LOUIE McCarthy-Scarsbrook is hoping to reap the benefits of a “long and hard, wet and windy” pre-season.The 26-year-old prop says the last few weeks have been the hardest he can remember but everything points towards a successful year.“It’s been good under Browny [Nathan Brown] so far,” he said. “He is clued up and smart in his ways of attacking and defending and tactical in the way we play. KC and Jamahl [Lolesi] have been good too.“We have done a lot of work on Formby beach and it has been really tough, but that’s pre-season isn’t it?“We are hoping for a big season and hopefully we will win every game by 40 points or more! That would be a good season. No seriously, I know I have a lot of improvement in me and I am listening to the coaching staff a lot. We are chomping at the bit to win some silverware at this club.“It would be great to play in the World Cup, but I want to play well for Saints. If it comes along I will grab it with both hands, if not, it isn’t meant to be.”He continues: “Friday’s match will be good because we are looking forward to playing. Pre-season is good because we are training, but we will have to find our routine once again. It will be a shock for the body I know that.”Tickets for the match which kicks off at 8pm on Friday January 11 are now on sale. You can buy from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park or by calling 01744 455 052.You can also pay on the day.Thanks to the St Helens Reporter for the image of Louie.
The draw will take place ahead of the Women’s Super League fixture between St.Helens and Bradford Bulls (KO 12.30pm) which is being played as part a double-header event as St Helens and Hull FC face off at 3.00pm in the Betfred Super League.Both the draw and the Women’s Super League fixture will be streamed live on the Our League app and website for supporters to tune in, whilst Saints fans can watch both games buy purchasing a full match ticket.Eight Women’s Championship sides – Barrow, Huddersfield Giants, Hull FC, Leigh Miners Rangers, Oulton Raidettes, Stanningley, Warrington Wolves and Widnes Vikings – and five League 1 sides who automatically qualified for Round 1 – British Army, Halifax, Keighley Albion, Rochdale Hornets and Wigan St Patricks – all enter the draw.Featherstone Lionesses enter the draw at this stage following East Leeds’ withdrawal from the competition.The remaining two places will be taken by the winners of the preliminary round ties – Cutsyke v Royal Air Force and West Leeds v Hull Kingston Rovers – which take place on Sunday, April 21Round One fixtures are set to be played on Sunday, May 5, the eight Women’s Super League teams will then enter in Round 2, which takes place on Sunday, May 26.The quarter-finals will be played on Sunday, June 23 and semi-finals on Sunday, July 7.The Coral Women’s Challenge Cup Final will then take place as part of a triple-header event alongside the Coral Challenge Cup men’s semi-finals at the University of Bolton Stadium on Saturday, July 27.Round Dates21 April – Preliminary Round5 May – Round 126 May – Round 223 June – Quarter Final7 July – Semi Final28 July – FinalFull DetailsChampionship teams enter in Round 1 with Super League teams entering at Round 2.Teams that lose in Round 2 will enter the Challenge ShieldChallenge Cup Final 27 July @ University of Bolton Stadium- Challenge Shield Final 28 July @ TBC
As the build-up to the Dacia Magic Weekend 2019 ramps-up, Tommy Makinson & Jonny Lomax paid a visit to Anfield Stadium to show off the 2019 Magic Weekend Shirt in all its glory.Don’t forget, the pre-order deadline to guarantee delivery of your Magic Shirt is Sunday April 28, you can pre-order here. 2019 Members can also get 50% off their Magic Weekend Ticket up to April 30.