WHEELCHAIR RUGBY LEAGUE

16th April 2019, 14:55 | masters

Cardiff make their Masters Rugby League debut

Cardiff make their Masters Rugby League debut

After moving back to his native Wales, former Medway Dragons Masters player and Great Britain Masters international, Chris Thomas, wanted to form a Masters Rugby League team in South Wales. The lads at Colwyn Bay in the North of the country had their North Wales Buccaneers Masters and Chris along with a small band who joined him were determined to have a team in Cardiff.

After months of preparation, this weekend saw Cardiff's first ever game as they hosted the Great Britain Masters Players Association with the game played at Glamorgan Wanderers' ground. GBPA is a group of Masters internationals who get together from time to time to assist with the development of Masters Rugby League. Players from Barrow, Leeds, York, Blackpool and Hull all travelled down for the game and all were in agreement that a visit to the Cardiff Masters should be high the agenda of Masters clubs.

Simon Moat, chairman of the GBPA, was generous with his praise of the reception the team had and the way the Welsh lads played in the finest Spirit of Masters with laughs and good banter throughout the game. “The hospitality from the minute of our arrival was superb" Simon commented. The GBPA side was captain by Green shorter (70+years), Vic Logan from Barrow Masters.

Both teams played some excellent rugby with the appreciative local crowd treated to some sublime tries in what was an excellent Masters 0-0 draw!

Last words must however go the Cardiff Masters’ Chris Thomas, “ A massive thanks to those who travelled down to make this game happen. This has given our newcomers to Masters the enthusiasm to want to play again. Cardiff Masters look forward to attending Masters festivals and to wearing our Cardiff colours!”

Cardiff Masters would like to invite all lads who are 35+ years of age to get in touch and join the fun! Contact is Chris Thomas chris_t93@hotmail.com.