Semi-Final Team NewsDarryl Van de Velde has named his squad ahead of Sunday's Silk Cut Challenge Cup Semi Final against Bradford Bulls, at the McAlphine Stadium, Huddersfield. Alan Hunte, Rob Smyth, Ian Sibbit, Toa Kohe-Love, Jamie Stenhouse, Lee Briers, Allan Langer, Andrew Gee, Dave Highton, Danny Nutley, Dean Busby, Tawera Nikau, Steve Georgallis, David Kidwell, Jerome Guisset, Martin Masella, Steve McCurrie Warrington Wolves have left for Huddersfield Friday lunchtime ahead of the game and will train at the ground tomorrow in preparation.
Penny Doubtful!Lee Penny has a suspected broken thumb sustained in the clash against Salford City Reds yesterday, Sunday 25th March 2001. Penny has had an x-ray this morning and the club are waiting the results. If it is broken then there is chance that Lee will be sidelined for up to six weeks. This will see Penny miss out on the Wolves Semi-Final game against Bradford Bulls at the McAlpine Stadium.
Scholarship to AcademyWarrington Wolves have announced that five of their scholarship lads have graduated to the Academy this year. Nick Owen, Jamie Durbin, Tommy Grundy and Micahel Govin have all come through the scholarship scheme from U14's, U15's and U16's and have now signed for the club on Academy forms.Nick Owen is a local player from Woolston Rovers ARLFC who has played for the town team from the U13's team to the U16's. Nick is a fullback with a lot of pace and confidence.Mike Brown has played for Crosfields ARLFC and Woolston Rovers ARLFC. Mike is a loose forward with excellent ball skills.Jamie Durbin is a scrum-half from Houlton Hornets. Jamie is a talented player who is currently playing for England Rugby Union Schoolboys U16's.Tommy Grundy is a big strong centre and second row from Leigh Rangers ARLFC. Tommy has good skills combined with pace.Mike Govin, also from Leigh Rangers ARLFC, is a half-back/hooker with good skills and pace.Scholarship players are the future of the Academy and eventually the first team. The Academy is supported by local business Phill Williams & Co.
Fitness Tests delay Team ChoicePaul Darbyshire, Assistant Coach has delayed naming the team, for Sunday's clash against Salford City Reds until the morning of the game. Several players are subject to late fitness tests in training on Sauturday.Darryl Van de Velde, Head Coach is still in Australia and is expected back early next week. He will however, miss the game on Sunday. Paul Darbyshire will be in charge.
Chat with the CaptainFancy chatting to Allan Langer?How about Andrew Gee?How about both of them?!Wolves Captain Allan Langer and Andrew Gee will be chatting to Wolves fans this Thursday from 7-8pm in another great Wolf Web chat session.Come along, sign up with a username (if you're not one of the hundreds who already have), and chat about the semi-final, playing Saints, the Wigan match and whatever else you fancy!
Bulls Again!The Wolves have drawn Bradford Bulls in the semi-finals of the Silk Cut Challenge Cup, for the second year in a row.Last season, at Headingley, saw the Bulls get the better of the Wolves with the final score being 44-20. Although the Wolves became the first side to defeat Bradford last season, when they overturned a 30-12 half-time deficit to win 42-32 and end the Yorkshiremen's 15-match unbeaten run the Bulls are still odds on for the trophy. This year the game is likely to be played at a slightly more neutral territory with the McAlpine stadium in Huddersfield being favourite for the 1st April clash.Coach Darryl Van de Velde said, "It is a difficult draw. Bradford will be a tough one but we are looking forward to it.""We did well against them last year, we were probably in the game for 60 minutes.""It will be very hard, but if we want to win it we have got to beat these teams." Bulls coach Brian Noble stated, "Obviously at this stage of the competition, any side is dangerous and none more so than Warrington.""A lot of people say it's the easiest draw but we have to prepare well because it could the most dangerous. They haven't reached the semi-finals through being a bad side." The tie is likely to be held at Huddersfield's McAlpine Stadium on Sunday, April 1. The
Semi-Final Ticket InformationTickets for the semi-final will go on sale from the club shop from Monday 19th March.The game is at the McAlpine Stadium on Sunday 1st April, Kick-off 3.30pm.Main seats: Adult ú20 Concessions ú14Wing seats: Adult ú15 Concessions ú10Ends (behind posts): Adult ú10 Concessions ú8The ticket hotline is: 01925 235005 Open Mon-Sat 9am 5pm + from noon on matchdays
Walters RetiresWarrington Wolves are sad to announce that Kevin Walters has decided to retire from the game.Kevin's brief but understandable statement read as follows:"Sadly I wish to announce my retirment from the game due to family reasons. I have decided to return to Australia. I wish Darryl and Warrington Wolves the best for the rest of the reason and I'm sure it willbe a successful one."Coach, Darryl van de Velde, confirmed that whilst he is disappointed, he fully supports and understands the reasons behind Kevin's decision and wishes him and his family the best for the future.Club Chairman, Lord Hoyle of Warrington, echoed Darryl's views and commented, "whilst Kevin will obviously be missed, Warrington Wolves are in the fortunate position of having a strong squad to continue the good work for the rest of the season."
Meet the PlayersPhones 4u, associate sponsor of Warrington Wolves, has teamed up with the club to give fans the chance to meet some of the club's star players, on Saturday 17th March.Players will visit the Phones 4u store, between 1pm and 2pm to meet Wolves' fans and sign autographs, on the eve of the club's first home match of Tetley's Super League VI against Hull FC on Sunday.To celebrate the occasion, Phones 4u have put together a specialstrong>'one day only' in-store offer for fans (see in-store for details on the day).Fans visiting the store to meet the players will be entered into a free prize draw on the day with one lucky winner receiving a Pre-Pay mobile phone and a pair of matchday tickets for the second home match of the season when Wolves take on Salford City Reds on Sunday 25th March. Phones 4u store manager, Steven Jones, said: "We're delighted that the players have accepted our invitation to visit the store, which will give Wolves' fans the opportunity to meet some players and secure some autographs. We'll be sure to give them a warm welcome for what promises to be a great event for the fans and a real treat at the beginning of the season before their first home game."
Semi-Final InformationThis semi-final game isstrong>all ticket. The game is at the McAlpine Stadium on Sunday 1st April, Kick-off 3.30pm.Main seats: Adult ú20 Concessions ú14Wing seats: Adult ú15 Concessions ú10Ends (behind posts): Adult ú10 Concessions ú8The tickets will be received later in the week and will hopefully be on sale on Friday.Coaches are being planned for those wanting to go, we are awaiting details from the coach firm, but we should know by the end of the week.Hospitality packages will also be made available, again more details nearer the end of the week.