So the Skolars had their now-traditional pre-Challenge Cup friday night game last night, and I fulfilled my tradition of attending each year. It was a very entertaining evening, with a lively crowd, some exciting play on the field, and some absolutely bizarre weather.
The game was won by Keighley, and fairly comfortably in the end, but only after a very competitive first half in which the Skolars scored a nice little try through Olu Iwenofu against the run of play and proceeded to do a good job of holding out the Cougars for a while. However, when Daley Williams went over for Keighley’s first try, that opened up the floodgates somewhat and the Skolars went on to concede another three tries in the first half, at least two of which were pretty soft. The second half deteriorated in quality somewhat as the weather began to take its toll on the players (and the spectators). Although Iwenofu again was able to finish off a pretty nifty team move, there was never really any threat of a comeback.
Anyway, I took some dodgy quality pictures with my camera phone, to forever record this momentous day in posterity.
I can’t tell if the blurryness of this photo is due to the quality of the camera or to the horizontal rain that began once I began snapping pics. With the pitch up top and the church behind the stadium, New River can be a pretty dramatic backdrop to a Rugby League game. It does really need proper floodlights for games like this though.
A picture of the crowd. It presents a slightly misleading image of the crowded intimacy of the game because everyone ran (literally) to the back of the stand once the rain started, leaving the front of the stand empty.
See? Told you.
Say what you want about Super Skolar, but whoever was in that suit was probably padded with enough foam to actually keep them dry, unlike the rest of the stewards (Skolars local legends the Hann clan). Once again, I’d like to point out the need for proper floodlights for this game.