Cup final reaction from head coach Lindsay Anfield
Posted: Monday 29th July 2019 - 12:37 PM
Following Castleford’s 16-10 loss to Leeds Rhinos in the Women’s Challenge Cup final, we sat down with head coach Lindsay Anfield to reflect on the game, the fans and more…
Q: Lindsay, how amazing was it to see all those Castleford fans stay after the game and applaud the players after such a tough game?
A: Yeah, after a disappointing day on Saturday I would like to show enormous gratitude to the Tigers fans who made the trip to Bolton, and thank those who supported from home. The amount of positive support before and during the game was overwhelming. Myself and the girls are absolutely gutted we couldn’t get the win for them.
Q: What did you make of the event as a whole? To have the women’s final on the same stage as the men’s semi-finals shows just how far the game has come, doesn’t it.
A: It does. As much as we are hurting from the result, we are really happy to have had the opportunity to feature in this game. Better to play and lose than to have not got there at all. For fans outside of the women’s game to witness the standard of the that Final will hopefully grow the game and increase the profile even further.
Q: And with the increased profile of the game there is obviously going to be a lot more scrutiny. What have you made of the reaction on social media?
A: We know that as the game continues to grow, one of the things we have to deal with is social media. Good and bad. The majority of fans have been incredibly supportive however, I was also saddened and shocked by the volume of negative and abusive comments towards my team and individual players after the game.
I think at this stage of the season and with the increased profile of the women’s game, it is necessary to point out that although we are in the Women’s Super League, we are still an amateur, community club.
These players don’t get paid. They play purely for the love of the game and our club. They swap shifts to be able to train, take holidays to be able to play on Sundays and some require regular childcare. They endure debilitating injuries, some spend hours on public transport getting to training, and all pay ‘subs’ like every other amateur club. As a group they have taken part in over 60 community appearances, all unpaid, since the start of the season.
The girls thrive off the positive media and we are thankful for that, but with them not being used to te criticism, for some of them it’s pretty hard to take.
Q: We now have a big upcoming game against Bradford Bulls this Sunday at the Jungle. How important is this game in terms of getting back to winning ways?
A: It’s critical that we bounce back in style against Bradford. We’ve played them twice this season so far and neither game was easy. We’re expecting another tough battle at the Jungle on Sunday but hopefully we can return to winning ways and turn our focus onto Super League.
If you're not heading to Hull KR on Sunday, make sure to join us at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle for our big game against Bradford Bulls. The fixture kicks off at 1pm and entry for season ticket holders is free. Otherwise, entry for adults is £3 and concessions £1.
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