SAINTS secured their first league win at Hull KR since 2007 thanks to a dominant second half performance.Down 16-10 at half time they rallied and led by the superb James Roby won 31-22.Tries from Matty Dawson, Jon Wilkin and Atelea Vea made the difference but the contribution of the mercurial number 9 made the biggest impact.He was sensational; lifting the pack and his teammates as he opened up the Robins down the middle.In the first half, after both sides traded long kicks on their opening sets, Saints broke the deadlock thanks to excellent defence from Alex Walmsley and the opportunism of Adam Swift.The big prop forced an error in his own 20 and within seconds the loose ball was picked up by Swift who went 60 metres before turning it inside to the returning Shannon McDonnell.In the tenth minute the Robins replied – Ben Cockayne taking advantage from a knock on that followed his own stabbed kick.Saints rallied and Luke Walsh’s 40:20 gave them great field position in the 15th minute.And when Burns let Jon Wilkin go over the line everyone thought the visitors were back ahead.But the score was denied for a knock on.It seemed a little harsh but the Robins’ response was anything but.A flowing move involving Albert Kelly and Dane Tilse saw Maurice Blair fly over in the corner to give them the lead.Saints came back and threatened on two separate occasions before they scored.Jordan Turner put in a cracking run, followed by Tasi and then Walsh found Makinson in the corner with a pinpoint kick.But that parity was only short-lived as James Green replied moments later following another error from Saints.Burns and Green went to the the bin for fighting on 35 minutes and with both sides down to 12, Ryan Shaw had one chalked off as he went over in the corner.In the second half, six points down, Saints weathered a superb Blair run before airing the ball and forcing a drop out thanks to some enterprising play from Turner,And seconds later, they scored.Two drives took the ball right with left space on the left – and Dawson exploited it to aplomb.On 54 minutes, Saints won a drop out and looked likely to score again – but they had to settle for two points after KR were penalised for interference.But the momentum paid dividends as more slick handling play saw Jon Wilkin caught on a superb line moments later.Saints were well on top and their dominance was underlined when Walsh’s kick to the corner was tipped back by Makinson into the welcoming arms of Atelea Vea.Walsh tagged on a penalty late on before a drop goal from his boot sealed the win.Ryan Shaw tagging on a consolation try at the death.Match Summary:Hull KR:Tries: Cockayne, Blair, Green, ShawGoals: Shaw (2 from 3)Saints:Tries: McDonnell, Makinson, Dawson, Wilkin, VeaGoals: Walsh (5 from 7)Drop: WalshPenalties:Hull KR: 5Saints: 6HT: 10-16FT: 31-22REF: Phil BenthamATT: TBCTeams:Hull KR:18. Ben Cockayne; 1. Ken Sio, 3. Liam Salter, 4. Iain Thornley, 23. Ryan Shaw; 11. Maurice Blair, 7. Albert Kelly; 8. Adam Walker, 24. George Lawler, 17. Dane Tilse, 12. Graeme Horne, 13. Chris Clarkson, 10. Mitch Allgood.Subs: 16. James Green, 20. James Greenwood, 25. Stephen Holker, 26. Robbie Mulhern.Saints: 23. Shannon McDonnell; 2. Tommy Makinson, 18. Dominique Peyroux, 21. Matty Dawson, 5. Adam Swift; 3. Jordan Turner, 7. Luke Walsh; 8. Alex Walmsley, 6. Travis Burns, 16. Andre Savelio, 11. Atelea Vea, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook.Subs: 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 14. Lama Tasi, 17. Luke Thompson.
Month: July 2019
KEIRON Cunningham enjoyed Saints’ win over Wigan last night and said it shows his side’s self-belief is continuing to grow.“It was a cracking derby,” he said after the game, “there was pushing into billboards included as well! Seriously, these are always good games aren’t they? I am pleased for the players, they stood up to everything they had to offer. Everything they threw at us we defended, apart from the kick play. We probably could be still playing now and they might not have scored. That is what self-belief brings after we have been through a tough period.“When you go through tough spots and you start to get wins, they bring relief and that slowly turns into self-belief. Look at the way we defended to victory at Wakefield and then did the same at Widnes and last week at Huddersfield too. We needed to bring that tonight and we did. Every week is better for us and we are heading in the right direction – and that is how big games are won.“Wigan are a great attacking side and they were fully stacked tonight. Sam Tomkins and Sean O’Loughlin were back, they had lots of threat out the back too and George Williams is a running threat every time he has the ball.“We stuck to the sheet and there were lots of things we did well. But we weren’t great with the ball and didn’t complete well enough at times. But were playing against a good side and you don’t get too much time on the ball. We will take it any way it comes and I am pleased we kept them to one try.“We really stood up to them and that is what self-belief does for you. Wigan are a tough side and Frank-Paul has added venom, but we are big tough side too. We are a close, tight knit group and sometimes you have to experience the tough times to enjoy the good ones. It forges something in the group when you go through those times.“We won’t fall in love with ourselves though. We have won a few games and given ourselves a good shot at the top four, but there are a few more to have a crack at.”He continued: “The young lads were brilliant. Man to a man our 17 were outstanding. Joe Greenwood was outstanding as was Jordan Turner. He has been through some tough spots with his form this season but he is hitting his straps now.“Jack Owens too. If you look at the stats he tops a lot of them. We haven’t got a big carry two like other teams so his work-rate helps us out. He is in the upper teens for carries and does more than 100 metres every week.“You need set starters and he does that. When you aren’t going well those younger players get exposed and Jack was guilty of that. I took him out to save him from the pressure of outside influences.“Since he has come back, and the side is going well, he hasn’t been as exposed. He was outstanding last week and tonight has proven he is a good Super League winger.”
THERE may be just two games to go before the semi-finals but Keiron Cunningham is not allowing his team to focus on anything other than Widnes.Saints travel to the Select Security Stadium on Sunday (3pm) to take on a Vikings team that cannot make the top four.But that makes them even more dangerous according to the club’s head coach.“We still don’t know where we will finish in the top four,” he said. “It is a good entertaining group of teams up there and anyone can beat anyone. Look at the criticism Wigan came under after the Widnes game… and then they go and do a great job at Hull FC.“Warrington are performing well too and are probably the best side in the last block of games. They won before the cup final and then sent kids to Catalans and came away with the points. That is testament to how well they are playing.“If you have any ambition to win the comp then you will have to beat a good side along the way. We will take wherever we go and do the best job we can.“Until then, we are focused on our next game and that is Widnes on Sunday.”He continued: “We have to go and do a job there. We are fairly fit and healthy and have to make sure we do the right things.“Widnes are in the same situation as Castleford – they are playing carefree. They did a great job at Wigan and had a good dig against Warrington. It is always a tough game on their ground and it will be physical.“It is hard to prepare against sides that having nothing to play. It is usually when they are at their most dangerous.“But we want to keep on chugging along and getting better each week.“We know we have to start well but perhaps we have made it big a deal. It has possibly created a psychological wall were we are nervous about our starts.“We just have to get on with it because the anxiety doesn’t help.”Tickets for Saints final two games of the Super 8s are on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.
Paul Sculthorpe MBE asks the new signing about life at the club since he put pen to paper on a two-and-a-half year deal and finds out what fans can expect from him.
Day 19 – Friday October 27Prior to jumping onto the bus, it was time to celebrate and sing happy birthday to Brandon Scully, who turned 17 today.At the water park, most of the boys, and staff, enjoyed the thrills of twists and turns and the speed of the drops on the slides. All except the youngest member of the tour squad, Kelvin Taylor, who because of his fear of heights, couldn’t force himself to climb the steps to the top so just paddled alone in Nickelodeon land, splashing to the sounds of Dora the Explorer!It was then a short ride to Parramatta high street to visit Peter Wynn’s – another opportunity for lads to buy some more NRL training gear.John Hutchings now must have the entire range of the South Sydney Rabbitohs training kit!It was then back home to prepare for the last pre-game training session of the tour, our captain’s run session over at St. Mary’s Leagues club.There were some interested spectators on the side-line for the session, as a mob of wild kangaroos looked on much to the excitement of some of the boys!With the importance of, and the size of the challenge ahead for the boys tomorrow being stressed by the coaching staff, the response from the boys was outstanding as they have saved their best training session ’til the last. They certainly are ready to go!The St Mary’s club once again did us proud with the all you can eat buffet before we headed home to watch the opening game of the World Cup 2017, Australia v England.Last game tomorrow!
Get down to the Totally Wicked Stadium to enjoy a whole host of entertainment both on and off the field, which is ideal for all the family.What’s On:Red Vee Cafe Bar – Opens at 1pm.Turnstiles – Opens at 2.30pm.Club Face Painters – These will once again we operating in the Hattons Solicitors Family Stand and the Totally Wicked North Stand from 2.30pm … come along and get your face painted in Saints colours for free!Bouncy Castles – We have rugby themed inflatables in the North and South West Stands.Member Offers – Two great offers are available to kick start the new season. Members can enjoy a pie and a pint of Carling for £6 and a pie and a hot drink £4. Check out our new spicy hotdogs at selected kiosks too and the new range of Simply Doughnuts.Contactless Payment – will be available in the Karalius, Popular Side and Marching Inn bars to speed up your service.Boots – Your favourite furry mascot Boots, who is sponsored by Small Wonders, will be in attendance in all the concourse areas from 2.30pm onwards so look out for him and say hello!The A Star Saints Angels – Will be performing several brand new performances before the game.Half Time – See the new Simply Doughnuts Kicking Challenge! Contestants have three attempts to kick a ball into a large replica Simply Doughnuts pot in front of the West Stand. There’s a whole host of prizes to win and if you kick it in from the 40m line, you return at the final game of the season to kick again for the chance to win a car for the year from Chorley Nissan!Sponsors:The matchball is sponsored by Curtis Sport with the corporate sponsor being Robinsons Brewery.Team News:Both sides have named their 19-man squad for the match. You can find out more here.Tickets:Tickets for the game are available from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium or by calling 01744 455 052. There will be cash turnstiles on the Hattons Solicitors West, Totally Wicked North and East Stands. If you require a South Stand ticket then you need to head to the Ticket Office.Tickets are also on sale from www.saintssuperstore.com up until 2pm.Saints Superstore:The Saints Superstore will be open up from 1pm up until kick-off.Spotify Playlist:Many thanks to all those who have suggested songs for our Spotify playlist for this afternoon’s game. Check it out here: spoti.fi/2BJfn6QProgramme:The programme is sponsored by Warrington Audi.Because of the uncertainty surrounding the fixture, we opted not to print the edition for this game.However, it is available to download here:Saints v Salford (20 MB)
COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — We have been to Bladen, Pender, Brunswick and New Hanover Counties, and now it’s off to Columbus County for the final 5th Quarter preview before the big day.“You’ve got the bullseye on your back now,” South Columbus Head Coach Russell Dove said. “When you win the conference, now the bullseye is on you and you get everyone’s best shot.”- Advertisement – We followed along with the Stallions deep into the state playoffs and this team may be even better this year. Despite losing star running back Dennis Legget, the team returns work horses like Seth Bufkin, Tre Bellamy and Quarterback Robbie Spencer. The team is looking to build off of last year’s success.“We don’t change anything we did, we build a foundation off of what we do as far as weightroom, practice, in the field and how we expect our kids to behave,” Dove said. “So we’re going to build off that. Now that a foundation is set, we can do the little things that’s going to make us better so we can pay attention to detail.”The Wolfpack will be the team looking to knock off the Stallions from the top of the mountain this year. Coach Luke Little and the Whiteville team had a very successful year going 8-6 overall and only dropping two in division. When you’ve been a young team the past two seasons, you become a veteran team.Related Article: Team of the Week: Hoggard Vikings“We return 10 on offense and 9 on defense,” Little said. “Jamario Norton is back, he was a 1,500 yard rusher for us last year. Monchovia Gaffney is back, he’s got several Division I offers at linebacker. It’s made the early part of the season go by a lot easier.”From Whiteville to West where the Vikings struggled last season. The team could not find the win column, but Coach James Pierce is looking to put that into the past as he starts the new year fresh. He says you can expect a new and improved Viking football team.“We’ve made a lot of changes offensively and defensively and changed the culture of how we do things around here,” Pierce said. “Our slogan around here is all in. The team has really bought into that and the kids that have come into our program have really bought into that. Nothing but positive energy out here so far.”Another team in Columbus County that is undergoing a new culture change is the East Columbus Gators. New Coach James Hobbs is inheriting a squad that only got one win last year. He recognizes the challenges he faces, but he says, like the Vikings, the changes are going to be positive for the green and orange.“I feel like we’re going to be a lot tougher this year, a lot tougher and a lot stronger,” Hobbs said, “We’ve worked really hard in the weight room this past year. We’ve got a really good group of seniors this year so we’re looking to have a lot of success.”Our tour around the Cape Fear has come to an end, we’ll see where Columbus County stands up against the rest of the region.
SUNSET BEACH, NC (WWAY) — What a week it’s been in Sunset Beach. Last week, the town council fired the town administrator and the mayor quit.But what residents and visitor have been most riled up about are limits on beach cabanas.- Advertisement – Council was back in action in a special meeting Tuesday. They met in a closed-door session for more than an hour.In a three to two vote, Sunset Beach council banned commercial companies from putting up cabanas for customers, a move some business owners are not excited about.“Clearly there’s other motives than just false assumptions which I think it would be that those three town council members are anti-tourism, anti-business,” Julie’s Rentals owner David Dowda said.Related Article: NCDOT improvements underway for three Brunswick County roadsCouncilmen John Corbett and Charles Nern were against any change and believed it would be better to put off these discussions until the end of the tourist season.Mayor pro-tem Mark Benton and council members Richard Cerrato and Jan Harris voted for the ban in a 3-2 vote. Council did not allow public comment even though councilmen Corbett and Nern encouraged it.Businesses think they’ll suffer because of it.“It’s going to take probably three quarters of our profits. So it’s going to hurt us quite a bit. I do think it’s very unfair the way they handled it. At least let us get our season in. Even just in my refund fees, I’m going to pay $6000,” Blue Planet Water Sports owner Collin Vanderburg said.There were a lot of upset voices in the packed council chamber. Many people were upset saying it would be harder for the elderly or anyone who is sick to set up the cabanas by themselves.It got to a point where Benton asked a police officer to escort some people out if they spoke again.Benton refused to go on camera after the meeting but he said this is better for Sunset Beach.“You voted me in to do this kind of work. I’m doing it. If you don’t, in September, vote me back out a year and a half from now… I’m tired of fighting, the arguing, the back biting,” Benton said. That statement was followed by laughter from the public.Not to be overshadowed, council also talked about the process to find a new mayor. Mayor Robert Forrester resigned after council voted to fire their town administrator. Council named Hiram Marziano as the interim administrator.
Superintendent Tubb submitted his resignation to School Board Members at the August 7th BOE meeting during the closed session. His official retirement date will be October 1st.“I’m ready for retirement at this point in my life,” Superintendent Tubb said. “I chose October 1st because I wanted to help get the 2018-19 school year off to a good start. Everything we’ve accomplished for our kids has been the most rewarding part of my career.”Superintendent Tubb guided the 2016 Bond Referendum that is now shaping the future of our schools. He started his career in education in 1974 and was hired as BCS superintendent in 2015.Related Article: Brunswick County schools superintendent postpones retirement“It has been a true honor to serve with such a man of integrity and professionalism who cares about all of the children of Brunswick County,” Board Chairman Charlie Miller said. “Les is what we needed. I hate to see him go but he always told us when it is time, he’d tell us, and he did. It is a much deserved retirement.”The Board of Education announced it intends to move quickly with transparency in the selection of our next superintendent of Brunswick County Schools. BOLIVIA, NC (WWAY) — Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Les Tubb is retiring after more than 39 years as an educator.Tubb was tapped for the position back in 2015.- Advertisement –
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — There are some patients who just do not trust the medical system or perhaps their belief system keeps them away from doctors. There is a nurse practitioner at New Hanover Regional Medical Center reaching out to make a difference in their lives and it stems back to her mother. She has worked to use that aspect of her life to save so many others.“It’s sort of like, me giving back to the opportunity that my mother did not have,” LeShonda Wallace said.- Advertisement – She is a nurse practitioner and has helped dozens of people fight HIV. It all goes back to her mom.“Initially in 1990, my mother, she was diagnosed with HIV and she went untreated until she passed in 1998,” Wallace said.This was because of her mom’s religious beliefs. For that reason and with HIV rates increasing in the South, Wallace helps break down those barriers, whether it is because of religion, culture, or personal beliefs.Related Article: Lawsuit alleges sex scandal at Duke-run camp for chronically ill children“My mother dealt a lot with spirituality and her faith, which it can uphold a lot of people and get them to a healthier life that they aspire to but sometimes when they deal with some moral convictions, it can sometimes go downhill,” Wallace said.She makes sure she is always in touch with her patients. One of Wallace’s patients who does not want to be identified, we will call her Marissa, says Wallace had a deep impact on her life after her diagnosis.“She never really pressured me, you know what I mean? But she was concerned. She was just like ‘I just want you to make sure you know where you are with your numbers and when you’re ready, then we’ll start the medication,” Marissa said.But overtime, that all changed for the better.“I wasn’t going to take the medication but, she helped me to realize and see the importance of taking it,” Marissa said.Wallace says once they manage the HIV, they focus on everything else, especially developing friendships.