The Irish Masters has received approval and support from the sport’s governing bodies to host an Interprovincial tournament across the various age groups playing at Masters level.
The plan is to host a tournament which will see competitions at three levels, over-40’s, 45’s & 50’s. This will be subject to the level of interest from would-be participants. The tournament will be hosted in Ulster at the end May 2012.
The first Leinster training session will be held on February 12 in Sutton Park School from 3pm to 5pm. It’s a great opportunity for players at these age groups to and renew old acquaintances and a few rivalries, and show what you can still do.
Those interested in playing or who may have queries about the event, please make contact with any one of the following:
Stewart Atkinson (087 9876102), Frank Byrne (087 8207078), Peter Conway (086 2744238), Paul Kennedy (087 6815802) or Colm O’Hare (087 9475755).
3 Responses to “Masters given clearance for Interpro series”
February 2, 2012 6:22 pm ulster no1 says
joke!!!! yet the senior and junior interpros are cancelled!!! who wants to watch a bunch of grandas playin anyway!!!!!!?
February 3, 2012 11:05 am Old Fogie says
@Ulster No. 1
As Ulster has long been the premier supporter of this level of competition it appears that you are out of touch with the feeling of your own hockey community. Ulster has been the primary provider of players for Irish representation at Masters level at tournaments around the world.
I think the premise behind a Masters Interpros tournament is to present older players with an incentive to continue playing and present them with the opportunity to renew old rivalries. The intention is for the tournament to be about the players. Like you say I don’t beleve it will be drawing large crowds.
It’s long been recognised within hockey circles that there is an ability to play hockey well into one’s 40s or 50s. It is that ability that allows parents to play with their children. Ultimately it’s probably just friends and family that may support such an event After all is this what the fabric of Irish hockey is all about.
Bottom line is that although approval has been granted to host such a tournament it will be financed entirely by the players themselves.
February 16, 2012 3:59 pm BigTazNI says
Have to agree with Old Fogie. Masters hockey may not be as competitive in terms of speed as the normal interpros but that is the only way it differs. I have been fortunate enough to travel with the Irish team to play in a Home Nations against the usual suspect and a World Cup in Hong Kong against teams like Australia and New Zealand. It was not just fun but fiercely competitive, exhausting, painful, and rewarding too. Allied with the above there is no greater honour than to represent your country by putting on that green jersy and singing Irelands Call, I might not be as young as I once was but I can still play or umpire on behalf of Ireland.
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