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The Alchemist

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  1. you can jump from the field of play and bring the ball back into play as long as your feet don't touch the grund
  2. Great crowd in the circumstances, really good atmosphere and a good game to watch, sometimes you people amaze me, crowd is what I expected given that catalans were in the final, the empty spaces would have been filled with most english team to the usual level, but Catalans bought a lot more to the final if not in seat numbers. Expansion is needed, and tonight did the game no harm whatsoever
  3. The Socially Distanced Podcast https://www.distantpod.com/ Sports podcast but very humerous and not always about sport...welsh focus but treat all sports equally
  4. But is the Southern Hemisphere any better? I just see parochialism and self gratification, you are a big fish in a very little pond globally but you don't seem to recognise that? The plan from here should be a Covid secure World Cup, to start the ball rolling on a new inclusive world wide promotion of Rugby League, not to satisfy the worries of the NRL, which are not Covid related, but more a worry about not being the main instigator of the a very well organised World Cup which will strengthen the international game but not the NRL. Likewise in Super League, the people at the top of the sport who think that the sport does not need to grow further than the M62, it really does need to expand, to the southern parts of the UK, to Scotland , Wales and Ireland and beyond with support for France and a fledgling North America, there is room to expand alongside these nation's established sports. I see lots of little acorns, but not many big trees! Also to the NRL, invest more in Tonga,Samoa, Fiji, believe me, the nations are the ones that people remember in a World Cup, not always the winners or the big nations. People need to be their heads banged together to act for the good of the game, not for their own little empires, which, believe it or not, are just very minor against the other sporting organisations on the planet........understand your place in the sporing cosmos and act accordingly..........I almost feel embarrassed to say this because it is pretty obvious and has been for a long time.
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  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. Wealthy owner, not really Good coach - Outstanding Good juniors - Aiways been there, just not been given the opportunity..............back to good coach then........
  12. 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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