Cullens CommentTHE ORIGIN RESULT WAS A SURPRISE, CONSIDERING THE BOOKIES HAD LANCASHIRE ODDS ON FAVOURITE. WHAT IS YOUR POST MORTEM OF THE GAME?The team that wanted it more won! Yorkshire appeared to have 17 players who were desperate to make their mark in this game and we didn't. The Yorkshire defence were determined and dominant, especially around the ruck and we achieved very little go forward. In fact, all we achieved was a go lateral and our kicking game produced minimal pressure. The players were asked to show David Waite their international intentions and unfortunately some did.
LAST WEEKEND'S GAME AGAINST HUDDERSFIELD WAS ANOTHER ONE FOR THE NERVES. WHERE YOU PLEASED WITH THE OVERALL PERFORMANCE?No, I was pleased with the overall result and the way that we responded and improved throughout the game, but I thought we started lethargic and were tested severely by a very drilled and enthusiastic Huddersfield side. The positives were that we remained calm and professional and finally forced the issue in our favour. It was a very important two-point win. HOW MUCH OF A RELIEF IS IT THAT NICK FOZZARD WAS CLEARED OF THE CHARGE OF STRIKING BY THE RFL DISCIPLINARY COMMITTEE?It is not the first time this year that Nick Fozzard has been cleared of any wrong doing by the RFL. Fortunately for us this time the incident did not cost us the game, we did however concede six points from the resulting penalty and most work hard to ensure that we don't allow this situation to happen again. WHAT IS THE WOLVES INJURY STATUS THIS WEEK?Darren Burns (knee) and Mark Gleeson (neck) are added to the injury list and are rated as doubtful ahead of the Leeds game. As are Lee Penny (calf), Mike Wainwright (ankle) and Paul Wood (shoulder) who all failed fitness tests in preparation for the Huddersfield game. But Ben Westwood came through his return via the U21s unscathed and is in contention this weekend. LOOKING A HEAD TO THE LEEDS THIS WEEKEND, DO YOU THINK IT IS AN ADVANTAGE TO WARRINGTON THAT LEEDS HAD SO MANY PLAYERS INVOLVED IN THE ORIGIN ON WEDNESDAY?We will find out at 4.30pm on Sunday. It is not an exact science predicting outcomes on the previous weeks performance as we have proved this year when bouncing back immediately from defeats at St Helens and Wakefield. Negative situations can simply provide the energy to motivate players and coaches alike. The Leeds players who under performed at Widnes didn't under perform against Lancashire, the only guarantee in rugby league is that if you don't produce a genuine and honest effort you stand a very good chance of becoming unstuck.
Top Of The PopĂs for WolfieA School Crossing Patrol site in Bewsey, which had been without a patrol for over a year, now has a new Lollypop Lady. Thanks to Wolfie standing in on the crossing and promoting the shortage of School Crossing Patrol Attendants throughout Warrington, Mary Ward saw WolfieĂs plea and answered it. After undergoing a Criminal Records Bureau Check, part of the recruitment process and on site Training she is now on Patrol.Mary was welcomed to her crossing by Wolfie and children Kyle Molynoux, Emma Cragg, Philip Jones and Emma Cragg. She is looking forward to being able to help the children of safely cross the road and fulfill a vital role in the local Community."Wolfie is Top of the PopĂs thanks to his help we have been able to employ a Patrol on a very busy crossing much to the delight of parents and pupils. Many motorists seem to ignore the 20 mph speed limit restriction outside the school making it dangerous for children to cross. With Wolfie promoting this national problem of recruitment we have had applications for other sites however we still have vacancies throughout the borough but thanks to Wolfie children at Bewsey Lodge Primary School can cross in safety"The Council is looking for School Crossing PatrolĂs in the following areas:
- Beamont Juniors School - Norris Street/OĂLeary Street
- Beamont Juniors School - Hallfields Road/Withers Avenue
- St Margarets Primary School - Long Lane, Orford
- Padgate Primary School - Station Road/Harpers Road
- Old Hall County Primary School - Cromwell Ave/Old Hall Road
- Park Road Primary School - Lingley Green Avenue/Park Road
- St LewisĂ Catholic Primary School - Mustard Lane, Croft
Performance and Development Coaching ClinicsWarrington Wolves Performance and Development Team will be running a series of coaching clinics looking at individual player specific coaching.All coaches are welcome, however the clinics will be aimed at club and senior coaches looking to develop individuals' understanding and skill in their specific role.The clinics will be held at William Beamont Sports College Vida facility, Thursday 17, 24 and 31 July, 6.00pm.There will be reference material handed out on the evening, which will be used in conjunction with the Wolves scholarship and recruitment panel.The sessions will be run by Gary Chambers (Player Performance Manager), Dave Elliott (Scholarship Manager), Brian Chambers (Coach Educator), and Vinny Webb (Academy Foundation).The clinics will carry a continual Professional Development Certificate, which can be obtained, through the development office. To register on the clinics, please call Debbie at the Wolves Development Office on (01925) 635338.
Cullens CommentHOW ARE YOUR NERVES AFTER LAST WEEK'S GAME AGAINST WIDNES?Recharged! Especially after studying the Huddersfield v Wakefield video in anticipation of competing against the most underrated team in the competition. Their improvement is remarkable and I don't think that they are far from taking a considerable scalp. They are a very well drilled and well-coached unit and pose a genuine threat to any of the teams above them in the table. Their second rowers are as talented as any in SL and in Stanley Gene they have a player who can not only excel in structure, but also can break any defence with his individual brilliance. We literally felt the full force of how hard they can hit in defence in Round One of SL8 and expect an even tougher battle this time round at Wilderspool.ARE YOU LOOKING AT A TOP SIX POSITION NOW?Round Eleven when we have played everyone once and Round Twenty-Two when we have played everyone twice are the times to genuinely reflect how we are travelling in the table. This avoids the yo-yo syndrome were league position could be dependent on other teams coming up against the Top Six cycle.HOW ARE THE INJURIES PROGRESSING?We welcome back Ben Westwood after three months absence and he is the only long term absentee. We do have a number of minor injuries that are being managed on a day to day and week to week basis, but only expect Mike Wainwright and Paul Wood (shoulder) to be unavailable for full training and selection this week.THE ORIGIN IS LESS THAN A WEEK AWAY, HOW ARE PREPARATIONS GOING? HOW DIFFICULT WAS IT TO CHOOSE THE TEAM FROM ALL THE TOP CLASS PLAYERS AT THE 12 SUPER LEAGUE CLUBS?Last year's twenty has gone down to seventeen and the selection is based on current form and fitness and return to form and fitness of senior international players who are being considered for GB duty against the touring Australians. Other international opportunities present further opportunities of those excluded to force themselves back into the frame.
Get a "SIX PACK"Get a "SIX PACK" in Today and watch the final 6 games at WilderspoolWarrington Wolves are pleased to announce the launch of our Super League Six Pack ticket, guaranteeing entranced to the last 6 games to be played at the home of Warrington Wolves, Wilderspool.For just ˙87 in the Brian Bevan Stand and ˙62 standing you can make sure you donĂt get locked out when it comes to the final 6 Super League matches and of courseÓ.the last ever game to be played in over 105 years at Wilderspool against Wakefield on Sunday 21st September.Witness the final chapter of the Wilderspool story and take with you the memories of a glorious Rugby League era.Book your tickets online or call Wolfware on 01925 235005 for more information.
Wolves Business WinnersAt the Warrington Business Awards 2003 on Thursday 19th June Warrington Wolves picked up the following prestigious Business Awards:Social Responsibility Award sponsored by BNFL, who are also sponsors of the Warrington Wolves Community Programme. The Wolves won on the merit of "The commitment to coaching, education, development, social inclusion and the provision of positive role models. The WolvesĂ community Programme no extends to all of the boroughĂs 75 primary and 12 secondary schools, along with 5 local special schools.""The WolvesĂ community initiatives are not purely centred around playing rugby. They include:
- Primary Link
- Try Hard
- Pro Active
- Girls Play League
Cullens CommentLAST WEEKEND'S GAME WAS A CLOSE ONE, BIG QUESTION IN YOUR OPINION WAS IT A TRY?No it wasn't, regardless of what the video may or may not show; we are working exceptionally hard at Wilderspool to remove the 'excuse' culture. Some decisions go for you some go against, that's sport we accept it. My only concern is the number of unforced errors; we committed which adversely affected the outcome of this game, more than any contentious refereeing decision.WHAT IS THE INJURY SITUATION AHEAD OF THIS WEEKEND'S GAME?Wainwright has joined the obvious four absentees from last week, Penny, Sibbit, Briers and Domic as very possible non-starters for the derby; they join long term absentee Ben Westwood. It could be 6 of our starting 13 unavailable. The 17 that we send to Widnes have the ability to win this game and their will be no post match excuses concerning players sat in the stand and not on the field.THIS WEEKEND WE TAKE ON LOCAL RIVALS WIDNES WHO HAVE MOVED ABOVE US IN THE TABLE AFTER FINDING THEIR FORM, WHO IN YOUR OPINION ARE THEIR KEY PLAYERS?The Julian O'Neills, Shane Millard and Adam Hughes have invariably been the Widnes game breakers so far this season, they are a team returning to form and this game will prove to be a serious test for both clubs.WE HAVE GONE FIVE GAMES NOW WITHOUT A WIN, WHAT ARE SPIRITS LIKE IN CAMP AND WHAT STEPS HAVE YOU TAKEN TO REMEDY THE SITUATION?The quality of our performance against Wigan, Saints and Bradford simply speaks for itself. We were beaten by a better side against Castleford and absolutely thumped at Wakefield, I think we have proved many times this year that we have ability to learn lessons very quickly, demonstrated admirably with the improved performance against Bradford post Wakefield. This is the right time for us to go into this derby; no one at Wilderspool wants to loose this one.
Team News - Round 14Coach Paul Cullen has named his squad for the Round 14 clash with local rivals Widnes Vikings on Sunday.5. Graham Appo2.Rob Smyth3. Brent Grose18. Paul Noone20. Dean Gaskill9. Jon Clarke7.Nat Wood8.Nick Fozzard14. Mark Gleeson10. Mark Hilton15. Jerome Guisset17. Warren Stevens11. Darren Burns19. Gary Hulse16.Paul Wood21. Matt Sturm26. Jamie Durbin26. Jamie Durbin, 18 scrum half, has played for England School Boys R.U, signed from Halton Hornets ARLFC, Widnes at the age of 12. Has featured in the Senior Academy this season making 11 appearances and scoring 2 tries. Jamie made his debut for the first team against his home town team Widnes in the WIRE FM Boxing Day Challenge (26/12/03), where he scored a try.INJURIES*1. LEE PENNY ankle v Rnd 12 v St. Helens (01/06/03)4. BEN WESTWOOD broken leg v Rnd 5 Bradford Bulls (06/04/03)*6. LEE BRIERS back/hamstring sidelined 30minutes before Rnd 14 v Bradford Bulls (15/06/03)*12. IAN SIBBIT ankle last played Rnd 13 v Wakefield (08/06/03)*13. SID DOMIC ankle last played Rnd13 v Wakefield (08/06/03)*23. MIKE WAINWRIGHT ankle sustained in Rnd 14 v Bradford Bulls (15/06/03)*Face late fitness tests ahead of the game.
Harry Potter is a Wolves Winner!Callum Rogers, 11 from St. JosephĂs Primary School in Penketh has been chosen as the winner for the Borders short story writing competition ˘When Harry Potter went to Warrington Wolves÷. CallumĂs wins:
- A complete set of the five Harry Potter books
- A family ticket to watch Widnes v Warrington Wolves on Sunday 22nd June at the Halton Stadium
- Borders Electronic Gift Cards for his class!
- And Callum will have his story read out at ChildrenĂs Storytime during July at Borders, New Mersey Retail Park in Speke.
- His story will be published in the Wolves home programme v Huddersfield on Saturday 28th June.
Noone on the UpHitting a regular first team spot is the goal of young forward Paul Noone, who has been with the club since 14.YOU HAVE PROGRESSED THROUGH THE RANKS AT WARRINGTON AND HAVE BECOME A REGULAR IN THE FIRST TEAM 17. WHAT HAS KEPT YOU AT WARRINGTON AND HAVE YOU BEEN TEMPTED TO GO ELSEWHERE?I signed for Warrington when I was 14 years old and went into the Wolves Academy side at the age of 16. I have never really considered going anywhere else to be perfectly honest; I have enjoyed my time here. Warrington have shown an interest in me and you have got to do well when a club steps up to you like Warrington have done to me. All the lads have been great and there is a real team spirit on and off the field, which has made me feel really welcome. Warrington is going places with the new stadium next season, we just need to put a few wins under our belt and I want to be part of their future. It's my future!Last year when I wasn't getting game time, I wanted to go on loan just so I could play and I think that is the only time I have wanted to play elsewhere.HOW DO YOU COPE WHEN YOU DON'T MAKE THE STARTING 17 AND ARE NAMED AS 18TH MAN?It annoys me when I train all week and you train hard and the best you can and it comes down to selection and you get selected at 18th or not at all, then I get really down-hearted. But, when its 18th man at least you know that your in the frame and there is always a chance that you could still play that weekend dependent on injuries. The only thing that you can do is plug away at it and not let it affect you, because if you let it affect you then your performance in training is affected and the chances of getting picked then are slim.WHAT ARE YOUR AMBITIONS FOR THIS SEASON AND THEN LOOKING AHEAD TO NEXT SEASON?My first ambition is to stay in the 17 and then progress to a starting position in the 15 games that we have left this season. It is going to be hard moving a head of the established blokes who are in their late 20's Domic, Wainwright and Burns, but it is something that I am aiming for. Long term I want to stay at the club, I am out of contract in November and I am aiming to get offered a new contract. I want to play in the new stadium in front of our fans. They have really supported me during my time here and I want to continue to give them the best that I can.YOU HAVE EXPERIENCED A LOT OF CHANGES SINCE JOINING WARRINGTON IN 1997, WHAT POSITIVES HAVE YOU TAKEN FROM THESE CHANGES?I think the positives about staying at a club for so long is that I know everything about the club, I know how it works and I know the key areas in training, what to do and what not to do. Knowing the basic rules is the most important thing. It is also nice to have a coach that knows how you play and everything about your game is also so important. Chach (Cullen) was my U21s coach and helped me progress through the ranks under Van de Velde bringing me into first team contention. Plangey didn't pick me when he was here as he didn't know my game and didn't give me the opportunity to show what I could do and that is why I chose to go on loan to Chorley to prove myself that I am a game player. It has paid off and I am now hitting the 17 regularly.