SAINTS GO MARCH­ING

Close en­counter with Mag­pies enough to send St Marys into Ron Massey de­cider

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - SPORT - Danielle Jarvis

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.

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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

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