Had a fantastic long weekend in London, topped off by my team the Leeds Rhinos winning the Challenge Cup in fantastic blazing style. Brilliant experience – never been before. Amazing stadium and atmosphere. Rugby League fans rub shoulders together without animosity. Friendly banter and fans from all clubs attend making it a really special family occasion.
I cried my eyes out when Danny Jones’s wife sang Abide With Me. Danny died of an undiagnosed heart condition whilst playing for Keighley Cougars against London Skolars earlier this year. He left his wife with twin babies. She is a professional singer and completely stunned the crowd with her singing and courage. We stood, sang with her and cheered and clapped till our hands were sore. Danny would have been so proud.
The rhinos were on fire. They beat Hull KR 50 points to nil. Tom Briscoe made five tries making an all time record.
The Hull KR fans were brilliant, staying to the end and supporting their team. We left the stadium on a high and went to celebrate in London with a few beers.
Wimbledon is here again! I love Wimbledon Tennis Tournament. The coliseum like atmosphere, individual against individual, facing each other across the net. The sound of the balls flying over the nets, skimming the surface and sending flying blades of grass, chalk and dust. The physical stamina and fitness, the mental strength and character needed to take part. The sweat, the glow, the ping of the strings as an ace is hit down the line. Volleys, backhands, smashes, net calls, slips and slides, twists and turns. The crowds, the gasps, the screams of frustration, the shout of joy and pumping of fists. The line calls and hawk eye replays, the anticipation and the nerves, the tension of a tie break. The British weather sunshine now and rain again – the covers on the covers off, the roof closed the roof open. Robinson drinks, green towels, linesmen and women dodging powerful shots coming right at them. The birds on the court and Rufus the Harris Hawk. Henman Hill or Murray Mount – game, set and match.