DAY 11 – It was up and at em early this morning

first_imgDAY 11 – It was up and at ’em early this morning – but the 6.45am start was a little too early for one or two with team leader, Derek Traynor, being the first person ever to be late for breakfast duties.The rest of his group did a sterling job whilst Derek enjoyed a few extra minutes snoozing!The main focus of this morning’s training session was team defence in and around the ruck area; a part of the game that Derek wants to freshen up on before the tough challenges ahead.Then after a quick shower it was straight onto the bus for a visit to the Sydney Cricket Ground for the tour team photograph. International touring teams have had these photos taken for many years and we are very honoured to still be one of very few clubs to ever be allowed to tread the turf.This is always a stressful time for some of the staff, ensuring kits are ready and pressed, kids are scrubbed up well and everyone has the required attire and footwear.It seemed to go well with only a couple of hiccups… Jordan Olmez having to do the mad dash from the bus as he had forgotten his boots and both Kevin Brown and Danny Edwards getting confused between the compulsory black boots and their fluorescent green selections!A big thank you to friend of the club, Peter O’Sullivan of the Sydney Roosters who then led a guided tour of the SCG, the Allianz Stadium and the Roosters training facility before we headed over to the wet ‘n’ wild water park.The English like weather of 13 degrees didn’t deter this hardy group as the afternoon was spent splashing around in the pools and having fun on the slides.The staff enjoyed themselves far more than the kids; Rushie leading the way, with Paul Molyneux perfecting his dismount from a rubber ring with an unrehearsed backward somersault. The lads enjoyed themselves, especially Brad Pinder, Matty Lees and Levy Nzoungou who were impressing the locals with their dance moves in the sand.A special mention needs to go to Jordan Gibbons, who overcame his fear of heights to conquer a few of the slides, much to do with the help of Physio Jonny Skinner who held his hand throughout.This was our first ever visit but we will be definitely hoping to return in years to come.The tiring day led to an early night for most, with attention again turning to Sunday’s game against Parramatta, starting with 8am training in the morning.By Ian Talbotlast_img read more

The relationship between the 2018 Betfred Super Le

first_imgThe relationship between the 2018 Betfred Super League Leaders’ Shield winners and the company will continue for a further three years.This will enable Cash Converters to not only appear on the front of the home kit once more, but also enhance the valuable community work already undertaken between themselves and the club.Saints, who had a record seven players in the 2018 Dream Team, have been able to develop a dream partnership with Cash Converters that has been beneficial for the club, St.Helens and the wider community:Community Rugby LeagueCash Converters have donated funds to all of the town’s Rugby League clubs, which has allowed each team to invest for the benefit of the many juniors plying their trades at a local level.One such example was at Portico Vine ARLFC, where donated funds helped purchase a new boiler so that their players could continue to enjoy our sport and have decent facilities after a game.Community Give-BackCash Converters also entertained nominated guests from the St Helens community in their hospitality box on matchnights here at The Totally Wicked Stadium.These came from our local community and included people who had selflessly given up their time to volunteer, foster and help others in our area.And it’s fair to say those guests had a great time and a night to remember.Community Foundation SupportCash Converters have also been extremely charitable when it comes to Saints’ own Community Foundation, raising £3,000 at a recent conference which all of the company’s Franchisees donated towards.Community TicketsAdd to this the regular ticket giveaways on twitter @cash_converters and it is easy to see why the partnership is beneficial for all.“On behalf of the club and wider St Helens community I would like to thank all involved at Cash Converters for their fantastic support and incredible commitment for the next three years,” Saints General Manager, Dave Hutchinson, said. “Our relationship has been a dream and we look forward to the purposeful activation of their partnership in the same way as they have demonstrated during the 2018 season.”Michelle Byrne, UK Head of Sales & Marketing at Cash Converters UK, added: “On behalf of Cash Converters and its franchisees we are delighted to continue with our partnership with St Helens.“Our work in the community has been fantastic and it will be integral as we move forward with our three to five year CSR plans.“Working with St Helens for a further three years was an easy decision for us as a business. The stadium is a great environment to entertain families who find it difficult to either get together as a family or have constraints and we want to continue to support this initiative for many years to come.“We look forward to a successful three years with Saints.”last_img read more

Christian Kellett has been called up for the first

first_imgChristian Kellett has been called up for the first time – joining eight of his Academy teammates, including first team squad members Jack Welsby (pictured) and Josh Simm in the team that is coached by Saints assistant coach Ian Talbot and two-times Steve Prescott Man of Steel winner, Paul Sculthorpe MBE.The Yorkshire division take on the Australian Schoolboys at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle, Castleford on Wednesday, November 28 (KO 7.30pm) before Lancashire come head-to-head with the visitors at the Manchester Regional Arena on Saturday, December 1 (KO 1.30pm).England Academy will then take on the Australian Schoolboys at Leigh Sports Village on Saturday, December 8 (KO 2.00pm) and the Emerald Headingley Stadium on Friday, December 14 (KO 7.30pm).Lancashire ‘Origin’ Squad:Aiden Roden (Wigan Warriors) Ben Davies (Widnes Vikings) Christian Kellett (St Helens) Ethan Havard (Wigan Warriors) Jack Welsby (St Helens) Jake Wingfield (St Helens) James McDonnell (Wigan Warriors) Jarrod O’Connor (Widnes Vikings) Jayden Hatton (Widnes Vikings) Joe Sharratt (St Helens) Joe Shorrocks (Wigan Warriors) John Hutchings (St Helens) Josh Simm (St Helens) Matthew Foster (St Helens) Nathan Wilde (Wigan Warriors) Oliver Leyland (London Broncos) Reece Hamlett (Wigan Warriors) Sam Halsall (Wigan Warriors) Sam Royle (St Helens) Tom Nisbet (St Helens)last_img read more