Steve Tyrer mentioned in an interview this week that he was surprised so many fax fans made the trip to Toulouse last weekend to support the team.
It was a great effort by the fax faithful. But one supporter went above and beyond to support her beloved team.
Joanne Ambler lives in Perth, Australia. Emigrating from Halifax in October 2012 for a new life in paradise, she didn’t let a little thing like thousands of miles get in the way of her getting behind the lads.
“I had this feeling that I had to be at the Toulouse match so I toyed with the idea a few days before but only got my leave approved the Thursday morning,” said Joanne, delighted to see a victory in the South of France. “My leave was approved at 11 am, flight booked at 2 pm and I was at the airport by 3 pm. I travelled 24 hours to get there from Perth via Singapore, Amsterdam and finally on to Toulouse. The return journey was more difficult, taking 35 hours including a 12 hour stop over in Paris but it was worth it for a Fax win”.
Joanne has been rugby league mad since being taken to Thrum Hall for the first time back in 1989. “I was stood below the scoreboard on the corner. It was full capacity 9,899 or whatever it was then against Huddersfield. Those were the days when we’d all scramble for the player’s tie-ups after full-time, Great memories”.
The boys repaid Joanne’s efforts with a determined victory and the team showed their appreciation after the full-time whistle, going over to salute the supporters.
“That night in the Melting Pot, the place was on fire – fax on fire” laughed Joanne. “It was a really special night. And then the team rocked up – each came in to their own chant and we all had a great night together singing songs and toasting a great trip”.
Now back in Western Australia, Ambler won’t be fortunate enough to make it to Sunday’s huge game with Featherstone. “I have to go to work sometime you know” laughed Joanne. “But I’d like to ask every fax fan possible to make the trip over and make some noise for me. I’ll be there in spirit and wish the boys all the best from the other side of the world, go Fax”.