It’s a stroll in the park!
HI, it’s Andy here. This week saw a change in routine with our rehab session being a walk in Bretton Sculpture Park.
I got some stick personally because of my walking attire.
I arrived to training fully kitted out in sturdy walking boots.
While most of the boys wore their trainers, I was determined to finish the walk with dry feet. I wasn’t in the cub scouts for nothing!
Walking in the country isn’t an activity most of the boys would do on a regular basis, but I’ve always enjoyed the outdoors.
In fact, that’s what led me to do a geography degree (hence me owning a pair of walking boots!).
So while most of the lads rushed around the walk to get to the finish where lunch was being served, I was in the slower group who took their time and soaked up the views along with the fresh air.
When my group arrived at the restaurant 20 minutes after the pacesetters, it was obvious the food wasn’t ready and hadn’t been served. This was a fact not missed by the early arrivals!
After finding my seat, the waitress took my order and within a minute or two I had been served first, before any of the boys who had started the walk like Dwaine Chambers in the 100m!
This got me thinking about the old tale of the tortoise and the hare and also how our season has panned out so far.
Granted, it hasn’t started at 100 miles an hour, but the season is a long one and what really matters is our position at the end of it, last year had taught us that.
We have the personnel in our team to achieve the Super League play-offs and I can say that everyone at the club is working their hardest to put together the string of victories needed to get us there.
The next step in achieving the top-six finish we all want is obviously today’s game against Warrington in Cardiff.
As I’m writing this, I’m already excited at the prospect of playing in another showcase event at the Millennium Stadium.
Last year the weekend was hailed as a great success and drew almost 60,000 spectators over the two days.
It was a big success personally as we beat Wakefield 36-12.
As a player, the event was a real eye-opener. Playing in a huge stadium in front of big crowds is what all players want to do, and to win was even better.
We even managed to sample the banter between opposing fans while walking from our city centre hotel to the games the day before we played.
It was great to see opposing fans having a great time together and, according to reports, there was very little trouble on either day.
That is amazing considering the number of people, and would be unthinkable if the FA decided to have a football version.
Hopefully, we can provide our supporters with some ammunition for banter for the whole weekend by kicking it off with a great win against Warrington!