England Knights head coach Kieron Purtill has name

first_imgEngland Knights head coach Kieron Purtill has named a 19-man squad to take on France in their first ever competitive game this Saturday at Leigh Sports Village (3.00pm).The Knights face France in the first of a two game autumn series which will see them travel to Whitehaven to face Cumbria next weekend and Purtill has shown his intentions by naming a strong line-up for tomorrow’s fixture.Hull FC’s Joe Westerman has been awarded the team captaincy with Warrington half-back Richie Myler instated as vice-captain. Myler has been joined in the 19-man squad by four other Wolves payers including second row Ben Westwood, who comes into the Knights squad as part of Steve McNamara’s senior team plans.Salford City Reds have a trio of representatives in the back positions, with Stefan Ratchford, Jodie Broughton and Matty Smith taking up the respective full-back, wing and scrumhalf roles while Wigan Warriors also have a trio of players selected in the form of Josh Charnley, Lee Mossop and Liam Farrell.Danny Haughton joins captain Westerman as the second Hull FC representative while arch rivals Hull KR also have two players selected in the form of Kris Welham and Liam Watts. Harlequins, Leeds Rhinos, St Helens and Castleford Tigers all have one player each selected in the 19-man squad.England Knights 19-man Squad to face France:1, Stefan Ratchford (Salford City Reds, Wigan St Pats) 2, Josh Charnley (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Pats) 3, Joe Arundel (Castleford Tigers, Castleford Panthers) 4, Kris Welham (Hull KR, Myton Warriors) 5, Jodie Broughton (Salford City Reds, Queens) 6, Richie Myler (Warrington Wolves, Halton West Bank) 7, Matty Smith (Salford City Reds, Blackbrook) 8, Ben Harrison (Warrington Wolves, Barrow Island) 9, Danny Houghton (Hull FC, East Hull) 10, Lee Mossop (Wigan Warriors, Hensingham) 11, Joe Westerman (C) (Hull FC, Featherstone Lions) 12, Ben Westwood (Warrington Wolves, Normanton) 13, Liam Farrell (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Pats) 14, Luke Gale (Harlequins RL, Middleton Marauders) 15, Paul Clough (St Helens, Blackbrook) 16, Mike Cooper (Warrington Wolves, Latchford Albion) 17, Liam Watts (Hull KR, Featherstone Lions) 18, Chris Riley (Warrington Wolves, Woolston Rovers) 19, Chris Clarkson (Leeds Rhinos, East Leeds)Tickets for the England Knights v France international fixture at Leigh Sports Village on Saturday, October 15, cost just £3 adult and £2 concession and can be purchased at the turnstiles on the day.last_img read more

SAINTS continued their mid season resurgence with

first_imgSAINTS continued their mid season resurgence with a dogged 20-18 win at Warrington.Resilience shone once again throughout the side as Keiron Cunningham’s men recorded their sixth win on the spin.They led 12-6 at half time and to be fair it could and probably should have been more.Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook continued his excellent form with a try whilst Mark Percival combined with Adam Swift to put Jonny Lomax over.The second half was built on that never say die defence that has been a facet of your Saints over recent weeks.A touch of brilliance from Jordan Turner took Saints out to a lead they never relinquished whilst a wonder tackle in the corner, from Percival in the last minute, ended the contest.Games between these two sides are often end to end, passionate occasions.And from the off this was no different.Warrington thought they’d scored early doors when Chris Hill went over from close range but he was penalised for a double movement.Saints then won a penalty to get them into Wolves’ territory for the first time – only for Chris Sandow to intercept as they looked likely down the right hand side.Handling was at a premium in the opening stages with the home side slightly shading the possessional advantage from it.But Saints were looking dangerous on the counter with Walsh orchestrating things well.And that was proven half-way through the first half.A Jordan Turner break almost set Saints on their way, but they had to settle for a drop out following Jon Wilkin’s chip.But from there they didn’t disappoint – Turner hitting LMS for his ninth of the season.Daryl Clark drew the Wolves back into it on the half hour mark – Gidley making it all square.But Saints hit back within five minutes courtesy of Jonny Lomax.Mark Percival made the break, setting Adam Swift off down the left hand side before the winger cooly sent it inside for his fullback to fly over with no one within 10 yards of him.Percival converting to make it 12-6 at half time.Saints weathered early second half threats from their hosts before winning a drop out thanks to great runs from James Roby, Luke Walsh and Turner.And they should have had a repeat set following another kick on the last but the ball was inexplicably given back to the home side when it clearly came off a Warrington boot.The game was beginning to bubble nicely and on the hour mark it boiled over as LMS and Jack Hughes got stuck into some handbags.Saints won the resultant penalty and four drives later Chris Hill gave away a high shot to allow Percival the simple task of making it an eight point game.Warrington hit back with 15 to go through Hughes as they took advantage of three penalties and a repeat set to draw within two points.But Cunningham’s men could point to a harsh call in the build up as it looked to all the world that Rhys Evans had knocked on.That said, Hughes ran a superb line to break the defence.Saints weren’t going to give in easily though and after great kick chase forced a drop out, Jordan Turner burst through the line and showed all his strength to go over.Percival made it an eight point game once again but within minutes Ryan Atkins went through the centre of the defence.Dominique Peyroux made a try saving tackle on Atkins as the game entered the final five minutes, and then some wonderful kick chase put Rhys Evans right on his line.Warrington were given the ball in the closing stages as Walsh was cruelly adjudged to have touched the ball from Chris Sandow’s pass – and it almost came to haunt them as Evans took a pass that looked very forward to go over in the corner.But Mark Percival, who is growing every week,  had timed his tackle to perfection and Warrington man was in touch.It was a crucial decision and one the video referee got spot on.Match Summary:Wolves:Tries: Clark, Hughes, AtkinsGoals: Gidley (3 from 3)Saints:Tries: McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Lomax, TurnerGoals: Percival (4 from 4)Penalties:Wolves: 8Saints: 10HT: 12-6FT: 20-18REF: Phil BenthamATT: 10,769Teams:Wolves:6. Stefan Ratchford; 5. Matty Russell, 24. Toby King, 4. Ryan Atkins, 3. Rhys Evans; 1. Kurt Gidley, 7. Chris Sandow; 8. Chris Hill, 9. Daryl Clark, 10. Ashton Sims, 11. Ben Currie, 12. Jack Hughes, 14. Joe Westerman.Subs: 13. Ben Westwood, 16. Brad Dwyer, 18. George King, 27. Sam Wilde.Saints:1. Jonny Lomax; 22. Jack Owens, 18. Dominique Peyroux, 4. Mark Percival, 5. Adam Swift; 3. Jordan Turner, 7. Luke Walsh; 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 15. Greg Richards, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 20. Joe Greenwood, 12. Jon Wilkin.Subs: 10. Kyle Amor, 11. Atelea Vea, 17. Luke Thompson, 28. Morgan Knowles.last_img read more

KEIRON Cunningham was understandably upset followi

first_imgKEIRON Cunningham was understandably upset following Saints’ defeat to Warrington but praised his side for their efforts this season.A controversial semi-final ended 18-10 to the Wolves on Friday night with several calls heading away from the visitors.“We fought really hard and played good semi-final football,” he said. “We needed a little bit of luck and a few of those calls but they didn’t quite go our way tonight. You’re looking at more than just 50:50s… you can look at all the big calls. Stefan Ratchford drops the ball and we get a scrum in our favour but that changes to a penalty against us for Ratchford’s poor carry.“Ashton Sims drops the ball and we get a penalty against us. These are game changing calls in those big games. But it isn’t something we haven’t spoken about before. This consistency happens every week. You only need to look at the video referee calls today too. “My boys have have busted their backsides since November to get into this game. They then do what they have done and people can treat them in the manner they have and nothing happens. Tom Lineham drops the ball in the corner, Dom Peyroux scores a try and and it is a different game.“Sport changes by minute things, it is a game of inches and today it certainly was. That is sport… they say it evens itself out and you get your share of tough calls and good calls. It certainly evened out for us today didn’t it…”He added: “Warrington are a great team and when I am saying this stuff about the calls I don’t want to detract from what they did today.  I don’t want anyone to think I am whinging about bad decisions… I am just stating the obvious. They played exceptionally well, as well as last week, and brought Kurt Gidley back who steered them around the field.“We were on the back foot in the first half but luckily enough got in front. We hung on in there and got chances but when we didn’t things went against us a little bit.“You can talk about the final stages and our composure but it should never have been a try and the game should have therefore been closer. “We shouldn’t have been trying to chase the lead, we should have been trying to finish the game off. Unfortunately the calls didn’t go with us today.“Jonny Lomax run his blood to water, as did Jon Wilkin, but if you look all across the team they have been immense. The juniors have made debuts and not looked back. The kids that have been in and out have been important. Shannon McDonnell has contributed some lovely stuff for us. We have had lots of great performances through a fair amount of adversity too.“I thought we deserved a little bit more than we got in that game tonight.”last_img read more

Wilmington Boat Show returns to Port City Marina this weekend

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — There are plenty of sights to see over the next two days as the Wilmington Boat Show is back for a second year.Wilmington Convention Center, Port City Marina, The Shell and Battleship NC are all working together to put on a family-friendly show that will feature food and live entertainment.- Advertisement – The show runs Friday, September 8 from 12 to 6 p.m. and Saturday, September 9 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.Due to the threat of Hurricane Irma, the show will not run on Sunday as originally planned.Park for free at the USS North Carolina and take a complementary water taxi ride across the Cape Fear River. Then, walk inside the convention center and along the marina to check out vendors and boats of all shapes and sizes.Related Article: Man wanted after allegedly crashing car into Wilmington RiverwalkCaptain Don Dingman will host two kids fishing clinics on Saturday. Stop by at 11:30 a.m. or 2:30 p.m. and receive a free rod and reel. It’s in the Ward Room on the Battleship Main Deck. Enter through the Battleship Visitors Center.Captain Jack Sparrow, Anne Bonny and Mary Read will also make an appearance in Wilmington for the weekend. Hold on to your wallets, hide the rum, and keep your wenches close as you take pictures with Captain Jack and his crew.Ticket prices are as follows:Adults (13 to 64):  $10Two-Day Pass:  $15Seniors (65 and Up):  $8Military:  $5Children (4 to 12):  $5Children 3 and Under:  FreeFor more information, visit wilmingtonboatshow.com.last_img read more

Bladen Co deputies find overdue hunter used tracking training

first_img(Source: MGN Online) BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Bladen County deputies recently used skills learned in a man tracking course they attended last year to locate an overdue hunter in a densely wooded area.Sheriff James A. McVicker said deputies received a call around 8:15 p.m. on October 26, from a concerned resident of Cumberland County. She told deputies her husband, 76, had left home that morning around 6:30 a.m. to go hunting on a tract of land he hunted in the Tar Heel area. She said she wasn’t able to reach him and he suffered from mild dementia.- Advertisement – Deputies went to the area he was hunting in and located his truck at the entrance to his property. Deputies found his cell phone, food and water still in the truck. Deputies contacted Emergency Management and began a ground search. They located foot impressions leading from the vehicle into the woods and used techniques learned earlier in their man tracking training. Using strategic plotting and a grid search pattern they narrowed his location down to an area over two and a half miles from his truck.The man was located shortly before midnight sitting beside a tree. He was transported by a volunteer who had an all-terrain vehicle to a medical unit standing by at a staging area. He was conscious but disoriented. The man told deputies he left his food in his truck and later in the morning he became hungry and thirsty and lost his bearings, becoming disoriented so he sat down beside a tree to rest and that was where he was found.He was treated at the scene and released.Related Article: Crime sting leads to 34 charges in Bladen County“We put a lot of effort into our training,” said McVicker. “Since I became Sheriff we have increased our training by 300 percent. “This was a class I saw a need for and so far we have been able to train several deputies in this technique. This is not the first time this training has been utilized. I am glad we had this skill set and could use it to locate this individual before he found himself in more serious trouble. It was a cool night and if he had been out much longer he could have succumbed to hypothermia.”last_img read more

Wilmington Waffle House closes after grill fire

first_img Flowers says this was an accidental fire that started under the griddle.He says there was enough damage that the Waffle House remains closed until repairs can be made.There were no injuries. Waffle House (Photo: Daniel Oines / CC BY 2.0) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington Waffle House is closed following a grill fire Wednesday night, according to officials.Wilmington Fire Department Assistant Chief Sammy Flowers says crews responded to the fire at 5041 Market Street and saw moderate flames when they first arrived. He says a quick attack kept the fire confined.- Advertisement – last_img

WPD asking for help identifying suspect in convenience store robbery

first_img The suspect, who was caught on surveillance video, is a described as a black male, around 40 years old, bald, with a goatee, 5’10-5’11” and weighing 170-190 pounds. Police say he left the store in a gold SUV.If you can identify this man, call WPD at (910) 343-3609 or use Text A Tip. Wilmington Police say this man robbed the Phoenix Mart on S. 17th Street on March 31, 2019. (Photo: WPD) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police are asking for help identifying the suspect in the robbery of Phoenix Mart at 2238 S. 17th St. early this morning.Police say the man never showed a weapon, but they say he implied he had one. They say he took an undisclosed amount of cash from the store around 2:20 a.m.- Advertisement – Wilmington Police say this man robbed the Phoenix Mart on S. 17th Street on March 31, 2019. (Photo: WPD) 1 of 2 Wilmington Police say this man robbed the Phoenix Mart on S. 17th Street on March 31, 2019. (Photo: WPD)last_img read more

Overnight power outage planned for Bayshore Drive

first_img Starting at 9 p.m., people who live along Bayshore Drive and the side streets in that neighborhood will have their power turned off until early Wednesday.Duke Energy says it will affect 640 customers, who were notified by phone on Sunday as well as door hangars.The utility hopes to have power back on before 4 a.m. Power outage (Photo: Pixabay) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — People who live along Bayshore Drive in New Hanover County will be without power for a few hours overnight.Duke Energy says they have to move power poles and power lines because of the DOT’s road widening project along Market Street.- Advertisement – last_img

Bladen County Schools prek screening begins next week

first_imgBLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Bladen County Schools will begin pre-kindergarten enrollment for eligible children for the upcoming school year next week.Screening for children begins July 22 and continues through July 24 at the Bladen County Board of Education from 1 to 4 p.m.- Advertisement – Children must be 4-years-old on or before August 31.Parents must bring the following:Certified birth certificate (not mother’s copy)Pre-kindergarten health assessment/dental assessmentImmunization recordSocial Security CardProof of residence (water bill, rent receipt, etc.)Proof of income (pay stubs, most recent W2, etc.)To schedule a screening time, call (910) 862-4136.last_img

Spring hunting dates dropped but Turtle Dove moratorium could go to EU

first_imgThe Ornis Committee has said that the proposal to reopen a Spring hunting season for the Turtle Dove has been defeated.The organization says that the proposal put forward by the Federation for Hunting and Conservation – Malta (FKNK) called for the moratorium against the hunting of the bird to be lifted and a specific hunting period to be initiated in the last fortnight of April.During the committee meeting, only FKNK voted in favour of the proposal while the conservation group Birdlife Malta and the Environmental Resources Authority voted against.Representatives from the government and the Ornis Committee chairman are understood to have abstained.Take moratorium to EU levelWhile their proposal was defeated, the FKNK is also calling on the government to seek a solution with the European Commission on a verdict by the European Court of Justice which states that the Autumn hunting period was ‘not a satisfactory alternative solution to the spring hunt.’The FKNK explain that Malta is one of 10 countries where the Turtle Dove is hunted but Malta is the only one where a Moratorium on Spring hunting had been introduced.Government representatives, the Ornis Chairman and the FKNK voted in favour of this motion meaning that it would now be presented to the Minister to take to the European level.Be boldResponding to the news of the defeated proposal on Spring Hunting dates, Birdlife Malta has called on the Maltese Government and the Prime Minister ‘to be bold and take this signal either as a reason for spring hunting to be abolished altogether’.However, they also say that if need be, the dates for the quail hunting season should not elapse into the key migration period for the Turtle Dove.Birdlife Malta says, ‘If the dates proposed last week (10th-30th April) are accepted, the season would only serve as a smokescreen for hunters to illegally target this protected species.’   Seeking long term sustainable solutionsThe government says that following today’s meeting, they will be looking to carry out discussions with the European Commission for a ‘long-term sustainable solution regarding the turtle dove hunting derogation in the spring.’‘These discussions will be designed to determine the Principles on which future derogation is applied to the turtledove spring game, as I did the Government with regard to the trapping of blackbirds and golden plovers .’ the government response reads.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more