RLWC Final: Family Game
Posted 30 Nov 2013 by Tom Palmer
All through the RLWC I've been following various people on Twitter. Journalists. Players. Fans I know. Librarians. And families.
Apart from going to nine of the games in the tournament in four different countries, it is normal people's thoughts on Twitter that have been the most immediate thing for me. And none more so than a mother and daughter from Leeds.
I met Amber and her mum at my first Try Reading event in Bramley Library, Leeds. They had come along to play my Rugby League Reading Game. They got all the questions right and Amber, who is about five years old, scored to win the trophy. Against boys twice her age.
Since then I've followed her mum on Twitter. They are obsessed with Rugby League. And with Leeds Rhinos. Also with Eorl Crabtree. Throughout the RLWC they've tweeted, And today they're at Old Trafford. So far today they've said:
It's World Cup Final Day. Whooop! I have a very excited girl.
Having a sandwich outside Old Trafford. Amber head to toe in black and white. Atmosphere is awesome.
Amber and her mum capture something amazing about Rugby League for me. Family. It's lovely. That's why I am taking my daughter to Headingley on Boxing Day.
And I know it's not just Amber and her mum at Old Trafford today. There are hundreds of families there today. Thousands. Rugby League is a family game.
Even here. Even here! I made a fire. I put the TV on. And my wife and daughter are both in the front room, watching. My daughter doing the Haka. Convincingly. My wife commenting in her usual off-the-wall style.
For instance, the referee, in pink, a little overweight. Is that Mr Blobby?
It reminds me a bit of when I was a kid. Grandstand on BBC TV. The family watching sport all Saturday. Or some of it. I loved that. It was happy family time.