Northern Ireland veterans Paris-bound to defend their title

Northern Ireland veterans claimed the Masters title in Bristol last year

NORTHERN Ireland’s Over 55s will defend their title at the Paris Masters this weekend after claiming victory in the Bristol games last year.

Among the north’s line-up are former Cliftonville and Coleraine defender Marty Tabb who played over 800 competitive games in the Irish League, Dessie Edgar, formerly of Glenavon and Coleraine, Steel Cup winner with Cromac Albion in 1978 Gerry Goodall while long-time veterans Sammy Wright and Fra Miskelly are also competiting.

Northern Ireland, Belgium, Canada, Finland, Turkey, France, Hungary, Wales and England are among the participants.

The five-a-side veterans’ event is held over two days – today and tomorrow – in the French capital with six 15-minute games.

Captain Gerry Goodall said: “The Masters is a great event and we’re delighted to be able to defend our title in Paris. It’s great to see so many ex-players staying involved in the game and all the benefits that come with that – staying physically and mentally fit.”

The Northern Ireland team has funded the event themselves by running several events prior to yesterday’s eagerly awaited trip.

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