Academy Double HeaderWarrington Wolves Junior and Senior Academy take on their Bradford counterparts in a double-header at Wilderspool this afternoon. The young Wolves did the double over the Bulls a couple of weeks back and the Yorkshire side will no doubt be looking for some payback.The action starts at 12.30pm with the Junior Academy and is followed at 3pm with the Senior Academy.Senior Academy coach Gary Chambers has named a strong side with some first team squad members Chris Riley, Mark Hilton, Danny Lima, Ste Pickersgill and Andy Bracek all looking to catch Paul Cullens eye. Senior Academy squad:Chris RileyKevin PennyMatty BlytheAntony JerramHarry ArcherSam GeeStephen RoperMark HiltonMichael JohnsonDanny LimaBen HarrisonSteven PickersgillAndy BracekChris HullCraig CorneliaRick JonesDanny Aboushakra Junior Academy coach Dave Elliot will be looking for a third win on the bounce from his young charges after a 56-0 hammering of the City Reds last week. Junior squad:Nigel ScottKash WatkinsCraig HowardMarc ShackleyVinny FinneganAntony RourkeCraig WhitePaul ReynoldsJoe GandyJake EmmittLee MitchellTyrone McCarthyDanny ColquittRichard ChatfieldDanny BrownLee CaldwellBen Mellor
Another Academy DoubleAfter tough encounters against their Bradford counterparts two weeks ago, both Junior and Senior Wolves Academy teams have again come away with the win under their belts.Two keenly fought contests ended with the Wolves taking the spoils as the Junior Academy picked up a 28-16 win, with tries by Tyrone McCarthy, Danny Brown, Paul Reynolds, Danny Colquitt and two for Kash Watkins.The Senior Academy had a full blooded match with the Bulls coming back strong in the second half to bring it within 8 until the Wolves hit home with tries from Lima and Archer to seal the well deserved win at 36-22 and continue their unbeaten run in the League.<Senior (U21) Academy Report<Junior (U18) Academy Report
Gleeson Targets ConsistencyMartin Gleeson believes team targets are far more important than individual goals as Warrington Wolves go in search of consistency in the Engage Super League.The Great Britain centre registered on the scoreboard with two tries at The Jungle in The Wolves impressive 6-64 triumph. He opened his try scoring account at Odsal in the morale boosting win over World Club Champions Bradford and MondayÆs brace gives Gleeson three tries in ten fixtures.Last season Gleeson delivered under the weight of immense expectation in his first campaign at the Wolves. He won a place in the Super League Dream Team and recorded the highest try tally of his career with 17 tries in 28 games.The Wigan born player isnÆt letting statistic worry him as a buoyant Warrington outfit prepare for the visit of Bradford to The Halliwell Jones Stadium.Gleeson explained: "Not scoring a lot of tries early in the season hasnÆt concerned me for one moment, I just concentrating on my all round game, I donÆt focus on individual goals. IÆm here to help the team win fixtures in both competitions; I wonÆt panic if IÆm not scoring lots of tries.""With the conditions early in the season itÆs been tough for the backs to find space, I thought the forwards came into their own at Castleford. Paul Wood particularly had a good game and together they put in a lot of work early on and created openings for us."Renowned for his outstanding footwork, Gleeson has a powerful physique to complement his sidestep and is a genuine 'wingersÆ centre'. He has struck up a formidable partnership with Kiwi winger Henry FaÆafili.So far this season Martin Gleeson tops the Wolves stats for offloads, many of them have benefited FaÆafili who already has 12 tries.Gleeson said: "It was nice to get a couple of tries and once again Henry continued his record. IÆve been working well with him again this season and he has shown what he can do with an opportunity"Gleeson spent most of his junior career in Brisbane, Australia, emigrating with his family at the age of 10. He turned professional with Huddersfield Giants after returning to the UK, making his debut in 1999 and winning a call up to the England U21 tour of South Africa in 2001. Martin then signed for St Helens in 2002 and was a key attacking spearhead of the Super League Grand Final (2002) and Challenge Cup (2004) medal-winning teams. Made his full Great Britain debut in Sydney in 2002, and won the first of his two Super League Dream team places later that year.So far this season Gleeson has featured in all ten rounds of the competition and fans hope is edging towards his best form. Gleeson added: "Early in the season IÆve had carried a few niggles to be honest, but IÆm feeling fine."
Team NewsPaul Cullen names his final 18-man squad to face the Bradford Bulls this Sunday under new coach Steve McNamara in Round 11 of the engage Super League. Stuart ReardonSimon GrixBrent GroseHenry Fa'afiliChris LeikvollMichael SullivanLee BriersJon ClarkePaul RauhihiMartin GleesonPaul WoodRob ParkerPaul NooneBen WestwoodLogan SwannMike WainwrightRichie BarnettMark Gleeson
Minister for Sport Helps Wolves Play for SuccessWarrington youngstersÆ love for Rugby League has been utilised to ensure their development and progression in the classroom. 2000 children aged 10-14 from all over Warrington have so far reaped the rewards of Playing For Success.The original Centre was based at the Wilderspool Stadium from 2001-05 and relocated to the Asgard Media Suite at The Halliwell Jones Stadium in September last year. It now forms an integral part of the Warrington WolvesÆ Sport and Learning Foundation which incorporates the ClubÆs award winning community programme.On Monday 24 April, The Minister for Sport Richard Caborn is officially opening this new state-of-the-art facility. Mr Caborn will be given the grand tour of the Centre and will also take the opportunity to meet some of the youngsters who have benefited from Playing For Success. The scheme is based on a four-way partnership between the Government (DfES), Warrington Borough Council, Warrington Wolves and Business Sponsors (Asgard Media, Cheshire Building Society and IKEA).The Centre focuses on improving literacy, numeracy and ICT skills amongst KS2 and KS3 pupils from Warrington Schools, building their confidence and self-esteem using the medium of sport and the unique learning environment, which in no way resembles a traditional classroom, to help motivate them. Two experienced teachers, supported by tutor-mentors and first team players, including Steve Pickersgill, Ben Harrison and Richie Barnett run the Centre.The GovernmentÆs Playing for Success scheme teams up sports clubs, local businesses and local government to create inspirational conditions enabling young people to boost their literacy, numeracy and ICT skills. Playing for Success was launched in 1997. So far 97 sports clubs, including those in the FA Premiership and the Rugby Super League have opened study centres with more due to open later in the year.The fourth national independent evaluation of Playing for Success in 2003 confirmed that the programme raises pupilsÆ skills in literacy, numeracy and ICT, benefiting both boys and girls equally regardless of ethnic background or special needs.Warrington Wolves player Steve Pickersgill, said: "I am currently involved in the club's Playing for Success programme as a mentor, I encourage children to learn through their interest in the sport. Programmes like this one are an essential part of linking education to sport and provide a means for the Wolves to engage with the local community."For more information contact Chris Hickey, Centre Manager on 01925 246494
Ticket NewsAnother bumper crowd is on the cards at The Halliwell Jones Stadium as Warrington Wolves play host to the Engage Super League and World Club Champions Bradford Bulls on Sunday, April 23.With limited availability left in the East, South and North Stands the club will operate a pay-on-the-gate system on the West Stand for all supporters to encourage fans to mix together and enjoy the thrill andspills of the Engage Super League.Once again supporters are urged to buy early to avoid disappointment as the club prepare for an attendance in excess of 11,000. Record season ticket sales of almost 8,000 means that very few tickets remain on a match-to-match basis and fans need to be quick to purchase the few remaining available seats.Ticketing Manager Dave Gittins, comments: "With Bradford's impressive travelling support and the boisterous home crowd this encounter has the makings of a classic. The West Stand is rapidly becoming an area for fans from both clubs to enjoy the action, the banter and all the entertainment on offer at The Halliwell Jones Stadium."Ticket remaining on sale: o North Stand - 400 remainingo East Stand - 60 remainingo South Stand - 300 remainingo West Stand - Pay on the Gate
Wolfweb FanzoneWarrington Wolves are looking for four supporters to make the new Wolfweb Fanzone Panel.Each week warringtonwolves.com will pose a topical question to the panel that they will have to respond to in around 250 words. To qualify you must be a season ticket holder with good written skills. To enter simply e-mail your full name, a head and shoulder photograph and tell us the stand you watch home games from firstname.lastname@example.org. You will need to answer our first question (below) and be able to respond to the weekly questions within 48 hours. Wolves Fanzone Panel...Question One Club captain Paul Rauhihi has returned from a lengthy lay-off with a hamstring tear, what do you make of his return to action so far and what can the New Zealand test prop bring to the club in the long run?
Cullens CommentPaul Cullen discusses the Easter games and looks towards another encounter with Super League Champions Bradford Bulls this weekend.Five wins, five defeats what are your thoughts on the season so far?With the exception of the St Helens game, 4 defeats too many.Is confidence growing within the camp?Yes, with every session. The press have described watching The Wolves as a rollercoaster ride full of ups and downs; both Warrington and Bradford have shown this season just how unpredictable the competition can be. Is consistency possible in the modern game?To win when not at your peak is the Holy Grail of coaching. The form cycle is more obvious at the clubs without all the internationals.After a disappointing result on Good Friday your players responded in style, does this speak volumes of the character within the squad?It shows that when we play to instruction and execute the plays we canwin. Once again you have shown your ability on the road, but with only one win at home would it be fair to say you are yet to show the home crowd all the sides' qualities?The venue is not relevant, purely circumstantial, individual errors have cost us games not the stadium, or the pitch, or the weather, or the referee.Henry Fa'afili now has 12 tries for the season; do you rate him as one of the finest finishers in Super League?Henry's record at this club speaks for itself. How do you think Paul Rauhihi has acquitted himself since his return from injury?He is becoming the dominant force that we expected him to be. Once again Paul Wood impressed in the early tussle, has his continued progression and development as an integral cog in your side pleased you?We are very proud of his achievements and progression so far and hope hecontinues to full international standard. You described Lee Briers as an intelligent player, what kind of influence does he have on those around him?He gives them confidence ensuring their energies and effort will not be wasted.Does the win at Odsal give you any edge over Bradford?No more than their previous wins gave them an edge over us.
20 Man SquadPaul Cullen has named his initial 20-man squad to face the Bradford Bulls, under the new leadership of Steve McNamara this Sunday: Stuart ReardonSimon GrixBrent GroseHenry Fa'afiliChris LeikvollMichael SullivanLee BriersJon ClarkePaul RauhihiDanny LimaMartin GleesonPaul WoodRob ParkerPaul NooneBen WestwoodLogan SwannMike WainwrightRichie BarnettMark HiltonMark Gleeson
Injury Hit Wolves Prepare for BullsWolves centre Toa Kohe-Love and half back Chris Bridge have been ruled out of Sunday's encounter between Warrington and Bradford at The Halliwell Jones Stadium, kick off 3pm.The former Bulls duo will miss the clash against their old club, while Jon Clarke, Chris Leikvoll and Mark Gleeson all face a race against time to be fit for the visit of the Engage Super League Champions.Warrington Wolves Head Coach Paul Cullen, said: "We paid a high price for our runaway victory against Castleford Tigers on Monday with four players leaving the field, not being able to return; finishing the game with 12 to avoid any further injury to Lee Briers.""Our medical staff have been busy all week but time has been their biggest enemy in the bid to have the injured ready to meet the challenge of the Bulls.""It is at times like this that the squad system is so important and the fact that we have given a number of the younger players first team opportunities means they will not come into a strange environment if needed."