Lord Hoyle pushes for StadiumThe decision by deputy Prime Minister John Prescott on whether the Wolves are to get their new stadium has been delayed, according to letters received by the club and the local council. The letter stated that the initial 21 day period allocated for a response was unable to be achieved and that an unspecified extension would be required to consider the proposal.Lord Hoyle, a former Chairman of the Labour Party and local MP, commented, "It is standard procedure to inform the affected parties if a decision deadline cannot be reached and quite often the 21 day timescale is not managed.", he continued, "This is not unusual. They will reach a decision as quick as possible.""I just hope that the Government tells us to get on with it."
Young guns re-signWarrington Wolves have re-signed Paul Noone and Mark Gleeson on one-year contracts, keeping them both at Wilderspool for Super League VI.Mark Gleeson, recently awarded the accolade of the Wolves Most Improved Player of Super League V, made his debut for the first time against London Broncos at the Valley. Mark has played 21 games for the Academy, bagging 13 tries on his way. Having only missed two games during the season for Paul Darbyshire's side he had the best of excuses, he played for Lancashire Academy and was on first team duties. Mark, a grafting hooker in the same mould as Danny Farrar, has scored 26 tries in the last two Academy seasons. Gleeson signed from Ince St. Williams and made his debut for the Academy in 1999. Paul Noone is a talented back-rower, a former Great Britain Academy Captain no less. Noone has made 8 full and 5 sub appearances for the first team in Super League V scoring two tries. His tries came against Salford City Reds (Home - 6th August) and as a substitute against Hull FC (Home - 13th August). Paul made his debut against Castleford Tigers (21st May 2000) as a substitute and is a versatile player who should figure prominently in the Wolves Super League VI campaign alongside Mark Gleeson.
Watch the Welsh Wolves!The Lincoln World Cup brings comes to Wales with a match being held at Wrexham on Sunday 29th October.The game will be held just 8 miles from the border at The Racecourse Ground in Wrexham, easy travelling distance from Warrington, St Helens and Wigan - the Heartland of Rugby League.Wolves players Lee Briers and Dean Busby will be pulling on the famous red jersey to do battle with the likes of St Helens Kevin Iro who will represent the Cook Islands.If you'd like to watch this interesting clash then call the ticket hotline on 0870 444 2000 or from the Ticket Office, Racecourse Ground, Mold Lane Wrexham.Ticket Prices: £15 (concession £12) or £13 (concession £11) - All seated.Kop Terrace - £10 (concession £5) - Standing
Busby Boosts WalesWolves second-row forward Dean Busby bagged a try in the warm up game to the World Cup against the South African Rhinos.The Dragons, which include Lee Briers partnering former Warrington player Iestyn Harris at scrum-half, played in front of 7,000 people at Loftus Verfeld Stadium in Pretoria.The Welsh coach and former Warrington Assistant coach Clive Griffiths used the match to blood youngsters on the international stage including Leigh's Dave Whittle and Dewsbury's Barry Eaton.Busby grabbed his try before the half when second rower Justin Morgan put Busby, playing at loose forward, over securing a 24-4 lead.Wales 40Tries: Jenkins 2 (16th, 31st), Sterling (25th), Busby (36th), Harris (50th), Smith (63rd) Davies (66th).Con: Harris 6/7Team: Paul Atcheson, Paul Sterling, Jason Critchley, Kris Tassell, Anthony Sullivan, Iestyn Harris, Lee Briers, Anthony Farrell, Mick Jenkins, Gareth Carvell, Justin Morgan, Paul Highton, Dean Busby.Subs: Chris Smith, David Whittle, Barry Eaton, Chris Morley, Hefin O'Hare, Wes Davies, Ian Watson South Africa 8Tries: 2 Best (2nd, 67th)Con: Bloem 0/2Hannes Venter, Mark Johnston, Brian Best, Lee Barnard, Archer Dames, Pierre van Wyk, Jamie Bloem, Eugene Powell, Sean Skelton, Jaco Booysens, Q de Villiers, Drikkie Mulder, Sean Rutgerson.Subs: Tom O'Shea, Jaco Webb, H Erasmus, Chris Hunter, Richard Louw, Corne Nel, Francois Cloete.
Stenhouse SignsJamie Stenhouse has re-signed for Warrington Wolves on a one year contract. Jamie was the top try scorer of this seasons Alliance side with ten tries in 21 appearances. Jamie also made a successful leap into the first team grabbing three tries. Making his debut at The Valley against London Broncos, the former local amateur player scored two tries in the first twenty minutes of the game.Darryl Van De Velde commented, "I am glad that Jamie has signed with us. It is important to bring the young players into the ranks, Jamie is a talented local lad having played at Crosfields and I believe that developing youth from the local amateur clubs is important to community development and the future of the club."Jamie was awarded the U21's Player of the Year at the Club Awards earlier this month.
Sport Warrington!'Sport Warrington' is a new joint venture between The Wolves and the local council's Sports Development team. The Wolves players and the council's team will be introducing sport in a fun way to all youngsters in the 8-13 age group at Wilderspool on Wednesday 25th October.All forms of sports are to be encouraged such as Athletics, Baseball, Cricket, Football and Rugby will all be on display.Neil Kelly the Rugby League Development Officer and member of Sport Warrington said: "This is a great way to promote the benefits of sport. Children can get involved and have fun at the home of their heroes the Wolves."Activities on the 25th run from 10.00am until 1.00pm and full details are available from the club.
Wolfies Tail TagSue Campbell, Chief Executive for the British Sports Trust and Advisor to the Government on Sport came to Wilderspool on Friday 13th October, to launch the Wolves new game Wolfie's Tail Tag."The game of Tail Tag is very clever as with Wolfie's Work Out Book, combining sport and education is terrific. It is a great motivator for children and by creating a game linked with education and a sport like Rugby League is the start of something big. It is the way forward in development."Wolfie's Tail Tag is a modified game of Rugby League; it has been developed for children. It has been tailored to take the physical contact aspect of league out of the game; this to prevent injury. Tail Tag has all the fun and excitement of traditional Rugby League but without the fierce physical contact of the kind you see each week in Super League.The Wolves have had special tags manufactured for the game, labelled with Wolfie, thanked to the new partnership recently formed with regional energy supplier Manweb. The new game will become part of the already successful Primary Link and Try Hard schemes run by the Wolves. The game has been developed to encourage children and adults to become involved with the game of Rugby League.Tackling is effected by the removal of a 'tag', which is positioned at the hip, on a Velcro belt. The player who effected the tackle must then hold the belt tag in the air before placing it on the ground. The ' tackled ' player must then return to the place where the belt was removed and put the removed tag back on the belt before proceeding to play the ball.
Briers Commits to WolvesWelsh International half-back Lee Briers has consolidated his future with the Wolves by signing a two year deal that will see the 22 year old through to Super League VII.Lee commented, "I would like to see the club go further this season, heading into a top five position. Super League V was somewhat disappointing for the Wolves and myself with an injury in the last match. I am fighting fit for the World Cup and Wales have a good chance.""The Wolves have made some good signings with Martin Masella, Kevin Campion and Rob Smyth. I am looking forward to playing with them all, I think that they will all add different dimensions to the pack. I think they will take the team forward and add aggression to the defence. it all makes for an interesting season, and my aim is to keep my place in the team each week."Lee is now a qualified club coach after completing the Club Coach Award held at Wilderspool last week and will be participating in the club's Community Development schools coaching next season."The coaching course was great, as it added to my skills knowledge and I am looking forward to passing them on to the children, it means a lot to the Wolves community to see children get involved in the sport and with the club."Academy Player of the Year Paul Wood has also signed a two year deal as has fellow Academy star Dave Alstead. Both players made their first team debuts this season, after only a handful of games in the Under-21 side.
Players AwardsAt a gala presentation evening at the Park Royal Hotel hosted by Sky Sports Eddie Hemmings the Warrington Wolves annual Player Awards evening went off in fine style.First Team Player of the Year went to Andrew Gee who gladly accepted the accolade. Under-21s player of the year was presented by Paul Cullen, who had attended especially, the award went to local lad Jamie Stenhouse. Academy player of the Year was presented by Paul Darbyshire, ex-Warrington star and memeber of the 1990 Wembley squad as well as current Lancashire Academy coach, the award went to Paul Wood. Head Coach Darryl Van de Velde presented Mark Gleeson with the Most Improved Player award.Mark Forster gained a standing ovation from the packed room as he collected an Outstanding Service Award for his time with the Wolves. Paul Cullen was also very walmy greeted as he also received a sign of appreciation from the club for all of his time and efforts over the years, both as a player and later as a coach.Warrington Sports Holding Chairman Norman Summers also thanked the back room staff at the club for their tireless and unsung work behind the scenes that has keept the club going over the years, in particular Sheila Ford and Doreen Lindop who have been with the club for well over 20 years.
Season Ticket Launched for SL VIWarrington Wolves have launched their Season tickets for 2001 with prices being frozen at last season's prices and an early bird offer of the new shirt for Super League VI."The shirt offer worked so well last year that we have decided to run it for the second year. It creates such a vibrancy of colour around the ground on a match day, it adds to the atmosphere.", commented retail marketing manager Steven Morris.The Wolves are delighted to continue their famous free shirt offer, with a dynamic new shirt designed for Super League VI. An extension of the offer so that Brian Bevan Stand OAPs/Students, and OAP ground ticket holders have the early bird opportunity to buy the shirt at half price.The season ticket provides the following benefits:
- Entry to all Super League VI, Alliance and Academy matches
- 10% discount at WolfWare stadium store
- Preferential booking for crucial Silk Cut Challenge Fixtures