Ahead of the Saints Academy taking on Warrington Wolves in the Academy Grand Final on Sunday, Paul Wellens and James Roby presented the squad with their match shirts.
The First Team Head Coach and Captain are both proud products of the Saints’ Academy and have achieved incredible levels of success with the Club as First Team players.
Roby and Wellens both gave passionate speeches to the youngsters and wished them well as they prepare for the biggest games of their young careers so far.
Our Under 18’s Academy Saints were set to face Wigan Warriors but following The RFL Board’s ruling that they cannot play in the fixture due to making 12 interchanges in their tight Semi-Final victory over Warrington, 18-12, the Wolves have been reinstated into the Grand Final.
SAINTS VS WOLVES FOR ACADEMY GLORY
After finishing top of the Academy Under 18’s Championship table, the Saints secured a home Academy Grand Final with a battling 28-8 victory over Hull FC in the Semi-Final this past Sunday, including a hat-trick from England skipper Jonny Vaughan. As league leaders, Saints have home advantage at the Totally Wicked Stadium as we bid to go one better than last year, when our Under 18’s suffered an extra-time defeat against Leeds Rhinos.
All tickets already sold for the Academy Grand Final before the change of opponents will still be valid.
Wigan supporters wishing to claim a refund on any ticket purchased can do so by calling or visiting our Stadium Ticket Office during opening hours.
- WHEN: Sunday, 24th September at 2pm
- WHERE: Totally Wicked Stadium, WA9 3AL
- HOW: 2023 Members get Academy matches held at the Totally Wicked Stadium as part of their Membership, prices for non-Members are; Adults – £5, Concessions – £3, Under 16’s – £2
Further Match Entry Information
Supporters wishing to attend the Saints’ Grand Final match against Warrington Wolves can enter the stadium by heading to the North Stand/North East section of the stadium and using Turnstiles 21-24 which will be open from 1pm.
THE STORY SO FAR FOR OUR ACADEMY IN 2023…
The season began in style back in March for Traynor’s charges at Ruskin Drive with a dominant victory over London Broncos 80-0 and saw the Saints go top of the table from the very first round. The first away day of the campaign was an early morning game at Laund Hill in Huddersfield, and the hosts were kept try-less with only a penalty the points they would register in a 2-38 win for the Red V.
An Saturday Easter fixture saw Saints go to Robin Park Arena to face Wigan Warriors at the start of April. As always both the Saints and the Warriors have been two sides tipped to do well, with the local bragging rights on the line. In an enthralling match St.Helens saw off the Warriors 18-46 on their own turf to ensure their spot as the table toppers.
The Saints followed the derby win with a convincing performance over Warrington Wolves at home 34-18, and then our Academy headed up to Tyneside for a demolition job, gaining a 4-110 victory over Newcastle Thunder to start May.
A home and away fixture against the Hull sides at the end of May and going into June, with the Red V cruising past the Robins at home first 52-12, before going to the University of Hull to down the Black & Whites 22-42.
Closing out June, the Saints visited The Jungle in Castleford and defeated the Tigers by 58-24. During July two more West Yorkshire sides suffered losses at the hands of the Saints, firstly Bradford 6-64 at Odsal and then Leeds at the Totally Wicked Stadium by 42-24.
Wigan Warriors then came to the home of St.Helens looking for a bit of revenge following the Easter loss, and with some key injuries to our spine they managed to hand the Saints their first loss of the year in the eleventh round.
With St.Helens and Wigan tied on league points, but our Under 18’s with a better points difference, Traynor’s players needed a win over Wakefield in the final match of the regular season to confirm they would finish top of the table. With just a two-point edge at the break, the Saints put in a strong second half to keep the Trin scoreless in the second half, post 22 more points and win 10-34.
In the Semi-Final after falling behind early on, the Saints took command of the fixture posting four tries in the first half, with Vaughan finishing his hat-trick in the second to ensure a win and setup a clash for the Academy Title against Warrington.
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*Photo credit: Dave Lofthouse