Ex-Panthers at helm of Saints
CLUB CHANGES TACK
FORMER Panthers stars Brad Drew and Luke Swain are coaching St Marys teams entering the Ron Massey Cup and Sydney Shield.
FOR the first time St Marys Junior Rugby League Club have entered teams in the Ron Massey Cup and Sydney Shield competitions. This will be the highest level the century-old club has played at.
St Marys rugby league manager Adam Przybyla said the change came after feedback that the senior competition had gone downhill.
“This is a directional change which came to try and create a pathway for our juniors, as many of our junior players were leaving and heading to other clubs at 17,” Przybyla said.
“Everyone is really excited about the change and the club is really keen for better quality football.”
St Marys have 45 teams from under-6s through to the senior teams, making the change difficult.
“We made the decision in April and there has been a lot of hard work behind the scene since then, plus recruiting players,” Przybyla said.
Ron Massey Cup head coach Brad Drew said the players were looking forward to the challenge.
“We have won our last two trial matches so far everything is going well,” Drew said. “It is often hard to tell at a new level but all signs are good.”
Drew said players for the side had been recruited from a variety of places.
“We have a wide range of players in the side – some exfirst grade players and then we have some aspiring NRL players as well,” he said.
Former Panthers players Brad Drew and Luke Swain are coaching the Saints’ Ron Massey Cup and Sydney Shield sides respectively.
Brad Drew (top) and Luke Swain in their Panthers days.