Army of Saints descends on the field

St Marys Rugby League Club juniors and officials

St Marys Rugby League Club juniors and officials

ST Marys Leagues Stadium resembled a sea of green when the 2014 Penrith District rugby league season kicked off recently.

A crowd of more 2500 was there for the Pesle/Dicker Memorial Shield A grade season opener between St Marys and Emu Plains.

St Marys Rugby League Club invited its 800 junior players and officials to join the celebrations and be part of a group photo on the field.

The Pesle/Dicker Memorial Shield season opener has been played since 2011 in memory of club greats John Pesle from Emu Plains and Tony Dicker from St Marys.

The game pays tribute to the contribution both men made to rugby league and their respective clubs and is now an important event in the season's calendar for both clubs.

This year's shield game had a special significance after Dicker died late last year.

He was a long-serving player for St Marys and one of the pioneers in establishing the licensed club.

Dicker was the inaugural president of the board when St Marys Rugby League Club opened on Melbourne Cup Day, 1982.

St Marys took home the shield for the first time with a 34-0 win.

This year's St Marys club has 45 teams from under-6s to A grade.

The club won 12 premierships last season and were overall club champions.

St Marys paid tribute to its female sponsors, committee members and partners of A grade players as part of Women in League round celebrations on Saturday night, as reigning premiers A grade trounced Colyton-Mount Druitt 60-0.

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