SAINTS traditional Academy Tours to Australia will once again be well represented in the Super League Grand Final with a whole host of players joining the long list of former tourists to play in the showpiece.Previous tour Grand Finalists include Paul Clough, Jonny Lomax and Tommy Makinson.2004 tour – Paul Clough (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011) & Scott Moore (2011)2006 tour – Jonny Lomax (2010, 2011), Jamie Foster (2010, 2011), Lee Gaskell (2011), Andrew Dixon (2010, 2011), Gary Wheeler (2011)2009 tour – Tommy Makinson (2011)And Josh Jones (2009), Adam Swift, Mark Percival, Greg Richards and Luke Thompson (2011) are all in line to join that list.Player Performance Manager Neil Kilshaw said: “We pride ourselves on having an Academy system that not only produces a conveyor belt of talent into the first team squad, but that can also perform on the world stage.“We are equally proud of players and tourists like Tom Armstrong who performed so well in the Championship Grand Final.“The Academy Tour is a foundation for that as it prepares players for a professional career. We’d like to wish all the players good luck in the final; we’re sure they will do themselves proud.”
IT doesn’t get much bigger or fiercer than Saints v Warrington.The two rivals lock horns on Thursday March 19 at Langtree Park in an 8pm kick off.And despite their phenomenal record over the Wolves, Saints will be seeking their first win over Warrington at Langtree ParkAll in all Saints have won 39 from 48 matches between the two sides in the Super League era.That will, as it always does, count for nothing come the 8pm kick off though as two big packs rip into each other.Alex Walmsley, Kyle Amor and Mose Masoe will come up against the Wolves’ Ashton Simms, Chris Hill and Anthony England whilst Saints half back Travis Burns will be looking to continue his great start to life at Langtree Park.Saints have a whole host of special entertainment planned for a fixture of this magnitude including a live singer and stilt walkers – courtesy of club partner Pier Fun Casinos – as well as the usual fun and games before the match and at half time.The ODs Designer Clothing Crossbar Challenge will also see two fans aiming to hit the crossbar to win some fantastic prizes.All they have to do is hit the crossbar at the Hatton’s Solicitors West Stand from around 20m out and if they do they will win a £100 ODs voucher!Tickets for this game are selling fast with a bumper crowd expected.To secure yours pop into the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, call 01744 455 052 or log on to www.saintssuperstore.comHospitality is also available for the fixture too with an adult package priced at £85 (+VAT) – call 01744 455 053 for further details!It’s Our Team, Our Town, Our Saints
KEIRON Cunningham pulled no punches after his side lost 46-18 at Leeds.“It was probably the worst start in St Helens Rugby League Club history,” he said. “I don’t think I have seen a worst start.“You think we would have learnt a lot of lessons from the last time we played Leeds. We aren’t playing against a poor team, they are world class and if you give them plenty of shots at the line they will score tries… and they scored plenty tonight.“By the time we got some form of exposure we were 22 points down which is not good enough from this side.“I said to the players, the expectancy is high at this club. You aren’t playing at an average club; we would like to think we are world class too and that is just not good enough. If you don’t want to play in big games then you’re at the wrong club as we do want to play in big games.“A lot of senior players let their teammates down today.”He continued: “It was horrendous but believe it or not there was some good defensive stuff in there – but you can’t chase a game. It was like there was a party for first and we didn’t get the invite. We sat there waiting and watching instead of rolling our sleeves up.“This has been on the horizon. We weren’t great at Cas and we were poor for 50 minutes against Widnes – and tonight our start was horrible.“That said, I thought Jon Wilkin was phenomenal and tireless; he led by example but it was a pity 16 blokes didn’t go with him.“As a coach I have to take the brunt of this. As a local boy who is a spectator and an ex player I want to apologise to all the Saints fans who made the journey over here, on a Friday evening, to watch that debacle.”
Derek Traynor’s young side finished second in the Academy Championship following a stellar season.Now they take on the Rhinos (7.30pm) as they seek their third Grand Final appearance in four seasons.Entry on the night is Adult £5 and Junior £2 whilst 2018 Members can go free.The Teams:Saints: 1. Tom Nisbet; 2. Kevin Brown, 3. Cameron Brown, 4. Josh Simm, 5. John Hutchings; 6. Jack Welsby, 7. Jake Wingfield; 8. Alex Eckley (c), 9. Paul Nash, 10. Callum Hazzard, 11. Chris Follin, 12. Sam Royle, 13. Joe Sharratt. Subs: 14. Ryan Horne, 15. Matthew Foster, 16. Kye Siyani, 17. Christian Kellett.Leeds: 1. Liam Whitton; 2. Ben Markland, 3. Jack Broadbent, 4. Harry Newman, 5. Kiedan Hartley; 6. Harvey Spence, 7. Reece Chapman-Smith; 8. Mikolaj Oledzski, 9. Corey Johnson, 10. Spencer Darley, 11. Alex Sutcliffe, 12. Owen Trout, 13. Loui McConnell. Subs: 14. Harvey Whiteley, 15. Muizz Mustapha, 16. Tom Holroyd, 17. Tyler Dupree.
Saints head into Saturday’s Semi-Final at the University of Bolton Stadium knowing a win over Championship side Halifax will mean a first Wembley appearance for 11 years.And at a joint media event at Saturday’s Semi Final venue, Makinson insists Saints will prepare for a “big” clash regardless of the opposition.“We just need to prepare for a big semi final clash. It doesn’t matter who you are playing. We will show the respect to Halifax, they deserve to be here because they have beaten all the teams put in front of them and we just have to beat them now and we will be doing everything we can to do that and put on a good performance to get to Wembley.“We need to [get to Wembley]. This club deserves to be at the biggest stages, it deserves to play at Wembley and it is something I am looking forward to doing and hopefully we can re-pay these loyal fans who have stuck by us for years and years as it has been a long time since we last won a trophy so hopefully we can bring one back.”Makinson believes it is great for the game of rugby league that these high profile fixtures are being played at venues across the country and the England international is naturally hoping Saints can go one better than we did last year in Bolton.“The last one [neutral ground] we played was at Anfield and to take rugby league to different places is fantastic and Bolton isn’t too far away for all the fans to travel as well so obviously it being a semi-final as well we are going to bring great numbers and there are a couple of games here as well so it’s all going to add to the atmosphere which I am really looking forward to.“Last year we struggled and got beat and we are sat here in the same position as last year and we didn’t do what we want to do so hopefully we can get this semi won and move on to Wembley, but there is a lot of hard work to do in between.”Tickets for our Coral Challenge Cup Semi Final against Halifax on Saturday (KO 4:30pm) at the University of Bolton Stadium and are still on sale online here. Today is the final chance for you to submit your ‘What If’ forms for 2019 Members who have an exclusive opportunity to pre-book their tickets for the Coral Challenge Cup Final IF we beat Halifax.
Darryl J. Waddell (Photo: New Hanover Co. DA’s Office) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington man is now a habitual felon after pleading guilty to the illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.Darryl J. Waddell, 26, was sentenced up to 6 years behind bars.- Advertisement – On September 12, 2016, just after 11:00 p.m., officers with the Wilmington Police Department saw Waddell circling the residences at Creekwood housing community, then parking on private property and remaining in his car. Waddell consented to a search of his car and was patted down by officers. They recognized what felt like a firearm in the his’s front pocket. Waddell reached toward this pocket and was placed into custody.During this time, safety patrols of the Creekwood area had been increased for the local residents after a shooting 9 days prior involving 38 rounds that were shot, seriously injuring 4 people and killing a local man.This shooting occurred about 100 feet from where Waddell parked his vehicle. Officers learned that Waddell had previously been convicted of felony breaking and entering in March 2009, Possession of Cocaine in August 2010, and Possession of a Firearm as a Felon in March 2016, six months prior to this event.
The City of Wilmington and the YMCA of Southeastern NC are hosting the annual Pooch Plunge through Sunday. The pool will be open from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. through Friday, and noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.Some dogs were afraid to jump in at first but with a little nudge, all pups were able to get a sweet relief from the heat.“You gotta take baby steps,” Wilmington resident Trevor Darros said. “If you just throw them in they are going to be terrified of the water.”Related Article: Thousands of books donated to New Hanover County schoolsDarros used this opportunity to get his dog Sweetheart more comfortable in the water. He says being around other dogs makes it a lot more comfortable for dogs that do not get a chance to swim often.The event is $5 a day per dog. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Good bye “dog days of summer.”Wilmington’s Legion Stadium Pool has officially closed to the public, but not for our furry best friends.- Advertisement –
LELAND, NC (WWAY) — Representative David Rouzer is in the Cape Fear this week assessing damage all over the 7th Congressional District.Rouzer said there is devastation all over the area. He said some towns look like lakes.- Advertisement – Rouzer said the beach towns are facing erosion. He said the area has a long road to recovery ahead.“The flooding is just tremendous. I have seen the devastation at Topsail all the way down the coast. Duplin County the other day basically looked like a lake,” Rouzer said.Rouzer was with the President earlier this week. He said they were both amazed at the help the area is getting from all over the country.Related Article: Records show FBI was probing Michael Cohen long before raid“The patience and the volunteer spirit and the comradery that you sense out there, the President was really moved by that,” Rouzer said.Rouzer said he has been working with FEMA all week on aid. He said FEMA has funds ready to help the area.Click here to get more information on applying for assistance from FEMA and other information on recovery from Rep. Rouzer.
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A rail realignment is in the works for Wilmington and it could have drastic effects for the city and beyond.The projected outcomes of the realignment include further economic development, help with congestion, affordable housing opportunities and eventually a bigger public transportation system.- Advertisement – Rail Realignment Project Coordinator Laura Padgett explains the step-by-step process of making these outcomes possible.“The project is to basically remove the freight rail from the heart of the City of Wilmington and take that freight rail directly from the port across the river and up the west side of the river into Brunswick/Columbus County,” Padgett said.Padgett says the public transportation system would eventually become part of Wave Transit.
CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Freeman Park in Carolina Beach is temporarily closed to prepare for the upcoming beach nourishment project.A contractor hired by the US Army Corps of Engineers will be setting up equipment and placing pipe along the beach.- Advertisement – Once the set up is finished, Freeman Park will reopen. There is no word on when exactly that will be.While the beach nourishment project is being done, the work area will be roped off.You will not be allowed in that area due to hazardous conditions.Related Article: Freeman Park closed to all vehicle trafficThe park was scheduled to close at 5 p.m. Friday.