6th November 2019, 10:53 | masters
Ex-servicemen from across Masters Rugby League and the country, joined forces at the weekend to take part in the inaugural Masters Rugby League Ex-Forces game at the Weetwood sports centre in Leeds.
The continuous rain couldn’t dampen the pride and honour of the ex-servicemen representing Master Rugby League, as they joined representatives of the Royal British Legion and Hull Masters’ John Penny for the pre match recital of ‘The Last Post’ to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
The organisers of the day, Jason Myers and Paul Flynn, called on players from across the country, which saw representatives from the Army, Navy and Royal Air Force, divided into two teams and take the field, for the first time together, for a good enthralling game of Masters Rugby.
“I really enjoyed it, everyone put in a massive effort” claimed Quinten Deeth (Hull Masters): “I look forward to the next game”
“Awesome lads loved it!” enthused Andy Daw (Blackpool Masters).
Despite the wet conditions taking its effect on the early running rugby, the players soon found their rhythm and what ensued was a captivating, passionate, well contested game of Masters Rugby League, all in the true spirit of Masters Rugby. The only try of the game came from Barrow Masters’ Stu Knaggs who proceeded to sprint 70 metres down the wing beating several defenders to score a great solo try.
The quality of the Rugby League played by everyone and the great spirit in which it was played, drew comment from numerous spectators and only served to further highlight the increasing popularity of Masters Rugby League.
“An awesome day! A pleasure to be a small part of it” commented referee Paul Field: “The concept will go from strength to strength, well done Jason and Paul”. The Master of the Game award, on this occasion was awarded to a player from each team, with Peter McGuire receiving the award for the blue team and Carl Fletcher receiving the award for the hoops team: both for their exemplary play in true Masters Spirit.
The money received from all the players’ subs for the day, plus a contribution from Paul Field and Martin Flynn, raised a total of £150, which was donated to the Royal British Legion. Truly a day when the Spirit of Masters brought ex-servicemen together to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
The whole day was a massive success and a credit to both Jason and Paul for all their hard work in getting the players together and making the event happen, those who took part have rekindled old friendships and made new ones. Everyone is looking forward to next year’s game.