10th August 2018, 09:55 | masters
The weather was once again perfect for the penultimate Masters Festival of the year, the North West Masters Rugby League Festival held at Crosfields' Hood Lane Recreation Ground in Warrington.
Another good turnout saw over 160 Masters representing 17 different clubs from across the country, with new teams Golborne Parkside, Halton Farnworth Hornets and Bank Quay Bulls taking the field with the likes of Leeds Masters, Blackpool, hosts Crosfields, Leyland, West Cumbria, Hindpool and others, seeing 12 teams play two 30 minute games across four active pitches, in warm conditions.
The North West festival had the privilege of welcoming the newly-appointed President of the Rugby Football League and current Mayor of Greater Manchester, the Right Honourable Andy Burnham, who pulled on his boots for newcomers Golborne Parkside and was given a true Masters welcome by the experienced Carl Wilson in the game against Leeds Masters, all in the spirit of Masters of course.
In general the Rugby League played and the spirit in which the games themselves were played, epitomised the true Masters Rugby League spirit we have all come to enjoy and love.
The Master of the Festival award went to London Silverbacks', Kevin Ward.
Kevin regularly travels the length and breadth of the country, all in the name of Masters Rugby League. Well done Kevin, a true Masters stalwart!
The festival's Masters Moment Award went to Golborne's black shorter, Stuart Matthews for his break and 40 yard sprint to try line, only for him to put the ball down over the dead ball line, certainly a classic Master’s moment that will be remembered for a while to come.
For their consistent play in the true spirit of Masters throughout the whole festival, the Team of the Festival Award went to Hindpool. Congratulations the boys from Hindpool, well deserved.
A special thank you goes to Dave Reid, Pete 'The Judge' McGuiness, Kevin Redmond and all those involved at Crosfields Rugby League club, for the use of their fantastic facilities, the efforts of their staff and the general hospitality throughout the day.
A thank you must also go to those guys who gave up their time to officiated, without these we would not have a game.
A quick message goes to the two Crosfields players who suffered unfortunate injuries, one sustaining a broken ankle in an innocuous tackle with West Cumbria's Luke Naylor and the other a torn bicep, Get Well soon guys from all involved in Masters Rugby League.
All in all the day was once again a massive success for Masters Rugby League, with true Masters spirit, beer and plenty of laughs, both on and off the pitch in abundance.
We now move onto the season finale, the Blackpool Masters Festival at Stanley Park, Blackpool on the 8th September, see you all there for the end of season bash.
To find out more or get involved with Masters Rugby League, email Paul Field on firstname.lastname@example.org.