Saturday 13 July 2019

Toronto Wolfpack 22, Featherstone Rovers 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 competed in the Championship, having begun to play in 2017 in League 1 and won a promotion in its inaugural season.  Gord and I have been going to the most of the games since 2017 and have been season ticket holders for the last two years.

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.

Today the Wolfpack were playing the Featherstone Rovers.  Going into today's game, the Wolfpack were 19 - 1 and Featherstone was 13 - 7.

It was hot and sunny for the game ... there is zero shade at Lamport Stadium.  They were calling for heavy rain and thunder around 3pm but thankfully it held off until the game was over and we got home.

Here are Gord and I ...

Our pal, Trish, joined us.

The players warmed up before the game.

The Wolfpack Dance Squad entertained ...

 Jefferson, the Wolfpack mascot, was out and about.

Here come the Wolfpack players ...

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

And the game began ...

It was a bit of a rough game and there was some pushing and shoving
The guitarist and Meantime drum band played when the Wolfpack scored
Alas, Gaz didn't hit the streetcar
There were 7,819 in attendance

The score after the first half was 14 - 0 for the Wolfpack.

The Wolfpack Dance Squad entertained during the intermission ...

There was a dunk tank

Rugby Canada U18 rugby boys

And the second half began ...

Gordo was out and about
Gaz O'Brien was knocked down (and possibly
knocked out) and had to leave the game
There was a bit of scuffle because of what happened to Gaz

Featherstone turned it on in the second half.  It was a close game but the Wolfpack won 22 - 18.  Yay!

Everyone loves Jefferson!

As usual, the beer garden was a popular place during and after the game.  I hope everyone had fun before the heavy rain came.

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