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Wednesday, 23rd December, 2015

Saints RC President Paul Kemp with Gary Goyne and Ros Reid with one of the two Yamaha peewee 50 motorcycles offered in the club’s raffle. Tickets are available in the main entrance of Westside Plaza this morning.PICTURE: Patrick Reincke Saints RC President Paul Kemp with Gary Goyne and Ros Reid with one of the two Yamaha peewee 50 motorcycles offered in the club’s raffle. Tickets are available in the main entrance of Westside Plaza this morning.PICTURE: Patrick Reincke

By Patrick Reincke

Broken Hill Saints Rugby Club is looking toward the 2016 season and what it holds.

The Club struggled at the bottom of the ladder throughout the 2015 Outback Rugby League season but managed to get a few late wins as a consolation. 

Despite the late season victories, Club President Paul Kemp was not all that pleased and identified just exactly went wrong.

“It’s been a rough season for us,” he said.

“We have got ourselves to blame. There was no hard work during pre-season and from then on in it was catch-up football.

“But we did win a few games and got a bit of credibility back to the club at the back end of the season.

“In 2016, hopefully we can recruit a few new players and make sure our fitness is right up there to give ourselves a bit of a chance.”

Earlier this month, Saints held their presentation night for the season with many awards being handed out.

Adam Betts took out the 2015 Best and Fairest award while Paul Drury finished runner-up and also took home the Most Outstanding Forward in a tie with Shane Hayward.

Andrew Middleton was the Most Outstanding Defender and Most Outstanding Back went to both Chris Thompson and Shannon Edwards.

The South Golf Club Player of the Day award went to Robert Larkins who also had an exceptional season.

The Saints are now looking toward the 2016 season with a raffle fundraiser set to generate some money for the club

Up for grabs are two Yamaha peewee 50 motorcycles along with helmets, gloves and gear.

Tickets are available through the main entrance to Westside Plaza and are just $3, which puts you into both first prize draws.

“It’s about raising money for the club for the 2016 season,” Mr Kemp said.

“Tickets have been selling really well. 

“It’ll be drawn (today) at 1pm at the South Golf Club.

“We’d like to thank the people who have been supporting us, buying tickets; you’re supporting local sport in Broken Hill.”

Tickets will be available all the way up until midday today so be sure to get in quick.

Mr Kemp said 2016 is looking bright for Broken Hill Saints RC and can’t wait for the season to start.

“We’re all working hard for it, we’ve got some good coaching people here,”

“It’s a family orientated club and everyone likes to be there, it’s a good atmosphere and everyone has a great time.

“I’d just like to thank all of our sponsors and everyone who’s supported the club this year, we look forward to seeing you all in 2016.

“Anyone looking to come out and help, volunteers or new players in town, give me a call on 0427 117 041, you will be very much welcome.”

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