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The Alchemist

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  1. Didn't sleep a wink on any of the flights, supped plenty though, coming back second time was 27 hours! Adrenaline gets you through, slept for 2 days when I got home
  2. Yes I would say so. it really turned my life perspective around, just going and doing it, never having been further than Spain before and Sydney is a wonderful city
  3. I did the Wigan Roosters World Club Challenge in 2014 on a 6 day turnaround, best trip of my life, so good that I did Wigan vs Hull in Wollongong and then Souths in Sydney on a 10 day turnaround in 2018, both amazing trips and next time planning on doing similar to yourself, NRL trip over two weekends would be great, go for it! Costs wise was probably 2k for costs then budgeted £100 per day, saw me right from what I can remember, stayed in Darling Harbour Ibis both times, great place to stay.
  4. I think it's more the difference between Thursday night and weekend (including Friday) match days, since sky started Thursday night games, attendances are probably 25% down on the comparable attendance for a weekend game, people have other things to do during the week. The bigger concern is the knock on effect to season ticket sales, and even people losing the habit of attending games regularly. No surprise crowds have dropped really. Agree that there is less 'off the cuff' play and as a result some games can be a bit staid but no more so than other sports.
  5. Well worth a watch, Mark Addy is decent in it and an interesting storyline
  6. The game turned on the Sin Bin, but more importantly the introduction of Harry Smith for Leuluai due to the same incident, the ball movement was so much quicker and his kicking game is outstanding.
  7. Market it properly and this is the result: 22/2/14 Sydney Roosters 36 Wigan 14 (Allianz Stadium, Sydney) Attendance: 31,515 I was there, it was a great occasion, other than Wigan didn't really turn up, and to be fair it wasn't marketed particularly well from what I saw in Sydney, but seeing as the Rooster average home crowds are about 10k, it shows the interest is there in Australia
  8. Been to Aus twice and Barcelona with Wigan in the last 4 years, go to Toronto, it will make you realise what is so good about our game!
  9. Popped into Wigan Central after Friday's game, Weird Beard takeover on for Beer Week, sampled a few different styles, all bang on!
  10. Some great pubs in Wigan now for real ale, Wigan Central is superb, watched challenge cup final in the Anvil, great beer, Sheringtons and Docs Symposium at the top of town are great, John Bull is totally unique.........
  11. I'm going for the same reason I went to Sydney last year and three years ago with Wigan, big events...............you can remember these occasions for the rest of your life............
  12. Wealthy owner, not really Good coach - Outstanding Good juniors - Aiways been there, just not been given the opportunity..............back to good coach then........
  13. Best Wigan performance I have seen for a long time, total control for me, Saiints were never in the game. May have been different with Price and Eastmong at half back but that's the way it goes...................we will enjoy the moment.
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