Ex-Pan­thers at helm of Saints

CLUB CHANGES TACK

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - FRONT PAGE - Jil­lian Mc­Kee

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.

Pic­ture: MATT SUL­LI­VAN

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.

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