Wolfie Challenges The Moose!Wolfie and the Moose participated in1km training run earlier this week through Warrington Town Centre, which suspiciously ended in a draw, setting up the Challenge for Sunday morning's contest.Also participating in the run for charity are Wolves staff members: Commercial Manager Julie Cleave, Community Development Officer Jane Banks and Media and PR Officer Gina Coldrick.
Team NewsPaul Cullen has announced a 19-man squad to face Wakefield Trinity Wildcats on Friday and depending on injuries the same squad will line up against St Helens on the Monday.1. Lee Penny2. Rob Smyth3. Brent Grose12. Ian Sibbit5. Graham Appo6. Lee Briers7. Nat Wood8. Nick Fozzard9. Jon Clarke10. Mark Hilton23. Mike Wainwright15. Jerome Guisset11. Darren Burns18. Paul Noone16. Paul Wood24. Kevin Crouthers19. Gary Hulse17. Warren Stevens21. Matt SturmInjuries:4. Ben Westwood (broken leg)13. Sid Domic (broken thumb)14. Mark Gleeson (knee injury)Milestones:Lee Penny needs two tries for a career total of 100. He has scored 96 for Warrington, 1 Scotland and 1 Great Britain Under-21s.
Wood Looks at WakefieldUtility player Nat Wood, and former Wakefield Trinity Wildcats player, has been a first team regular since his arrival in June 2002. After a tough encounter with the Bulls he looks forward to meeting his old club this Friday.YOU HAVE BEEN AT WARRINGTON NEARLY A YEAR NOW AND HAVE EXPERIENCED MANY CHANGES OVER THE YEAR. HOW ARE YOU FINDING IT?I think that it is better now that the players have grown in confidence, which has come through the professional outfit that Paul Cullen and the current coaching staff have installed at the club. I have been enjoying it a lot more this season as I'm starting from the beginning of the season rather than coming in halfway like last year. The guys are used to my style of play now and I'm used to their individual styles.YOU HAD SEVERAL OPERATIONS IN THE PRE-SEASON AND A WEDDING. HOW ARE YOU RECOVERING? WHAT PREPARATION DID YOU DO DURING YOUR BREAK BACK HOME IN AUSTRALIA?I had a cyst out of my knee and a scrape on my ankle, which stopped me running for six weeks. So my preparation for the season was limited. I only had a week's running prior to my first game back.FACING YOUR FORMER SIDE THIS WEEK, WHO STANDS OUT FOR YOU IN THE WAKEFIELD LINE UP?Their two front rowers Korkidas and Hood are two players who go forward well and offload, if we don't shut them down then the Wakefield side will grow in confidence. If we bash them then we will diminish their confidence. Wakefield has many backs that can finish a try and they are really well coached.WHAT ARE YOUR EXPECTATIONS FOR THIS SEASON: FOR THE TEAM AND YOURSELF?To have a genuine chance at a semi-final spot this season. Just to become a lot closer as a team, which comes with winning and we aim to make winning a habit. For myself to help all the young blokes and other players who need advice on their game or aspects of their game, hopefully my years of experience can come into play. Also to be one of the best players on the field or one of the best performers week in week out with a view to getting another contract to stay with the Wolves for a further couple of seasons.
Penny Back in SquadLee Penny returns to the squad from a long-term calf injury, his last game for the Wolves was against Bradford Bulls in the Powergen Challenge Cup Round 4 (8th February 2003).YOU HAVE BEEN SIDELINED ALL SEASON WITH A CALF INJURY. HOW DIFFICULT HAS IT BEEN TO SIT ON THE SIDELINES?It has been very difficult; I am not a great watcher. I have come along to all the home games with my son and it has been extremely frustrating watching, especially since we have not won at home yet. I just want to get on the field and do my best for the team.WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN DOING TO KEEP YOURSELF BUSY?When the initial injury happened it was four/five weeks before I could train and that was particularly hard, but my girlfriend Julie and I have just had our third child, so he kept me occupied. When I did start back it was a struggle to get back to the level of fitness I was at before the injury. But, with the help of our conditioner Tony O'Brien and extra sessions I worked up to it with a lot of cross training, step, rowing and weights in the gym: non impact work on the calf. I'm now back to peak fitness.APPO HAS MADE AN IMPACT AT FULLBACK AND HAS STATED THAT IT IS HIS FAVOURED POSITION, HAS THIS PUT YOU UNDER PRESSURE?It has been really difficult to see Appo play so well at fullback, but he is a class player and plays well at numerous positions, in particular the wing. It has made training more competitive and being announced in the squad at fullback for Friday is a big boost for me. I know that Chach has faith in me at that position and I don't intend to let myself down, the coach down or the team down.HOW IMPORTANT IS YOUR COME BACK THIS WEEKEND?It is very important, that I come back now as my contract runs out at the end of this season and I have a point to prove!
Cullens CommentsWolves Boss Paul Cullen looks ahead to the weekends games against Wakefield and St Helens.TWO SERIOUS INJURIES IN THE BRADFORD GAME TO TWO KEY PLAYERS BEN WESTWOOD (BROKEN LEG) AND SID DOMIC (THUMB). WHAT IS THE STATUS ON INJURIES AND WHAT CONTINGENCY PLANS ARE PLACE?The two long-term injuries that we picked up at Bradford are only added to a short-term injury to Mark Gleeson (knee), all other players are available for selection. Lee Penny, Lee Briers, Mike Wainwright and Ian Sibbit all return to full fitness and availability.THERE HAS BEEN A LOT OF MEDIA SPECULATION LINKING SCOTT GIBBS WITH WARRINGTON WOLVES. ANY TRUTH IN THE RUMOURS?The stories in circulation about Scott Gibbs and Warrington are simply based on interest that we have expressed in him. It would not be good form to discuss specifics without signatures, as we are not at that stage.WE LINE UP AGAINST WAKEFIELD ON FRIDAY, A TEAM KNOWN FOR ITS SURPRISES, IN PARTICULAR OUR GAME AGAINST THEM LAST SEASON, IN WHICH A WIN FOR THEM MEANT SURVIVAL IN SUPER LEAGUE. ANY BITTER FEELINGS?We are fully aware of how tough and competitive Wakefield are. We know this to our cost, especially in light of our humiliation at Belle Vue in the last game of last season. They have recruited exceptionally well in their two big men Korkidas and Hood, anyside that possess Adrian Vowles needs to be respected. As for bitter feelings, it was a hard lesson that is made worse, if we don't learn from it.TWO GAMES IN FOUR DAYS, IS IT A TALL ORDER? WHAT KIND OF PREPARATION CAN A TEAM EXPECT TO DO FOR THE SECOND GAME?Arguably, the only acceptable short term turn around in modern day rugby league. We have yet to find out what damage has been done to players who played 100 minutes and then have to back up with two games in four days over Easter. The match at Saints on Monday should provide some answers.
Young Wolves Need YOUR HelpGoing down to the Challenge Cup Final in a few weeks? Need some tickets?Help out the towns youngsters and purchase your tickets from the club shop (01925 235005) or William Beamont School (579500). To help aid the Under 14's scholarship the RFL have kindly allowed the team to raise funds by selling tickets to the Cup Final, with all profits being kept for use by the Scholarship team.Tickets are ú20If you're going down a little early and making a weekend of it why not pop along to Cardiff Arms Park on the Friday for the English Schools Final - Friday, 25 April - kick-off 5.45pm where the young Warrington lads will be proudly representing their town.
Under 21's Squad to face SaintsThe Wolves Under 21 side takes on St Helens on Wednesday evening at Wilderspool, kick-off 7.30pm. The young guns have five wins out of six matches and currently lie fourth in the table with only a tough encounter at Headingley their only stumbling block so far. A number of the players double up for the Junior Academy side (under 18's) such is their willing to look for a place in the Super League squad.Coach Graham Scott urges all supporters to come and support the Academy squad, who face the likes of ex-wolves Steve Maden, Jon Hill and Allan Kilshaw for the Saints, "We've built this team with the right attitude, these lads are out there playing for the shirt and the pride."Lee PattersonDean GaskellSteve WarbutonRichard VarkulisDaryl RowlandsMichael BishopJamie DurbinMike CallanShane WilliamsGareth BrownCraig FarrimondDanny HeatonDean BurgessJohn PickersgillDarren KingGary WinstanleyDave Rowlands
InjuriesBoth Ben Westwood and Sid Domic will be out for up to 2 months through injuries sustained in the match against Bradford Bulls.Sid Domic has a broken thumb and Ben Westwood a broken leg.
Wolfpack Easter Disco"WhatÆs the oldest Warrington shirt you have in your wardrobe?"The theme of the evening is Warrington Wolves shirts ¡ prize for the oldest shirt!Tuesday 15th April 2003Kick Off 7.00pm ¡ 10.00pm@ The Touchdown Club, Wilderspool Stadiumú1.00 Entry
Sib on a half centuryIan Sibbit, who is looking to notch up his 50th game with the Wolves this weekend, returned to Wilderspool this season after spending a year in the NRL with Melbourne Storm.HOW DID YOUR MOVE BACK TO WARRINGTON WOLVES COME ABOUT?I was all set for a long stay at Melbourne, and had spoken to chief executive, Chris Johns about actually extending my contract, which had a year to run. Then they parted company with coach Mark Murray, Craig Bellamy came from Brisbane and wanted to bring a lot of his own youngsters, which meant the end for me.Then I got a call from Paul Cullen, who I knew from the A team when he had coached me in my first spell, and had no hesitation about signing. In fact he was probably the main reason why I returned to Wilderspool.THERE SEEMS A FAR BETTER SPIRIT IN THE CLUB AND THE TEAM NOW THAN DURING YOUR FIRST SPELL TWO YEARS AGO.Definitely. There is an added intensity and we are developing more of a winning mentality. We proved that in the game against Leeds - we lost, with 12 men, but were disappointed not to have come away with the points even taking our man disadvantage into account. Paul has brought a fantastic attitude to the club.THERE WAS A LOT OF SHOCKS AT THE WEEKEND. HAS THE COMPETITION CHANGED IN YOUR ABSENCE?I think it has improved a heck of a lot, which is something you may not notice when you are involved in it every week. Huddersfield, Wakefield and London all pulled off shock wins at the weekend, which maybe wouldn't have been the case in the past, but that can only be good for the game.WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR FROM YOUR OWN GAME AND FROM THE TEAM AS A WHOLE THIS SEASON?I am still only 22, so I know there is plenty of room for improvement. I think playing in Australia really saw my attitude improve, both in how I performed on the pitch and looked after myself off it. As for the team, we want to keep taking steps in the right direction. We haven't started too badly, and there are a lot of positives, but we need to be more consistent.