Supporters of the associations are at the stadium to decorate the stands and create tifos for the evening. The tension is tangible. The pressure on Les Gars de l’Aviron has already increased significantly as they write: “And here we are, D-Day is finally here! This match is the one that will allow us to definitely fix last year’s balls. This struggle is one of the great collective forgiveness that should allow us to continue our adventure while keeping our promises. Tonight is “stop or otherwise”, the right to make a mistake is forbidden to everyone I think …
Supporters of the associations are at the stadium to decorate the stands and create tifos for the evening. The tension is tangible. The pressure on Les Gars de l’Aviron has already increased significantly as they write: “And here we are, D-Day is finally here! This match is the one that will allow us to definitely fix last year’s balls. This struggle is one of the great collective forgiveness that should allow us to continue our adventure while keeping our promises. Tonight is “stop or otherwise”, the right to make mistakes is forbidden to everyone I think and one thing can be imagined: we have to win tonight! »
10:15 in the halls
Sunday brunch? No half omelette! A few peñas will attend, but even in the city it’s not crazy rumble. “First we will celebrate the mothers and after lunch we will all be behind the Rowing,” says the supporter in the halls.
14:30, Saint-André trinket
Vamonos enters the match at Brasserie du trinquet. Here, in the Pelota Temple, we tied the sky and the white scarf and sing! Mayor Jean-René Etchegaray, who took a few steps further, is confident: “The whole city of Bayonne is behind its team! We believe in! »
15:10, rue d’Espagne
Banda des Dauphins joins “Peña Baiona” in front of Vestiaire, rue d’Espagne: everyone grabs the rowing anthem, it sings loudly and the burgers light up all the tables around. Frédéric Berhonde, head of the Balle de match and shops on rue d’Espagne, is delighted. “The world is slowly beginning to emerge.” We are open every Sunday, but it is true that this one is special! »
15:35, city center
“No hay billets”, because on Friday Aviron Bayonnais gave 150 seats for sale, which fell from the truck Oyonnax. The Ain supporter explains with a group of friends: “We arrived in the Basque Country on Monday, we went through the whole of Massif Central, there are more than 600 terminals, it’s long, but ‘it’s good.’ .
16:00, Jean-Dauger Stadium
Bayonne “ultras” is ready to welcome its players. Inside the stadium it’s time for the fair: food-truck, inflatable games for children, a ticket booth where you try to win a subscription for next season, flamenco dancers and of course … snack bars.
16:48, box office
In front of the main entrance to the stadium, this group from Oyonnax looks gray: “We have no seats, the club has sold our quota,” says the man in red and black, accompanied by several women from the players. waiting under an admirably blue sky. “In the end, we will find a solution, we have not made the way for nothing,” predicts the same Indian supporter. The snag will be resolved soon …
17:32 in front of the presidency
Rowing guests and city officials come one by one to take a seat in the presidential chair and sit in their soft seats: Cyrille Laiguillon, a sports assistant, pulled out his most beautiful blue and white. He is the director of the mayor’s office, who will place this whole nice little world with a well-established “rules of procedure”.
17:40, “Peña Baiona”
Sounds a rowing anthem, massive and alive. Half an hour earlier, Boka Kantu’s group had raised the temperature, which was very high at the start of the match in front of the Canal + cameras. In the TV booth, we distinguish the former biarot Thomas Lievremont. In the radio gallery, it is Olivier Magne, who came as a neighbor from Hossegor, who discusses the match for Sud Radio.
18:32, break at Palc
Bayonne is halfway through with a padlock in front (12-6). The VIP, the mayor and the sub-prefect in his footsteps show off their little dark blue bracelets to enter the Thumb to taste the little fours prepared by Bayonne chefs Sébastien Oudill, Sébastien Gravé and Lionel Elissald.
19:11, tribune Kéolis
Increase in stress at the Kéolis stand since the “cata” Basque recovery! Bayonne takes 14 points in ten minutes: the two Larressore fans and their friend Thomas Dolhagaray are shouting desperately. Before you witness an uprising as fierce as the unexpected (29-20). “It’s won this time, we can’t lose anymore,” said one of them, highlighting the view of “Saint-Germain”, author of 27 of his team’s 30 points.
19:39, press box
Bayonne is in the finals of Pro D2. Face to face with neighbor Mons. Montpellier. The third half promises to be happy and sunny. But without much outpouring of joy: “No, we still have to win the match to erase last season’s scars,” says this former Bayonne journalist, known for his immense love of blue and white …