Toronto vs Featherstone: Million Pound Game journal Day 1

Promotion into Super League awaits for either Toronto Wolfpack or Featherstone Rovers as both sides go head-to-head at Lamport Stadium on Saturday.

Stephen Owen offers us a special insight from Canada because we look ahead to this huge clash…
Undeniably, one of the most exciting fixtures of the Rugby League season is the Million Pound Game – that the fixture to decide who will be encouraged to Super League next season.
It is given that extra bit of enthusiasm also by flying to one of the world’s greatest cities. A year ago having experienced the air, I understand we’re in for a treat on Saturday – and what a game it’s going to be!
On my trip from Manchester to Toronto, I had been speaking to a few of the directors at Featherstone Rovers. He was full of pride following what this season has been achieved by the team. There will be a big screen at the house ground of Featherstone showing the match live on Sky Sports – and they expecting 300 to 400 Rovers fans that are die-hard to make over the trip .
Flights at such short notice could cost somewhere in the area of 1000, plus a few fans may need to fly via Iceland, therefore it’s an extraordinary effort from these loyal fans who wish to realize their club reach Super League for the first time in their long history.
Our journey was relatively straightforward, with an eight-hour direct flight from Manchester to Toronto Pearson Airport. It was fine and simple to get into the city centre, with wonderful transport connections in the airport, once we found.
Needn’t be worried about that – that he got a connecting flight to Los Angeles, and then on to Sydney to get the NRL Grand Final of Sunday! An lifelong Sydney Roosters supporter, he has taken five days to get to the match – and he thinks they will drop to the Canberra of John Bateman, so that is some commitment!
Tonight was the launching of the 2019 NHL season, and the Toronto Maple Leafs had been also getting the season underway against Ottawa Senators – so this has dominated the news here. However, the Wolfpack feel they’ll have lots of service come Saturday and there is even talk that this might be the very first”sold out” match in Wolfpack history.
An exciting couple of days beforehand, we’ll be seeing the Wolfpack on Thursday afternoon before the Featherstone camp on Friday – more updates to follow…

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