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Lawrie - VFTSS - 24th March 2011
Posted by southstander on March 24 2011 - 07:45:36

by Lawrie

Sometime we need a little reminder about what it actually means to be a rugby league supporter, the little things that set us apart from other sports, and show what a great community we have.

This week Lawrie reflects on his experiences of the human side of the greatest game.

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View From The South Stand

This weeks article is going for a soppy angle (I know..) however, given certain events over the past week it is a good time to take a look back at initiatives that have been linked to out fantastic sport. A lot is made of how Rugby League is a 'family' and were all together etc. Now at times people from outside our sport donít get it, they can't understand how, for instance, fans from all teams can go to one city for a weekend and all have a great time.

Last Wednesday saw the Rugby League community get together and raise money for the Australian flood victims and to help with Christchurch Earthquake Appeal. This event was organised by our very own Cala Millor Rhino and journalist Phil Caplan. The night brought Aussie and English players together at Headingley for a meal and an auction. Myself and two mates were sat on the Wigan table and were made to feel very welcome by them with Michael Maguire being very open and chatty. It was a pleasure to see the Rugby League community putting their hands into their pockets to help people in a country on the other side of the world, people who could well be fellow Rugby League fans.

Second instance of the 'family' nature of our sport was shown on Saturday. One of the lads who stands with us is a Saints fan but is in Leeds for a University course, to help with his RL addiction he has a season ticket to come watch Rhinos. However, on Saturday he had his Red Vee on and came with his Dad and Cousin to meet us for a pre match drink. After a bit of ribbing from the lads his family were made to feel welcome and afterwards the lad was once again welcomed into the fold for after game drinks. Would you get this in other sports?

Finally Tuesday (22nd) saw the 2nd anniversary of the death of Leon Walker the former Wakey & Leeds player. Seeing RLFANS and other social networks on the night of his death was horrible, yet warming to see so many fans from many different teams showing their grief at losing one of their own whilst playing the sport he loved. Few weeks afterwards a group of Leeds fans got together and came up with the idea to do a charity walk to remember Leon and to raise money for Try Assist - The RFL benevolent fund. The event was well received and Wakefield let the walkers go round the pitch at half time between Wildcats v Rhinos game and made everyone feel like stars.

As much as sometimes we go on about our game, sometimes just looking at certain little aspects so just how welcoming and together we all are no matter what team we all support.

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