Saturday, 30 January 2016

New Season, New Title

After last season's 'New Era' was a successful one overall, my final report of the year was a personal heartbreak as Wigan Warriors suffered another Grand Final loss but that's forgotten for now. Well until the Sky team replay it at the start of next week's season opener and of course the obvious blow-by blow replay when Wigan face Leeds in March. All being well, I will be in attendance for that so it'll be easier to skip on the TV re-view.

Last year saw my RL travels step up with the introduction of a video diary through my work at Serious About Rugby League which began with 'Away Days' which covered all UK based SL stadiums with Leigh Sports Village included in a Challenge Cup special. Later in the season was the short series of 'Super 8s Stories' which included return visits to some clubs and a special visit to Millwall before the conclusion in the 'Super League Grand Final Story' which was the final game in a massive year of 57 trips overall.

This year will surely see a decrease in travels as my financial situation is a lot worse than last season but I will be trying my best to do as much coverage as possible while trying to build my video and written profile across the RL spectrum. The mantra for 2015 was 'A New Era' but with the new structure working well in 2015, 2016 is to be labelled as 'This Is Our Time'.

The new season itself starts on Thursday night but my travels began a fortnight ago with a trip to a rainy and cold Leigh Sports Village as the Centurions hosted the Warriors in a game that saw a third defeat in a row for me at the stadium itself but was a good run out for a lot of the 19s who I saw flourish at Orrell across 2015.

The next game for the Warriors saw them visit the AJ Bell Stadium just a week ago but it was a viewing via Wigan TV for me as travel would have been too costly being a 'solo traveller' but part of me was glad of not attending given that the Warriors suffered a defeat which would have meant another stadium losing streak would have been extended.

After doing a year of Warriors focused coverage in 2014 and changing to a general coverage across Super League, Championship and the Super 8s in 2015, 2016 will begin with reports and video analysis across Super League to start with as opposed to bringing back previews. So roll on Feb 4th for the start of what could be a huge season of surprises!