A rather drab and bitterly cold Sunday afternoon saw ickledot on the side of a rugby field at Silcoates School near Wakefield. This was to see Yorkshire's Under 16 side against the old enemy, Lancashire. As readers will know, ickledot's photographed the county's sides at various levels, both men and women, but it was a first for him at this age level.
As you would expect, it was a keenly fought contest as both sides were determined to win this latest bout in a long history of Roses rivalry. At times tempers boiled over, enough for the red card to be shown on a couple of occasions. For the main part, however, the tackling was hard but well within the spirit and meaning of the rules.
As has happened in other Yorkshire teams, the home side began at a high tempo which kept the visitors penned back in their own half for much of the opening quarter. This pressure eventually told when a clearance kick was charged down close to the try line. It was pounced on and pulled over the line for the first score.
After that Yorkshire scored at regular intervals throughout the game and the points total rose steadily. Lancashire did enjoy a period of possession during the middle portion of the game and eventually were able to put points on the board. However, the game was already lost and Yorkshire were able to add more scores before the final whistle.