WolfPack Player of the YearA super turnout of young Wolves supporters enjoyed an evening of meeting their favourite players and dancing away to a disco for this years WolfPack Player of the Year awards.The young fans voted for their favourite players in various categories, supported once again and with thanks to the Challinor family. There were cheers aplenty for all of the nominated players, with Jerome Guisset picking up two awards on the night including the Brian McAvoy trophy.Academy Player of the Year - Liam McCarthyAlliance Player of the Year - Allan RedicliffeUnsung Hero - Danny NutleyMost Improved Player - Jerome GuissetClubman of the Year - Tawera NikauBrian McAvoy Trophy - Jerome GuissetWolfPack Super League VI Player of the Year - Lee Briers
Nikau DepartsWarrington Wolves Club Captain Tawera Nikau has confirmed that he will be leaving the club at the end of the season to return home to New Zealand. 'T' is a huge favourite with the Warrington crowd since he arrived at Wilderspool pre- Super League V. Nikau took over the club captaincy after Alfie Langer departed mid season. Tawera captained the New Zealand Maori team in the Lincoln World Cup 2000 competition. Nikau was capped 19 times by New Zealand and is one of the best back row forwards in the game.Nikau was key member of the Melbourne Storm team in the 1999 season, when they won the Grand Final and was named the best lock in the world. Tawera has played 54 games for the Wolves scoring six times and creating numerous others.Nikau paid tribute to Warrington and the fans, "I have really enjoyed my time with the Wolves and living in Warrington. The club and the fans have been great, very welcoming and supportive to my family and me. I salute the Warrington - primrose and blue! Steve has brought in some good players for next season in Domic, Rodwell, Weston and Sturm. He's also developing the talent with in the team bringing young Hulse through from the Alliance team and re-signing Noone and Guisset. The side will go strength to strength next season under Steve's direction, I have no doubt."
Wolves Take on WolvesCrewe Wolves v Chester WolvesSunday 9th SeptemberKO: 12:30PM Chester and Crewe will compete today to see who is top Wolf. Both teams compete in the Northern Conference of the Summer Conference. Chester Wolves have just completed their fourth season in the Rugby League Conference, while Crewe have completed their third. Chester finished second this season while Crewe finished fourth in the Northern Conference.Chester was formed in 1998 with the initial support from Warrington Wolves. In their first season they won through to the play off stages, going out in the semi-finals to South Norfolk. In 1999 they went all the way and were narrowly defeated Crawley Jets in a Classic Final at White Hart Lane. In the last two seasons they have missed out on the play off's by the loss of one game.Crewe were very impressive in the season just gone, a much improved outfit. This season Crewe have seen new players and a new assistant coach, Bob Arnold come on board. They were named most improved team out of the 30 teams involved in the Summer Conference across the divisions.Both clubs have steadily drawn on players from the non-traditional Rugby League areas where previously they only played Rugby Union. Two players from Chester who have regularly featured in the Wolves Alliance team are Rob Barraclough (now with Swinton) and Matt Bellamy. Crewe is based at Sandbach Rugby Union Club and is a side of mixed experience, under the strong captaincy of Rob Hall. They are a relatively young side who promises to be devastating in 2002. Their aim is to finish Top 3 next season.Chester junior rugby league has just completed their second season. It is hoped that in future years these juniors will be the backbone of rugby league in the area. It is the responsibility of the Chester club and Rugby League in general to ensure that their enthusiasm is maintained and rewarded. This can be said of both clubs, with Crewe seeing a massive surge in their junior development with a hundred children from the area taking part this season. Junior Development squads have been created to encompass U13s, U14s and U15s. Five schools from the Crewe and Sandbach area have ensured interested and seen the club compete in several tournaments this season, playing well.
Team and Match NewsPerformance Director, Steve Anderson has announced his squad to face Bradford Bulls in the Wolves last home game of the season this Sunday (9/09/01).Lee Penny, Kevin Crouthers, Toa Kohe Love, Anthony Swann, Alan Hunte, Ian Knott, Jon Clarke, Martin Masella, Danny Nutley, Jerome Guisset, Steve McCurrie, Paul Noone, Tawera Nikau, Lee Briers, Gary Hulse, David Bates, David Kidwell, Steve ThomasThis will be Toa Kohe Love, Danny Nutley, Tawera Nikau, Alan Hunte and Martin Masella's last home game for the Wolves. Post Match the team will stay on the field to pay tribute to the fans and Tawera Nikau as Club Captain will address the fans. Performance director, Steve Anderson will also address the Warrington faithful on this emotional day of farewells.Summer ConferenceSummer Conference, Northern Division Crewe Wolves will take on Chester Wolves on Sunday before the main game, kick off will be 12:30PM.Aiming for a Huge Bang!Warrington Wolves are hoping to achieve their largest crowd of the season to end Super League VI at Wilderspool on a high. Warrington's highest crowd so far this season was against St Helens in April - 8062.Arrive Early to enjoy the pre match entertainment of Wolves v Wolves and the Starlites!
Weston to the Wolves26 year-old Craig Weston has agreed a three-year deal to join the Wolves from local rivals Widnes Vikings. Weston has NRL experience with both the Gold Coast Seagulls and the South Queensland Crushers before moving to Huddersfield Giants.A former Australian schoolboy, Craig made his first grade debut at just 17 years of age, making him one of the youngest players to debut at that level in Australia.Craig's main attributes are his positional versatility in the backline having played stand-off, centre and fullback highlighted by his running and passing game. He also has an excellent kicking game as well as being an established goal kicker.Since arriving in England Craig has played at Huddersfield Giants for three seasons and recently had stints with Doncaster and Widnes in the NFP.Craig is yet another player Performance Director Steve Anderson is familiar with having worked with him when he played for the Queensland and Australian Schoolboy teams. Craig's development was closely scrutinised by Anderson while he attended 'Palm Beach Currumbin', the highly rated 'Sport of Excellence' school on the Gold Coast. The school is recognised throughout Australia for its talented youth programs across various sports including Rugby League. Craig was awarded a scholarship to attend where Anderson was involved as a representative of the Queensland Rugby League overseeing the implementation of the coaching programs.Steve Anderson is excited in renewing his relationship with Craig and believes that "Craig has under achieved considering the potential he displayed as a teenager." Anderson further suggests, "This has been due I think mainly to his ability to play several positions, which I feel, has worked against him and has hindered his ability to settle or develop to his full potential.""I have always believed Craig to be a pivot and he certainly will be considered in that position here.""Craig will offer not only his experience but a settling factor to the team. He will also offer particular qualities to the style of play we will be playing from week to week."
GB AndersonWarrington Wolves Performance Director, Steve Anderson is considering assisting the GB squad in their preparation ahead of the Ashes Series this autumn. Steve has been in discussions with David Waite and Greg MacCallum about a possible role within the coaching staff. Steve has previously assisted Australian Coach Chris Anderson with the Australian team, between 1998-2000 in which they where Tri-Nations Champions 1998 and World Cup Champions in 2000.Performance Director, Steve Anderson commented on his departure from the Australian team and the possibility of assisting the GB squad."The important thing is that I surrendered the position that I held with the Australian team due to my commitments at Warrington, the geographical situation was virtually impossible to carry on my work with them. It was a great disappointment to me, but with the advent of my unavailability for the Australian side, David Waite and Greg MacCallum made enquiries about my availability to help preparing the GB side. These enquires came a couple of months ago and I have thought seriously about them, especially with David being a personal and professional colleague of mine from Australia. My working with the GB squad is twofold showing my commitment to rugby league internationally and being part of the British system."National Head Coach and Technical Director, David Waite commented, "I'm please that Steve is in the country working with Warrington Wolves. In a positive sense, it is great that he is working within the British system. There has been discussion between myself and Steve about his expertise being used to help prepare the GB squad for the up and coming Ashes Series, but that is the position at present it is stillin the discussion stage."
Wolves Engineer Development PartnerA Warrington Business with a global reputation is making a substantial investment into the Wolves' Player Development plans.Simon and Paul Taberham, who own Howley-based Tab Refractories, have earmarked thousands of pounds to go to the Super League club in sponsorship.Managing Director, Simon Taberham said "I have been encouraged to see Steve give some of the young players a run out in recent games. Tab have a similar philosophy to the Wolves, as it is the only refractory company in Europe to continuously take school-leaver apprentices and give them a career pathway."Wolves' Director of Community and Marketing Adam Jude is delighted with the deal.He said "Simon is impressed with performance director Steve Anderson's policy and with the way he has already introduced young players into the first team since his arrival.""Simon and Paul are Warrington born and bred and realise the benefit of the club putting time and energy into developing the young talent that there is in the community."Wolves Performance Director, Steve Anderson coaching philosophy is based on development and he is reassured regarding the faith the business have already shown in his future plans for the Wolves. He stated that, "The commitment Tab is making, is going to assist the development of future professional players and this is great news for the club and the town as a whole."
O'Reilly InWarrington Wolves have signed the Papua New Guinean international Tommy O'Reilly on a two-year deal. He played for Papua New Guinea in the Lincoln World Cup 2000 competition and continues to feature in their line up. Tommy has featured in the Alliance team in Super League V. Tommy, 26 a scrum half, played on trial in last Friday's night's game against Leeds Rhinos impressing Performance Director, Steve Anderson.Steve commented, "I am familiar with Tommy's football career having watched him progress through Reddicliffe, Queensland as an up and coming teenager to the NRL Gold Coast Seagulls. Tommy's career has shown consistency and durability whilst in Australia, he has played confidently at half back and with this in mind his versatility will be of great benefit to our club next year.Tommy has performed at international level with Papua New Guinea for several years. I wish him well for his preparation for the upcoming Test Match against Australia. I look forward to having Tommy join the club for the 2002 season."Tommy is to represent Papua New Guinea against Australia on the 7th October, Tommy returns home in two weeks to begin preparation. He commented on his appointment with the club and playing for his country, "I am glad to be given the opportunity to prove myself in British Super League. I can't wait for Super League VII, training with the lads towards the end of this season has been good and promises to be an excellentgrounding for next season.I'm looking forward to playing the best next month, I'm keen to get home and start training. Playing Australia is always a test. I'm hoping the heat at home will play some effect on their performance. Playing Australia and playing Super League next season is a dream come true. Hard work but rewarding."
New Club Captain for WolvesWarrington Wolves have signed Matthew Rodwell from Penrith Panthers. Matthew, 29 a halfback has signed on a two year deal.Rodwell signed for his current club Penrith Panthers in 2000 and made his debut at first grade level in 1992 for Newcastle Knights. A talented halfback with exceptional kicking and passing game, he shows other superb halfback qualities including organisational skills and a neat running game. Matthew Rodwell will be the new Warrington Wolves Club captain going into Super League VII. Rodwell has amassed a career total of 179 appearances, 36 tries with four field goals.Steve Anderson commented on the signing of the club's new captain, "Matt's experience of ten season in the NRL in Australia will more than assist in the develop of our young players at the club. The present Penrith Panthers coach, Royce Simmons has paid tribute to Matt's involvement with the development side of things in Penrith. Which I consider important in a club captain, to look to develop the youth within a side. Rodwell is an experienced No.7 and combined with my earlier signing of his team mate Sid Domic at No.13 they will bring the experience into the side that I am looking for to take the side forward next season. Matt's organisational skills will be an attribute to the style of play that we will be playing at Wilderspool next season."
Fans ForumWarrington Wolves have re - signed Dean Busby, 27 on a two-year contract keeping him with the club until 2003.Dean made his rugby league debut for Hull in 1990/91 before a spell with St Helens and then he returned to Humberside to play for Hull Sharks in their first season in Super League in 1998. Busby joined Warrington in 1999 and has made 65 (33-sub) appearances for the club.Dean has played for England and Wales, and has been capped by GB at U21 level. Dean played for Wales in the Lincoln World Cup 2000 alongside fellow team mate Lee Briers. Dean has continued to appear in the Welsh line up throughout the 2001 season.Dean Busby commented on his commitment to the club, "I have been impressed by Steve's [Anderson] vision for the future of the club, especially with the youth programme that he is putting in place. The club have offered me an improved deal to stay with them and I have enjoyed my time here and feel that the future is strong for the club."Performance Director, Steve Anderson expressed, "Busby is a senior player that I feel will develop younger players like Noone and Knott. His experience is well documented having played for England and Wales in the U21s and Wales at first grade level. He has been a consistent player while he has been at Warrington and I'm looking for that consistency to continue from his game."