Huddersfield YMCA have taken social rugby league to a new level by introducing a Masters Floodlit competition.
Matches will take place throughout November on Friday 14, 21 and 28 for rugby league players over the age of 35.
Four teams will be taking part in the first competition of its type, with Emley Masters, Huddersfield Intertown, Huddersfield RL Players Association and Leeds Masters ready to do battle.
All four clubs are expected to be strong, with those named in the Huddersfield RLPA guaranteed to capture the imagination.
Their squad will include Paul Reilly, Colin Harris, Paul Royston, Wayne Daley, Nick Corion, John Taylor, Martin Maders, Phil Helliwell, Damon Scholes, Neil Flanagan, Rob Salmon, Chris Coop, Colin Hawkyard, Alan Boothroyd, Abe Philips, Phil Huck, Andy Pucill, Lee St Hilaire, Marcus St Hilaire, Darren Fleary, Vinny Corion and Jimmy Lee.
Others are welcome to sign up, with Scholes the HRLPA contact on 07862 272025, Brett Hutchinson (07725 366971) in charge of recruitment at Emley and Andrew ‘Spike’ McGuire (07860 866574) for Huddersfield Intertown.
Rugby League laws apply to Masters, with slight modifications to reduce the physicality of the game, with ‘rough or over vigorous play” not being condoned. And to reduce the amount of running, defence must only retreat 5m at the play-the-ball.
Masters players are divided by age, this being signified through the use of different coloured shorts. It’s white for 35 to 49-year-olds, red for 50 to 59s and gold for 60-plus.
Physical contact is restricted or removed in both attack and defence for individual players based on the short colour. Younger players can tackle normally, older players complete a tackle by a two-handed hold or by a touch.
The involvement of the HRLPA in the Laund Hill competition follows on from the Association’s decision to sponsor the kit for the YMCA’s newly-established RL team, which has just completed its first summer campaign. with a cheque presentation by Association president Derek Wroe to YM team captain and coach Tim Jones.
The Association saw this as an ideal opportunity to assist and help develop rugby league in Huddersfield, with funds raised through their annual dinner on the last Friday in March each year at the Cedar Court Hotel at Ainley Top and a yearly golf competition, this year at Outlane.