Hull Ionians r.f.c. were founded in 1989 some 28 years ago, when Hull and East Riding merged with Ionians, the club were promoted to Natonal Division One in 2013 - 2014, relegated the following season then winning promotion back to National One the following season again. They currently have a squad of thirty two this season playing out of Brantingham Park. This season is another hard slog for them and currently they have seven more games in which to make up a seven point deficit to climb out of the relegation zone.
As I'm sure your aware our chair, Ali Hannaford has organized a collection for Saturday in aid of the old "Fishermans Mission" or the R.N.M. D. S. F. as it now known, something in which both Hull and Plymouth fishermen were heavily involved in over the last 200 or so years as a principle fishing area with many boats from both Brixham and Plymouth using the facilities at Hull as their base, losing many crew members in that dangerous occupation, hence the forming of the Mission to support their families.
Don't forget to support the collection in the memory of all those who caught your fish and chip suppers over the years will you.
Do you think theres any chance of Albion letting us know the team?
There is nothing on their website about the game. You would think with Argyle at home they would be doing all they can to promote their game.
We're well fancied for this afternoon (100% home win, and 4/5 of that for a 4T bonus), but a couple of things are nagging at the back of my mind.
Hull Is have given us 3 tough games at this level, beating us H & A last year with a narrow away win to us (18 - 24, 2 tries to 3) back in November. Plus, we don't seem to be great starters after a break of any kind. They are good up front as I recall and a soft pitch may favour their game. We certainly don't need any "ruck/not a ruck" ploys to unsettle us.
Don't get me wrong, I'm backing the boys to win well with 4+ tries, but we shouldn't be misled by their the Yorkies' lowly standing in the league.
Out of the blocks like bulls/whippets lads - and send 'em home wi' nowt!
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