17th July 2017, 15:38 | Community

Club of the Week | Wigan St Pats

Club of the Week | Wigan St Pats

A week-long celebration of success both on and off the pitch...

This week's rugby-league.com Club of the Week is Wigan St Pats, after a remarkable week both on and off the field.

The club kicked off a remarkable week with the launch of a Mental Health and Wellbeing Provision.

Working in partnership with the Willow Project, Wigan Safeguarding Children Board and Wigan Warriors launched a Mental Health and Wellbeing Programme for players, coaches and parents to tackle the agenda.

The Willow Project has been set up to provide counselling for young people.

On hearing of the project, Steve McCormack, Player Welfare Manager at Wigan Warriors, said: "It's brilliant that one of our community clubs is working so hard on a project that is so important.

"We'll be opening our doors to offer all the support we can on this initiative and would love to see more clubs working on this agenda."

The hard work continued for St Pats over last weekend as their Under 16s hosted PACA, an under 17s representative side from the Avignon region of France.

PACA beat their counterparts from Ince Rose Brice 46-10 earlier in their tour, before winning 34-22 against St Pats - a game refereed by Wigan Warriors youngster Joe Bretherton.

PACA Head Coach, Florian Chautard, commented, "We would like to thank Wigan St Patricks and Ince Rose Bridge for providing us with playing opportunities. Our team will have a few players that will progress to the Catalans Dragons and this travelling and playing intensity helps them to develop"

Then St Pats' under 14s team picked up their first piece of silverware of the week on Wednesday, crowned champions of the North West Under 14s Premier Division after losing just once all season. A 26-12 win over St Helens' Newton Storm on Wednesday night sealing the title.

The good news continued for the 14s, who are coaches by Wigan Warriors' Connor Farrell, later in the week as they won the BARLA National Cup in an epic final against Siddal which was decided in the 20th minute of Golden Point extra time.

Jack Taylor opened the scoring, before Lewis Connolly scorched in to make it 8-0 at Featherstone Rovers' LD Nutrition Stadium.

Siddal then hit back with back-to-back scores, converting once, to make it 10-8 to the West Yorkshire side at half time.

They scored again soon after the break, making it 16-8, but Pats closed the gap through Taylor's second.

Coan Gildart then set up Connolly for his second to make it 16-all.

That set up a dramatic finale, as stunning Siddal defence denied St Pats a late winner, before Logan Astley hit the woodwork with a drop goal attempt.

The left the scores level at full time, with five minutes of end-to-end action culminating in Astley kicking the winning drop goal to end a remarkable match.

The club's National Conference League side then secured their place in the semi finals of the Challenge Trophy with a comfortable 32-16 win over Saddleworth Rangers on Saturday.

But there was still more to come for the club on Sunday, with St Pats winning 8-4 against Thatto Heath thanks to a last minute try.

The game played on a glorious afternoon at Clarington Park, Wigan saw both teams giving their all for the right to the title Lancashire cup Winners 2017.

St Pats opened the scoring on 30 minutes, Becky Greenfield barging over to break the deadlock.

A tense and tight game continued as Thatto scored the second try of the game for 4-4 with just ten minutes left.

Jess Hopkins blasted over for the winner after a hard-fought armwrestle in the closing stages.