Indeed, we went to the pub for a few hours after the game and 9-10 players joined us, despite the heartbreaking result it was still worth cheering a strong season with a club that's become a much more solid organization during this year in the Championship.
To recap, Wolfpack ran away with the Championship, went 5-2 in the qualifiers, beat two Super League teams, and was definitely the most qualified for SL among the Championship clubs - until yesterday. We lost it on the field on the day that mattered. That's sport. And I'd bet that every Wolfpack fan or club member will congratulate London Broncos and wish them success in Super League. They've been great to host, three times this season, and won on the day.
As a season ticket holder, this year has been a terrific experience. We've had great fun, enjoyed the game, drunk the beer, brought our friends, made new ones, got to know the players, welcomed many teams, had growing pains, loved the awareness that the club are getting across the city, heard the whinging, and dealt with more hostility than was ever warranted. Of course, we'd have loved the win yesterday and the promotion for 2019, who wouldn't, but I haven't heard any fan complain about another year in the Championship.
So without a hint of sarcasm, we will indeed welcome back Batley (bring Danny Maun!), and York, and Dewsbury, and all the rest of the clubs.
We'd hoped a silver lining from the defeat and the three disallowed tries (FYI, no one is disputing them) would give us a respite from the brown envelope/they'll bend the rules to rush Wolfpack into SL/they exceed the salary cap/the refs turn a blind eye/conspiracy theories but today I see a brand new one poking its ugly head out of the cesspit- that Wolfpack players threw the game to protect their jobs. Isn't that what Widnes also supposedly did when they played Wolfpack two weeks ago? Gah, it's getting so difficult these days to keep the conspiracy theories straight. Time to take off the tinfoil, fellers.