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THE Reserves registered their first win of the Season against the previously unbeaten Harlequins RL with a resilient team performance built on a great first half display writes Graham Henthorne.Although only 12 points to the good at the break the Saints had had the majority of the territorial advantage pinning Quins in their own half with Ben Karalius and Adam Swift’s astute kicking game.It was Swift who opened the scoring showing good pace in outpacing the covering defence to the line after good footwork had created the opening.The lead was doubled on quarter time as Dan Brotherton picked up a loose ball to touch down in the left corner. Danny Jones’ run down the left had put the Saints in good field position and Swift’s cross field bomb put the defence under pressure allowing Brotherton the easiest of scores.The Saints were more than matching the big, experienced Quins pack with Carl Forster to the fore.As the half wore on a touch of fatigue set in and a string of penalties marched the visitors down field but strong defence on the line epitomised by Josh Jones’ two last ditch try saving tackles prevented Quins from taking gaining any advantage.The break came at the wrong time for the Saints allowing Quins to regroup and they came back with a vengeance at the start of the second period.Again ferocious scrambling defence kept them at bay and the Saints took full advantage going straight down the other end to score. A strong drive to the line from Ant Walker and a quick play the ball gave Swift time to step inside his opposing centre for his second try of the evening.The visitors enjoyed a purple patch around the hour mark scoring three tries as the saints appeared to be tiring.Sandwiched in the middle Aarron Lloyd had snook over from dummy half to stem the flow a little giving much needed breathing space to the Reserves. Forster’s strong drive was followed by a handoff and break from Captain Warren Thompson who was stopped inches short of a deserved try.That was as close as the visitors got, however, as the Saints finished the stronger. Ben Karalius’s 40/20 again penned Quins in, and Tommy Makinson’s fourth goal of the night, for a high shot on Lloyd pushed the lead out to 10.From the kick off Scott Hale dummied inside but set off down the short side on a 30 metre run. Forster took it on from the play the ball finding Hale on his shoulder to finish what he’d started.This was a much better performance giving the Reserves a much needed boost after a disappointing loss at Salford. Man of the Match was Adam Swift whose enthusiasm and running at the line always had Quins worried, but he was pushed all the way by Gary Wheeler and both starting props Forster and Jordan Hand making his starting début at this level.Match Summary:St Helens U20s:Tries: Dan Brotherton, Adam Swift 2, Aaron Lloyd, Scott Hale.Goals: Tommy Makinson 5.Harlequins U20s:Tries: Kieran Dixon, Lamont Bryan 2.Goals: Omari Caro.Half Time: 12-0 Full Time: 30-14Teams:St Helens U20s:1. Nathan Ashe, 2. Josh Jones, 3. Tommy Makinson, 4. Gary Wheeler, 5. Dan Brotherton, 6. Adam Swift, 7. Ben Karalius, 8. Jordan Hand, 9. Aaron Lloyd, 10. Carl Forster, 11. Danny Jones, 12. Scott Hale, 13. Warren Thompson.Subs: 14. Marcus Baines, 15. Joe Bate, 16. Anthony Walker, 17. Joe Greenwood.Harlequins U20s: 1. Kieran Dixon, 2. Omari Caro, 3. Will Lovell, 4. Joe Ridley, 5. Mike Channing, 6. Dan Sarginson, 7. Mike Bishay, 8. Rob Thomas, 9. Max Edwards, 10. Olsi Krasniqi, 11. Alex Ingarfield, 12. Lamont Bryan, 13. Sam Bolger.Subs: 14. Billy Driver, 15. Gavin Hyder, 16. George Archer, 17. Alex Anthony.
Academy head coach Derek Traynor recounts an eventful trip…My lasting memories of the 2013 tour consist of a big low and disappointment and a massive high. The big low point was in the first game we suffered our heaviest ever defeat on tour against a very big and experienced St George team. St George obviously got the age groups a little mixed up.Even on that day there were some highlights such as watching James Nicholl and Joe McLoughlin stand their ground and not give an inch to lads about 20kg heavier than them and two years older. Also, the squad got to meet the New Zealand world cup team – Sonny Bill and Shaun Johnson were mobbed for selfie’s with the lads.Then another disappointment followed with a loss at Central Coast; we thought there was a little bit of a hangover from the previous game and confidence had obviously been dented.But after a very tough and encouraging training session at funnily enough St George, there was a feeling of confidence and self-belief returning. This was taken into the next game against Wests Tigers and the first victory of the tour was gained. But more importantly the lads had shown their true ability and were now looking forward to the last game against the mighty Penrith.The Panthers game finally came around and playing at the Pepper Stadium is always a big buzz for the players. This was the massive high as the squad put on a great show and came away with a win. Danny Richardson was outstanding and scored three great tries and Dave Hewitt was pulling the strings and bossing the team around the field.As far as tours go this squad had the worst record with two defeats, but they did show the most improvement and proved they could handle disappointment and work hard to turn their fortunes around.It was also the youngest squad we had taken on tour also.The one thing that still sticks in my mind is seeing Dave Hewitt’s big toe nail ripped off whilst white water rafting … note to lads make sure you pack your nail clippers.As previously mentioned, I have retired from this event after breaking a finger, badly bruising my foot, getting stuck in a whirlpool and being thrown about like being in a washing machine when I come out of the boat.I feel I am getting a little too close to the nine lives for comfort.Tourists:1. Daniel Abram 2. Philip Atherton 3. Ricky Bailey 4. Tom Calland 5. Liam Cooper 6. Jonah Cunningham 7. Oliver Davies 8. David Eccleston 9. Lewis Fairhurst 10. Matthew Fleming 11. Liam Forsyth 12. Lewis Hatton 13. Kieron Herbert 14. David Hewitt 15. Morgan Knowles 16. Ross McCauley 17. Joesph McLoughlin 18. Ben Morris 19. James Nicholl 20. Daniel Richardson 21. Joe Ryan 22. Adam Saunders 23. Aaron Smith 24. Connor Smith 25. Jake Spedding 26. Bobby Williams 27. Chris WorrallResults:St Helens 14 v 60 St GeorgeSt Helens 16 v 30 Central CoastSt Helens 32 v 30 Wests TigersSt Helens 20 v 12 Penrith Panthers
The centre took his season’s tally to seven as Saints kept up their 100 per cent record to top the Betfred Super League table.Danny Richardson lay on two of Percy’s scores in a show that belied his 21 years, whilst James Roby was also stellar as he reached 99 tries for the club.Whilst the scoreline blew out towards the end of the contest, this game was a tight tussle throughout.Both sides ripped into each other from the off but it was Saints who stuck first in the fifth minute, thanks to a piece of brilliance from Percival and Richardson.On the last, the scrum half shaped to kick it right, but instead opted to dip his shoulder, go left and catch Percival on a class line to go over.Richardson slotted the first of his five goals for 6-0 but from the restart, Saints lost the ball and had to defend a number of sets on their own line.They did that, but were powerless to stop Toby King on 15 minutes when he pounced on Tyrone Robert’s chip to the corner.Stefan Ratchford tagged the conversion from the touchline but Richardson put Saints back in front with a penalty on 30 minutes.8-6 to Holbrook’s men at the break.It didn’t take Saints long to extend that lead as within minutes of the second half, Roby darted over for his 99th in the Red Vee.It came after an error from the restart; Roberts turning his back only for Saints to grab it and the number 9 doing what he does best.Richardson made it 14-6 with the boot, but Warrington got back in the contest thanks to another kick to the corner.This time, Tom Lineham caught the high ball and offloaded superbly to put Harvey Livett in.Ratchford tagging another tricky conversion from the touchline.Saints weren’t going to crumble though and replied with style.Ben Barba won a drop out with a cute chip and then, on the next set, fired a wonder pass for the Percival to grab his second of the night.Then followed more magic from the boot of Richardson.On the last and in his own half, the youngster ‘showed and goed’, broke through and then displayed great awareness to chip into the left hand corner for Percy to grab his hat-trick.A try that was world class.Warrington tried to get back into it but the game was gone and it was left for Richardson to grab a try of his own right at the death.Barba went away down the left hand side, found Percival who then chipped it ahead for Danny to chase.And he did, putting down under the sticks in front of 3,000 delirious travelling supporters.A magnificent end to a great performance.Match Summary:Wolves: Tries: King. T, Livett, Goals: Ratchford (2 from 2)Saints: Tries: Percival (3), Roby, Richardson Goals: Richardson (5 from 6)Penalties Awarded: Wolves: 6 Saints: 12HT: 6-8 FT: 12-30REF: J ChildATT: 12,268Teams:Wolves: 1. Stefan Ratchford; 2. Tom Lineham, 18. Toby King, 4. Ryan Atkins, 21. Mitch Brown; 6. Kevin Brown, 7. Tyrone Roberts; 8. Chris Hill, 9. Daryl Clark, 10. Mike Cooper, 13. Ben Murdoch-Masila, 12. Jack Hughes, 34. Ben Westwood. Subs: 14. Dominic Crosby, 17. Joe Philbin, 19. George King, 20. Harvey Livett.Saints: 23. Ben Barba; 5. Adam Swift, 2. Tommy Makinson, 4. Mark Percival, 19. Regan Grace; 1. Jonny Lomax, 18. Danny Richardson; 10. Kyle Amor, 9. James Roby, 16. Luke Thompson, 17. Dom Peyroux, 11. Zeb Taia, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook. Subs: 6. Theo Fages, 8. Alex Walmsley, 14. Luke Douglas, 20. Matty Lees.
The main ‘mover and shaker’ was William Douglas Herman, the newly-appointed Head Chemist at Pilkington’s Crown Glass Works, who had played rugby in his school and college days and for the Crescent club in London, where he was born. He was disappointed that there was no rugby club in the area.On many a cold winter’s afternoon, the ‘Sporting Chemist’ could be seen kicking a ball around with some of his new-found friends on a field near Boundary Road. These young gentlemen were keen to try their hand at this new game which would fill a gap in their sporting calendar. By 1872, there were clubs established in Liverpool, Manchester and Wigan!He wanted to form a club and William initially turned to his workmates, but this came to nothing. Undeterred, he placed an advertisement in the St. Helens Newspaper calling a meeting at a local hostelry for anyone interested in forming a club:“It is proposed to form a football club for St. Helens and neighbourhood. Gentlemen taking an interest in the game are requested to attend a preliminary meeting to be held at the Fleece Hotel on Wednesday November 19, 1873 at 7.30pm.”The meeting attracted some of the most prominent young men in the town who had industrial and commercial connections, with names such as Gamble, Varley, who themselves have carved out their own niche in our town’s history.Under the Chairmanship of William Douglas Herman, a club was formed. Rules were drawn up and the use of the Recreation Ground at Boundary Road secured. Their first game took place early in late January 1874, against Liverpool Royal Infirmary on their newly-acquired home turf.After several changes of name [Eccleston Rangers and St Helens Rangers], amalgamation with St. Helens cricket Club and residence of several different grounds in the town, the club moved to Knowsley Road in 1890 to ensure a more-or-less stable existence, before the advent of professionalism changed the very nature of our club and we broke away from the 15-a-side code.Then there was the move to the Totally Wicked Stadium in 2012, another major phase in our proud club’s great history.What memories the club has provided for us over the years. Long may it continue!