15th August 2019, 13:22 | masters

North West Masters Festival 2019

North West Masters Festival 2019

Another good turnout at the annual North West Masters Rugby League Festival, saw over 197 Masters players representing 18 different Masters clubs from across country, take the field at Crosfield's Webb Security Recreation Ground in Warrington, with 12 teams playing two 30 minute games across four active pitches, in the wet and windy conditions.

The miserable weather though didn’t dampen the player’s spirits with all games being played in a good jovial manner and some good quality rugby league thrown in for good measure, all epitomising the true Masters Rugby League spirit we have all come to enjoy. 

The Master of the Festival award went to London Silverback’s, Pete Murray. Playing in his first North West Masters Festival, Pete had travelled up to Warrington from the capital, playing some good rugby league, all in the name of Masters Rugby League. Well done Pete, greatly deserved.

The festival’s Masters Moment Award went to Leyland’s experienced winger and black shorter, Martin McColl (accepted by teammate Dan Nightingale) for his break and 40 yard sprint, only for him to encounter the opposition full back and then decide to hand him off, which is against the rules. We would have expected a seasoned Masters player to know better, but another classic Master’s moment, nevertheless.

For their consistent play in the true spirit of Masters throughout the festival, and for once again staging another successful and enjoyable North West Masters Festival, the Team of the Festival Award went to the hosts of the day Crosfields Masters, accepted by the Judge, Pete McGuiness. Congratulations to all the boys from Crosfields, well deserved.

The Referee of the Festival award went to Carlisle Masters’ Geoff Grieves for his firm but fair overseeing of some well contested Masters Rugby League games. Well done Geoff.

It’s good to see more Masters Players picking up the whistle, officiating games and doing well.

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.

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 Saturday 7th September, see you all there for the end of season bash.

To find out more or get involved with Masters Rugby League, visit the Master Rugby League website at www.mastersrugbyleague.org.uk/ or email Paul Field on paulf@mastersrugbyleague.org.uk.