16th July 2019, 15:28 | magic_weekend
Eastmoor Dragons was the venue for the Masters Rugby League Yorkshire Festival.
The Eastmoor lads spent hours setting up; marking two new pitches, setting up the outside bar and burger facilities, the bouncy castle and bucking bronco - a real family atmosphere with the Dragons' Mascot in attendance throughout the day.
The Masters games were preceded by a presentation of three defibrillators to Masters by Steve Ball, RL Benevolent Fund, and Christine Kidd, Danny Jones Fund.
Guest of the day, Rugby Football League Vice President, Pat Crawshaw, spent the whole afternoon mingling with Masters and their families. Pat later tweeted "Great afternoon of Rugby and camaraderie".
The Masters games began with four pitches in operation during the afternoon.
There were 21 games, 19 teams with representatives from 26 different Masters clubs and a record of 295 Masters (including the four referees) taking part.
Great afternoon of rugby & camaraderie @MastersRugbyL Yorkshire Tournament, pleasure to meet these two gents still playing at 77 & 75 among the 291 other players @TheRFL Well done @eastmoormasters for organising the event pic.twitter.com/HtAv365wPV— Pat Crawshaw (@CrawshawPat) July 13, 2019
That figure included Brian Birt from Ulster Blues, who had flown in for the weekend. And for the very first time a Canadian Masters player, Nicholas Mew, from Barrie, Ontario attended. He played with Eastmoor and Methley. His parting comment was simply: "I'm going to tell my teammates in Canada about the outstanding Masters festival at Eastmoor!"
With great Masters Rugby League played out on the pitches, it was soon time to start socialising with a feed and a beer provided for all the players and officials.
The traditional Masters Festival presentation saw the awards going to Masters across the country. Team of the Festival was Methley and Master of the Day went to birthday boy, Jeff Jevons, Crosfields.
The ever-popular Referee of the Festival award was well deserved by Steve Lowrie, Aldershot & Fleet, and the Masters Moment award was quietly accepted by Nick Corion, Huddersfield Masters, for … well … just running into touch!
The socialising continued well into the evening and as players left there was talk of the North West Festival at Crosfields on August 10 and the Masters National Festival in Blackpool on September 7, when French team Galia Tots and a combined Irish team will be taking part!