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Updated Wed Jun 5 11:23:21 2013
NEW WEBSITE FOR TOTAL PHYSIO KANWAL
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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 email@example.com.
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
2015 LADIES LEAGUE TAG COMPETITION REGISTRATIONS CLOSED
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The Wyong Roos 2015 Ladies League Tag Registrations have closed.
Updated Thu Feb 19 20:26:37 2015
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
THREE ROOS PLAYERS JOIN SYDNEY ROOSTERS TRAINING
Three Wyong Roos VB NSW Cup players Mitch Williams, Magnus Stromquist, and Leivaha Pulu have been selected in the summer training camp with the Sydney Roosters NRL Squad.
Follow the link below for details.
Added Wed Nov 5 12:48:11 2014
Wyong Roos VB NSW Cup Squad completed their first week of pre-season training with some Downward Facing Dog and Four-Limbed Staff Asanas in a Dynamic Yoga class at the Real Commando Training Centre at Long Jetty. The session was arranged by Strength & Conditioning Director Matt Toohey, who along with Coach Taylor, hit the floor with the boys to shed some rust and early season soreness. What they lacked in grace and flexibility, they made up with good humour, and the class was a welcome variation to the physical work which dominates training at this time of year.
Added Sat Nov 22 13:18:48 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
Wyong Roos VB NSW Cup squad commenced their pre-season field sessions on 17 November, 2014. Squad numbers have been supplemented with lower grade players handpicked by Coach Taylor as a reward for their 2014 seasons, and as an investment in Season 2015. Training will continue each Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the Leagues Club complex Kanwal, with several Saturday mornings thrown in at other venues until the squad breaks for Christmas on 20 December.
Added Tue Nov 18 14:17:54 2014
ROOS 2015 VB NSW CUP CAMPAIGN BEGINS
Wyong Roos 2015 VB NSW Cup campaign commenced 12 November with screening of the squad by Strength & Conditioning Director, Matt Toohey, and Head Physio, Brendan Clarke.
Players underwent a physiological examination and were assessed through a variety of strength and flexibility tests to determine the best methods for delivering the physical program for the pre-season and beyond.
Training will formally commence 17 November 2014.
Added Fri Nov 14 07:54:16 2014
ROOS & CENTURIONS MEET WITH SYDNEY ROOSTERS
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ROOS ON THE MOVE - TEKINA VAILEA
Damaging backrower Tekina Vailea has signed with St George Illawarra for Season 2015. After joining Wyong Roos from Penrith, Tekina established himself as one of the most dangerous forwards in the VB NSW Cup competition, and has been courted by several NRL franchises. The Club wishes Tekina every success with the Dragons.
Added Sat Dec 6 11:55:38 2014
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Added Mon Dec 1 12:44:03 2014
Wyong Roos Youth of the Year, Jacob Liddle, has forced his way into the first 17 on the Australian Schoolboys tour of England and France. The team remains undefeated to date with four wins; 86-6 against Combined Regional Academy on 26 November, 36-18 against Wigan Academy on 29 November, 38-24 against Leeds Academy on 2 December, and 22-18 against the English Academy on 6 December.
Jacob (1 try) and other Central Coast boys, Jack Cogger (1) and Lattrell Mitchell (3) all made the scoresheet in the big win over the Combined Regional Academy.
Jacob scored the opening try in the match against Leeds at the famous Headingly ground, supporting a Ray Stone break through the middle of the park to touch down beneath the posts. After receiving a ten minute rest in the sin bin at the 31st minute for allegedly instigating a fracas, Jacob was moved to five eighth when he returned to the field, and set about burning his marker on the outside with a nice show and go to put Ash Nisbet across the line.
As was expected, the team met with sterner resistance from the English Academy in game four. Jacob started from the bench in that match. The combatants scored four tries a piece, with the difference coming from Brock Lamb’s boot.
The squad play their last match of the English leg of the tour on 12 December, when they again clash with the national Academy side at Leigh Sports Village
Added Mon Dec 8 07:52:38 2014
FLORIMO DEFEATS MCCALLISTER ON TKO
The rivalry between Wyong Roos and Central Wyong Razorbacks spread to the ring on Saturday 6 December, when footballers Jay Florimo and Brad McAllister came together for Fighting For Autism.
McAllster rattled Florimo early with some well directed jabs and crosses. As the first round progressed, Florimo began to find his range, and by the end of the opening round, the scorecard was fairly even.
Florimo stalked McAllister from the outset of Round 2, with both fighters wearing some strong counter-punches. Midway through the round, Florimo unleashed a flurry of punches from both hands. McAllister pressed forward, but found himself tagged by a well timed right. The punch rocked McAllister, and as he began to stagger, the referee called the fight.
Congratulations to both men for entering the ring and bravely putting on a show for an important charity.
Local boy, Damien “Big D” Brown kept his undefeated record intact with a victory over Joey Terei in the heavyweight K1 rematch, and in the main muay thai bout, world titleholder, Mat Cashmore, was too good for well credentialed Melbourne fighter, Erik Miskle
Added Mon Dec 8 08:11:38 2014
VB NSW CUP STATISTICS TELL THE STORY
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The NRL commissioned Prozone to compile a Statistics Guide for the 2014 VB NSW Cup season. Prozone employ a small army of analysts to review match video, extract the numbers and enter them into the Prozone system, then make the edited video and statistics available to each club on the Tuesday following the relevant match.
Wyong Roos season has been reduced to numbers, which tell a story, and which will be used by Coach Taylor and his staff to shape the program and strategies for 2015, and help identify opposition weaknesses.
The team figures were good and bad. The Roos hold the record for highest number of effective tackles in a match (407 against Canterbury Bulldogs on 10/8/14), and made the highest number of individual runs for the season (3,683). Wyong completed 601 sets during the season (4th best behind Newcastle, St George Illawarra and Mounties), but with an overall completion rate of 69%, were third worst in the competition (ahead of only Canterbury and NZ Warriors). The Roos were second best for away games won, but tenth best for home ground victories.
Some of the individual performances were outstanding. Brock Molan finished on top of the halves for average metres run per match (104m). Zane Tetevano was best in the same category for both locks (153m) and second rowers (130m). Mitch Williams was third in average tackles per match (40.5).
Added Mon Dec 15 08:23:02 2014
The Wyong Roos VB NSW Cup squad attended the NRL's Semi-Pro information day at the Parramatta Campus of the University of Western Sydney on 13th December, 2014.
Former NRL player and Erina Coach Jamey Feeney introduced the NRL AWARE program, designed to better educate players on issues of alcohol and drug misuse, gambling, dietary supplements, the role of ASADA, and interpersonal relationships in the age of social media. Players will now be required to pass an on-line test examining their understanding of these issues before being permitted to play rugby league in 2015. The AWARE program hopes to better prepare the young men in the game to recognise potential problems and make sensible decisions when those problems arise.
Dr Jioji Ravulo, Senior Lecturer at the School of Social Sciences at UWS outlined the types of mental health disorders experienced by the population, the tell tale symptoms and the impact of substance misuse on brain development. Dr Ravulo, in conjunction with former top grade player, Wayne Wingham, discussed the debilitating nature of depression and the assistance available within the community and inside the NRL to heal deal with the illness and support people through related difficulties.
The day finished with real life presentations from one man whose life and family ws largely destroyed by substance abuse and gambling, and another whom on the surface was popular and successful, but who was a functioning alcoholic, angry with himself and ultimately dissatisfied with his life.
If the day's program simply served to raise player awareness, this NRL initiative is well worthwhile.
Updated Fri Dec 19 09:01:59 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
SYDNEY ROOSTERS MEMBERSHIPS AVAILABLE AT JUNIORS REGISTRATION DAY
2015 Sydney Roosters Memberships will be available to purchase at the Wyong Juniors first registration day at Wyong Leagues Club on Saturday 7th February, 2015. Memberships can be purchased between 9.00am to 1.00pm.
Memberships start at $49.95 for juniors and $59.95 for adults and season tickets from just $95 juniors and $159.00 adults.
For every New Sydney Roosters Member, 20% of the Membership total will be given back to our club.
Junior Membership Benefits:
- 2015 Roosters Flat Brim Cap
· Roosters Headphones
· Roosters Stationary Kit
· Roosters Insulated Lunch Box
· Birthday Card From Sydney Roosters Player
· 2 x match ticket to a Roosters Home Game
· Free entry to the Kids Coaching Clinic
Added Sun Jan 25 10:33:02 2015
MITCH WILLIAMS NAMED IN SYDNEY ROOSTERS SQUAD FOR AUCKLAND 9's
Wyong Roos player Mitch Williams has been named in the Sydney Roosters Squad to play in the Auckland 9's tournament. Mitch has been training with the Roosters in summer camp and has certainly impressed the Roosters coaching staff.
Follow the link below for Roosters TV video package following the release ot the Roosters Squad.
Updated Mon Jan 26 11:51:17 2015
ROOS ON THE MOVE - KENE TEWHATA
Premiership winning prop, Kene Tewhata, will turn out for Erina in Season 2015. Kene dominated the forward exchanges during the Roos charge through last year’s finals series, and it is no surprise the Eagles were interested as they look to rebuild after a disappointing 2014. The big front rower felt he needed a change, and if he finds form with the tri-colours, Kene will provide power through the middle third, and a platform on which Erina can build their attack. Wyong Roos hope Kene achieves the results he wants from the move, and wishes him all the best in this new phase of his football career.
Added Tue Jan 13 11:41:46 2015
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Roos 1 qualified for the semi-finals of the Jason Annear Memorial 9’s Tournament as first ranked team, then progressed to the final after beating fourth ranked Toukley 22-8 in a spiteful, stop-start encounter. Manly cruised past last year’s finalists, Berkeley Vale, in the other semi-final, to set up a play off between the past two winners of the competition.
Wyong dominated both possession and field position in the first half of the final, but two late tries to the Sea Eagles saw them go to the break with an 11-6 lead. Roos 1 quickly responded after half time through tries to skipper Brock Molan and rookie winger Kairo Anderson, giving the Central Coast side what appeared to be a match winning 17-11 advantage. Manly refused to lie down, and with little time remaining, advanced the ball upfield. Buddy Gordon reflexively reached for a late tackle kick. The ball bounced kindly for the maroon and white chasers, who promptly regathered and scored beneath the posts to earn the bonus five point try. The drop kick conversion put Manly in front 18-17. Roos 1 pressed for a last gasp victory, but were caught short by the siren.
The Sea Eagles were the best performed and most consistent team in the competition, and well deserved the win. Wyong improved throughout the day, saving their best for last. Hooker Manaia Osborne was busy in attack and showed plenty of courage in defence. Middle men Eloni Vunakece, Shaun Boss and Carne Doyle-Manga carried the ball effectively and without fear, and were tough and ruthless when the Sea Eagles had possession. Best on ground for the Roos was new recruit, Matt Ikuvalu, who scored one try, threw the last pass for another, and constantly made himself available both sides of the ball.
The nature of the game of 9’s makes it virtually impossible to defend repeat sets. Errors in possession become even more critical, amplified by the greater space available to attackers. Wyong failed to exploit one genuine scoring opportunity in the first half, and a handling mistake in the shadow of half time allowed Manly to score consecutive tries. Simply put, that was the difference between the teams, and enough for the $4,000 first place prize money to head to Brookvale.
Congratulations to the event organiser, Shayne Hayne, and his army of volunteers from the Berkeley Vale Panthers. The tournament ran smoothly and notwithstanding the extremely hot conditions, was enjoyable for players and spectators alike due principally to a lot of hard work and plenty of good will on the part of Shayne, his support crew and the referees.
Wyong’s focus now turns to the trial against Penrith Panthers on 7 February at Morry Breen Field Kanwal. Sydney Roosters Head Coach, Trent Robinson, has earmarked several players from his full time squad to join the Roos for that hit out. The match will likely give members and supporters a better idea of the makeup and potential strength of the squad to contest the 2015 VB NSW Cup. Entry is free. Mark your calendars.
Link - Video package from Jason Annear Memorial 9's
Updated Mon Jan 26 12:26:48 2015
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Comprising mainly Central Coast Division grade and Under 19 players, Roos 2 found the competition in the Jason Annear Memorial 9’s a little too tough, and failed to progress from the pools phase of the tournament. Roos 2 were soundly beaten by Berkeley Vale, Newcastle All Blacks and the Timberwolves. Wyong found it difficult to engineer space, struggled to create scoring opportunities and could not make the effort on effort defensive plays required to keep themselves in each of the games. The hot conditions were equally demanding of all teams. Most of Roos 2 have enjoyed a pre-season preparation which commenced early November, so comparative lack of conditioning was not an issue. The boys failed to put into practice the ruck plays and game awareness coached at each training session, and may be struggling to adjust to the way things are done at NSW Cup level. Robbie Rodger displayed strength and tenacity to score two five point tries. Jesse Cody and Nathan Angeles were the other try scorers for Roos 2. James Mircesky and Adam Hamilton were aggressive and showed promise, but the earlier lacked support, and the latter, discipline. Playing in this competition was only ever viewed by the coaching staff as a trial, but they will devote a little time to sift through the good and bad from this hit out, and make the necessary adjustments. Training for Under 19, Central Coast grade and Ladies League Tag players commences 6pm, Tuesday 27 January.
Added Mon Jan 26 11:56:56 2015
CLARKE, GORDON JOIN WYONG ROOS AHEAD OF BUSY LEAGUE CAMPAIGN
Updated Fri Jan 23 13:36:27 2015
OLD BOYS AND SUPPORTERS AGM
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Wyong Roos Old Boys and Supporters will hold their Annual General Meeting at Wyong Bowling Club at 11am on 22 February 2015.
If you have been involved with the Roos in any capacity or simply support the green and gold, come along to the meeting and find out what they are all about. New members and fresh ideas are welcome, and with 2015 being the inaugural season of the partnership with Sydney Roosters, the year holds plenty of promise both on and off the field.
The meeting will be followed by some bowls and tall stories (many of them true), and new members will have the opportunity to get acquainted with some of the characters and legends that make up our great Club.
Added Tue Jan 20 13:41:03 2015
SYDNEY ROOSTERS PLAYER JAKE FRIEND AT WYONG JUNIORS REGO DAY
Sydney Roosters NRL Premiership winning hooker, Jake Friend, will be attending Wyong Roos Juniors registration day at Headquarters on 7 February. Several other Roosters stars are likely to be at Morry Breen Field that day, as the Roosters NYC and Roos NSW Cup squads take on Penrith in the afternoon. Coach Taylor will have to find spots and paddock time for a handful of the NRL boys, and believes the Panthers will also field some of their NRL squad in the trial. The Roosters representatives, including Jake, will be on hand to speak with anyone interested in becoming a member of the Chooks Supporters Club. So if you are coming along to register or simply collecting your gear, say hello to Jake and stick around to watch the Roos and Roosters clash with Penrith.
Enquiries should be directed to Belinda Hill at the Leagues Club on (02) 43922799.
Added Tue Jan 20 13:48:04 2015
MITCH WILLIAMS IDENTIFIED AS ONE TO WATCH IN AUCKLAND NINES
Added Fri Jan 30 06:57:16 2015
ROOS ON THE MOVE - DALE CLACHERTY
NSW Cup left winger, Dale Clacherty, completed his degree in Education last year, and has accepted the offer of a teaching position in the Taree area. Dale will not be retiring just yet, and has plans to play with Port Stephens Sharks in the Newcastle competition. Wyong Roos wish Dale every success in this new stage of his life, and thanks him for his outstanding service in 2014.
Added Mon Jan 12 07:13:51 2015
ROOS ON THE MOVE - MITCH RILEY
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Mitch Riley, Man of the Match in last season’s Under 19 Grand Final, has decided to return to his junior club, Toukley, for Season 2015. The gifted half/five eighth, with one of the best passing games on the Coast, will be sorely missed by the Roos. As well as winning three premierships whilst at Wyong, Mitch made many friends and earned the respect of his team mates and the coaching staff. Mitch is at short odds to cement a first grade spot at the Hawks, and the Roos best wishes go with him back to Darren Kennedy Oval.
Added Thu Jan 22 07:35:11 2015
ROOSTERS TV - INTERVIEW WITH MAGNUS STROMQUIST
Added Fri Jan 23 07:48:39 2015
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
NSW CUP SQUAD RECOMMENCES TRAINING
Wyong Roos NSW Cup squad returned to the training paddock on 7 January, 2015 after the Christmas hiatus. Expanded by the inclusion of some new faces, the squad fires it’s first shot in anger in 2015 when the boys contest the Jason Annear 9’s tournament at Berkeley Vale on 24 January. Following that hit out, focus will sharpen for the trials against Penrith at Morry Breen Field on 7 February, and against Manly at Central Coast Stadium on 21 February. The NSW Cup competition proper commences for the Roos at 6pm on Saturday 7 March with a home game against the Sea Eagles.
Added Mon Jan 12 07:09:13 2015
ROOSTERS & SEA EAGLES TO PLAY NEWLY AGREED ANNUAL TRIAL
The Sydney Roosters and Manly Warringah Sea Eagles have announced they will play their trial match ahead of kick-off to the 2015 NRL season on Saturday 21st at Central Coast Stadium, Gosford.
The 2013 Grand Final rivals have also agreed to make the pre-season trial an annual fixture for the next four years.
Both Clubs have immensely strong followings across the Central Coast. The Sea Eagles have regularly taken NRL games to the area over many years, while the Roosters have formed a partnership with the Central Coast Division Rugby League as well as the Wyong Roos, who will represent the Foundation Club in te NSW Cup.
"We're pleased to enter this partnership with the Sea Eagles that will see each of our three grades feature in an annual trial over the next four years," said Roosters Chief Operating Officer Football, Brian Canavan.
"With more than 5.500 participants in the region, the Central Coast has a strong rugby loeague supporters base, and with next month's trial locked in at Central Coast Stadium, we're looking forward to engaging with the community to promote our code in lead-up to the day, " added Canavan.
Sea Eagles CEO Joe Kelly echoed the setiments, saying he was excited the Club would be playing such a competitive side over the coming years.
"We've been two of the benchmark sides in recent seasons, so to secure a trial like this over the next four years is a real coup for both Clubs," Kelly said.
"Both the Roosters and Sea Eagles have a fantastic relationship with the community on the Central Coast with many loyal members from the region, so it's great to see this in the diary for 2015 and beyond," he added.
Manly Warringah Sea Eagles and Sydney Roosters Head Coaches Geoff Toovey and Trent Robinson were both pleased to have the annual trial locked in for the next four years.
"While there are no points on the line in these matches, they are vitally important for each player, as well as the coaching staff, to ensure they will be 100% ready and committed for the rigours of another grueling NRL season," Toovey said.
"I'm sure Trent (Robinson) will have his side fully prepped and ready, as he always does, but we'll be just as ready and are looking forward to the eraly season match up against a quality rival," he added.
"Manly have been the benchmark side over the last decade, and it will be a great measure for each of our squads to test themselves in lead-up to the season over the next four years," said Robinson.
The day will feature each of the Club's tope three grades, as well as membership, merchandise, and community information available for both Roosters and Sea Eagles Members and supporters to be located ar various points around the venue.
Tickets for the Central Coast Stadium clash will be on sale soon through Ticketek, with both the Roosters and Sea Eagles 2015 Members receiving significant discounts on all ticketing options.
Sydney Roosters -v- Manly Warringah Sea Eagles
Saturday, February 21
Central Coast Stadium
NRL - Sydney Roosters -v- Manly Warringah Sea Eagles: 6.30pm kick-off
NSW Cup - Wyong Roos -v- Manly Warringah Sea Eagles: 4.15 kick-off
NYC - Sydney Roosters -v- Manly Warringah Sea Eagles: 2.00pm kick-off
Added Tue Jan 20 08:48:37 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
ROOS BUDDY GORDON PRESENTS AWARD
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The Rhys Wesser Shield was contested between NSW Under 16 Indigenous Young Achievers and WA Pirates Academy at Redfern Oval on Sunday 18th January, 2015. The Young Achievers led 16-8 at half time, but no doubt fuelled by the emotion surrounding last week's death of their team mate, Torran Thomas, the Pirates finished the stronger, untimately taking the match 22-16.
After completing a tough beach session with the Roos VB NSW Cup squad on Saturday morning, looking none the worse for wear, Buddy was on hand to present Blake Roberts with the Yileen "Buddy" Gordon Award as Best on Ground for the Young Achievers.
Buddy has been leading the way at training, and is obviously keen to remind the Roosters Coaching Staff he still has plenty to offer. If Buddy cannot force his way into the Roosters NRL squad in the short term, his experience and enthusiasm will prove invaluable for the Roos 2015 VB NSW Cup campaign. Coach Taylor's roster is coming together well, with the addition of Buddy and the Roosters full timers, expectations are high for an even better result than Season 2014.
Updated Tue Jan 20 09:16:08 2015
SYDNEY ROOSTERS AT WARNERVALE PUBLIC SCHOOL
Martin Kennedy and Vinnie Leulauai went back to school on 6 February as part of the NRL’s One Community program. Last season the theme was Bullying, but this year the focus is on Healthy Living, and Martin and Vinnie spoke to the students at Warnervale Public School about the importance of nutrition and exercise for a healthy lifestyle. The presentation included quizzes, games and plenty of giveaways, and was a huge hit with the kids. Martin and Vinnie will both feature in the Roos NSW Cup trial against Penrith at Morry Breen Field on 7 February, 2015.
Added Sat Feb 7 11:27:02 2015
ROOSTERS DELIVER NRL'S WELLBEING MESSAGE TO THE COAST
Former Captain Anthony Minichiello was joined by current stars Paul Momirovski and Jack Siejka on a trip around Central Coast schools yesterday as part of the NRL Community Carnival spreading the message of wellbeing to rugby league stars of the future. Click the link below.
Added Sat Feb 7 11:34:07 2015
LOOKPRO PHOTOS - ROOS -V- PENRITH TRIAL
Updated Mon Feb 16 11:48:42 2015
ROOSTERS TV - ANTHONY MINICHIELLO INTERVIEW WITH MARK O'MELEY
Roosters TV's Anthony Minichiello caught up with former Tricolours team mate and Wyong Roos Assistant Coach Mark O'Meley in the tunnel at Saturday's Central Coast Showdown to see what the man they call Ogre is up to and to get his thoughts on the new relationship between the two Clubs
Added Mon Feb 23 12:39:10 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
LOOKPRO PHOTOGRAPHY - WYONG ROOS -V- MANLY TRIAL
Updated Sun Feb 22 18:05:31 2015
JAKE FRIEND - WYONG CONNECTION HELPING THE ROOSTERS ALREADY
Added Thu Feb 5 06:24:41 2015
ROOS BEATEN BY PANTHERS IN TRIAL
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Wyong Roos partnership with Sydney Roosters had it’s first onfield foray in the trial match against Penrith at Morry Breen Field on 7 February. Played over four 20 min quarters, the squad that contested the first three of those periods hinted at the likely shape of the team that will campaign for the 2015 NSW Cup. Whilst almost all of the media attention was focused upon the comeback of Blake Ferguson, there were more important considerations for the Roos brains trust.
Ferguson did put his stamp on the match with two early tries; the first, an impressive display of strength after being gifted a little space on the outside shoulder of his marker by some good lead up work from hooker Matt McIllwrick and half Tyler Cornish, and the second, when he ran a hot, hard line onto a slick Cornish pass from inside the Panthers 20m line.
Penrith led at each break, and by three quarter time held a 26-8 advantage. Overall, the trial result underlined the difference between the two squads; the visitors were well drilled and fluent both sides of the ball, having trained together as a team since November. The home team were much less so, still getting to know one another and develop their combinations.
There were some promising signs for Wyong; their “get out” sets were well co-ordinated and generally excellent, and the close in defence mostly energetic and aggressive. Fullback Kieren Gallagher was perhaps the pick of the Roos, but Rooster Abraham Papili showed glimpses of a power game that potentially could dominate the competition. Cornish and halves partner, Brock Molan were busy, but their efforts were largely suffocated by a fast moving and well directed defence.
The Panthers were consistently good from sideline to sideline, and as defending champions will take some beating. The manner in which the visitors transitioned from defence to attack, changed the point of attack and shifted the ball to space wide out must have been particularly pleasing for Coach Garth Brennan and his staff.
Rip Taylor remained in character after the trial; “I wasn’t unhappy.”
The challenge for Coach Taylor and his assistant, Ian Bourke, will be to integrate the Roosters players with limited opportunities to train as a team, and develop that necessary onfield trust and understanding key to being competitive at this level. Both have been in the same position in the past, and have successfully met that challenge.
The Roos team that took the field for the final quarter comprised players from last season’s lower grades and Under 19’s, who have been training throughout the Summer with the NSW Cup squad. The less experienced Roos were fantastic to a man, playing a tight, well disciplined and up tempo game. Wyong defended enthusiastically and in numbers and kept the big, well credentialed Penrith side to only two tries, the second a somewhat lucky one scored after full time.
Coach Tony Clarke left the sheds a very happy man. Forwards Wade Kemplen and Lyndsey Steele were strong, and fearlessly took the game to the opposition. Fullback Jordan Maua displayed genuine talent in the face of a hot Panthers outfit. Half Todd Lewis was very good managing the team around the park, and his kicking game was first class. Hooker Greg Gibbins was best on ground, with excellent direction and incisive running from acting half.
There is no football for the Roos next weekend. The NSW Cup squad will attend a team building camp in the Barrington Tops, and on the way stop to deliver a coaching clinic for the junior players of the Dungog Warriors.
Wyong will next trial against Manly on 21 February at Central Coast Stadium. Members and supporters are reminded that Sydney Roosters will be holding an open training session at the same venue on 20 February, and that Jake Friend, and legends Brad Fittler and Anthony Minichiello, will also be conducting a junior coaching clinic at Leagues Club Park Gosford on the same weekend. Details are available on the Roosters website.
Updated Mon Feb 9 07:11:55 2015
The Glen Centre at Chittaway Bay provides an invaluable service for those marginalised by addiction, but does so without government funding. Mark O’Meley has long been close with those managing the program. Recognising the existence of a substance misuse problem is the first step toward rehabilitation, but securing professional intervention and establishing a network of support can be the key to continuing abstinence. For many seeking assistance, leaving home, family and the familiar to enter a residential program is the most difficult hurdle. Maintaining a positive attitude to the process will always be a challenge, but can be the difference between successfully completing the program or falling short. With that in mind, on 30 January, the Ogre and representatives from QBE Insurance put together a game of touch football at Parramatta Stadium for participants in The Glen program. As well as providing some practical tips, quick hands and killer footwork, Mark delivered two sets of footy jerseys donated by Wyong Roos. Anyone seeking information about The Glen program should call (02) 43886360 or follow the link http://www.theglencentre.org.au
Updated Tue Feb 3 07:18:21 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
SYDNEY ROOSTERS EASTER HOLIDAY CAMP
The Sydney Roosters are holding an Easter Holiday Rugby League Camp for children aged between 6-12 years at EDSACC Oval, Bateau Bay between 10.00am - 2.00pm Monday 13th April, 2015. The cost is $40.00.
Led by Sydney Roosters legend Anthony Minichiello, the Rugby League camp is focused around the core fundamental skills of the game. Attendees will learn passing, tackling, kicking techniques in a safe and fun environment. With special guests from Sydney Roosters players this camp is one not to be missed. The Sydney Roosters Rugby League Camp includes:
∙ Rugby League Coaching led by Sydney Roosters legend Anthony Minichiello and special guest appearances from Roosters players
∙ Chance to learn new skills whilst keeping fit
∙ Sydney Roosters Showbag
∙ Match Ticket for Round 16 Roosters v Titans, Central Coast Stadium, Sunday 28 June 2.00pm
To book your child a place follow the link below:
Updated Fri Mar 27 11:53:19 2015
SYDNEY ROOSTERS NAME NYC TEAM - ROUND 4
The Sydney Roosters have named their Holden Cup Squad to take on the Canberra Raiders at Allianz Stadium at 11.45am on Sunday 29th March, 2015.
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Updated Thu Mar 26 13:14:41 2015
VB NSW CUP HIGHLIGHTS - ROOS-V- BULLDOGS
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VB NSW CUP VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS - ROOS DEFEAT KNIGHTS
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ROOS TOO GOOD FOR BUTCHER BOYS
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Wyong Roos defeated Central Charlestown 24-16 in last Saturday’s trial match at St John’s Oval. The Roos scored first and were never headed during the trial, and Tony Clarke was pleased with the team’s performance and that of certain individuals.
“I thought it was a good tough trial…they certainly came at us…they were fair dinkum. I am pretty happy with the effort…we kept a nice shape. We let in one soft one down the left edge, and will need to work on that. They are a big team…they blew a couple and we gifted them a couple…so that more or less evened out. Sharpey (fullback Luke Sharpe) was good, and Kairo (outside back Kairo Anderson) was good. It was great to see Nathan (backrower Nathan Clarke) back. He stiffened up the middle. We completed seven from seven in the first 12 mins and were up 12-0. It can be an easy game.”
Skipper Todd Lewis had a slightly different perspective; “The trials against Woy Woy and Kincumber; we played 60 mins in the first…over three 20 min periods, and when we versed Kincumber, we only went for a total 40 mins. This week it was a full 80 mins, and it was tough.”
Wyong play no further trials, and will now undertake some fine tuning ahead of the season kick off against Central Wyong on Easter Sunday.
Updated Tue Mar 24 13:20:50 2015
LATROBE UNI RESEARCH MEASURES SOCIAL IMPACT OF COMMUNITY SPORTS CLUBS
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Latrobe University recently studied the social impact of community based AFL Clubs on their members and wider community. The research identified many benefits in terms of mental health and employment flowing not only to the individual players, but also to their partners, and measured the social capital created by these clubs. The parallels can readily be drawn with Wyong Roos, and the study brings some academic support to a concept we have long known and taken for granted. Listen to the interview with Professor Russell Hoye by following this link;
Added Sun Mar 1 13:21:12 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 NAME NSW CUP TEAM - ROUND 4
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The Wyong Roos have named their VB NSW Cup team to play Canterbury at Belmore Oval at 4pm on Saturday 28th March, 2015..
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Updated Thu Mar 26 19:46:48 2015
SYDNEY ROOSTERS NAME NRL TEAM - ROUND 4
The Sydney Roosters have named their NRL Squad to take on the Canberra Raiders at Allianz Stadium at 2pm on Sunday 29th March, 2015.
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Updated Thu Mar 26 13:13:38 2015
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CEO Dave Trodden officially welcomed players and supporters to the 2015 NSWRL senior competitions at the season launch held at Wentworthville Leagues Club on 3 March.
Mr Trodden, in his opening address, cited the number of clubs who have in recent times met the standards for addition to the competitions, and stated; “Foundation clubs competing with new clubs shows the inclusive nature of our game.” Mr Trodden also took time to acknowledge Chairman, Bob Millward, who this year marks 20 years service as a Board Member of the NSWRL.
The Grand Finals of the Sydney Shield, Ron Massey Cup and VB NSW Cup will again be televised from a special venue yet to be named (last year it was Allianz Stadium). The winner of the NSW Cup will, a week later on NRL Grand Final day, contest the national second tier championship against the winner of the InTrust Qld Cup.
NSW State of Origin Coach, Laurie Daley, spoke of the importance of the NSWRL senior competitions within the rugby league landscape;
“the competitions provide pathways, and it is important to continue investing in these competitions. In respect of State of Origin, the last two five eighths have come through this system. Some guys don’t mature until their mid-20’s…not every 20 year old will progress straight to 1st grade. The VB NSW Cup provides a pathway to progress through to 1st grade….The easiest thing is to quit. These competitions provide an opportunity (for players) to persevere and develop their games…. From a coaching perspective, you are never satisfied…and players should never be satisfied…you always want to do better. Some players start (games); others come off the bench, and many not at all…you go through the tough times and come through in the end.”
Daley then turned his mind to the 2015 State of Origin campaign, but refused to be drawn on team selections; “I don’t know the 17 (players) until I read out the team…but what I do know is that we need a depth of quality players ready to play Origin…depth in every position. We may have won the series (last year)…but we were well beaten in Game 3, and Games 1 & 2 were close…we have a hell of a lot of work to do to be where we want to be…it is inevitable we will make changes…no-one can play Origin forever…what we have to do is make sure the group of players we have are ready to play…they will earn the right through performance…and I am confident they will give a good account of themselves no matter who we pick.”
Roos skipper Mitch Williams was among the group of representatives from all clubs acknowledged at the event.
Added Thu Mar 5 15:36:34 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
Updated Thu Mar 19 17:39:43 2015
CENTRAL COAST DIVISION SEASON LAUNCH
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Central Coast Division Rugby League held it’s season launch at The Entrance Leagues Club on 23 March 2015. Representatives of the member clubs spoke about the upcoming season.
Alex Moore (Co-Coach Berkeley Vale Panthers)
"We've lost some quality, but at the same time gained some with players such as Dean Wendt and Matt Nelson. We’ve had tough trials against Cessnock and Lakes… lost both games…we are not where we need to be (at this stage), but we have a couple of weeks to get it right… Coaching is real tough…like having a second job… we are working out different things…I’m enjoying it."
“We'll be competitive, but depth will kill us… Jeremy (captain Jeremy Jamieson) has been recruiting players… we’ve not only got to deal with the other clubs, but we have to compete with the points system as well…first grade play at 90 points every week, and to tell you the truth, some of the players we've recruited aren’t worth the points (allocated). But it is what it is. We've had 40 guys at training max… we’ll have an Under 19’s this year, as well as 1st and Reserve grade. We've retained six guys from last year, and have recruited virtually a whole new team. The Opens made the semi finals last year, and some of them will step up. To tell the truth, Jeremy is carrying a bit of weight, and probably won't play the first five weeks because of a knee injury…we hope to do a little better in 2015…we have a baptism of fire against Wyong in two weeks."
John Creevy (Coach Erina Eagles)
"We have signed some quality in the Oztag ladies…we struggled for a bit of depth last year…we used 37 players in 1st grade last season…we’ve signed two or three players from Newcastle, one out of Manly and one from the Roosters. Alan Munro has come back to us from the Jim Beam Cup… and we've got Kene Tewhata from Wyong. He's a real good player. I learnt a lot, a hell of a lot, last season. Sometimes you've got to go through shit years to rebuild. I think it's going to be the most competitive comp in 10 years. It's good for the game, and the district, and for the kids coming through…they will get to watch a real good standard of rugby league."
Dennis Wagner (President Kincumber Colts)
"We've lost a few players, but have a good junior base. Our 17’s and 19’s, they are good kids. We have a youth policy, but we are also getting back some experienced players… Jake Shearer is back having played in the Toyota Cup and for Blacktown in the Massey Cup. Bryce Holmes is returning from Asquith Massey Cup. We were zero points at times last year, but we won't be zero points this year. We have had to drop out of Open Grade, and that is disappointing. We will run with two grades and Under 19’s this season. We have a very good Under 19’s side. We trialled against Macquarie Scorpions and did well. We have been competing very well in trials. We played Wyong….we were a bit undermanned, but did well. I think we will go at least as good as we finished last year...which was third.”
Mick Martin (Coach Ourimbah Magpies)
"This is my first start as a 1st grade coach…it’s been full on, but I've been enjoying it. It has been a little hard to attract players, but fortunately some of the local juniors have been hanging around… Ben New will step up, and Chris Trembath is back. I'm happy with the squad… Numbers have picked up over the last month. We should be right by Round 1. We have been working a fair bit on our defence. Frank Panesi has been helping out… he is very experienced.”
Matt Everett (Player Coach Northern Lakes Warriors)
"The introduction to Northern Lakes was very good…the boys have been very welcoming…wooden spooners last year…that is not where we want to be, and obviously we'll be looking to improve. John Murphy asked me to come and play. My first question was ‘Who is coaching?’ He said ‘We don't have one yet’, and discussions went from there. As far as positions are concerned, I'll be playing wherever the team needs me…it is going to be a big task and a lot of hard work from top to bottom and bottom to top. We've had good numbers at training… Everything has been pretty good so far …but another five or six players wouldn't hurt…we’ll be aiming for the semi-finals."
Jim Goddard (Coach Terrigal Sharks)
"We've got it (Season 2015) won easy (laughs)…Adam McKeowen is my assistant. Obviously Ourimbah are filthy, but I'm more than happy Adam is on board. He is very enthusiastic…and loves getting his shirt off. Jason Thorn is with us and he'll be very handy. There was a lack of experience out wide last year…he scored one and set up another against Tamworth in the trial last weekend. We lost Ben Uptin to Woy Woy. He is a rep player and will be hard to replace. I'm enjoying the coaching role… putting new systems in place…but when it's all said and done, footy is a simple game. I have other good guys with me…Matty Orford is on board as well. I want us to be competitive in every game… make the top five and see what happens from there. We play Erina first up… the local derby. I know John and his boys will be up for it. We have a lot of young guys… We took a couple of kids away with this to Tamworth and they did well. We had some trouble arranging trial games, and I think all clubs should be asking Division to help with trials… at least look at it. I am happy with the players we've got, but the club’s depth will be tested at various times throughout the season."
Gavin Westwood (Coach The Entrance Tigers)
"So far, so good. After dropping out of the Ron Massey (Cup), we've kept several players…about eight or nine. Jake Fitzpatrick and Alan Munro have left, but we've kept some of the Sydney guys…some of them want to retire here. That is a plus for the local competition. That will only strengthen the local competition. Players know it is a quality competition. I enjoyed most things about coaching. I like being around the blokes. I enjoy the pre-season trip away, and Mad Monday. Retiring from playing is hard, but to remain involved and steer young blokes on the right path is the way to go. The Entrance, in the last couple of years, underperformed on the Central Coast. I want to get them back in contention…top two or three. I'm under no illusion how hard it will be, but I'm ready for the challenge. Shaune Corrigan will lead us this year. He has been outstanding. We were lucky to have Ryan O'Hara last year…it’s what they do at training and before games…their preparation, that rubs off on the younger blokes. We are blessed to have him (Corrigan). We have worked a lot on attack…getting structures in place. I am a bit like Forbesy (former coach Jamey Forbes), and believe if you get your attack right, the defence comes."
Grant Wooden (Player Coach Toukley Hawks)
"We've been developing for a couple of years. We've been lucky to get Catfish (Jake Fitzpatrick) back. We have a good junior base, and want to keep them interested. I don't like to talk about finals. Our aim will be to win three of the first five games… and then we’ll be on our way. We have recruited a few other blokes from down Balmain way. I'm enjoying my footy…at 35 still loving it. I will go as long as I can. We trialled against Jamberoo from Group 7…we got up pretty convincingly. We've had 70-80 at training. I've been very lucky, and still get a big kick out of coaching. What I don't like is the 11 o'clock phone calls from players complaining about where they are playing. I've played a bit in Newcastle; on the Central Coast is a quicker comp. In Newcastle you get your head taken off pretty easy, but the refs round here take control. I don't think we'll get back to the standard of the late 90’s early 2000’s, but it will still be a tough comp. We'll be aggressive and play a bit of footy on the back of that."
Blaine Davis (Captain Woy Woy Roosters)
"Our home ground will be Rogers Park until the stadium is built next year. We've had a good 60 to 70 at training every night. We’ll ground out some wins on the basis of an aggressive forward pack. Dodge (Coach Marc Matthews) is easy to talk to. He has a good football brain. When he talks, we listen. We lost a couple of players, but we have bought a lot more than we've lost. This is my second year of footy after having five years off. The club is unbelievable, and I'm glad to be there."
Tony Clarke (Coach Wyong Roos)
"What happened last year has little bearing on this year. The Tigers are back and other clubs are stronger. Wyong is a good place to coach, but there is still a long way to go. It was a very easy job to accept. The big attraction was to work with Rip (Coach Taylor)… Rip and Ian Bourke… and the support staff. I'll have a team chock full of juniors… we won the Under 19’s last year, and many of those players will graduate into grade this season. We put together a new concept at pre-season… having all the potential first graders training with the NSW Cup squad all season. We have been mindful of burning out too early…but our boys will be very professionally prepared. We’ll concentrate on our juniors, and we'll be there or thereabouts. The relationship with Sydney Roosters may not work as smoothly as we would like in practice…it’s a new concept for the whole club…Matt Ross (Reserve Grade coach) will be affected…we will not be sure who we are going to play until late in the week…we’ll use our experience to get hold of that. The Roosters connection benefits the whole Central Coast. We've had a couple of Tigers training with us… If they don't make Cup, they go back to The Entrance. We don't have a problem with that. It's just not all about Wyong. We trialled against Central Charlestown last Saturday. It was a terrific hit out…they really served it up to us. There was a real welcoming committee. I have set some personal goals for this season. We’ll see how it goes”
Updated Sun Mar 29 09:41:22 2015
ROOS LADIES LEAGUE TAG BEATEN BY BERKELEY VALE
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Wyong Roos Ladies League Tag team lost to Berkeley Vale 36-16 in Saturday’s trial at Berkeley Vale Oval. Coach Kerry Allard had identified the Panthers as the benchmark for the inaugural competition, and was far from displeased with the girls’ effort and the final result.
Player Alex Stones described the loss in these terms;
“They grubber kicked on our line, followed through and scored. We weren’t prepared for that. And they scored off a bomb…you don’t do that in Oztag, and our fullback wasn’t deep enough. You are not permitted to do a 360 at the defensive line…that is a rule…and it's my go-to play. So I am going to have to come up with something else. They were a lot more physical than we are used to in Oztag. We’ll be more physical next time. But we went okay.”
Central Wyong will not be fielding a LLT in Season 2015, so our “flyers” will not feature in the Round 1 match day on Easter Sunday.
Added Tue Mar 24 18:47:12 2015
Roos Radio - Episode 6. - This week The Bag and Marksy catch up with medical officer Craig Davis, 1st grade prop Simon “Simmo” Hawthorne drops by and Marksy gets creepy with speedster come foot specialist Kieren “Turtle” Gallagher all this plus Matt Lavins weekend review. Follow the link below.
Updated Thu Mar 26 19:48:14 2015
VB NSW CUP VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS - ROOS -v- MOUNTIES
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Updated Sun Mar 8 05:43:00 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
1ST GRADE SHUT OUT WOY WOY IN TRIAL
Despite a significant off season recruitment drive, Woy Woy offered little in attack and less in defence, as the well balanced Roos cruised to a 34-0 victory in last Saturday’s trial. Particularly pleasing for Coach Clarke was the form of his two hookers, Greg Gibbins and Manaia Osborne, and the advances made by many of the younger players, including Wade Kemplen and Dylan Thorne, courtesy of their off season with the NSW Cup squad. Both Gibbins and Osborne displayed brilliant ruck awareness, and the speed game of Gibbins was well complimented by the power game of Osborne. Fullback Chris Centrone was a class above, and could not have done much more to press his claims for a spot in the Cup squad’s top 17. Woy Woy will close the gap as their fitness improves, and had several players who look capable of making an impression on the competition proper. Tries for the Roos were scored by Jye Montgomery, Luke Sharpe, Peter Benham, Centrone (2) and Osborne (2).
Wyong have their second trial hit out at 4.30pm next Saturday against Kincumber.
Added Tue Mar 10 06:15:13 2015
LOWER GRADE TRIALS AGAINST WOY WOY
Coaches Matt Ross and Jerry “Muddy” Hill combined forces for the lower grades trial against Woy Woy on Saturday, held in hot and difficult conditions on Morry Breen Field. Played over three 20 minute periods, this was the first opportunity for many of last season’s Under 19’s to play against open age opposition, and for the coaches to cast their collective eyes over a large number of players new to the club. Not surprisingly, the standard of football on display left much to be desired, but there were many encouraging signs for Season 2015. Josh Ryan, Glenn Smith, Jermaine Cavanagh and Sean Glachan all scored for the Roos in a game that failed to reach any heights, but finished with a 22-22 scoreline.
The lower grades will go around again next Saturday against Kincumber, in the second of the three trials organised in preparation for the season opener on Easter Sunday.
Added Tue Mar 10 06:16:50 2015
LADIES LEAGUE TAG TRIAL AGAINST WOY WOY
Whilst you may never get used to players doing one another’s hair in the pre-match dressing room, it was good to see the Roos LLT team finally take the paddock after many weeks of training. Coach Kerrie Allard has been concentrating on conditioning, catch/pass drills and structuring play, and despite a number of the more experienced players being rested, the squad did extremely well in translating their practice sessions into match play. There was fast ball movement, some clever lines and good game awareness from Wyong, who were largely untroubled by a Woy Woy team that appeared not to have spent much time together in the pre-season.
Coach Allard; “I was pleased with the way they went. They performed very well, especially having regard to the fact that for many of the girls it was their first time on a full field. I was particularly happy with No.6, Kearni Churchland. She was very good.”
The Gerard Andrews Medal for best on ground went to Alex Stones.
Added Tue Mar 10 06:18:24 2015
ROOS RUN DOWN BY MOUNTIES
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Wyong were reminded on Saturday night of the character, concentration and effort needed to be consistent winners at this level, when the massive Mounties team ran them down late in the Round 2 NSW Cup match at Morry Breen Field.
The Roos were perhaps a bit fortunate to take a 12-10 lead into the break, and with 28 mins to full time, held what should have been a winning 18-10 lead.
Despite courageous performances from skipper, Mitch Williams, and lock, Lagi Setu, some poor decisions and impatient football from Wyong, played the visitors back into the match. Mounties were good enough to take advantage, pushing ahead 19-18 with less than 2 mins remaining, then increasing the pressure on the home team in the dying stages, to coerce an off side penalty from Magnus Stromquist. Mounties half, Sam Williams, converted the penalty into points after the siren, giving the Canberra Raiders feeder club a well deserved 21-18 victory, and the Roos plenty of food for thought prior to their M1 derby with the Knights next weekend.
Added Mon Mar 16 06:43:04 2015
UNDER 19'S MUCH TOO GOOD FOR CENTRAL CHARLESTOWN
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Wyong Roos Under 19’s were far too strong in last Saturday’s trial against the Butcher Boys at St Johns Oval Charlestown. The Roos led 18-0 at half time and defended their line for much of the 2nd half, eventually conceding a try from a kick in the last few minutes of the game. Coach Jason “Angry” Parker was well satisfied with the hit out.
“We led 18-0 at halftime. It ended up 18-4. They scored from a bomb over the top of Harrison Davis near full time. We spent virtually the whole second half defending our line, and really did not have a shot at them until right on fulltime. Nick O’Meley was very good. Robbie (Roger) was as well. Daniel Navarro was strong again and has great utility value. He plays everywhere; hooker, lock, centre. And Owen Turner, he was really whacking blokes in the 2nd half. I thought this would be a rebuilding year, but I’ve got 32 players registered, and we’ll be nearly as strong as last season. We’ll again be a threat.”
Coach Parker is well positioned to gauge his team’s prospects having led successful premiership campaigns in 2012 (Newcastle), 2013 and 2014 (CCD).
Wyong meet the Razorbacks in Round 1 on Easter Sunday at Morry Breen Field.
Added Thu Mar 26 06:43:56 2015
UNDER 19'S TOO STRONG FOR COLTS IN TRIAL
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Minus several more experienced players, Coach Parker’s Under 19 squad (with one or two who matriculated from the Season 2014 premiership team), had too much firepower and organisation for Kincumber, in the trial match at Morry Breen Field on 14 March. The Colts were able to work themselves into the right areas of the park, but at this stage simply lack the cohesion and class of player necessary to genuinely pressure the Roos. Jacob Marshall, Robbie “The Paver” Roger, Brett Field and Ryan Paisey all crossed for tries for the green and gold. Boston Smith, who displayed a tidy long passing game and promising match management from halfback, completed the 24-0 scoreline with four conversions from as many attempts.
The Roos will travel to St John’s Oval next Saturday to take on Central Charlestown in the final trial before the season proper kicks off on Easter Sunday.
Added Mon Mar 16 06:45:02 2015
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Wyong Roos Open Age side was defeated 28-14 by Central Charlestown in last Saturday’s trial. Coach Hill put the loss into perspective; “We were only able to put three players on the field who played in last year’s GF; Oils, Armer and Lawso. We have heaps of new players, but it’s going to take some time to work out where they best fit in, for combinations to develop, and for us to just gel as a team. Although we were rubbish on Saturday, the effort was there. I am still waiting for some of last season’s players to decide whether or not to go round again this season, but regardless of whoever else decides to play, we will again be competitive.”
Despite all CCD clubs (with the exception of Woy Woy) originally indicating they would field Open Age teams, several have recently signalled that will not be the case, and the competition will proceed with a reduced number of participants.
At this point it appears the Open Age boys will have a bye in Round 1 when Under 19’s, Reserve and 1st grades play Central Wyong.
CCD has introduced a “No Pay, No Play” policy for Season 2015, to address the high number of defaulters in respect of the payment of registration and insurance fees. CCD identified the vast majority of such defaulters came from the Open Age ranks, and the new policy is likely having an impact on player numbers in this grade.
WRLCG pays all registration and insurance fees for it’s senior male and female players as part of the cost of delivering the Wyong Roos football program.
Added Thu Mar 26 06:45:21 2015
COMBINED 1ST AND LOWER GRADES GET BETTER OF COLTS
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Because of reduced player numbers, Kincumber kindly offered to trial against the Wyong 1st grade squad for 40 mins, then a team of combined lower grade Roos for 30 mins, in an abbreviated match at headquarters on Saturday afternoon prior to the Round 2 NSW Cup clash between the Roos and Mounties.
Despite some well credentialed and experienced players hitting the park for Wyong in the opening 40 mins, with a few exceptions, their performance was underwhelming, and very much failed to excite a frustrated Coach Clarke.
The 1st graders led 22-4 when they left the paddock (after abandoning shots at goal after Blake Carter’s lone conversion), but with a completion rate which averaged just 64% over the two 20 min periods, the score somewhat flattered the Roos. Wyong did not work together as a unit, and lacked the direction and composure displayed in last week’s trial win against Woy Woy. Kieren Gallagher scored a brace, his brother Lachie chimed in for one, and Mitch Nakhoul and Carne Doyle-Manga also crossed. Jay Florimo was the single standout, and took the opportunity to remind Head Coach, Rip Taylor, of what he has to offer on the field.
The lower grade squad improved the scoreline to 34-8 with barely enough time to get going, but in the short minutes available, Luke Menken mastered the ruck area, hitting the defensive line and offloading at will.
1st, Reserve and Open Age grades play their last trial for 2015 when they meet the Butcher Boys of Central Charlestown away next Saturday.
Added Mon Mar 16 06:47:08 2015
OLD BOYS & SUPPORTERS RECEIVE $15,000 DONATION
Wyong Roos Old Boys not only curate the history of the Club, but in many ways embody it as well. Forging a link with our growing band of supporters has been an important development in bringing the past and future together, and to provide depth to the social life of Wyong Roos. The Old Boys & Supporters, as part of their ongoing involvement with the Club, are committed to sponsoring the Youth of the Year award, weekly Player of the Match awards, and rewarding those juniors making their top grade debuts. WRLCG, in acknowledging the efforts of the Old Boys & Supporters, resolved to kick start the fundraising with a donation of $15,000 over three years. Group Chairman, Kevin Pearce, was on deck to present the first instalment to President Terry Wand, and elaborated on the reasoning behind donation;
“The Club recognizes the contribution of our forebears to the development and growth of our game in the Wyong area. The Old Boys group commenced about 11 years ago, with a commitment to the encouragement of all those playing rugby league…now that the group embraces all supporters, this encouragement can only expand. The Club appreciates the Old Boys & Supporters want to raise funds through their own endeavours and activities. Nevertheless, in entering into this arrangement, the Club will give the group a flying start so they can really make an impact. On behalf of all our members and those playing rugby league for the Club, we thank you in anticipation of the continuation of your efforts for them.”
Updated Tue Mar 10 06:06:58 2015
WYONG ROOS DEFEAT THE NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS
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Wyong conquered Newcastle Knights on Saturday for the first time since entering the VB NSW Cup in 2013. The Round 3 match at Morry Breen Field was a dour, ugly affair, won 18-6 by the home team. After receiving a lesson in toughness from Mounties last weekend, the Roos put on their game face and refused to be beaten, extracting the two competition points via a simple, no frills game plan and a commitment to turning up and contesting each play of the game. Wyong led 10-6 at halftime, and although battered and bruised to a man, were too resolute in all departments for the visitors.
Mitch Williams, by his own standards, was a trifle off key early, but quickly recognised what needed to be done to grind out the win. The skipper took control of the match part way through the first half, and supported by deputies, Alex Langbridge, Brock Molan and Samisoni Langi, maintained the rage until the job was finished. Magnus Stromquist, Eloni Vunakece, Lagi Setu and Jack Seijka were relentless both sides of the ball, and regardless of the fact the Roos struggled at times for cohesion, when Wyong fell back to their default position, the home team was simply a little too strong for the Knights
The win pushes the Roos into third place, two points behind the undefeated Mounties and Wests Tigers.
Wyong heads to Belmore next Saturday for the Round 4 clash with the much improved Canterbury Bulldogs. If you cannot get to the match, listen to Alby Talarico’s live call on www.radiohub.com.au
Added Sun Mar 22 07:31:42 2015
JARED WAEREA-HARGREAVES EXTENDS WITH ROOSTERS
In a massive boost leading into the Club’s first home game of the season, the Sydney Roosters are thrilled to announce that Jared Waerea-Hargreaves has today agreed to terms with the Roosters, keeping him at the Club until the end of 2017.
26 year-old Waerea-Hargreaves expressed his delight at extending his arrangement with the Foundation Club.
“I’m fortunate I get to live my dream every day. I couldn’t see myself playing anywhere else – I love the Roosters and am so proud to represent the Club,” said Waerea-Hargreaves.
“There’s a strong culture at the Roosters and we’re a tight bunch. We have a fantastic team on and off the field and I’m so happy that I’ll continue to be a part of it,” he added.
Roosters Chief Operating Officer Football, Brian Canavan, was also pleased to have Waerea-Hargreaves locked in to the Club’s long-term plans.
“From the outset, Jared indicated he wanted to remain with the Roosters and we are pleased to have retained his services despite interest from other Clubs,” said Canavan.
“A popular Clubman and a favourite among our Members, Corporate Partners and supporters, Jared is a terrific ambassador for both the Roosters and the NRL, and to ensure that he will continue to represent our Club for a further two years is a wonderful coup,” he added.
Roosters Head Coach, Trent Robinson, added: “Highly respected by the coaching staff and his teammates, Jared is an integral member of our leadership group and someone not only I but everyone at the Roosters values for his contributions both on and off the field, and it’s great to know that he’ll continue to play his role at the Club for a further two years.”
Since making his NRL Debut in 2009, Waerea-Hargreaves has played 118 games to date, 112 of those with the Sydney Roosters, whom he joined in 2010. He has also represented New Zealand on 17 occasions.
Added Wed Mar 18 07:33:11 2015
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Added Sat Mar 14 08:13:57 2015
VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS - NSW CUP ROOS -V- MANLY
Added Wed Mar 11 08:38:43 2015
ROOS HUMBLED BY THE DOGS IN VB NSW CUP
Wyong Roos returned from Belmore on Saturday night with their collective tails between their legs, after a humbling 34-24 defeat at the hands of Canterbury in Round 4 of the VB NSW Cup.
Bulldogs coach, Andy Padmore, produced a game plan, executed beautifully by his side, that made Wyong’s right edge defence look porous, surrender too much territory and ultimately leak too many points. Wyong trailed 22-8 at halftime on the back of a 66% completion rate, but the story was more about what the green and gold did without the ball than with it. The Roos, at times, made the possession side of the game appear relatively simple. Nine minutes into the second half, Wyong had narrowed the scoreline to 22-14, and were displaying a genuine commitment to fighting their way back into the match. However, that uncertainty and fragility in the right edge resurfaced time and again, much to the chagrin of Coach Taylor, and the delight of Matt Frawley, Shaun Lane and Levi Dodd, respectively the ‘Dogs left half, edge backrower and centre, who did their absolute best to exploit those problems.
Wyong showed enough both sides of the ball to suggest they can get the better of the Bulldogs if the defensive weaknesses spotlighted in this match can be fixed. Restructuring can be difficult, especially when each opposition team will see the video of this match, but while confidence may be nowhere to be seen one minute, it has a strange habit of reappearing the next without notice.
Stalwart, Magnus Stromquist, suffered a badly broken nose in this match, and may be missing for some time. The absence of the workhorse forward will not make the jobs of Taylor and his crew any easier. Wyong face New Zealand Warriors 3pm next Sunday at Morry Breen Field. The Roos are yet to record their first victory on home turf against the Kiwis.
Added Sun Mar 29 09:37:35 2015
CENTRAL COAST DIVISION CLUBS FINALISE TEAMS FOR 2015
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The Central Coast Division Administration has confirmed the teams to be fielded by each club in Season 2015;
Berkeley Vale, Erina, Terrigal, The Entrance, Toukley and Wyong
1st Grade, Reserve Grade, Open Age, LLT & Under 19’s
Northern Lakes and Ourimbah
1st Grade, Reserve Grade, Open Age & LLT
Kincumber and Woy Woy
1st Grade, Reserve Grade, LLT & Under 19’s
1st Grade, Reserve Grade & LLT
The St Edwards Open Age team will play with Woy Woy Roosters on match days.
Updated Thu Mar 26 09:06:35 2015
Updated Thu Mar 12 09:59:47 2015
Roos Radio Episode 7. Join "The Bag" and Marksy as they dissect last week's match against the Bulldogs. Matt Lavin joins the boys making all things football on the Central Coast and Wyong Leagues Board member Michael Callaghan pops in for a chat.
Follow the link below.
Added Thu Apr 2 10:18:14 2015
WYONG ROOS - FOR THE LOVE OF THE GAME IN FIJI
Updated Thu Apr 2 13:17:49 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
ROOSTERS NYC TEAM - ROUND 5
The Sydney Roosters have named their NYC Team to play the Sharks in Round 5:-
Vincent Leuluai ©
Coach: Adam Hartigan
Updated Thu Apr 2 08:02:37 2015
WYONG ROOS NAME NSW CUP TEAM - ROUND 5
The Wyong Roos have named their NSW Cup team to play the New Zealand Warriors at Morry Breen Oval this Sunday 5th April, 2015.
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Coach: Rip Taylor
Updated Thu Apr 2 08:27:06 2015
SYDNEY ROOSTERS NAME NRL TEAM - ROUND 5
The Sydney Roosters have named their NRL team to play the Sharks in Round 5.
Mitchell Pearce ©
Sio Siua Taukeiaho
Coach: Trent Robinson
Updated Thu Apr 2 08:06:12 2015
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