In our new feature, we’re asking you, the fans, plus players, coaches and other rugby league personalities to give us their answers to our set of six questions.
Bradford fan Zach Holland is our latest guest on My Set of Six…
Being a Bradford Bulls fan, it is only right that I say Odsal remains my favourite ground. The history there is extensive and you get a sense of it as soon as you walk in.
In a close second, it hurts to say is Headingley. Once you are there, you are always guaranteed a great atmosphere and the fact that the ground is perfectly situated amongst the Otley Run makes it a great game day or evening out.
This one is very easy and that is Greg Inglis. Throughout his career he was just a freak and an absolute machine to watch. I have always had a soft spot for the centre position in rugby league and even though GI played in plenty of positions throughout his career, he made the centre spot his own and is one of the very best over the last 20 years.
There has definitely been plenty, with Bradford’s 2003 season right up there but I am going to go with one that is most recent and that is the Bulls’ victory over Leeds in the Challenge Cup last year. I had the good fortune of being able to attend the game and it was like stepping back in time 15 years. The atmosphere was incredible and one that had not been seen at Odsal for some time and it was worth the sore throat afterwards.
Best match you’ve seen (not involving your club)?
The 2015 NRL Grand Final between North Queensland and Brisbane will be forever in my memory bank. It will undoubtedly go down as one of the best finals of the NRL era and it provided all the drama one could hope for with an outstanding finish to the game.
As a Bradford fan, the day of the club’s liquidation back in January 2017 always sticks out in my mind. I remember it like it was yesterday and it was certainly a sucker punch to myself and plenty more fans. The club still remains in a sense of limbo but hopefully they find themselves on a much better path and find themselves right back where they belong in the Super League arena.
Your wish for the future of rugby league?
On top of seeing Bradford return to Super League and a possible return of a War of the Roses series, my number one wish for rugby league in the future is just to see it on a much surer footing both in management and financially in the UK. There is no question the sport itself is one of drama and excitement – I just think it needs to be constantly marketed and decisions made going forward need to be for good of the game in general. In the next 10 years, I really hope we see this as well as it being expanded in such a way that it becomes much more of a nationalised sport, with more coverage centred around the Championship and League 1 clubs as well.
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