100 Leigh Tries For Gregg McNally

Gregg McNally joined an elite group when he scored his 100th try for Leigh Centurions in Sunday’s Betfred Championship game against Barrow Raiders.

He became only the 11th player in Leigh’s 141-year history to score one hundred tries for the Club.

The popular 28-year-old, who is sponsored by Cloud 4 Computers, famously scored the last try at Hilton Park in the play-off game against Whitehaven in 2008. Unfortunately, it was for Whitehaven, who recorded a 30-24 victory.

Three years later he joined Leigh Centurions and soon became a firm favourite of the LSV faithful. He made his first appearance for the Club in the friendly that opened Salford’s new ground at Barton, scoring a try in Leigh’s 36-12 win and then earned heritage number #1350 when he was one of seven players on debut in the first home game against Barrow Raiders in February 2012.

McNally scored his first try for Leigh in his second game, a 23-22 defeat at Sheffield Eagles in the Northern Rail Cup.

Just over seven years on, broken by a season at Bradford Bulls last year, McNally reached his century for the Centurions in his 155th match for the Club.

“It’s a very proud moment,” reflected McNally after Sunday’s game.

“I scored my 150th career try the other week and that was a proud moment too. But this one, especially with the list of names on there is massive.

“It means a lot to me and this club means a lot to me as well.

“That last try at Hilton Park- I still remember it and I still get stick for it. When anyone mentions Hilton Park people say: ‘Who scored the last try there I wonder?’ When I scored that try, I didn’t realise at the time how much Leigh would come into my life and mean a lot to me.

“To have that little bit of memorabilia of Hilton Park and to be part of that history of Leigh and now to score 100 tries is massive. To be amongst those immortals on that list means a lot to me and my family as well.

“I’ve got goose pimples thinking I’m on the same pedestal with the names on that list and a member of the famous hundred club. It’s something I thought I’d never do, being associated with the likes of Mick Martyn, Des Drummond and John Woods and so on. Players who have done a lot in the game and for Leigh as well.”

McNally celebrated his special moment with a trademark swallow dive and grin for the camera.

“The photographer (Jerry Lyons) had a word with me before to make sure I did a bit of a dive if I scored a try. When I got my 150th it was a bit of a let-down, I just threw the ball into the crowd for (son) Harry because it was his birthday, but I made sure this time.

“I know Ridy hates my diving and Harrison Hansen still gives me stick for my dive but it’s one of those things.

“Every minute of being at Leigh is special. This club has done a lot for me and my family obviously with the situation of me coming back as well. They’ve taken me in as one of their own and I’ll always for the rest of my life class myself as an adopted Leyther and I’ll be here for the rest of my life and I love it.”

The favourite Leigh try? Gregg plumps for his famous solo try against Salford in Leigh’s last match of the 2017 Super League regular season as he chipped ahead on a free play from inside his own half and re-gathered superbly to sprint away from the defence in Leigh’s 25-0 victory.

“It was just one of those,” he says. “The season was frustrating for me being in and out of the side and the injury I had at the time. To come in and show what I can do at that level was great. It’s a shame they’ve got rid of that free play now because last week the ball came to me and I thought ‘I’m going to chip this’ and I had visions of Salford. But I realised John (Duffy) might hook me off if it didn’t come off as they get the ball back.”

“So I think the Salford one means a lot. I wish it was in front of the North Stand today. I was kind of hoping it would be. But even though it was down the other end to still hear that roar and the appreciation of the fans means the world to me.”

Gregg McNally
From To A T G DG P
Whitehaven 2008 2010 36 33 83 0 298
Oldham 2010 2010 12 7 46 1 121
Barrow 2011 2011 8 3 5 0 22
Huddersfield 2011 2011 1 0 6 0 12
Leigh 2012 2019 155 100 20 0 440
Bradford 2018 2018 13 5 0 0 20
Ireland 2010 2018 10 4 9 0 30
Total 235 152 169 1 943

Only eleven players have scored 100 tries for Leigh. The list is as follows:

MOST TRIES FOR LEIGH (100 AND OVER

189 Mick Martyn


152 John Woods

149 Bill Kindon


141 Des Drummond


133 Ryan Brierley


132 Neil Turley


128 Joe Walsh


114 Rod Tickle


112 Gordon Lewis


100 David Ingram


100 Gregg McNally

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