ROYCE Simmons is looking to get off to the best possible start when Saints open their season ‘on the road’ at the Stobart Stadium on Friday.His side are unbeaten in their two engage Super League games so far and place their remarkable winning record over Warrington on the line when they take to the field.“History is just that for me,” Royce said. “More important is that we do give a good effort in our home game, especially our first one at Widnes.“We are trying to say to our fans this is our home ground for 12 months and we want you to come here and support us.“The fans have to buy into that but it is us that have to lead it, show a lot of energy and commitment early in the game and get them behind us, so they can jump on the back of it.”Warrington have not beaten Saints since 2001 and their winless run on their travels stretches back to 1994.But Royce thinks they will be an even tougher proposition this time round.“Warrington have been beaten in the past due to their attitude rather than their class – sometimes they must have been thinking, ‘oh no we are going to Knowsley Road where we lose.’“But I went watching the Warrington v Hull KR at the weekend and it was a good game of football with two big packs going at each other.“Warrington have got good finishing on the edges. They have got a good attacking kicking game. They hung in there and won the game.I know Hodgo [Brett Hodgson] – I know him back to front actually – and he was at his best finishing tries down the edges. He provided the final pass for two tries and scored the last one himself and kicked the winning goal.“Joel Monaghan regularly scores 20 tries in the NRL but half of them come from attacking kicks. He is dangerous and looked so the other day. Westwood terrorises people because he is so tough.“Warrington are a tough side – sprinkled with internationals and they won two Challenge Cups so we will have to be at our best.Saints will be without Leon Pryce or Gary Wheeler for the match but the return of Paul Wellens and James Graham looks more likely.“Leon tried to run in straight lines but he started to feel twinges with his groin injury so we told him to get off,” Royce added. “Gary Wheeler could not run in training earlier in the week so neither will play. Wellens got through non-contact training on Tuesday so that is promising. James Graham got through training so the medical staff are happy for him to play.”Tickets for Saints mouthwatering Super League XVI home opener with Warrington Wolves on Friday February 25 (8pm) are still on sale.This ALL TICKET encounter kicks off Saints’ home campaign at their temporary Widnes venue.The East Stand has sold out whilst Warrington have sold their allocation of West Stand tickets.Tickets will be available on matchday from the matchday Ticket Office window on Friday – North and South Stand tickets still remain.Tickets are now on sale from Saints Town Centre Store in the Church Square Shopping Centre and by calling 01744 455 050.You cannot buy tickets from Widnes’ ticket office during the week or via the Stobart Stadium’s phoneline.Tickets will be on sale from the Ticket Office from 4.30pm on Friday only at the Stobart.Please note, you can only enter the stand your ticket corresponds to. For example, if you have an East Stand ticket, you can’t use the North Stand turnstiles to access your seat.
EVERY year, hundreds of disadvantaged children across St Helens and Wigan face a Christmas without gifts.To help combat this, St Helens College has pledged support to the 102.4 Wish fm Christmas Toy appeal.The annual campaign, which launched this week, asks the public to buy just one additional Christmas present to donate and help make a local child’s Christmas.Clare Webster, Head of Department for Health, Sports & Public Services, said: “Our Health and Social Care students and staff made hundreds of donations last year and by becoming a central collection point this year, we hope to smash that target.“There is absolutely no reason at all why a local child should have to go without a gift at Christmas and we are pledging our support to this campaign as we want to make a real difference in our local community. We need donations of new, unused gifts for children from babies to teens, toys or gift vouchers are perfect.”St Helens College Town Centre Campus, Water Street, St Helens is an official collection point. To make a donation, simply drop an unwrapped gift into reception.There tends to be a particular shortage of gifts for newborn babies and teenagers.The collection point closes on Tuesday December 16 at 4pm.
Super League and the Rugby Football League (RFL) recently partnered with the national social care charity Community Integrated Care to form a ground-breaking inclusive sports programme for people with learning disabilities and autism.The ‘Community Integrated Care Learning Disability Super League’ gives people with learning disabilities the opportunity to play an adapted version of Rugby League, in a series of high-profile festivals and events. The programme aims to promote the development of skills, confidence and positive experiences for people with learning disabilities, and make a major statement about social inclusion.And fresh from the LDRL team gracing the Anfield turf at Dacia Magic Weekend, Louie and his Saints mates popped into the Totally Wicked Stadium to surprise our Saints Community Development Foundation’s LDRL team and he also caught up with huge Saints fan, John Paul – better known as ‘JP’!