SUPPORTERS of all 14 Super League clubs will desce

first_imgSUPPORTERS of all 14 Super League clubs will descend on Manchester this Saturday and Sunday as the Magic Weekend hits the Etihad Stadium.The colourful event is back at the home of Manchester City for a second consecutive year after more than 60,000 fans enjoyed sunshine and scintillating Rugby League 12 months ago.But for Huddersfield Giants and England prop Eorl Crabtree it’s another opportunity to impress England head coach Steve McNamara, and cement his place in the Elite Training Squad ahead of Rugby League World Cup 2013.“It’s a fantastic opportunity to market yourself for a place in the England team,” said Crabtree, whose side face Bradford on Sunday at 5.15pm.“Everybody is focused on performing well for their clubs, but with it being World Cup year, the players are also trying to cement their spot.“Those guys with that focus are the ones who’ll get picked, as even the ones currently in the squad know that they have to remain consistent to keep their place.“Everybody is vying for selection, and the Magic Weekend is a great window for all of the players to show what they can do.”Crabtree spent three days in camp with his England team-mates at the beginning of last week, at the Elite Training Squad’s base in Loughborough.And the imposing prop says he is already feeling the benefits.“It’s always good to be in camp and get together with the boys,” said Crabtree.“To get back on the field with them and go through one or two plays is important, and it’s great to see the other boys in action.“We have a great facility and superb staff within the England set-up, and the players benefit immensely from this time together, so it’s crucial we get together fairly frequently in World Cup year.”And while 14 clubs prepare for battle in the blue half of Manchester this weekend, 14 nations will vie for a spot in the Rugby League World Cup 2013 Final, which will take place across the city at Old Trafford on November 30.Crabtree admits to having one eye on this autumn’s tournament, and in particular the clash between England and Ireland at the John Smith’s Stadium on November 2.“It’s always good to play on your home patch and I’ll be seeking to utilise the home comforts of a familiar ground if I’m selected to play.“It’d be a bit strange getting a coach to my own stadium, but I just want to play, and it’d be great to have the Giants fans behind me and the England boys for that game.”Tickets are now on sale for RLWC2013, with 55% of tickets priced £20 or less. To make sure you will BE THERE buy now at or call our 24 Hour Ticket Hotline on 0844 847 2013.last_img read more

SAINTS produced a spirited last quarter but ultima

first_imgSAINTS produced a spirited last quarter but ultimately slipped to a 25-16 defeat at Huddersfield Giants.Josh Jones and Jordan Turner pulled the gap back to nine points with more than 10 minutes remaining as they sniffed a more than unlikely comeback.Yet, as in recent weeks, they’d left themselves far too much to do late on.After a sprightly start Saints found themselves 18-0 down before they finally got a foothold in the matchFor the opening 10 minutes they pinned the Giants back in their half but tries from Aaron Murphy, a controversial one from Joe Wardle and Dale Ferguson’s opportunism put the home side in command.But Saints fought back and got a try their play deserved when Gareth O’Brien – on his debut – fired a great ball to Jon Wilkin.In the second half, Danny Brough kicked a drop goal before he inspired Wardle’s second.Saints weren’t without their chances though and they finally took one with less than 14 minutes remaining.Josh Jones benefitting from great handling.And when Jordan Turner went under the posts there was a sniff of a comeback.Time ultimately ran out though and Saints were once again left to lick their wounds despite a better performance.Nathan Brown welcomed back Paul Wellens and Francis Meli into his starting line-up with James Roby returning on the bench after ten matches out with an ankle injury.That meant a shuffle around and Jordan Turner forming a half-back partnership with new loan signing Gareth O’Brien; Lance Hohaia at hooker.Saints made good yards on their first set coming off their own try line and getting over half way.Their second was even more productive as they forced the defence into a good kick clearance.Tony Puletua then produced a wonderful overhead pass to Jon Wilkin, but he just couldn’t gather it in.Saints were making the early running but their last tackle options, whilst gaining good field advantage, weren’t putting the defence under enough pressure.And when Paul Wellens couldn’t take a high ball, the Giants gained an unexpected set in prime territory.Saints looked nailed on to defend it but when Ade Gardner unluckily tipped forward a pass to give the home side another six Luke Robinson found the space to feed Aaron Murphy.Brough missing the extras.Joe Wardle was then adjudged to have put the ball down by the video referee after a kick to the corner caused problems; Brough tagging on his first goal of the night for a ten point lead.And on 19 minutes Brough made it 12-0 as Wellens was penalised for stripping the ball out under the sticks – a harsh call considering the momentum of the tackle and the fact Eorl Crabtree looked to have given up the scoring chance.Giants had their tails up though and after a strong Saints’ run Dale Ferguson scorched beside the posts to make it 18-0.Saints hit back when some quick hands finally got them into decent field position. They drove close to the Giants’ line and a fast pass from O’Brien saw Jon Wilkin charge over.O’Brien with the conversion to cut the lead to 12.But a bad looking tackle on Ade Gardner – not malicious in anyway – saw the winger stretched from the field with a couple of minutes to go in the first half.He fell awkwardly into a big shoulder and needed oxygen before being taken off.Saints gave the advantage away straight from the kick off when Mark Percival’s restart went out on the full – but they fended off the danger.Yet, Danny Brough added a drop goal on 45 minutes to take Huddersfield’s advantage to 13.Saints had two sets on the Giants line but they couldn’t find a way through – and that lack of cutting edge was punished as Wardle crossed for his second.Brough with the extras.Saints had another couple of sets on the Giants line, failing to crack a resolute defence, but on their next set they finally did – the ball going through several pairs of hands before Josh Jones got them on the board.Roby then went from dummy half and fed Turner whose quick feet made it a nine point game.But Saints had once again left themselves with too much to do though and time ran out.Match Summary:Giants: Tries: Murphy, Wardle (2), FergusonGoals: Brough (3 from 4)Drop: BroughSaints: Tries: Wilkin, Jones, TurnerGoals: O’Brien (2 from 3)Penalties: Giants: 6Saints: 7HT: 6-18FT: 16-25REF: Richard SilverwoodATT: 5203Teams:Giants:1. Scott Grix; 5. Jermaine McGillvary, 3. Leroy Cudjoe, 4. Joe Wardle, 18. Aaron Murphy; 6. Danny Brough, 7. Luke Robinson; 8. Eorl Crabtree, 9. Shaun Lunt, 10. Craig Kopczak, 11. Brett Ferres, 17. Ukuma Ta’ai, 21. Dale Ferguson.Subs: 14. Michael Lawrence, 15. Larne Patrick, 22. Anthony Mullally, 30. Brad Dwyer.Saints:1. Paul Wellens; 2. Ade Gardner, 30. Mark Percival, 19. Josh Jones, 5. Francis Meli; 3. Jordan Turner, 37. Gareth O’Brien; 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 6. Lance Hohaia, 11. Tony Puletua, 4. Sia Soliola, 13. Willie Manu, 12. Jon Wilkin.Subs: 9. James Roby, 16. Paul Clough, 25. Alex Walmsley, 33. Luke Thompson.last_img read more

ITS time to be in that number for 2017Strength i

first_imgIT’S time to be in that number for 2017!Strength in Numbers Memberships are now on sale – and we have FROZEN prices across the board.For 2017 we have expanded our Strength In Numbers Membership scheme, introduced this season, to include even more benefits and to bring you closer than ever to your Saints.You will receive exclusive news plus Club and local partner discounts directly to your inbox.All of this in addition to all your First Utility Super League and Super 8s home games – up to 15 in total, the cheapest way to follow your Club.We have created a Membership scheme that replaces your old Season Ticket. As a Member you will be closer to, communicated more with and feel more a part of your Club.So if you want to attend every game religiously or support from afar, we have a Membership that all can be involved in.We even have a Membership for fans that can’t attend games!And, you could win a trip to State of Origin in 2017! Click here to find out more.We Are #SAINTSASONE.Log on to our Membership site at to find out more.Direct Debit Payment Plan It’s now even simpler for you to split your Membership into 10 easy monthly payments so you don’t have to worry about paying out for the total price up front all in one go.For example, this means a Hatton’s Solicitors West Stand renewal is less than £24 per month!Or a Family Membership of x2 Adults x2 Juniors in either of the Family Stands to watch every home game, including the Super 8s, starts from under £50 per month!The 10 month plan is available from the launch date to the Renewal Deadline – October 31.For a full breakdown of monthly payments for each Membership price please log on to to download a pdf version.And now for the first time Members who are renewing their Membership can apply for the payment plan online without the need to fill in any forms! Visit for more info.New Members must complete a paper version of the form.Dates for Your DiaryRENEWAL DEADLINE & 10 MONTH DIRECT DEBIT CUT OFF – OCTOBER 31 2016EARLY-BIRD DEADLINE – DECEMBER 24 2016GENERAL SALE: DECEMBER 25 2016 ONWARDSHow To BuyVISIT US – Call into the Ticket Office at Langtree Park (Mon – Fri 9am – 5pm / Sat 10am – 4pm)BUY ONLINE 24/7 – New fans visit, existing Members can find out details of how to renew online at www.mysaintsmembership.comCALL US – 01744 455 052last_img read more

If you do like to have a bet on our matches make

first_imgIf you do like to have a bet on our matches make sure betting never gets in the way of your fun of following the Saints.Betfred’s founder has been a bookmaker for more than 50 years – and he has a very important message; keep it fun, and gamble responsibly.last_img

Rugby league fans will be given the opportunity to

first_imgRugby league fans will be given the opportunity to purchase a wide range of memorabilia, such as programmes, cards, photographs and jerseys from the numerous stalls.Parking is free at the stadium and there is no charge for entry.Supporters are also encouraged to bring in any items of memorabilia, particularly Saints-related that they may have to show on the day.Indeed, members of the society will be on hand to help in the identification of items that anyone would like to know more information about.Proceeds from the SHS stall will also help to raise funds for Autism support.The event takes place on Saturday June 23 from 10:30am to 1:30pm.last_img read more

Cooper expected to discuss offshore drilling during Wrightsville Beach visit

first_img Earlier this month the federal government announced plans to allow drilling along the east coast. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced the plan saying that responsible development of offshore energy resources would boost jobs and economic security while providing billions of dollars to fund conservation along U.S. coastlines.Cooper has vowed to fight the plan any way he can to protect the coastal economy, including the tourism and fishing industries. He and South Carolina’s governor have asked for the same exemption from the plans that the federal government recently granted to Florida.Earlier this week Brunswick County commissioners voted to rescind a 2015 resolution supporting offshore drilling and seismic testing in the Atlantic Ocean. Gov. Roy Cooper speaks to local law enforcement and thanks them for their efforts combating the opioid crisis on October 26, 2017. (Photo: Basil John/WWAY) WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Gov. Roy Cooper is bringing is fight against off shore drilling to our area next week.Cooper is planning to visit Wrightsville Beach Monday, the governor’s spokesman tells WWAY. He expects Cooper to talk about his opposition to offshore drilling.- Advertisement – last_img read more

For the fourth year families and friends gather to remember loved ones

first_img “God, families are hurting,” prayed Judy McKnight with Moms in Mourning opening up the vigil.It’s that hurt and a feeling of grief that brought many friends and families to St. James Episcopal Church for a sense of healing.“It helps to heal to come down here and hear the prayers, to pray and remember your loved ones,” said Joye Todd who is remembering her late brother William Riley.Billy Riley with his son who was killed more than 2 years ago. (Andrew James/Billy Riley)Related Article: Take ‘Christmas Stroll Through the Past’ Saturday in WilmingtonTodd and her uncle Billy Riley have made this vigil a family affair. They brought along the nieces of nephews of loved ones lost like Riley’s son Lavar. He was shot and killed in spring of 2016 right in front of his family’s store in Wilmington.“I think about the love my son had for his nieces and nephews, he just loved them to death,” said Billy Riley.It’s a love that motivates them to bring the next generation to the interfaith event.They want all of their family to see people from different walks of life united in one common cause in honoring the lives of those taken too soon at the end of a gun.“It really good for them to come see and hear the prayers and see the effects of gun violence,” said Todd.Wilmington Faiths Against Gun Violence (Andrew James/WWAY News)The Riley family has some peace in their lost. The people accused of the crime are now serving time. This vigil is their platform to never forget their family and remember better times.“They’re smiles, the good times not the bad, the good times. Their smile and their laughter that we shared,” Todd said.Like years past, Wilmington Faiths Against Gun Violence conclude the vigil in darkness holding a light in memory of their family or friend. It’s also a light of hope that one day they will not need to continue having this event.“That’s God’s job to do to take someone’s life. And all of these senseless murders just need to stop,” said Riley. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — From Wilmington city streets, to national tragedies related to gun violence, the victims and their families remembered this evening.People from all faiths and all walks of life came to unite for the 4th annual prayer vigil.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Storyteller reenacts Harriet Tubmans story

first_img “I didn’t really know all the pain and suffering she had went through,” said CFCC student Donald Brown. “I guess in school we learn about certain parts but I feel like [Greer] does a good job of like giving us a true understanding of what she went through and the hardships she had.”CFCC will continue Black History Month education on Tuesday with the film ‘The Red Cape.’It is a documentary on the 1898 race riots in Wilmington. If you’re interested in attending, below are the details on the film sessions:Session one will be held at 11 AM in Room 152 of Union Station and session two will be held at 6 PM in Room 170 of Union Station. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Civil rights history is embedded in the Wilmington community from Williston High School to the Wilmington 10. This month Cape Fear Community College is bringing a twist to black history lessons.Joyce Greer embodied the true essence of Harriet Tubman by reenacting her story.As history tells, Tubman was an escaped slave that helped others gain freedom through the Underground Railroad. But, Greer took the story to a new heights by acting out detailed accounts of interactions Tubman had with slave masters and other slaves.- Advertisement – last_img read more

How can we improve for next time Pender reviews storm response to

first_img Pender County’s plan had its strengths and weaknesses when it came to dealing with the aftermath of Florence.County Spokeswoman Tammy Proctor says that the dedication of the first responders was a key strength.“We had helicopter, we had boats, we had air boats, we had all these deployed personnel out and we had 1,870 rescue missions and we stopped counting after 3,700 people,” said Tammy.Related Article: Report: Hurricane Florence killed 22, caused $24B in damageFire Marshal Tommy Batson says an area that Pender could afford to work on next time around is communication.“We understand not everyone is on social media looking at options to get information out to the public, warning information to the general public, once we lose all cellphone activity, telephones, internet and what are other options and that some things we’re looking at,” Batson said.Proctor says that it may sound dated, but that a good suggestion to keep in the loop is buying a transistor radio.“We could broadcast communication and just loop information out there on an AM system,” she added.Officials are reviewing data, the budget and responses to surveys that they sent out to Pender County residents to help complete the plan. PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — We told you about New Hanover County reviewing its response to Hurricane Florence, now its Pender County’s turn.Hurricane Florence broke all records, including rainfall, storm surge, flood damage and more.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Surf City woman takes action to label waste bins around town

first_imgSURF CITY, NC (WWAY) — A recent change in trash and recycling vendors for Surf City has caused a little confusion for residents and tourists on how to dispose of their waste.Patty Gilbride noticed that bins are color coded, but not labeled, which is why glass bottles often end up in the trash, and last night’s leftovers end up in the recycling.- Advertisement – In addition, people sometimes put personal trash in public cans, which is illegal.Gilbride volunteered to mark all public bins around the city.The town was very receptive and gave her the stickers.Related Article: Topsail Island towns to reopen Thursday morningShe does this on her own time, and she thinks it’ll make a big difference.“My ultimate goal is to see Surf City — if not all of Topsail Island, but I live in Surf City — to see the beach become carry in carry out,” Gilbride explained. “I do a fair amount of camping and hiking state and national parks I think carry in carry out is the way to go.”Gilbride has taken care of more than half of the city’s cans so far, and she’s not slowing down. Friday’s stop was Soundside Park.last_img read more