Cullens CommentThe Wolves Coach looks back to the opening game of the season and a lost two points in the Capital as well as looking towards the first home game of Super League X.YOUR POST MORTEM ON LONDON?Scoring five tries of that quality away from home and having two tries disallowed is tough to take. Momentary lapses in concentration in defence were our downfall; these were highlighted when the pace of the game had dropped away. Especially, on contentious decisions and re-starts. The Broncos were more opportune than us and their extra goal kicks proved to be the difference.ANY POSITIVES FROM THE GAME?The way we constructed our sets to score our tries and how we responded when the negatives came. To lose six points in the first 40 seconds off a freak ricochet and come back to score 16 unanswered points until just before half time signifies the control of the game we had for large periods. The Broncos were in our half twice in the opening 40 and scored 12 points, the lapse in concentration for the second try lifted their spirits and thus their performance measurably.HOWĂS PAUL WOOD?In rehab and progressing well.ANY REACTION TO RONNIE LAUGHTONĂS DECISION TO CARRY ON PLAYING WHILE YOU HAD A MAN DOWN RECEIVING ATTENTION?Safety is the most relevant issue. Between six officials we should expect that someone could take notice of the players support staff and crowd who were attempting to draw there attention especially when the medics were running on with a stretcher. We had to defend a set with twelve men and attack a set with only twelve men.WE TAKE ON LEIGH THIS WEEKEND CAN YOU READ ANYTHING INTO THEIR STYLE OF PLAY FROM THEIR FIRST GAME AGAINST HUDDERSFIELD?Yes, very committed, very enthusiastic and very determined. We are on our guard.A LOT OF FORMER WARRINGTON PLAYERS ARE RETURNING THIS WEEKEND DOES THAT MAKE PREPARATIONS EASIER BY HAVING COACHED THEM BEFORE?Leigh has ten ex-Warrington players in their squad all IĂm sure with a point to prove.WAS THERE ANY SHOCK RESULTS IN THE OPENING WEEKEND OF ENGAGE SUPER LEAGUE FOR YOU?Our focus has simply been on our corrections post London and our preparations pre-Leigh.WHAT IS THE SITUATION WITH PHIL BERRY?As indicated in our press release.
Phil BerryWarrington Wolves have announced that Phil Berry has been suspended with immediate effect pending an investigation by the RFL. No further comment will be made at this stage.
Ligament Damage for WoodWolves forward Paul Wood suffered ligament damage to his ankle after being stretchered off after only being on the field for five minutes of Round 1 of Engage Super League X v London Broncos. After a medical examination this afternoon he is expected to be sidelined for 3-4 weeks.
Wolves Net New Local SponsorWarrington-based mortgage company, TFC, are major new sponsors of the Warrington Wolves for the Super League X 2005 season."This is the first time that TFC have been involved in sports sponsorship," said TFC partner, Ron Taylor. "We decided to get involved because we were impressed by the Wolves" community relations track record, which matches TFCĂs own goal of "putting something back" into the local community. The club lies at the very heart of the Warrington community and these are exciting times in its long and distinguished history . We are delighted to become part of this."Ron Taylor, is the TFC partner responsible for Halton Kelly and The Mortgage Option Ltd (TMOL), two of the companies who are part of the TFC Group.The TFC Group have been growing in Warrington since 1991. Headquartered in Haydock Street, TFC now employ 150 staff at two Warrington sites.
Wolves Top 6k MarkWarrington Wolves have sold 6,026 season tickets for the Engage Super League X season. The club have seen an overall 10% increase on sales from last season. The biggest increase has been on the various Family Tickets in the Martin Dawes Stand. The Wolves phenomenon continues togather pace and, with the excitement generated by the new signings is set to be a season to remember.There are currently 2,149 tickets available for the Wolves first home game against Leigh Centurions on Sunday 20th February. Tickets for all stands are available from Wolfware on 01925 248888.Community and Marketing Manager Sean Mellor commented, "It looks like this could be a big year for the Wolves. With record season ticket sales and match tickets moving quickly for the home opener, fans are urged to hurry to avoid disappointment. This is not an all ticket game - but a ticket will guarantee entry."PLEASE NOTE: Round 8: v Widnes Vikings on Tuesday 29th March is a Sky Fixture and will be 8.00pm kick off.
All Systems Go!Coach Paul Cullen looks forward to the start of Super League X with an away visit to the London Broncos on Sunday.IN THE OFF SEASON YOU HAVE RECRUITED 8 PLAYERS, WHAT ARE YOU HOPES FOR THEM?For their contributions individually and collectively to improve our performance in both competitions for the seasons ahead. YOU HAVE RECRUITED QUITE A FEW YOUNG PLAYERS: ANDY BRACEK, SIMON GRIX, CHRIS BRIDGE AND NICKY ROYLE AND UPGRADED TWO: STEVE PICKERSGILL AND PHIL BERRY. WHAT IS YOUR REASONING BEHIND THEIR SIGNING?To fill the void of players under the age of 21 who can positively contribute to the first team effort. The squad I inherited had too many older players who could not get a weekly run because of the age restrictions in the U21 competition. The entire squad can now have thefacility to get match fit and ready when the time comes.HOW DO YOU KEEP THE PRESSURE OFF THE YOUNG PLAYERS?A measured introduction in to a progressive side.WHAT IS A GOOD RECRUITMENT POLICY?One that works short-term, mid-term and long-term. The factors for our 2005 recruitment campaign included position specific, the budget and the20/20/30 rule.WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF WARM WINTER TRAINING?None of the sessions are frozen or flooded off.DO YOU TAKE A LOT FROM FRIENDLIES? IF SO WHERE YOU CONCERNED WITH THE SLOW START OF THE TEAM AGAINST SALFORD?Trials are a very important part of our preparation; where you can notonly learn about yourselves but the qualities of your opponents. We have found a very different Widnes team to last year and a much improved Salford team their styles of play have altered greatly from Tetley's Super League IX.WHAT ARE YOUR EXPECTATIONS FOR THE COMING SEASON?To simply improve our performance in both competitions. Whatever expectations that there are for the Wolves in 2005 I guarantee none willbe greater of the players and coaching staff.WHAT DO YOU THINK OF WIGAN SIGNING JEROME GUISSET?Our win against Wigan last year has obviously struck a cord.ANY REGRETS IN LETTING HIM GO?Only people with a degree in hindsight could have any regrets; budgets and 20/20/30 rule dictated the pace on our decisions.THE POWERGEN CHALLENGE CUP MADE THE MOVE TO LATER IN THE YEAR AND DOES NOT START UNTIL AFTER ROUND 8 OF SUPER LEAGUE ARE YOU GOING TO FIND IT HARD TO FOCUS ON BOTH COMPETITIONS?No harder than any other coach in Super League and as an ex player pre-Super League we were used to playing the rounds of the Challenge Cup mid season and the final being towards the end of the season. It is a challenge that we simply look forward to. WE TRAVEL TO LONDON THIS WEEKEND, THEY HAVE RECRUITED 11 PLAYERS IN THE OFF SEASON DO YOU THINK THAT IS AN ADVANTAGE PLAYING A TEAM WITH SO MANY NEW PLAYERS WHO HAVEN'T HAD TIME TO GEL?They have had exactly the same preparation time as we have had and the inclusion of so many ex-NRL players has to improve your playing stock. IT'S A TOUGH COMP THIS SEASON WITH TWO BEING RELEGATED TO MAKE ROOM FOR UTC NEXT YEAR. DO YOU THINK THAT THIS ADDS MORE PRESSURE TO TEAMS WHO NORMALLY FIND THEMSELVES IN THE BOTTOM HALF OF THE TABLE?We still remember the pressure of being involved in a relegation fight and are absolutely determined that we won't be involved in this one.DO YOU THINK THE NEW RULING OF ANNOUNCING YOUR SQUADS 72 AND 24 HOURS BEFORE KICK OFF IS GOING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE TO YOUR PREPARATION?Not at all to us as it is not to dissimilar to the way we have prepared for the last two years.WHAT IS THE INJURY SITUATION, ARE YOU STARTING THE SEASON WITH A CLEAN SHEET?Only Daryl Cardiss with his hamstring and Chris Bridge with his ankle are not available for selection from our 26 man squad.WHO IS YOUR TIP FOR THE SUPER LEAGUE TITLE THIS SEASON?The team that finds the formula to take it off Leeds.AND FOR RELEGATION?Any two of the other eleven!
Round 1: Team NewsThe Wolves have named their initial squad for the opening round of Super League X this weekend at Griffin Park against the London Broncos. 1. Brent Grose2. Henry Fa'afili3. Martin Gleeson4. Toa Kohe Love5. Dean Gaskell6. Lee Briers (c)7. Nat Wood8. Chris Leikvoll9. Jon Clarke10. Mark Hilton11. Logan Swann12. Mike Wainwright13. Paul Noone14. Mark Gleeson15. Ben Westwood16. Paul Wood17. Danny Lima18. Graham Appo20. Warren Stevens21. Simon GrixINJURIES:19. Daryl Cardiss - hamstring25. Chris Bridge - ankleU21s22. Steve Pickersgill23. Andrew Bracek24. Phil Berry26. Nicky Royle
The Halliwell Jones Stadium Opts for No Smoking in 2006 The Halliwell Jones Stadium, home to Warrington Wolves will be a No Smoking venue from 1st January 2006; in readiness for Super League XI season. This move is part of the clubĂs Award winning Community Programme to improve knowledge of health and wellbeing and also comes after requests from fans to consider the option to improve their enjoyment of the sport in a smoke free environment.The fans of Warrington Wolves started a campaign via the clubĂs website forum to draw attention to the fact that they disliked smoking at the stadium and that it ruined their enjoyment of coming to the stadium. As a result of this campaign the Wolves issued a questionnaire to the fans at the end of TetleyĂs Super League IX asking for their view on The Halliwell Jones Stadium becoming a No Smoking environment. An overwhelming 63% of the 8,294 returned questionnaires wanted to see the stadium become a No Smoking zone.The club is continually striving to improve the matchday enjoyment for the fans and as a result will be introducing a complete ban on smoking in all areas of The Halliwell Jones Stadium for the start of the Super League XI, giving fans therefore a seasonĂs notice on change. The importance of health is at the forefront of the Wolves in 2005 with the opening of the new NHS/PCT Health Centre in the Martin Dawes Stand.After much research into the subject of No Smoking and the effects of passive smoking, the club feels that the health of its fans to be very important, given the effects of passive smoking which includes eye irritation, headache, cough, sore throat, dizziness and nausea. These unpleasant side effects ruin many fans enjoyment when attending a game and with the increasing number of children coming to games the club has decided to act now rather than wait for the results of the governmentĂs White Paper on Public Health to become legislation at the end of 2008.Chief Executive Andy Gatcliffe commented on the pioneering move, "The Board of Directors are extremely eager to improve the matchday environment and whilst it is not easy to please every fan on this issue the health of all of our fans has to be our utmost priority."
Wolves Alternative ShirtThe Wolves launched their alternative shirt for the Super League X season this evening with players on hand to sign autographs and have their pictures taken with fans. For those not able to attend the shirt will be on sale in the Wolf Ware shop in the morning priced Adults ˙42, Children ˙32.Call Wolf Ware Mon-Sat 9am to 5pm, Tel: (01925)248888 to get yours now
"Official Beer" of the WolvesTetley's continue to be committed to RL after confirming a sponsorship deal to become the "Official Beer" of Warrington Wolves.Tetley's, who have been involved in rugby league at all levels including title sponsors of Tetley's Rugby Super League for the past five years, are firmly established as 'The Beer' of Rugby League.The exclusive deal includes player appearances, tickets and perimeter signage. Tetley's will support this association with ongoing trade and PR campaigns as the brand looks to continue their support to rugby league.Gareth Roberts, Sponsorship Controller Carlsberg UK, said: "The deal demonstrates Tetley's continued support and commitment to Rugby League. We aim to build on the success of our five years as title sponsor and help the sport achieve the status it deserves. We are looking forward to a prosperous relationship with the club and it's supporters."Julie Cleave-Moore, Commercial Manager at Warrington Wolves, added: "We had a great working relationship with Tetley's during their period as title sponsor and we are confident this can only improve as we welcome them as the club's Official Beer sponsor."