10 Oct 2020

Grand Final: The day that never was

We should have all have been waking up this morning with that indescribable feeling of excitement and anticipation, preparing our Grand Final rituals, and safe in the knowledge that in just a few hours we had our seat at the biggest night in Super League.

Tonight, two teams were meant to go to battle at the ‘Theatre of Dreams’; one would be heartbroken, the other would have scaled the heights of our sport to become Betfred Super League Champions 2020.

Super League’s two finest teams would have emerged from the Old Trafford tunnel into a deafening wall of noise fuelled by an explosion of fireworks and the hopes and dreams of thousands of fans, ready to be released into action by the final drama, Laura Wright and the anthemic ‘Jerusalem’. Nothing compares to those moments. Nothing can better prepare a player or fan for what lies ahead.

Unfortunately, today that’s not the case. Instead we’d like to acknowledge a much bigger loss, the families and communities who have lost lives and loved ones as a result of Covid-19. We’d also like to express our gratitude and respect for every single key worker who combated Coronavirus from the frontline, keeping the country going in one of our darkest times.

We’d like to thank our Clubs, players and staff for their resilience and perseverance; Sky Sports for its support and flexibility; our partners for their continued, invaluable support; and of course, our fans who have stayed with our sport, and their teams in such turbulent times.

It’s not been easy and we’re still a long way from where we all want and hope to be. Unfortunately there are more obstacles in our way, and in light of on-going crowd restrictions there is no indication that fans will be able to attend the event on the rearranged date, so at the very least we promise to lay on a spectacular season finale for you all on Sky Sports.

Best wishes,

Betfred Super League

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