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Hot Dogs in the Sun
It was a convivial atmosphere at Hazelwood as Exiles and Quins fans gathered on a sunny Saturday afternoon to share a pint, perhaps a hot dog and a good look at their respective teams.
Strength By Position
With the first pre season game around the corner, where do we think we are strongest by position and where are the biggest gaps? Margin_Walker looks at the current state-of-play.
The Craic - Player of the Season 2016/17
Each season The Craic awards its Player of the Season award to the player who gets the most Man of the Match awards. There's no actual prize but we do keep a record of the winners for prosterity. It's a nice tradition and if you visit our Match report archive you can see the entire list.
Premiership fixtures for 2017/18 are out!
With Irish back in the premiership we've been waiting here at Craic HQ for the fixtures with quite some relish. Would we get a hellish start? Who would be our London Double Header opposition? Who's up for Paddy's Day? Do we get a home Christmas/New Year game? Well, the waiting is over...
The case of the missing polls
Mea Culpa. As an editing team we have failed towards the end of this season - in a lot of areas but most obviously in the Man of the Match votes. We've missed-out on the end-of-season match votes which is a shame on its own but the main problem is that historically we've given the site's Player of the Season award to the player who collected the most MotM awards...
The pinnacle, focus and point of the season came to Madejski Stadium on Wednesday night. Having dropped from rugby's top-flight for the first time Irish built their season around 4 games. The Semi-finals home and away followed by the pair of finals.
Doncaster finally show-up
After watching Yorkshire Carnegie’s home leg of the other semi on Sky the previous night, judging it a limitation exercise by the home side, I was hoping that Irish would put in a solid performance to match the away leg they played against Doncaster the week before. The conditions were pretty fair, the team was the same as last week and the crowd although not as big as I was hoping for, seemed to be made up of die hard and enthusiastic supporters.
As the season closes it's been a bit of a hard time for London Irish. Ospreys had already taken away the chance of a perfect season in the British and Irish Cup and then Jersey used their home advantage to deservedly take the Exiles unbeaten Championship record. Were the wheels coming off at the time when Irish were looking to accelerate back into the Premiership?
The people of Jersey are a fierce lot, they are fiercely proud of their Island, they are fiercely proud of their Rugby Team and fiercely polite, really the nicest crowd you could ever meet. When we arrived in the main port of St Hellier on the Friday evening, every bar was full of London Irish supporters, the next day there were even more, milling, drinking, taking in the sun. We took a packed bus up to the ground, although not a long distance, the roads are understandably slower because of the politeness of the road users, which made me think that all the vehicles probably have no horns fitted, as they are not needed.
First-half fireworks to celebrate St Patricks
My first London Irish Game was a St Patricks party so it’s a fixture that I have a soft spot for. Of course this year it was also the fixture that, if won, would guarantee the Exiles top spot in the league. Fair to say then that the team were expected to come out all guns blazing.