Round 7 Team NewsDarryl has named his squad to face St Helens tomorrow night:Alan Hunte, Rob Smyth, Ian Sibbit, Toa Kohe Love, Jamie Stenhouse, Lee Briers, Allan Langer, Martin Masella, David Highton, Danny Nutley, Steve McCurrie, Gary Mercer, Dean Busby, David Kidwell, Andrew Gee, Paul Wood, David Alstead Andrew Gee returns after a two weeks absence and Steve McCurrie is likely to start in the second row.
Parr Hall RallyThe Wolves end their extended petition gathering this Saturday with a Rally in the Parr Hall.Proceedings start from 2pm and will include the chance to sign a "Supporters Book", also on hand will be Wolves Chairman Doug Hoyle who will give a speech about the club and the proceedings of the inquiry in May. Also likely to be on show for the first time are proposed plans for the stadium.It is also the supporters last chance to hand in any petitions that they have, even if they are only partially completed. It isstrong>vital that we get them all on Saturday as they are being taken to the Inspectorate on Monday morning and officially entered as evidence for the inquiry.
Georgallis Under the KnifeUtility forward Steve Georgallis is to go under the knife this evening for exploratory surgery on an ankle injury picked up on Monday in the victory against Halifax Blue Sox.It is not fully known what the extent of the injury is but Georgallis, holder of an EU passport, may be out for quite some time. More details when the results of the surgery are known.
Tawera NikauWarrington Wolves send their greatest condolances to Tawera Nikau on the untimely passing of his wife. All at the club are greatly saddened by the loss and would ask all press and fans to respect Tawera's privacy at this difficult time.
t color="#F7D608" face="Arial" size=+2>Return of Ming!The Wolves have bagged former Halifax coach Gary Mercer on a deal to the end of the season.34 year old Mercer first played for Warrington in November 1989 until August 1992, playing with the club in the 1990 Challenge Cup final for against Wigan, before moving on to Leeds.Gary originally came to England in 1987 to play for Bradford Northern before going onto play for Warrington and Leeds before joining Halifax as a player and then taking on the role of player/coach in July 1999.Halifax described Gary as the Club's Mr Motivator and he won the 1998 Player of the Year award and was runner up in 1999. "Ming" has represented his country at all levels, gaining 21 full Test appearances. He has played in 3 Challenge Cup finals for Warrington and Leeds losing in all three to Wigan.Darryl Van de Velde commented, "Gary brings a lot of experience and enthusiasm to the te team. He is a strong tactical player and with his experience as player/coach at Halfiax brings depth to the squad. He will be an asset to the team."Gary commented, "It is good to be back at the club, I have always had a soft spot for Warrington, when the opportunity a rose to come back I jumped at the chance. I am starting against Castleford tomorrow and I am looking forward to playing alongside Allan Langer, Andrew Gee, Danny Nutley and Marty Masella. They are all experienced players who have taken the club forward. I've watched Warrington over the last couple of seasons and they have a lot of potential to go places and I'm looking forward to being part of it."
Pub Crawl for Petitions!Fans are planning a massive Pub Crawl around town centre and outlying pubs to help raise awareness for the "Save Our Stadium" campaign and collect as many signatures as possible, whilst having the odd drink.Volunteers are needed to collect signatures for the campaign, so please come along and help out, your support keeps the club and the campaign going!Meeting @ 7.30 @ The Original Wire (formerly The Wheatsheaf), wear you Warrington shirts and bring a few quid for beer/pop money. People will be split up into small teams who will target a group of three or four pubs and then back to the Original Wire for 10pm(ish) to return the petitions.On Saturday morning there will also be a petition gathering in the Town Centre, again we need people for this. Meet at 10.45-11am outside McDonalds, kids and teenagers welcome! Wolfie should be in attendancefor some of the morning. Again wear your club shirts and show people that westrong>do care aboutstrong>our club!e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help.
Wolves Coaching ScholarshipThe Wolves award winning community team have teamed up with Priestley College to deliver an exciting new initiative for their students. The Wolves are offering Priestley College sports students a chance of joining thier Primary Link team with a coaching scholarship. The Wolves recently qualified 16 sports students on a Modified Rugby League Coach Award, all will work through the college to deliver sporting opportunities for our school children. Six of the students have been chosen to join the Wolves on this special scholarship scheme. The students will have their course fees paid and kited out in coaching gear. They will coach in primary schools delivering the Wolves highly acclaimed Primary Link programme. This gives the students valuable coaching experience and will provide them with good knowledge of sports development. Neil Kelly, Rugby League Development Officer stated, "This is another unique community partnership which shows the Wolves and its local college giving great opportunities for its school children and students to gain valuable work experience." The partnership has been brought about by some hard work from Nigel Howles and Katie Baker, Heads of the Sports Department at Priestley College. College Principal, David Henderson said, "It is great to work so closely with our professional club in providing coaches of the future." The Students selected are Mike Dickenson, Richard Hough, Sarah Tones, Emma Jones, Johnathan Knight and Chris Matthews.
Langers New ProtectionAustralian legend Allan Langer has used his years of experience in the game and come up with a revolutionary new protective aid. Aimed squarely below the usual protection devices now on offer Allan has used a more traditional route of design, and is seen modelling his own prototype device that he may wear for the first time in the semi-final clash with the Bradford Bulls at Huddersfield later today.It may be no coincidence that Leeds forward Barrie McDermott has taken the design pen too to sort out his protection problems.img src="aprilf3.jpg" width="156" height="133" hspace="3" vspace="3" border="0" align="right" alt="Danny and Andrew get their hands on Alfs Protector">Langer leads the way with this innovative new style of Australian led design and said, "It's in case someone decides to grab you in the XXXX, you'll be well protected and are able to have a cool refreshing beverage afterwards too. With the semi-final coming up it's an ideal opportunity to try it against any Bulls that decide to gore."There are no truth in the rumours that the first model is to be called "The Hopoate".
Semi-Final Team NewsDarryl Van de Velde has named his squad ahead of Sunday's Silk Cut Challenge Cup Semi Final against Bradford Bulls, at the McAlphine Stadium, Huddersfield. Alan Hunte, Rob Smyth, Ian Sibbit, Toa Kohe-Love, Jamie Stenhouse, Lee Briers, Allan Langer, Andrew Gee, Dave Highton, Danny Nutley, Dean Busby, Tawera Nikau, Steve Georgallis, David Kidwell, Jerome Guisset, Martin Masella, Steve McCurrie Warrington Wolves have left for Huddersfield Friday lunchtime ahead of the game and will train at the ground tomorrow in preparation.
Penny Doubtful!Lee Penny has a suspected broken thumb sustained in the clash against Salford City Reds yesterday, Sunday 25th March 2001. Penny has had an x-ray this morning and the club are waiting the results. If it is broken then there is chance that Lee will be sidelined for up to six weeks. This will see Penny miss out on the Wolves Semi-Final game against Bradford Bulls at the McAlpine Stadium.