The inaugural men’s Masters Interpro series took place at Lisnagrvey’s Comber Road last weekend with the competition format seeing teams at O-40s and O-45s compete in a five team competition. Ulster and Munster entering teams at both age groups with Leinster providing a single combined team.
It was definitely a ‘blue’ Saturday with Leinster collecting victories over both Ulster’s teams. The first a very competitive affair against Ulster 40s was shaded 3-2 with Leinster scoring twice in the last 10 minutes.
The second game provided an equally competitive game against a very well organized and talented Ulster 45s team. Strong performances versus the Munster squads on day two saw Leinster complete the series with four wins from four to win the very first Masters Interpro Series.
The Leinster Squad comprised of both senior and junior club players with representatives from many different clubs: Paul O’Brien (Railway), Ross McMullen (Clontarf), Stewart Atkinson (Pembroke) Paul Kennedy (Weston), Colm O’Hare (Suttonians), Nick Phiefer (Suttonians), Mark Birnie (Kildare), Ian Stuart (Monkstown), Clinton Murphy (Glenanne), Paul Fitzpatrick (Glenanne), Nasir Munir (Portrane), Adrian Henchy (Portrane), Ray Walker (Blackrock).
The intention is to host this event on an annual basis and the benchmark has well and truly been set. It is envisioned that the series will provide players the opportunity for international selection to compete at future Masters events.
Over the summer, the Masters 40s, 45s, 50s and 55s will compete internationally in a Four Nations event in Edinburgh over the weekend of June 8-10 with a further ‘World Cup’ event in London being considered for some date in August.