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Updated Wed Jun 5 11:23:21 2013
NEW WEBSITE FOR TOTAL PHYSIO KANWAL
Total Physio Kanwal assist in looking after the players of the Wyong Roos. Brendan Clark and his team can also assist you with all your physiotherapy needs. The practice is situated in Suite C9, Kanwal Medical Centre, 654 Pacific Highway, Kanwal. Phone: 43933777.
Click on the link below for the website of Total Physio Kanwal.
Added Tue Jun 25 07:32:02 2013
EMPLOYMENT FOR ROOS FOOTBALL PLAYERS
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The Wyong Roos have a number of football players who are seeking casual/full time employment. If you own a business or can assist please contact the Football Manager Mr Matt Lavin on 0414 012 437 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Added Thu Jan 16 09:14:59 2014
ROOS FINALISE 2015 SENIOR MEN'S COACHING STAFF
Experienced Central Coast Rugby League identity, Tony Clarke, has taken the reins for 1st Grade’s Season 2015 premiership defence. Tony joins the coaching staff at Wyong Roos after successful stints with Woy Woy, Newcastle Knights and Manly Sea Eagles, and will also assist RiP Taylor with the NSW Cup squad.
Club stalwarts, Matt Ross and Jerry “Muddy” Hill, will respectively take control of Reserve Grade and Open Age. Jerry will be aiming to secure a hat trick of Minor Premierships in 2015, as well as repeating last season’s successful campaign. Matt is moving to a principal role after strong work as an assistant over several years.
Jason “Angry” Parker will again have charge of the Under 19’s. Although looking for his fourth consecutive premiership, Jason will once more focus on what he does best; developing juniors into genuine grade players.
Wyong Roos are confident these men will build upon the success of 2014, and lead the Club through another big year of competition in Season 2015.
Preparations for the inaugural Ladies League Tag team continue. Any persons interested in playing (must be over 15 years), or in support roles, should contact Matt Lavin at Wyong Leagues Club on (02) 43922799.
Added Fri Nov 28 14:10:23 2014
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Added Mon Dec 1 12:39:56 2014
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Added Mon Dec 1 12:44:03 2014
NSW PHYSICAL DISABILITY RUGBY LEAGUE
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The 2015 footy season kicked off at Morry Breen Field on 7 February, 2015 with a NSW Disability Rugby League (NSWPDRL) match between Sydney Roosters and South Sydney. The match was very competitive and played in great spirit, with the Rabbitohs just getting home 32-22.
NSWPDRL is open to children and adults of both genders who suffer any form of physical disability, whether it be congenital conditions such as cerebral palsy, limb amputation or the manifestations of stroke. Players with varying degrees of disability take the field in a single match, and are graded according to their abilities. Certain players are protected by rule variations, cannot be tackled to the ground, but must stop and play the ball if touched by the defence. The more able can be fair game, and there was plenty of strong running and big hits on display in the match between the arch rivals at Roos headquarters.
The fixture is set to become an annual event to be played prior to Wyong’s first NSW Cup home trial each season.
Anyone with enquiries should call George Tonna on 0402773045, or jump on the website www.nswpdrl.com.au
Many thanks to Roos players Brady Barwick and Chris Brown who helped out on the day.
Added Sun Feb 15 17:27:19 2015
2015 ROOS MERCHANDISE FOR SALE
The Wyong Roos have 2015 items of merchandise for sale. These items are available from the canteen on game days or contact Belinda Hill by email if you wish to purchase - Bhill@wyongleagues.com.au
Updated Wed Mar 18 07:28:22 2015
Wyong Roos have rolled out their 2015 Supporters Club membership package, so if you are not already on board, now is the time to act.
$55 will get you;
- Membership of Wyong Leagues Club Group with access to the facilities at Wyong Leagues Club, Budgewoi Soccer Club, Canton Beach Sports Club, Wallarah Bay Recreation Club, Wyong Bowling Club, Goulburn Railway Bowling Club, Avoca Beach Bowling Club and (coming soon), Bateau Bay Bowling Club.
- 10% off all Roos football merchandise.
- 10% off tickets to the 2015 presentation.
- Free entry to all home games
- Free Roos cap
- Special prizes and opportunities to be announced throughout the season
If you are already a member of Wyong Leagues Club Group, but would like to be part of the Supporters Club, you can get the same benefits for only $43.
Grab your Supporters Club membership card and free cap at headquarters.
Added Tue Mar 10 16:04:35 2015
WYONG ROOS PLAYER ELONI VUNAKECE - SELECTED IN FIJI BATI SQUAD TEST TEAM
Congratulations to Wyong Roos NSW Cup front rower Eloni Vunakece who has been selected in the Fiji Bati squad to contest the Pacific Test against Papua New Guinea. The Test will be played on Saturday 2nd May, 2015 at CBUS Stadium on the Gold Coast. The game will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 1 at 5.30pm
Updated Fri Apr 24 12:15:41 2015
BALLBOY GETS BONUS FROM HEAD COACH
The bravery and unwavering support of Roos ballboy, Nixon Lavin, was well recognised by Head Coach, Rip Taylor following the NSW Cup match at WIN Stadium on 11 April. Nixon was sent from the field by an over-zealous touch judge and left in tears after offering some verbal discouragement to Cutters goalkicker, Shannon Crook. Nixon is here pictured with Coach Taylor, receiving his special 'No Coward bonus at Roos HQ.
Updated Thu Apr 23 16:30:38 2015
MITCH WILLIAMS NAMED CAPTAIN OF NSW RESIDENTS
Wyong Roos Club Captain, Mitch Williams, has gained selection in the NSW Residents representative team for the third consecutive year, and has also been named as skipper. Both honours are well deserved, and an acknowledgement of Mitch’s status in the game, and the very fine leader he is, on and off the field. NSW Residents are this year coached by Garth Brennan from Penrith, and will meet Qld Residents in Brisbane at 1.30pm on 3 May. The match will be televised live on Fox Sports.
The NSW squad is as follows;
- Nathan Gardner (Newtown)
- Mitch Brown (Newtown)
- Levi Dodd (Canterbury)
- Peter Mata’utia (Illawarra)
- Chanel Mata’utia (Newcastle)
- Darren Nicholls (North Sydney)
- Mitch Cornish (Mounties)
- Sam Anderson (Penrith)
- Mitch Williams capt. (Wyong)
- Danny Fualalo (Canterbury)
- Will Matthews (Illawarra)
- Mitch Barnett (Mounties)
- Adam Elliot (Canterbury)
- Matt Hyland (North Sydney)
- Lelani Latu (Penrith)
- Mark Nicholls (Mounties)
- Nathan Green (Illawarra)
- Daniel Alvaro (Wentworthville)
- Nathan Ross (Newcastle)
Updated Tue Apr 28 05:41:10 2015
ROOS AND ROOSTERS TRAINING SESSION
Wyong Roos VB NSW Cup squad spent Wednesday 20 May training with Sydney Roosters at Roosters HQ. The local boys practised individual skills and techniques, and did some testing ground work with their NRL big brothers, before finishing the day with a vigorous opposed session under the supervision of Trent Robinson and his staff. The day was a unique opportunity for the younger Roos, who have never experienced an NRL system, to see at close hand the commitment required to be a professional rugby league player at the highest level.
The relationship between the Roos and Sydney Roosters grows stronger each day, and is further evidence of the NRL club’s investment in the game on the Central Coast. Wyong Roos thank the Sydney Roosters players and staff who, as always and without exception, were generous with their time, support and expertise.
Follow the link below for video package.
Updated Thu May 21 13:37:07 2015
WYONG ROOS/SYDNEY ROOSTERS PACIFIC TEST PLAYERS
Congratulations to the Wyong Roos/Sydney Roosters NSW Cup players who played in their respective Pacific Tests on 2nd May, 2015.
Eloni Vunakece - Played for Fiji Bati Test Team in their win against Papua New Guinea.
Nene McDonald - Played in the Papua New Guinea Test Team against Fiji Bati.
Samisoni Langi - Played in the Samoa Test Team against Tonga.
Added Sun May 3 09:33:10 2015
MITCH WILLIAMS PRESENTED WITH NSW RESIDENTS JERSEY BY TIM SHEENS
Wyong Roos NSW Cup Captain Mitch Williams will Captain the NSW Cup Residents team against Queensland on Sunday 3rd May, 2015. Mitch was presented with his jersey by Australian Rugby League Coach Tim Sheens.
Added Sun May 3 09:36:14 2015
ROOS AND ROOSTERS GET TOGETHER AT ALLIANZ
Wyong Roos players and staff enjoyed a joint training session with their Sydney Roosters counterparts at Allianz Stadium on 8 July to help the NRL boys prepare for their match with Penrith on Saturday. It was a rare opportunity for the Roos to experience the stadium environment, and work their combinations against the speed and power of the Roosters in match like conditions.
Wyong meet the Panthers at Pepper Stadium at 3.10pm on Saturday in Round 18 of the VB NSW Cup, and will be followed by the Sydney Roosters clash with Penrith at the same venue. Both matches are broadcast live on Fox Sports 1.
Updated Fri Jul 10 12:28:30 2015
CCDRL INDIGENOUS ROUND LAUNCHED AT WBRC
CCDRL, in conjunction with Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council and Bungree Aboriginal Services, last night launched the Indigenous Round of rugby league to promote reconciliation and the services available to local Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander people through these community based organisations.
The Darkinjung LALC covers an area from Hawkesbury River in the south, to Catherine Hill Bay in the north, and east of the Watagan Mountains. The organisation is involved in enhancing community participation and wellbeing, culture, heritage and the preservation of the environment, as well as business and economic development for the benefit of local first Australian people.
Darkinjung CEO, Sean Gordon and Chairperson, Josh Toomey, spoke of the importance of the event as a starting point for reconciliation and better relations between first Australian peoples and the wider community, and acknowledged the contribution made by Ian Naden to the initiation and development of the project.
Bungree provides Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples residing on the Central Coast with high quality services focusing on health, welfare, transport and intensive family support programs.
Bungree Treasurer, Brody Naden, also acknowledged the efforts of his father, Ian, in devising the concept of the Indigenous Round and seeing it grow into an event unlike any other in NSW, and the pride and value it brings to the Central Coast and its indigenous people.
The concept started five years ago when the Roos were playing in the Newcastle competition, and involved only the Roos and Maitland clubs. The return of Wyong to the CCDRL competition saw the project relocate to this area, and resulted in Ourimbah Magpies, and subsequently Toukley Hawks, joining the project. Season 2015 sees a massive shift in focus, with all 12 Central Coast clubs involved in the promotion. Each 1st Grade team this Sunday will wear jerseys bearing aboriginal motifs specially designed for the occasion by local artists. The unique jerseys were unveiled at the launch at Wallarah Bay Recreation Club amid great enthusiasm and goodwill from clubs who have long histories of hard fought battles.
The Roos play The Entrance Tigers at EDSAAC Oval Bateau Bay this Sunday. A big day of rugby league commences with the Under 19’s at 9am, and concludes with the top of the table 1st Grade clash which kicks off at 2.30pm. Following 1st Grade, players and supporters will be heading to Bateau Bay Bowling Club, the most recent acquisition to the WRLCG stable.
Updated Wed Jul 8 12:05:54 2015
ROOS DOWN COMPETITION LEADERS FOR SECOND TIME IN 2 WEEKS
Wyong Roos NSW Cup team travelled to Pepper Stadium on Saturday afternoon, for the return bout with competition frontrunners, Penrith, and came away with a narrow 20-18 victory over the reigning premiers.
The Roos scored first in the 11th minute when Lagi Setu pounced on a short range Mitch Williams grubber. The Panthers hit back in the 17th minute courtesy of a try to half Will Smith, almost identical to the one he scored at Central Coast Stadium a fortnight earlier. The visitors reasserted some authority when Willie Manu half volleyed a ball laid back by Setu to dive over, then followed up with the try of the match from the ensuing set, as big Abe Papalii finished a movement involving Setu, Manu, Samisoni Langi and Manu again which travelled some 60m in total. Panther backrower, Tupou Sopoaga, crossed three minutes out from the break, and the teams went to the halftime sheds with the green and gold ahead 18-8.
The home team were never going to lie down, and courtesy of a surfeit of possession and tries to winger Malakai Watene-Zelezniak and backrower Chris Smith, Penrith had grabbed a 20-18 lead with just six minutes remaining. But the Roos simply refused to be beaten, and although on the point of exhaustion from a huge defensive effort, managed to put together one last play in the dying minutes. Eloni Vunakece charged into the defence, bent back the Penrith line, then offloaded to Tyler Cornish. The Roos halfback passed flat to centre Nathan Smith on his right. Watene-Zelezniak jammed infield to kill off the movement, but was beaten by Smith’s pass to Chris Centrone on his outside. Centrone flew down the touchline on a 45m run, and crashed through a desperate tackle from fullback Adrian Davis, to plant the ball in the north east corner. The win puts the Roos just two points off the competition lead. Next Sunday Wyong meets Newcastle Knights away at No. 2 Sportsground. Kick off is at 3pm
Updated Mon Jul 13 14:57:06 2015
O'MELEY MAKES 1ST GRADE DEBUT
Nick O’Meley, elder son of Ogre and Sandy O’Meley, made his first grade debut for Wyong Roos in the hard fought 6-6 draw against The Entrance at Tiger Town on Sunday. Just a matter of weeks past his 17th birthday, Nick gained selection in Coach Clarke’s team following some standout performances for the Under 19’s and Reserve Grade this season. Remarkably, Nick is still eligible to turn out for the Under 17’s.
The Tigers, not surprisingly, tested out the rookie at every opportunity, and despite the very difficult conditions, he passed that examination with flying colours, and was one of the Roos best on the day.
There appears to be one more O’Meley set for a long and productive career in rugby league.
Updated Mon Jul 13 15:04:24 2015
Former Roos Youth of the Year, Jacob Liddle, has earned himself selection in the NSW Under 20 squad for the battle with the Maroons at Suncorp Stadium on 8 July. The Blues, coached by Dean Pay, will play the curtain raiser to the State of Origin decider, and Suncorp will be at capacity for what is one of the biggest games on the rugby league calendar. There is plenty of competition for spots in the Tigers starting thirteen. Jacob has done particularly well to nail down the hooker position, and his performances in the first 16 rounds of the competition have obviously caught the collective eye of the State selectors. Wyong Roos congratulates Jacob on this honour, and wish him all the best in what promises to be one of the biggest matches of his career so far.
Updated Thu Jul 2 16:49:46 2015
MITCH WILLIAMS - BOUND FOR GLORY
New South Wales Rugby League - It’s been another sterling season for NSW Cup steward Mitch Williams in leading the Wyong Roos to the top of the competition.
However, it’s hardly a surprise for his coach Rip Taylor who knows the 2013 NSW Cup player of the year is ready to finally take the big step onto the NRL stage.
“I’d love to see it happen,” Taylor said.
“It would be great to see him get an opportunity and I don’t think he would let anyone down. I know he wouldn’t let anyone down. We’re certainly privileged and happy to have him.”
Williams has been inspirational for the Roos this season, topping the league with a monster 647 tackles for the season while also recording the most line break assists with 19 and second most try assists with 17.
His consistency is a cornerstone of the premiership force that Wyong have formed into this season.
Follow the link below for the full NSW Rugby League article.
Updated Mon Aug 17 12:50:54 2015
MORE ROOS AND ROOSTERS TRAINING
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The Wyong Roos have made a couple of trips to the Roosters HQ to train with the Sydney Roosters. Click on the link for more video of those training sessions.
Added Sat Aug 8 16:07:16 2015
CONGRATULATIONS TYLER CORNISH - VB HARD EARNED MAN OF MATCH
Congratulations to Wyong Roos NSW Cup half back Tyler Cornish named VB Hard Earned Man of Match in the Wyong Roos win against Wentworthville at Pirtek Stadium on Saturday 29th August, 2015.
Added Sun Aug 30 19:07:30 2015
BLAKE ANDREWS RECEIVES GRANT FROM DONNICA CLARKE FOUNDATION
Wyong Roos Junior, Blake Andrews, is the 2015 recipient of the Maree Kelly Memorial Frangipani Grant from the Donnica Clarke Foundation. The particular grant, valued at $500, is made in memory of Berkeley Vale stalwart, Maree Kelly, who passed away in 2014, and was a close friend and supporter of the Clarke family. The grant is exclusively made to a young rugby league player on the Central Coast to help defray expenses associated with the individual’s development within the sport, and was created in recognition of Maree’s life long love for the game. The naming of Blake as grantee occurred at the Foundation’s Annual Fundraiser Ball held at Mingara Club last Saturday night.
Added Tue Aug 4 07:16:07 2015
NICK O'MELEY CENTRAL COAST ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Wyong young gun, Nick O’Meley, was last night named CCDRL Rookie of the Year at the Central Coast Leagues Club Medal Presentation Night. Nick started Season 2015 as first choice fullback for the Under 19’s, though still eligible for junior football. However, a combination of injuries in higher grades, and strong performances on his part, led to a call up into Reserve Grade. The Roos coaching staff was so impressed by Nick’s progress and maturity, he was further elevated to 1st Grade for the match against Umina on 14 June. Since that time he has been one of the most consistent performers in a very tough, hard fought campaign. Nick even managed to play a few games with his old man along the way. Nick’s season has not ended, and he will turn out for Reserve Grade in the GF this Saturday. Whispers are getting louder that Nick may soon take up an offer from Sydney Roosters. Wyong Roos congratulates Nick on this well deserved award and on a fantastic season.
Added Thu Sep 17 11:40:35 2015
NSW CUP GRAND FINAL VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS
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NICK O'MELEY - ROOS 2015 YOUTH OF THE YEAR
Nick O’Meley capped his debut season in senior grade rugby league by being named Wyong Roos 2015 Youth of the Year. Even though still eligible for Under 17’s junior football, Nick elected to chance his arm in grade in 2015, initially with Coach Parker’s Under 19 squad, but by year’s end as an integral component of Coach Clarke’s 1st Grade outfit. After being named 2015 Central Coast Rookie of the Year, Nick’s claim to the award amongst a host of well performed young guns like Daniel Langbridge, Robbie Rodger and Jarrod Kessler became irresistible. Nick displayed a level of maturity and dedication to his craft beyond his years. Having the opportunity to observe at close hand what it takes to be a top line professional footballer has no doubt stood Nick in good stead regarding some important football and life lessons. Nick is a credit to his parents, Mark and Sandy, and his wider family, and will do Wyong Roos proud for many years to come. Wyong Roos congratulates Nick on receiving this award.
Added Tue Sep 29 13:13:02 2015
MITCH WILLIAMS - ROOS 2015 PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Wyong Roos Club Captain, Mitch Williams, was named Player of the Year at the Club’s Annual Presentation Night last Friday. After receiving the Best & Fairest and Players’ Player Awards for the NSW Cup grade, it was perhaps no surprise that Mitch took out the Club’s premier award as well. Mitch has had a stellar year, turning out for the Sydney Roosters in the Auckland 9’s tournament, as well as being selected as starting hooker and skipper of the NSW Residents representative team. Despite some injury setbacks at various times throughout the season, Mitch has again spearheaded the Roos attack, and for much of the season has led almost all the key performance statistics against many full time professionals. Rarely has any player so often given so much of themselves to each onfield battle. The award acknowledges Mitch’s skill, courage and pride in the jumper. Congratulations to Mitch on receiving this honour for the fourth time.
Added Tue Sep 29 13:14:16 2015
WYONG ROOS 2015 PRESENTATION NIGHT
Over 270 players, staff, volunteers, partners and family attended Wyong Roos Annual Presentation held in the Showroom at Roos HQ last Friday night. The evening was hosted by Dale Eggleton, and culminated in Old Boys & Supporters President, Terry Wand, presenting Nick O’Meley with the 2015 Youth of the Year award, and Kevin Pearce, Chairman of WRLCG, presenting Mitch Williams with the Player of the Year award. The ceremony also marked the first occasion a Ladies League Tag team has been part of the annual presentation, and the performances of the ladies as individual players has come under equal consideration with their male counterparts for the Club’s major awards.
Best and Fairest – Robbie Rodger
Player’s Player – Robbie Rodger
Most Consistent – Daniel Navarro
Most Potential – Jarrod Kessler
Best and Fairest – Josh Liddle
Player’s Player – Josh Liddle
Best Forward – Gary Field
Most Consistent – Chris Brown
Ladies League Tag
Best and Fairest – Holly Gibbons
Players’ Player – Madelyne Smith
Most Improved – Emma Frost
Most Consistent – Chantelle Graham
Best and Fairest – Jake Fuller
Player’s Player – Jarrod Kessler
Best Back – Shaun Wright
Most Consistent – Dustin Baldry
Best & Fairest – Nathan Clarke
Players Player – Alex Langbridge
Best Back – Kieren Gallagher
Most Consistent – Todd Lewis
Craig Purcell Memorial – Players Player – Mitch Williams
Daryl Palmer Memorial – Best & Fairest – Mitch Williams
Coach’s Award – Eloni Vunakece
Major Awards for 2015
Player of the Year – Mitchell Williams
Youth of the Year – Nick O’Meley
Top Try Scorer – Madelyne Smith (16 tries)
Burt Deaves Memorial Award – 1st Grade v Kincumber in Week 1 of CCDRL Finals
Nathan Clarke Madelyne Smith
Updated Tue Sep 29 13:54:06 2015
CHARITIES BENEFIT FROM OLD BOYS LUNCH
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On 11 September Wyong Old Boys & Supporters held a Sportsman’s Lunch in the Showroom at Roos HQ. Hosted by Roos Radio personality, Sean Chaffer, guests were entertained by St George premiership winner and original Blues State of Origin player Graeme Wynn, Australian Schoolboy skipper Jack Cogger, Melbourne Cup winner Jamie Lovett, Knights premiership winner and NSW player Mark Hughes, and Kangaroo, Origin and Canterbury legend Mark O’Meley.
Approximately 150 people attended the function, which raised funds for the Mark Hughes Foundation and Donnica Clarke Foundation.
Brain cancer is the number one cause of cancer related death among Australian children, and the Mark Hughes Foundation has raised more than $2 million to assist research into this condition.
The Donnica Clarke Foundation has provided more than $150,000 in scholarships and monetary assistance to local sportspeople who otherwise struggle for financial support.
Jamie Lovett brought with him the Melbourne Cup won in 2014 by his horse Protectionist, and it was a rare opportunity for those in attendance to get close to the most valuable trophy in Australian sport.
Roos Old Boy Gerard Andrews presents Tony Clarke with cheque for Donnica Clarke Foundation
Les Hannah and Rex Spiers with the 2014 Melbourne Cup
Updated Fri Sep 18 14:15:19 2015
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Wyong Roos were overwhelmed by the circumstances of the competition decider and the weight of expectation, and in so being put together one of their worst performances of the year, when defeated 20-10 by Newcastle in the Grand Final of the VB NSW Cup. After entering the match as clear favourites, the Roos were nervous and hesitant. As their errors mounted and compounded, Wyong increasingly struggled to weather difficult periods of the match and lost sight of the things that had been the hallmarks of their charge through the finals series. The Knights were not much better, but came to Pirtek Stadium with a clear strategy to interrupt Wyong’s momentum and distract the green and gold from the job at hand, and those tactics proved remarkably successful.
Roos right centre, Nathan Smith, scored in the 10th minute, driving into some solid goal line defence, and just managing to ground the ball over the line. Smith had to temporarily leave the field after scoring, and his position on Wyong’s right edge was taken by Jack Siejka. Minutes later, Jonno Ford offloaded in traffic to Matt McIlwrick, who quickly shifted the ball to the right. Omar Slaimankhel joined the backline. Siejka signalled for a grubber into the ingoal. Slaimankhel obliged with a well weighted kick. Siejka was first to the ball, but whilst Referee Liam Nicholls initially thought it was a try, the video ref properly ruled that Siejka failed to ground the ball.
Newcastle responded with a try to Honeti Tua in the 16th minute. Wyong had sufficient numbers on their right side to meet the threat, but winger Brendan Elliot moved too far infield, providing space down the flank for the Knights to exploit. Newcastle’s Kerrod Holland crossed in the first set following the restart, after prop Wayne Sironen put Jaelen Feeney into a hole on the Roos right edge. The Knights were ahead 10-4 after 19 minutes. Wyong’s attack began to unravel, and they were unable to build any pressure. Suaia Matagi and Magnus Stromquist lost the ball in rapid succession close to the Newcastle line. Newcastle kicked to the Roos ingoal forcing the Roos to travel 100m for another scoring opportunity. Ford engineered an extra man on Wyong’s left side, but Nathan Stapleton inexplicably failed to catch the ball with the line open. Abraham Papalli offloaded to Stapleton inside Roos territory. Stapleton carved through the heart of the Knights defence, and passed to Slaimankhel as Knights fullback, Jake Mamo, moved to shut down the movement. Stapleton perhaps passed a moment early. Slaimankhel was watching Mamo rather than the ball. The pass went to ground and the chance was lost. Opportunities for the Roos too score in this match would prove rare, and difficult to manufacture.
Right on halftime Tua scored his second. The Knights left wing was released into the backfield. Elliot missed Tua on his first attempt, but came again and tackled Tua just inside the field of play. Unfortunately for Wyong, Elliot lost his grip on Tua, who then quickly promoted the ball across the line. The teams went to the break with Newcastle ahead 14-4.
Midway through the second half, Tua scored his third on the end of a short side raid engineered by George Ndaira from acting half. Ndaira kicked the sideline conversion to give the Knights a 20-4 lead. The Roos dominated the final 20 minutes of the match. Smith scored his second for the Roos, and with Cornish’s conversion, the deficit was reduced to 20-10. The Knights held on although being out on their feet. The clumsy and inept play that had plagued the Roos continued.
Tua was named Man of the Match. The Roos disappointment was palpable and written all over the faces of many of the players; not just because of the loss, but the manner in which they had acquitted themselves. Back in the dressing room, Coach Taylor tried to put the defeat into perspective;
“You are hurting now, that’s understandable…and for some of you the feeling may never altogether go away. But this is not life and death. If you really want to know what doing it tough is all about, just go down the road to Westmead. There are kids there with 6 months…12 months to live, with big smiles on their faces…whenever you think you are doing it tough, think about them and their families. You have only lost a game of football.”
Updated Wed Sep 30 17:00:02 2015
ROBBIE RODGER - CCDRL UNDER 19'S BEST AND FAIREST
Robbie Rodger was last night named joint winner of the Under 19 Best & Fairest at the Central Coast Leagues Club Medal Presentation at Gosford. Rodger shared the award with promising Erina fullback Harrison Mulligan. The joint winners could not be more contrasting; Robbie a nuggetty powerhouse forward, with a strong fend, left hand carry and good offload, and Harrison, a tall, rangy fullback with great anticipation and speed. However, both young men had one thing in common; each was key to their respective team’s premiership campaigns.
Robbie was last year named CCDRL Under 18 Representative Player of the Year and gained selection in the Country Under 18 side, before featuring in Wyong’s 1st Grade premiership winning team. Season 2015 has been one of steady growth and consolidation for Robbie. A tough pre-season with the NSW Cup squad, was followed by a handful of 1st Grade appearances, as well as some outstanding performances for Coach Parker’s age based team.
Robbie, on Saturday, is expected to play an important role as Reserve Grade look to annex this year’s premiership trophy.
Wyong Roos congratulates Robbie on receiving this award.
Updated Thu Sep 17 17:25:05 2015
TONY CLARKE - 2015 CCDRL COACH OF THE YEAR
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Whilst it will be no consolation for 1st Grade’s early exit from the competition, Tony Clarke was last night named by CCDRL as its 2015 Coach of the Year.
No other 1st Grade Coach on the Central Coast faced having to surrender his players to a higher authority on a regular basis, nor relegate players to accommodate someone from a higher grade. No other coach in this competition faced as much uncertainty or scrutiny as did TC.
When you factor into the equation the team which contested the Preliminary Final against Kincumber on September 13 may well have been the youngest in both total and average years to have ever taken the field for the Roos in a similar match, you gain some perspective as to TC’s task and his achievement.
The measure of any coach is the difference in the team and the individuals making up that team over the period that is the season. The growth and development of the Roos was clearly evident in Weeks 1-3 of the Finals Series, when the team thrice came from behind to eventually force each match to be decided in extra time. Despite all the challenges, TC built a team which was resilient to the end, equally capable of breathtaking attack and dogged defence, and which had imprinted in every member of that team, the standards and beliefs of Wyong Roos.
And by that measure, Tony Clarke was certainly Coach of the Year.
Updated Thu Sep 17 17:34:07 2015
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Central Coast Division Rugby League held its annual presentation last night which culminated in the awarding of the Central Coast Leagues Club Medal to Kincumber’s Brad Bennett and Central Wyong’s Aja Roberts. The Roos’ Alex Langbridge finished third behind the joint winners.
The following is a complete list of the awards and their respective winners;
Highest Points Scorer
Blake Wylie (Kincumber) 132
Madison Crowe (Erina) 192
James Holt (Ourimbah) & Rowen Doyle (St Edwards) 72
Ryan Doherty (The Entrance) 214
Matt Nelson (Berkeley Vale) 150
Top Try Scoring Club
The Entrance Tigers
Bob Taber Memorial Trophy for Best Administered Club
Under 19’s Kincumber
Open Age Ourimbah
Reserve Grade Wyong
1st Grade The Entrance
CCDRL Under 18 Representative Player of the Year – Jarrod Kessler (Wyong)
CCDRL Senior Representative Player of the Year – Troy Woodley (Kincumber)
Rookie of the Year – Nick O’Meley (Wyong)
Coach of the Year – Tony Clarke (Wyong)
Club Championship – The Entrance Tigers
Best & Fairest
Robbie Rodger (Wyong) & Harrison Mulligan (Erina)
Madison Crowe (Erina)
Nicholas Spittles (St Edwards)
Ryan Doherty (The Entrance)
Brad Bennett (Kincumber) & Aja Roberts (Central Wyong)
Updated Thu Sep 17 17:42:33 2015
NSW CUP - GRAND FINAL PREVIEW
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NSW Cup Grand Final Preview - The Wyong Roos will attempt to make club history at Pirtek Stadium on Sunday 27th September, 2015 when they play the Newcastle Knights in the Grand Final of the 2015 NSW Cup. Follow the link below for NSW Rugby League preview of the big game.
Added Thu Sep 24 17:44:45 2015
2015 VB NSW CUP TEAM OF THE YEAR
Updated Tue Sep 29 08:26:39 2015
RIP TAYLOR - 2015 NSW CUP COACH OF THE YEAR
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Congratulations to Wyong Roos NSW Cup Coach Rip Taylor who was named as the 2015 VB NSW Cup Coach of the Year.
Updated Tue Sep 29 08:30:07 2015
LEIVAHA PULU CHASES HIS NRL DREAM WITH TITANS
Wyong Roos NSW Cup player Leivaha Pulu will chase his NRL dream after signing with the Gold Coast Titans for the 2016 season. This signing demonstrates the continued importance of the NSW Cup and potential NRL opportunities that come from playing in the second teir elite completition. Follow the link for full story.
Updated Thu Oct 15 10:29:28 2015
NSW RUGBY LEAGUE 2015 TEAM REVIEW - WYONG ROOS NSW CUP
Added Wed Oct 14 12:46:11 2015
WYONG ROOS PLAYERS FORD AND DOYLE-MANGA SELECTED FOR TEST
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Roos playmaker, Jono Ford, and dynamic forward, Carne Doyle-Manga, have earned selection in the Cook Island squad for Saturday’s Test against Pacific Island heavyweights, Tonga.
The selection of Ford caps a remarkable comeback from injury, and is testament to his professionalism and commitment. Ford endured shoulder surgery in France, and lengthy rehabilitation in Australia, after sustaining injury in the Grand Final of the French competition playing for the successful Toulouse Olympique side. Ford’s first game in the 2015 NSW Cup season was the Roos’ final round clash against Wentworthville, and he quickly found form to guide Wyong through the finals series and into the premiership decider. Ford was outstanding for Cook Islands in the 2013 World Cup, and will again be instrumental in the Kuki’s plans to deconstruct the Tongan defence.
After joining Wyong at the end of 2014 from Canberra Raiders NYC squad, Doyle-Manga showed enough last season for many good judges to declare him potentially one of the most damaging forwards around. Doyle-Manga will be expected to provide plenty of go-forward off the bench, and to stand his ground in the exchanges with the powerful Tongan pack.
The full squad is as follows;
- Jordan Rapana (Canberra Raiders)
- Drury Low (Narellan Jets)
- Anthony Gelling (Wigan Warriors)
- Chance Peni (Wests Tigers)
- Charnz Nicoll-Klokstad (Melbourne Storm)
- Jono Ford (Wyong Roos)
- Wallace Tangitti (South Sydney Rabbitohs)
- Uti Baker (Manly Sea Eagles)
- Aaron Teroi (Melbourne Storm)
- Sam Mataora (Newcastle Knights)
- Esan Masters (Wests Tigers)
- Makahesi Makatoa (Canterbury Bulldogs)
- Francis Molo (Brisbane Broncos)
- Carne Doyle-Manga (Wyong Roos)
- Vincent Rennie (Canterbury Bulldogs)
- Vinny Ngaro (Manly Sea Eagles)
- Fred Pakutoa (Wentworthville Magpies)
- Reuben Rennie (Canterbury Bulldogs)
Congratulations to Jonno and Carnage on their selection. Wyong Roos are confident they will both acquit themselves well, and proudly represent the Kukis and the Roos. The match kicks off at 7.30pm on 17 October at Campbelltown Stadium.
Updated Wed Oct 14 15:19:00 2015
SYDNEY ROOSTERS - BOYD CORDNER WINS JACK GIBSON MEDAL
More than 300 members, sponsors and Roosters legends were present at Easts Leagues Club, Bondi Junction on 30 September to see Boyd Cordner receive the Jack Gibson Medal. The award is voted upon by players and certain staff on a weekly basis. The criteria not only incorporate individual on field performances, but all manner of contributions to the Club and the team environment. Four NRL players were in the running in Season 2015; Mitchell Pierce, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Roger Tuivasa-Scheck and Cordner. Tuivasa-Scheck was the obvious favourite, given his many outstanding efforts this year, but it was a somewhat surprised and emotional Cordner who received the medal. Cordner was genuinely overwhelmed by the moment, and found it difficult to compose himself following the announcement The 23 year old Origin player struggled to bring together enough words to thank his team mates and staff for developing his game, the medical personnel for keeping him on the field, and Sydney Roosters for showing faith in him from a young age.
Updated Thu Oct 8 15:15:22 2015
SYDNEY ROOSTERS NYC - CONNOR WATSON WINS ARTHUR BEETSON MEDAL
Kincumber junior, Connor Watson, was named the 2015 Arthur Beetson Medallist at the Jack Gibson Medal Awards Night on 30 September. Many outstanding NYC players, including NSW Under 20 reps, Jackson Hastings, Grant Garvey and Latrell Mitchell, were in contention for the award, but it was Watson who received the most votes from his team mates and key personnel at Sydney Roosters. The medal carries with it a prize of sporting equipment from Rhino Sports & Leisure Australia to the value of $5,000 for Connor’s junior club. Congratulations to both Connor and the Kincumber Colts.
Updated Thu Oct 8 15:14:59 2015
COASTLINE ROOS WIN FIJI RESERVE GRADE COMPETITION
Although there were some disappointing results for local senior grades, and overall only one premiership for the Wyong Roos club in Season 2015 (Ned Kelly’s Under 13/3’s), our little sister in the Pacific, Coastline Roos, tasted victory against Nadi Herons in the Grand Final of the Fiji National Rugby League Reserve Grade competition.
The success of Coastline Roos this year, with well performed players like former national 7’s rep, Sunia Nadruku, and Fiji Bati rep, Jonalisi Naqitawa, has earned the club promotion into the tier one Vodfone Top 8 Cup for Season 2016.
Later this month, Roos footy personnel, Eloni Vunakece, Ian Bourke, Shane Selby and Gerard Andrews will deliver equipment to the Coral Coast club and conduct some training sessions. Hopefully that further input from Wyong will kick start Coastline Roos assault on Fiji’s elite competition.
WRLCG congratulates Coastline Roos on their 2015 Premiership.
Updated Sat Oct 3 15:30:20 2015
ROOS RECEIVE GRANT FOR GROUNDS UPGRADE
Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter & Central Coast, Mr Scot MacDonald MLC, attended Roos HQ on 24 September to present Football Committee Chairman, Phil Langley with a cheque for $59,750.
The NSW Department of Sport & Recreation, in partnership with the NRL, has established the Footy Facilities Fund to construct, upgrade and improve sporting facilities in this State which have a significant Rugby League component. Applicant organisations must match each grant, dollar for dollar, and must also satisfy community based criteria regarding use, benefit and participation. The Morry Breen Complex at Kanwal is one of the most important community assets in Wyong Shire, and is utilised free of charge by a variety of sporting groups from school girl touch football, through international rugby union tournaments, to NRL trials and junior development days. The many events, tournaments and carnivals held at Roos HQ bring thousands of visitors to the area, and those visitors bring with them financial benefit for local businesses and service providers. The complex is, of course, home to Wyong Roos, which had 520 juniors and 177 senior players using the facilities multiple times each week throughout Season 2015.
The grant monies will be utilised to laser level, re-drain and resurface Bill Hicks Field as part of an ongoing maintenance and refurbishment program initiated by the Club.
WRLCG is most grateful for the support. The grant is evidence of the investment by the NRL and NSW Government in projects which are important to Central Coast people and directly benefit the local community.
(Photo - Phil Langley (left) receives grant cheque from Scot MacDonald MLC)
Updated Wed Oct 7 16:12:22 2015
Wyong Roos NSW Cup squad commenced their pre-Christmas block of training on 18 November with an induction and some testing for those new to the Club, then followed up in Friday’s heat with a gym session, some skill drills and basic conditioning overseen by new Strength & Conditioning Director, Bruce Gulliver. There will be a greater emphasis on speed in Season 2016 under Gulliver; leg speed, speed of execution and speed between the ears. Training is scheduled each Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons until the squad breaks for Christmas on 19 December. Players can expect four beach sessions of a Saturday morning during that period. Coach Taylor was quietly pleased with Gulliver’s old school attitude.
"When we hit the sand hills…the only thing I’ll say is that you’ve just got to keep moving. I don’t care if it’s on all fours…I don’t want to see you stop. You’ve just got to keep moving forward.”
The squad has been refreshed with some new recruits, but members and supporters can expect to see many familiar faces as well when the trials begin in February.
Updated Mon Nov 23 12:51:02 2015
WYONG ROOS NSW CUP TRIAL GAMES
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The Wyong Roos have confirmed 2016 trial games as follows:-
Saturday 13th February, 2016 - Kirkham Oval, Camden
- Under 20's - Sydney Roosters -v- West Tigers
- NSW Cup - Wyong Roos -v- West Tigers
Saturday 20th February. 2016 - WIN Stadium, Wollongong
- Under 20's - Sydney Roosters -v- St George
- NSW Cup - Wyong Roos -v- Illawarra Cutters
Kick off times for both trials are yet to be confirmed.
Updated Mon Nov 23 13:46:13 2015
FANTASTIC JOB OPPORTUNITY
Full Time Apprentice Gardener
To be eligible for this position, you must be a current player of the Wyong Roos, aged between 17 and 20 years.
Wyong Rugby League Club Group is a large friendly Central Coast based employer operating 8 venues and a motel across the state. Currently employing over 350+ staff and having over 44,000 members across the Group, Wyong Rugby League Club is an employer of choice. We have an exciting new position that has become available for a Full Time first year Apprentice Gardener.
We are seeking an enthusiastic and hardworking individual to join our team, working across all Central Coast venues, undertaking all roles to become a qualified tradesperson. The successful candidate will be completing their apprenticeship over a four year period with TAFE attendance one day per week or block release. TAFE is an important part of the role, therefore excellent attendance and results are required.
This is a fantastic opportunity for a recent school leaver or someone finishing this year. You must be passionate about pursuing a career in landscape/gardening. The successful candidate will preferably have a current drivers licence, a vehicle, will be self-motivated, reliable and have the ability to take direction.
- Understand and implement Work Health and Safety processes
- All work will be conducted outdoors
- Building and maintaining gardens and landscape structures
- General gardening; lawn mowing, edging, brush cutting, pruning hedges and trees
- Green waste clearing and removal
- General labouring
- Correct use of machinery and tools
- Retaining walls and brick work
- Design new gardens
What we offer:
- A safe and friendly environment
- Opportunity to further develop your career
- Further information regarding TAFE will be supplied at interview
- One day per week dedicated to TAFE and studies
- On the job training
- Rosters up to 3 weeks in advance
- All uniforms supplied
What you must have:
- Physically fit
- Current drivers licence and reliable vehicle preferable
- Excellent school results
- True passion for the industry
- Willingness to learn
- Good time management
If this is the position you have been waiting for, we want to hear from you. Part of the criteria is to provide a Cover Letter and Current Resume.
Please apply now by e-mailing Angela Bartlett - Human Resources Department on email@example.com
Wages and Conditions as per the Registered and licenced Clubs Award 2010.
Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. Offer closes Tuesday 1st December 2015.
Updated Fri Nov 13 06:10:47 2015
RIP TAYLOR GETS ANOTHER GONG
Roos NSW Cup Head Coach, Rip Taylor, was named the Central Coast Sports Federation Coach of the Year at the ceremony at Mingara Club last Friday night. Taylor was one of three well credentialed nominees for the award; AFL coach, Chris Bishop and surf lifesaving coach, Tim Schofield being the others. Taylor’s award comes hard on the heels of the NSWRL naming him NSW Cup Coach of the Year for the third time, and second year in succession. The veteran mentor is already back in harness for Season 2016, and whilst relying on the old school philosophy of honesty and hard work being the platform for success, he well understands the need to keep abreast of changes in the game, and to continue reinventing yourself to remain relevant as a coach.
The aims and objectives of the Central Coast Sports Federation include supporting the development and implementation of programs and projects that facilitate the well being of our community’s health and fitness. The awards bring recognition and raise awareness of the importance of sport in the lives of local people, and helps define this region’s identity as the home of world class sporting talent.
Australian Netball rep, Megan Anderson, and pioneer motorcycle jumper, Dale Buggins, were inducted into the Hall of Fame. The all conquering Terrigal High School Open Rugby League team was named Team of the Year. Junior Sports Star winner, rugby league player Jack Cogger, received a Donnica Clarke Foundation scholarship for 2016, and world champion kayaker, Riley Fitzsimmons, was named 2015 Sports Star of the Year. Five of the six nominees for the major award, including the winner, had been previous beneficiaries of financial assistance through the Donnica Clarke Foundation, a charity very close to the heart of Wyong Roos.
The Board and Management congratulate Rip on another outstanding season, and well earned award.
Updated Tue Nov 24 16:43:23 2015
A delegation from Wyong Roos footy program last week spent some time in Fiji spreading the gospel of rugby league and helping develop the game and cross cultural ties.
Football Manager, Matt Lavin was part of that group.
“Saturday morning we were at St Joan of Arc School at Sigatoka…30 kids….both genders….two teachers. We did some skills based activities and played some games…the response was fantastic. In the afternoon we attended the Coastline Roos training session. Ian Bourke, Shane Selby and Loni (Fiji Bati rep Eloni Vunakece) put the Coastline crew through some advanced skills work and game based scenarios. There were two ladies in the squad, and they didn’t look too out of place…they didn’t participate in all the defensive work, but did all the bump pad stuff. They were pretty good. The Club donated the surplus NSW Cup jumpers, and we handed out some gear donated by Roos members and supporters. That went over really well. The Coastline people were most appreciative. We checked out their facilities…they train on a field at the back of the school…and their gym. These people have so little compared to us…but their enthusiasm and the smiles on their faces was something else.”
“We were guests at the Coastline Roos presentation that night…at True Blue Sigatoka. Gerard (WRLCG Director Gerard Andrews) came along as well. I presented Charlie Wasilasila, with the Player of the Year Award. Sydney Roosters provided one of their “Captain America” jumpers signed by Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, and that was included as part of the prize. Yes, Saturday was a big day. Sunday is their day of worship…the people are very religious and pretty much everything closes down. I don’t know about the other guys, but to tell you the truth, I needed the rest after Saturday. Monday we went to a remote village…Vatubalavu in Novosa…a 90 minute trip by four wheel drive on dirt roads into the centre of the island. We held a training session for the Tuwalu Roosters. The village provided a full welcoming ceremony…a huge spread…fruit, meat cooked island style…the lot. And the locals wouldn’t eat until we finished. The hospitality was amazing…something I will never forget. Then there was the kava ceremony. I had a couple of bowls…but Bubba (Ian Bourke) wouldn’t indulge. The Ratu (Chief) was referring to him as “Baby Girl”. I don’t know if something was lost in translation, but it was pretty funny watching Bourkey and the Chief.”
“Sydney Roosters had donated a full set of jumpers, shorts and socks…very generous…and the people were just overwhelmed…that was a real shot in the arm for the village…for people who have next to nothing. Loni was mobbed…he’s like a rock star in Fiji…even in the remote villages…and with so little the people know a lot about rugby league. On Tuesday we did a session at Sigatoka District School…again a series of skills based drills and games…word must have spread, because the reception we got from a school of 45 kids was hard to imagine. Loni awarded his Fiji Bati polo to the student who displayed the most skill and sportsmanship.”
“There is real talent in Fiji…we ran some complex drills with the Coastline squad, and they picked things up very quickly…some of the lines they were running were excellent…just naturals. According to the locals, this was the first time ever any rugby league identities had got out into the community. Even the Fiji Bati haven’t done that. It was well worth the effort…and I really must thank Wyong Roos and Sydney Roosters for all their support. The Coastline Roos will be out here in January to play in the Jason Annear 9’s. So we get the opportunity to reciprocate and further strengthen this relationship.”
Updated Mon Nov 9 06:32:12 2015
FORD AND DOYLE MANGA DEFEATED BY TONGA
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The World Cup Pacific Qualifier between Cook Islands and Tonga on 17 October at Campbelltown was a tough and entertaining match, ultimately won 28-8 by the Mate Ma’a Tonga. There was a bit of feeling pre-match, with a few fired up Tongan players advancing into Cook Island territory during the Kukis’ haka. Jono Ford, at five eighth for the Kukis, orchestrated play down the Cook Islands’ left side. Jono continually tormented Tonga with his short and long passing game, his variety of kicks and unpredictable attacking repertoire. Jono’s experience and cool head had a steadying influence on his team. The Kukis scored first, and with 23 minutes left in the opening period, led 8-6. However, Cook Islands would not score again in the match, despite several genuine chances. Tonga led 12-8 at the break and had sealed the win by the 60th minute, capitalising on the Kukis’ errors and making the most of any scoring opportunities. Carne Doyle-Manga was injected from the bench in the 20th minute of the first half, and was conspicuous with some good yardage plays, a nice offload and tough defence. Carne left the field at halftime, and by the time he returned, Tonga was well on top. Fullback Solomone Kata from NZ Warriors was a standout for the winners, and on this form will prove difficult to contain in the 2016 NRL competition. The victory secured Tonga a spot in the next World Cup. The whole match and selected highlights can be viewed on the NRL website. Follow the link to NRL Video.
Updated Mon Nov 9 06:35:27 2015
NSW CUP TEAM OF THE YEAR COACHES - RIP TAYLOR
Rip Taylor, the silver fox of the rugby league coaching world, Robert ‘Rip’ Taylor guided his Roos all the way to the grand final in 2015 with a 15-and-seven record across the regular season – quite an accomplishment for a team in just its third season… after finishing dead last on debut!
A veteran of the coaching world who has tasted success and done a stellar job at a number of clubs and in a number of leagues, one expects with Rip in charge of the Roos it’s not a matter of ‘if’ Wyong taste sweet premiership glory, it’s when.
Follow the link below for the full NSW Rugby League article.
Updated Mon Nov 9 06:40:31 2015
COASTLINE ROOS 2016 AUSTRALIAN TOUR
Nadroga Development Officer, Suli Cakautabu, visited Roos HQ on the 8th November ahead of the Coastline Roos tour in early 2016. Preparations are well under way for the Fijians to come to Australia to train with Wyong Roos and participate in the Jason Annear Invitational 9’s Tournament. NSW Cup original and Fiji Bati rep, Eloni Vunakece, recently led a group of Wyong Roos staff on a sporting and cultural visit to the main island of Viti Levu to help promote the game. The Wyong Roos people held some training sessions and visited two schools during their brief but hectic time on the island, and they took the opportunity to deliver some clothing and equipment donated by Wyong Roos club, its staff and members.
“The other clubs (in Fiji) are now starting to learn (from the relationship between Wyong Roos and Coastline Roos)……we have shown to others what can be achieved….rugby league is now very big in Fiji….plenty of rugby union teams are changing to rugby league….there are places in Fiji that are just rugby league now…but the Union are very smart….I read in the Fiji Times on Tuesday that they are bringing the Super 15 game between the Crusaders and the Chiefs here next year. We really need that NSW Cup team to start in 2017…if that happens rugby league here will be huge” said Cakautabu.
For more on the Coastline Roos read the Fiji Times Online article by Maciu Malo on 23 October 2015. Follow the link www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=326923
Updated Tue Nov 10 06:45:13 2015
NSW CUP TEAM OF THE YEAR - MITCH WILLIAMS
The heart and soul of the Roos’ side, Mitch Williams led his side all the way to the grand final in 2015 – and his influence was arguably greater than any other individual’s across the entire season.
Through the 25-match home-and-away year, Williams racked up a range of big numbers – his service helped his team to more run metres than any other team (34,319 – ranked first); he recorded 759 tackles (ranked second); led the way with line-break assists (26 in total – ranked first); made 113 dummy-half runs (ranked second); and recorded more try assists than any other player in the VB Cup (22 – ranked first).
If Roosters rake Jake Friend goes down with an injury in 2016, expect Williams to be thrust into first grade – where, many would argue, he belongs.
Follow the link below for the full NSW Rugby League article.
Updated Mon Nov 9 06:45:30 2015
NSW CUP CLIFFHANGERS - ROUND 18 - ROOS -v- PANTHERS
Updated Tue Nov 10 06:44:46 2015
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