Surg­ing Saints eye the dou­ble

Club on fire in Syd­ney Shield, Ron Massey Cup

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

ST MARYS Rugby League Club is shap­ing up to be a tough com­peti­tor in the lead-up to the fi­nals next month.

Both the club’s Syd­ney Shield and Ron Massey Cup teams are set to fin­ish in the top four, leav­ing them in the per­fect po­si­tion for fi­nals foot­ball.

With three club games un­til the fi­nals, the Syd­ney Shield side is sit­ting in third place and the Ron Massey team in fourth.

St Marys man­ager Adam Przy­byla said he was con­fi­dent both teams would make the fi­nals.

“They will both fin­ish top four for sure,” he said.

“That way both sides will get two chances in the semi­fi­nals which is a huge ben­e­fit to the club.

“I think we will be able to fin­ish off the year in a good po­si­tion.”

One of Syd­ney’s old­est and big­gest rugby league clubs, St Marys was founded in 1908, how­ever, this is the first year the Saints have en­tered teams into both the Syd­ney Shield and Ron Massey Cup com­pe­ti­tions.

Last week their hard work paid off, with play­ers Ray Lea­soa and An­to­nio Pe­le­sasa se­lected to play for the Pen­rith Pan­thers in the NSW Cup.

Przy­byla con­grat­u­lated both the play­ers on their hard work and ded­i­ca­tion to rugby league and the Saints.

“Both Ray Lea­soa and An­to­nio Pe­le­sasa are still in their early 20s – they are just get­ting started so their ca­reer could go any­where,” he said. “Never say never.” Przy­byla told The Stan­dard the St Marys club had seen huge im­prove­ments this year and the only way was “up”.

“It has been a big tran­si­tion for our club across the board play­ing this level of foot­ball, but it has been a huge suc­cess,” he said.

“These boys’ suc­cess high­lights the path­ways we have here for play­ers.”

This week­end will see both sides play com­pe­ti­tion fron­trun­ners Went­worthville at their St Marys Leagues Sta­dium home ground.

The Syd­ney Shield game will start at 11.15am fol­lowed by the Ron Massey Cup match at 1pm.

For more in­for­ma­tion on St Mary Rugby League Club, visit www.stmarysleagues.com.au.

St Marys Syd­ney Shield side take on The Hills Dis­trict Bulls.

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