Hat-trick is perfect Spurr for our aching walkers

Hat-trick hero: Chris Spurr
Hat-trick hero: Chris Spurr
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WE will have the retiring Rugby Football League president, Bev Risman, in attendance when we entertain Championship One rivals Gateshead Thunder at the Keepmoat Stadium on Sunday.

Bev, who was a legend in his playing days, will be making one of his last official duties before handing over his chains of office.

I’m pretty sure that he will have managed to get around to see all of the clubs during his term of office.

I want to give massive respect to the supporters who made the 57-mile walk over to Rochdale last week setting off on the Friday from the Keepmoat.

They raised around £3,000 to be split between the club’s Supporters’ Trust and the Steve Prescott Foundation.

You lot really are hard core supporters. Just seeing you all arrive at the ground I could see the relief on all your faces to finally be at your destination. So well done to all of you.

I think the boys took all the pain (from sore feet and aching muscles) away from those who made the walk with a great result at Spotland. We found ourselves 10-0 down early on but hit back to beat Rochdale 26-16 and avenge a 24-8 home defeat earlier in the season.

I must give a mention to centre Chris Spurr, who scored another hat-trick of tries in the game. He had his opposition centre in his back pocket.

The last time Chris scored a hat-trick he ended up in the back-row.

I hope head coach Tony Miller doesn’t reward this one by throwing him in the front-row!

Seriously, though, a big ‘well done’ to Chris.

A lot of credit must also go to all the lads and backroom staff for their efforts.

Our defence has been really strong lately - as it needed to be on Sunday - and that only comes from within.

The bunch of boys we have are a very close knit unit, which is something we encourage here at the club.

We are starting to get a real family feeling (amongst the squad). That is something that doesn’t happen overnight, but we are getting there.

Finally, if anyone is interested in coming on the Wembley trip please phone Ray or Jackie Green for the details on 01302 765 888.

You can pay in instalments over the next few games. The cost is £60, which includes a £41 ticket.