Get a "SIX PACK"Get a "SIX PACK" in Today and watch the final 6 games at WilderspoolWarrington Wolves are pleased to announce the launch of our Super League Six Pack ticket, guaranteeing entranced to the last 6 games to be played at the home of Warrington Wolves, Wilderspool.For just ˙87 in the Brian Bevan Stand and ˙62 standing you can make sure you donĂt get locked out when it comes to the final 6 Super League matches and of courseÓ.the last ever game to be played in over 105 years at Wilderspool against Wakefield on Sunday 21st September.Witness the final chapter of the Wilderspool story and take with you the memories of a glorious Rugby League era.Book your tickets online or call Wolfware on 01925 235005 for more information.
Wolves Business WinnersAt the Warrington Business Awards 2003 on Thursday 19th June Warrington Wolves picked up the following prestigious Business Awards:Social Responsibility Award sponsored by BNFL, who are also sponsors of the Warrington Wolves Community Programme. The Wolves won on the merit of "The commitment to coaching, education, development, social inclusion and the provision of positive role models. The WolvesĂ community Programme no extends to all of the boroughĂs 75 primary and 12 secondary schools, along with 5 local special schools.""The WolvesĂ community initiatives are not purely centred around playing rugby. They include:
- Primary Link
- Try Hard
- Pro Active
- Girls Play League
Cullens CommentLAST WEEKEND'S GAME WAS A CLOSE ONE, BIG QUESTION IN YOUR OPINION WAS IT A TRY?No it wasn't, regardless of what the video may or may not show; we are working exceptionally hard at Wilderspool to remove the 'excuse' culture. Some decisions go for you some go against, that's sport we accept it. My only concern is the number of unforced errors; we committed which adversely affected the outcome of this game, more than any contentious refereeing decision.WHAT IS THE INJURY SITUATION AHEAD OF THIS WEEKEND'S GAME?Wainwright has joined the obvious four absentees from last week, Penny, Sibbit, Briers and Domic as very possible non-starters for the derby; they join long term absentee Ben Westwood. It could be 6 of our starting 13 unavailable. The 17 that we send to Widnes have the ability to win this game and their will be no post match excuses concerning players sat in the stand and not on the field.THIS WEEKEND WE TAKE ON LOCAL RIVALS WIDNES WHO HAVE MOVED ABOVE US IN THE TABLE AFTER FINDING THEIR FORM, WHO IN YOUR OPINION ARE THEIR KEY PLAYERS?The Julian O'Neills, Shane Millard and Adam Hughes have invariably been the Widnes game breakers so far this season, they are a team returning to form and this game will prove to be a serious test for both clubs.WE HAVE GONE FIVE GAMES NOW WITHOUT A WIN, WHAT ARE SPIRITS LIKE IN CAMP AND WHAT STEPS HAVE YOU TAKEN TO REMEDY THE SITUATION?The quality of our performance against Wigan, Saints and Bradford simply speaks for itself. We were beaten by a better side against Castleford and absolutely thumped at Wakefield, I think we have proved many times this year that we have ability to learn lessons very quickly, demonstrated admirably with the improved performance against Bradford post Wakefield. This is the right time for us to go into this derby; no one at Wilderspool wants to loose this one.
Team News - Round 14Coach Paul Cullen has named his squad for the Round 14 clash with local rivals Widnes Vikings on Sunday.5. Graham Appo2.Rob Smyth3. Brent Grose18. Paul Noone20. Dean Gaskill9. Jon Clarke7.Nat Wood8.Nick Fozzard14. Mark Gleeson10. Mark Hilton15. Jerome Guisset17. Warren Stevens11. Darren Burns19. Gary Hulse16.Paul Wood21. Matt Sturm26. Jamie Durbin26. Jamie Durbin, 18 scrum half, has played for England School Boys R.U, signed from Halton Hornets ARLFC, Widnes at the age of 12. Has featured in the Senior Academy this season making 11 appearances and scoring 2 tries. Jamie made his debut for the first team against his home town team Widnes in the WIRE FM Boxing Day Challenge (26/12/03), where he scored a try.INJURIES*1. LEE PENNY ankle v Rnd 12 v St. Helens (01/06/03)4. BEN WESTWOOD broken leg v Rnd 5 Bradford Bulls (06/04/03)*6. LEE BRIERS back/hamstring sidelined 30minutes before Rnd 14 v Bradford Bulls (15/06/03)*12. IAN SIBBIT ankle last played Rnd 13 v Wakefield (08/06/03)*13. SID DOMIC ankle last played Rnd13 v Wakefield (08/06/03)*23. MIKE WAINWRIGHT ankle sustained in Rnd 14 v Bradford Bulls (15/06/03)*Face late fitness tests ahead of the game.
Harry Potter is a Wolves Winner!Callum Rogers, 11 from St. JosephĂs Primary School in Penketh has been chosen as the winner for the Borders short story writing competition ˘When Harry Potter went to Warrington Wolves÷. CallumĂs wins:
- A complete set of the five Harry Potter books
- A family ticket to watch Widnes v Warrington Wolves on Sunday 22nd June at the Halton Stadium
- Borders Electronic Gift Cards for his class!
- And Callum will have his story read out at ChildrenĂs Storytime during July at Borders, New Mersey Retail Park in Speke.
- His story will be published in the Wolves home programme v Huddersfield on Saturday 28th June.
Noone on the UpHitting a regular first team spot is the goal of young forward Paul Noone, who has been with the club since 14.YOU HAVE PROGRESSED THROUGH THE RANKS AT WARRINGTON AND HAVE BECOME A REGULAR IN THE FIRST TEAM 17. WHAT HAS KEPT YOU AT WARRINGTON AND HAVE YOU BEEN TEMPTED TO GO ELSEWHERE?I signed for Warrington when I was 14 years old and went into the Wolves Academy side at the age of 16. I have never really considered going anywhere else to be perfectly honest; I have enjoyed my time here. Warrington have shown an interest in me and you have got to do well when a club steps up to you like Warrington have done to me. All the lads have been great and there is a real team spirit on and off the field, which has made me feel really welcome. Warrington is going places with the new stadium next season, we just need to put a few wins under our belt and I want to be part of their future. It's my future!Last year when I wasn't getting game time, I wanted to go on loan just so I could play and I think that is the only time I have wanted to play elsewhere.HOW DO YOU COPE WHEN YOU DON'T MAKE THE STARTING 17 AND ARE NAMED AS 18TH MAN?It annoys me when I train all week and you train hard and the best you can and it comes down to selection and you get selected at 18th or not at all, then I get really down-hearted. But, when its 18th man at least you know that your in the frame and there is always a chance that you could still play that weekend dependent on injuries. The only thing that you can do is plug away at it and not let it affect you, because if you let it affect you then your performance in training is affected and the chances of getting picked then are slim.WHAT ARE YOUR AMBITIONS FOR THIS SEASON AND THEN LOOKING AHEAD TO NEXT SEASON?My first ambition is to stay in the 17 and then progress to a starting position in the 15 games that we have left this season. It is going to be hard moving a head of the established blokes who are in their late 20's Domic, Wainwright and Burns, but it is something that I am aiming for. Long term I want to stay at the club, I am out of contract in November and I am aiming to get offered a new contract. I want to play in the new stadium in front of our fans. They have really supported me during my time here and I want to continue to give them the best that I can.YOU HAVE EXPERIENCED A LOT OF CHANGES SINCE JOINING WARRINGTON IN 1997, WHAT POSITIVES HAVE YOU TAKEN FROM THESE CHANGES?I think the positives about staying at a club for so long is that I know everything about the club, I know how it works and I know the key areas in training, what to do and what not to do. Knowing the basic rules is the most important thing. It is also nice to have a coach that knows how you play and everything about your game is also so important. Chach (Cullen) was my U21s coach and helped me progress through the ranks under Van de Velde bringing me into first team contention. Plangey didn't pick me when he was here as he didn't know my game and didn't give me the opportunity to show what I could do and that is why I chose to go on loan to Chorley to prove myself that I am a game player. It has paid off and I am now hitting the 17 regularly.
Team News - Round 14Paul Cullen has named a 19-man squad for the Round 14 match against the Bradford Bulls this Sunday.1.Lee Penny2.Rob Smyth3. Brent Grose12. Ian Sibbit5. Graham Appo6. Lee Briers (C)7.Nat Wood8.Nick Fozzard9.Jon Clarke10. Mark Hilton15. Jerome Guisset23.Mike Wainwright13.Sid Domic14. Mark Gleeson16.Paul Wood11. Darren Burns17. Warren Stevens18.Paul Noone22. Dean Gaskill
Cullens CommentAFTER THE TEAM'S PERFORMANCE ON SUNDAY AGAINST WAKEFIELD THERE HAS BEEN MUCH DISCUSSION ABOUT OUR GAME. DO YOU THINK THE TEAM HAS A TENDENCY TO RAISE THEIR GAME AGAINST THE TOP 6 AND RELAX WHEN COMPETING AGAINST THE TOP 6 AND RELAXING WHEN COMPETING AGAINST THE BOTTOM 5?I don't think we raise our game against the top 6 and relax against the bottom 5, because our performances this season indicate otherwise. We were not complacent or over confident in our prep for Wakefield, because those words are cheap cop outs. It was a lack of effort across the board that produced the performance we gave at Belle Vue.WHAT IS THE INJURY SITUATION AT THE MOMENT AND IS IT A CONTRIBUTING FACTOR TO OUR PERFORMANCE?The injury situation remains almost a status quo. Apart from Ben Westwood we have no long term broken bones or ruptured ligaments but are currently nursing and managing a number of players with runnable knocks, this is no different from any other club in super league. To be fair we push players out against St Helens and got away with it and failed to repeat that against Wakefield. But we aspire to be a no excuses club and we offer none for the poor effort at Belle Vue.WE TAKE ON BRADFORD THIS WEEKEND, A TEAM OF TOP ATHLETES WHO HAVE ESTABLISHED THEMSELVES IN THE TOP 2 THIS SEASON. HOW DO YOU MENTALLY PREPARE THE PLAYERS WHEN FACING TEAMS LIKE THIS?The Bradford fixture is exactly the one we need after the poor performance against Wakefield if any individuals didn't have their buttons pushed sufficiently to out fight the Wildcats normal human nature will push it for them as we take on arguably the most powerful team in World rugby league. It is not only the awesome 4some that you have to account for, but the two V's on the edge are as powerful as any players that we will compete against this year. We proved at Odsal we can compete with them at 80 but we have to make sure that we can compete with them before 8.THERE HAS BEEN TALK AGAIN IN THE PAPERS REGARDING PLAYER MOVEMENT AND SIGNINGS FOR NEXT SEASON. AT WHAT PART OF THE SEASON DO YOU STAT PREPARING FOR THE FOLLOWING SEASON?Constantly throughout the season, the vast majority of players are playing for contracts for next year, although that was not evident last week at Wakefield.
"Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix"Short story writing competition
- Send us your short story entitled ˘When Harry Potter Went to Warrington WolvesÓ÷ by Wednesday 18th June.
- Win a complete set of the five Harry Potter books and a family ticket to watch Widnes Vikings v. Warrington Wolves on Sunday June 22nd at Halton Stadium.
- If you win you will have your books presented to you on the pitch at half time during the game!
- Win Borders Electronic Gift Cards for your class at school!
- Have your story read out at ChildrenĂs Storytime during July!
Cullens CommentWHERE YOU DISAPPOINTED WITH THE OUTCOME OF THE MATCH AGAINST ST. HELENS 30-30, CONSIDERING YOU WERE LEADING 24-10?I would have certainly taken the 30-30 pre-match, but consider a draw a fair result. There are usually 60 points in Warrington and St. Helens games, but not usually in this configuration. The result still leaves us with an awful lot of work to do and again it was a massive learning curve for myself as a coach and for the players.ST. HELENS BROKE SEVERAL RULES INVOLVING HEADSETS/RADIOS ON THE FIELD DURING THE FIELD, THE RFL HAS DECIDED NOT TO FINE THE CLUB, BUT GAVE THEM A TICKING OFF, DO YOU THINK THAT THIS PUNISHMENT FITS THE CRIME?I'm a bit disappointed that we got ourselves involved in a circus post match. It wasn't one we were looking for or one we've caused. It has tended to detract from what was a very good game of Rugby League. As far as we're concerned, I personally won't be making an official complaint, I won't be sending in the match video and I won't be releasing the match video to the media who have been clamouring for it.It's all turned into a bit of a storm in a teacup and one that we want no part of. It's all turned out to be rather silly and a little bit pointless. As far as we're concerned the issue is closed. The match commissioner has issues because that's his job and that's between him, the Rugby Football League and St. Helens. It's simply now a matter of process and protocol and we're not a part of it.THIS WEEKEND WE TAKE ON WAKEFIELD AT BELLE VUE, THE SCENE OF A CRUSHING DEFEAT AT THE END OF SEASON, HOW IMPORTANT IS A WIN AWAY THIS WEEKEND?The performance is critical, the result will take care of itself we have some ghosts to exercise at Belle Vue. We fully respect the quality of players such as Vowles, Korkidas, Hood, Ellis and Wells etc. If we don't turn up ready to give as much as we gave against St.Helens there is a real danger we will get turned over.HOW ARE YOUR PREPARATIONS FOR THE ORIGIN COMING ALONG?It continues to build behind the scenes. The majority of the preparation is now in place. We have a further four games to finally decide which players are going to put their hand up for selection, which also runs concurrently with the work we are doing with the England side, we our simply maintaining a watching brief.AWAY FROM THE RUGBY FIELD THERE IS A LOT OF DISCUSSION ABOUT MOVING THE BRIAN BEVAN STATUE FROM THE ISLAND TO THE NEW STADIUM, WHAT ARE YOUR OPINIONS ON THE SUBJECT?I think Brian Bevan should be with us at a place were fans of rugby league can safely pay homage to the greatest player ever to wear our colours. I would hate to see the statue on a traffic island in the middle of no-man's land; we should literally carry it to the new stadium.