Future of the WolvesThe second phase of Service Area rugby kicks off this Saturday. The town will field teams at 12, 13, 14 and 15. Players came from our high schools and strong amateur clubs base.Warrington are leading the way in their youth development and this all comes from a strong partnership between the schools and clubs overseen by The Council and professional club.The current structure sees each team with a strong experienced coaching staff. Brian Chambers, Dave Elliot and Bob Eccles a few passing on their vast knowledge of the game.Each team will run out in the primrose and blue against Wigan and Leigh on Saturday. The U12 and U14 will take the fight to New Springs, Wigan kicking off at 10.30am.U13 and U15 will battle it out at Crosfields Rugby League ground, Hood Lane and will Kick Off at 10.30am.Come and see the future of the Wolves!
Gleeson leaves WolvesThe Wolves can confirm that Mark Gleeson has been released from the club by his own request. Mark has decided to go travelling in Australia visiting family and friends and to continue playing rugby league at amateur level whilst there. Mark, 19 came from the amateur club Ince St Williams in Wigan in 1999 where he joined the Wolves Academy along with David Alstead and Paul Wood. Mark progressed through the ranks and made his debut at Super League level last year against Bradford Bulls (4/08/01) scoring a try on his debut. Since his debut he has made 3 full appearances or 4 substitutes, scoring 4 tries.Head Coach, Dave Plange commented, "We are disappointed to lose Mark this season, but we wish him luck in his travels. We are hoping that Mark will eventually return to the UK and take up playing with the Wolves again, that is one reason that we hold his registration details and have released him at his request, that when he decides to settle at professional level in this country then we have the opportunity taking him on board again."
VandalismWarrington Wolves are disgusted with the 'mindless' vandalism that has occurred during the game against St Helens on Sunday just gone. The club have had numerous calls regarding damage to cars parked in various areas around Warrington - Slutchers Lane, The Village Hotel, The Waterside pub, St James' Car Park, Wilderspool Causeway, streets running of Wilderspool Causeway and Morrison's Car park.Chief Executive Andy Gatcliffe commented, "We are annoyed that fans have been subjected to vandalism while watching the game at Wilderspool. We have had numerous calls to the office reporting different degrees of car damage in different locations of Warrington."Warrington Wolves does not own any parking facilities in this area and therefore can not accept any responsibility for this. We can only direct people to call the police and report their damage."We can assure you that Warrington Wolves does not condone such acts and has taken steps to try and counteract this kind of thing happening again in the close vicinity of the stadium. In particular, St James' Car park (behind the Brian Bevan Stand), Fletcher Street and Priory Street bylooking at introducing CCTV."Fans who have not yet reported incidents of damage to their cars can contact the Warrington police on 01925 65 22 22.
Wolfie Looking to ScoreWarrington Wolves mascot, Wolfie is aiming to score at every Super League ground this season. The Wolves mascot is a crowd favourite where ever he goes and has set himself the target of notching up 28 tries in Tetley's Super League VII and becoming the Wolves star player on the Try Sheet.So far this season Wolfie has notched up 10 tries against Bradford Bulls, Salford City Reds, Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, Wigan Warriors and Hull FC as well as before each home game this season. He is lead point scorer over taking Rob Smyth, Sid Domic and Lee Briers who are on 4 tries each.Castleford Tigers have laid down the gauntlet to Wolfie and vowed to stop him try scoring at The Jungle, an insider at the Tigers has said, "Wolfie is going to struggle to complete his challenge when he arrives here on Sunday, he will have four of our mascots to get past before he can touch down."
Crouthers Given Another ChanceKevin Crouthers, 26 will return to the club after being released in April due to a poor performance against Wigan Warriors (19/04/02). Kevin wants to be given the opportunity to play for the Wolves again. He is promising to give a 110% commitment and will prove himself with a stint at Chorley. Crouthers was eight months in to a two-year contract. After negotiation with the club Kevin turned down the settlement offered to terminate his contract, in favour of coming back to play for the Wolves affiliated club Chorley Lynx in the NFP. Kevin will use this time to prove himself as a player worthy of a Super League position in the Wolves first team.Crouthers came on trial to the Wolves in August 2001 and scored four tries in as many games impressing the Coaching department who offered him a two-year deal. Crouthers had previously played for Bradford Bulls (1998), London Broncos (2000), Doncaster Dragons (2000), Widnes Vikings (2001) and Dewsbury Rams (2001).Head Coach, Dave Plange commented, "Kevin has shown spirit in turning down the settlement agreement offered in pursuit of attaining a first team position again. Kevin is determined to show us that he has what it takes to be a Super League player and if that means going to Chorley for as long as it takes to be chosen for the Wolves again, he will do so."Kevin is an astute businessman and to turn down a tax free settlement in favour of starting a scratch with the club, shows a passion and commitment that Warrington Wolves requires in its players."Dale Cardoza, who was also released after the Wigan performance, he has since signed for Doncaster Dragons.
Squad for HullHead Coach Dave Plange has named his squad to face Hull FC on Sunday at the Boulevard.Leon FeltonRob SmythDave AlsteadTommy O'ReillyLeroy RivettLee BriersMatt RodwellJerome GuissetJon Clarke (returns from a one week ban for a high tackle at Wigan, having missed the London game)Dale Laughton Nick Fozzard Mark Hilton Darren Burns Paul Marquet Sid Domic Matt Sturm Paul Noone Steve Maden Gary HulseHead Coach, Dave Plange commented, "We are at full strength this week going to Hull with no serous injuries keeping players out of the selection process. It is going to be a tough game for the players after this week, but we are going into this game as a competitive and positive team."
Principal Takes A StandWarrington Wolves principal sponsor Lance James of JLJ Holdings has voiced his disappointment at the reaction of Warrington fans at the London game on Tuesday evening. A group of fans took to protesting outside the players' changing room entrance after the game, shouting at players as they emerged.Club Captain, Matt Rodwell who is sponsored by JLJ Holdings came in for a lot of criticism and abuse as he made his way to his car to meet with his young family, after the team's defeat.Lance James, a staunch rugby league supporter was dismayed by the abuse displayed by a minority of Wolves fans, "I am disgusted with the reaction of the fans towards their players at the London game, in particular towards Matty Rodwell. The distress at the team's position is understandable, but the protesting and abuse towards individuals at the club is unacceptable and disappointing."I am appealing for the fans to get behind the team and show their support and not continually put them down in such a manner as was shown on the evening of the London Broncos game."The team have had a shocking start to the season with seven defeats now behind them, what they need now is for the supporters to boost them in their task ahead, by rallying around and showing their true primrose and blue colours. Rugby League is a game of two halves we are still in the first half, so I am pleading to you not only as a sponsor of the club, but as a passionate fan of the team and sport to cheer your team through thick and thin. Enjoy the game, don't spoil it with these antics.""We are trying to attract more sponsors to the club and sport in general and if this performance from the 'fans' continue, I don't see potential sponsors wanting to be associated with what can be deemed hooliganism. "Warrington Wolves is a community team which is trying to attract young kids into the sport and this side of the spectators will put them off. I have a grandson who is mad on rugby and would love to be a professional player, but after witnessing the debacle on Tuesday is not so keen on aiming for professional level if that is what is to greet him, if the team he plays for was to lose a game."
Wolves to HelpWarrington Wolves players and coaching staff have vowed to try and help a little local girl Shannon Bradshaw who needs a bone marrow transplant urgently after being diagnosed as having a rare form of leukaemia called 'a plastic amnemia'. Shannon's family have organised a clinic on Thursday 9th May at Tetley Walker's Club on Long Lane between 3-10pm, for people to be blood tested to see if they would be a possible match for Shannon. Warrington Wolves will be attending the session at 3.15pm to be tested in a bid to help Shannon.Head Coach, Dave Plange is urging people not only Warrington Wolves fans to turn out in support, "We have all been touched by the plight of Shannon in the local press of late and the clinic gives the players, coaching staff and myself the opportunity to try and help a little girl who desperately needs a bone marrow transplant. We would like to urge our fans and people of Warrington to get behind this campaign and turn out in force next Thursday to help save Shannon."Blood Testing ClinicTetley Walker's Club, Long LaneThursday 9th May3-10pmWarrington Wolves players and staff will be tested from 3.15pm
Gleeson in TalksThe club can confirm that it is in talks with Mark Gleeson regarding his wish to emigrate to Australia. At present, no decision has been made. But, we can confirm the rumours that Mark is looking to go to Australia before the end of this season.
Record Number of MascotsTomorrow evening sees a record number of junior mascots take to the field for Warrington Wolves. Eight player's children will represent the club as they lead their fathers on to the pitch to face London Broncos.
- Claudia Rodwell, Club Captain, Matt Rodwell's eldest daughter will lead her father out on her 4th birthday
- Jessie, 6 and Amber, 4 Domic will escort their father, Sid on to the field
- Robbie, 8 and Chloe, 5 Smyth, the winger Rob Smyth's children will accompany him out
- Sam Sturm, 8 will lead his father Matt Sturm
- Sophie Briers, 4 will escort her father Lee Briers on to the field
- Jordan Penny, 4 will lead Mark Hilton out as his father Lee is sidelined with a broken right wrist