League Masters a great success
ANY rugby league player worth his salt will tell you he loves playing in the rain and mud, so the damp weather held no fears for old Masters sloshing around the Coffs Coast at the weekend.
One of the most unusual sporting gatherings for quite a while finally wound up with secretary Malcolm Duncan issuing an open welcome for all ex-players to gather on the Gold Coast next year.
“While things didn't look promising at the start it's no bother to us at all,” he said.
“I know there's a lot of local interest in some of the old footy players having a run together and we've got big plans for the October long weekend in 2011.
“It will be an international tournament beginning on Friday, October 7, and will run for an entire week, hosted by the Southport Tigers club.
“There will be at least one team from Great Britain to take part and the indications already are more are being organised to come Down Under.”
This year's event held at BCU International Stadium and Coffs Coast Sports and Leisure park wound up on Saturday with a local invitational side organised by Men Of League chairman Peter Barrett, confronting the visitors.
And just to remind any old codgers who'd forgotten how to play the game what they should be doing, the mini ‘superstars in development' from the under-7s played the curtain-raiser.
For some strange reason the invitational match ended in a draw, just like every other game played since the tournament began last Tuesday.
Most local interest centred on the Woolgoolga Razorbacks, who fielded a ‘ring-in' to feed the scrums in the shape of ex-Coffs Harbour Comet Brian Hopwood, who showed he'd lost none of his ability to tell the referee what to do since the last time he played halfback.
And that went for all of them, actually.
To get involved in next year's Masters carnival call Malcolm Duncan on 0425 320 890 or email firstname.lastname@example.org