Saturday 31 August 2019

Toronto Wolfpack 62, Barrow Raiders 8, 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 Barrow Raiders.  Going into today's game, the Wolfpack was in first place with just one loss and Rochdale was in second last place with just four wins.

Everyone loves Jefferson, the Wolfpack mascot.  He was mingling outside the stadium before the game.

The guitar player who riffs when the Wolfpack scores was also outside the stadium.

It was Forces and Families Day and members of the Canadian Forces were there.

Gord had some family stuff to take care of so I went solo.

The Wolfpack Dance Squad entertained.

Gordo was also there.

The game wasn't televised so Derek, a fan, livestreamed it on a Wolfpack fan group on Facebook again this week.

Brigadier-General McPherson presented the game ball.

Here come the Wolfpack players ...

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

And the game began ...

The Royal Canadian Air Force CH-146 Griffon hovered
over the Stadium to salute the Canadian Forces members in attendance
The crowd chanted "Hit the streetcar" ... but alas, Gaz didn't
There were some words exchanged at this point
Section 35 - the Wolfpack cheering section

The score at the end of the first half was 40 - 2 for the Wolfpack.

The Wolfpack Dance Squad entertained again.

Then there was a giant game of dodgeball.  Jefferson was the captain of one team and Gordo was the captain of the other.  I have no idea who won.

Gordo lost some hair

There there was a wheelbarrow race.  Not hard to guess that Jefferson and Gordo didn't win.

Apparently Ace, the Blue Jays mascot, recently had a party but didn't invite Jefferson.  Needless to say, he felt slighted.  So a platform was brought out so Jefferson could show us his dance moves.

Then the second half started.

The CNE Air Show is happening this weekend and planes flew overhead

The Wolfpack won 62 - 8.  Yay!

After the game, players from both teams hung out and said hello to the crowd.

Hey Gordo!
Henderson Brewing Company is a support of the
Wolfpack and labeled their beer cans with players

The beer garden is a popular spot and stays open for a while after the game!

There is one more home game next week and then the playoffs start (all playoff games will be home games).

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