First Post (deep breath) after several months lurking on the forum.
After 20+ years in the midlands and a further 20+ in the south west, I discovered Rugby League.
Actually, I knew it existed, but it never got my attention - football came first, followed by a bit of motor sport, tennis and even cricket.
However, my work mate kept going on and on about how great it was. He is Somerset born and bred, but had northern relations so attended gamed from a young age. He has avidly followed the game since then, taking in a few games a season.
His persistence resulted in me agreeing to go to the 2009 Challenge Cup Final – but I thought I was safe - surely he will never get tickets ? But he did – and what a bargain price they were.
So I resigned myself to watching a sport I knew nothing about; but at least it’s a day out in London, and a trip to Wembley.
So to the game itself - and I was pleasantly surprised. This is quite good, I thought. Can we come back next year ? Well we did, and each year since. And now I push him to get the tickets nice and early to make sure we get them. And we’ve introduced a third person – turns out he has relatives in some place called Cas.
Now I’ve got to be honest – Football remains my number one sport (that’s lost a few readers, no doubt), but RL has leapt over my other sporting interests and I’ve gradually extended my viewing experience beyond that one game a season. Now call me a glory hunter or RL tourist, but I do enjoy ‘an event’. We went to some RLWC games in 2013, while in 2014 took in the CCF, GF and Magic. In addition we do go to Broncos on a semi regular basis. (London is easier for us than the north).
Last weekend I watched local side Somerset Vikings play Cheltenham in the West of England league. Thoroughly enjoyed it – what was lacking in quality was more than made up for in effort and enthusiasm. And It’s good to have something to watch in sleep Somerset.
So that’s it. I apologise for not being a die hard, go every week, live in the heartlands supporter.
But I’m delighted to have eventually discovered the game, even in my casual mode.