Deakin pays tribute to fansChief Excutive Peter Deakin paid tribute to the travelling army of fans at the Round 19 match against Wigan Warriors, "Our fans were magnificent and out shouted the home fans for the whole game. They made full use of the acoustics in the stadium and Head Coach Darrtl Van de Veldetold me that the players enjoyed the atmosphere but were disappointed not to ger a result."Deakin continued, "If we get the necessary planning permission for the 12,000 capacity stadium, Warrington Wolves home games in years to come will be the place to be."Both David Highton and Jerome Guisset left the field of play last night. Highton has a knee injury and is receiving treatment. Seconf row Jerome Guisset, who was carried from the field in a neck brace will see the club Doctor later today to check the extent of the injury. The good news is that Jerome was walking about after the game and travelled home witht the team.
Tigers Game Fixture ChangeThe Round 21 match against Castleford Tigers has been moved from Sunday 30th July to Friday 28th, Kick off 7.30pm.The game is to be shown live on Sky Sports 1.
Super League V - Round 19 Team NewsRound 19 sees a trip to the JJB stadium and a SKY televised match. The 17 players who beat Halifax last Friday are all back in contention, with the addition of Gray Chambers who has overcome his leg injury to force a selection after some outstanding performances in the Alliance team.The squad is:Lee PennyAlan HunteWill CowellChris CampbellIan KnottLee BriersTawera NikauAllan LangerAndrew GeeDanny FarrarDanny NutleySteve McCurriePaul NooneMark HiltonDavid HightonJerome GuissetMike PetersGary Chambers
Wilderspool for the Womens FinalWilderspool is to play host to the inaugural Women's World Series, which will be run alongside this year's Lincoln Financial Group World Cup in October.The opening game will take place at Wakefield on November 6, with the final at Wilderspool on Friday, November 24 - the night before the World Cup final at Old Trafford.Teams from Great Britain and Ireland, New Zealand, Australia and the New Zealand Moaris will battle it out at six venues in the Winter:Monday, November 6: Great Britain and Ireland v Australia (Belle Vue, Wakefield)Tuesday, November 7: New Zealand Maori v New Zealand (Boulevard, Hull)Friday, November 10: New Zealand Maori v Australia, Great Britain and Ireland v New Zealand (both at South Leeds Stadium)Friday, November 17: Play-offs (1st v 4th, 2nd v 3rd, Spotland, Rochdale)Friday, November 24: Third place play-off and final (Wilderspool, Warrington)
Wires on the telly!The round 19 match against Wigan Warriors this coming Sunday is now to be shown live on Sky Sports. Kick off time has changed to 7.05pm.
Toa on top of the World!Wolves kiwi centre Toa Kohe-Love, who was last seasons runner up to the Super League Man of Steel and joint top try scorer, has impressed Wigan and New Zealand coach Frank Endacott enough to grab a place in the initial New Zealand squad for this years World Cup.Toa is one of just nine European based players to be named by Endacott, others include Henry and Robbie Paul (Bradford, Richie Blackmore (Leeds), Sean Hoppe (St Helens) and Gene Ngamu (Huddersfield-Sheffield).
Super League V - Round 18 Team NewsRound 18 sees 7th playing 8th, with the Blue Sox looking for their first ever victory at Wilderspool during Super League, and with the added incentive of a top five place up for grabs the clash in front of Sky cameras is set to be a scrap not many will soon forget.The squad is:Lee PennyAlan HunteWill CowellChris CampbellIan KnottLee BriersTawera NikauAllan LangerAndrew GeeDanny FarrarDanny NutleySteve McCurriePaul NooneMark HiltonDavid HightonJerome GuissetMike PetersGary ChambersToa Kohe-Love (shoulder) and Jon Roper (hip) sit this tussle out after picking up knocks in the encounter with Saints. Up steps youngsters Will Cowell and Paul Noone to show what the young Wolves talent is like.Ex-Warrington player and Blue Sox player/coach will have a few worries over squad selection. Halfback Greg Florimo is rated as only having a 50% chance of being fit for the encounter after rupturing a bicep. Jon Scales, the ex-bradford player who recently signed on a months trial from Leeds Tykes, is likely to be made to wait it out in the reserves with 'flu victim Marvin Golden."I will pick my subs after the under-21 game but Jon would have to have a blinder to have a chance of playing on Friday," said Mercer.
Halifax match all signed upThis Fridays match against Halifax Blue Sox is to be used to publicise the support for the Wolves planning application for the proposed new stadium. A petition will be available for all fans to show their support for the club, with a half time signing of local celebrities and past players.A petition will be available to sign at tables at the Fletcher Street end, Railway end and in the concourse of the Brian Bevan stand.The Miller 7's match is due to kick off at 6.50pm with youngsters from local schools playing for a chance to get to the finals.Wolfie will be there with a new friend, World Cup mascot Bluke Tryscorer, watch out for the half time race between these two favourites!As always the fans favourite, the Warrington Starlites will be showing their latest dance routine, with the Junior Starlites also strutting their stuff at half time.The Academy match between the Blue Sox and the Wolves will kick off at 5.15pm.
Virtual StadiumThe Wolves are holding an event at The Parr Hall on Monday 17th July at 7.30pm to show supporters and fans a Virtual Reality Video of the proposed new stadium on the Tetley Walker site at Winwick Road.Norman Summers, Lord Hoyle and Peter Deakin will host the evening and will be glad to answer questions from supporters and fans on the planning application bid.
Playing for success - Joint venture given "thumbs up"Warrington Wolves and the Borough Council were informed on Friday (30th June) that they have been successful in a joint bid to establish a study support centre for young people.The centre, to be based at the Wolves Wilderspool stadium, will give youngsters across Warrington (mainly key stage two and three - ages 10 - 14) the chance to learn after school, at weekends and in the holidays.The centre, which will take in the region of 50 pupils per session several times a week, will house state of the art IT facilities and provide a focus on literacy and numeracy using the medium of sport. Other facilities include CD-ROMs and access to the Internet, sessions understanding other countries, including link-ups to other major international clubs, opportunities to write for publications (e.g. match day programmes or magazines) and interviews with well-known personalities, including Rugby League stars, who will talk about learning.The announcement comes as part of the governments 'Playing for Success' initiative and is only one of ten across the UK which does not involve football clubs. It is hoped the centre would be up and running by early next year.The "Thumbs Up" was given to the study centre in recognition of the close working relationship between Warrington Wolves and Warrington Borough Council and their commitment to involving the local community.Peter Deakin, Wolves Chief Executive said, "It is a marvellous decision by the government to support this innovating partnership. We are building the club as a learning organisation and we are delighted with this news."Steven Broomhead, Chief Executive of the Borough Council said, "By working in a learning partnership with the Wolves we are aiming to help raise the educational standards across Warrington. We hope it will be an interesting and extremely popular centre with pupils, parents and local schools. This is an exciting and powerfully motivating opportunity to learn."The centre will be staffed by a special centre manager. The manager will work with local schools to identify which pupils would best benefit from the learning experience. The manager will also be looking to recruit college students as mentors for the youngsters.