A new club to visit for ickledot this weekend: Hull Ionians. Arriving around lunchtime, just in time to catch the junior post match discussions, a game between Ionians and presumably local rivals, Goole. The main match of the day though was Yorkshire U20s against Northumberland.
Yorkshire are current county champions at this level, having won the final at Twickenham back in May. Indeed, they've been victorious for the last two seasons so the current cohort of players are no doubt aware they have much to live up to. For two of the last four seasons, Northumberland have also been finalists, once as winners. In each, Yorkshire were the opponents.
Encouraging to see a blend of players from last season alongside those making their debut. As the game got underway it was great that the fast and aggressive approach adopted by previous generations of Yorkshire players was still apparent in this latest crop. It put the visitors on the back foot from the start and they were soon forced into defensive mode.
Something of a shock then that it was Northumberland who scored first, intercepting a loose pass and touching down between the posts. For Yorkshire, it was progress interrupted rather than halted. They drove over shortly after, adding further points and taking the lead with much of the first half still to go.
With a fast pace maintained and a team together for the first time there were errors. However, the points tally continued to rise long into the second half and by the final whistle Yorkshire had amassed 52 points with Northumberland notching up 17.