U21s v Wakefield Trinity WildcatsTonight sees the kick off of the U21s competition with Warrington Wolves taking on Wakefield Trinity Wildcats at Wilderspool Stadium, kicks off 7.30pm. In the team tonight are four members of the Wolves first team, winger Dean Gaskell, scrum half Gary Hulse and prop Matt Sturm (over age player) and second rower Mike Callan along with three up and coming players training with the first team and made their debuts at Widnes on Boxing Day Jamie Durbin, Nick Owen and Craig Farrimond.The team line up is as follows:Nick Owen, 18 (signed from Woolston Rovers in 2001)Darryl Rollins, 20 twin of Dave Rollins (former Leigh Miners ARLFC, signed 2002/03)Steve Warburton, 20 (former club Woolston Rovers ARLFC)Richard Varkulis, 20 (former club Leigh Miners ARLFC)Dean Gaskell, 20 (Wolves first team)Gary Hulse, 22 (Wolves first team over age player)Jamie Durbin, 18 (signed from Halton Hornets at the age of 14 Scholarship Scheme)Lee Gardiner, 20 (former Wigan St. Judes ARLFC in 2001)Matt Sturm, 30 (Wolves first team over age player)Dave Rollins, 20 (former club Salford City Reds Academy 2002)Mike Callan, 20 (Wolves first team)Tommy Grundy, 18 (former club Leigh Rangers, signed for Wolves in 2001)Craig Farrimond, 19 (former club Rosebridge ARLFC, signed in 2001)Steve Pickersgill, 17 (Scholarship Scheme)Anthony Irvine, 17 (Scholarship Scheme)Shane Williams, 20 (former club Woolston Rovers ARLFC)Michael Bishop, 18 (former club Latchford Albion ARLFC)Admission is ˙2 for Adults and ˙1 for concessions. Free admission on production of Season Ticket.
Wolves Chief Praises FansWarrington Wolves Chief Executive Andy Gatcliffe has praised the Wolves travelling fans after a 1,500 plus strong crowd made its way over the Pennines on a foggy and cold Saturday night, to see the team take on Huddersfield in the Tetley's Super League VIII opening round. In which Warrington walked away with a 20-8 win and a vital two points.Andy Gatcliffe commented, "Our fans support for the team was fantastic, it was a great atmosphere at the McAlpine on Saturday night thanks to them. The loyal speccies do give impetus and drive to the players and their non-stop chanting, singing and drumming really really does work. I look forward to seeing this continued support through out the season at home and away games."
New WolfWarrington Wolves welcomed a new member of staff on board this week, Julie Cleave as Commercial Manager. Julie comes to the club from a successful role of Sales Manager at the Village Hotel and Leisure Club, Warrington and is experienced in corporate hospitality and entertaining.Born in Woolston Warrington, attending Woolston High School, after school joined the Womens Royal Naval Service and served 8 years in Communications. After leaving the Royal Navy to have only child Glenn aged 16, she started her career in Sales at the Warrington Guardian and worked for 10 years covering various roles including motors, property and Key Account Advertisers and worked on various titles throughout their group of papers.Julie commented on her new appointment with the Wolves, "I have always been interested in sport and after meeting several people in these roles from various sports clubs decided that that was the next aspiration I wanted to achieve. The sports world held a fascination for me it seems fast, challenging and exciting. As I am Warrington born and bred and have followed the Wolves since being a young school girl and come from a family of Warrington supporters this is an added bonus that I am very lucky to become the Commercial Manager of Warrington Wolves."At this exciting time I am delighted to be involved with the Wolves especially to be in at the beginning of the development of the new stadium and I look forward to the challenge of my new role which I hope can help with the development and growth of this fantastic club."
Foz takes a Giant StepProp forward Nick Fozzard spent 4 years with the Giants, but suffered two broken arms in 18 months. He is back at the McAlpine for the first time since he was a Huddersfield player.Last year you appeared in every single Super League game. How big a relief was that after what had gone on before?I was very happy to get every game under my belt last season, with every game my confidence with my arm grew. To get playing again after such along gap was great, it was a major relief to be honest to know that my playing career hadnĂt been ruined by injury.I wasnĂt thinking about my arm after the first three to four games, I was so nervous for the first game. But, my pad helped my confidence a lot. Playing with Mark Hilton was a boost as well as we came back together. I remember my first game back after the specialist cleared me Mark and I looked at each other as we took to the field and wished each other luck.You had such a good season that you even won a call up for the Origin game. Was that a surprise and do you believe you can follow it up with an even bigger year this time?I thought I was in with a chance of getting into the Origin Series, I was keeping an eye on the date for the team announcements. To see it written down confirmed it and it was a major relief to know that I had achieved this honour. I had done well to get an outside chance of getting in. I hope to follow it up this year with a better Origin Series than last time to get me into the GB squad.If all goes to plan, there is an Ashes series at the end of the season. Now you have proved your fitness, how realistic is that ambition?The fact that IĂm going to be playing in a better team this year will hopefully help me to stand out in games. The better the team you play for the more attention you are given and more people in the right places watch you. IĂve got to play well for Warrington if I have any chance of getting into Yorkshire, that is the hardest part. When youĂre playing for Yorkshire you need two quality games to get into the GB team. With the experience I had last year, IĂll perform a lot better in this yearĂs Series, if I get in!What memories do you have of your time at Huddersfield on the playing side, rather than the treatment room?!My biggest memory with Huddersfield is at Old Trafford when we got into Super League, we beat Hull to get promotion. We didnĂt lose a game all that year. We were all looking forward to the new Super League season, but then we didnĂt win another game in three years after that!It is a massive jump from Division One to Super League, the first win is very important. So when we go to play Huddersfield on Saturday, we are going to have to be prepared for them having a go to get themselves off to a good start. The Coach Tony Smith is a great coach, I have a lot of respect for him, but I want to spoil his Saturday night!How do you feel the pre-season has gone, and how confident are you that the club can improve this time around?We are a lot stronger and fitter than we where last year. We have put a good squad together, although we still canĂt do with too many injuries. The first 13 will compete with the best Super League teams and there is a great spirit among the lads. A lot of this came from our trip to Lanzarote. We are a tight knit group who is going to play for each other and not back down.
17 NamedHead Coach Paul Cullen has named his 17 to face Huddersfield Giants in the Open Round of TetleyĂs Super League Viii at the McAlpine Stadium, Huddersfield.5. Graham Appo2. Rob Smyth*12. Ian Sibbit4. Ben Westwood3. Brent Grose6. Lee Briers «7. Nat Wood8. Nick Fozzard9. Jon Clarke10. Mark Hilton11. Darren Burns23. Mike Wainwright13. Sid DomicSubs:14. Mark Gleeson18. Paul Noone16. Paul Wood15. Jerome Guisse* Rob Smyth returns from a bout of gastro enteritis
Round 1 Team NewsPaul Cullen has named a 20-man squad to face Huddersfield for the Wolves televised opening match of the Super League 8 season. The Giants are back in the big time and are looking to make an impact from the off. Paul Cullen, with all the pride and heritage of his home town club and support behind him, has finished his first closed season as Head Coach, picking up pre-season friendly victories along the way.With early exits for both clubs from this years Challenge Cup it's Smith versus Cullen and a second chance for the new boys to stake a claim in Super League, whilst the Wolves are looking to end the year and leave Wilderpsool with their heads held high and points in the bag.5. Graham Appo24. Kevin Crouthers12. Ian Sibbit4. Ben Westwood3. Brent Grose6. Lee Briers7. Nat Wood8. Nick Fozzard 9. Jon Clarke10. Mark Hilton11. Darren Burns23. Mike Wainwright13. Sid Domic14. Mark Gleeson16. Paul Wood15. Jerome Guisset 18. Paul Noone21. Matt Sturm19. Gary Hulse20. Dean GaskellInjury News: Lee Penny (calf), Warren Stevens (groin) are both out of the Super League VIII opener. Rob Smyth is very doubtful, with gastro enteritis, on top of last week's bang to the head against Bradford.
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