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Jeff Munday was first involved with the Roos in 1992 as Manager of the Under 13’s coached by club stalwart Geoff Greentree. Jeff has managed a Roos team each year since, moving into the seniors in 1997, and managing or co-managing the top grade since 2000.
A mechanic by trade, Jeff has maintained the Clubs fleet of buses and other vehicles since 2001. Currently struggling with a back problem, Jeff cannot wait to complete his recovery and get back to fishing, playing golf and walking his dogs.
The 1992 Under 13’s team included Mark O’Meley. With Mark’s recent signing with the Roos, the rugby league circle has somewhat closed for Jeff with the opportunity to again manage a team that includes the Ogre.
“You wouldn’t do it unless you enjoyed it. The other support staff have been a good bunch of blokes to work with. More or less the same crew every week. Those that arrive first in the morning are the last ones to leave at the end of the day. We usually have a traveller on the way home and dissect the game. That is one of the most enjoyable parts for me. Working with Chealy (Life Member Alan Cheal) and Bruiser (Bruce Stringer) was great. “
SM: “Have you seen much change at the Club over the years you have been involved?”
JM: “In my time here, I’ve seen five Football Managers…Terry Wand, Geoff Todd, Pezzie (Troy Pezet), Pete Bryant and now Matt (Matt Lavin). Whilst all differ in the way they handled things, the thing common to them was their heart was in the Club. And this is a Club that has always looked after it’s players. We don’t begrudge anyone moving on, trying to better themselves, but most of them end up back here. So some things have not changed. But last year (Season 2013) was massively different…..the way we trained and prepared. It was like going from playing Reserve Grade to First Grade. The most remarkable change for me is the level of training and how they (the players) look after themselves. I thoroughly enjoyed last season.”
SM: “What did you enjoy most?”
JM: “I particularly enjoyed visiting those old grounds that I had not been to in many years. And it was nice to win.”
SM: “Did one victory stand out from the others?”
JM: “No, not really. We were not given a hope….everyone thought we were going to be the whipping boys. We surprised a lot of people. Wherever we played, I spoke with the committee men from the other (NSW Cup) clubs. And they had nothing but praise. They kept commenting that we were not going away. String (Coach Paul Stringer) and the boys did an excellent job. It must be remembered that if we had a reliable goal kicker, we would have won another four games and been knocking on the door of the semi-finals. And I think the players learned the opposition are no better than us. They might have NRL contracts, but many of them have just been a bit luckier with their careers.”
Tyla, who turns 21 next June, is the son of Brad Hepi, the former Illawarra Steelers and Hull FC forward, now coach of Gloucestershire in the English Championship 1 competition. After finishing High School in Auckland, Tyla entered the Hull KR system, graduating from the Under 20’s to play five super league games off the bench last season. Tyla has been a full time professional footballer since leaving school, and after considering several offers decided to come to Wyong.
Tyla prefers playing in the middle in No.13 and comes to the Roos highly recommended by Hull KR coach Craig Sandercock, and with a big wrap from former NRL hard man, Travis Burns.
“I have come to Wyong for a change of lifestyle and to play at a consistent level.”
SM: “What are your strengths as a player?”
TH: “I don’t want to talk myself up.”
SM: “Can you tackle?”
TH: “Yes, I can tackle.”
SM: “Are you any good with the ball?”
TH: “No. Not really.”
SM: “So, you are good at getting in the road of the opposition?”
TH: “You could say that.”
SM: “Do you think you are going to miss anything about the UK?”
TH: “My girlfriend, English food and the cheap lifestyle.”
Former Australian representative and NRL Premiership winner, Mark O’Meley, has signed with Wyong for the 2014 & 2015 VB NSW Cup seasons.
The 32 year old front rower debuted with North Sydney as a teenager in that club’s final NRL season, then appeared for the Northern Eagles following the Bears amalgamation with Manly. O’Meley played two State of Origin matches for NSW in 2001 before joining the Bulldogs in 2002, and was a member of the Bulldogs 2004 team with Sonny Bill Williams and Willie Mason, which secured the NRL premiership.
O’Meley made the Kangaroo squad for the Tri-Nations Tour of the UK the same year,playing two tests against Great Britain.
After 110 appearances for the Bulldogs, O’Meley transferred to the Sydney Roosters playing a further 35 top flight matches in 2008 & 2009. The experienced forward joined Hull FC in the Super League competition in 2010, and last season played a total of 27 matches for that club.
O’Meley has played 15 Tests for Australia and 10 Origins for the Blues in a stellar career, and now returns to Wyong where he had two seasons as a junior.
The Roos are looking to O’Meley to mentor the younger forwards and add some steel to their on-field performances. Coach Rip Taylor, not surprisingly, was excited by the high profile addition to his squad;
“It is great to see a bloke of his standing jump on board and help teach these boys what it is all about.”
The Roos open their 2014 season against North Sydney Bears at 5pm on Saturday 8th March at Morry Breen Oval.
Alex, who turns 21 next June, is the son of former player and current Director, Mark Langbridge, the grandson of Life Member and Club legend, Bill Scott, and was the recipient of the Youth of the Year award in 2011. Sheralee, Alex’s mother, is a sportswoman of some note, having captained the Australian Over 30’s women’s touch football team amongst her many sporting achievements.
Alex’s younger brother, Daniel, played with the successful Roos Under 18’s team in season 2013.
Whilst still eligible for Under 18’s in 2011, Alex was called into the Reserve Grade team part way through the season, and was instrumental in that team making the grand final against Wests Newcastle. Highly regarded by his more experienced team mates, Alex finished the season with both the Best and Fairest and Player’s Player trophies.
Alex represented the Central Coast Centurions in the Harold Matthews Shield competition, and Manly in the SG Ball. He has spent the last two seasons in the Melbourne Storm Under 20’s, and skippered the team in season 2013, featuring in every match.
Preferring to play hooker, Alex has developed a healthy rivalry with Mitch Williams for that position.
“Min’s (Mitch Williams) probably got it stitched up; but 7 or 6 will do me well enough.”
SM: “So what are your goals for 2014?”
AL: “To play every game and have the highest try assists.”
SM: “What do you consider to be your strengths?”
AL: “My running game, passing….and my competitiveness.”
SM: “How is pre-season training going?”
AL: “It’s going alright…..plenty of wrestling. It’s been intense, but good fun. It’s good to get back with the local boys.”
SM: “Don’t you like wrestling?”
AL: “Not really. But it’s part of the fabric of the game.”
SM: “Has your Dad tried to give you any pointers?”
AL: “I never saw him play….thank God. He did tell me he didn’t mind a chip and chase….and that one in ten was successful.”
SM: “More like one in fifty.”
AL: “That’s about one every five seasons.”
SM: “Exactly. Probably less.”
AL: “Sounds like he was uncoachable.”
SM: “Pretty much… And you are now working behind the bar at the Club. How’s that going?”
AL: “Yes. The staff have been very welcoming. Two shifts a week. That’s all the work I want with training and going to Uni…..studying for a Bachelor of Education and Arts degree.”
SM: “What will you teach?”
SM: “What about Dan?”
AL: “I reckon he could easily play first or second grade this year. He’s faster than me over ten metres….and he’s smarter than me at footy.”
Assistant Coach, Ian Bourke, played his junior football with Cowra Magpies, and moved to Newcastle as a 17 year old in 1996, initially playing in the Knights Jersey Flegg team before graduating to the Under 20’s squad in 1997.
Ian received the Knights Under 20’s Player of the Year Award in 1997 and represented City as a hooker that year. Pressure from the likes of Lee Jackson and a young Danny Buderus saw Ian squeezed out of the Knights system, and after trialling with St George Dragons, Canberra Raiders and North Sydney, he signed with Lakes United, playing in three consecutive Newcastle Grand Finals between 2000 and 2002, skippering the club to the premiership in 2001.
As Captain Coach 2004-2007, Ian guided Lakes to back to back premierships in 2006 & 2007, and was named Newcastle Coach of the Year in 2004. Ian was non-playing coach of Lakes in 2008. In 2009 he took the reigns of the NewcastleCoast team for the annual Coast v Coalfields representative trial, and in 2010 was Assistant Coach of the Newcastle Representative team which won the CRL Championship.
Away from football, Ian works as a miner in a local colliery, and he and his wife Kelly keep busy with four children under six years.
Ian was Rip Taylor’s assistant at the Knights in 2011 & 2012, and Rick Stone’s assistant in 2013.
“It was tough leaving Stoney. But this was a great opportunity. The Club is heading in the right direction. I have always had a great deal of respect for the Roos operation.”
SM: “How would you describe your coaching?”
IB: “I’m a bit old school. You need to get your core skills right. There is no point attempting the super play if you don’t have those core skills. And I am a great believer in the fact you get out what you put in; there are no short cuts. If you do the right things by yourself and by the Club, success will follow.”
SM: “Any predictions for 2014?”
IB: “The Club did well with the playing group it had last season. No predictions. I just want to see improvement.”
Belinda Hill commenced working for the Club in 2006, initially behind the bar and later in sponsorship, her position subsequently evolving into everything football. Belinda’s official title is Business Development and she is the Secretary of the Roos Juniors.
Belinda is married to Open Age Coach, Jerry Muddy Hill, and their sons Jack and Noah will respectively play with the Roos Under 13’s and Under 9’s in season 2014.
SM: “Take me through a typical work day…”
BH: “I arrive in the morning…say G’day to Rip (Head Coach Robert Taylor) and Matt (Football Manager Matt Lavin). They then tell me what they want me to do that day. And when I have done their stuff, I get around to my work.”
SM: “So is it jobs for the boys?”
SM: “But aren’t certain jobs associated with rugby league better suited to the boys and others better suited to the girls?”
SM: “Are you sure?”
BH: “Obviously things connected to training….the boys are better suited to that. But when it comes to dealing with sponsors, arranging presentations and the like, anything involving some level of organisation….I find women much better suited.”
SM: “I detect a level of frustration about the job in your answers. What frustrates you about the job?”
BH: “Matt Lavin…..if there’s something he can do, he should do it….rather than palm it off to me. I like to do things once and properly. Matt will partly do something, go off and do something else, then later he might return to complete the first job. I can’t stand that.”
SM: “What’s it like working in an all male environment? Language and such?”
BH: “To tell you the truth, I’d rather work with the guys. And I’m married to a tradie. I’ve heard it all before. There’s a time and place. We have heaps of fun most of the time…it’s generally fun to come to work. We have a laugh.”
SM: “Last season you travelled to New Zealand with the NSW Cup squad. What was the experience like for you?”
BH: “It was the best experience….being around the professional football environment…..seeing what happens first hand; the training and preparation. And the involvement with Fox Sports.”
SM: “What about this coming season?”
BH: “I can’t wait for it to start…..juniors and seniors.”
SM: “Is that because it signals the end of a certain part of your workload?”
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Craig Davis is Head Medical Officer with Wyong Roos, principally focusing on meeting the many and varied needs of the NSW Cup squad in this area, including first aid, strapping and injury management.
Joining Wyong Juniors in 2005, Craig was President for two years and First Aid officer for five years. In 2009 Craig shifted to the seniors, working as an orange shirt before assuming his current role for season 2014.
Craig and his wife Jeannette have two sons, Harrison and Ryan, both of whom have worn the green and gold. Ryan will play with the Under 14’s this coming season. Craig worked with Fire Rescue for three years, then joined NSW Police. He is a senior officer in the Lake Macquarie Command, and is fast approaching his 28th year of service.
“The highlight for me last season had to be the win over the Kiwi’s in New Zealand.The inaugural win against Canterbury was good, but for me that victory in New Zealand has to be the one.”
SM: “What is your view about preparations so far for season 2014?”
CD: “The coaching styles (that of former coach Paul Stringer and current coach Rip Taylor) are different. One is not necessarily better than the other. Different approaches and different emphases. There is a changed feeling in the dressing room as well. That might have something to do with the fact we have had that first year under our belts. Last year, many of the squad didn’t know what to expect. They now know what is required at this level. And the injection of senior players like Ogre (Mark O’Meley) and Bennett Leslie have created a good mix. There is a positive vibe about the place. The pre-season has focussed on physical toughness and mental toughness, but particularly mental toughness. The boys are itching to get on the paddock. We will have a good year.”
Updated Sun Jan 19 09:40:35 2014
Shane Selby played his junior football with Brighton Seagulls as a back rower and represented St George in the Harold Matthews and SG Ball Cup, before turning out for the Tigers in the NSW Cup competition. An ankle injury ruled him out of more serious football, but after relocating to the CentralCoast in 2005, he played with DoraCreek in the Lower Hunter competition. After suffering further injury and spending 16 weeks in a knee brace, Shane decided to call time on his playing career, but still wanted to stay involved in the game.
Shane joined Wyong in Season 2013. “I wanted to come to Wyong because it’s a big club…..a professional club. I wanted to learn.”
Shane is the Rehab Officer for the VB NSW Cup squad.
SM: “Is that a bullshit job?”
SS: “No. Matt (Strength & Conditioning Head Coach Matt Toohey) has put me through my Level 1 Strength & Conditioning. I help Matt. It is an important job….managing injured players properly and getting them back on the field as soon as possible fully fit.”
SM: “Do you enjoy the role?”
SS: “I enjoy working with the younger players…having a bit of a mentoring role. Some of them struggle a bit….mentally…when they are injured. I have been there myself. And what Rip spoke about…..missed opportunities….not giving it your all when you have the chance. I know about that…I can help them with that as well. And I enjoy learning. I’ve been picking up a lot from Matt. Love it.”
SM: “Do we have any sooks?”
SS: “Two definitely. And three or four who are a bit precious….high maintenance you might say.”
SM: “Do you have any personal goals for 2014?”
SS: “Learn as much as I can.”
SM: “You work closely with the players. How do you see 2014 unfolding?”
SS: “If they perform to their potential they will get themselves into the eight (semi finals).”
Shane is married to Kylie and the couple have two children; Matilda (6 years) and Chayse (3 years). Shane is the Manager of Bunnings at Cameron Park.
Matt is the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach, joining the Roos for Season 2014. After securing his Bachelor degree in Exercise and Sports Science at Ourimbah, Matt completed his internship under Lee Clarke and Tim Rogers at Newcastle Knights, entering the industry in 2010 with the Knights Harold Matthews and S G Ball Cup squads. As a post-graduate, Matt recently finished his Master’s degree via correspondence through EdithCowanUniversity.
SM: “Do you have a rugby league background?”
MT: “I played school footy…watched the game…and always liked it.”
SM: “When you started in the role at Wyong, were you surprised by anything? Did any of your pre-conceptions prove false or inaccurate?”
MT: “Not really. I pretty much knew what to expect. Some of my mates have gone through the Knights system.”
SM: “Why come to Wyong?”
MT: “Opportunity… a chance to run my own program with a more senior team.”
SM: “Will you be doing anything revolutionary?”
MT: “No. Logistics and time won’t allow it.”
SM: “Are you happy where the squad is at right now, in terms of strength and fitness?”
MT: “That is probably a question better asked after today’s trial (against North Sydney). Not having been here last year, I don’t have a point of reference, but I do have some idea where the players are at. Some of the strength tests are good. And I use the GPS to track the players and I can measure their progression through my weights program. So I have a good understanding of where they are at. Knowing where the top level (NRL) guys are at, we still have some way to go.”
SM: “Can we compete at this level?”
MT: “Excluding the skills factor, strictly from a physical standpoint, yes we can compete, but we start from a point of disadvantage, and it is very tough. At this level the majority of opposition teams are full time professionals….so we have to get through a fair quantity of work within limited periods of time. I am mindful that many of our players are working full time and have other commitments….I cannot be too demanding. It is about getting the balance right….rest, exercise and diet.”
SM: “How do you do that? Trial and error? Are you able to tailor your program to the individual needs of each player?”
MT: “No, not trial and error. I have a general template…a global program for the playing group. Again time and logistics do not allow it to be tailored for individual players, but it can be tweaked if I see a need and an anticipated improvement.”
SM:“For you, what would define a successful season?”
MT: “Put simply…minimal injuries….and not getting run over in the back end of games.”
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Lenore graduated in 2011 from the AustralianCollege of Physical Education and hasbeen working casually at St Peter’s College Tuggerah and TerrigalHigh School since completing herpracticum at Tumbi and Terrigal High Schools and StEdwards College. Lenore has an athletics background, starting with Tuggerah LakesLittle A’s at the age of five, before moving into the seniors at Mingara. Dueto injury, she retired from running at age 20, with career highlights includinga third place in the Under 15 200m hurdles national titles and a fifth place inthe 90m hurdles at the same championships.
Lenore is a Level 2 Sprints and Hurdles coach and guides herown all female squad at Mingara. The squad includes Jamie Carr, the current Under17 Australian Hurdles champion.
SM: “How did you come to be involved with the Roos?”
LB: “I was teaching at St Peters. Tony Brosnan asked me to do somesprint work with the Centurions….then Mick (Wyong Director MichaelCallaghan)asked mewhether I would like to learn strapping andto help out with the Roos in the process.”
SM: “So, why agree?”
LB: “I’m only teaching PE on a casual basis.There is not a whole lot of work around. I applied for 12 jobs last termwithout success. It is very competitive…I thought this would add a bit extra tomy CV…help me stand out…help me get a job.”
SM: “Is teaching your dream job?”
LB: “Yes. I like helping kids….like helpingpeople.”
SM: “Have you been surprised by anything since you started workingwith the footy players?”
LB: “Yes. The contrast between athletics andrugby league. Athletics is very much an individual sport. In rugby league theplayers work together as a team. They support each other in a positive way thatyou don’t see to any real extent in athletics.”
SM: “Were you apprehensive about joining the staff of arugby league club?”
LB: “Because of my age, some people tend todismiss me as an athletics coach. I was a little concerned that my experiencemight not be recognised….but if you are alluding to having to work in an allmale environment, that’s not a problem for me. I have taught at St Edwards,which is an all boys school. The players here have been welcoming. I generallyfeel pretty comfortable in the dressing room…but if things start to feelawkward, I simply remove myself from the situation.”
SM: “Is it a boy’sclub?”
LB: “What’s that?”
SM: “A club exclusively for males…..where females have nolegitimate standing or function and are generally unwelcome.”
LB: “Well, if that’s what it is, no. I have notfelt that way….and I am not one to worry about that sort of thing in any event.I only have sisters….so it is good to get a bit of balance.”
SM: “Is there something you hope to achieve with the Roos?”
LB: “I want to do the Sports Trainer’s course.I’ve completed the strapping course and now need the practical experience. Iwould like to be a sprint coach for the higher grades….and to generally gainmore qualifications and experience…to expand my knowledge…working in adifferent field may open up different pathways for me….and it will be good toput on my CV.”
Lenore is a twin. Her sister Ellen is older by five minutes.
One of our own Stephen Marks played in the recent NSW -v- QLD Legends of League game at Morry Breen Oval. Marksy has put some words to paper outlining his experience. His words have been supplimented by a trainers report. Follow the link for his story.
Congratulations to junior Roos Blake Andrews, Lachlan Garland, Kye Martin and Joel Mula who have been selected to represent Central Coast Division in the Under 16’s Country Championship to be held at the Collegians Sporting Complex Figtree (south of Wollongong) on the June long weekend commencing 7 June 2014.
The Central Coast team are looking to go back to back country champions after the four members were part of the winning Under 15’s 2013 country championships held in Port Macquarie. A convincing performance and participation in the final will give all four players strong chances of country team selection.
We wish that all the boys play their very best rugby league and represent the central coast division and our club with pride and distinction. We look forward to hearing of their progress and results.
Central Coast side play their first game against Western Rams at 11.15am on Saturday 7 June 2014, with their progress through the carnival largely determined by the results of that opening match.
Rod played his junior football through to A Grade with St Benedicts at Auburn, but at 22 years of age gave away the game as a player when he and wife Sharon started their family.
The Cox’s moved to the Coast and first became involved with Wyong juniors around 1990 when eldest son Garry commenced with the U’7s.Younger boys Mitchell and Stephen joined the club in time, and the three boys progressed into grade. Rod coached U’12s, U’13s and 2nd Division, served as Vice President of the Junior body for a term and President for 3 years. Rod also managed the U’17’s, Open Age and Reserve Grade.
After making a break from rugby league a few years ago, Rod was coaxed from retirement to co-manage the NSW Cup squad.
SM: “Why come back?”
RC: “Matt Lavin approached me toward the end of last year. He said he wanted to get a few of the old boys back involved. And I was missing the atmosphere of the sheds and the other blokes… like Les (LifeMember Les Hannah), Angry (U’19 coach Jason Parker) and Jeff (Co-managerJeff Munday). Even Burger (Asst.Manager Mitch Thomas).”
SM: “So did your return come with any restrictions?”
RC: “Yes. No golf.”
SM: “I know you love your golf.”
RC: “Yes, it was a big sacrifice.”
SM: “Are you entirely happy with your decision?”
RC: “No. I’m hanging to swing a club. But apart from missing golf, I’m good.”
SM: “Have you noticed any changes since coming back onboard?”
RC: “We’ve stepped up professionally by amile…..and I’m not bagging anyone….if you are playing pros, you have to step up to that level. And the calibre of players on board….I’ve been impressed by the commitment they show.”
SM: “Were you surprised by any of the changes in the football program?”
RC: “Yes. How every avenue has been covered.Staff wise….the kicking, strength and conditioning…. wrestling. It’s good to see. And the kids have a pathway….there is an opening for them to this level.”
SM: “What’s your involvement on game day?”
RC: “We make sure everything is prepared….that the players are properly hydrated….that all the paperwork is done….basically that the boys are not left wanting for anything.”
SM: “With a 3pm kick off, what time do you start in the sheds?”
RC: “About 1pm. I hope my missus doesn’t read this…but I like to get to the field around 8.30am.”
Away from football, Rod is in charge of maintenance at the Glendale School Narara, which caters for special needs children.
With the endorsement of the Country Rugby League, the Sydney Roosters is pleased to announce the formation of an alliance with Central Coast Division Rugby League.
Through the partnership, the Sydney Roosters will provide a series of talent development pathways and participation development initiatives for local players, coaches, support staff, match officials and administrators as well as the formation of a secondary affiliation with Wyong Rugby League Club Group through its NSWRL Cup participation. The Roosters primary affiliation with the Newtown Jets NSWRL Cup Club will remain unchanged.
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Friday 30 May 2014 marked a watershed for the game on the Central Coast and for Wyong Roos rugby league program, with the formalisation of a strategic alliance between CRL Central Coast Division and the Sydney Roosters, and a secondary affiliation between the foundation NRL club and Wyong Roos.
The agreement, announced at Central Coast Stadium Gosford, for the first time anywhere, brings together three major regional stakeholders,CRL/CCD Rugby League (Seniors and Juniors), Central Coast Centurions Representative Program, and Wyong Leagues Club Group as principal sponsor ofthat representative program and as the only stand alone operator of a VB NSW Cup license, into a cohesive alliance with an NRL Club to provide local players,officials and support staff with the same opportunities afforded those currently playing and working within an NRL system.
For elite Central Coast players there will be an established pathway from the Centurions S G Ball team into the Roosters NYC Under 20 squad. Those aspirational players not fortunate enough to be selected for the Roosters NYC squad will be able to continue their development on the Central Coast, resourced and overseen to a large degree by the Roosters,and will have the opportunity to progress in a parallel system through Ron Massey Cup with The Entrance and NSW Cup with Wyong. Sydney Roosters NRL side will enjoy the luxury of player portability with the Roos. Whilst the Roosters relationship with it’s primary affiliate, Newtown Jets, will remain unchanged,local fans and supporters can expect to see a number of players contracted withthe Roosters warehoused with Wyong and turning out for the Roos in the VB NSW Cup, and for some local players to undertake pre-season training and specialist skills sessions with the Roosters.
But the relationship does not only benefit elite players.Recreational players, local clubs (senior and junior) and administrators will have access to the Roosters management, coaching and development expertise and injury management processes. Roosters stars will be available for club functions, coach the coaches and player development days, and will supplement the programs already established and supported by Wyong Roos.
The formalisation of the arrangement is consistent with the NRL Strategic Plan and the Central Coast Division Strategic Plan, and is theculmination of multiple meetings and lengthy negotiations between Roosters CEO Brian Canavan, CRL management (Terry Quinn and Bert Lowrie), CRL Regional Area Manager Keith Onslow, Centurions Management (Tony Brosnan) and members of the Wyong Roos Football Committee, including Coach Taylor and Football Manager Matt Lavin.
With this secondary affiliation and strategic alliance as the platform, Wyong Roos look forward to the day when the Roosters NYC squad comprises mainly Central Coast juniors, and the Roos NSW Cup squad competes for the title with a playing group drawn from Central Coast juniors.
Coach Taylor spoke at the announcement.
“When I recruit players, they always ask.. but where to from here (Wyong)?Now I can say, the Roosters. They will be looking at you….and if you’re good enough…. The pathway is there for all local kids. But hopefully it will be much more than that. Local clubs will get assistance with injuries…rehab and prehab. Development programs, the referees and administrators will be better supported. The advantages that people withina n NRL system have enjoyed in the past will now be there for the Central Coast.”
Sydney Roosters will contribute to a Game Building Fund to be administered by CRL for the exclusive benefit of CCD rugby league. The monies will be utilised for a number of important projects, first of which will be the establishment of a comprehensive CCD website.
Brian Canavan stated; “This agreement will be for the balance oft his season, 2015 and 2016. But we hope it will be long term.”
Two of our Central Coast Representative Under 19’s stars have been named in the NSW Country Under 18’s team for 2014. Adam Keighran and Robbie Rodger have earned their selections from standout performances during the recent country championships held at Wollongong and Tamworth. They take on Queensland at Rockhampton on 12 July 2014. Adam has been named as five-eight and Robbie from the bench.
Also from our under 16’s Blake Andrews was named in the Country Under 16’s team also to take on Queensland at Rockhampton on the same day, being the only Central Coast player selected. Blake was named as centre.
Congratulations to all three players on a very prestigious honour. Country Rugby League is steeped in traditions with many past and current NRL players coming from the bush and our club is extremely proud and excited of the recent news.
We wish them well and no one can take away the achievement that these players will experience. They remain Country Representative players forever. Good luck to Adam, Robbie and Blake!
Wyong Roos Jacob Liddle was named Central Coast Centurions S G Ball Cup Player of the Year at the representative club’s presentation in the Showroom at Wyong Leagues Club last Friday night.
Season 2014 may still be underway, but it has already been a remarkable year for the young hooker.
Jacob made his 1st grade debut on 18 May 2014 in the Roos win against The Entrance, and has been selected in the NSW CHS squad to contest the National Championships in Darwin next month.
Jacob and his Manager, Gavin Orr, will soon sit down with Wests Tigers and Manly Sea Eagles to discuss his playing future. The Wyong coaching staff expect several other NRL clubs to show interest in securing Jake’s services.
Meanwhile, Jacob has a critical role to play as the Roos Under 19’s work hard for a top two spot in this season’s CCD finals.
Wyong Roos Damon Goolagong Jnr was named Central Coast Centurions S G Ball Cup Best Back at the representative club’s presentation in the Showroom at Wyong Leagues Club last Friday night.
Coach Gavin Spain and Operations Manager Tony Brosnan had a number of well performed and talented players from which to choose the award, but it was Damon’s ability to change games, wholehearted performances and commitment to the team which were the factors which differentiated Damon from the other candidates.
It was a big weekend for Damon. As well as receiving this award, he made his 1st grade debut on Saturday night in the Roos loss to Erina. Although the Roos were soundly beaten by the home team, Damon’s on field effort was noteworthy, scoring a brilliant solo try late in the game and pulling off one of the most fearsome tackles in recent memory. Damon’s rare talent and athleticism was on show throughout the match, and he did not look at all out of place amongst his more experienced team mates and opposition.
The future indeed looks very bright for Damon, and he might just find himself a permanent fixture in 1st grade for the remainder of the season.
Some Under 16 and Under 17 players, coaches, and parents attended an information night on welfare issues and job training at Wallarah Bay Recreation Club on Monday 30th June, 2014.
The forum was organised to provide support to our younger players in the area of welfare and to assist in job recruitment and training.
Club Chairman, Kevin Pearce opened the forum by speaking about the importance of young people to have a role model or 'hero', someone they could look to directly or indirectly when confronted by social issues such as peer pressure, alcohol, drugs, etc.
We were fortunate in having three guest speakers on the night, who gave up their own time, and were very impressed with the Club's initiative in holding such a function.
The speakers were; Debbie Hetherington, representing Central Coast Youth Connesctions, John Jewiss (NRL Development Officer), and Tony Brosnan (General Manager - Central Coast Centurions). Tony has been the Head Teacher of PE/PD and Health at St Peters College for many years and spoke of the importance of character in seeking a career in Rugby League and how to balance education and football commitments.
This was the first time the Club has held such a forum and will be looking to do so every year - perhaps earlier in the season.
Thank you for those players, coaches, and parents who were able to attend - we would appreciate any feedback on the night and how we can improve it in the future.
If there are any players looking for support in writing resumes or require some guidance in looking for employment opportunities please contact our Secretary, Belinda Hill.
Outstanding Roos Junior, Jacob Liddle, has been selected in the Australian Schoolboys 24 man squad to tour the UK and Europe in November and December 2014. Jacob’s selection follows the National Championships held in Darwin 6-11July.Jacob and another Roos junior,J esse Ramien, represented NSWCHS, which finished runner up to NSW Combined Catholic Colleges in the tournament.
NSWCHS were defeated 22-10 in their opening match against NSWCCC on 6 July. Jacob was named Man of the Match in the second game on 8July, a 24-6 victory over ACT. NSWCHS beat Qld 28-14 in the semi-final, but went down 19-10 to NSWCCC in the final on 11 July. NSWCCC led 17-0 at halftime in the final. NSWCHS came home strongly but ran out of time.
NSWCCC dominate the Australian Schoolboys squad, with 12 representatives, including Toukley Hawks junior, Jack Cogger. Jacob represented the Centurions in this season’s S G Ball competition, and recently received the Centurions Player of the Year at the representative club’s annual presentation at Wyong Leagues Club.
The Australian Schoolboys will play a Test against the England Academy team as the highlight of the tour. The squad will be coached by Brian Battese from St John’s Woodlawn, who successfully guided NSWCCC to the championship.
Congratulations to Jacob and Jack. There is no higher honour in schoolboy rugby league.
VB NSW Cup forward Magnus Stromquist, has been called into the NSW Residents squad as 18th man for the interstate battle with Qld Residents next Wednesday. Stromquist was not notified of his inclusion until after Saturday’s comprehensive 36-0 win over Manly, and rushed to join team mate Mitch Williams in camp with the squad at Parramatta immediately after that match. The tireless prop has worked hard to improve his game under the tutelage of former international, Mark O’Meley, and heads NSW Cup player statistics in key categories. Sources within NSWRL have indicated Stromquist was very close to selection in the first 17. He will travel to Brisbane with the squad which plays the curtain raiser to State of Origin 3. Congratulations to Maggie on this well deserved recognition.
During Wyong Roos recent successful trip to Auckland, the VB NSW Cup squad trained at the south Auckland home ground of the Otahuhu Leopards, played a game of touch football with the locals and donated some gear to their Under 11’s players and officials.
The enthusiastic support and hospitality of the Leopards was well received by the travelling Roos, and they look forward to returning and renewing acquaintances next season.
Congratulations to Wyong Roos VB NSW Cup Captain Mitch Williams on his selection in the VB NSW Cup Representative Team to play the QLD Residents team prior to Game 3 of the Holden State of Origin game in Brisbane.
On 2nd July, 2014 Wyong Roos Club Captain, Mitch Williams, hosted a junior development day for 79 boys aged 6-12 years at the Leagues Club Complex Kanwal. The boys were put through age related core skill drills by Williams and senior Roos, Brock Molan, Sam Bernstrom, Sunni Fatiolofa, Kieren Gallagher and Lachie Gallagher. Overseeing the day’s program was NSW Cup Assistant Coach Ian Bourke. The participants were mostly Roos juniors, but included players from Toukley, The Entrance, Blue Haven and Central Wyong.They ran, tackled and passed their way through the three hour session, and each received a special Roos training shirt, Sparta football and barbeque lunch. More of these days are planned and spots are limited. Enquiries should be directed to Matt Lavin or Belinda Hill on (02) 43922799.
The Wyong Roos are excited to advise that we are in the process of formalizing an agreement with the Sydney Roosters whereby Wyong Rugby League’s NSW Cup side will become the Roosters primary feeder club in the NSWRL Cup in 2015 going forward
This affiliation with the Roosters is in conjunction with the CCRL and the junior rep program being the Harold Matt’s & the SG Ball sides of which Wyong is the major sponsor. This completes a clear pathway for rugby league players on the whole of the CentralCoast
Hopefully the agreement will be formalized by the end of this month
Mitchell Thomas is the Ground Manager for NSW Cup home games and is one of the Cup squad’s assistant managers. He commenced playing rugby league for the Roos as an Under 12 in 2000, after spending two seasons with Toukley Hawks. Mitch progressed through the junior ranks, then played Third Grade as a prop or second rower, often from the bench.
SM: “Why did you transfer from Toukley?”
MT: “My mates moved to Wyong, so I followed.”
SM: “What sort of player were you?”
MT: “Average…I was too fat. Training was not my strong point….you know, the running part.”
SM: “When did you get the nickname Burger?”
MT: “ I think Les Hannah gave it to me in the Under 17’s.”
MT: “Something to do with my eating habits. Idon’t mind a hamburger. But I love KFC.”
SM: “Do you have a fitness regime?”
MT: “I walk the dog.”
SM: “What do you do as Ground Manager?”
MT: “Mainly I just walk around. I exchange team sheets, and I’m available to each side and the refs and officials if they need anything.”
SM: “And what about as Assistant Manager?”
MT: “I help Jeff (Munday) and Rod(Cox) with the changerooms.”
SM: “Why do it?”
MT: “I love it. I can’t play, but I’ve got to be involved. I’d get bored otherwise. It’s my hobby…something to do. I like to watch and see how they do things. I love the travel part…interacting with other people, going to the old grounds and the big stadiums…seeing places I would not otherwise see.”
SM:”You were part of the support staff prior to the move to the NSW Cup. Is there a difference?”
MT: “There is a big difference in my eyes. It is a big step from local or even Newcastle to play against fringe top players.”
SM: “Has anything surprised you about the NSW Cup competition?”
MT: “The professionalism….video sessions…physio…and training. The players look after themselves.”
SM: “I’ve noticed some of the players and staff give you a hard time.”
MT: “Yes. Everyone does…but if they are giving me shit, they are leaving someone else alone.”
SM: “Do you have any ambitions?”
MT: “When Coxie dies I would like to move up to Team Manager…go as high as I can.”
SM: “Do you have any predictions for the rest of thisseason?”
MT: “We’ll finish eighth…..seventh or eighth. I give us a chance. We can do it.”
Mitch has been a groundsman at Kooindah Waters resort for almost two years. He is a wicket keeper batsman for Northern Power cricket club, and last summer was a member of the premiership winning Division 4 (5thGrade) team.
The wet weather forced Wyong Roos NSW Cup squad off the paddock and into the gym for some Olympics designed by Strength & Conditioning Coach Matt Toohey. Once again it was Team Red Dog, led by Jay Florimo which finished in front and snapped up top prize.
Selection trials for the 2015 Central Coast Centurions Under 16's Harold Matthews and Under 18's SG Ball Squads will be held at Morry Breen Oval on Saturday 27th September, 2014. Players must register for these trials using the registration form (link below). Registrations close 10th September, 2014.
Roos NSW Cup squad member, Grant Nelson, on loan to The Entrance, starred for the Tigers in their last gasp win over Mounties in the Ron Massey Cup Grand Final. The scores were locked at 20-20 late in the second half. Both teams tried to slot field goals to avoid extra time and steal the match. Jake Fitzpatrick’s field goal attempt with seconds remaining was charged down by Mounties, and rebounded to former Roo Allen Malia Malau. The prolific try scorer did the rest, beating two defenders to cross in the corner. The Entrance had progressed to the Grand Final from 4th position, after a late season form slump, but under the guidance of Coach Jamy Forbes, the squad, which also included current Roo Tyla Hepi and former Roo Sam Foini, brought it all back together when it counted most. Congratulations to The Entrance Tigers their staff, and Grant, Tyla, Allen and Sam on a fantastic effort. The Tigers have confirmed they will not be competing in the Ron Massey Cup next season, and the 24-20 victory was the best possible way to farewell that competition.
Reigning premiers Berkeley Vale went into the Grand Final at Morry Breen Field with champion halfback Alex Moore under an injury cloud, and the team having played limited matches together over the final weeks of the competition. Wyong, on the other hand, had rolled through three sudden death finals matches to get to the decider, and were battle hardened, in good form and relatively injury free.
The match was a gripping contest, the teams only separated by a penalty goal at the final whistle. Teenage fullback Luke Sharpe split the game and the Panthers defence wide open in the 30th minute. Panthers five eighth Dane Allen had consistently peppered the rookie fullback with high kicks from the start of play. Sharpe, who had played the full 70 mins of the Under 19’s Grand Final beforehand, thrived on the pressure. Catching the ball on his own 10m line, Sharpe carved his way through the Panthers mid-field defence, then exploded into the backfield, eventually getting the better of his opposite, Lincoln Tubridy, with a combination of speed and footwork. Brent Murray, handed the kicking duties at the final training session, nailed the conversion from the sideline. The Roos went to halftime leading 6-0.
The second half proved as tight as the first. Blake Carte rkicked a penalty goal in the 50th minute to extend the Roos lead to 8-0. Berkeley Vale bravely defended multiple sets inside their 20m line, maintaining touch with the home team. One sensed the Panthers were patiently waiting for an opportunity to strike. Moore imposed himself in the latter stages of the match, and ran a hot line off hooker Ben Fitzsimmons to crash over close to the posts. Moore converted his own try to set up a nail biting finish. Urged on by a vocal and invested crowd, both teams attacked and defended with absolute resolve, but it was the Amos led Roos who held on take the premiership 8-6
Jacob Liddle and Damon Goolagong could not be separated when Wyong Roos came to award the Youth of the Year to the Club’s most outstanding young player.
Jacob, the Central Coast Centurions 2014 Player of the Year, represented NSW CHS in the National Championships in Darwin, from which he earned selection in the Australian Schoolboys team to tour England and France later in the year. Jacob played in Wyong’s premiership winning Under 19 team, before starring in 1stGrade’s Grand Final win on the same day.
DJ also played SG Ball Cup for the Centurions and was named their Best Back for Season 2014. After playing only two 1st Grade games, DJ was called into the NSW Cup team at 17 years of age, and blossomed on the right wing, cementing his position into the finals series. DJ was outstanding in the Week 1 semi-final against Wests Tigers, scoring a try and setting up two others, and received the Players Player award for that match as voted by his team mates.
Jacob has signed with Wests Tigers to play NYC for the next two seasons. DJ has signed with the Rabbitohs for the same period. These two extremely talented young men have very bright futures in the game, are a credit to their families and the Club, and are worthy co-winners of the award.
Congratulations to both.
Photo - Life Member Graham 'Ned' Kelly congratulates Jacob after the presentation.
Magnus Stromquist capped his breakout season by being named Player of the Year at the Club Presentation held last Friday in the Showroom at Roos headquarters. Earlier in the night, Magnus tied with front row partner, Mark O’Meley, as NSW Cup Players’ Player, and the award came on top of his selection in the VB NSW Cup Team of the Year. Magnus led the competition in key statistics for number of carries and metres gained, and was a shadow reserve for the NSW Residents representative team which played at Suncorp Stadium on the undercard to Origin 3. Magnus is now getting the recognition he deserves, and an NRL contract may not be far away. Congratulations Magnus on a great year.
Wyong Roos outstanding year on the field was acknowledged at the Central Coast Division Presentation Night on 17 September with a number of club and individual awards, culminating in Dean Amos receiving the Central Coast Leagues Club Medal as the Best & Fairest 1st Grader for Season 2014. Amos won the same award in 2001, and becomes the only Wyong player to twice win the award. The Roos Player/Coach joins Bruce Fitzpatrick, Sam Ferraro, Keith Cook and Shane O’Grady as the only players to have received the medal on more than one occasion. Although fine players in their own right with distinguished careers, none could lay claim to maintaining such a high standard for as long as the Wyong veteran.
“I have to thank Wyong for giving me the opportunity. It had long been a dream of mine to coach 1st grade at the club. When I heard Rip (Taylor) had the NSW Cup job, I just had to be part of it and jumped on board…I am grateful for the support shown to me by the players and everyone else at the club…”
Country Under 18 representative, Adam Keighran, was named Rookie of the Year and team mates Robbie Rodger and Luke Sharpe respectively, Under 18 Representative Player of the Year and Star FM Under 19’s Best & Fairest.
List of Awards
Star FM Under 19’s Minor PremiersWyong Roos
Star FM Under 19’s Highest Point ScorerRyan Sheppard (Erina)
Star FM Under 19’s Best 7 FairestLuke Sharpe
Open Age Minor PremiersWyong Roos
Open Age Highest Point ScorerNathan Brown (Erina)
Open Age Best & FairestDarren Leaudais (Toukley)
Shed Boss Reserve Grade Minor PremiersWyong Roos
Shed Boss Reserve Grade Highest Point ScorerMatthew Dicks (Toukley)
Shed Boss Reserve Grade Best & FairestAdam Cook (Kincumber)
Bendigo Bank 1st Grade Minor PremiersBerkeley Vale Panthers
Bendigo Bank 1st Grade Highest Point ScorerRyan Drew (Berkeley Vale)
Top Try Scoring ClubWyong Roos
Best Administered ClubWoy Woy Roosters
Senior Representative Player of the YearJayson MacKenzie (N’Lakes)
Under 18’s Representative Player of the YearRobbie Rodger
Wyong Roos stunning run in the VB NSW Cup came to an end at the hands of Wentworthville on Sunday in week two of the finals series. The Roos twice led the Magpies, and after clawing back the lead early in the second half, again lost their way in attack and faltered when Wenty applied the pressure.
Wyong scored first with a try to Dale Clacherty in the 6th minute. The Magpies replied with three quick tries, and led 14-4 until Clacherty scored his second near halftime, narrowing the scoreline to 14-10.
Wyong made several clumsy attempts to get across the line in the early stages of the second half, and eventually did so through Damon Goolagong to grab a 16-14 lead. Perhaps suspecting their form without the ball was not good enough to defend a small lead, Wyong began overplaying and made several errors in the process. A wide cut out pass from Jono Ford was intercepted by Jake Butler-Fleming. The Magpie winger ran 80m to score. If the pass had stuck, Clacherty would likely have scored his third. Wyong never recovered. Wentworthville continued to exploit the Roos lack of intensity around the ruck, with tries to Bureta Faraimo and Lionel O’Malley, taking the match beyond Wyong. A late field goal to Magpies half, Luke Kelly, completed the 29-16 scoreline.
The loss eliminated the Roos. Wentworthville advance to take on minor premiers Penrith next Sunday. Illawarra Cutters got the better of NZ Warriors in the other elimination final, and now face Newcastle. The winners of those matches will meet in the Grand Final.
Coach Rip Taylor took over the Roos for just their second campaign and took them from stone cold last place in 2013 to within a couple of converted tries of a Preliminary Final clash against the Panthers. And while Taylor made some shrewd signings with players such as Mark O'Meley, Mark Kheirallah, Jono Ford, and Tekina Vailea all bringing something to the table, the fact remains that he has done all of this with a side that currently had no NRL affiliation.
Every team needs a Magnus Stromquist! The former Manly NYC player has been nothing short of sensational for the Roos in 2014, and playing alongside of former Kangaroo Mark O'Meley has given Magnus the confidence to take his game to another level. Stromquist lead the league in hit ups and metres with a staggering 420 runs and he also played in all 26 of the Roos games. And he didn't just put his hand up to carry the ball, Magnus was also top ten in the league for tackles too.
There is not much you can say about this guy that hasn't already been said. The body of a mouse with the heart of a lion, Williams makes this team for the second straight year and perhaps had more influence in 2014 than what he had in 2013 when he claimed VB NSW Cup Player of the Year honours. Always busy and always scheming, Williams was once again up near the pointy end of the tackle count for the season, but it is his ability to play through pain and injury, as he did late in the season, that sets him apart from many others who may have been sitting at home with their feet up on the couch.