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30/10/13: World Cup Match 7 - USA v Cook Islands

Who will win?   35 members have voted

  1. 1. Who will win?

    • USA by 13 points or more
      1
    • USA by 7 to 12 points
      7
    • USA by 1 to 6 points
      5
    • Draw
      0
    • Cook Islands by 1 to 6 points
      8
    • Cook Islands by 7 to 12 points
      9
    • Cook Islands by 13 points or more
      5

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I thought that the game didn't lack any zip at all. It was a cracker. 

We attended the game & the whole experience of the trip was brilliant.

- We had a pre-match pint in the Wellington near the ground half expecting it to be reasonably quiet with just a few rugby fans in. It was buzzing & absolutely packed with rugby fans - the vast majority which were locals.

- We got chatting to two Bristol lads in there whose fav sport was RL.

- The crowd was awesome.

- We were stood close to where Craig Preistly scored to make it 28 -20. What a try! 

 

Only got back at 2.30am so was cream crackered this morning - but it was worth every penny & every second.

Cannot wait for the next game.

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I thought that the game didn't lack any zip at all. It was a cracker. 

We attended the game & the whole experience of the trip was brilliant.

- We had a pre-match pint in the Wellington near the ground half expecting it to be reasonably quiet with just a few rugby fans in. It was buzzing & absolutely packed with rugby fans - the vast majority which were locals.

- We got chatting to two Bristol lads in there whose fav sport was RL.

- The crowd was awesome.

- We were stood close to where Craig Preistly scored to make it 28 -20. What a try! 

 

Only got back at 2.30am so was cream crackered this morning - but it was worth every penny & every second.

Cannot wait for the next game.

I ended up in the Wellington for a celebratory pint about 90 minutes after the game finished. Cracking boozer, and after the success of the evening the pint of Gem I had tasted particularly sweet.

Like yourself, I didn't get to bed until nearly 3am. I was absolutely buzzing and couldn't sleep, so fired up the Tivo box and watched the recording of Premier Sports coverage. I got a bit of a shock when I heard Dave Woods and Nobby discussing the finer points of the Sonics' formation in the George in Filton back in 2002!

I've spent most of today in a bit of a daze. The fact that so many people enjoyed it, and it was such a great occasion, makes it even more special. Being an RL enthusiast outside the heartlands can be a demoralising experience at times, especially when you're running an amateur club, but last night totally vindicated all of the difficult times we've been through to get here.

Phil C went on BBC Radio Bristol earlier to talk about the game (bizarrely, he was on straight after Ed Milliband!). He did a great job in encouraging people excited by last night to get involved with Rugby League in Bristol, and also promoting the World Cup tournament. It was also heartening to see a really positive piece by George Riley on the BBC Sport website.

Whatever happens in the rest of the World Cup, we can be proud that Bristol played its part. That's something I never thought I'd say, certainly a few years ago.

I chatted to someone high up in Bristol City Council earlier today. They're chuffed at how the game went and what great promotion it was for the city. They've not ruled out bidding for more international RL matches in future should the opportunity arise. That in itself is great news, I think. Their financial investment in hosting the game was relatively small (I'm not sure of the exact figures, but I'd guess less than 25,000 from the moment of bidding moment to last night) and they've more than made that back in the econimic impact on the city of last night.

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It was also heartening to see a really positive piece by George Riley on the BBC Sport website.

 

I have just read that; excellent piece! The final two sentences are extremely powerful in my opinion and some up everything good about this competition:

 

"To see Bristol take to rugby league was inspiring. To see full-time professionals competing for nothing other than a love of and debt to rugby league, proves romance is alive and well in sport too."

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I keep saying this but we have a lot to be proud of in RL and Bristol showed what can be achieved off the back of imaginative planning and a small budget

 

People want ownership of something that can show a bit of spirit and include them in a way that most other sports can't anymore because they have gone so corporate and money orientated

 

RL really needs to keep this common touch as part of its appeal because people really do respond to it, even if money comes back into the sport off the back of RLWC

 

The Cooks and USA have spent time talking to anyone that would listen I understand, they have been approachable and cooperative and everyone has enjoyed the experience

 

Imagine a competitive local team with that sort of attitude rooted in its own community - in this case a huge city where sport has never realised its potential over the last decade or so - with a link to a couple of RLWC stars and a SL team

 

Media media media - JJB is going to be presenting at the Gloucester sports awards, local press all over it, as an example, local media cry out for stories linked to anything vaguely national in profile and its relatively cheap to do

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