PAUL Wellens says the team ethic at the Saints wil

first_imgPAUL Wellens says the team ethic at the Saints will help the likes of Jordan Turner, Willie Manu and Alex Walmsley fit in.At the Club’s recent kit launch he told fans that making sure a player’s family is settled is also vitally important.“It will probably be easy for Jordan, Willie and Alex to settle as they will get on with the lads, come into training and be in that team environment,” he said. “But it’s important we make their partners and children comfortable too. That makes the player’s lives easier and they can then get on with the job.“We have people at the club that make sure this happens.”Wellens is due back in pre-season in the next week or so and has been keeping himself trim since the end of Super League XVII.“I’ve been training and even had a session with Jammer (James Graham) in the gym to get ready for the new season,” he added. “We’re off on a golfing break together soon too.“I’m already looking forward to the new season and the fans are vitally important. There was a lot of anticipation and excitement on moving to a new stadium and it probably took a little while for us all to find our place and create an atmosphere.“We enjoyed playing here and as long as fans keep coming through the doors then that is all that matters.”last_img read more

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SAINTS will travel to Hull KR in the Fourth Round

first_imgSAINTS will travel to Hull KR in the Fourth Round of the Challenge Cup.Ties in full:Wigan v LeighHemel Stags v WakefieldHunslet v CatalanRochdale v BradfordBatley v HuddersfieldHull FC v North Wales CrusadersSheffield Eagles v DewsburyLondon v FeatherstoneHalifax v BarrowWidnes v DoncasterKeighley v WarringtonLeeds v CastlefordUni of Glouc v SalfordYork v ToulouseWhitehaven v WorkingtonHull KR v SaintsTies will be played over the weekend of April 20 and 21 and ticket and fixture details will be confirmed shortly.last_img

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CHAIRMAN Eamonn McManus has given his thoughts ahe

first_imgCHAIRMAN Eamonn McManus has given his thoughts ahead of Saturday’s Grand Final.Writing in the Manchester Evening News:And so it comes to pass that Nathan Brown’s final game as Head Coach of the Saints will be a Grand Final at Old Trafford against our oldest foe Wigan. The script couldn’t have been written better and the stakes couldn’t be higher.Nathan has done a grand job indeed in his two seasons at the Club and we all sincerely wish him and his family (and it’s a large one!) every luck and best wish in their new lives back home in Sydney.He cast a much needed fresh eye on the squad when he arrived and took some brave and bold decisions both to de-age it and to rebalance it in his first season with us. The facts this season now speak for themselves, winning the league and getting to a Grand Final with a team shorn of its star players in key positions. More importantly he leaves us with a balanced, young, hungry and talented squad who will be competing for honours for many seasons to come.However, our entire focus and energy is aimed at 6pm to 8pm on Saturday and the subject of a new head coach will be put entirely on the back burner until after the Grand Final when a short list of candidates will be considered and interviewed and an appointment made prior to our pre-season in November.It is a record breaking tenth Grand Final appearance for the Saints and, incredibly, our captain Paul Wellens has played in them all. He has four wins and five runners up to date and is desperate to break even and then nudge ahead in October 2015. What a player and what a leader.We are going into the game at Old Trafford on Saturday probably as the biggest underdogs since the advent of Super league, largely due to our injury toll. That does not concern any of us in the very slightest – indeed quite the opposite. We have confidence and we have focus and anyone else’s views are utterly irrelevant.We always know where we stand with Wigan. We really don’t like them and they really don’t like us. It’s a very healthy and balanced relationship actually and all of our lives would be much emptier without it.It will be a titanic encounter and each side will be giving everything and more for their clubs and for their fans. It would be more than a nice touch to see Nathan and Paul lift that Super League trophy, and against all the odds.last_img read more

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IT was left to big Ross McCauley to save the U19s

first_imgIT was left to big Ross McCauley to save the U19s blushes with a try five minutes from time which gave the Saints enough of a cushion to hang on 28-18, writes Graham Henthorne.The trouble was by the end the Saints were hanging on in a game which again they had dominated for large periods of the first half but let the opposition back into it through a combination of ill discipline and poor decision making.Never was that more evident than in their first attack of the game when a Danny Richardson bullet pass ricocheted off Olly Davies and the try went begging.The Saints opened their account on the quarter hour when Josh Eaves, making his first proper start for the Saints as an eleventh hour replacement for Aaron Smith who was injured in the warm-up, jumped out of dummy half and went blind. He fed Calvin Wellington and the big Welsh centre jinked his way over in the corner.Great defensive work then gave the Saints the chance to increase their lead. From the start the Saints had been aggressive in defence regularly making it difficult for Rovers to exit their 20 metre area after some great last tackle kicks from Richardson and his half back partner Dave Hewitt. On this occasion the second tackle forced the knock on and from the scrum the ball was passed quickly out to the wing for Dave Eccleston to go over.The Saints continued their dominance but found it difficult to convert pressure into points until the half hour when a great set resulted in a chance for Regan Grace to show his silky running skills. Rick Bailey took a Rovers kick on the full returning it fully 40 metres down the left. Three tackles later and the ball found its way down the opposite wing to Jake Spedding who brought his winger inside giving him a sniff of a gap. Grace duly obliged weaving his way through and around four Rovers defenders to the line.However, the interval saw the game turn on its head and on the back of a bewildering 7 – 1 penalty count the Saints found themselves only six points to the good with 25 minutes to go.Then another piece of Bailey/Grace magic put the Saints in the ascendency again. The full back saved a 40/20 then fed Grace who, as is his wont, charged at the defensive line poking his nose half through. That was enough, however, as he offloaded to the supporting Hewitt who outpaced the cover over 40 metres to the left corner.As ever with Rovers they keep coming at you and were rewarded with a significant piece of luck as from this correspondent’s view a second try was awarded to their prop which seemed to have been dropped from a great height.Four points in it again, the Saints are running out of subs and on empty and the game is on a knife edge. Enter Eaves and McCauley to rescue the day. Firstly the hooker charged down a last tackle clearing kick and luckily managed to gather the ball on the Rovers 20. With all the Rovers team down field for the kick a quick play the ball left big Ross with 20 metres to rung and no-one in front of him. There did seem to be a slight hesitation before he realised that even he could trundle over from there.A win’s a win is an oft used phrase with the Saints at the moment and this match was no different. Plenty tried hard but plenty were either a little dumb in possession or ill disciplined without it.Best of an average bunch was Morgan Knowles who again gave his all this time in a variety of positions.Match Summary:Saints U19s:Tries: Regan Grace, Calvin Wellington, David Eccleston, Dave Hewitt, Ross McCauley.Goals: Dave Hewitt 4.Hull KR U19s:Tries: Chris Smith 2, Aidan Armstrong.Goals: Elliott Kerry 2, Liam Harris.Half Time: 18-0Full Time: 28-18Teams:Saints:20. Ricky Bailey; 2. Regan Grace, 3. Jake Spedding, 4. Calvin Wellington, 5. David Eccleston; 6. Danny Richardson, 7. Dave Hewitt; 8. Ross McCauley, 14. Josh Eaves, 10. Joe Ryan, 11. Olly Davies, 12. Liam Cooper, 13. Morgan Knowles. Subs: 15. Phil Atherton, 17. Matty Lees, 16. Ben Morris, 22. Lewis Hatton.Hull KR:4. Elliott Kerry; 22. Connor Noble, 2. Ben Holdstock, 20. , Joe Cator, 24. Harry Craggs; 23. Matty Norman, 7. Liam Harris; 17. Chris Smith, 9. Macca Duke, 8. Steve Holker, 11. Aidan Armstrong, 12. Harry Aldous, 13. George Lawler. Subs: 10. Josh Hamilton, 14. William Jubb, 15. Liam Wake, 29. Alfie Potter.last_img read more

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KEIRON Cunningham is seeking consistency as Saints

first_imgKEIRON Cunningham is seeking consistency as Saints look to end their regular First Utility Super League season on a high this Friday against Hull KR.After winning their last two games the Champions could return to the top of the table with a win over the Robins.But Cunningham wants another good performance to back up the great victory at Warrington.“We played really well,” he said. “It was a classic Saints-Warrington derby game that went down to the wire. The amount of times we have pinched it in the last minute over Warrington, it probably isn’t funny but as a club we always have that belief that if you hang on in there, no matter how long is left, you will always have a chance.“I was sending messages to the players that we would get an opportunity to win the game in those final stages and when that opportunity arose and we took it.“Warrington attacked really well. They were so quick around the ruck. They had Stefan Ratchford, Brad Dwyer, Daryl Clark, Matty Russell and Richie Myler all coming at us with very quick footwork.“We hung on in there and stopped a lot of tries. That shows the togetherness the players have. They defended like troopers – and deserved the points.“They fought really hard and the way we defended our line was really resilient. We were in the lead for large periods and soaked up the pressure.“The two points were really important. We need to get as many as we can to take into the next phase – and they all help for that final four.“Consistency is important and we have found it this year but only in patches. We started well but then had a lull. I’d like to think we are building once again. We need a good game this week and then take on the challenge we have in the semi-final next week.“Hull KR will come at us at their best. We had a tough time at their place and I’m sure the players are ready for that. Hopefully we can welcome them to Langtree Park like they did to us at their place.“Chris Chester has done a fantastic job there. He had a lot of players come in and has had to gel them in a short period of a pre-season.”Saints will welcome back Atelea Vea into the line-up after he dislocated and broke his shoulder – ironically at the away trip to Hull KR earlier in the season.But Jon Wilkin is out for a few weeks after breaking his thumb.Keiron continued: “I think consistency is important in rugby league and you need that so you can bounce on. I’m not going to tinker but there may be a couple of players rested.“Luke Walsh will play for example – he has been great over the last two weeks and we need him to lead us around the field.“We’ll miss Jon of course. He is a champion of a guy and an ultimate leader for the squad. He doesn’t leave it in the dressing room, he does his talking on the field and runs his blood to water.“I feel for him as he deserves to play in big games. He will bounce back and be back for us sometime in the Super 8s.”Tickets for the game remain on sale at the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.last_img read more

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Five wanted for Columbus County home invasion robbery

first_imgCOLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Five people are wanted for a home invasion and robbery in Columbus County.It happened over the weekend at a home in the 3000 block of Cherry Grove Road in Cerro Gordo.- Advertisement – The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office says four men and a woman forced their way into a home.Two teens and a 40-year-old man were inside at the time.Deputies say the three victims were held at gunpoint while the suspects demanded money.Related Article: Man arrested in NC in connection to 1985 killing of Hollywood TV directorThey allegedly took clothes and a wallet and then took off.No one was injured.If you know any information, you are asked to contact the sheriff’s office.last_img

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Man wanted for allegedly stealing 20K worth of items from home

first_img Police say multiple TVs, a Roomba, an antique silver set, an 18K gold UNC class ring, credit cards, and more were taken.The suspect then reportedly attempted to use the credit cards at several stores.If you have any information, please contact WPD at (910) 343-3609 or use Text A Tip. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police is asking for your help in identifying a burglary suspect.According to a news release, police responded to a home in the 1000 block of South 5th Avenue on Sept. 4 where a couple returned home from a weekend away to find roughly $22,215 worth of valuables stolen.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Students raise thousands of dollars for Florence victims cannot distribute funds

first_img The students turned “We Wilm Rebuild” into an outpouring of support from around the region. They have raised almost $20,000 and truckloads of donations, but people are asking where it all is now.“I want people to know that we’re still working hard. We’re still students, so it’s hard to balance everything,” said Wes Porter, the We Wilm Rebuild Co-Founder.Porter says they got a sponsor to help pay to transport donations from almost 40 donation sites around the state, and to set up a distribution site here in Wilmington. But students will not say where it is.Related Article: Woman spends holiday season living in camper, separated from daughterThey also say their Go Fund Me account is frozen because they did not open a withdrawal account within 30 days of setting up the page.“We weren’t aware that they were going to do that. So we decided when we were ready to take everything out of the Go Fund Me and they basically said ‘Your funds are frozen,’” said Urbach.We reached out to Go Fund Me to ask about the status of the account, but they did not respond. Urbach says the group’s sponsor, Technology for the Future, is working to help unfreeze those funds.But there is no certainty about when or where the donations will go. Urbach says they hope to put that money toward buying more items for victims, and donating to a local charity. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — What started out as a small Hurricane Florence relief effort, turned into much more. Area college students organized donation sites around the state and even a Go Fund Me account.“When we were collecting money, it was more like ‘Oh we’ll collect $500 and donate it to a charity.’ And then we became the charity that people were donating to. And we were just kind of like ‘Whoa. We don’t know what to do with $1600, $1800. We don’t know what to do with all this stuff,’” said Camryn Urbach, who is the Project Administrator.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Locals UNCW team try to rescue stranded whale on Masonboro Island

first_img00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A beached whale had to unfortunately be euthanized near Carolina Beach Sunday.Robbie Johnson was kayaking early Sunday morning when he saw people surrounding a whale beached on Masonboro Island near Carolina Beach. He and several people found a young whale stranded along the shore and tried to keep it hydrated. They worked for hours putting water on the whale.- Advertisement – A UNCW team with the Marine Mammal Stranding Program eventually arrived to assess it according to WWAY staff near the area.Johnson took to social media alerting us that the doctor and team determined the whale could not be saved and it was gently and humanely euthanized.last_img read more

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Treeremoval company to pay 20K in fines for price gouging after hurricane

first_img Lewis’s company originally provided an estimate of $4,000 to remove three trees for a homeowner and then invoiced them for $12,000.Lewis is barred from removing trees or doing storm recovery work in the state and is required to pay $6,000 in restitution to consumers and $20,000 in fines. Hurricane Florence uprooted a tree on Brooklyn Street in Navassa on Sept. 14, 2018. (Photo: Ofc. S. Solari/Navassa PD) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Another tree removal company must pay restitution and thousands in fines for price gouging a Wilmington homeowner after Hurricane Florence.Attorney General Josh Stein won a judgment against Alva Wilson Lewis of Lexington who does business under the names A1 Tree & Storm Relief, A1 Tree and Storm Damage Relief, and Big Al & Sons Tree Service.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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