Delighted event organiser Tom Sanderson has expressed his delight that Yorkshire Carnegie are already thinking about a return ‘On the road’ trip to Huddersfield YMCA.
A crowd of around 750 braved bitterly-cold winds and blizzards to watch Headiingley-based Carnegie produce a strong second-half display to secure a 27-19 British and Irish Cup triumph over Ulster Ravens at Laund Hill.
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It’s the first time the YMCA have had the honour of staging a Carnegie clash, with the likes of Hull Ionians having staged a fixture for the Leeds-based club three times over the past three years.
But Sanderson is confident his club can follow suit.
“It was a fantastic day for Huddersfield YMCA,” he said.
“All of the feedback we received from the Yorkshire Carnegie officials was extremely positive, and Sir Ian McGeechan (Director of Rugby) and Gary Hetherton (Chief Executive) both told me they hope to play other games here in the future.
“We’ll obviously hold a post-mortem at the YMCA and at Carnegie to assess in more detail exactly how things went, but the initial feeling across the board was that it couldn’t have gone amy better.
“It was a shame the weather was like it was, and the sight of a blizzard less than an hour before kick-off was a real worry, so to attract a crowd of around 750 was also highly encouraging."