’s going to be a tough year in the Championship for every team, it’s a much grittier league if that makes sense?  Looking forward to it!

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