Yorkshire U20s Hampshire Bound, Yorkshire's Women With The Army

As already mentioned in these pages, the 2016-17 season is rapidly reaching its exciting close when championship, promotion and relegation issues are decided to the excitement of some and disappointment of others. It's also a time when rugby union enthusiasts and players turn their attentions to cup competitions and county representative matches. In Yorkshire the U20s team has been in action again and the county's senior women's squad has been training with the army!

For the U20s it was a quarter final tie against East Midlands, held at Beverley Rugby Club. On paper the result looks quite convincing, the home side notching up 40 points. However, it was generally agreed the overall performance was less than faultless, particularly in the first half when a number of promising moves broke down through error. More pictures from the game can be seen over on Flickr.

Still, nothing was lost and improvements can be made before a semi final encounter with Hampshire on Sunday. Although Hampshire will undoubtedly offer a sterner test than East Midlands, particularly on home soil, Yorkshire's traditional fast and aggressive attacking style, can get them through to Twickenham once more. Best of luck to them.

Yorkshire's women have a bit longer to wait before their first game on 30 April. They've been training regularly at Castleford Rugby Club each Wednesday evening and last week they were joined by the 4th Infantry Brigade, the Black Cats. 

It was a great evening, concentrating on leadership skills, team building and decision making under pressure. The varied exercises, both physical and mental, were clearly exhausting but obviously enjoyed by all. Well done everyone!

In addition to the few pictures here there are more on Flickr and also the whole collection in the ickledot shop. - pick up a souvenir of the pain.