30th November 2019, 10:45 | masters

Family Masters

Family Masters

The third edition of the annual Masters Rugby League Dads ‘n’ Lads game was held at the home of Hull Masters.

The Dads ‘n’ Lads is where fathers and sons get to play Masters Rugby League together on the same team and where they issue an invitation to another team to come along and play the game. This year the invitation went out to Hull Masters as part of a fund raising day for Hull Masters player John Perry who is fighting with cancer.

The Dads ‘n’ Lads called on players from across Yorkshire, Lancashire, Cumbria and the North East with Eastmoor Masters pairing of Brian and Simon Rishworth being the oldest pairing at 131 years.

SpringView’s Sean and Mark Long were two of the debutants for the Dads ‘n’ Lads. Sean posted “pretty much the coolest thing I’ve been involved in since becoming part of Masters Rugby League”. Other debutants were Terry and Scott Stephens, Chris and Colin Hird and Paul Flynn who joined dad Martin and brother Sean in the team.

Dads ‘n’ Lads organiser Martin Flynn said “we have a great bunch of Dads ‘n’ Lads and the squad is bigger each year, we had a great time supporting a great cause and cant wait to play again next year”

The game, along with the Hull Warriors v Invitation XIII game which followed, was played in atrocious conditions. Both teams found handling difficult as the rain and wind played havoc with passes. Master of the Match for the Dads ‘n’ Lads was Cumbria’s Willy Reid who put in a long and effective shift in gold shorts.

In true Masters style, the WAGS were also closely involved: York Lokos Womens Masters player, Jade Orchard, was fund raising with her cake and bun stall as partner, Steve Whattam, was out in the rain refereeing the Dads ‘n’ Lads game!

With all the players’ subs for the day plus raffles and an auction of Masters Rugby League kit, the day raised over £1100 for John Penny and his family. Truly a day when the Spirit of Masters brought families together