As has so often been the case for Featherstone, it was so near yet so far in
todays Division 1 Grand Final which Wakefield won 24-22 ;-(
As a Fev supporter, I am naturally gutted, but would like to say that the
game was a superb advert for the game of Rugby League, with either team
looking capable of holding their own in SL - unfortunately, the honour of
applying for a place in SL now falls to Wakefield. At the end of the day,
Featherstone could not quite hold on to a narrow lead they had until the
76th minute, and Wakefield sneaked it at the end.
The referee was not perfect (as usual), but I would say that the bad
decisions evened themselves out over the 80 minutes. I, in common with most
of the Fev fans thought the Ref had***ed up when he disallowed Karl Pratts
"try", but, having got home and forced myself to watch the reply on tape, I
am have to admit the officials made the correct decision.
My biggest regret is that Steve Simms has spent eigh*** months building up
a team that can, on their day, compete with any team in the First Division,
and a few in the SL, and now many of them will be snapped up by SL clubs, so
he'll have to start again!
Oh, well, here's to the Treize Tournoi, which will in all likelihood be this
teams swansong, and I suppose we'll have to start all over again next year.
If only the top players would stay for just another year......
Finally, I'd like to say to Steve Simms, the squad and the directors and
officials of the club - Thanks for a superb season - its been the most
enjoyable for years, and maybe next year we can make that final step to