SAINTS GO MARCHING
Close encounter with Magpies enough to send St Marys into Ron Massey decider
ST MARYS Saints experienced heartbreak and elation over the weekend: the rugby league club’s Sydney Shield team bowed out just one game short of the grand final while the Ron Massey Cup side powered into the decider.
In their inaugural year in both comps, the Saints surpassed all expectations.
They aspired for the two teams to make the top four, but knew it was a tough ask.
However, the players – inspired by key signing and exNRL player Nathan Smith – took up the challenge.
The Sydney Shield side finished third on the compet- ition table and were valiant in their 40-6 preliminary final defeat by East Campbelltown Eagles.
The Ron Massey Cup side finished fourth and nabbed a spot in the grand final after a close bout with the Western Suburbs Magpies.
The Saints dominated early, with three tries from Raymond Lesoa in the 19th minute, followed by one each from teammates Geoffrey Daniela and Tom Eisenhuth.
However, the Magpies re- sponded with four-pointers in the 50th and 54th minutes and a conversion.
Christopher Aunese-Scanlon secured the win for the Saints with a final try in the 68th minute bringing the final score to 20-14.
The Saints face minor premiers Mounties in the grand final at Pirtek Stadium at 2.15pm on Sunday. St Marys defeated Mounties 26-22 in the qualifying final.
St Marys board president Warren Smith was overjoyed with the result.
“To have both the Sydney Shield and Ron Massey Cup sides make it to the grand final qualifier in our first year is just terrific,” he said.
“I encourage everyone to get down to Pirtek Stadium. I want to hear everyone singing ‘Oh when the Saints go marching in’.”
I want to hear everyone singing ’Oh when the Saints go marching in’.” Warren Smith
The frustration shows on the faces of the St Marys Sydney Shield team in the preliminary final against East Campbelltown Eagles. Picture: Brett Atkins