Those age category players and squads who watched the over-35s and 40s World Cups will no doubt be eagerly anticipating their moment in the spotlight after Nottingham put on a fine show.
As media partner for the tournament, it was clear that the event had indeed “raised the bar” for what is achievable at Masters level and raising the profile of the sport.
“Every single side said they enjoyed the experience,” said Simon Mason. “It’s not about the team who lifted the cup and wore the medals. It’s about every single team coming here, competing fairly on the pitch an dall enjoying all the social, friendship and camararderie off it.”
The hope now is that the Masters game can go from strength to strength, from over-35s to over-80s. And the competition and rivalry will also continue on this evidence.
Anthony Traill, Australia men’s over-40s captain who saw his side rally from 2-0 down before losing a shoot-out against England, said: “We like to play the game at a fast pace but to come up against the Europeans opoosition who like to slow the play is a real test of our character.
“It’s the ultimate test when you come to an event like the Masters World Cup.”
There were 19 counties and 49 teams in Nottingham. The baton is now passed on to South Africa, then Japan for two more Masters World Cups.
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