The Wakefield Trinity community came together on Sunday for a blockbuster afternoon of Rugby League as the club bid farewell to the stadium’s old East Stand.
On a warm afternoon at the Be Well Support Stadium, over 7000 fans packed into the grand old ground to watch our four sides in action ahead of the redevelopment of the Doncaster Road end.
With a stellar line-up, we needed the attendance to match, looking to integrate the youth of the district into the sport as we search for the next generation of Wakefield supporters.
That is why the Club and Foundation made it their mission to give out 2000 free tickets to schools across Wakefield, with first-team players heading out into the community to distribute them.
Starting the day, Wakefield Trinity Ladies looked to do the double of rivals Castleford Tigers after beating the Fords in a local derby earlier in the year.
After a tentative start from both sides, Trinity hit the front foot late in the first half, Nat Romano and Cassy Lawson taking aim at the Tigers’ line to score.
Castleford rallied, however, with Kaitlin Varley going over for the visitors late in the second period. That only seemed to be a consolation, though, as Wakefield secured their first victory of the BWSL season.
Celebrations ensued, the band were playing, and everything was on the up as fans packed through the turnstiles ready for the afternoon’s men’s game between Trinity and Matt Peet’s Wigan Warriors.
Unlike the game before, Trinity was not able to shine through on the day, and despite tries from Jay Pitts, Kyle Evans and a Max Jowitt double, the Warriors shone through on the day to complete a 22-46 victory.
Finally, it was time for the introduction of Disability Rugby League, with both our Physical and Learning Disability sides taking to the field following full-time.
Bowing out the East Stand in style, both our sides played out an entertaining game of the sport in front of both sponsors and spectators ending the day in style with their endless positive attitudes.