Wolves Go BananasThe Wolves will be holding their Summer Festival at Victoria Park on Wednesday 17th July, 1-3pm. The event is being supported by Asda in the Cockhedge Centre who are providing 300 bananas to keep the energy levels of the 25 teams entering from 13 Primary Schools in the Warrington Area.The idea behind the event is the finale of the Primary School's Summer Term giving schools the opportunity to put their skills to the test against other schools. All schools participating have been involved in the Wolves Community Development coaching clusters which run for six weeks at a time through out term times.The schools participating in this event are (at the time of going to press):
- Sycamore Lane
- Gorse Covert
- Stockton Heath
- St Augustine's
- Penketh South
- Latchford CE
- St Alban's
- St. Phillips
- St Bridget's
Team for Broncos in FranceHead Coach Dave Plange has named his team to face London Broncos in Carcassone, France on Saturday 22nd June.26. Dave Alstead 2.Rob Smyth 11.Darren Burns 34.Ben Westwood 25.Leroy Rivett 6.Lee Briers 33.Nathan Wood 10.Dale Laughton 9.Jon Clarke 8.Mark Hilton 16.Jerome Guisset 15.Paul Marquet 13.Sid DomicSubs:21.Paul Wood 18.Nick Fozzard 14.Tommy OÆReilly 28.Danny Halliwell
The Coca Cola PlateThis year teamÆs knocked out of the Coca-Cola 7s have been invited to take part in æThe Coca Cola PlateÆ formerly known as the Clarrie Owen Plate, after the Honorary Vice President.The First round fixtures will take place at Wilderspool on Friday 5th July, kicking off 4.30pm. All winners will play their 2nd round fixtures within 20 minutes of the 1st round games.All 1st round losers will play a second game, for participation purposes only, within the 20 minutes of their first round game.The Semi-Finals and Final will take place at a Super League fixture before the end of the current school term, either the Salford City Reds (21st July) or Hull FC (27th July).The primary schools participating are Padgate, St BridgetÆs, St MichaelÆs (from Osmkirk and Aughton), Great Sankey, Grappenhall Heyes, Penketh and St. AugustineÆs.Special Projects Officer, Brian Chambers commented, "The Coca Cola Plate is part of the Primary Link project at the Wolves and is a spin off of the success of the Coca Cola Cup. Teams that where knocked out of the Coca-Cola Cup gets the opportunity to compete in the secondary competition. It is also open to teams in the are that have just started to play Rugby League. All teams participating get the opportunity to play on Wilderspool this Friday. The successful teams that make it through to the semiûfinals willplay the semis and final at the half time of one of our future Super League games."
Team News - 17 to Face RhinosHead Coach, Dave Plange has named his starting line up to face his old team Leeds Rhinos, this is DaveÆs first trip back across the Pennines to Headingley in charge of the Wolves.1. Lee Penny 28. Danny Halliwell 34. Ben Westwood 11.Darren Burns 26. Dave Alstead 33. Nat Wood6. Lee Briers10. Dale Laughton 9. Jon Clarke 8. Mark Hilton 18. Nick Fozzard 15. Paul Marquet 13. Sid DomicSubs:16. Jerome Guisset 21. Paul Wood 24. Paul Noone 22. Kevin Crouthers
Head to Head: Wolves v RhinosThursdayÆs game will be a fight between animals, Rhinos against Wolves. Leeds had an excellent last match against Wakefield managing to pull back a small but significant lead however the Wolves were less successful against Wigan but ThursdayÆs match is open to either team.Who will meet head to head? The WolvesÆ Nick Fozzard and the RhinosÆ Barrie McDermott had a clash as they fought for Yorkshire and Lancashire, leading to a frustrating time in the sin-bin for both. Will they see this as an opportunity for a replay or a way of getting their own back? Fozzard has incredible stamina, pace and strength but he adds aggression to the Wolves, will this be his winning contribution to the match? McDermott is said to be a leaner player this year, so will he use a æLean mean fighting machineÆ attitude to help him score in the crucial moments as he has done in the past?WarringtonÆs Nathan Wood will face LeedsÆ Rob Burrow who plays scrum half. Burrow is classed as a surprise package so the Wolves will have to watch out. His debut was against Warrington in 2001. Nathan Wood is one of WarringtonÆs new players who, along with Westwood only had their home debut recently. The Wolves will use his knowledge and experience as an excellent weapon against the Rhinos.The WolvesÆ young new player Ben Westwood will fight off LeedsÆ Chev Walker with his enthusiasm. This match will be an excellent opportunity for this exciting young player. If we look at the whole picture it is clear to see that Leeds have a head start owing to their reasonably high position on the league table but the Wolves will come out in fighting form ready to give Leeds their toughest match ever. Will the Wolves manage to improve their position with their new weapons out on the pitch?
Squad to face the RhinosHead Coach, Dave Plange has named his training squad for the game on Thursday against Leeds Rhinos at Headingley. Plange will name the final 17 later in the week.Lee Penny Dave Alstead Danny Halliwell Ben Westwood Rob Smyth Kevin Crouthers Sid Domic Lee Briers Dale Laughton Nat Wood Paul Wood Darren Burns Mark Hilton Nick Fozzard Jerome Guisset Paul Noone Jon Clarke Graham Appo Tommy OÆReilly Paul MarquetLeon Felton, Leroy Rivett, Matt Sturm and Steve Maden will feature in the Senior Academy this week. Dean Busby has been sidelined for another week through injury, but has returned to full training.
Team News - Round 16Head Coach, Dave Plange has named a 19-man squad to face Wigan Warriors on Saturday 29th June 2002, 19:05.26. Dave Alstead 2. Rob Smyth 11. Darren Burns 34. Ben Westwood 28. Danny Halliwell6. Lee Briers (C) 34. Nat Wood 10. Dale Laughton 9. Jon Clarke 8. Mark Hilton 18. Nick Fozzard 15. Paul Marquet 13. Sid DomicSubs From:21. Paul Wood 16. Jerome Guisset 1. Lee Penny 24. Paul Noone 22. Kevin Crouthers 14. Tommy OÆReillyDean Busby, Steve Maden and Matt Sturm are back in full training but have not been selected for this weekÆs clash. Kevin Crouthers returns to selection after spending two months with Chorley Lynx in a bid to prove that he is of Super League status. Paul Noone has returned from a recent stint at Chorley Lynx. Tommy OÆReilly is doubtful after suffering a reoccurring foot injury during the London clash last weekend.
Wolves v Warriors - Head to HeadSaturdayÆs game against Wigan will be a clash of the physical as WiganÆs Hodgson comes up against Westwood, who makes his home debut for the Wolves after scoring 2 tries against London at the weekend against London in Carcassonne, France.Hodgson is a fast and elusive winger who can also play centre and has been an important factor in the Wigan line up this season. Westwood is a speedy and strong runner, who is set for future stardom, brought in to strengthen the WolvesÆ centres which has been greatly effected by injury and players leaving the club.Westwood and Hodgson where recently team mates in the last Origin game at Headingley, Hodgson starting and Westwood on the bench. SaturdayÆs game sees them go head to head with the intention of coming out on top, a clear winner.Westwood has a lot to prove in front of the home crowd, there is a lot of expectation resting on the shoulderÆs of the 20 year old, exûWakefield Trinity Wildcats player. Wolves are in need of points; they stand third from bottom on 6 points while their competitorÆs stand in third position on 20 points. A big difference on paper, but how will they compare on the field.Another physical clash will be that of WolvesÆ prop Nick Fozzard and WiganÆs Terry OÆConnor. OÆConnor is a popular front row forward at Wigan who has proved himself to be a powerful force in their defence. Fozzard has been a consistent player for the Wolves this season ever since he exploded on to the scene after a long period out through injury.The two came up against each other in the recent Origin Series; Fozz for Yorkshire and OÆConnor for Lancashire, both played a physical game with Lancashire coming off the better overall. SaturdayÆs game is a rematch, which will come out on top?
Wolves Sign Up YoungsterThe Wolves have signed Richard Mather, 18 from Leeds Rhinos Academy until the end of the season with a view to extending his contract further.Mather has the ability to play at numerous positions - fullback, stand off, scrum half and wing.Mather has featured in the Yorkshire Academy in the recent U19s Origin Series scoring a try in the second game at Wilderspool. He has also toured Australia and New Zealand with the GB Academy last July. Head Coach, Dave Plange commented, "I've known Richard a while and have kept an eye on his development since leaving Leeds last year. He is a young player with tremendous potential with great attitude towards the game. I believe he will go to the top, the club is looking to take him further in his development. There will be an opportunity for him the gain first team experience at the back end of the season."By taking him on contract until the end of the season, it gives us the opportunity to satisfy ourselves that he can play at this level, before investing in his future. He looks like the calibre of player that we are looking for here at the Wolves. We are looking for young players to develop and make a strong Warrington over the next few years. He will feature in this week's Academy game against Wigan before the main game."Richard was excited by the offer to play first team, "Warrington came in with an offer to play first team rugby and this was an opportunity that I have craved. I feel that I will bring enthusiasm to the team as I am looking to learn. This is a new experience for me and a big step from Academy. I am just going to do my best and take on board all the advice and experience that I am going to gain at Warrington."Academy Fixture: Warrington Wolves v Wigan Warriors @ Wilderspool KO: 4.30pm, Saturday 29th June 2002
Wolves Attendance Project Presentation DayThe Wolves will be holding a presentation day for the pupils who attended the "The Warrington Wolves Attendance Project", this will be held on Saturday 29th June before the Wolves taken on Wigan Warriors. The event will start at 4:00pm with members of the press invited to attend from 5:00pm.The presentation is to celebrate the pupils finishing "Attendance Project" and also completing their final year at high school. The event will be held in the "Playing for Success" centre at Wilderspool Stadium. There will be a prize giving for all children who have attended and completed the project. Followed by refreshments before kick off of the evening's game.What is the Attendance Project?The Wolves Attendance Project first started in September 2001; it was a joint initiative with Warrington Education Department, Connexions and the European Social Fund. The aim of this project is to improve the attendance record of high school pupils in the Warrington area. The idea is to improve their attendance record through 'the power of sport' which will result in improving their confidence and life skills by being in association with the club. There are four high schools in the Warrington area working within the scheme, William Beamont, Padgate, Penketh and Sir Thomas Boteler, with five pupils attending one day a week at the Playing for Success Centre. The schools participating in the project have noted a 30/40% increase in attendance at school since being involved with the scheme. The pupils have worked on their education, sport and life skills while at the Centre. There have been numerous visits to local amenities within the scheme, which have been organised and booked by the pupils themselves to improve their communication skills and confidence in human interaction. Pupils from the above four high schools had attendance records of between 30-70% during their academic career and this was the reason for them being nominated to attend the project by their respective schools.As a result of this academic year's Attendance project Shaun Chilvers from Penketh High School as been signed to the Wolves Junior Academy team.