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Gerri Monside

I knew it would happen

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It's been a dream. A long, deep, pleasant, wonderful dream. It started weeks ago - or to be fair it started on Christmas Day 2012. Santa dropped a gift to me. Two tickets to the World Cup opening ceremony in Cardiff. With accommodation thrown in. And in this dream I thought - "it wont work", "it'll be rubbish"", "the media will laugh at us", "the fans wont show", "Bristol? Bristol? Seriously?". And then I returned to my dream. And then it was October and we were on the train to Cardiff. And we bumped into Stevo & Nobby. And we had a laugh. And the opening ceremony wasn't rubbish. People came. The dancing was great. And we met some great people. And for 20 minutes we had Australia on the rack. But it wasn't to be. So we stayed back and did a Mexican wave. And watched Italy beat Wales. Then it was the long journey home. And we rushed to watch New Zealand v Samoa as Warrington rocked. And then we discovered the delights of Premier Sports and Andrew Voss. Then it was Monday and for a brief moment the dream relented as work took over. Then it was 8pm and Ireland faced Fiji in Rochdale. And the ground was full. And the people were happy. And we thought, "It might be good". Then Scotland went toe to toe. Then USA took out the Cooks. In Bristol. In front of a packed crowd. And we all thought that we were dreaming. And it got better. Huddersfield sold out. Workington sold out again. Leigh sold out. Matches were full of drama. People who had never been to a game wanted to go. And we thought "this is good". And then we had some bell-ringers of matches. And grounds packed out. And we came together. And we went to Wembley. And they needed more tickets. And for 79:38 we thought it was ours for the taking. But it wasn't. We came up so tantalisingly close it hurt. It hurt down to the core of our soul. And we cried. We cried "why. why isn't it us". But we went back into ourselves. We regrouped. And we went to the Theatre of Dreams. And we were treated to a masterclass in how to play a final. And we experienced a record crowd - at the end of a record tournament. And we look back on it all and celebrate the fact that we were there. And four five brief, magical weeks we all agreed on what we all knew already.  This is the greatest game. We are the greatest fans. 

 

And tomorrow, I'm going to wake from this dream.

And I don't want to.

It's been too good. 

 

I don't want this to end. 

 

 

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Quick RLIF - pull together a RLWC 2013 DVD and send it to Gerri Monside - emergency shipment ...

 

... oh and can you order 74,467 others for the rest of us ... and then some!

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Quick RLIF - pull together a RLWC 2013 DVD and send it to Gerri Monside - emergency shipment ...

 

... oh and can you order 74,467 others for the rest of us ... and then some!

Good call

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It was a dream, the ground was empty at Munster,the final was a blow out and was only enjoyed by the new fans who had never been to a rugby league game before, and didn't realise that all they were seeing was poor defence, and a kiwi team that didn't turn up.

Only a comparatively few thousand turned up at the matches you dreamt about, and they were all not real rugby league fans.

Oh and the tournament was so uncompetitive that the Aussies didn't concede a try after the first match.

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The last few weeks have been rugby league as I want it to be. The way the whole event was organised, carried out, and presented was a sheer joy. The players did their bit, so did the fans. Turned up in good numbers, and enjoyed the rugby on offer.

I've always wanted league to be bigger in this country, we need to grow. But not too big that it loses all it stands for. The World Cup fulfilled my vision. It wasn't a sport played out in front of me and a few of my mates, it got exposure, but not the blanket coverage of other sports, where pursuit of the £ becomes the end goal.

Thoroughly enjoyed it, and there are so many memories that will live with me for a long, long time.

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I've always wanted league to be bigger in this country, we need to grow. But not too big that it loses all it stands for. The World Cup fulfilled my vision. It wasn't a sport played out in front of me and a few of my mates, it got exposure, but not the blanket coverage of other sports, where pursuit of the £ becomes the end goal.

Couldn't agree more. Wouldn't it be great if we could all share a "water cooler" moment with work colleagues each week in the knowledge that they'd probably watched the game as well.  Like you, I don't want saturation. Just a consistent lift in profile would do me. 

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The last few weeks have been rugby league as I want it to be. The way the whole event was organised, carried out, and presented was a sheer joy. The players did their bit, so did the fans. Turned up in good numbers, and enjoyed the rugby on offer.

I've always wanted league to be bigger in this country, we need to grow. But not too big that it loses all it stands for. The World Cup fulfilled my vision. It wasn't a sport played out in front of me and a few of my mates, it got exposure, but not the blanket coverage of other sports, where pursuit of the £ becomes the end goal.

Thoroughly enjoyed it, and there are so many memories that will live with me for a long, long time.

My sentiments exactly - albeit as a fan watching on TV (either very late at night, or very early in the morning) in Oz!

 

Roll on 2017 ! It's gonna be huuuuuuuge !

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The organisers of 2017 had better start now, they have got a lot to live up to, they need to start talking to Sally Bolton and her team now and start planning now. They are going to have to work hard if they want to top this one.

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The organisers of 2017 had better start now, they have got a lot to live up to, they need to start talking to Sally Bolton and her team now and start planning now. They are going to have to work hard if they want to top this one.

Nigel Wood is talking to Jason Harrborrow as we speak

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Nigel Wood is talking to Jason Harrborrow as we speak

Interesting how Nigel was roundly booed by many in the crowd yesterday, and how people seem to conveniently ignore the fact that the guy at the top of the tree for this World Cup was the same Nigel.

I know many like to pretend that if it goes well, then it is despite the guy at the top, and if it goes wrong, then it's all the fault of the guy at the top, but that's never made much sense to me.

To my mind, the whole of the World Cup team deserve huge credit , and whether people like it or not, that includes Big Nige, as well as Saint Sally.

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Great OP.  Well said Gerri... and then there's Bostick.. couldn't you find anything positive to say? About the whole competition?

 

Such a shame that a fantastically positive thread attracts such a negative comment.  Each to his own I suppose.

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I'd like to say a big well done to the marketing team as well this year, from the intelligent eye catching design and the use of colourways throughout to the opening ceremony and to the street posters in "strange" places like Bristol

Great stuff.

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Great OP. Well said Gerri... and then there's Bostick.. couldn't you find anything positive to say? About the whole competition?

Such a shame that a fantastically positive thread attracts such a negative comment. Each to his own I suppose.

Oh so everything has to be deadly serious does it, life gets very sad when you can't joke about trivial things

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Oh so everything has to be deadly serious does it, life gets very sad when you can't joke about trivial things

You need help Bostik & you need to get out more.

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Good grief,

Ok here are the positives about the comp. Of the Twelve people I know who went to the final ten we're seeing their first game of rugby live, the other two saw the England Aussie game on tele and booked tickets for Wigan. All twelve will be going to saints next year. All twelve are hooked on the game. I'm sure this is not an isolated example.

I actually didn't say anything negative about this World Cup(the first post wasn't serious) but I was accused of posting a negative comment,

if you think my first post was in any way serious, then please wake up, if you are so sensitive that you couldn't see through the overtly negative comments the perhaps you need to get out more.

Edit: although having seen some post on other threads I can understand that trying to be overtly negative could be taken seriously, so in a way sorry

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I'm using my relatively new other half as a barometer here.

 

She's been to a few Eagles games with me, watched us throw away the  Northern Rail and then come back from the dead to win the GF, but all played out in front of fairly meagre crowds, with a small if knowledgeable audience.

 

Fast forward a few weeks...she's sat with me at Old Trafford on Saturday, bemoaning how good the Aussies are and how "boring the final is compared to last week at Wembley". We've sat in Capacity crowds at several games and watched loads more on telly. She's as low expressed as they come, but was doing her nut last week when Sam Burgess went over for his try. She marvelled at SBW and even recognised that the Kiwis had to close Thurston down before he started to wreak havoc. For someone who hadn't watched the game before 2013, she's now well versed in things I've enthused about for years.

 

We've mixed with people from all over the country watching the games we've been to, and it's been nothing less than brilliant.

 

Get the DVD out NOW!

 

PS, Are NZ putting a hosting bid in for 2017?

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Good grief,

Ok here are the positives about the comp. Of the Twelve people I know who went to the final ten we're seeing their first game of rugby live, the other two saw the England Aussie game on tele and booked tickets for Wigan. All twelve will be going to saints next year. All twelve are hooked on the game. I'm sure this is not an isolated example.

I actually didn't say anything negative about this World Cup(the first post wasn't serious) but I was accused of posting a negative comment,

if you think my first post was in any way serious, then please wake up, if you are so sensitive that you couldn't see through the overtly negative comments the perhaps you need to get out more.

Edit: although having seen some post on other threads I can understand that trying to be overtly negative could be taken seriously, so in a way sorry

i think your edit sums it up mate! Posts like yours are not uncommon and are usually serious - its why people didnt suspect humour!

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