Young Wolves learn Aussie lessonWarrington's Junior Academy was given a tough lesson into the gulf in standards between our juniors and their peers in Sydney, when a strong Penrith Panthers U18 team visited Wilderspool on Saturday. The Panthers triumphed easily 62-18 underlining just how much work we have to do to put our youth development on the same level as the Australians.Warrington actually started the game looking the better side. They opened the scoring in the third minute with Dave Pennington pouncing on a kick to the corner which was scuffed by Laurence Enosi. Four minutes later they worked the ball to the right in tight space for flame haired centre Ian Wilkinson to register the Wolves' second. Owen goaled both to give a 12-0 lead, fair reward for a strong opening. With hooker Steve Sutcliffe probing and threatening the Panthers with his kicking, it looked like Warrington could give Sydney's finest a good shake.It took seventeen minutes for Penrith to get onto the scoresheet, but when they did they began to assert themselves on the game. Captain Ben Rogers, an outstanding figure from loose forward, chased a Harden grubber to break Penrith's duck, and four minutes later stepped inside the Wire defence to bring the scores to 12-10.With the Panthers enjoying good possession they mounted a number of attacks on the Warrington line, and the defence faltered in the face of the dangerous hooker Keith Peters, who dashed over from acting half in the 24th minute and repeated the dose in the 27th minute to open up a ten point gap.Warrington threatened a fightback with a backline move finding space on the left for Dave Pennington to score his second try of the game. Owen's third conversion out of three pulled the scores back to 18-22 and game on.It was to be the last time the Wolves would interest the scoreboard attendants. With six minutes to go to half time, Peters scored his hat-trick try, dragging a couple of tacklers over the line with him under the posts. He went off with an injury shortly afterwards but Penrith rolled on, scoring on the stroke of half time when a towering bomb from Mitch Heterick led to a try in the left hand side from Charles Enosi.At 38-18 to Penrith, Warrington needed to hit back straight away in the second half, but they were blown away by a Panthers side which started the second period in awesome fashion. Led by their powerful forwards, they dominated possession and scored shortly after the interval moving the ball quickly out to the right for a try to Matthew Forwood. He missed converting his own try but when Ben Rogers performed an audacious ball steal and went under the sticks it opened up the thirty point gap from which Warrington would never recover.In the 53rd minute, fullback Ronnie Palauch got a ball away falling in the tackle to centre Geoff Daniella . The left centre was a dangerous customer all afternoon, and with some light footed stepping he beat the defence and scored what was to be the first of his hat-trick. Stand-off Michael Carl, who was most impressive, sneaked round a tackle to set up a move which resulted in Daniella's second try and a couple of minutes later the assured Rogers made another break down the left hand channel to give Daniella his hat-trick. Forwood's conversion took the score to 62-18.That would be the last scoring action of the game, which broke out into a 26 man brawl which erupted and re-erupted in several areas of the pitch. Warrington's Lee Smith was sent off along with Ben Rogers who marred his copybook after an excellent game.The final score was disappointing for the Warrington Academy side although they were missing several "big guns" including Jamie Durbin, Mike Govin and Tommy Grundy. It will have been valuble experience for next years Junior Academy players to come up against a very strong Penrith side, and the fans who braved the cold at Wilderspool will have had a sneak preview at some of the names who will be gracing the NRL before too long. Whenever the Panthers attacked down the left hand side through Carl, Rogers and Daniella, they looked dangerous and it's a fairly safe bet that those guys will be pushing hard for first grade within two seasons. Warrington U18: 1 Nick Owen, 2 David Yii, 3 Ian Wilkinson, 4 Craig Ashall, 5 David Pennington, 6 Chris Hill, 7 Craig Cornelia, 8 Matthew Pitt, 9 Steve Sutcliffe, 10 Dave Saxon, 11 Matthew Clarke, 12 Zac Elston, 13 Steve PickersgillSubs: 14 Mark Omar, 15 Matty Barber, 16 Lee Smith, 17 Craig TipeneTries: Pennington (3), (31), Wilkinson (7)Goals: Owen 3Penrith U18: 1 Ronnie Paluch, 2 Matthew Hawke, 3 Matthew Forwood, 4 Geoff Daniella, 5 Troy Annett, 6 Mike Carl, 7 Ben Harden, 8 Andy Pearn, 9 Keith Peters, 10 Junior Moors, 11 Matthew Penese, 12 Lawrence Enosi, 13 Ben RogersSubs: 14 Charles Enosi, 15 Mitch Heterick, 16 Dean Jones, 17 Jaye MairleitnerTries: Rogers (17, 21, 46), Peters (24, 27, 34), C Enosi (39), Forwood (43), Daniella (53, 60, 62), Hetterick (66)Goals: Forwood 10Referee: Peter Taberner
Wilshere SignsWarrington Wolves have signed John Wilshere from St George on a two year deal commencing Tetley's Super League IX. Wilshere, a fullback or wing is 1.85m and weighs in at 93kg.John's former clubs include Penrith Panthers (2002), Melbourne Storm (1998) and Pert Reds (1997) where he made his debut. His international honours are playing for Papua New Guineas from 1997 - to date.Tests: 8 Tests for PNG 2000 - 2001, World Cup for PNG 2000Junior Club: Waterford Demons, BrisbanePrevious Clubs: Perth Reds 1997, Melbourne Storm 1998, Penrith PanthersFirst Grade Debut: Perth v. Canterbury at Belmore, July 13, 1997 (Rd 15)Head Coach, Paul Cullen commented on his latest signing, "John possesses natural speed, great footwork and great hands, he adds another x-factor to our back line and offers International and NRL experience."
Fans thoughts of The Halliwell Jones StadiumWarrington Wolves opened the doors on Monday 24th November 2003 to The Halliwell Jones Stadium for the first time for their fans to come and have a look around the new facilities and giving them the opportunity to purchase a season ticket before the Earlybird deadline expires on Monday 1st December. The response to the Open Day was overwhelming with more than four thousand fans coming through the doors between 2-8pm. The fans were able to walk around the pitch, terracing and seats to get a feel for the view on a matchday.The Halliwell Jones Stadium will open for business on Saturday 21st February 2004 when Wolves take on Wakefield Trinity Wildcats live on Sky, 6:00pm kick off.Community and Marketing Manager Sean Mellor stated, "The excitement of the Warrington Public on seeing the Wolves' new home has been reflected in their eagerness to snap up season tickets. With less than a week to go before the Earlybird Season Ticket deadline and three months to go to the Tetley's Super League IX home opener at The Halliwell Jones Stadium, sales are already at record levels. In fact, after only 20 days last year's season ticket sales have been exceeded."And here is what some of the Warrington fans thought on their first walk round of The Halliwell Jones Stadium, Ian Kelly, 39 commented, "After all the years of anxiety and heartache, waiting for the tortuous planning process to be resolved, actually being able to walk into our bright new stadium, take a seat in the stands and look out on to the pitch, was an incredible feeling.As I sat there and enjoyed my first close look at our superb new home, I thought about Wilderspool and all the great players I have been lucky enough to see there - John Bevan, Alex Murphy, Les Boyd, Mike Gregory, Des Drummond, Jonathan Davies, Paul Sculthorpe...the list goes on.And then I thought about the feel good vibe created by Paul Cullen and his team over the past year, and about the great times that hopefully lie ahead for us at The Halliwell Jones Stadium. It's a new dawn for Warrington, and time for a fresh generation of heroes, starting now with the likes of Graham Appo, Paul Wood and Brent Grose.Thinking of how the stadium will look, when it is packed to the rafters with fans in primrose and blue, sent a tingle down my spine.We have left Wilderspool with dignity and smiles - we can now go to The Halliwell Jones Stadium with hope, optimism and a determination to succeed."Stephen (42) and Sam Cullen (8) also visited The Halliwell Jones Stadium on Monday, "After just visiting The Halliwell Jones Stadium with my 8 year old son I would just like to say WOW, very impressive and also seems to be plenty of easy access and superb visibility no matter where you stand or sit within the stadium, and judging by the comments that were said by other people visiting the ground, the atmosphere is going to be terrific. Well done to a superb stadium that Wire fans can and will be proud of, and plenty of visiting fans will be jealous of."Bernard Bretherton, a member of the Vice Presidents and a wheel chair user was delighted with the disabled facilities on offer, "The facilities at The Halliwell Jones Stadium are fantastic, I was very impressed with the disabled facilities, actually I was very surprised about how much thought had gone into making disabled people very welcome and comfortable. I was apprehensive about the move, but after being shown round I am really looking forward to it now."
Open Day A SuccessWarrington Wolves opened the doors to the Halliwell Jones Stadium for the first time for their fans to come and have a look around the new facilities and giving them the opportunity to purchase a season ticket before the Earlybird deadline expires on Monday 1st December. The response to the Open Day was overwhelming with more than four thousand fans coming through the doors between 2-8pm yesterday. The fans were able to walk around the pitch, terracing and seats to get a feel for the view on a matchday.The Halliwell Jones Stadium will open for business on Saturday 21st February when Wolves take on Wakefield Trinity Wildcats live on Sky, 6:00pm kick off.Community and Marketing Manager Sean Mellor stated,"The excitement of the Warrington Public on seeing the WolvesÆ new home has been reflected in their eagerness to snap up season tickets. With less than a week to go before the Earlybird Season Ticket deadline and three months to go to the TetleyÆs Super League IX home opener at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, sales are already at record levels."Warrington Wolves Youth Development Team of youngsters worked hard selling ú1 raffle tickets for the new home shirt for TetleyÆs Super League IX to the fans as they came through the entrance raised and amazing ú630.00. The shirt was won by Mr Hatton of Orford. In spite of purchasing several tickets, Mr. D Tingle was unsuccessful.
Life Membership HonouredWarrington Wolves will honour Life Memberships paid to æWarrington Football Club LtdÆ in their move to The Halliwell Jones Stadium. These Life Memberships will be continued on the provision of documentary evidence of payment to æWarrington Football Club LtdÆ and evidence of identity. Members providing this documentation should contact the Chief Executive Andy Gatcliffe who will then issue the Life Member with their new season ticket for the TetleyÆs Super League IX season.However Life Members of the Wilderspool Centre Ltd will not be continued into The Halliwell Jones Stadium, as this Membership was for the Wilderspool Centre Ltd, i.e. the leisure centre which is situated at Wilderspool Stadium which will not be transferred into the new stadium.The Board have issued the following statement,"During recent years, the Club has had to review many operational and financial matters and the issue of Life Membership of the Wilderspool Centre Ltd. has proved to be one of the more æsensitiveÆ therefore to address.ôThe Board of Directors have given this issue a great deal of consideration and whilst it is fully recognised that the payment of ú105.00 back in 1975 was a lot of money, the Life Membership only related to the life of Wilderspool and will not therefore be continued at the new stadium."Some of the current Life Members of the Wilderspool Centre Ltd have stated that they in fact paid monies in later years (late 1970s/early 1980s) directly to Warrington Football Club Ltd and in regard to this, the Club can confirm that Life Membership will be continued at the new stadium on the provision of documentary evidence to support this."
The Halliwell Jones Open DayWarrington Wolves will be holding an Open Day at the new Halliwell Jones Stadium on Monday 24th November, Open Day will run from 2.00 8.00pm. This will be the first time that our fans will have had the opportunity to see the excellent new facilities and meet the Warrington Wolves players. Season Tickets are available for purchase, please note the Earlybird Season Ticket deadline is Monday 1st December 2003.Wolfware will be closed from 12 noon on Monday afternoon due to the staff being relocated to the Halliwell Jones Stadium for the Open Day.
The Halliwell Jones StadiumAt the Warrington Sports Holdings Board meeting on Monday 10 November 2003, the shareholders unanimously agreed to continue their financial support for the Club and confirmed that all revenue received in the first 3 years at The Halliwell Jones Stadium would be used solely for the benefit of the Club.It was also agreed that a long term lease would be put into place, to give future security for Warrington Wolves and that this, together with the financial support, will ensure that both the first team squad development and the Club's further plans would be delivered.Lord Hoyle, Chairman, commented, "The above coupled with the number of national and local companies who have expressed a wish to sponsor the Club, plus the record season ticket sales, means that the future for the Wolves is extremely bright and hopeful and underlines the Directors' desire and determination not only to provide a first class stadium, but also a Super League team of which Warrington will be very proud."
Briers OutWarrington Wolves Captain Lee Briers is due to undergo surgery to reconstruct his scaphoid of the left wrist, which he originally broke against London Broncos on Sunday 13th July. He is expected to be sidelined for a further four to six months after surgery, Lee missedthe rest of the season after sustaining the injury. Lee played 35 minutes of the second half of the Round 18 game with the injury scoring his second try of the game and kicking 3 goals. Lee played 15 games in TetleyÆs Super League VIII and scored 7 tries, 64 goals and 4 drop goals with a total of 160 points.Head Coach Paul Cullen commented,"Unfortunately our worst fears have now been confirmed that Lee Briers requires surgery to reconstruct his schapoid four months after the original injury sustained against the London Broncos on Sunday 13th July 2003. Alarm bells have been ringing for weeks at Wilderspool after Lee himself expressed concerns about the pain and inability of the wrist. The recovery could be anything from 4-6 months from operation date, which will hopefully be within the next few days. We have been very surprised and concerned at LeeÆs inclusion in the Welsh squad in preparation for their match against Russia last week, Australia on Sunday and England A the following week. We have been informed that Lee has been weight training with the Welsh squad in preparation whilst his wrist is still broken. We are also greatly concerned that the medical protocol required for international duties has not been followed to the letter in this extreme case and we will be taking this matter up with the relevant authorities at the highest level."
Warrington Wolves Primary LINK on TrackFollowing a successful coaching programme in the Grappenhall Giants Cluster 260 school children ascended on to Warrington Sports Club to take part in the first individual boys and girls festivals.Inconjunction with Arriva Sportsmatch funding the festival is the Wolves best ever attended Cluster festival.The Fair Play Winners were St.Thomas for the girls and Appleton Thorn for the Boys. Individual stars for the day were Tom Watkin from Grappenhall Heys and Jenny George from Stockton Heath.
Forshaw Strengthens the Wolves PackWarrington Wolves have signed Mike Forshaw from Grand Final winning side Bradford Bulls on a one-year deal. Mike is a back-row forward who joined the Bulls from Saracens Rugby Union club in April 1997 after a career with Wigan, Wakefield and Leeds. Renowned for his phenomenal work rate and consistency. Forshaw toured with Gt. Britain Lions to the Southern Hemisphere in 1999. He was in outstanding form for the Bulls last term and was brought out of International retirement to face New Zealand in last Autumn's Test Series. He played in all three games impressing everyone with his work rate an never say die attitude.Mike has made 28+1 appearances scoring 4 tries in the 2003 season for Bradford Bulls, making 31 appearances in 2002 and scoring 5 tries. Forshaw also featured in the winning Grand Final side of 2003.Mike made the decision to come to Warrington mid-season, "I made the decision mid season, I looked at Bradford and thought that maybe one more year would be a year to long at the same club. I had a think about things and when I found out that Warrington were keen I was interested to talk with Paul. My decision was based on the fact that Warrington is close to home (coming from Wigan), they are moving into a new stadium and they have some very impressive, up and coming youngsters."Mike on coming to a new club at this stage in his career, "I'm excited at the prospect of joining a new club and I don't think there was a better time for me to leave Bradford on a high after winning the Grand Final."On what he has to offer Warrington, "I have experience to offer Warrington and with a lot of young players I can teach them good habits on and off the field."On the GB squad and Paul Wood's selection, "I'm looking forward to the upcoming Ashes Series and I'm looking forward to working alongside Paul. I haven't seen much of him except when we have played Warrington and they have featured on Sky, he looks like a solid defender who has a lot of promise."Head Coach Paul Cullen commented on his latest signing, "His experience, his fitness and his enthusiasm are ingredients we require as a team to further our position from sixth in Super League. The players and the coaching staff are excited by this capture."Position: Loose forwardDOB: 05/01/70Height: 6ftWeight: 14st 13lb