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15th January 2018, 09:44 | masters

Masters again largest group at President's Ball

Masters again largest group at President's Ball

The Rugby League Benevolent Fund President's Ball was held at the Queen's Hotel in Leeds this last weekend and with over 300 in attendance almost 100 were Masters Rugby League players and their partners.

The black-tie event has become a firm date in the Masters calendar.

Masters players from 13 different Masters clubs from across the country (Barrow, Blackpool, Crosfields, Eastmoor Farnley, Ossett, RAF, Siddal, London, Wigan St Jude's, West Cumbria, Hull and York Lokos together) plus Masters referees together with all their partners thoroughly enjoyed the occasion.

For the second year, a motivating welcome speech from Rugby League President, Air Commodore Dean Andrew started proceedings followed by an interview with teenage player, Connor Lynes, telling his story of recovering from a stroke and the assistance given by the Benevolent Fund.

MC and super auctioneer was BBC Rugby League correspondent, Dave Woods.

At the end of the evening, it was announced that Dave will play with the Great Britain Masters vs Australia on 10th March at Leigh East. Dave commented that he very surprised to be asked but had no hesitation in accepting the invitation.

Masters Chairman, John Wroe, commented: "Isn't it wonderful to see so many Masters enjoying the evening and contributing to a fabulous charity!" 

The Rugby League Benevolent Fund is the chosen charity of Masters Rugby League.