THIS is the time of the year when it’s good if you have an understanding wife.
Noises have been made about an autumn holiday – but I’m sorry there are Fax to be faced.
Any plans for a holiday jaunt to the Lake District or even somewhere where we might see the sun have to be put on hold.
I suggested a weekend away in Halifax with the highlight an opportunity to view the architectural delights of the New Shay Stadium but it didn’t seem to hold any attraction for Mrs C.
It’s play-offs time.
That little voice of traditional values tells you that finishing top of the league is the true measure of a team but what’s wrong with a bit of guilty pleasure?
It’s been an incestuous Championship of only 10 teams without the threat of relegation this season. Featherstone Rovers took the league leaders’ shield for the third year running and the top six (if not their final places) has been known for weeks.
Now we’re off on the roller-coaster of the play-offs with the promise of drama – maybe glory, maybe heartache.
The top two in the league have the bonus of a second chance to earn a place in the Grand Final but for the rest it’s a case of win or log on to Trip Advisor.
In the marathon Sheffield Eagles trailed home in fourth place but they are looking good for the knockout rounds sprint.
Batley Bulldogs were sent away from Don Valley with the tail between their legs after a 42-12 beating in the first round.
Coach Mark Aston produced a cabinet reshuffle by recalling Simon Brown who had been in the wilderness for the last two games and is off to York Knights at the end of the season.
It worked and the half-back may be working his notice but Brown is the new gold down at Don Valley.
There’s a few facts of life to face, well one really: Halifax, who the Eagles travel to in the second knockout round on Sunday.
Fax have won all three games between the clubs this season specialising in morale sapping second half-comebacks in the Rail Cup semi-final and the last league meeting. Fax even have their own pantomime villain in former Eagles forward Sam Barlow – oh yes, he’s scored again!
The winner goes into the elimination semi-final against either Leigh or Featherstone – who decide the first Grand Final place tomorrow night.
It might not be a classic at the Shay but it’ll be worth taking the emotional ride – hopefully the autumn break can wait a little longer.
THE Bradford Bulls saga rumbles on.
They have a new owner but that’s about all.
Sheffield Eagles got in the act last week by issuing a statement that they would not be involved in any mini-auction for a Super League franchise with the new Bulls.
As it seems the Eagles were not being invited to bid it was a case of getting the retaliation in first!