Sunday March 5 was a historic day for Hindpool ARLFC, as their newly-formed Masters team took to the field for the first time.
It was a close-run thing as the bad weather made their home pitch unavailable!
At short notice, Shaun McPoland arranged for the Roose Pioneers' ground to be available, so it was away at Barrow Masters that Hindpool began their Masters journey.
Most of the players hadn't played a few years and without a training session, it was with some trepidation that they gathered in the car park to sort out registrations and positions.
Barrow Masters are an experienced team with GB tourists and International Masters including the oldest man on the pitch 70yrs+ Vic Logan who didn't stop running all afternoon.
The Hindpool lads quickly got into the game and played some good although basic Rugby League.
They were helped along by the Barrow lads and with the rain holding off both sets of players thoroughly enjoyed the game.
The question after the game was would the Hindpool lads play Masters again? The answer was a very definite 'yes!'
"It was great - we are buzzing," enthused Graham Shaw who organised the Hindpool team: "I can't wait to do that again. Hopefully we can encourage some more lads to join us!"
As always, the day ended with a cold beer and a hot shower in the Roose club followed by talk of future games and plans to get to a festival!