March 05, 2019
Masters breaks new ground in Dublin
The weather might have been cool and wet in Dublin as Leeds Masters took on Republic of Ireland Masters but the spirit of Masters glowed at Coolmine Rugby club. The ROI Masters were hosting an English side for the first time.
Masters is beginning to be known amongst the Rugby League community throughout the island of Ireland. If was encouraging to see Peter Robson and James Small rom Ulster Masters out on the field enjoying their role helping out Leeds Masters.
Both captains, Carl Wilson of Leeds and Brien O'Brien of Republic of Ireland Masters were as one after the game in their praise for all the players. “That is proper Masters” Carl commented. “these Irish lads really enjoy their Masters". Brian O'Brien, or Bob as he better known, thanked the Leeds Masters players and referee Paul Field for coming across to make the game possible.
With players travelling from as far as Cork, the Republic of Ireland Masters are drawing on players from around the country. Perhaps a future game in Cork would be a possibility? The Irish lads look forward to more English and indeed Welsh teams, coming across, as they begin their own planning to enter the Masters National Festival in Blackpool during September. An event which will see a French team take part for the first time.
Next up for Masters Rugby League in Ireland is the visit of Hindpool Masters to Ulster Masters in Belfast for St Patrick's weekend. Now that will be a great tour!