Carly Bond

July 25th, 2011:

Semi Final Rant

I was disappointed today when the venue for the semi final of the challenge cup was announced, Leeds Rhinos will be playing Castleford Tigers at the Keepmoat Stadium in Doncaster, on Sunday 7th August.  Now I know that the BBC like to show a full crowd to none Sky watching viewers but a capacity of 15,000 for a local derby that has been over 15,000 at Headingley for the last 3 years *and* in a semi final seems ridiculous to me.  Add to that, that Leeds Rhinos have more that 7,000 season ticket holders and I’m sure Castleford can’t be far off, if not above, 6,000.

But my biggest disappointment is mainly due to a friend of mine, Mike Hudson, who I have converted to a Leeds Rhinos fan this season, using the ‘Bring a Friend’ campaign that you get as standard with your season ticket.  Due to there only being a one for one ticket allocation for season ticket holders, he now can’t come, unless he wants to sit in ‘Reserved’ seating by himself.  It’s so maddening.  They ask us to try & grow the game, but then when the big games come alone, we are stopped from doing that.

He will be so gutted he has to sit at home & watch it on the TV.  I just hope we can win the game so that he can have a trip to Wembley (Fingers crossed that there’s more than a one to one allocation on the IF form)

Please, Leeds Rhinos, please help us out!!