Saturday 16 September 2017

Toronto Wolfpack 26, Doncaster 14, Lamport Stadium, Toronto, ON

The Toronto Wolfpack is a Canadian professional rugby league club, based in here in Toronto, which began play in the 2017 League 1 season.  They are notable as being the first Canadian team to play in the Rugby Football League system, the first fully professional rugby league team in Canada and the world's first trans-Atlantic rugby league team.  Their home stadium is Lamport Stadium (aka "The Den"), which is just a couple blocks from where we live.

This afternoon they were playing Doncaster in their last super 8s.  The Wolfpack's win last week had assured them the Kingstone league championship and they earned a promotion to second division.

Seating is general admission (so you can sit where you want).  Gord and I usually sit in the middle on the east side but sat in the same spot on the west side today.  It was in the shade (it was hot and sunny out) and we wanted to be facing the award ceremony when it happened.

Here come the Wolfpack complete with fire!

God Save the Queen and O Canada were sung before the game.  There was someone signing the anthems too.

 And the game began ...

Here is some of the action during the first half.

 There was a rugby game afterwards between Canada and the U.S ... the players were in the stands.

The Wolfpack cheering section was loud and lively as usual.

 The She-wolves, the Wolfpack's cheerleaders, entertained before the second half begain.

Who wants a hot dog?!

And the second half began ...

Good thing he was wearing underwear!

Here are Gord and I.

The attendance was announced to be 8,456.

The game is over and the Wolfpack won 26 - 14.  There were lots of congratulations and some fireworks.

Toronto Mayor John Tory was on hand to present medals to the Wolfpack players.


They kept asking people to leave the field so the Canada - USA game could start.

But no one was too anxious to do leave the field.

Congrats to the Wolfpack!  We are looking forward to next year ... we have our 2018 seasons tickets bought already!

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