Greetings and welcome to the new ickledot website! Bought the simpler domain name a while back and have finally got round to using it. Hope you like it. Anyway, it was another weekend packed full of rugby as the season winds its way to the sharp and busy end.
On Saturday it was a relatively short trip to Skipton. As you might recall, ickledot's been here before, once over a season ago to see a match against Ossett and then more recently to see the Bumbles. There's been something of a resurgence for Skipton in the last few weeks with the arrival of coach David Duxbury. Readers of this blog will recall ickledot's initial meeting with 'Dux', as he's affectionately known, when he was coach of West Park Leeds. His magic, along with a good deal of hard work, appears to be working once more as his team edges ever closer to the top of their current league, Yorkshire Four.
Today they were to move up a further position to third, with a comfortable victory over Mosborough, whose only consolation was a second half try, enduring an onslaught which saw them concede over sixty points. You can see more pictures of the game here.
During a brief pre-match conversation with Dux he mentioned a tournament taking place at Old Brodleians Rugby Club the following day and invited ickledot along. This was a girls 7s competition at under 13, 15 and 18 age levels. And what a great event it proved to be. Whereas Skipton had played in grey overcast conditions, just twenty four hours later the sky was blue and the sun shone almost continuously.
Teams from all over Yorkshire gathered together - their speed, skill, passion and enjoyment demonstrated that the girls' game is flourishing right across the county. And where does the 30,000 come in? Well, towards the end of Sunday and in to Monday ickledot posted just over 200 pictures of the event on Flickr. Would you believe it, by Monday's end they'd had over 30,000 views! While the number of pictures posted was a little more than usual, given that there were many matches over the day, this was still a fantastic response, reflected also in the number of likes and retweets on Twitter.
As regular readers will know, ickledot's covered some quite high profile matches during this and previous seasons. None have yielded anywhere near as dramatic a response though. Really makes the effort worthwhile.
If all goes well there'll be another rugby filled weekend to follow: a league game on Saturday, Yorkshire U20 in their Championship semi-final once again and a national U19 club semi-final. Can't wait!