TALKING SPORT: A great way to honour Prekkie

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Supporters of the Steve Prescott Foundation are continually dreaming up imaginative ideas for raising funds in aid of causes close to the heart of the former Saints’ star who died a few months ago - and long may it continue.

I, too, have been thinking of way and means to boost the coffers of the fund which to date has raised more than half a million pounds for Christie’s Hospital and the RL’s Try Assist.

St Helens can currently boast some of the finest darts players on the planet, such as Lakeside world champion Stephen Bunting, PDC high-fliers Dave Chisnall and Michael Smith - both conquerors of the legendary Phil Taylor in recent years - and their home town predecessor, such as Alan Tabern and Gary Welding.

So why not invite them to play a challenge match against a team of Saints players at Langtree Park.

I’m told club skipper Paul Wellens is a dab hand on the oche and so, too, are some of his team-mates - all of whom would no doubt relish swapping a rugby ball for a set of darts in aid of such a worthy cause.

And they would need to look no further than St Helens-born Stuart Pyke to find the perfect compere.

Stuart is a regular TV commentator at all the PDC events and a former Saints director as well.

It’s an idea fund organiser, Martin Blondel, and his team may wish to pursue further.

Good news for the wives, family and girl-friends of local cricketers who play in the Liverpool Competition. Bank Holiday fixtures have been scrapped. Time to dig out the buckets and spades and head for the beaches when the time comes.

Loyalty is often an over used word but it certainly applies to James Roby who is currently celebrating his testimonial year at Saints.

The world class hooker could so easily have joined the gravy train and headed Down Under, picking up mega buck which are on offer in the NRL and setting him up financially for life.

But he has remained loyal to his home-town club - and that’ why he deserves a bumper crowd when staging his benefit match against Wigan Warriors at Langtree Park on Friday night.

Loyality works both ways - and this a chance for the fans to repay him for the many memorable moments he has given them since making his

first team debut against Widnes Vikings on March 19, 2004.