Question TimeA good turnout greeted the six new signings at the wolves Q&A session with Darryl giving away one or two secrets for the new season. The new men lined up and took questions from the floor with forward Martin Masella and wise-cracking Kevvie Walters stealing the show.Coach Darryl Van de Velde was also on hand to answer the fans questions and shed some light on the forthcoming season.Darryl's revealed that the old Walters and Langer partnership is likely to be back in full swing for the start of the season, with the two former Brisbane team-mates linking up once again for what was one of the most formidable half-back partnerships in the modern era."It won't take long to get the combination going again and I'm really looking forward to it.", commented Walters on the possibility of playing alongside Langer and facing some tough Super League opposition.All players agreed that their recent trip to Plymouth to train with the Commandos has done them the world of good, they felt physically and most importantly mentally strong for the new season."This is the team I've had since I've been at Warrington, I know I probably said that last year but this years team is better.", commented Van de Velde.The possibility of a pre-season match sometime in early February was also mentioned, though that depended on who the club drew in the Challenge Cup and the teams pre-season preparations.Darryl also put down the rumours that Alan Hunte wouldn't be coming back, the head coach confirmed that Hunte would be returning in a couple of weeks from his off-season stint in Welsh Rugby Union.
t color="#F7D608" face="Arial" size=+2>MP Stands by ClubHelen Southworth, MP for Warrington South this morning reaffirmed her support for the club in light of the planning enquiry that has been called by John Prescott after reviewing the application for the new stadium.Ms. Southworth has promised that she will 'chase' all areas of the enquiry, so that it receives prompt attention as it goes through the system.Helen Southworth has spoken to John Prescott and Nick Rainsford, Government Minister for Planning who will lead the public enquiry, stressing the importance of the stadium to the future of the club and the community."Warrington Wolves is a very important part of our community, not only because of the sporting profile in the Super League club. It also provides an excellent sports and fitness role model for young people, it has developed a men's health initiative in partnership with the NHS, it has a learning support and education centre at it's current stadium and is very involved with local schools and community initiatives."Very many people in Warrington want our club to survive and prosper. A new stadium is an essential part of their business plan and to their remaining in Super league. I am very concerned that administrative delays in the inquiry would have a very severe impact on the Warrington Wolves financial position. "
Public Inquiry for Peoples StadiumThe club has received a news release from the Government Office for the North West, regarding to the Secretary of State's decision on the new stadium."The Secretary of State is of the opinion that a public inquiry should be held with regard to the new stadium application. The public inquiry starts today and it will be made by the Planning Inspectorate from Bristol."Whilst we are initially devastated to receive this news, this is not an insurmountable obstacle. The Warrington community has already illustrated its passion for a new stadium in the town. The Club with the support of the people of Warrington will launch a new stadium campaign to demonstrate the desire for a new home for the Wolves. The Club would just like to assure the Wolves fans that this is only a temporary setback and we will be doing all in our power to build a new stadium.Wolves chairman Doug Hoyle spoke exclusively to Wolf Web, "We're very dissapointed with the public inquiry decision and this puts us in difficult situation. However I'm sure that the people of Warrington to back us both financially and morally and that we will win through in the end."
Valentine's Special - Mark Forster's TestimonialIn aid of Mark Forsters Testimonial season there will be a special game for Mark on Valentines Day.Warrington Wolves v. Wigan WarriorsWednesday 14th February 2001Wilderspool StadiumKick Off: 7:30PMMore details will follow.
Wolves Welcome New PlayersThe Wolves welcomed their new roster of players for the forthcoming Super League season today.New signings Rob Smyth, Steve Georgallis, Jerome Guisset, Martin Masella, David Kidwell and Kevin Walters were on hand to talk to the press and show the Wolves strength and ambition for the new season.Amongst them were aussie Grand Final Captain Kevin Walters, who only arrived in the country in the small hours, but will be hard at training with his new team mates in the next day or so.Walters in particular has shown that the Wolves are looking to better their 6th place in Super League V and are gunning for a top five spot. The wealth of experience from the likes of Walters, Langer, Gee, Georgallis and Nikau add to the young raw talent of Danny Nutley, Jamie Stenhouse, David Alstead, Paul Noone and Will Cowell.Walters is without doubt a prize signing, and the opportunity to see him play alongside his old partner Allan Langer is not to be missed, neither is the opportunity to team up with the Wolves young half-back Lee Briers who has shown that he is a star in the making.
Half price for Lancashire DerbyThe opportunity for Wolves fans to see an NFP Lancashire clash at half price. Oldham play local Lancashire side Leigh at Boundary Park, Oldham on January 14th, kick off is 3.00pm.With both Leigh and Oldham doing well in the initial weeks of the NFP the clash between the old Lancashire sides will be a site to see, and a great opportunity for fans to support Rugby League in general.Half price admission to the Rochdale Road Stand for any Super League season ticket holder on production of a valid season ticket for 2001 season.
t color="#F7D608" face="Arial" size=+2>Q&A Session with the WolvesOn Wednesday 17th January there will be a chance for Wolves fans to meet the clubs new signings and have a Question and Answer session with them.The Touchdown club will play host to Kevin Walters, David Kidwell, Martin Masella and Steve Georgallis. There will be a Question and Answer session with the above players and coach Darryl Van de Velde will also be on hand to give some insight into the Wolves campaign for Super League VI. The session will start at 7.30pm.
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t color="#F7D608" face="Arial" size=+2>Georgallis Tough Enough for the WeatherSteve Georgallis arrived in Warrington today ready to stake his claim on a jersey for Super League VI.The former Wests Tigers hooker who has been granted a Greek passport and plays as an EU citizen was welcomed by wintry conditions at Wilderspool, but that certainly didn't put off the tough utility player who is more than looking forward to the challenge of British Rugby.With David Highton, Mark Gleeson and even Kevin Walters all eyeing the number nine jersey Steve will be in for some competition but with over 200 first grade games under his belt "George" is willing and able to take up a number of roles.After settling in Steve will start training in blustery conditions at the Wolves training camp, and will probably travel with the squad on their week with the Commandos.Name: Steve GeorgallisDate of Birth: 17/06/68Weight: 92kgHeight: 180lbsNickname: GeorgePosition: UtilityJunior Clubs: St George Dragons, Dunbar HotelFirst Grade Debut: 1989First Grade Appearances: 206Semi-Final Appearances: 1Tries: 27First Grade Points: 104Former Clubs: Western Suburbs, Easts
Boxing Day ChallengeWarrington Wolves v Salford City RedsWilderspool StadiumKick Off 3pm
- A first in Super League history for Warrington Wolves playing on Boxing Day.
- Returning to the team from World Cup duties Lee Briers from Wales and Toa Kohe Love from New Zealand Maoris.
- Young stars Jamie Stenhouse, Mark Gleeson ( Man of the Match of the South Sydney Rabbitohs match ), Paul Noone, Paul Wood and Dave Alstead will feature.
- Salford City Reds line up include Steve Blakeley, Mike Wainwright (Warrington old boys), possible appearance of Martin Offiah and Tom O'Reilly on trial after featuring in the Papua New Guinea World Cup team.
- A chance to see Rebble the Devil, the new funked up Salford mascot and the one the only Wolfie!
- Ticket Prices: Brian Bevan Stand: ú12 (concession: ú7), Ground ú9 (concession ú5), Children: ú3 or ú2 with voucher in Warrington Guardian.
- Wolfie and Rebel the Devil will be in Golden Square on Saturday 23rd December 2000 from 11am promoting the Boxing Day Challenge and distributing ú1 concession tickets for Junior Admission.
- Jerome Guisset returns to the Wolves for Super League VI and will be playing on Boxing Day v. Salford City Reds.
Guisset ReturnsJerome Guisset has returned to Warrington Wolves to take up his second year option on his contract. Jerome will play in the Boxing Day Challenge against Salford City Reds.It was reported that Guisset had left the club to sign for UTC in France. Guisset has always been registered to Warrington Wolves. When he returned to France for World Cup training he took up a playing with UTC as part of his training and has played with them since the World Cup.Guisset played for Canberra Raiders in 1999, making four appearances. He was the second Frenchman to play first grade rugby league in Australia. He was the first Frenchman to sign for Warrington Wolves. Guisset made 12 + 11 sub appearances and scored 7 tries for the Wolves last season.It was always expected that he would return to play for the Wolves after the World Cup and his holiday in France to play in Super League VI.Jerome commented, "I am really looking forward to coming back to Warrington Wolves. The standards of Super league and competition are high and competitive, which I find challenging. The club and Darryl have been good to me and I am looking forward to being part of the squad in Super League VI.I am confident of a top five place with the new signings that Darryl has made in the close season and I am looking forward to working with Kevin Walters, Martin Masella, David Kidwell and it will be fun to be alongside Rob Smyth again."