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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.
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Added Tue Jun 25 07:32:02 2013
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.”
Added Thu Jan 23 11:19:14 2014
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 Newcastle Coast 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.”
Updated Tue Jan 7 12:17:54 2014
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?”
BH: “No. I just really like football.”
SM: “Do you have any ambitions within the Club?”
BH: “I always wanted to be a Football Manager.”
SM: “Manage a team?”
BH: “No. Like Matt’s job.”
SM: “Not anymore?”
BH: “Ask me again at the end of the season.”
Added Fri Jan 31 07:02:28 2014
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
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. He has been the Head Trainer for the NSW Cup team since they commenced in the NSW Cup competition in 2013 and continues this role for season 2015.
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 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 Fri Jan 23 08:02:35 2015
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 Central Coast in 2005, he played with Dora Creek 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.
Added Mon Feb 10 11:27:55 2014
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 Edith Cowan University.
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.”
Added Tue Feb 18 14:11:36 2014
INTRODUCING LENORE BEATON
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 me whether 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.
Added Mon Feb 17 21:13:20 2014
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.
Updated Fri May 16 14:10:34 2014
WYONG ROOS AFFILIATION WITH SYDNEY ROOSTERS
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.”
Updated Tue Jul 15 09:40:33 2014
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.
Updated Sat Jul 12 07:27:40 2014
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.
Updated Sat Jul 19 08:33:20 2014
Matt Lavin is the tireless Football Manager at Wyong Roos. His duties encompass just about everything football on offer at the Club, and very little gets done without Matt’s involvement in one form or another.
Matt played with Cronulla-Caringbah Sharks from 7 years of age, until his family relocated to the Central Coast in 1991. Matt joined the Roos Juniors in the Under 13’s, and progressed to 1st Grade, winning a CCD premiership under Troy Pezet in 2002 and a Newcastle premiership under Paul Stringer in 2009. He won the Newcastle premiership with Lakes United under Rip Taylor in 2001, and was also a member of the Wyong team beaten in 2007 by Lakes United, skippered and coached by current NSW Cup Asst. Coach, Ian Bourke. Matt was Development Officer at the Roos 2010-2012, and has held his current position for the last two years.
SM: “Can 2014 be summarized in just a few words?”
ML: “A year for the ages. A great foundation has been laid that we can build on. The most pleasing fact was the amount of juniors playing across the five grades…from 19’s through to NSW Cup. Overall, the way the local comp is structured onfield with the Player Points System, we have to continue producing teams with high junior content.”
SM: “Did you have enough help this season?”
ML: “The support staff are the lifeblood of the club. The current crop are great people and do their jobs well. If I go and ask someone to give me a hand, they have been more than happy to help out. The overwhelming majority are here for the right reasons.”
SM: “Have there been any headaches?”
ML: “Belinda (tongue firmly in cheek). Yes, but nothing we couldn’t handle. A lot of things arise during a season, but they get dealt with in a professional manner.”
SM: “What will 2015 hold for the Club?”
ML: “It will mark a new era…an affiliation with an NRL Club…it’s exciting.”
SM: “How is the relationship with Sydney Roosters progressing from your perspective?
ML: “The agreement has been signed. The logistics are being worked out, but as far as sponsorship and staff are concerned, everything is falling into place. The Roosters start their pre-season next Monday (3 November). Magnus (Stromquist) and Minnie (Mitch Williams) are in the squad. That’s a great thing for this region. People can see NRL opportunities can come from this region…players need not leave the coast for that to happen.”
SM: “Has the affiliation with the Roosters added to your workload?”
ML: “Sure has….and it will only increase.”
SM: “I know the number of hours you put in. Are you still enjoying the job?”
ML: “Absolutely. It’s my passion. You find your obsession, make it your profession, and never have to work a day in your life. I love playing a part in giving local people a chance to play at the highest level they can, and enjoying what this club has to offer on and off the field.”
SM: “Will the partnership with the Roosters provide you with any professional development opportunities?”
ML: “Yes. I am looking forward to developing my skills. I have ambitions. I would like to work at an NRL club. The relationship with the Roosters will give me the opportunity to learn their best practises, and everything else that goes along with it at that level.”
SM: “Is there room for improvement on last season?”
ML: “Always. The game is always evolving. For example this year we have the new gym. We will have another training field soon, and we are upgrading our medical room. I would like to replicate the scoreboard at Morry Brren Field on Bill Hicks. The demands on our grounds are huge. They are at capacity now…they need to be properly resourced and their use could be managed better. We need to look at developing more playing fields.”
SM: “Would it be healthy for us to expand further?”
ML: “Given where we are…one step below NRL, it has to be looked at.”
SM: “Do you have a wish list for 2015?”
ML: “See as many Wyong juniors as possible play NSW Cup… reach their highest potential. I’d like to see the people involved in the organisation develop as people…football can only take you so far. For the NSW Cup team to make top four…that’s a realistic goal…third year in to make a GF…not impossible…or even win one.”
SM: “What about locally?”
ML: “Maintain what we did this year…give local kids the opportunity to play in a Grand Final and win one…it’s hard enough to get there, let alone win.”
SM: “You copped a bagging from Belinda in her interview. I think she was only half serious. Now is the time for your right of reply.”
ML: “Can I get away with ‘no comment’.”
SM: “Have you given up on the Sharks?”
ML: “Yes. I’m now a Roosters supporter. The Roosters have invested in this region. With the direct affiliation it is an easy fit. And a change is as good as a holiday as they say. It was a great feeling to be able to say my team’s coming first and are minor premiers.”
Matt and his wife Renee have two sons, Bailey and Nixon. Bailey will play Under 10’s in Season 2015 and Nixon Under 7’s.
SM: “Bailey is a left footer like yourself. Do you see any of your game in him?”
ML: “Yes… and that’s probably a bad thing. He’s mad about his footy. He goes into competition this year and is really looking forward to it. He loves being ball boy and coming to footy. It teaches life skills…making friends….what’s appropriate and what’s not…without them even knowing…I think when they get older they will be glad Dad took them to the footy…that it was a good thing growing up. Nixon, he is as mad as a meat axe…lives and breathes footy…the down side is he’s a Rabbitoh supporter. I say to his grandmother it’s a form of child abuse to support that club.”
SM: “The job is so demanding, and with a young family, obviously you could not do it without great support from Renee?”
ML: “That’s right. But her job is just as demanding…being a full time nurse. It’s a massive credit to her to study at uni for four years and not just get her qualification, but a degree with distinction. She is working in Paediatrics at Gosford at the moment, but has applied for ICU at John Hunter. Her peers say she has a big future. Doing all that and raising two and a half kids (I am the half)….amazing.”
Added Sat Nov 1 11:58:02 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 12:44:03 2014
NSWRL PUBLISHES 2015 DRAW
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The NSWRL has published the NSW Cup, SG Ball, and Harold Matthews Cup draws for 2015.
Wyong Roos play the opening three rounds at home:-
- Round 1 -v- Manly - Saturday 7th March, @ 6pm
- Round 2 -v- Mounties - Saturday 14th March, @6pm
- Round 3 -v- Newcastle - Saturday 21st March, @3pm
Each of these three fixtures will be preceded by Central Coast Centurions SG Ball and Harold Matthews representative matches.
The Roos will feature in three televised matches in 2015.
- Round 11 -v- Wests Tigers @Campbelltown Stadium - 5.15pm Saturday 23rd May, 2015
- Round 14 -v- Warriors @ Mt Smart Stadium - 5.45pm (NZ Time) Saturday 13th June, 2015
- Round 18 -v- Penrith @ Sportingbet Stadium - 3.15pm Saturday 11th July, 2015
The Round 11 match will precede the NRL clash between Wests Tigers and North Queensland Cowboys.
The Round 14 and Round 18 matches will precede the Sydney Roosters respective clashes with the Warriors and Panthers.
There will be six Sunday games at Morry Breen Field in 2015:-
- Round 5 -v- NZ Warriors - Sunday 5th April, 2015
- Round 9 -v- Wests Tigers - Sunday 10th May, 2015
- Round 16 -v- Penrith - Sunday 28th June, 2015
- Round 20 -v- Newtown - Sunday 26th July, 2015
- Round 22 -c- Canterbury - Sunday 9th August, 2015
- Round 25 -v- Wentworthville - Sunday 30th August, 2015
The Roos finish the regular season with two home games:-
- Round 24 -v- North Sydney - Saturday 22nd August, 2015
- Round 25 -v- Wentworthville - Sunday 30th August, 2015
Wyong have three byes during the season on the weekends of 30-31 May, 4-5 July, and 1-2 August, 2015. There will be no NSW Cup football on the weekend of 2-3 May, 2015 due to the annual representative fixture against the QLD Residents team.
The NSW Cup Grand Final will be held on Sunday 27th September, 2015 and the National Championship Playoff will precede the NRL Grand Final on Sunday 4th October, 2015.
The complete draws for NSW Cup, SG Ball, and Harold Matthews Cup can be located in the 'Newsletter' area of this website. (homepage)
Updated Fri Dec 19 11:01:04 2014
Season 2015 for the Fiji National Rugby League kicked off on 16 January with the Vodaphone Fiji 9’s Tournament at Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka. Coastline Roos entered two sides in the 16 team competition. Roos Green were eliminated in the 1st Semi-Final of the main draw, while Roos White tasted success with a victory in the plate final. Our Fiji brethren were very happy with their effort, and no doubt hope to use the results as a springboard into the season proper.
Added Fri Jan 23 07:55:47 2015
WYONG ROOS SUPPORT FIJI RUGBY LEAGUE
An important part of the ethos of Wyong Roos is to assist in the development of the game. Putting that philosophy into practice, the Club continues to support ther Coastline Roos playing out of Nadroga-Navoha province on the Coral Coast of Fiji's main island, Viti Levu. Members and supporters planning a trip to Fiji should include the Coral Coast in their itinerary. The locals are renowned for their hospitality, and Roos people can expect the warmest of welcomes.
Follow the link http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=290843 to the 'Boost for Local Players' article by Maciu Malo published on the 4 January, 2015 edition of the Fiji Times online.
Updated Tue Jan 20 08:59:29 2015
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
The first two episodes of Roos Radio are now available as podcasts on RadioHubAU.
You can listen to Morry Breen in Episode 1 and Terry Wand and Mitch Williams in Episode 2, as well as get a regular update on all things footy from Matt Lavin.
Hosted by Shaun Chaffer and Greg Tunn, the show will be posted each Thursday afternoon. Access the programs via http://www.facebook.com/RadioHubAU and follow the conversation and links.
Added Sun Mar 1 13:29:24 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
ROOS MAKE STATEMENT IN ROUND 1 OF VB NSW CUP
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The new partnership between Wyong Roos and Sydney Roosters could not have commenced any better in on-field competition than Saturday night’s 34-8 thumping of Manly at headquarters.
The Roos crossed in the 7th , 14th , 18th and 35th minutes to take a 22-4 lead into halftime. The visitors struggled to pierce Wyong’s defence, and were equally ineffective when they tried to outflank them. The Sea Eagles only first half try came from a cross field kick secured by winger Ben Fritz in the Roos ingoal.
The first 15 minutes of the second half devolved into an arm wrestle. Manly needed to play some football, but were prevented from doing so by a motivated Wyong defence and a string of forced and unforced errors in possession.
Roos centre, Buddy Gordon, owned his side of the park, twice crossing in the second period in circumstances where he was not entitled to score. Gordon’s opposite, Braydon Wiliame, managed to grab a try for the Sea Eagles only points after halftime.
Despite little time together as a team, this was a relatively simple victory for the Roos, admittedly over a Manly outfit which appears all too comfortable with losing.
Wyong will likely face a much sterner test come 6pm next Saturday, when they meet Mounties at Morry Breen Field.
Added Tue Mar 10 06:11:06 2015
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Added Sat Mar 14 08:13:57 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
ROOS LOSE ANZAC DAY BATTLE
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After last Sunday’s flogging at the paws of the North Sydney Bears, Wyong Roos were hoping to rejoin the winner’s circle at Morry Breen Field on ANZAC Day, when they faced Illawarra Cutters for the second time in fourteen days. The Roos squeaked home 24-20 at WIN Stadium on 11 April, and had prepared for another tough, close encounter. Illawarra scored first in the 13th minute, courtesy of a crossfield kick from half, Shannon Crook. Wyong responded eight minutes from the break via a Brock Molan try from close range, and the teams went to halftime 6-6. Both sides battled for dominance throughout the second period, and with 22 minutes of the match remaining, the home team were ahead 14-12, but looking vulnerable. Crook seized control of the match shortly afterwards, and guided the Cutters home to a 22-14 victory with a try assist and by crossing himself on the siren. Crook’s efforts were in large part aided by repeated errors and some poor decision making by the Roos. Coach Taylor was straight to the point at the post-match presentation; “No one can question the effort today. But we just need to be a whole lot smarter.”
The NSW Cup has a hiatus next weekend to accommodate the annual representative fixtures. Wyong will resume hostilities on 10 May when they face Wests Tigers at Roos HQ.
Added Sun Apr 26 12:48:54 2015
WYONG ROOS - FOR THE LOVE OF THE GAME IN FIJI
Updated Thu Apr 2 13:17:49 2015
CENTRAL COAST DIVISION PRESIDENT RESIGNS
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CCD President, Fred Hartup, tendered his resignation on 1 April 2015, effective close of business 2 April 2015.
The letter of resignation read, in part;
"Clearly, events of recent weeks have significantly contributed to this decision. I know I have done nothing incorrectly, but after 3 1/2 years in the role it is apparent I have lost the support of a number of clubs, and more importantly, their respect. As a President, this has made my position untenable.
The unprecedented campaign of personal attacks (for which legal action is now pending), means there are several clubs/people with whom I am no longer comfortable to share an association."
Mr Hartup was President prior to Wyong Roos re-entering the CCD competition in Season 2013. Whilst Wyong Roos have not always agreed with the decisions of Mr Hartup and his administration, we have without exception, found him to be an honest and honourable man, with the best interests of the game at heart. Mr Hartup led a concerted and focused effort to advance rugby league on the Central Coast, but the myopia and self interest of certain local clubs worked against those efforts, and have now ultimately forced a very competent administrator out of the game.
Wyong Roos certainly hope Mr Hartup does not lose his love for the game or laudable mindset to try and make things better for all concerned, and wishes both he, and his wife Carol, all the best in the next stage of their lives.
Updated Tue Apr 7 13:22:35 2015
ROOS BALL BOY SENT FROM FIELD
Seven year old Wyong Roos Ball boy, Nixon Lavin, was despatched from the field by an officious touch judge during the Round 6 VB NSW Cup match last Saturday. Performing his duties at WIN Stadium, Nixon, the younger son of Matt & Renee Lavin, was overheard vocalising his wish for opposition kicker, Shannon Crook, to miss a critical goal attempt. Nixon was in tears after being forced from the field.
When the incident was relayed to Roos management, Coach Taylor was quick to comment; “He’s getting a pay rise.” Nixon is still awaiting the rise, but will receive a special “No Cowards” award for his brave, uncompromising attitude to the job.
Updated Fri Apr 17 14:33:45 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
ROOS JUMP ALL OVER NEW ZEALAND
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Wyong Roos moved into second position on the VB NSW Cup ladder following a steely 42-6 victory over the Warriors at Morry Breen Field on Easter Sunday. Inspired by 30 odd minutes of pure heart and energy from skipper, Mitch Williams, the Roos enjoyed a narrow 12-6 lead at halftime. The fast moving, well organised Wyong defence mobilised to overwhelm the much larger NZ team, and keep them scoreless for 72 mins. As NZ began to fatigue and their concentration wain, half Tyler Cornish worked some magic on the Roos right edge, freeing Brendan Elliot to score twice. The home team bench maintained the standards set by Williams, and cohorts Eloni Vunakece and Samisoni Langi, and refused to yield ground or opportunity despite some desperate football from the visitors. Wyong made a statement in this match, but to be considered a genuine contender, will need to back it up with a run of consecutive victories, starting with Illawarra Cutters at Wollongong next weekend.
Updated Mon Apr 6 15:50:39 2015
ROOS CUT IT FINE AGAINST CUTTERS
Wyong Roos VB NSW Cup team stole a 24-20 victory and the two competition points from Illawarra at WIN Stadium on Saturday via a converted try from Abraham Papalii with little more than a minute remaining to full time.
The Coal Cutters were first to score, opening their account with a converted try to Kiti Glymin in the 15th minute. Wyong replied with tries to Nathan Stapleton (22nd minute) and Mitch Williams (32nd minute), and took a 10-6 lead into the halftime sheds. The Roos surrendered that advantage soon after the restart, and by the 67th minute of play, Illawarra were in front 20-12, and readying to close out the game. The Roos responded by increasing their defensive intensity. Rocked by the Wyong intent, the home team turned over too much possession. Skipper Mitch Williams engineered a signature try for Vaha Pulu, and with Stapleton’s conversion, it was a two point ball game with nine minutes left on the clock.
Illawarra tried desperately to defend the lead, but their self doubt grew as the Roos raised their level of play. When Papalii moved to acting half within arms length of the home team’s tryline, everyone at the ground knew he would take a shot at muscling his way over. As the action evolved, Illawarra failed to muster sufficient defence to keep out the big prop, and referee Scot Murray spotted the ball touch the line underneath a pile of bodies. Stapleton’s conversion iced what must have been a very unpalatable cake for the locals.
The victory allowed Wyong to retain second place on the ladder, four points adrift of the undefeated Mounties. The Roos meet North Sydney at picturesque Bear Park next Sunday. Kick off is at 3pm.
Updated Mon Apr 13 19:35:15 2015
NSW CUP - ROOS MAWLED AT BEAR PARK
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Wyong Roos were dismantled by the Bears to the tune of 32-4 in last Sunday’s Round 7 VB NSW Cup clash at North Sydney Oval. Prior to kick off, Coach Taylor had identified this match as problematical for Wyong, with the opposition players no doubt keen to impress new coach, Ben Gardiner, and quality halves, Cody Walker and Dezzie Nicholls looking to make a statement for the benefit of Rabbitohs Head Coach, Michael Maguire.
The Roos were only down 6-0 at halftime, but had expended plenty of energy defending in that first period. Walker, in particular, took control in the final half hour of the match, driving the Bears to their onfield targets, and repeatedly shifting the point of attack to take full advantage of the fatiguing visitors. Aided by some inept and disinterested play from Wyong, the home team put on 20 points in the final 30 minutes to comprehensively outclass the green and gold.
Coach Taylor; “We completed 7 or 8 out of 20 sets in the first half, and on the back of that statistic, we did pretty well to hold them to six points. I said to them as much at halftime, but also that I was worried we’d used up too much gas, and that it would likely get us in the back end of the game. That prediction came back to bite me on the backside. The Bears didn’t do anything special. They do what we try to do; work over the middle and then get at the edges. They did it and we didn’t. When we kept to the plan, we had no trouble going through them. But they didn’t have any trouble going through us either. Dropping the ball on tackle 2 and 3 prevented us building any pressure. They handled Mini (Mitch Williams) pretty well. We did not play direct enough…started going sideways too much. Dezzie and Walker were good….if anything, Walker was a bit better than Dezzie. They scored three times running the ball on the last tackle. That was part of our preview.”
Taylor was contemplating not watching the video of the match as part of the preparation for Round 8; “You know I really thought about just drawing a line under this match…forgetting about the video and just getting ready for next weekend…but there are too many important things to go through.”
The loss has relegated Wyong to third place on the ladder, behind Mounties and Penrith. The Roos are at home for their Round 8 clash against Illawarra Cutters 3pm on ANZAC Day.
Updated Mon Apr 20 19:05:47 2015
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NSWRL has designated the weekend of 6, 7 & 8 June for this season’s Country Round. Wyong Roos will be heading to Albury for the Round 13 clash with Newtown Jets, now scheduled for 1pm Sunday 7 June. The Country Round is an important joint promotion between NSWRL and CRL to bring top line rugby league to regional centres and help grow the game in the country. There will likely be some feeling in this match, given many at Newtown believe Sydney Roosters abandoned the Jets to commence a relationship with Wyong. Members and supporters looking for a Queen’s Birthday long weekend break should be thinking about the battle between the Roos and Jets at the NSW/Vic border town.
Updated Wed Apr 1 20:07:38 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
SIX ROOS IN CENTURIONS SQUAD FOR UNDER 18'S CRL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Wyong Roos have had six players selected in the Central Coast Centurions squad to contest the 2015 Under 18 Country Championships. The Roos make up one third of the total representative squad. Congratulations to Cameron Catania, Jarrod Kessler, Joel Mula, Daniel Navarro, Nick O’Meley and Jack Rawling. Wyong Roos have no doubt the boys will do themselves, their families and the Club proud.
Cameron Catania (Wyong)
Matthew Fisk (Woy Woy)
Sanden Hayes (Erina)
Jarrod Kessler (Wyong)
Matt Langhein (Terrigal)
Trust Leger (Erina)
Sam McLelland (The Entrance)
Hiku Moeke (Erina)
Joel Mula (Wyong)
Daniel Navarro (Wyong)
Connor O’Bierne (Toukley)
Nick O’Meley (Wyong)
Logan Palmer (Kincumber)
Alex Pohla (Terrigal)
Jack Rawling (Wyong)
Brock Taylor (Ourimbah)
Jackson Watson (Erina)
Jack Weir (Berkeley Vale)
Updated Tue Apr 28 05:44:19 2015
WYONG ROOS DONATE JERSEYS
Updated Sun Apr 19 06:01:46 2015
ROUND 5 NSW CUP PLAYERS PLAYER - BRENDAN ELLIOTT
Round 5 of the VB NSW Cup saw the Wyong Roos defeat the New Zealand Warriors at Morry Breen Oval. Players Player for the game was Brendan Elliott.
Updated Mon Apr 6 06:41:38 2015
ROUND 5 NSW CUP NO COWARDS AWARD - MITCH WILLIAMS
Round 5 of the VB NSW Cup saw the Wyong Roos defeat the New Zealand Warriors at Morry Breen Oval. The 'No Cowards' Award went to Wyong's Captain Mitch Williams.
Updated Mon Apr 6 06:47:31 2015
NSW CUP COUNTRY ROUND TRANSFERRED TO MUSWELLBROOK
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The Round 13 clash between the Roos and Newtown Jets, previously scheduled for Lavington Oval Albury on Saturday 6 June, has now been transferred to Olympic Park, Muswellbrook. The CRL Under 16 Country Championships are also being held at Muswellbrook on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, and the VB NSW Cup showdown will now form part of a gala weekend of rugby league in the Upper Hunter. Kick off time for the NSW Cup game is at 2.45pm. Keep the date free, as the match promises to be a cracker.
Updated Sat May 16 07:13:45 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
2015 CENTURIONS SENIOR REPRESENTATIVE TEAM
The Central Coast Centurions Senior Rep Team has been named to contest the opening round of the AAMI CRL Country Championships at Tuncurry on Saturday 23 May 2015.
The 18 man squad, coached by Jamey Forbes, is as follows;
- Grant Nelson (The Entrance)
- Ryan Heath (Toukley)
- Shaune Corrigan (The Entrance)
- Aiden Wright (Terrigal)
- Perry Le Brocque (The Entrance)
- Jake Fitzpatrick (Toukley)
- Alex Moore (Berkeley Vale)
- Tane Tutaki (Berkeley Vale)
- Troy Woodley (Kincumber)
- Jordan Deaves (Terrigal)
- Tim Burrell (Erina)
- Alan Munro (Erina)
- Troy Adams (The Entrance)
- Jye Newton (Toukley)
- Jake Shearer (Kincumber)
- Brad Chatfield (The Entrance)
- Brad Bennett (Kincumber)
- Trent Walker (Toukley)
The match against South Coast is scheduled for a 12.15pm kick off at Harry Elliot Oval. The winner will meet Illawarra in Round 3 on 13 June, at a venue yet to be determined, whilst the loser will play the victor of next week’s Northern Rivers/Riverina clash on the same date. The finals are scheduled for Mudgee on 20 June.
Updated Tue May 19 15:23:51 2015
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Travelling to Aubrey Keech Reserve and coming home with the points against the competition leaders is one of the most difficult assignments in the NSW Cup, especially for teams like Wyong who have been a little down on form, and unsettled by personnel changes. The Roos scored first in the 9th minute, but trailed 14-12 at halftime after completing just seven from 16 possession sets. The visitors turned it around in the second period, intensifying their defence, tackling in numbers, and rendering the previously irresistible Mounties attack almost ineffective. On the back of standout performances from halfback Tyler Cornish, and fullback, Alex Langbridge, the green and gold set about dismantling the home team through the middle third of the field, then grabbing the points on the edges. The match was pretty much over with 13 minutes remaining. Wyong were rampant, easily accounting for the home team 30-14, and if not for some inaccurate goalkicking in difficult circumstances, the final scoreline would have been much more embarrassing for the home team. The victory has advanced the Roos to fifth on the competition table. Next Saturday they face Wests Tigers at Campbelltown. Kick off is at 5.10pm and the match will be televised on Fox Sports.
Updated Sun May 17 18:48:50 2015
ROOS TOO STRONG FOR TIGERS AT CAMPBELLTOWN
Wyong Roos power game came to the fore when the VB NSW Cup squad reversed a 14-0 half time deficit to overwhelm Wests Tigers 26-14 in the Round 11 VB NSW Cup clash at Campbelltown Stadium last Saturday night. The rich vein of form unearthed in the Round 10 win over competition leaders, Mounties, seemed a distant memory as Wyong ineptly staggered through the first half with a 62% completion rate and seven fewer uses of the ball than the home team. However, some well chosen words from Coach Taylor in the break were the catalyst for the green and gold to refocus and return to the game plan that had been so effective the previous week. Buoyed by a 6-0 penalty count, and completing a remarkable 24 from 26 possession sets, Wyong literally ran over the home team, with giant forward Abraham Papalii scoring two barnstorming tries and skipper Mitch Williams tormenting the life out of Wests Tigers from acting half.
The Roos are placed fifth on the competition table, and with two points coming from next weekend’s bye, are poised to return to the top four if they can defeat Newtown at Muswellbrook on June 6.
Updated Mon May 25 20:22:21 2015
CENTRAL COAST CENTURIONS 2016 COACHING & SUPPORT PERSONNEL
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Applications are being called for 2016 Central Coast Centurions coaching staff and support personnel. Click on the attachment for more information.
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Added Sat May 23 08:21:11 2015
ROOS RADIO - AROUND THE GROUND
Roos Radio - This week The Bag & Marksy do the rounds of the club talking to the people that make Wyong a success both on & off the field. Guests include Rip Taylor(Coach) Belinda Hill (Secretary of the Juniors) Phil Langley (Board Member) Alex Stones (Tag player & assistant) and Ryan Davis (Ballboy)
Updated Sat May 2 09:36:06 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
VB NSW CUP COUNTRY ROUND - SATURDAY 6TH JUNE, 2015
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The Country Round of the VB NSW Cup is finally here with five epic contests being taken to the country throughout NSW – plus one match in New Zealand – on Saturday 6 June.
Round 13 will be played in various regional towns showcasing some of the best players coming through the ranks in rugby league.
Don’t miss an exciting round with a slather of pivotal clashes with major ramifications for all 12 teams in the VB NSW Cup.
Celebrate rugby league at its best as the VB NSW Cup comes to a country town near you.
The Wyong Roos will play Newtown at Olympic Park, Muswellbrook at 2.45pm on Saturday 6th June, 2005.
Follow the link below for details of all games.
Updated Fri May 29 09:52:04 2015
ROOS FALL TO TIGERS IN MORRY BREEN THRILLER
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Wyong Roos have now lost three on the trot after succumbing to Wests Tigers 28-24 at Morry Breen Field on Sunday in Round 9 of the VB NSW Cup. Wyong were out of sorts early, failing to match the energy, speed and fluency of the visitors, and 20 minutes into the match trailed 18-6. By halftime the home team had reduced the difference to 18-10, and with 12 minutes of the match remaining, had fought hard to secure a tenuous 24-22 lead. With a small but vocal home crowd finally buying into the contest, the Roos should have been good enough to close out the match. However, a penalty against Wyong’s Fiji international, Eloni Vunakece whilst in possession only a metre from the Tigers tryline proved critical, and with opposition halfback Josh Drinkwater brilliantly managing the final few minutes of possession, Wests scored wide on the right to snatch victory for the visitors with only seconds left on the clock.
The loss means the Roos have not won since 11 April, and have slumped to 7th on the competition table. Wyong face the high flying Mounties at Aubrey Keech Reserve next Saturday, and are in genuine danger of falling out of the top eight
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ROOS GROUND JETS AND BOUND INTO THIRD SPOT
Wyong travelled to Muswellbrook for the Country Round clash with Newtown on Saturday. Despite the Jets twice fighting back in the second half, the Roos were good enough to get the cash 28-12, in a match which failed to reach any great heights, but which was gripping all the same because of the tense nature of the contest.
Wyong led 10-0 at halftime on the back of an 82% completion rate, but had to weather several close calls to keep their line intact. Seven minutes after the break, Newtown narrowed the scoreline to 10-6, with a converted try to halfback, Todd Murphy. A Nene MacDonald double pushed the Roos out to a 18-6 lead, only for the Jets to hit back via a Ray Moujalli try 16 minutes from the siren. With Wyong ahead 18-12, man of the match, Samisoni Langi, burst clear to score wide out. New recruit, Sua Matagi, sealed the victory, with a converted try from close range in the shadow of full time.
The win lifts the green and gold into third on the competition table, four points behind leaders Penrith, and two adrift of second placed Mounties.
Next Saturday the Roos do battle with NZ Warriors at Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland. The match will be telecast on Fox Sports 1. Kick off is at 3.40pm AEST. Join us at Roos HQ to watch the match on the big screen, and to enjoy the largesse of WRLCG and our corporate partners, Carlton United.
Photo - Carniverous Doyle-Manga, Chris Centrone, Jack Siejka, Brock Molan & Shaun Boss at Olympic Park Muswellbrook following the win over Newtown
Updated Sun Jun 7 10:01:57 2015
CENTURIONS HEAD TO COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS
Central Coast Centurions Under 16 & 18 rep squads headed to Muswellbrook last Friday for the weekend’s AAMI CRL Country Championships. Both teams had a short training run at Roos HQ before the Under 16’s were formally presented with their jumpers by NSW Cup Coach, Rip Taylor, and the Under 18’s by Sydney Roosters Junior Development Manager, Craig Walker and NYC Coach Adam Hartigan.
As principal sponsor of the Centurions representative program, Wyong Rugby League Club Group wishes both squads and their staff all the best, and is certain the boys will acquit themselves well and do the Central Coast proud regardless of the results.
Photo - Under 18 rep, Nick O’Meley, with Craig Walker (left) and Adam Hartigan.
Updated Sun Jun 7 10:06:05 2015
LOOKPRO PHOTOGRAPHY - NSW CUP ROOS -v- PANTHERS
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NSW CUP VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS - ROOS -v- NZ WARRIORS
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NSW CUP VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS - WYONG ROOS -v-MANLY
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The Central Coast Centurions senior representative team will contest the second semi-final of the Tier 1 AAMI Country Championships against Illawarra at Kirkham Park Camden on Saturday 13 June. The match, which kicks off at 3pm, will be preceded by the first semi-final between Newcastle Rebels and Canberra.
The winners of both matches will advance to the final to be held at Mudgee on 20 June.
Wyong Rugby League Club Group, as principal sponsor of the Centurions representative program, wishes Jamy Forbes and his squad the best of luck, and hopes to see them in the final next week.
The Centurions match will be streamed live on Youtube. Follow the link below.
Updated Wed Jun 10 14:36:41 2015
ROOS EMBARRASSED IN NEW ZEALAND
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Circumstances were conspiring against Wyong even before they boarded the plane to Auckland. Injury and State of Origin commitments meant the Roos would be without Lagi Setu, Willie Manu, Matt McIlwrick, Jack Siejka and Brendan Elliot, and illness further unsettled the green and gold with uncertainty surrounding the availability of Nene McDonald. The Warriors were no doubt stinging from their 52-8 loss to the Bulldogs at home last week, and Stacey Jones and his revamped crew would be hell bent on making amends. The Roos had never lost to NZ in the shaky isles, and given the even nature of the NSW Cup competition, that particular statistic had to fall at some point.
The Warriors started fast, repeatedly offloading and working Wyong over both sides of the ruck. There was a depth and sense of purpose about the home team’s attack, which confused and stretched the Roos defence, forcing the visitors to react and make decisions at a pace with which they were not comfortable. NZ skipper, John Palavi, scored from first receiver in the 15th and 19th minutes of play, and with backrower, Dominique Peyroux, crossing close to the ruck six minutes from the break, the Warriors took a commanding 18-0 into halftime.
Wyong tried to foot it with the home team, were drawn into playing the Kiwi’s brand of football, and were made to suffer the consequences. The Roos could not stem the haemorrhaging of points in the second half, and with NZ halfback, Mason Hino, dictating terms, the Warriors made the visitors look second rate as they strolled to a 28-0 victory.
Wyong have slipped to fifth on the table as a result of this loss, and must regroup before facing the resurgent Sea Eagles at Brookvale next Saturday, in what is looming as another critical match. Kick off is at 3pm.
Updated Mon Jun 15 15:46:43 2015
SEVEN ROOS JUNIORS IN ACTION AT CAMPBELLTOWN STADIUM
The strength of the Roos football program was on display at Campbelltown Stadium on Saturday 20th June, 2015, when seven players who have passed through the Wyong system took the field in separate matches. Jesse Ramien, Dallas Kohen and Bailey Shiach-Wise played for Manly in the NYC clash with Wests Tigers, while Jake Liddle was prominent for the home team in the same game, and in the next contest, Mitch Williams, Shaun Boss and Kieren Gallagher featured for the Roos in their VB NSW Cup victory over Manly.
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ROOS TOO GOOD FOR MANLY AT CAMPBELLTOWN
The Roos returned from NZ with their tails between their legs following the 28-0 shut out at the hands of the Warriors. The Sea Eagles, on the other hand, had conquered Wests Tigers 34-18 at Tiger Town, and were beginning to gather momentum for an assault on the top eight.
Manly scored in their initial possession set after Chris Centrone’s kick off cleared the eastern touch line on the full. Wyong recomposed, and with respective tries to Tyler Cornish, Lagi Setu, Kieren Gallagher and Abraham Papalii in the 6th, 10th, 23rd and 25th minutes, the Roos were well in command with the scoreboard reading 22-4. However, Wyong may have been too comfortable, and as the green and gold relaxed their intensity, the Sea Eagles struck back with two late first half tries to head to the sheds with growing confidence and a 22-16 scoreline.
Coach Taylor was concerned the Roos kept inviting Manly back into the game, and that the Sea Eagles were only too willing to accept the invitation. On the back of an incredible 60m run from Papalii, the Roos put Centrone over 13 minutes into the second period to regain some authority, but Manly responded with two quick tries to winger Ben Fritz to level the scores 26-26 with 10 minutes left on the clock.
Wyong had lost several players to injury throughout the match, and had to tough out the final minutes with no-one left on the bench and the onfield thirteen patched with players out of position and in unfamiliar territory. Matt McIlwrick scored from a close range flush play engineered by Mitch Williams from acting half, then iced the win when Gallagher scored his second from a precision Cornish kick right on the bell. The 38-26 victory was a welcome return to the winners’ circle for the Roos, but they will need to be a whole lot better next Sunday when they meet competition leaders and defending premiers Penrith at Central Coast Stadium following the NRL clash between Sydney Roosters and the Gold Coast Titans. Kick off is at 4.30pm.
Photo 1 - Shaun Boss leads the Roos song following the win.
Photo 2 - Samisoni Langi, Lagi Setu, & Omar Slaimankhel all smiles after Manly win.
Updated Mon Jun 22 07:11:29 2015
BUTTS WINS BAD SHIRT NIGHT
The 2015 bad shirt night was held on Sunday 7th June, 2015 in the Leagues Club auditorium. Some fine shirts were displayed with Butts and Muz the two finalists. The crowd decided to award Butts with the Bad Shirt prize. Go to the Photo Gallery for photos of the night.
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LOOKPRO PHOTOGRAPHY - CENTRAL COAST ROOS -v- BUNNIES
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LOOKPRO PHOTOGRAPHY - CENTRAL COAST ROOS -v- THE ENTRANCE
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LOOKPRO PHOTOGRAPHY - NSW CUP ROOS -v- JETS
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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
EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST - 2016 CRL DEVELOPMENT SQUAD COACHES & SUPPORT STAFF
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Expressions of interest are now being received for the 2016 Country Rugby League Development Squad Coaching & Support staff. Follow the link below for more information.
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Updated Tue Jul 28 12:53:43 2015
NSW CUP VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS - ROOS -v- JETS
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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
ADAM KEIGHRAN NAMED IN 2015 AUSTRALIAN SCHOOLBOYS
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Wyong junior, Adam Keighran, has been selected in the Australian Schoolboys squad to face NZ in two tests later in the year. Adam was a member of the NSW Combined High Schools Under 18 team which defeated NSW Combined Catholic Colleges 24-18 in the final of the national championships. Adam starred in the Roos Under 19 team which won the CCDRL premiership last season, rejoined Canterbury Bulldogs for Season 2015, and made the NSWCHS side via his efforts for Endeavour Sports High.
The first test against the Kiwis will be played on 27 September at Suncorp Stadium, and the second on 2 October at Kougari Oval Wynnum.
Scott Drinkwater and Bayley Faull, from Terrigal High School, both products of the Central Coast Centurions representative program, have also gained selection in the squad.
Wyong Roos congratulate all three, and wish them the best of luck against the Kiwis.
Updated Mon Jul 13 15:01:52 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
ROOS ANNIHILATE JETS IN NSW CUP
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Wyong Roos, without talismanic skipper Mitch Williams, put on a clinic at Morry Breen Field on Sunday to defeat Newtown 52-14, and move into a four way tie at the top of the VB NSW Cup table.
The green and gold were too strong for the Jets at Muswellbrook on June 6, but this time, on home soil, it was something else again. Newtown started quickly and were sharp with their execution. Five minutes in and the visitors were 4-0 ahead. Wyong returned fire in the 13th minute when Chris Centrone latched onto a crossfield kick from Tyler Cornish to crash over in the north east corner. The home team then scored three unanswered tries to lead 22-4 with just eight minutes until the break.
Newtown had plenty of quality on the paddock, and by halftime had pegged back the Roos lead to 22-10. One sensed that if the Jets were able to cross first in the second period, the game would become a real contest. However, it was Wyong that drew first blood after the break, when Buddy Gordon skipped through some out manoeuvred defence to touch down left of the posts.
With three quarters of the game elapsed, the locals were ahead 34-10, and not looking in any danger of being beaten. Newtown winger, Nathan Gardner, showed his class when he scorched the turf on a 50m angled run to the corner, narrowing the scoreline to 34-14. Wyong then buried the Jets with three tries in the last 11 minutes to seal the 52-14 victory.
Manly did the Roos a favour by defeating NZ in Auckland, keeping the Warriors on 28 competition points. The win at Morry Breen Field has elevated the home team to 28 points, level with the Kiwis, Mounties and Penrith. Six points separates first placed Mounties from second placed Wyong on percentages.
The Roos have a bye next weekend, and although it is a certain two competition points, Wyong may lose a little ground in the for and against department. The green and gold has arguably the easiest run home of the top four teams, commencing with Canterbury at Kanwal on Sunday 9 August. Kick off will be at 3.00pm.
Updated Mon Jul 27 15:08:27 2015
ROOS DEFEAT PANTHERS BY A POINT
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Wyong Roos NSW Cup team squeaked home 19-18 courtesy of a Tyler Cornish field gold in the dying seconds of the Round 16 clash with Penrith at Central Coast Stadium last Sunday. The Roos were unconvincing in their last start 38-26 win over Manly, while Penrith were fresh from a bye, and enjoying a three point buffer atop the competition table.
Wyong opened the scoring in the sixth minute, with a well engineered try to backrower, Lagi Setu. Fifteen minutes short of the break, the Panthers responded when giant forward, Tupou Sopoaga, carried four Roos over the tryline in a 10m charge down the short side. With two minutes remaining in the first half, Penrith No. 7, Will Smith, kicked toward the northwest corner, when nothing appeared brewing for the visitors. Roos fullback, Omar Slaimankhel, slipped as he attempted to field the ball. Panther winger, Maliko Famino, collected the scraps to dive over, providing Penrith with a 10-6 halftime lead.
Smith scored adjacent to the posts, nine minutes into the second period, then fullback Adrian Davis crossed for the Panthers with 20 minutes remaining. The Panthers looked comfortable ahead 18-6, with Wyong struggling to penetrate. However consecutive tries to Eloni Vunakece, and new recruit, Nathan Smith, and a subsequent penalty goal to Cornish levelled the scores at 18-18 with just four minutes left on the clock. The Roos remained patient and focussed. Their first attempt at field goal fell short. Skipper Mitch Williams then charged down Isaac John’s field goal attempt from close range. Wyong again worked into drop goal range, and this time, Cornish was on target to give the Roos the narrowest of victories. Wyong were a little fortunate to leave Gosford with the points, Penrith having scored four tries to the local’s three. Will Smith hit the upright with one conversion attempt, and also should have converted his own try from just right of the posts.
Wyong have a bye next weekend, then travel to Pepper Stadium to again face Penrith in Round 18. Kick off is at 3.10pm on Saturday 11 July, and the match will be televised live on Fox Sports 1.
Updated Thu Jul 2 16:50:11 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
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The finalisation of TV scheduling for the last five rounds of the NRL has resulted in some changes to the VB NSW Cup draw for the Roos.
Round 23 against Wentworthville, previously scheduled for Ringrose Park, will now be played at Morry Breen Field as a stand alone fixture on Saturday 15 August with a 3pm kick off.
Round 25 against Wentworthville, previously scheduled for Morry Breen Field on Sunday 30 August, will now be played at Pirtek Stadium on Saturday 29 August with a 12.40pm kick off. The match will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 1, and will precede the NRL clash between Parramatta and Cronulla due to commence at 3pm.
Updated Tue Jul 7 18:44:42 2015
ANDREWS TO TOUR WITH NSWCHS
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Blake Andrews has made the NSWCHS Under 17 squad to tour NZ later in the year. Currently a member of Wyong Roos Under 17’s, and part of the Knights High Performance Unit, Blake’s inclusion comes on top of his selection for Country Under 16’s in Season 2015. Brendan O’Hagan from Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College, and Matthew Fisk from Brisbane Water Secondary College, are the only other Central Coast players to gain selection.
Taking on the Kiwis in the shaky isles will be a big assignment, but also a rare opportunity for Blake and the other squad members to build their careers.
The Roos congratulate Blake, Brendan and Matt on their selections, and wish them the best of luck on tour.
Updated Mon Jul 20 19:19:25 2015
NSW CUP - ROOS SNATCH LATE VICTORY AGAINST KNIGHTS
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Wyong Roos VB NSW Cup team snatched a late 28-26 win against the Knights at Newcastle on Sunday, in what was their third come from behind victory in as many matches.
Newcastle opened the scoring in the 3rd minute, when winger Honeti Tuha intercepted an Omar Slaimankhel pass and raced 70m to score. The Roos responded nine minutes later, as Suaia Matagi stormed over from close range. The Knights crossed for consecutive tries pushing the scoreline out to 14-6, but by halftime the green and gold had closed the gap to 14-12.
Wyong scored in the 8th minute after the break, courtesy of a strong solo effort from Matt McIlwrick, and took the lead for the first time. However, a second intercept try to Tuha seven minutes later, put the home team back in front. Twelve minutes from fulltime, Samisoni Langi capitalised on some good phase play to make it a four point ball game, with the home team clinging to a 26-22 lead. Once more the Roos refused to be beaten. Langi blasted a hole on the Knight’s right edge and sprinted down the southern sideline. Newcastle fullback, Nathan Ross, came across in cover. Ross hammered Langi into touch, but the Roos five eighth had slipped the ball inside to centre Nathan Smith a split second before impact. Smith was too quick for the Newcastle defence, and did well to make the critical conversion as easy as possible for Tyler Cornish. The Roos halfback mastered the windy conditions and nailed the kick to put the visitors back in front 28-26. Cornish missed a late penalty goal, but the green and gold were good enough to close out the match.
Coach Taylor was philosophical afterwards; “We didn’t get at them enough in the middle. Once again, we didn’t allow ourselves time to settle and get a feeling for the match. But any time you can leave Newcastle with the points, it’s a good day.”
The win has put Wyong on 26 competition points, and in a three way tie for second with Penrith and Mounties. NZ now sit atop the ladder on 28 points, and the congestion near the top is completed by Canterbury on 24 points. The Roos face Newtown at Morry Breen Field next Sunday. Kick off is at 3pm.
Updated Mon Jul 20 19:25:06 2015
LOOKPRO PHOTOGRAPHY - NSW CUP ROOS -v-PENRITH - SATURDAY 11TH JULY, 2015
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LOOKPRO PHOTOGRAPHY - CENTRAL COAST WYONG ROOS -v- KINCUMBER
Updated Mon Jul 6 08:25:32 2015
WYONG ROOS NSW CUP TEAM NAMED FOR GRAND FINAL
The Wyong Roos have named their NSW Cup team to play the Newcastle Knights in the Grand Final of the NSW Cup to be played at Pirtek Stadium, Parramatta at 4.00pm on Sunday 27th September, 2015..
Mitch Williams (c)
Coach - Rip Taylor
Updated Wed Sep 23 21:03:03 2015
ROOS PLUCK MAGPIES AND JUMP INTO TOP SPOT
Wyong Roos defeated Wentworthville Magpies 52-16 at Morry Breen Field on Saturday to take the lead in the VB NSW Cup competition with two rounds of the regular season to play.
The home team opened the scoring in the 5th minute, when right winger, Chris Centrone, scored the first of his three tries for the match. Wenty responded four minutes later, courtesy of a 60m solo effort from backrower Cody Nelson. Beau Henry’s conversion completed the Magpies scoring in the first half, whereas the green and gold hammered away to lead 26-6 at the break.
The Roos were ahead 36-6 seven minutes into the second period, but the problems in Wyong’s left side defence exposed in the opening stages of the match, were then exploited by the Magpies, and by the 58th minute, the visitors had reduced the deficit to 36-16.
Wyong regrouped and limited Wenty’s opportunities, though in fairness to the Magpies, they kept coming all afternoon. On top of Centrone’s hat trick, fullback Omar Slaimankhel grabbed a double.
The victory came at a price for the Roos, with halves Tyler Cornish and Samisoni Langi both suffering injury.
Wyong now sit on 32 competition points with Mounties, Penrith and NZ (in descending order), but enjoy a 27 point advantage over Mounties in terms of for and against differential.
The penultimate round next weekend sees the Warriors face Penrith in Auckland. One or both of those teams will likely lose a share of the lead after that match. Wyong take on the rampant North Sydney at Roos HQ on Sunday. The Bears are at seven on the ladder, with a bullet, and have become white hot at the right time of the season. Kick off is at 3pm.
Updated Mon Aug 17 12:46:01 2015
NSW CUP VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS - ROOS --v WENTWORTHVILLE
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NSW CUP VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS - ROOS -v- BULLDOGS
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BULLDOGS TAKE BITE OUT OT ROOS FINALS PLANS
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Wyong Roos yesterday stumbled on their run into the VB NSW Cup finals when beaten 29-22 by Canterbury at Morry Breen Field.
The Roos led 12-0 after 16 minutes courtesy of tries to Buddy Gordon and skipper Mitch Williams, but trailed 16-12 at halftime after the ‘Dogs found their groove, pounded the advantage line around the ruck and created holes in the home team’s struggling defence.
Wyong regrouped during the break, and with 22 minutes remaining had clawed their way back to a 22-16 lead, with Williams the catalyst for both second half tries. However, the momentum began swinging the visitors’ way, after hooker Damien Cook kicked a 40:20. Soon afterwards, Canterbury were denied what appeared a certain try by some desperate defence from Williams ingoal, but soon pressed home the advantage when right centre Levi Dodd scored wide on the right and converted his try to level the scores 22-22 in the 25th minute.
The big Bulldogs pack began faltering at the back end of the match, but their halves, Jaline Graham and Matt Frawley held things together. Frawley kicked a field goal with four minutes left on the clock, and Graham iced the game when he sliced through midfield and touched down two minutes later.
The sombre Wyong post match dressing room signalled to Coach Taylor that his team were in the right head space following the defeat.
“This is how you should feel after a loss like that. I cannot fault the effort…everyone put in today boys…but the execution wasn’t quite there. They are a good team and they turned up ready to play. It shows you just how tough this competition can be. But give yourselves a pat on the back…that was a pretty good effort…we just need to work on a few little things.”
Mounties loss to Penrith and New Zealand’s loss to North Sydney means there are now four teams equal on 30 points at the top of the ladder. Provided each wins at least one of their remaining three matches, Wyong, Mounties, Penrith and the Warriors will likely secure those vital top four semi-final positions.
The Roos face Wentworthville at Kanwal next Saturday. Kick of is at 3pm.
Updated Mon Aug 10 12:11:11 2015
SYDNEY ROOSTERS NRL TEAM - PRELIMINARY FINAL FRIDAY 25/9/2015
The Sydney Roosters have named their NRL team to play The Broncos on Friday 25th September, 2015.
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Sio Siua Taukeiako
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Updated Wed Sep 23 21:02:17 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
Roos Radio - Episode 23. This week The Bag and Marksy talk to crowd favorites Brock Molan, Mitch Williams, and Magnus Stromquist. The boys carve each other up as they talk football, fashion, tattoos, and winning the NSW Cup. Not to be missed. Follow the link below.
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JUNIOR ROOS GUARD OF HONOUR - ROOS -v-JETS
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On Sunday 26th July, 2015 the Wyong Junior Roos formed a guard of honour to welcome the Wyong Roos NSW Cup team onto the field to take on Newtown Jets. The Roos were inspired winning the game 52-14.
Updated Tue Aug 4 15:14:41 2015
Updated Thu Aug 27 15:22:57 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.
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Updated Mon Aug 17 20:09:11 2015
2016 CENTRAL COAST CENTURIONS SUMMER SELECTION TRIALS
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Central Coast Centurions Under 16 Harold Matthews & Under 18 SG Ball 2016 Summer Squad Selection Trials will be held at Morry Breen Oval on Sunday 27th September, 2015.
INFORMATION FOR TRIALISTS
NB: Please arrive at least 1 hour prior to scheduled starying time.
Under 16 Harold Matthews: - Assemble 9am. Commence 10am. Conclude 12.25pm
Under 18 SG Ball:- Assemble 12.30pm. Commance 1pm. Conclude 3.30pm
Trials are Open to Central Coast Division Junior Rugby League participants.
- Those from outside Central Coast Division Junior Rugby League shall be by Invitation only.
- Harold Matthews for players turning 16 years of age in 2016.
- SG Ball for players turning 17 & 18 years of age in 2016.
- Once registered players shall be placed into a team which will be printed off and posted in the dressing sheds and notice boards.
- A playing jersey will be allocated to each player who shall wear the same Jersey for the duration of the trials.
- All other playing attire including mouthguards are to be supplied by participants.
- Participants requiring strapping need to bring it with them, qualified strappers will be available.
- It is strongly recommended all participating athletes have adequate personal health insurance coverage prior to participating in the trials.
- Participants not selected in the Central Coast Centurions NSWRL Summer Squads shall be eligible for consideration other Central Coast Centurions Representative programs in the 2016 season.
- Summer Squads shall be announced on the Central Coast Centurions website as soon as they have been finalised – no later than Tuesday the 6th of October 2015.
Follow the link below for trials Application Form. Please forward this completed form to the email address below no later than 5pm Friday the 11th of September 2015:
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Updated Thu Aug 20 06:53:24 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.
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LOOKPRO PHOTOGRAPHY - LADIES LEAGUES TAG WYONG ROOS -v- OURIMBAH
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LOOKPRO PHOTOGRAPHY - OPEN GRADE ROOS -v-OURIMBAH
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LOOKPRO PHOTOGRAPHY - 1ST GRADE - ROOS -v- OURIMBAH
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LOOKPRO PHOTOGRAPHY - NSW CUP ROOS -v- NORTH SYDNEY
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NSW CUP VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS - ROOS -v- NORTH SYDNEY
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ROOS OUTLAST BEARS AND EYE OFF MINOR PREMIERSHIP
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Wyong Roos had to endure a scoreless second half to finally subdue North Sydney 18-16 in a gripping NSW Cup match at Morry Breen Field on Sunday. The home team blew apart the Bears defence in what was perhaps their best opening effort of the season. Vaha Pulu scored in the 3rd minute, when he blasted through the visitors’ left edge and raced 30m to touch down. Pulu’s try was quickly followed in the 7th minute by a Matt McIlwrick solo touchdown. Tyler Cornish completed Wyong’s scoring in the 16th minute when the Roos halfback chased down his own grubber kick in the Bears ingoal.
Norths remained composed. Led by halves Darren Nicholls and Cody Walker, and boosted by a significant possession swing, the Bears struck back in the 29th, 31st and 38th minutes courtesy of tries to Walker, right centre Ed Murphy and left winger John Olive.
The half time break slowed North Sydney’s momentum, and permitted Wyong the opportunity to regroup. The Roos dominated field position throughout the second half, but their clunky and mistiming attack was unable to land the killer blow. The Bears had fewer opportunities in the second period, but looked more dangerous than their opposition. However, they met strong resistance from the green and gold when it counted. Wyong were able to hold on in the end, in what should prove to be a genuine dress rehearsal for a very tough finals series.
The Roos were without regulars, Samisoni Langi, Nathan Smith and Chris Centrone. Skipper Mitch Williams moved to the unaccustomed role of left half. The combination of these factors likely unsettled the locals and blunted their attack. Whilst not the most polished of performances, it was pleasing to see the home team out tough a very good, and in form, North Sydney outfit.
The win has lifted Wyong to 34 competition points, and gives the Roos a share of top spot, sandwiched between Mounties and Penrith on percentages. Mounties face fourth placed NZ Warriors at Aubrey Keech Reserve in next week’s final round of the regular season. Penrith take on Illawarra at Pepper Stadium. Wyong, on paper, would appear to have the easiest assignment, when they travel to Pirtek Stadium for their match against last placed Wentworthville. The minor premiership is all but certain to be decided by percentages. The Magpies will want to perform well in front of their home crowd, and will be keen to spoil any Roos party. Kick off is at 12.40pm. The match will be telecast live on Fox Sports 1.
Updated Mon Aug 24 08:54:44 2015
LOOKPRO PHOTOGRAPHY - RESERVE GRADE - ROOS -v- OURIMBAH
Updated Tue Aug 25 08:12:21 2015
ROOSTERS RADIO - EPISODE 25
Updated Fri Aug 28 09:05:43 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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NSW CUP VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS - WYONG ROOS -v-WENWORTHVILLE
Updated Wed Sep 2 13:11:18 2015
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.
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NSW CUP VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS - QUALIFYING SEMI FINAL WYONG ROOS -v- PENRITH
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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
NSW CUP - ROOS TO FACE CANTERBURY IN GF QUALIFIER
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Wyong Roos will meet Canterbury Bulldogs at Leichhardt Oval at 1pm next Sunday for the right to contest the 2015 NSW Cup Grand Final. Canterbury sealed its position among the final four survivors with a 33-20 victory over NZ Warriors on Sunday night at Kogarah Oval. A rejuvenated Newcastle earned a berth against Mounties in the other GF qualifier by defeating Penrith 44-12, reversing the result of last season’s premiership decider.
The match up with the ‘Dogs will be a tough one. Canterbury are the only team to twice defeat the green and gold in Season 2015. Injuries and suspensions affecting the Bulldogs NRL squad may impact on team selection, but the make up of the Roosters squad for Week 2 of the NRL Finals Series could result in the Roos being at less than full strength. Regardless of who takes the field, the gravity of the contest guarantees an afternoon of great rugby league.
Be part of history. A free supporters bus will depart Wyong Leagues Club at 10.30am. Seats are limited to 60 and can be booked by contacting Reception on (02) 43922799 or attending Roos HQ in person. First come, first served. Entry to Leichhardt Oval is $10 for adults and free of charge for children under 12 years.
Go those Roos.
Updated Mon Sep 14 14:51:26 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
NSW CUP - ROOS HUMBLE PANTHERS AND BOOK SPOT IN GF QUALIFIER
Wyong Roos defeated Penrith 28-10 at Pepper Stadium on Saturday to advance to the Grand Final Qualifier at Leichhardt Oval on Sunday 20 September. The Roos had twice narrowly accounted for the Panthers in the regular season, but this time were far too strong for the home team, which boasted the best defensive record in the competition.
Penrith drew first blood, Malakai Watene-Zelezniak crashing over in the northwest corner in the 6th minute, finishing a well executed short side shift. Wyong responded 10 minutes later, when Nathan Smith dropped under a right edge spread, stood up the cover with late footwork, then accelerated into the ingoal. The green and gold took a 12-6 lead into halftime after left centre Nathan Stapleton finished a sweeping length of the field movement, beating several defenders on a 70m run to the posts.
Smith scored his second eight minutes after the break. Penrith flirted with the idea of a comeback ten minutes later, when winger Eddie Aiono found himself on the end of a crossfield kick from half Sam Scarlett. Tyler Cornish and Omar Slaimankhel closed the door on the home team, completing the five tries to two victory for Wyong.
The Roos must wait for the result of Sunday’s clash between Canterbury Bulldogs and NZ Warriors at Kogarah to identify their next opponent.
Updated Mon Sep 7 15:08:53 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
SUCCESS BREEDS SUCCESS - BRENDAN ELLIOTT
Updated Thu Sep 24 17:38:33 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
Updated Thu Sep 10 17:48:45 2015
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NSW Rugby League article on the Wyong Roos since entering the NSW Cup competition. Wyong Roos Captain Mitch Williams talks about the road travelled by the Wyong Roos who have earnt a spot in the 2015 NSW Cup Grand Final. Follow the link below.
Added Thu Sep 24 17:50:42 2015
ROOS DISPOSE OF DOGS TO BOOK SPOT IN GRAND FINAL
Wyong Roos charged into next Sunday’s VB NSW Cup Grand Final with a decisive 44-20 victory over Canterbury Bulldogs at Leichhardt Oval on 20 September. The green and gold were rarely troubled by the ‘Dogs, and at times comfortably controlled the match with a patient, well organised defence and judicious kicking game..
The Roos were first on the scoreboard. Jonno Ford saw Canterbury had failed to number up on their right side, and fired a long ball to Brendan Elliot on Wyong’s left flank. The ball hit the deck but was well fielded by Elliot, who had sufficient time and space to get to the south east corner. Half Tyler Cornish converted from the touchline, and after 13 minutes the Central Coast boys were ahead 6-0. Ford scored next for the Roos off a well worked set play, and Cornish pushed Wyong out to a 14-0 lead when he kicked a penalty goal in the 20th minute.
Canterbury struck back in the 26th minute. Winger Jarrod MacKinally found himself on the outside of opposite Chris Centrone, and just outpaced Nathan Smith to the corner. The Roos then reasserted some authority, Suaia Matagi barrelling through the ruck on the end of a flush play from close range. A converted try to ‘Dogs pack leader, Danny Fualalo, and another penalty goal to Cornish, rounded out the half time scoreline of 22-10.
The boys from Belmore needed to score first in the second half to be any hope of taking the match, however Wyong simply tightened their collective grip. Fourteen minutes after the break, the Roos scored the try of the match, when Smith finished a movement that saw the ball travel through seven sets of hands before reaching its destination. Fullback Omar Slaimankhel pierced the defence from a scrum on the Canterbury 20m line and burnt off the cover to extend Wyong’s lead three minutes later, and in the 65th minute, skipper Mitch Williams grounded his own grubber in the ‘Dogs ingoal to give the Roos an unassailable 38-10 lead.
Weight of possession told against Wyong, with ‘Dogs hooker Brad Clarke forcing his way over from acting half in the 67th minute, reducing the deficit to 38-16. Manu displayed brilliant footwork to get himself on the scoresheet late in the match, and big prop, Lloyd Perrett, grabbed a consolation try for Canterbury inside the last two minutes to put some respectability into the scoreline.
The job is half done for the Roos, who now travel to Pirtek Stadium Parramatta on 27 September to face Newcastle for the title. The Knights were last season’s losing Grand Finalists, and will be well motivated to reverse that result, after outlasting favourites Mounties 30-26 in the other Preliminary Final.
Wyong will again be running a supporters bus leaving Roos HQ at 2pm. Bookings can be made by calling Reception on (02) 43922799.
The VB NSW Cup Grand Final will kick off at 4pm, and will be respectively preceded by the Sydney Shield and Ron Massey Cup deciders at 11.40am and 1.40pm. Gates open at 11am. Tickets are $10 for adults and concession card holders, and children (under 12 years) enter free.
Tickets can be obtained online at www.ticketmaster.com.au.
Be proud. Keep the faith. Show your true colours. Wear green and gold to the ground, and cheer for our boys like you’ve never cheered before. This is rugby league history.
Go the Roos.
Updated Wed Sep 23 21:01:58 2015
CCDRL GRAND FINAL DAY AT MORRY BREEN
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Roos HQ hosted the CCDRL Grand Finals on 19 September, and those in attendance enjoyed a great day of rugby league.
Under 19’s – Terrigal Sharks 24 Kincumber Colts 20
The Grand Finalists had met three times prior to the competition decider; in Round 7 at MacKillop Oval, the Colts got the better of the Sharks 16-10 and in Round 17 at Duffy’s Reserve it was once again Kincumber on top, this time 34-14. Kincumber were Minor Premiers and Terrigal finished the domestic season in third. The core of the Terrigal team had swept all before them in this season’s schoolboy competitions, and had been building momentum throughout the year. The Sharks were first into the GF after beating Kincumber 18-16 in Week 2 of the Finals Series, and there was little between these teams. The Colts got out to a 10-0 courtesy of tries to hooker Mitchell Shoults and skipper Bryce Davey, and one conversion to Blake Wylie. Terrigal struck back via a double to Scott Drinkwater and goals to Josh Cook and Zac Attwood, and by halftime were in front 12-10. The Sharks extended their lead to 20-10 through a try to Logan Morley and two further goals to Josh Cook. Josh Richardson crossed for Kincumber to reduce the deficit to 20-14, but Terrigal re-established that healthy buffer when Matt Langhein touched down with little time remaining. Blake Wylie sliced through the defence late in the match and converted his try to narrow the scoreline to 24-20. However there was insufficient time for the Colts to engineer another scoring opportunity, and the Sharks closed out the match. Scott Drinkwater was a well deserved Man of the Match, orchestrating Terrigal’s match plan and continually troubling the opposition with a clever running game.
Open Age – Ourimbah Magpies 44 Wyong Roos 10
The GF combatants met only once during the domestic season, with the Maggies belting Wyong to the tune of 42-12. Minor Premiers Ourimbah again got the cash in the Semi-Final, defeating the second placed Roos 12-0. The green and gold responded with a very strong performance against Toukley to earn a berth in the decider, and coming into this match were confident of a result against the Magpies. However, that confidence was misplaced. Ourimbah hooker, Jason Easton, dived over from acting half in the 12th minute, and began a procession of first half tries to Mitch Barrett, Shaun Bayley, Ben Starkey and a second to Easton. Three conversions to Barrett and one to Jimmy Holt had the Magpies ahead 28-0 by halftime. The Roos were clueless to stop the leaking of points, allowing Ourimbah to play to their strengths and doing very little to exploit their weaknesses. The haemorrhaging continued after the break with Jonno Bunting crossing wide on the right. Wyong finally made the scoresheet in the 43rd minute when Ben Morsillo cut through, but normal service was resumed just three minutes later as Easton crashed over for his third. Half John Buckley grabbed an intercept off Brent Stevens and raced clear to score the Magpies final try. Two more goals to Holt completed Ourimbah’s scorecard. Morsillo crossed again, and with Stevens converting the 44-10 scoreline was finalised. The black and white’s had comprehensively outplayed Wyong; the Magpies were far too determined and energetic for the Roos, and were well deserved Premiers. Easton was no surprise as Man of the Match.
Ladies League Tag – Kincumber Mares & Fillies 18 The Entrance Tigresses 0
Kincumber were the best performed of all senior grades, finishing the domestic season on 34 competition points and losing only one match in the process. The teams met in Round 9 at MacKillop Oval when the home team bested the opposition 18-0, and it was the same result at EDSAAC in Round 15 with Kincumber again defeating The Entrance 18-0. Kincumber were Minor Premiers. The Entrance won through to the decider from fourth. Kincumber boasted talent from sideline to sideline. The Entrance had plenty of heart but not the same level of skill or experience as the Colts, who were very firm favourites. Kincumber led 14-0 at halftime. Lisa Spencer had crossed twice, Jayme Fressard once, and Sian George had converted one of those tries. The Tigers tested Kincumber after the break, but could not breach the Colt’s defensive line. Tara Angell scorched 70m down the eastern touchline to score the only points of the second half. Kincumber were the outstanding team in this grade and worthy premiers. The Tigresses had displayed the same grit and toughness for which their male counterparts are renowned, but were not quite at the standard of the premiers. These sides met three times with an 18-0 scoreline on each occasion. Spencer was the inaugural Lady of the Match.
Reserve Grade – The Entrance Tigers 32 Wyong Roos 14
Wyong were Minor Premiers, finishing the home and away season on 31 competition points. The Entrance were second on 30 competition points. The Roos defeated the Tigers 24-18 at Morry Breen Field in Round 3, but the Tigers reversed that result with a 22-12 victory at EDSAAC in the Indigenous Round (Round 13). The Entrance got the better of Woy Woy 28-8 in Week 1 of the Finals and were first into the GF when they defeated the Roos 20-12 in Week 2. Wyong regrouped to beat Toukley 22-14 in the Preliminary Final. An early error from young Roo Jarrod Kessler surrendered possession and field position to the Tigers, who then capitalised in the second minute when Ryan Doherty ran a hot hard line to crash over beneath the posts. Doherty converted his try to push The Entrance out to a 6-0 lead. Wyong responded shortly afterwards when Jake Fuller burst through just right of the posts. Glenn Smith added the extras to level the scores. Roos fullback, Shaun Wright, was next try scorer, and with Smith’s conversion Wyong led 12-6 and had begun to dominate proceedings. Smith nailed a penalty goal to extend the Roos lead to 14-6, but a try to Tiger centre Luke Kirkby narrowed that lead to 14-10 at the break and deflated Wyong. Harley Waters levelled the scores soon after the break, and with Doherty’s conversion, the Tigers had grabbed a 16-14 lead. Momentum had swung to the Entrance and the re-energised Tigers did not look back. Interchange player Jordan Huckstepp crossed, followed by fullback Brodyn Mills and Waters again. Two further conversions to Doherty completed the scoreline. Doherty properly received the Man of the Match accolade.
1st Grade – The Entrance Tigers 22 – Kincumber Colts 14
The Entrance were the stand out team in 1st Grade finishing the home and away season on 30 competition points, seven points clear of second placed Kincumber. The teams met twice prior to the finals; in Round 9 at MacKillop Oval, The Tigers defeated the Colts 16-10, and in Round 15 at EDSAAC the Tigers were far superior winning 42-12. Third placed Wyong defeated Kincumber 25-24 in golden point extra time in Week 1 of the finals series. The Colts narrowly defeated Woy Woy 16-14, and the Tigers got the better of the Roos 17-16, again in golden point extra time, in Week 2, and it took 101 minutes of football to separate Kincumber and Wyong in Week 3, with the Colts advancing to the GF on the back of a 12-8 win. There were two schools of thought about the decider; this was only the Tigers second game in five weeks and they would be ripe for the picking by a battle hardened Colts outfit, or Kincumber had limped into the big dance following three extremely tough games, and would be easy prey for the fresh and relatively injury free Tigers. Harley Ridge scythed through the soft spot behind the ruck, angling back from left to right, and linked with fullback Grant Nelson, who outpaced the cover to open the scoring. Adam McInnes converted. The ease with which Kincumber were opened up looked ominous. The Colts recomposed. James Duchatel scored out wide for Kincumber. Half Brayden Cain’s conversion levelled the scores. Colts’ skipper, Troy Woodley, scored a signature try from acting half. Cain converted that try, then added a penalty goal to give Kincumber an encouraging 14-6 lead at halftime. Tigers’ skipper, Shaune Corrigan, scored in the northeast corner after the break, and McInnes’ sideline conversion further narrowed the scoreline to 14-12. Nelson scored his second from close range after regathering a loose ball, and McInnes’ third conversion from as many attempts gave the Minor Premiers an 18-14 lead. Big prop Tim Nawaqatabu then put the issue beyond doubt for the Tigers, powering through the fatiguing Colts defence. Kincumber threw everything they had against The Entrance in the final minutes, but the Tigers were too strong. Nelson appropriately received the Man of the Match award.
WRLCG congratulates all those teams participating on Grand Final Day, but particularly the winners, and looks forward to a bigger and better Season 2016.
Updated Wed Sep 23 20:57:27 2015
Updated Wed Sep 23 21:00:50 2015
CONGRATULATIONS OMAR SLAIMANKHEL - VB HARD EARNED MAN OF MATCH
NSW Cup - Congratulations to Wyong Roos fullback Omar Slaimenkhel winnning the VB Hard Earned Man of Match award following the Wyong Roos win over Penrith in the qualifying semi final played at Pepper Stadium on Saturday 5th September, 2015.
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NSW CUP VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS - FINAL - WYONG ROOS -v- CANTERBURY
Updated Wed Sep 23 21:01:18 2015
ROOS DUST MAGPIES BUT FALL SHORT OF MINOR PREMIERSHIP
Wyong Roos completed the regular season with a 44-12 win over Wentworthville at Pirtek Stadium last Sunday, but in the process fell tantalisingly short of the NSW Cup Minor Premiership to Mounties by a single point on differentials.
Jonno Ford opened the scoring in the 14th minute in his return match for the Roos, and Omar Slaimankhel touched down for Wyong’s second in the 33rd minute, when he latched onto a crossfield kick from Tyler Cornish. The Magpies hit back two minutes later, courtesy of a long range intercept try to five eighth Ryan Matterson, and the teams went to oranges with Wyong ahead 12-6. Wenty refused to go away in the energy draining conditions, battling hard and eventually levelling the scoreline at 12-12 seventeen minutes after the break.
The match, which had featured cameos from Abraham Papalii to that point, then became the “Paps”show, with the Roos giant left winger crossing himself in the 21st and 29th minutes, repeatedly driving back the home team’s defence with the ball in hand, then engineering a spectacular try for Willie Manu two minutes from time.
The victory lifted Wyong to top of the ladder, with 36 competition points and a differential of 159. The Roos then had to wait for the results of the Mounties v NZ and Penrith v Illawarra matches later in the day. Unfortunately for the green and gold, Mounties got the chocolates at Aubrey Keech Reserve to the tune of 36-10, moving the boys from Mt Pritchard to 36 competition points, tied atop the ladder with Wyong and Penrith, but with a differential of 160. The Panthers finished third on the same points, but with a differential of 104. All in all, a remarkably close result after 25 rounds of rugby league.
Week 1 of the Finals Series sees the Roos face the Panthers on Saturday at Pepper Stadium. Kick off is at 12.40pm, and the match will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 1.
Updated Thu Sep 3 07:19:40 2015
ROOSTERS TV - NATHAN STAPLETON
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NSW CUP - MATCH REPORT WYONG ROOS WIN OVER CANTERBURY
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NSW RUGBY LEAGUE - GIVE ME FIVE/FINALS WEEK THREE
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LOOKPRO PHOTOGRAPHY - WYONG ROOS -v- CANTERBURY
Updated Mon Sep 21 07:33:54 2015
NSW CUP SEMI FINAL PREVIEW - WYONG ROOS -v- PENRITH
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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
NEWCASTLE HERALD - RIP TAYLOR IN ANOTHER GRAND FINAL
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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
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