KIERON Purtill says Saints are exploring all optio

first_imgKIERON Purtill says Saints are exploring all options as they search for a replacement for Kyle Eastmond.Earlier this week the youngster signalled his intention to move to Bath Rugby Union at the end of the current Super League season.That means Saints are looking for a new scrum half for the 2012 campaign – but there is no panic behind the scenes.“It’s good for everyone that the announcement is now out,” Saints assistant coach said. “Kyle has had a lot on his mind recently and he can now concentrate on his own game and we can move on.“He’s had two ankle operations in pre-season and he’s been back in training probably only six weeks in total. Not having a pre-season means he is behind a little bit in a rugby sense and is catching up.“On top of that he’s had the decision to stay in League or Union and move away from where his family is based too.“Now all that’s done we are looking for him to re-produce the form he showed in the first half of last year.”He continued: “The Club did everything they could to keep him and a lot of people sat down with him and gave the pros of staying in League. But, Kyle wanted the opportunity to go to Rugby Union and the decision ultimately wasn’t financial.“He’s entitled to do that as he is a professional sportsman off contract… but he now has to now finish in right way with the Saints.“It’s disappointing from one aspect as a lot of time and effort – from the scouting teams right through to under 18s and 20s and the first team – has been spent with him. It is disappointing when you produce one of your own and they move on.“But on the plus side I suppose we must be doing something right if one our own homegrown players is attracting attention from other clubs and sports. It shows the systems we have are producing players who are of a high enough quality.”Attention will now, of course, focus on a replacement for next season and Kieron says that search has begun – and the club will look within and from outside.“I’m not sure there is a readymade replacement straightaway,” he continued. “Lee Gaskell looks better every time he plays but he needs game time. He is a late developer. The search is always an ongoing process at local clubs such as Blackbrook, the National Leagues, Super League and the NRL.“We are always looking as clubs cannot afford to sit and wait for a replacement to appear. One thing for sure is we will find the right person with the right quality to play for the Saints.“It’s important that we now focus on the rest of the season and we all want to win something. Kyle was disappointed after Friday with his own performance and he displayed that in the wrong way.“He’s come out publically and apologised for that, and has stood in front of the players and told them too. He’s also made a promise to the Club and the fans that he will give 100 per cent for the rest of the season. He will be treated no different to anyone else though; if he performs he will get picked, if he doesn’t we’ll look elsewhere.“There was certainly no unrest with the other players. There has been a lot of banter for a while but as professionals we are used to players coming and going.“That is common over the last ten years. The players just get on with the job on hand and do what they should do – win games.”last_img read more

SAINTS ran in six tries to beat Salford Red Devils

first_imgSAINTS ran in six tries to beat Salford Red Devils 34-20 and record their fourth win in five in Super League.Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Mark Percival, Dominique Peyroux, Jonny Lomax, Theo Fages and Kyle Amor all crossed as Keiron Cunningham’s men climbed to fourth in the table.The win was based on a solid first half that the head coach believed should have realised more points – even though they went behind early.Salford forced an early drop out and after a try saving tackle from Luke Walsh, Niall Evalds scored in the corner on four minutes.But four minutes later, following a 40:20 from Walsh, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook was caught on a fine line to level it up.Walsh putting his side in the lead with the boot.Within 18 minutes the home side were ahead.Strong runs from Lama Tasi and James Roby set up the chance – and Mark Percival stretched over from dummy half.Saints then had another couple of chances to increase their lead before a three-set goal line stand stopped the Devils gaining a foothold.And that defence and sheer will to keep their line intact was then transformed into points.Alex Walmsley produced a barnstorming run, offloaded to Fages who then found Dominique Peyroux at pace to score.At 16-4 Saints looked set fair, but on the stroke of half time Niall Evalds crossed in the corner to reduce the deficit.No doubt rueing the misses chances, Saints started the second half on the front foot and were unlucky not to increase their advantage in the 44th minute.James Roby broke through the middle but Jon Wilkin couldn’t haul in the hooker’s quick pass.Saints weren’t done though and on their next attack they swept the ball left and Lomax danced his way through the defence.But Justin Carney replied almost immediately and then Niall Evalds crossed for his hat-trick.Thankfully, Saints stemmed the flow of points and it came off the back of  a fantastic Theo Fages’ solo effort.Fages and Wilkin were both held up over the line as the game entered its final ten minutes but with five to go Jack Owens produced a sublime pass for Kyle Amor to charge under the sticks.Walsh adding his fifth conversion and sealing the win.Match Summary:Saints:Tries: McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Percival, Peyroux, Lomax, Fages, AmorGoals: Walsh (5 from 6)Devils:Tries: Evalds (3), CarneyGoals: O’Brien (1 from 4), Dobson (1 from 1)Penalties:Saints: 11Devils: 9HT: 16-8FT: 34-20REF: C KendallATT: 9,299Teams:Saints:1. Jonny Lomax; 5. Adam Swift, 21. Matty Dawson, 4. Mark Percival, 22. Jack Owens; 19. Theo Fages, 7. Luke Walsh; 14. Lama Tasi, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 18. Dominque Peyroux, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook.Subs: 8. Alex Walmsley, 11. Atelea Vea, 16. Andre Savelio, 28. Morgan Knowles.Devils: 14. Gareth O’Brien; 2. Justin Carney, 4. Junior Saíu, 1. Niall Evalds, 5. Daniel Vidot; 6. Robert Lui, 7. Michael Dobson; 8. Craig Kopczak, 19. Logan Tomkins, 10. George Griffin, 11. Ben Murdoch-Masila, 33. Josh Jones, 21. Ryan Lannon.Subs: 12. Weller Hauraki, 15. Adam Walne, 16. Olsi Krasniqi, 17. Phil Joseph.last_img read more

Pine Valley residents concerned about coyotes

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — In a quiet Wilmington neighborhood, new predators have decided to make their home.Residents near Pine Valley Country Club have reported coyote sightings over the past few months.- Advertisement – They say the coyotes don’t appear to be afraid of humans and have come very close to homes.“In the mornings, we see ’em out, and of course, it’s daylight, and coyotes are nocturnal. They’re not supposed to be out in the daytime. The school bus stop is right across the street, so we have children standing out in the mornings, about daylight, waiting on the school bus,” said resident Jean Lawler.New Hanover County Animal Services cannot help with coyotes, because it only enforces regulations on domestic animals.Related Article: Pet Pals: 8-year-old domestic shorthair cat looking for peaceful homeThere are companies locally, like Ecocentric Wildlife Solutions, that offer coyote removal services.“I try to help the owners, the landowners to change the environment that they’re living in so it’s less attractive to the coyotes,” said Rick Donnelly, the owner of Ecocentric Wildlife Solutions.Lawler was attacked by a rabid fox in the neighborhood twelve years ago.She says she does not want a coyote to do the same thing to someone else.“I was in my yard, not three feet from my back door when I was attacked, and so it just concerns me to see wild animals in my yard,” said Lawler.Another resident of the area, Katy Bell, says that a coyote killed two of her pets on September 29th.She sent a letter to the Wilmington City Council Monday outlining her concerns about what she feels is a growing safety issue.last_img read more

SHE ROCKS cofounder Beth Quinn dies from ovarian cancer

first_imgBeth Quinn (Photo: She Rocks Foundation) WILMINGTON, NC (Star News) — Beth Quinn, a Wilmington civic leader who co-founded the She ROCKS ovarian cancer foundation and served as its president, died Wednesday after a long battle with the disease.The She ROCKS homepage carries a quote from Quinn: “I am in charge of today, and I choose hope. Each day I wake up with gratitude.”- Advertisement – Born March 6, 1958, Quinn was retired from First Citizens Bank and had been married to former Wilmington City Council member Jim Quinn since 1995.In 2013, after gall bladder surgery, Quinn learned that she had stage IV ovarian cancer. With friends Mary Barto and Tracy Brown, she founded She ROCKS in May 2014 as a non-profit foundation to promote awareness of ovarian cancer, to fund research and to provide support to patients. Within two years, the foundation had raised more than $550,000.Click here to read the full story.last_img read more

Bladenboro man convicted of shooting into apartment while two inside

first_imgTeonte Ray, 30, of Bladenboro, entered a guiltyplea to Discharging a Weapon into an Occupied Dwelling on Tuesday in Bladen County. (Photo: DA) ELIZABETHTOWN, NC (WWAY) — A Bladenboro man will spend at least the next four years in prison for shooting into an apartment while two people were inside.Teonte L. Ray, 30, of Bladenboro, entered a guilty plea to Discharging a Weapon into an Occupied Dwelling on Tuesday in Bladen County Superior Court. Ray was sentenced to at least four year in prison.- Advertisement – The case began when Bladenboro Police Department officers responded to a shotsfired call at the Village Oak Apartments on February 18, 2017. When they got there, officers spoke with two victims who stated that they were inside an apartment when they heard gunshots and saw a bullet penetrate a screen door and wall inside the home.Another person at the complex reported seeing Ray firing a handgun in the direction of the apartment and then running away. Law enforcement established a perimeter around the complex but were unable to immediately find Ray.Once the crime scene investigation was completed, warrants were issued for Ray’s arrest and he was subsequently brought into custody where he has remained since being apprehended.Related Article: One killed, one hurt in Clarendon shootingNo one was injured in the incident.last_img read more

UNCW hosting Stanford at Trask Coliseum in November

first_img “We’re excited about starting a home-and-home series with Stanford,” UNCW coach C.B. McGrath said in a news release. “They have an outstanding basketball program and are annually one of the top programs in America.”McGrath and Stanford coach Jerod Haase, who recently completed his second season with the Cardinal, played together at Kansas for three years (1994-97) and worked together under Roy Williams at North Carolina for nine seasons.This fall’s game will be the first meeting between the Seahawks and Cardinal. UNCW has played only four opponents from the Pac-12 Conference and stands 2-4 against the league.Related Article: Seahawk Devontae Cacok receives NCCSIA honorsThe game will be UNCW’s first vs the Pac-12 since the Seahawks clipped Colorado, 67-55, on November 29, 2006, at Trask Coliseum.Stanford finished the 2017-18 season at 19-16 overall with 11 wins in the Pac-12. The Cardinal earned an invitation to the NIT and advanced to the second round before falling at Oklahoma State.Overall, the Cardinal have appeared in 17 NCAA Tournaments, including a national championship in 1942, and made nine NIT appearances. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The UNCW men’s basketball team will host Stanford of the Pac-12 this fall. It’s the first game of a home-and-home series with the Cardinal over the next two seasons.The Seahawks will host Stanford at Trask Coliseum on Nov. 9. UNCW will then head west for a rematch in Palo Alto, CA, during the 2019-2020 season.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Comedy arts crafts and more on tap for the weekend

first_img “There’s a great comedy scene here in Wilmington with all kinds of comics from amateur on up that come in from all over to compete for the title,” said John Staton, Features Reporter with the StarNews.More than 130 artists and craft vendors will showcase their wares at the 28th Annual Oak Island Guild Arts and Craft Festival.“This is the biggest they’ve ever had,” and Staton added, “They will have everything from paintings and stained glass, to woodworking and metal work.”Related Article: UNCW hopes to resume classes Oct. 1If you prefer an evening at the theatre, you’ve got lots of options.“Violet” will be performed at Thalian Hall and it is about a young woman with a disfiguring scar on her face and she travels from North Carolina to Oklahoma to meet with a televangelist who she thinks can heal her scar.The play “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” will be performed at North Front Theatre, and it will be the last weekend for the dinner theater show “Memories, Molasses and More” at Theatre Now.If you follow Wilmington bands, there are two album release shows featuring Tumbleweed at Waterline Brewing and Wax Imperials at Bourgie Nights.Finally, UNCW will feature an interesting art show called Intergalactic Soul at the University’s Upperman Center. The exhibit combines science fiction and social awareness together.“It combines a cartoony, pop-art movie posters but then the themes are about violence against young black men and serious stuff like that,” Staton said. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – There are lots of cool things taking place this weekend across Wilmington.If you enjoy watching live comedy acts, head over to the 11th Annual Port City’s Top Comic at Dead Crow. The Comedy Club is located at 265 N. Front Street in Wilmington.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Road work expected for parts of 16th and 17th streets until midApril

first_imgA road construction sign (Photo: Courtesy of MGN/Tony Magpantay) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Heads up on the roads! Drivers may see temporary lane closures on portions of 16th and 17th streets in Wilmington over the next few weeks.Cape Fear Public Utility Authority’s contractor is conducting inspections and maintenance on sanitary sewer mains.- Advertisement – Work began Wednesday and will happen between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. approximately one block in each direction between Queen and Market streets.The work is expected to continue until mid-April.According to a news release, during this time contractors for CFPUA will do video inspections on and clean, repair and install lining as needed on sanitary sewer main. This program helps to minimize issues within the sewer system.last_img read more

Airline passenger caught with over €34000 in cash

first_imgA passenger has been caught trying to depart Malta International Aiport with over €34,000 in cash.The passenger who was intending to fly to Amman, was stopped by Customs Officials and initially declared having €8,000. However, following a search of his belongings, the passenger had a total of €34,220.The Police’s Anti Money Laundering Team was informed about the passenger and they were promptly arrested pending an investigation.The passenger had €10,000 returned to them while the rest was confiscated.WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more