Having watched London Broncos live for 20 years I can honestly say that 2016 has been one of the best seasons to be a fan. And I say that as someone who hasn’t bought a season ticket for the first time in years. The ground move, taking the team much further away from my home in Chelmsford and the 8’s format deterred me. I did however buy a membership by way of support and have managed to get along to a fair few games.
I’m not a lover of all this 8’s malarkey, as I watch cricket too I didn’t manage to get to any of the matches last year and the Featherstone game was only my second of 2016. I’d seen the lads beaten by Hull KR leaving them little hope of making the Million Pounds game. It’s politically incorrect as a Broncos fan to say this, but I feel it would have been too early for the club to be back in Superleague. I’d rather watch them continuing to grow, improve an win in the Championship than lose week after week in the top flight. Andrew Henderson has transformed this team and is in the process of building something special.
That something special was certainly on show against Featherstone, the Broncos scored 9 tries, with Fans Man of The Season and Man of Steel Rhys Williams bagging himself a hat trick. It was shout out loud exciting rugby league and the defensive effort was just as good as the attacking flair. It took Featherstone 74 minutes to breach that defence ad they finished the match with just the 6 points to Broncos 46. This was an emphatic win and although a number of players are heading to pastures new the future looks bright for Broncos.
A brand and style of play is being built in West London that is really worth engaging with, if you haven’t watched rugby league live why not give it a go in 2017?