Saturday 22 September 2018

Toronto Wolfpack 20, Widnes Vikings 12, 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 Gord and I live.  We are season ticket holders and we've renewed for 2019.

Today the Wolfpack were playing the Widnes Vikings.  It was the last home game of the qualifiers ... the top four teams in our Betfred League (the Wolfpack were first in the Betfred League) play the bottom four teams in the Super League to see who moves or stays in the leagues.  Widnes was in last place in the Super League and doesn't have a great record in the qualifiers.

It was a cool sunny day with a temperature of 17C.  Here are Gord and I before the game began (our pal, Trish, joined us later).

Here come the Wolfpack!

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 winning 10 - 8.

There was a country theme to today's game and line dancing during half-time.

Even Jefferson, the Wolfpack mascot, got into it

Then the second half began ...

The Wolfpack won 20 - 12.  Yay!  This puts them in third place to advance to the Super League.  The loss bumps the Vikings into our current league next year.

Ashton Sims was interviewed

Jefferson then did line dancing with the Wolfpack's cheerleaders.

The attendance of today's game was a season high of almost 8,300!

 The beer garden was a popular spot after the game.

It was a fun game! Fingers crossed the Wolfpack win the next one and advance to the Super League!

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