Saturday 14 July 2018

Toronto Wolfpack 64, Batley Bulldogs 18, Lamport Stadium, Toronto, ON

The Toronto Wolfpack RLFC is a Canadian professional rugby league club, based in here Toronto, which competes in the British Rugby Football League system.  In 2018 the club is competing in the Championship, having begun to play in 2017 in League 1 and won a promotion in its inaugural season.  The club is noted as being the first North American team to play in the Rugby Football League system, the first fully professional rugby league team in Canada and the world's first transatlantic rugby league team.  Their home stadium is Lamport Stadium (aka "The Den"), which is just a couple blocks from where we live.

Today the Wolfpack were playing the Batley Bulldogs.  When we got there, Jefferson, the Wolfpack mascot, was walking around with the League Leaders' Shield, which the Wolfpack won last week.

Gord, Jefferson and I

Here's Gord and some of the Wolfpack cheerleaders.

Our friends, Malcolm and Mary, joined us at today's game.

The Wolfpack players huddled during their practice.

Here come the Wolfpack players!

God Save the Queen and O Canada were sung before the game.

And the game began ...

At the end of the first half, the Wolfpack were leading 36 - 6.

During the intermission, The Toronto Fire Service Pipes and Drums entertained.  I love the bagpipes!

Then the second half began ...

During the game, Sam, the Wolfpack reporter, was going through the crowds interviewing people with jerseys (it was Jersey Day).   She stopped and interviewed Gord.

The attendance at today's game was just over 6,000.

The Wolfpack won 64 - 18.

The players hugged it out and shook hands after the game.

Adam Sidlow was interviewed after the game.

Some of the players hung out after the game, taking pictures and signing teeshirts, etc.  The beer garden stays open until 9ish.

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