I attended last year's Million Pound Game at Lamport Stadium and it was a true debacle. Our Wolfpack lost 4-2, failing to get promoted to the top-tier Super League. It was a bitter pill to swallow after an otherwise impressive season.
This year, with a rule change making it more difficult to advance, Wolfpack took care of business, beating Featherstone Rovers 24-6. The score is flattering, because at halftime it felt like deja vu all over again. But a strong second half completed a 28-1 season and secured promotion to Super League.
Over the last two seasons, I've attended several matches, and other than the aforementioned 2018 Million Pound Game disaster, it's always been great fun. The official attendance at Lamport Stadium yesterday was 9,974, but I'm here to tell you the true number was somewhat higher.
Truth be known, I'm still learning rugby league rules. There are nuances I still find puzzling, but I've now got a solid handle on the gist of it all. It's different from rugby union and I've referenced this handy comparison more than once.
I'm assured our stretch of dominance comes to an end next year. We'll go from being a very big fish in a smaller pond to a snack for Super League sharks. It's very exciting for this three year old Toronto-based franchise to be the only transatlantic team and playing in the top tier.
If you want to go back and hear how far we've come in a very short period of time, in June 2018 I devoted an entire episode of Toronto Mike'd to Wolfpack.