Last Saturday Crusaders Masters made the trip to Blackpool to take part in the National Masters festival.
Richard of the Day, was almost decided before the team had even arrived in the seaside resort, as an over eager Jase yelled out "Blackpool Tower, l saw it first!" whilst speeding down the M55 ...... only to realise it was just a pylon.
Crusaders were in the first round of matches that opened the festival and took on hosts Blackpool. Second contender for Richard of the Day came in the formidable form of Phil Sorby, who, not content that a Gold shorter had given him the step and was on his way past him, decided to become a tadge more physical than the rules allow! Thankfully the 65 year old gent recovered sufficiently to keep causing Crusaders lots of trouble. Meanwhile Phil had a short rest on the sideline.
The game was evenly matched and very enjoyable.
After a half an hour break, Crusaders played their second game against Huddersfield outfit, Underbank. Although these were just 25 minute games, this was probably the best game game Crusaders have played so far this year. Things just seemed to click and the penny dropped with a very large clunk!
There was great clashes between the White and Black shorters to set up some great play for our Red, Gold and Blue shorters. Everyone rolling back the years to play some free flowing rugby.
Both games were played in true Masters spirit. With lots of banter flowing each way. Congratulations to Daryl Friend who made his debut for Crusaders Masters and earned his Heritage number.
It was a massive privilege to have North East Thunder Masters player Jim Collins with us. Blue shorter (80+) Jim had let it be known that the festival was likely to be his final outing of his illustrious Masters career which has also seen him represent his country. Fittingly Crusaders and Underbank formed a tunnel to applaud Jim from the field after their game.
Post festival, Ben took the day trippers East in the funless bus (must have been - I wasn't on it!) whilst those staying over headed for the after party in the marquee at the cricket club. After a few hours, Jase, Jay, Darren and Paul headed to a drinking establishment not too far away from their accommodation. It was certainly one of those venues that had everything going on, but nothing you wanted to be part of!! Jay insisted on watching some strange form of rugby where you can whoop a team by just kicking it. The rest of us allowed him, it kept him quiet!
Crusaders Masters would like to thank their shirt sponsors Marstons. We would also like to thank our polo sponsors Burties Hair Design, iSecure Group, eCreative Design, Lighthouse Risk Services LLP, and Top Third.
Crusaders Masters next outing is 01 October, away, against Heworth.