Month: July 2019
ROYCE Simmons is expecting nothing less than the usual tough, blockbusting and intensive clash when Saints take on Wigan Warriors this Friday.The old rivals have been involved in two tight matches already this season and ‘Round Three’ looks just as close.And, as both sides had players backing up at the weekend and have had a five-day preparation period for the game, that should level out the contest and ensure the fans are enthralled with an epic contest.“Quite simply, you have two of the best sides in the world playing each other and we are closely matched,” Simmons said. “You see that with the great rivalries over the years. Teams battle though the 70s, 80s and 90s and hook into each other. It usually goes down to the last ten minutes and we know it is likely to happen again.“Our first game finished 16-16 and there were shots from the sidelines and drop goal attempts. The second one they scored with 30 seconds to go. It shows how intensive the games are and how important it is for us to play for the full 80 minutes.“We lost our way for 10 minutes in that match after losing Paul Wellens and Gary Wheeler and they scored, then we settled again, got in front and they pipped us at the end. In games like this every tackle you make is a potential try saver. Sometimes you can get away with missing a tackle but you can’t in these big matches.”Saints expect to have Francis Meli back in the centres, but have doubts over Josh Perry who has a problem at the top of his hamstring.But Shaun Magennis and Matty Ashurst will come back into the reckoning after being rested on Sunday.“Paul Clough is continuing his rehab too and is taking part in contact sessions,” Royce continues. “Leon Pryce is now running curves which is a good sign too. We’ve had a minor setback with Gary Wheeler which might put him back a week or two but James Roby came through the match at Odsal ok.“He was courageous in that match. The numbness was still there but it’s important he won’t be going into that first tackle in the Wigan game worrying about the injury.”Tickets for the match are still on sale at the Saints Superstore in St Helens Town Centre, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on to www.saintssuperstore.com
SAINTS have announced their 19-man squad for Thursday’s First Utility Super League Semi Final against Catalan Dragons.Alex Walmsley returns from suspension in place of Matty Dawson.Nathan Brown will therefore choose from:2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Jordan Turner, 4. Josh Jones, 5. Adam Swift, 6. Lance Hohaia, 8. Mose Masoe, 9. James Roby, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 11. Sia Soliola, 13. Willie Manu, 14. Anthony Laffranchi, 15. Mark Flanagan, 16. Kyle Amor, 17. Paul Wellens, 18. Alex Walmsley, 22. Mark Percival, 24. Gary Wheeler, 27. Greg Richards, 28. Luke Thompson.Laurent Frayssinous has named an unchanged 19 and will choose his Catalan side from:2. Morgan Escaré, 4. Ben Pomeroy, 5. Michael Oldfield, 6. Thomas Bosc, 8. Olivier Elima, 9. Ian Henderson, 10. Jeff Lima, 11. Zeb Taia, 12. Louis Anderson, 13. Greg Mounis, 15. Antoni Maria, 16. Eloi Pelissier, 17. Elliott Whitehead, 18. Daryl Millard, 21. Julian Bousquet, 24. Jason Baitieri, 25. Vincent Duport, 29. Benjamin Garcia, 34. Sam Williams.The game kicks off at 8pm and the referee will be Richard Silverwood.Tickets for the match remain on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.
Saints fell behind after tries from Danny Addy and Ryan Shaw before we responded in typical fashion with two tries from Naiqama and Makinson which sent us in 18-14 up at the break. Jimmy Keinhorst put Rovers back in front early in the second half before Jonny Lomax and Makinson again turned the score in our favour. Will Oakes pulled another try back for the hosts, but Naiqama and Makinson completed their hat-tricks before Regan Grace put the icing on the cake with a marauding run late on.You can watch all the tries which includes both hat-tricks in the extended highlights below.In his post match press conference, Holbrook said he was pleased with the response his players showed after falling behind and you can hear what the Head Coach has to say ahead of Saints Coral Challenge Cup clash with Huddersfield Giants later this week here on saintsrlfc.com.Tickets for Saints’ Coral Challenge Cup Round Six clash with the Huddersfield Giants at the John Smith’s Stadium on Sunday are now on sale from just £10 for adults. Click here for more information.Next up for Saints at the Totally Wicked Stadium is a Heaven vs Hell clash with Salford Red Devils on Friday May 17th with a 7:45pm kick off. You can buy tickets for the game online here, or by calling into the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium.
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Maltese voters are selecting the people they want to represent them in Local government as well as at the European level.They are using what is known as the Single Transferable Vote system emphasis on the ‘transferable’ part… this is very important later. Malta has been using this system since the 1920s for its National elections, with some modifications after the 1981 anomalous results.So it’s one vote, its Transferable, but it still leaves many confused.Let’s break it down.So you go to the polling station and you’re given your ballot paper. You’re confronted with a number of candidates and you have to number them by preference, 1, 2,3… to how many candidates appear on the paper. For the European elections this is selecting your preferences from 41 candidates. The same applies at the Local level of each locality. The candidates are grouped by party and it’s your choice of candidate, not the party’s who gets to go to Brussels.That’s it done then? Well partly.First count, second count – Elimination and TransferEach candidate has to hit a quota of votes in order for them to win a seat in the European Parliament or the Local Council.These quotas are calculated by dividing the number of votes by the number of seats plus one and then plus one more vote. So, if you have say, 100,000 votes and 4 seats, the quota would be 20,001 (division by 5 plus 1 vote). The rationale here is that only 4 people could possibly get 20,001 votes. the remaining 19,996 can never reach the quota. These are then re-distributed on second count and so on.In the European elections, this works out as the division of votes between 7 rather than the 6 Maltese seats, plus one vote.With the estimated number of voters being 371,625 and the estimated turnout reported to be 71.3% (264,969), this works out that candidates must achieve 37,096 votes to pass the quota and be elected.But, as the count proceeds and candidates are eliminated because they fail to win enough to pass the quota, a second count is held. This proportionately ‘transfers’ surplus votes from those already past the quota to second preference candidates on the ballot papers. This can also extend to a third count or more if need be. These additional counts are based on what the Electoral Commission considers valid beyond the first round.Farrugia smells a voting rat; Commission not impressedThe way STV works, it can be mean that even a candidate with the highest number of votes in the first round, does not guarantee they’re elected. The process of making your preference as well as where you sit on the ballot paper can mean you’re at a greater advantage.Cross votingIt sounds complex yes.. but it’s also meant to give voters the chance to both select the party that wins but also to choose who they want. This is what is referred to as ‘cross voting.’So technically, you could vote for one of the main parties to win but still also choose someone else completely different. This is a more common occurrence in local council elections.Read more:Watch: Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and his wife vote in BurmarradWatch: Adrian Delia votes in SiġġiewiWhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’https://sp2.img.hsyaolu.com.cn/wp-shlf1314/2023/IMG16932.jpg” alt=”last_img” />