THE performance of the day was reserved for the Saints U15s as they outplayed their hosts at Wigan RUFC on Saturday.The 31-16 scoreline doesn’t do justice to the display as the Saints could and should have score 50 such was their dominance.The tone for the game was set in the opening three minutes as two massive hits from Lewis Hatton forced home knock ons deep in their territory. The latter resulted in a try for the impressive Phil Atherton as he took three over the line with him from Lewis Fairhurst jinking run.Hatton was again involved minutes later as his quick play the ball and an Aaron Smith offload gave Chris Worrall the easiest of run ins only to see the ball hit the floor.The home side drew level as a cross kick was hacked on and poor urgency from the Saints defence saw the ball touched down.Great cover defence from firstly Bobby Williams and then Jordan Houghton and Anthony Sherratt kept the Saints line intact.The Saints then broke out of defence aided by two quick penalties and took the lead through Houghton’s try. Drives to the corner from Hatton and Smith saw them both stopped inches short but from the play the ball Houghton’s magic feet saw him jink his way over at the posts for the score.On the stroke of half time only a great scrambling defensive set preserved the lead as the home side tried to capitalise on an uncharacteristic Williams’s error under the high ball.The scores were levelled early in the second period as the Saints had a brain explosion for one minute coming up with a poor carry and backing it up with terrible tackling to gift the try.But that was it as Ian Lomax and Mike Bennett’s side turned the screw for the rest of the game.Jake Campbell was held up over the line but two tackles later Lewis Fairhurst emulated his half back partner and jinked his way over for a well-deserved try.From the restart another Campbell drive resulted in a penalty and a chance to put on a tap penalty move. Dave Eccleston took the ball from the touch line, ambled to the mark, tapped it then exploded into action ccatching the defensive line totally unawares with a scything run to the line.Quick thinking from Fairhurst resurrected a blown attacking set with a well taken drop goal putting the Saints three scores clear.Hatton was again to the fore as his drive and offload found Morgan Knowles who was lively off the bench. Interplay from Houghton and Fairhurst mesmerised the defence and the stand off waltzed in for the try.A consolation try for the home side on the final whistle gave the score an artificial look but make no mistake this was a fantastic win.The pack steamrollered their bigger opposite numbers into submission. James Nicholl and Joe McLoughlin supported their starting colleagues well, Jonah Cunningham, Morgan Knowles and Aaron Smith ran the middle of the park allowing Houghton and Fairhurst to show their skills.But slightly shading it, in a good team performance, for best on the day was Lewis Hatton whose two big shots early doors set the tone for the display.Match Summary:Wigan Scholarship U15s:Tries: Isaac Noi, Sheldon Johnson, Dominic Wear.Goals: Tom Dempsey 2.St Helens Scholarship U15s:Tries: David Eccleston, Josh Houghton 2, Lewis Fairhurst, Phil Atherton.Goals: Lewis Fairhurst 5.Drop Goals: Lewis Fairhurst.Half Time: 12-6Full Time: 31-16Teams:Wigan:1. Jack Higginson; 2. Patrick Melling, 3. Isaac Noi, 4. Tom Dempsey, 5. Sheldon Johnson; 6. Dominic Wear, 7. Ryan Houghton; 8. Joel Pearson, 9. Connor Adams, 10. Jack Rush, 11. Jake Morris, 12. Kyle Shelford, 13. Alex Gaskell. Subs: 14. Jordan Jones, 15. Gavin Roden, 16. Luke Randall, 17. Sean Pilling, 18. Mark Roper.Saints:1. Bobby Williams; 5. Kieron Herbert, 3. Ryan Lynch, 4. David Eccleston, 2. Anthony Sherratt; 7. Josh Houghton, 6. Lewis Fairhurst; 10. Jake Campbell, 9. Aaron Smith, 8. Phil Atherton, 11. Lewis Hatton, 12. Jake Spedding, 13. Chris Worrall. Subs: 14. Jonah Cunningham, 15. Morgan Knowles, 16. James Nicholl, 17. Joe McLoughlin, 18. Ben Morris.
MIKE Rush has reiterated the importance of last Friday’s win over Wigan as Saints go for Stobart Super League Playoff glory.His side beat the Warriors 26-18 in their final match of the regular season to set up tomorrow’s clash with Warrington.And it’s Saints’ commitment and overall performance that pleased him most.“Leading up the sending off I thought we were the better side,” he said. “It was important for us we started well in light of recent performances and the criticism of them.“Huddersfield proved that playing with 12 men doesn’t always guarantee you will get beat. Sending offs become talking points but they shouldn’t take away from how good we were at the weekend.“We needed to go into the Playoffs having beaten a team above us and also to get the monkey off our backs too. We’ve now had a little bit of success against all the teams around us and that is important. It was a big win and enjoyable for the players.”Saints are the only team to beat Warrington at the Halliwell Jones Stadium this season and Rush is in no doubt they can do that again.“Back in March we were well down the table, went there and won and now we are third,” he added. “That is a reflection of how far we’ve come. We’ve climbed the ladder slowly and have gone under the radar.“We head into this game on the back of a win and have had an extra day recovery too. We know it will be a real challenge to win there, they have a good squad and we will need to be at our best to get through.“You have to respect the likes of Brett Hodgson, Lee Briers, Joel and Michael Monaghan, Garreth Carvell and show your players what attributes they have.“But we don’t go there in fear. We have to put pressure on them and let them worry about Robes, Sia, Jonny and TP. We will need to win it up front and make it hard to come off their goal line. We have won there before and can do again.”Tickets for the match, which kicks off at 6pm on Saturday September 15 at the Halliwell Jones Stadium in Warrington, are still on sale.You can buy from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park up until 3pm on Saturday.
IN an attempt to give as much experience as possible to as many players as possible the Saints side contained no fewer than 10 bottom age group players and a trialist for this game against the North East, writes Graham Henthorne.Despite never being at their best the U19s were streets ahead of their opposition scoring 11 tries in the process to win 64-0.The first half was a story of poor ball retention which restricted the scoring. Having said that, for the first half hour the Saints still managed to score a point a minute.Elliott Jenkins was the first to break the deadlock as he stepped his way over from Captain Matty Lees’ pass, this after Brad Billsborough had robbed a Thunder player one on one.From the kick off the duel wrecking balls of Lees and Jordan Olmez tore into the visitors getting the Saints on a roll. A quick play the ball and Rob Fairclough poked his nose through the line then delivered a peach of a back hand ball to put Mike Weldon away. He took it 40 metres to the full back before feeding Chris Follin to go around to the posts.Again from the kick off the Thunder found Lees and Olmez and immediately found themselves on the back foot again. This time Olmez broke through, advanced on the beleaguered full back committing him before feeding Fairclough to go the final 50 metres to the posts.Olmez’ departure for a well-earned rest saw the Thunder presented with Jorge Lewtas and it was suddenly apparent that they found him no easier to face. His run and quick play the ball gave Billsborough a chance to dart over for the Saints fourth try.Just before the half hour mark Kevin Brown broke free only to be hauled in metres short of the line. But minutes later Weldon scored the fifth after great sleight of hand from Brad Pinder had put Lewtas away.The immaculate boot of Jordan Gibbons saw all tries converted but poor handling saw the score remain at 30 nil until the break.Despite the best of intentions the handling was only slightly better in the second period epitomised by Gibbons’ inexplicable knock on in the act of scoring having chased down Fairclough’s fine 60 metre kick.Another three back to back tries reminiscent of the first half took the game way out of sight of the visitors.Trialist Owen Smith, an early first half substitute for Cameron Brown, finished another Kevin Brown break in the right corner.The halves combined over 60 metres to give Jenkins his brace and Follin followed suit soon after finishing good work from Pinder and Fairclough.As Pinder was given a break Billsborough came back on and immediately created a try for Gibbons. He darted down the short side, gave it to Smith who in turn fed it onto the winger who ran in under the sticks.Matty Costello got in on the act after Lees was stopped short (although it looked suspiciously like he was on the line!) taking a neat inside pass from Gibbons.Fittingly the final score was reserved for Olmez who charged onto a pass to go in untouched from 10 metres out.In truth this was an average display from the U19s who never really got into their stride. Having said that there were some good individual performances, notably from both hookers Billsborough and Pinder, and from Lees, Lewtas, Follin and Smith on debut. But the stand out performer today was Jordan Olmez. From the start the Thunder couldn’t contend with his dynamic running or solid tackling. He was always on the look for an offload but most impressively when he made a mistake he upped his work rate to attempt to make up for it.Match Summary:Saints U19s:Tries: Elliott Jenkins (8 & 55), Chris Follin (10 & 58), Rob Fairclough (13), Brad Billsborough (24), Mike Weldon (30), Owen Smith (53), Jordan Gibbons (64), Jordan Olmez (76) .Goals: Jordan Gibbons 10.North East:Tries: Goals:Half Time: 30-0Full Time: 64-0Teams:Saints:1. Matty Costello; 2. Kevin Brown, 3. Cameron Brown, 4. Lewis Furlong, 5. Jordan Gibbons; 6. Elliott Jenkins, 7. Rob Fairclough; 8. Matty Lees (C), 9. Brad Billsborough, 10. Jordan Olmez, 11. Chris Follin, 12. Mike Weldon, 13. Callum Hazzard. Subs: 14. Brad Pinder, 15. Jorge Lewtas, 16. Alex Eckley, 17. Owen Smith.North East:1. Lewis Burbridge; 2. Mark McCallum, 3. Jed Charlton (C), 4. Ryan Adamson, 5. Owen Reed; 6. Dan Coates, 7. Alex Bielby; 8. Will Bentley, 9. Ryan Jones, 10. Charlie Weaver, 11. Owen Harrison, 12. Sandy Rae, 13. Joel Marquez-Laynez. Subs: 14. Haydn Williamson, 15. Joe Smith-Millican, 16. Connor Beswick, 17. Jake Egglestone.
SAINTS are delighted to reveal the fantastic new shirt the lads will wear when they take on Hull FC at the 2017 Magic Weekend.Following on from last year’s shirt which raised more than £10,000 for St Helens Autism Support, our kit will once again highlight this important cause.It is available to pre-order from Friday April 21 either online at saintssuperstore.com or by calling into the Club Superstore at the Totally Wicked Stadium.Thanks to our sponsors and the RFL, the Club has been granted permission to wear the shirt to raise awareness of Autism.As part of our commitment, we have also agreed to donate 10% of the net retail price of each shirt to raise vital funds for the local group.On top of this it is our intention to Auction off the players’ shirts in the coming weeks for the same cause.The shirt design this year is ‘contrast black’ with the Traditional Vee being replaced by a Jigsaw designed ribbon hanging over the shoulder.This is renowned as a key symbol used by the Autism Society.Each replica shirt also carries the logo of St.Helens Autism Support, a local branch making a massive difference in the St Helens area helping raise awareness of Autism and aiding people with the condition.The match details are also listed on the right front hem of the shirt in multi-coloured text.Saints Replica version shirts are manufactured from a range of high quality advanced fibres to produce an end fabric called Koolite.Available in Adult sizes X-Small through to 7XL and also available to pre-order in Kids sizes 5-6 Years through to Age 13, and Ladies fit shirts size L8 to L18.The shirt are priced at £48 for Adults and £35 for Kids sizes.To guarantee delivery, the cut-off date for pre-orders is Midnight on April 28.Physical stock will be available for collection/delivery commencing May 15 2017, enabling you to wear your shirt for the Magic Weekend whether you are going or supporting from home.We will have a small amount of stock in store on or around this time but cannot guarantee that your size will be available so please PRE-ORDER to guarantee you don’t miss out.Remember you can still get your ticket for the Magic Weekend by clicking here.Saints take on Hull FC at the 2017 Magic Weekend on Saturday May 20 (KO 4:45pm)2017 Members can get 50% off their ticket when they buy it directly from the Club – this is only available via the ticket office or by calling 01744 455 052.
Owners Rich and Kathy Walsh stop by the WWAY studios- Advertisement – Rich and his wife Kathy bought the store on Fountain Drive two years ago and consider the business as also a vehicle to raise money to help the community. Right now plans are in the works to have a fundraiser for the Wilmington Fire Department to help pay for the yearly maintenance of the Fallen Firefighters Memorial at the Park Avenue station. Rich is a former volunteer firefighter of 15 years.Owners Rich and Kathy Walsh stop by the WWAY studios WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The husband and wife duo at Trolly Stop continue to give back to the community with more fundraisers on the way.The most recent event raised $600 for Step Up for Soldiers on July 29th. “Families with the kids, veterans, students, business people, and our steady regular customers, that came in and helped us to raise $600 for Step Up for Soldiers,” owner Rich Walsh said. We’ll keep you posted on their fundraising ways on Good Evening Wilmington, your home for positive stories.(and the WWAY staff says a big THANK YOU for all you do for the community!)
Burgaw North Carolina DMV Office Location (Photo: Google Maps) BURGAW, NC (WWAY) — The Burgaw Driver License office, located at 805 South Walker Street, will close Thursday at 12 p.m. and move to a new location. The office will re-open on Tuesday, April 3, at 781 U.S. 117 South in the old Pender Plumbing Co. building. The location will also serve as a district office for the N.C. Highway Patrol.- Advertisement – The Burgaw office hours will change to 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.Customers may call the office at (910) 259-2799 to confirm appointments and operating hours.DMV offers driver license renewals and many other services online. Customers are encouraged to check the official DMV website at www.MyNCDMV.gov to see if their driver license needs can be met online.
Dog bitten by snake. Different snake found in family’s yard last year (Photo: Tracy Swanson/WWAY) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The weather has warmed up and more people are out in their yards, but you might not be alone. Several people have recently shared their experiences with snakes and bears on social media in our area.“They’re scary,” Tracy Swanson said after her dog was bit by a snake.- Advertisement – Swanson said a copperhead bit their dog, Tanner after he spotted and ran straight towards the snake in their yard. The snake struck and left Tanner with bites on his paw, nose and chest. The family immediately took Tanner to the vet. Now Tracy is even more cautious.“I’m always looking around on the ground, you don’t know and I just don’t want anyone to get bit by them,” Swanson said.North Carolina is home to six different venomous snakes, but most common is the copperhead. North Carolina Wildlife Officer Clayton Ludwick said not all snakes are bad and to be prepared to see them more often as the weather continues to warm up.Related Article: Company offers ‘pawternity leave’ for new pet parents“Everything is coming out this time of year. It is the warm weather, it’s just like humans in the winter time, you’re in the house it’s cold. In the summer time you’re out, want to move around it’s the same thing in the animal world,” Ludwick said.Ludwick said in most cases snake bites are non-life threatening but they do need to be treated. Luckily for Swanson, her dog Tanner is recovering just fine.NC Wildlife said bears have been seen recently as well and to also be on the look out for gators, more deer and coyotes. If you see a snake NC Wildlife said do not panic, back away and don’t touch them.
Trump, the daughter in law of President Donald Trump and a Wrightsville Beach native, has been a supporter of and volunteer at Durso’s Paws Place for more than five years — well before she became a member of the nation’s first family and Paws Place moved into its Winnabow facility in 2017 after two decades as an outdoor facility.On Friday, Trump stopped by to check in on Durso and staff as she toured Brunswick County, surveying the damage done by Hurricane Florence.Read more from StarNewsOnline. Lara Trump, daughter-in-law of President Donald Trump, toured animal shelters undergoing hurricane recovery on Sept. 28, 2018. (Photo: Brunswick County Schools) WINNABOW, NC (StarNewsOnline) — Tears welled up in Peggy Durso’s eyes as soon as Lara Trump went in for the hug.The two know each other well, so the lengthy embrace was more than a single gesture. It was a reunion.Lara Trump toured Town Creek Elementary on Sept. 28, 2018. (Photo: Brunswick County Schools)- Advertisement –
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Imagine waking up one day and not being able to get around the place you’ve lived your entire life. That’s the reality for one Wilmington man who went blind three years ago.Fred Strong has lived in Wilmington his entire life. He knows the city like the back of his hand, but is now unable to navigate it.- Advertisement – “After visiting and staying in Raleigh for about 10 weeks, I’m almost ashamed to say I live in Wilmington in relationship to the blind and the handicapped trying to maneuver through Wilmington,” Strong said.He says relearning how to do everyday tasks hasn’t been easy, but he’s had some great help along the way.“In the beginning it was very depressing, but because of the North Carolina School for the Blind, I feel like I’ve come alive again, and I’m not just existing,” he said.Related Article: Wilmington council gets update on Bijou Park plansHe says at the school in Raleigh, he was taught how to get around town using crosswalks that announce out loud when it is safe to cross.“I’m going straight on Jones Street, and I push the arrow and it tells me Jones Street arrow clear,” Strong said.He was surprised to learn that these type of crosswalks are not in Wilmington, and will go before city council Tuesday to ask that they consider installing them. He says without them, it isn’t safe for the visually impaired.“My challenge to you in the community is to put a set of blindfolds on, and walk with me from Long Street on Shipyard to Long Leaf Mall, crossing Holly Tree, or crossing left to go to Brightmore,” Strong said.I spoke to City Councilman Paul Lawler, who said he did not know enough about these types of crosswalks, and would have to research them before Tuesday’s meeting.I also reached out to Mayor Bill Saffo and have not yet heard back.
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington nonprofit is making it easier for people with disabilities to have access to service dogs and live independently.Established in 1996, Canines for Service (CFS) trains highly-skilled service dogs for people with disabilities.- Advertisement – The program has a strong emphasis on placing service dogs with veterans with mobility limitations, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury.Recently, CFS placed its 100th service dog with Army Veteran Corey Lee. He served in the Army for more than nine years where he sustained multiple knee and back injuries.Lee received a service dog named “Roman,” a tan and white Labrador Retriever mix. Roman came from Rescue Animals Community Effort (RACE) located in Shallotte, NC.“We knew Mr. Lee and Roman would be a perfect match, and in their short time together, I have already seen an incredible bond form,” said Rick Hairston, President and CEO of Canines for Service. “Mr. Lee is more confident and independent with Roman by his side and together they are going to do great things.”Hairston suffers from degenerative joint disease and has a service dog named “Jordan” who helps with a number of routine tasks.“I have a tendency to drop a lot of items and if I trip and fall, he helps me recover from a fall and retrieve the items I happen to drop,” Hairston said.All of the dogs in the CFS program are rescue dogs and primarily come from local shelters and rescues.During a 12-month period, the dogs are trained in over 90 different commands. They are trained by training staff, students learning how to train service dogs and military prisoners at the brig at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune.With their high-level of training, the dogs are valued at $54,000 but CFS’s clients are not charged anything. The nonprofit receives funding from donors, grants and fundraisers.The goal of the program is to make people more independent.“We want them to be able to go out in the public to live life and in Corey’s case, he wanted to be back to normal,” Hairston said. “Its going to be a new normal for him to be the best he can be.”