Month: July 2019

York City Knights 34 v 30 St Helens U20s TeamBy G

first_imgYork City Knights 34 v 30 St Helens U20’s TeamBy Graham Henthorne, Team ManagerA Saints Reserve side containing no fewer than 15 players still eligible for U18s Academy duty took on a full strength City Knights team led by ex Super League and Parramatta player Chris Thorman and came away disappointed at having lost out by the odd try in 11.Twice behind by three scores the Reserves showed a lot of resilience in fighting back into contention and finishing both halves on the attack.The Saints were understandably slow out of the blocks and the City Knights took advantage to pummel the Saints. But it was a freakish injury to influential half back Nathan Ashe which turned the first period in the home sides favour. Hit accidentally when executing a pass, Ashe had to leave the game with numerous loose teeth. As the Saints were re-organising the defensive line ex-Leeds centre Tom Bush was put through a yawning gap by Thorman to open the scoring.Two more tries followed in quick succession in a nightmare five minute spell for the Saints and with Thorman’s trusty boot the lead was soon out to 18. But the introduction of Ant Walker steadied the ship and his partnership with fellow prop Carl Forster started to bring the Saints back into it. Adam Barber was run into touch just short of the line after a good short side drive from Scott Hale and Tommy Makinson was denied a try for a forward pass. Then Ben Karalius put the speedy Danny Jones through from 40 metres with a peach of a pass only for the referee to rule a double movement and you could sense the tide turning.Sure enough three sets of six on the home sides line proved to be too much as Forster grabbed the first try of this campaign. Walker and Josh Jones had been stopped short before Forster charged over.Minutes later the increasingly influential Karalius broke down the middle putting the supporting Tommy Makinson away. He took it on to the fullback before feeding debutant Kenny Hughes whose sideway run gave enough space to Dan Brotherton to hand off his opposite number and rounding him to score in the corner.The call at half time was for the Reserves to believe in themselves but the reality of open age rugby league was brought home with a bang as the home side scored twice in the opening three minutes to again open up a dominant lead.But back came the resilient Saints and drives from Hale and Jordan Hand and another short pass from Karalius put Makinson through 40 metres out. He duly rounded the full back and scored under the black dot.On the next set first Joe Greenwood and then Forster were held up over the line but the pressure came to nothing and the Knights again pulled clear as their outstanding player hooker Jack Lee dummied his way over.Superior fitness started to tell and the Saints were all over the home side in the final quarter. Makinson was again held up over the line but this time a good kick chase produced a repeat set. Drives from Jordan Case and Samir Tahrouai got the Saints close and Danny Jones got his reward for an impressive show breaking free to score.On the next set Karalius made a 50 metre break from his own half and on reaching the full back fed the long striding Greenwood for a great long range try. Makinson’s fifth from five attempts set up the Grandstand finish but somehow the beleaguered home defence managed to hold out.Any poor, long suffering Saints supporter who made the painful journey to Keighley last year will be rightly heartened by this scoreline. Whilst there were some negatives there were many more positives from this all round team display against a Knights side who in the words of Coach Dave Woods “expect to surprise a few people this year”.The loss of Nathan Ashe so early on put more responsibility onto the shoulders of Kenny Hughes in his first match in Saints colours, but the Thatto Heath prospect showed he is more than at home at this level with a great partnership with Karalius and the returning Aaron Lloyd.This was a good start for a team that can only get better as it grows in experience and togetherness.   York City Knights St Helens U20s 1James Haynes1Tommy Johnson2Dave Sutton2Adam Barber3Duane Straugher3Josh Jones20Tom Bush4Tommy Makinson5Danny Wilson5Dan Brotherton6Chris Thorman6Nathan Ashe7Jonny Presley7Ben Karalius8Jack Stearman8Samir Tahrouai9Jack Lee9Kenny Hughes10Alex Benson10Carl Forster33Jordan Rice11Danny Jones12Matt Barron12Scott Hale24Mark Barlow13Warren Thompson4Lee Waterman14Ste Yates21Dennis Tuffour15Ant Walker22Ed Smith16Jordan Case23Paul Stamp17Aaron Lloyd27Scott Woods18Jordan Hand29Joe Hemmings19Joe Greenwood19Joe Gartside20Joe BateYork City Knights:Tries: James Haynes, Duane Straugher 2, Tom Bush, Jack Lee, Alex Benson.Goals: Chris Thorman 4, Lee Waterman.   St Helens U20s:Tries: Tommy Makinson, Dan Brotherton, Carl Forster, Scott Hale, Joe Greenwood.Goals: Tommy Makinson 5.  Half Time: 12-18Full Time: 30-34last_img read more

KEIRON Cunningham said Saints are riding the crest

first_imgKEIRON Cunningham said Saints are riding the crest of a wave following their seventh win in a row – but the focus remains squarely on the next game only.His side beat Catalans 39-16 at Langtree Park to draw them ever closer to a playoff semi final.“I was expecting some sort of lull from the two big away games we’ve had in the last couple of weeks and I think in that first half we tried to over play it a little bit, or play when we didn’t deserve or earn the right to play it,” he said. “It was a little like the Warrington game – we weren’t great in the first half but we went in with a lead. “We then came out in second half and put them to the sword. We completed our sets really highly – at around 96 per cent – and that was massive for us and the reason we got the result we did.“We put them in bad spots and although they lost bodies like us the best side deserved the game.“We are still not falling in love with ourselves. We have got a big derby next week which we can look forward to but that is as far as we are looking. Momentum is a big thing; the boys are in a good space and they deserved that. Tough times this year have forged us as a group and we are probably getting what we deserve now.”He continued: “Adam Swift was great – scoring tries is what he gets paid for! All the back three played well as did Jack (Owens) on the other wing. Swift works tirelessly every week. He is still developing and learning and I don’t think you have seen the best of him.“Jonny Lomax was phenomenal. His defence and the way he organised the team and got his numbers right was superb. He saved around three to four tries and made the big play at the end.“The players were brilliant and are hungry to go again. That is what momentum does for you. Coming to work is a pleasure and we are riding on the crest of a wave. Long may that continue.”Saints lost Mark Percival in the game and has a leg injury according to Cunningham.“We handled it well but he will be a big loss for us,” he said.Next up for Saints is a trip to the DW Stadium on Friday August 19 when they will take on Wigan Warriors.Ticket details are here.last_img read more

The tie will take place over the weekend of May 12

first_imgThe tie will take place over the weekend of May 12 & 13 and we will have full ticket and fixture details shortly.The Full Draw:Hull KR v Wigan Warriors Castleford Tigers v St Helens Toronto Wolfpack v Warrington Wolves Leigh Centurions v Salford Red Devils Featherstone Rovers v Hull FC Catalan Dragons v Whitehaven Widnes Vikings v Leeds Rhinos Huddersfield Giants v Wakefield Trinitylast_img

Four area swimmers making waves on the national swimming stage

first_img “Pretty excited to go to this meet,” Butner said. “It’s not everyday that you get to go to this meet. I consider myself pretty lucky to go because you don’t get an opportunity like this a lot. These aren’t easy cuts and to get them is an extreme honor. It’s what you work up to.”The work of a swimmer is done right in the pool. The four swimmers are now preparing for a meet many work for years to get to. Not only will they be going as a group, they’ll be competing as a group.“I think it’s good that we have each other to push ourselves and help us get faster,” Adkins said. “I feel like if we didn’t have that we would have much slower times. When he have each other to we push each other it really helps us out and motivates us.”Related Article: Swimmers pulled from water at Emerald Isle beach, one in critical conditionThey will be competing in the 200 and 400 yard medley relays at the meet, but Howard will also compete in the 100 yard backstroke event with a qualifying time of 50.08 seconds. A very impressive accomplishment and one he does not take for granted.“We worked really hard to get to this point in our swimming career,” Howard said. “There’s a lot of older kids that still can’t go as fast as me and that’s pretty cool.”Swimming isn’t one of those sports that garners the national spotlight. You compete to take fractions of a second off of your overall time, something people don’t always realize as a major accomplishment.While there’s no denying the great opportunity the swimmers have, they still say they compete with an internal motivation.“When you succeed in another sport you’re nationally recognized, but when you succeed in swimming you’re not,” Settlemyre said. “It’s more of a personal thing. Instead of wanting to be recognized by other people you try to be recognized by yourself. So you work yourself harder instead of working for other people.”The meet begins tomorrow and runs until December 9 in Knoxville, TN. Best of luck boys!You can follow along with their progress by visiting the meet website here. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — There are some good things happening at the UNCW Natatorium.The Wilmington Waves produce many great swimmers, especially Finn Howard, Trey Adkins, Garrett Butner and Jeffrey Settlemyer who have earned their way to the USA Swimming Speedo Winter Junior National Championships.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Longtime Pender school board member dies surrounded by family

first_imgPENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A woman who spent nearly three decades working for the children of Pender County has died.According to Pender County Board of Education Chair Kenneth Lanier, Katherine Herring died on Thursday.- Advertisement – She served on the Pender County School Board for 28 years, making her one of the longest serving elected officials in Pender County.Lanier said Herring was a woman of deep faith, and it was that faith that led her to advocate for equality, equity, and fairness for the students, families, and community members of Pender County. She was known for her quiet demeanor but relentless energy, dedication, and determination.During her tenure as a Board Member, she was focused on enhancing opportunities for all students. Lanier said Herring’s hard work helped raise more than $200 million for school construction, while enrollment nearly doubled.Related Article: Pender County School Board approves funds for some school repairsLanier said her legacy will inspire educators and students for years to come, and her generosity will remain in the hearts of the Pender County citizens forever.“The Pender County Board of Education extends its heartfelt sympathy to the family and friends of Ms. Katherine Herring,” said Lanier.Lanier said Herring was surrounded by her family when she died.In January, Herring announced she would not seek re-election. Herring was first elected to the board in 1990 and represented District 4, which covers the western part of the county.Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Watha.A viewing for family and friends will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Dunn Funeral Home in Burgaw.last_img read more

Disaster food benefits to be offered in Brunswick County

first_imgSNAP (Photo: Pixaby) BOLIVIA, NC (Press Release) — Brunswick County has been declared a disaster county by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services. These declarations authorize the Department of Social Services to administer the Disaster Food and Nutrition benefits program.This program is designed to authorize food stamp benefits for eligible households that are not currently receiving food and nutrition benefits and have experienced a loss as a result of Hurricane Florence.  Residents may qualify for assistance for a one-month period if their home was damaged or destroyed or they have disaster related expenses, or they lost income or had food loss because of a power outage or household flooding resulting from Hurricane Florence.  Eligibility is based on available income and resources.- Advertisement – RELATED: Pender County to start accepting Disaster Food Stamp applicationsResidents currently receiving food stamp benefits, including those requesting replacement benefits, are not eligible for this disaster program.Applications for Disaster Food and Nutrition benefits will be taken at Odell Williamson Auditorium on Brunswick Community College Campus at 150 College Road, Bolivia beginning Friday, Sept. 28, through Saturday, Sept. 29, and Monday, Oct. 1, through Saturday, Oct. 6. Hours will be from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturdays. No applications will be taken on Sunday.Related Article: Hotels begin to evacuate, close doors on guestsIndividuals applying for benefits will be asked to provide the following information:IdentityResidencyDate of birth for all household members included on applicationSocial Security Numbers for all household members included on applicationIncome made or anticipated to be made between September 7th – October 6th for all household membersAll storm related expenses such as: cost to protect property during the disaster, cost to repair or replace items/ property, food loss due to disaster, temporary shelter expenses and moving and storage cost due to the disaster, etcBecause long lines and wait times are possible, individuals are encouraged to bring medications and other necessary items.  Due to limited space, individuals are encouraged to limit the number of people accompanying them and to consider arranging child care if possible. Residents should come prepared for inclement weather while waiting outdoors as no outdoor shelter is available for those waiting in line.No food vendors will be allowed in the parking lots at application locations.  In addition, no donations will be accepted or distributed at application locations.last_img read more

Business donates shopping spree to Cub Scouts who lost equipment in Florence

first_img 1 of 3 – Advertisement – The troop went shopping Monday evening and bought tents, camping gear, and cooking equipment so that the troop can get back to enjoying the outdoors. Academy Sports + Outdoors to donate shopping spree to Cub Scout Troop 740, replacing goods lost in flooding from Hurricane Florence. (Photo: Academy Sports + Outdoors) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Local Cub Scouts lost all of their equipment during Hurricane Florence flooding. Now, an area business is stepping up to help them get back outside.Academy Sports + Outdoors helped Cape Fear Council Cub Scout Pack 740 in Currie replace the equipment by donating a $500 shopping spree. (Photo: Academy Sports + Outdoors) (Photo: Academy Sports + Outdoors) (Photo: Academy Sports + Outdoors)last_img read more

FEMA reimburses Leland for hurricane debris cleanup

first_imgLELAND, NC (WWAY) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is going to reimburse Leland for debris removal following Hurricane Florence.Days after the hurricane hit, the town hired contractors to remove what Florence left behind.- Advertisement – According to a news release, the cost of clean-up will be paid back.The town has approved to receive more than $1.6 million from FEMA and the state.last_img

Senior Expo educates seniors and families on healthy living in golden years

first_img Will Montgomery attended with his father. He said he learned a lot about what he can do for his parents.“I have a vested interested in that because I love my parents,” Montgomery said. “So whether it’s health or things like assisted living, I’ve learned a great deal already.”Montgomery said another thing he learned at the expo is that there are a lot of great people in Wilmington who care about our seniors.Related Article: Hyundai, Kia recall over 500K vehicles as fire risk spreadsCathy Dor also participated. She said in the first hour alone she learned a lot of new information from just one doctor.“I didn’t really know about acupuncture, and she explained that a little better to me,” Dor said. “Then there’s some cancer DNA test. I talked to her, and they can just swab the inside of your mouth and try to determine if you’re at risk for cancer. It’s like everything you’ve ever wanted to know medically is all here in one place!”Dor said the WWAY Senior Expo provides a “wealth of health information” that she had never been able to access anywhere else. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A big crowd turned out on Thursday for the annual WWAY Senior Expo sponsored by Lower Cape Fear Hospice at Independence Mall, and seniors are not the only ones who benefit from it.The expo gives loved ones the opportunity to learn more about products and services that allow seniors to get the most out of their golden years, like free health screenings and healthy cooking demonstrations.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Updated Woman in critical condition crushed against wall by truck in Gozo

first_img SharePrint A 61-year-old Chinese woman is in a critical condition after a truck parked on a slope in St Paul’s Square Marsalforn rolled down a hill and pinned her against a wall.The incident, which was confirmed with by a Police spokesperson,  was reported at 12.00pm, with the woman taken by ambulance to Gozo General Hospital shortly after.WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more