105 Years of WilderspoolWilderspool Stadium 1898 2003: Official Souvenir Publication Commemorating 105 Years of Rugby League at Wilderspool StadiumSunday 26th October 2003 will be the final official first class match at Wilderspool Stadium. To celebrate this historic occasion for Warrington Wolves, the Club are to produce a commemorative brochure.The brochure will contain historic photographs of the ground and the players, stories, statistics and memories. The 100-page brochure will retail for ˙5. It will be available in advance of the match v New Zealand Residents.Warrington Wolves are inviting supporters to be a part of the commemorative brochure and have their name included. For ˙7.50 you can have your name listed together with your first or favourite match. You will also be sent a copy of the brochure as a keepsake (to an UK address only).<Click here for a form to include your name and favourite game
Cullens CommentCONGRATULATIONS ON THE SUPER LEAGUE HATRICK OVER WIDNES AT THE WEEKEND. WHAT HAPPENED IN THE FIRST 20 MINUTES, A HICCUP WITH WIDNES TAKING THE LEAD 10-0?A test, Widnes didn't travel to get beat and we answered the questions that they asked. The opening quarter was always going to be an intense and emotional effort and we knew that we would have to soak up some punishment before we could exploit the plays that we expected to work.WE ARE NOW INTO THE LAST FOUR GAMES OF THE SEASON AND THE COMPETITION IS GETTING EVEN TIGHTER FOR 6TH PLACE, WHAT ARE YOUR STRATEGIES RUNNING INTO THE CLOSE. HOW ARE YOU GOING TO KEEP THE TEAM ON TRACK, WE SEEM TO BE DEVELOPING A TREND OF WIN ONE, LOSE ONE. COMPLACENCY WILL NOT GET US TO 6TH?Ignoring the strategies, we need to do something that we haven't achieved all season to improve our position that is a) beat Leeds b) win three games consecutively c) win 4 games consecutively. How we proceed will simply dictate where we finish.DO YOU EXPECT TO BE ON THE RECEIVING END OF A BACKLASH FROM LEEDS THIS WEEKEND AFTER THEY LOST TO CASTLEFORD?Absolutely, if we can turn around performances like we have done for most of this season then Leeds with the quality that they employ can be expected to do the same. We expect them to reign in a number of their players that did not work against Castleford and opt for a far more physical approach.YOU HAVE BEEN QUOTED AS SAYING THAT LEE BRIERS WILL NOT FEATURE AGAIN THIS SEASON, HOW BIG A BLOW IS THAT? DOES ROB SMYTH FIGURE IN YOUR GAME PLAN IN THE NEXT 4 GAMES?Lee Briers is now in week seven of an injury that was expected to last for 10-12 weeks. Rob Smyth is not expected to be fit to resume training in time to further contribute to this season, he has been unable to walk properly let alone run since Round 20.MATT STURM HAS GONE ON LOAN FOR THE REST OF THE SEASON TO WHITEHAVEN, HOW IS HE PROGRESSING? KEVIN CROUTHERS HAS BEEN OUT ON LOAN MOST OF THIS SEASON WILL HE STAY AT DEWSBURY NOW UNTIL THE END OF HIS CONTRACT?Matt Sturm played the first two weeks of an initial month's loan period before picking up an ankle injury from which he is still recovering; he has signed a further loan extension on a week-to-week basis. Although progressing to date he is not fit to play. Kevin will stay with Dewsbury until the end of his contract.THE U21S HAVE BEEN VERY IMPRESSIVE THIS SEASON COMING FROM NOTHING TO MAKE THE PLAY-OFFS. WHAT DO YOU PUT THEIR SUCCESS DOWN TO?Hard work and dedication from the management team that recruited and trained them and the players themselves, the vast majority of whom where playing amateur rugby before Christmas. The Warrington U21s really have been the success story of the season.RICHARD VARKULIS A TRY-SCORING SENSATION 27 TRIES IN 22 GAMES, IS HIS FUTURE WITH THE WOLVES?Hopefully, his progress along with a number of others has been remarkable; he is one of a number of the U21s squad who has great potential to progress to the senior level.
Team News - Round 24Paul Cullen has named a 20-man squad to face Leeds Rhinos this Friday evening at Headingley, Kick-off 8pm.28. Daryl Cardiss20. Dean Gaskell4. Ben Westwood12. Ian Sibbit13. Sid Domic4. Brent Grose1. Lee Penny 5. Graham Appo7. Nat Wood8. Nick Fozzard17. Warren Stevens9. Jon Clarke19. Gary Hulse14. Mark Gleeson10. Mark Hilton15. Jerome Guisset16. Paul Wood23. Mike Wainwright18. Paul Noone11. Darren Burns - faces late fitness test due to suffering a facial injury in Rnd24 v. WidnesINJURIES:2. Rob Smyth - stomach injury has not featured in the line up since Rnd 20 v. Halifax6. Lee Briers - broken scaphoid of the left wrist sustained in Rnd 18 v. London Broncos
Join Brian Bevan at the New StadiumHave your Name in "The Brian Bevan Wall"This is a unique opportunity for Warrington Wolves supporters and rugby league fans to have their name on the New Stadium.These commemorative bricks are carefully engraved and then built into a wall to display the face of Warrington's greatest legend Brian Bevan.The bricks can be engraved with up to two lines of lettering and a maximum of fourteen characters per line. All bricks will either be Blue or Yellow.Each brick comes with a commemorative certificate and the opportunity to order a replica as a personal memento.The Bevan Wall will be built to the east end of the north stand, i.e. facing Winwick Road and the entrance to the New Stadium and Tesco Extra Store site.˙34.95 for Engraved Brick and ˙ 24.95 for a Replica Engraved Brick.<Click here for an application form in PDF format
International Success Depends on You!GB and Ireland International, Jane Banks the Community Development Officer at Warrington Wolves has been selected to tour New Zealand in September/October for the forthcoming WomenĂs World Cup. This is the biggest event to date in WomenĂs Rugby League with 10 countries participating.Jane has also set up a Ladies Open Age (16 years +) team in Warrington who will participating in Division Three of the WomenĂs Rugby League Association, the team is currently coached by the Wolves Coaching Staff and meets every Thursday, 7.30pm at Victoria Park, Warrington. This is a good opportunity to get fit and learn more about the game, come down and have some fun learning a new sport or pick up from where you left off at school.Each player has to raise a minimum of ˙1,100 as her individual contribution to the tour. Therefore your assistance by way of financial support or sponsorship deal would be greatly appreciated by Jane and the rest of the Great Britain WomenĂs Rugby League Squad. Jane can be contacted at the club on (01925) 635338.JaneĂs playing accolades include:
- Hindley Pumas, Bradford Ladies 2001/2002 League + Challenge Cup Winners
- Bradford Ladies League + Cup Winners 2002/2003
- PlayerĂs Player/Player of the Year 2001/2002 Bradford Ladies
- GB International: Australia 1996 (youngest player on the tour at 17)
- New Zealand 1998 (Player of the Tour)
- 2 Player of the Match Awards against Australia in July/August 2002
- World Series 2000 (Player of the Series for Great Britain and Ireland)
- Sports Personality of the Year for Warrington 2000
- Warrington Borough Council
- Bill Holroyd
- Lord Hoyle of Warrington
- S.J.M Concerts
- Warrington Past Players Association
- Warrington Guardian
Not a Penny, not a Penny Less!Lee Penny, who is currently in his 11th season with the Wolves, is one of the most experienced players at the club. Lee has had several injuries this season which have kept him out of the line up for long periods and as result of that has made 10 appearances scoring 3 tries.DO YOU FEEL THE PERFORMANCE AGAINST LONDON IS CAUSE FOR CONCERN OR DO YOU FEEL IT WILL MAKE THE TEAM MORE DETERMINED TO WIN THIS WEEK?It will definitely make the team more determined this week, no one likes to have a bad performance and we will all be looking to correct it. It is a local derby and Widnes is playing extremely well at the moment, so we have to be on the top in the game and play consistently and without error.THERE IS A LOT OF SPECULATION ABOUT FUTURES AT THIS TIME OF YEAR; DOES IT MAKE IT HARD TO FOCUS ON THE JOB IN HAND?It is hard to focus when your future is hanging in the balance and you don't know what you are going to be doing next season. I just try to blank it out and go out there and perform to the best of my ability and the same applies to training. At the end of the day you have a job to do and you have to prove yourself worthy of another contract and that is what I intend to do.THIS SEASON HAS BEEN A DIFFICULT ONE FOR YOU HAVING BEEN PLAGUED WITH INJURIES, YOUR BACK TO FITNESS. HOW DIFFICULT HAS IT BEEN SITTING OUT?This would have to be one of my most frustrating seasons, having only featured in 10 games I have found it very difficult to sit and watch. To be honest this season has been a nightmare for me and one that I would definitely like to put behind me.WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR NEXT SEASON, OR ARE THEY SECRET AT PRESENT??I am aiming for a renewed contract here. I have been here too long to want to start a fresh somewhere else. My heart is primrose and blue!
Round 24 - Team NewsPaul Cullen names a 19-man squad to face local rivals Widnes Vikings this weekend, Live on SKY Sports.28. Daryl Cardiss20. Dean Gaskell4. Ben Westwood12. Ian Sibbit - returns after suffering a back injury sustained in Rnd22 v. Castleford13. Sid Domic4. Brent Grose1. Lee Penny5. Graham Appo7. Nat Wood8. Nick Fozzard17. Warren Stevens9. Jon Clarke19. Gary Hulse14. Mark Gleeson10. Mark Hilton15. Jerome Guisset16. Paul Wood23. Mike Wainwright18. Paul Noone11. Darren BurnsWolfie - Late fitness test, is hoping to return to full fitness for this local derby.Injuries:2. Rob Smyth stomach injury has not featured in the line up since Rnd 20 v. Halifax6. Lee Briers - broken scaphoid of the left wrist sustained in Rnd 18 v. London Broncos
Cullens CommentCoach Paul Cullen looks at the hard result of the London game and previews the weekend local clash with rivals WidnesWHAT IS YOUR ANALYSIS OF THE LONDON GAME?We were indisciplined, we were impatient and it proved to be a lethal combination. That's being brutally honest. It was not the best spectacle although this game was about the two points and nothing else. But London have got them and we haven't. We offer no excuses bar from we were indisciplined and we paid the price for it. Even playing as badly as we did the game was still very 'winnable'. And if there's any major disappointment, that was it. We choked when it came to converting the little bit of pressure we did have into points. Fatigue on the back of consistently defending tends to have that effect on a Rugby League player and we consistently put the ball on the floor and gave away penalties. It was an ordinary day's work for most involved.HAVE YOU UPPED THE TEMPO IN TRAINING THIS WEEK TO CORRECT THE MISTAKES?The conditioning and the skills cycles have remained as planned, psychologically we have spent this week in the same way as we have prepared for our previous three matches with Widnes so far this season. This has helped us focus on the basic core elements required to win a game of rugby league and not to lose focus within the circus that surrounds emotionally driven derby games.HOW DID DARYL CARDISS GO ON HIS DEBUT?He wasn't noticeably bad, which considering our performance is a big plus. He wanted to join Warrington to play behind a dynamic go-forward, but unfortunately we failed to produce that.WE FACE OUR CLOSEST RIVALS WIDNES THIS WEEK, WITH THREE VICTORIES OVER THEM THIS YEAR IS A FOURTH ONE THE ORDER OF THE DAY?This will be the fourth time we have meet this season ironically all four games against Widnes have come on the back of four poor performances or heavy defeats. Our victory on Boxing Day followed our thrashing at Wakefield three months earlier, our victory in Round 8 followed another thrashing by St Helens at Knowsley Road and our victory in Round 15 followed a comprehensive loss to Bradford at Odsal, Round 24 comes on the back of a none performance against the London Broncos. This is not uncharted territory; we have been here many times before the energy produced this week however negative can be and has to be channeled to our advantage.IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR WHEN YOU START TO LET PLAYERS KNOW THAT THEIR SERVICES ARE NOT REQUIRED FOR NEXT SEASON. HOW DO YOU KEEP THEM FOCUSSED ON THE GAMES AHEAD?A number of players are simply playing to secure their futures, the opportunities to do so will depend on their application and execution and this will continue until the issue is forced one way or the other.WHAT ARE THE INJURIES AT PRESENT, I.E ROB SMYTH?Rob's now off crutches but is still in that much pain that he can't drive. The investigations are now processed and completed. He has a tear in the groin area. Rob now has to work with our medical staff to manage the pain that he is in and to progress his rehabilitation. There is still no definite diagnosis on how long that will take.
Get Behind the U21'sWarrington Wolves U21Ăs take on Widnes Viking U21Ăs in the Senior Academy play-offs at Wilderspool on Sunday 24th August kick off 2.00pm. This is a sudden death game, with the losers going out of the competition, the Wolves finished 4th in the table with 32 points, while their opponents Widnes finished just below in 5th spot with 28 points. The Wolves Academy team was put together at the last minute before the season kicked off by Coach Graham Scott. As originally the Wolves were going to run without an Academy team as a cost-cutting measure, until the RFL announced that all Super League clubs had to have an U21Ăs team. That team has never looked back after having a few hiccups at the beginning and has proved themselves as one of the better teams in the competition.Coach Graham Scott has announced his team to face Widnes on Sunday:Lee PattersonNick OwenSteve WarburtonRichard VarkulisDave AshtonMike GovinJamie DurbinDanny HeatonShane WilliamsLee GardnerTommy GrundyMike CallanCraig FarrimondPhil BraddishJohn PickersgillSteve PickersgillChris TodRichard Varkulis has been a try-scoring sensation with 27 tries in 21 games; Varkulis has also made the most appearances for the U21s this season, 21 out of 22 matches. Lee Patterson has also been another consistent performer with 13 tries from 18 appearances. The Pickersgill brothers Steve and John have each scored 3 tries each and have featured in six games together.COME DOWN AND SUPPORT THE FUTURE WOLVES!Brian Bevan Stand: - Adult ˙2.00, Concession ˙1.00, Free to Season Ticket Holders (Remember to bring your book)
1,000 Left!There is only 1,000 tickets left for the last official game at Wilderspool - Tetley's Super League Round 28 v Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, Sunday 21st September, kick off 3.00pm.The tickets are available in the Railway End only.To purchase book online on www.warringtonwolves.com (Powered by Connect Solutions) or call Wolfware on 01925 235005.