Yorkshire 5 Rest Of The World Nil

OK, rather a melodramatic title but it caught your attention, didn't it? The numbers are correct, for five rugby matches last weekend though the opposition didn't quite cover the whole planet. Saturday was Finals Day at Twickenham and Yorkshire sides were involved in three of the four matches. Meanwhile, back in Huddersfield Yorkshire's senior side was embarking on its season, the opponents being Cheshire.

West Leeds Celebrate

This was ickledot's fourth visit to Twickenham. I've always enjoyed trips there but photographing has never been particularly easy. At either end there's quite a long run off beyond the end of the pitch so anyone without the longest of lenses has to either wait for the action to come to them or do quite a bit of cropping to images afterwards. Now there's a further obstacle with the addition of electronic advertising boards. 

So I spent quite a bit of my time on the sidelines rather than shooting from above these new boards. Thankfully enough action came close by in each of the matches I photographed and I was pleased with a number of shots.

Goole's Tom Halliday

All three matches were competitive; none of the runaway scores we saw last year. First up was Goole, playing a team from Gloucester named Spartans. One of Goole's try scorers was Tom Halliday. Little did I think when I took a cheeky portrait of him at Halifax Vandals that the next photo of him would be at Twickenham. A great win for Goole.

West Leeds' Mark Calderwood Try Bound

West Leeds are now old hands at Twickenham; it's becoming something of a second home for them. Winners of the Junior Vase last year following a defeat the year before, they were now in the Intermediate Cup Final, against Charlton Park. And it was another victory! Well done to West Leeds following a great season in all competitions.

Last match of the day was Yorkshire Under 20s, playing in their fourth consecutive final and achieving their third win in a row, this time against Durham. It was a close and relatively low scoring game but a win is a win as they say, however it comes. A fantastic achievement for the county's Under 20s squads and coaching staff - three wins in a row!

News came through that Yorkshire had beaten Cheshire back in Huddersfield so that was four county victories for the day. For the second year in a row there was a drive north for ickledot on Saturday evening in order to be ready for his fourth match of the weekend on Sunday. Yorkshire Ladies took on North Midlands and were rampant, notching up more than ninety points for the second weekend in succession.


So there we are. No less than five matches played by Yorkshire sides in a single weekend and five victories. I've included just a few of my favourite photographs here but if you want to see more there are albums of all four matches over on Flickr. And if you want to see (or own) even more, step over to the ickledot shop.