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Updated Wed Jun 5 11:23:21 2013
NEW WEBSITE FOR TOTAL PHYSIO KANWAL
Total Physio Kanwal assist in looking after the players of the Wyong Roos. Brendan Clark and his team can also assist you with all your physiotherapy needs. The practice is situated in Suite C9, Kanwal Medical Centre, 654 Pacific Highway, Kanwal. Phone: 43933777.
Click on the link below for the website of Total Physio Kanwal.
Added Tue Jun 25 07:32:02 2013
EMPLOYMENT FOR ROOS FOOTBALL PLAYERS
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The Wyong Roos have a number of football players who are seeking casual/full time employment. If you own a business or can assist please contact the Football Manager Mr Matt Lavin on 0414 012 437 or email email@example.com.
Added Thu Jan 16 09:14:59 2014
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Added Mon Dec 1 12:44:03 2014
NSW PHYSICAL DISABILITY RUGBY LEAGUE
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The 2015 footy season kicked off at Morry Breen Field on 7 February, 2015 with a NSW Disability Rugby League (NSWPDRL) match between Sydney Roosters and South Sydney. The match was very competitive and played in great spirit, with the Rabbitohs just getting home 32-22.
NSWPDRL is open to children and adults of both genders who suffer any form of physical disability, whether it be congenital conditions such as cerebral palsy, limb amputation or the manifestations of stroke. Players with varying degrees of disability take the field in a single match, and are graded according to their abilities. Certain players are protected by rule variations, cannot be tackled to the ground, but must stop and play the ball if touched by the defence. The more able can be fair game, and there was plenty of strong running and big hits on display in the match between the arch rivals at Roos headquarters.
The fixture is set to become an annual event to be played prior to Wyong’s first NSW Cup home trial each season.
Anyone with enquiries should call George Tonna on 0402773045, or jump on the website www.nswpdrl.com.au
Many thanks to Roos players Brady Barwick and Chris Brown who helped out on the day.
Added Sun Feb 15 17:27:19 2015
2015 ROOS MERCHANDISE FOR SALE
The Wyong Roos have 2015 items of merchandise for sale. These items are available from the canteen on game days or contact Belinda Hill by email if you wish to purchase - Bhill@wyongleagues.com.au
Updated Wed Mar 18 07:28:22 2015
WYONG ROOS PLAYER ELONI VUNAKECE - SELECTED IN FIJI BATI SQUAD TEST TEAM
Congratulations to Wyong Roos NSW Cup front rower Eloni Vunakece who has been selected in the Fiji Bati squad to contest the Pacific Test against Papua New Guinea. The Test will be played on Saturday 2nd May, 2015 at CBUS Stadium on the Gold Coast. The game will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 1 at 5.30pm
Updated Fri Apr 24 12:15:41 2015
BALLBOY GETS BONUS FROM HEAD COACH
The bravery and unwavering support of Roos ballboy, Nixon Lavin, was well recognised by Head Coach, Rip Taylor following the NSW Cup match at WIN Stadium on 11 April. Nixon was sent from the field by an over-zealous touch judge and left in tears after offering some verbal discouragement to Cutters goalkicker, Shannon Crook. Nixon is here pictured with Coach Taylor, receiving his special 'No Coward bonus at Roos HQ.
Updated Thu Apr 23 16:30:38 2015
MITCH WILLIAMS NAMED CAPTAIN OF NSW RESIDENTS
Wyong Roos Club Captain, Mitch Williams, has gained selection in the NSW Residents representative team for the third consecutive year, and has also been named as skipper. Both honours are well deserved, and an acknowledgement of Mitch’s status in the game, and the very fine leader he is, on and off the field. NSW Residents are this year coached by Garth Brennan from Penrith, and will meet Qld Residents in Brisbane at 1.30pm on 3 May. The match will be televised live on Fox Sports.
The NSW squad is as follows;
- Nathan Gardner (Newtown)
- Mitch Brown (Newtown)
- Levi Dodd (Canterbury)
- Peter Mata’utia (Illawarra)
- Chanel Mata’utia (Newcastle)
- Darren Nicholls (North Sydney)
- Mitch Cornish (Mounties)
- Sam Anderson (Penrith)
- Mitch Williams capt. (Wyong)
- Danny Fualalo (Canterbury)
- Will Matthews (Illawarra)
- Mitch Barnett (Mounties)
- Adam Elliot (Canterbury)
- Matt Hyland (North Sydney)
- Lelani Latu (Penrith)
- Mark Nicholls (Mounties)
- Nathan Green (Illawarra)
- Daniel Alvaro (Wentworthville)
- Nathan Ross (Newcastle)
Updated Tue Apr 28 05:41:10 2015
WYONG ROOS/SYDNEY ROOSTERS PACIFIC TEST PLAYERS
Congratulations to the Wyong Roos/Sydney Roosters NSW Cup players who played in their respective Pacific Tests on 2nd May, 2015.
Eloni Vunakece - Played for Fiji Bati Test Team in their win against Papua New Guinea.
Nene McDonald - Played in the Papua New Guinea Test Team against Fiji Bati.
Samisoni Langi - Played in the Samoa Test Team against Tonga.
Added Sun May 3 09:33:10 2015
MITCH WILLIAMS PRESENTED WITH NSW RESIDENTS JERSEY BY TIM SHEENS
Wyong Roos NSW Cup Captain Mitch Williams will Captain the NSW Cup Residents team against Queensland on Sunday 3rd May, 2015. Mitch was presented with his jersey by Australian Rugby League Coach Tim Sheens.
Added Sun May 3 09:36:14 2015
ROOS AND ROOSTERS GET TOGETHER AT ALLIANZ
Wyong Roos players and staff enjoyed a joint training session with their Sydney Roosters counterparts at Allianz Stadium on 8 July to help the NRL boys prepare for their match with Penrith on Saturday. It was a rare opportunity for the Roos to experience the stadium environment, and work their combinations against the speed and power of the Roosters in match like conditions.
Wyong meet the Panthers at Pepper Stadium at 3.10pm on Saturday in Round 18 of the VB NSW Cup, and will be followed by the Sydney Roosters clash with Penrith at the same venue. Both matches are broadcast live on Fox Sports 1.
Updated Fri Jul 10 12:28:30 2015
CCDRL INDIGENOUS ROUND LAUNCHED AT WBRC
CCDRL, in conjunction with Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council and Bungree Aboriginal Services, last night launched the Indigenous Round of rugby league to promote reconciliation and the services available to local Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander people through these community based organisations.
The Darkinjung LALC covers an area from Hawkesbury River in the south, to Catherine Hill Bay in the north, and east of the Watagan Mountains. The organisation is involved in enhancing community participation and wellbeing, culture, heritage and the preservation of the environment, as well as business and economic development for the benefit of local first Australian people.
Darkinjung CEO, Sean Gordon and Chairperson, Josh Toomey, spoke of the importance of the event as a starting point for reconciliation and better relations between first Australian peoples and the wider community, and acknowledged the contribution made by Ian Naden to the initiation and development of the project.
Bungree provides Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples residing on the Central Coast with high quality services focusing on health, welfare, transport and intensive family support programs.
Bungree Treasurer, Brody Naden, also acknowledged the efforts of his father, Ian, in devising the concept of the Indigenous Round and seeing it grow into an event unlike any other in NSW, and the pride and value it brings to the Central Coast and its indigenous people.
The concept started five years ago when the Roos were playing in the Newcastle competition, and involved only the Roos and Maitland clubs. The return of Wyong to the CCDRL competition saw the project relocate to this area, and resulted in Ourimbah Magpies, and subsequently Toukley Hawks, joining the project. Season 2015 sees a massive shift in focus, with all 12 Central Coast clubs involved in the promotion. Each 1st Grade team this Sunday will wear jerseys bearing aboriginal motifs specially designed for the occasion by local artists. The unique jerseys were unveiled at the launch at Wallarah Bay Recreation Club amid great enthusiasm and goodwill from clubs who have long histories of hard fought battles.
The Roos play The Entrance Tigers at EDSAAC Oval Bateau Bay this Sunday. A big day of rugby league commences with the Under 19’s at 9am, and concludes with the top of the table 1st Grade clash which kicks off at 2.30pm. Following 1st Grade, players and supporters will be heading to Bateau Bay Bowling Club, the most recent acquisition to the WRLCG stable.
Updated Wed Jul 8 12:05:54 2015
MITCH WILLIAMS - BOUND FOR GLORY
New South Wales Rugby League - It’s been another sterling season for NSW Cup steward Mitch Williams in leading the Wyong Roos to the top of the competition.
However, it’s hardly a surprise for his coach Rip Taylor who knows the 2013 NSW Cup player of the year is ready to finally take the big step onto the NRL stage.
“I’d love to see it happen,” Taylor said.
“It would be great to see him get an opportunity and I don’t think he would let anyone down. I know he wouldn’t let anyone down. We’re certainly privileged and happy to have him.”
Williams has been inspirational for the Roos this season, topping the league with a monster 647 tackles for the season while also recording the most line break assists with 19 and second most try assists with 17.
His consistency is a cornerstone of the premiership force that Wyong have formed into this season.
Follow the link below for the full NSW Rugby League article.
Updated Mon Aug 17 12:50:54 2015
MORE ROOS AND ROOSTERS TRAINING
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The Wyong Roos have made a couple of trips to the Roosters HQ to train with the Sydney Roosters. Click on the link for more video of those training sessions.
Added Sat Aug 8 16:07:16 2015
NSW CUP GRAND FINAL VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS
Added Tue Sep 29 12:03:17 2015
CHARITIES BENEFIT FROM OLD BOYS LUNCH
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On 11 September Wyong Old Boys & Supporters held a Sportsman’s Lunch in the Showroom at Roos HQ. Hosted by Roos Radio personality, Sean Chaffer, guests were entertained by St George premiership winner and original Blues State of Origin player Graeme Wynn, Australian Schoolboy skipper Jack Cogger, Melbourne Cup winner Jamie Lovett, Knights premiership winner and NSW player Mark Hughes, and Kangaroo, Origin and Canterbury legend Mark O’Meley.
Approximately 150 people attended the function, which raised funds for the Mark Hughes Foundation and Donnica Clarke Foundation.
Brain cancer is the number one cause of cancer related death among Australian children, and the Mark Hughes Foundation has raised more than $2 million to assist research into this condition.
The Donnica Clarke Foundation has provided more than $150,000 in scholarships and monetary assistance to local sportspeople who otherwise struggle for financial support.
Jamie Lovett brought with him the Melbourne Cup won in 2014 by his horse Protectionist, and it was a rare opportunity for those in attendance to get close to the most valuable trophy in Australian sport.
Roos Old Boy Gerard Andrews presents Tony Clarke with cheque for Donnica Clarke Foundation
Les Hannah and Rex Spiers with the 2014 Melbourne Cup
Updated Fri Sep 18 14:15:19 2015
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Wyong Roos were overwhelmed by the circumstances of the competition decider and the weight of expectation, and in so being put together one of their worst performances of the year, when defeated 20-10 by Newcastle in the Grand Final of the VB NSW Cup. After entering the match as clear favourites, the Roos were nervous and hesitant. As their errors mounted and compounded, Wyong increasingly struggled to weather difficult periods of the match and lost sight of the things that had been the hallmarks of their charge through the finals series. The Knights were not much better, but came to Pirtek Stadium with a clear strategy to interrupt Wyong’s momentum and distract the green and gold from the job at hand, and those tactics proved remarkably successful.
Roos right centre, Nathan Smith, scored in the 10th minute, driving into some solid goal line defence, and just managing to ground the ball over the line. Smith had to temporarily leave the field after scoring, and his position on Wyong’s right edge was taken by Jack Siejka. Minutes later, Jonno Ford offloaded in traffic to Matt McIlwrick, who quickly shifted the ball to the right. Omar Slaimankhel joined the backline. Siejka signalled for a grubber into the ingoal. Slaimankhel obliged with a well weighted kick. Siejka was first to the ball, but whilst Referee Liam Nicholls initially thought it was a try, the video ref properly ruled that Siejka failed to ground the ball.
Newcastle responded with a try to Honeti Tua in the 16th minute. Wyong had sufficient numbers on their right side to meet the threat, but winger Brendan Elliot moved too far infield, providing space down the flank for the Knights to exploit. Newcastle’s Kerrod Holland crossed in the first set following the restart, after prop Wayne Sironen put Jaelen Feeney into a hole on the Roos right edge. The Knights were ahead 10-4 after 19 minutes. Wyong’s attack began to unravel, and they were unable to build any pressure. Suaia Matagi and Magnus Stromquist lost the ball in rapid succession close to the Newcastle line. Newcastle kicked to the Roos ingoal forcing the Roos to travel 100m for another scoring opportunity. Ford engineered an extra man on Wyong’s left side, but Nathan Stapleton inexplicably failed to catch the ball with the line open. Abraham Papalli offloaded to Stapleton inside Roos territory. Stapleton carved through the heart of the Knights defence, and passed to Slaimankhel as Knights fullback, Jake Mamo, moved to shut down the movement. Stapleton perhaps passed a moment early. Slaimankhel was watching Mamo rather than the ball. The pass went to ground and the chance was lost. Opportunities for the Roos too score in this match would prove rare, and difficult to manufacture.
Right on halftime Tua scored his second. The Knights left wing was released into the backfield. Elliot missed Tua on his first attempt, but came again and tackled Tua just inside the field of play. Unfortunately for Wyong, Elliot lost his grip on Tua, who then quickly promoted the ball across the line. The teams went to the break with Newcastle ahead 14-4.
Midway through the second half, Tua scored his third on the end of a short side raid engineered by George Ndaira from acting half. Ndaira kicked the sideline conversion to give the Knights a 20-4 lead. The Roos dominated the final 20 minutes of the match. Smith scored his second for the Roos, and with Cornish’s conversion, the deficit was reduced to 20-10. The Knights held on although being out on their feet. The clumsy and inept play that had plagued the Roos continued.
Tua was named Man of the Match. The Roos disappointment was palpable and written all over the faces of many of the players; not just because of the loss, but the manner in which they had acquitted themselves. Back in the dressing room, Coach Taylor tried to put the defeat into perspective;
“You are hurting now, that’s understandable…and for some of you the feeling may never altogether go away. But this is not life and death. If you really want to know what doing it tough is all about, just go down the road to Westmead. There are kids there with 6 months…12 months to live, with big smiles on their faces…whenever you think you are doing it tough, think about them and their families. You have only lost a game of football.”
Updated Wed Sep 30 17:00:02 2015
NSW CUP - GRAND FINAL PREVIEW
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NSW Cup Grand Final Preview - The Wyong Roos will attempt to make club history at Pirtek Stadium on Sunday 27th September, 2015 when they play the Newcastle Knights in the Grand Final of the 2015 NSW Cup. Follow the link below for NSW Rugby League preview of the big game.
Added Thu Sep 24 17:44:45 2015
2015 VB NSW CUP TEAM OF THE YEAR
Updated Tue Sep 29 08:26:39 2015
RIP TAYLOR - 2015 NSW CUP COACH OF THE YEAR
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Congratulations to Wyong Roos NSW Cup Coach Rip Taylor who was named as the 2015 VB NSW Cup Coach of the Year.
Updated Tue Sep 29 08:30:07 2015
LEIVAHA PULU CHASES HIS NRL DREAM WITH TITANS
Wyong Roos NSW Cup player Leivaha Pulu will chase his NRL dream after signing with the Gold Coast Titans for the 2016 season. This signing demonstrates the continued importance of the NSW Cup and potential NRL opportunities that come from playing in the second teir elite completition. Follow the link for full story.
Updated Thu Oct 15 10:29:28 2015
NSW RUGBY LEAGUE 2015 TEAM REVIEW - WYONG ROOS NSW CUP
Added Wed Oct 14 12:46:11 2015
WYONG ROOS PLAYERS FORD AND DOYLE-MANGA SELECTED FOR TEST
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Roos playmaker, Jono Ford, and dynamic forward, Carne Doyle-Manga, have earned selection in the Cook Island squad for Saturday’s Test against Pacific Island heavyweights, Tonga.
The selection of Ford caps a remarkable comeback from injury, and is testament to his professionalism and commitment. Ford endured shoulder surgery in France, and lengthy rehabilitation in Australia, after sustaining injury in the Grand Final of the French competition playing for the successful Toulouse Olympique side. Ford’s first game in the 2015 NSW Cup season was the Roos’ final round clash against Wentworthville, and he quickly found form to guide Wyong through the finals series and into the premiership decider. Ford was outstanding for Cook Islands in the 2013 World Cup, and will again be instrumental in the Kuki’s plans to deconstruct the Tongan defence.
After joining Wyong at the end of 2014 from Canberra Raiders NYC squad, Doyle-Manga showed enough last season for many good judges to declare him potentially one of the most damaging forwards around. Doyle-Manga will be expected to provide plenty of go-forward off the bench, and to stand his ground in the exchanges with the powerful Tongan pack.
The full squad is as follows;
- Jordan Rapana (Canberra Raiders)
- Drury Low (Narellan Jets)
- Anthony Gelling (Wigan Warriors)
- Chance Peni (Wests Tigers)
- Charnz Nicoll-Klokstad (Melbourne Storm)
- Jono Ford (Wyong Roos)
- Wallace Tangitti (South Sydney Rabbitohs)
- Uti Baker (Manly Sea Eagles)
- Aaron Teroi (Melbourne Storm)
- Sam Mataora (Newcastle Knights)
- Esan Masters (Wests Tigers)
- Makahesi Makatoa (Canterbury Bulldogs)
- Francis Molo (Brisbane Broncos)
- Carne Doyle-Manga (Wyong Roos)
- Vincent Rennie (Canterbury Bulldogs)
- Vinny Ngaro (Manly Sea Eagles)
- Fred Pakutoa (Wentworthville Magpies)
- Reuben Rennie (Canterbury Bulldogs)
Congratulations to Jonno and Carnage on their selection. Wyong Roos are confident they will both acquit themselves well, and proudly represent the Kukis and the Roos. The match kicks off at 7.30pm on 17 October at Campbelltown Stadium.
Updated Wed Oct 14 15:19:00 2015
SYDNEY ROOSTERS - BOYD CORDNER WINS JACK GIBSON MEDAL
More than 300 members, sponsors and Roosters legends were present at Easts Leagues Club, Bondi Junction on 30 September to see Boyd Cordner receive the Jack Gibson Medal. The award is voted upon by players and certain staff on a weekly basis. The criteria not only incorporate individual on field performances, but all manner of contributions to the Club and the team environment. Four NRL players were in the running in Season 2015; Mitchell Pierce, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Roger Tuivasa-Scheck and Cordner. Tuivasa-Scheck was the obvious favourite, given his many outstanding efforts this year, but it was a somewhat surprised and emotional Cordner who received the medal. Cordner was genuinely overwhelmed by the moment, and found it difficult to compose himself following the announcement The 23 year old Origin player struggled to bring together enough words to thank his team mates and staff for developing his game, the medical personnel for keeping him on the field, and Sydney Roosters for showing faith in him from a young age.
Updated Thu Oct 8 15:15:22 2015
SYDNEY ROOSTERS NYC - CONNOR WATSON WINS ARTHUR BEETSON MEDAL
Kincumber junior, Connor Watson, was named the 2015 Arthur Beetson Medallist at the Jack Gibson Medal Awards Night on 30 September. Many outstanding NYC players, including NSW Under 20 reps, Jackson Hastings, Grant Garvey and Latrell Mitchell, were in contention for the award, but it was Watson who received the most votes from his team mates and key personnel at Sydney Roosters. The medal carries with it a prize of sporting equipment from Rhino Sports & Leisure Australia to the value of $5,000 for Connor’s junior club. Congratulations to both Connor and the Kincumber Colts.
Updated Thu Oct 8 15:14:59 2015
COASTLINE ROOS WIN FIJI RESERVE GRADE COMPETITION
Although there were some disappointing results for local senior grades, and overall only one premiership for the Wyong Roos club in Season 2015 (Ned Kelly’s Under 13/3’s), our little sister in the Pacific, Coastline Roos, tasted victory against Nadi Herons in the Grand Final of the Fiji National Rugby League Reserve Grade competition.
The success of Coastline Roos this year, with well performed players like former national 7’s rep, Sunia Nadruku, and Fiji Bati rep, Jonalisi Naqitawa, has earned the club promotion into the tier one Vodfone Top 8 Cup for Season 2016.
Later this month, Roos footy personnel, Eloni Vunakece, Ian Bourke, Shane Selby and Gerard Andrews will deliver equipment to the Coral Coast club and conduct some training sessions. Hopefully that further input from Wyong will kick start Coastline Roos assault on Fiji’s elite competition.
WRLCG congratulates Coastline Roos on their 2015 Premiership.
Updated Sat Oct 3 15:30:20 2015
ROOS RECEIVE GRANT FOR GROUNDS UPGRADE
Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter & Central Coast, Mr Scot MacDonald MLC, attended Roos HQ on 24 September to present Football Committee Chairman, Phil Langley with a cheque for $59,750.
The NSW Department of Sport & Recreation, in partnership with the NRL, has established the Footy Facilities Fund to construct, upgrade and improve sporting facilities in this State which have a significant Rugby League component. Applicant organisations must match each grant, dollar for dollar, and must also satisfy community based criteria regarding use, benefit and participation. The Morry Breen Complex at Kanwal is one of the most important community assets in Wyong Shire, and is utilised free of charge by a variety of sporting groups from school girl touch football, through international rugby union tournaments, to NRL trials and junior development days. The many events, tournaments and carnivals held at Roos HQ bring thousands of visitors to the area, and those visitors bring with them financial benefit for local businesses and service providers. The complex is, of course, home to Wyong Roos, which had 520 juniors and 177 senior players using the facilities multiple times each week throughout Season 2015.
The grant monies will be utilised to laser level, re-drain and resurface Bill Hicks Field as part of an ongoing maintenance and refurbishment program initiated by the Club.
WRLCG is most grateful for the support. The grant is evidence of the investment by the NRL and NSW Government in projects which are important to Central Coast people and directly benefit the local community.
(Photo - Phil Langley (left) receives grant cheque from Scot MacDonald MLC)
Updated Wed Oct 7 16:12:22 2015
Fullback wizard, Luke Sharpe, has accepted an offer from Wests Tigers to take up a spot in the joint venture’s NYC squad for Season 2016. Luke had been on the Tigers radar for some time, and another strong season in his first full year in grade was enough to convince those in the know at Concord to give Luke a crack. The Wests Tigers cannot but have been impressed by Luke’s speed, strength, toughness and incredible footwork, and no doubt liked the idea in prospect of him revisiting his combination with former team mate and Roo young gun Jacob Liddle, who himself enjoyed such a good year with the Tigers’ Under 20’s in 2015. Former Roos Head Coach, Paul Stringer, has charge of the NSW Cup team in Tiger Town, and is very familiar with the damage Luke can do to opposition defences, having been on the field for Berkeley Vale when Luke scored that remarkable solo try in the 2014 1st Grade Grand Final. One expects String will be keeping a close eye on Luke’s progress.
Congratulations Sharpey. Wyong Roos are more than confident you will continue to do us proud.
Updated Mon Nov 30 14:58:31 2015
RIP TAYLOR GETS ANOTHER GONG
Roos NSW Cup Head Coach, Rip Taylor, was named the Central Coast Sports Federation Coach of the Year at the ceremony at Mingara Club last Friday night. Taylor was one of three well credentialed nominees for the award; AFL coach, Chris Bishop and surf lifesaving coach, Tim Schofield being the others. Taylor’s award comes hard on the heels of the NSWRL naming him NSW Cup Coach of the Year for the third time, and second year in succession. The veteran mentor is already back in harness for Season 2016, and whilst relying on the old school philosophy of honesty and hard work being the platform for success, he well understands the need to keep abreast of changes in the game, and to continue reinventing yourself to remain relevant as a coach.
The aims and objectives of the Central Coast Sports Federation include supporting the development and implementation of programs and projects that facilitate the well being of our community’s health and fitness. The awards bring recognition and raise awareness of the importance of sport in the lives of local people, and helps define this region’s identity as the home of world class sporting talent.
Australian Netball rep, Megan Anderson, and pioneer motorcycle jumper, Dale Buggins, were inducted into the Hall of Fame. The all conquering Terrigal High School Open Rugby League team was named Team of the Year. Junior Sports Star winner, rugby league player Jack Cogger, received a Donnica Clarke Foundation scholarship for 2016, and world champion kayaker, Riley Fitzsimmons, was named 2015 Sports Star of the Year. Five of the six nominees for the major award, including the winner, had been previous beneficiaries of financial assistance through the Donnica Clarke Foundation, a charity very close to the heart of Wyong Roos.
The Board and Management congratulate Rip on another outstanding season, and well earned award.
Updated Tue Nov 24 16:43:23 2015
A delegation from Wyong Roos footy program last week spent some time in Fiji spreading the gospel of rugby league and helping develop the game and cross cultural ties.
Football Manager, Matt Lavin was part of that group.
“Saturday morning we were at St Joan of Arc School at Sigatoka…30 kids….both genders….two teachers. We did some skills based activities and played some games…the response was fantastic. In the afternoon we attended the Coastline Roos training session. Ian Bourke, Shane Selby and Loni (Fiji Bati rep Eloni Vunakece) put the Coastline crew through some advanced skills work and game based scenarios. There were two ladies in the squad, and they didn’t look too out of place…they didn’t participate in all the defensive work, but did all the bump pad stuff. They were pretty good. The Club donated the surplus NSW Cup jumpers, and we handed out some gear donated by Roos members and supporters. That went over really well. The Coastline people were most appreciative. We checked out their facilities…they train on a field at the back of the school…and their gym. These people have so little compared to us…but their enthusiasm and the smiles on their faces was something else.”
“We were guests at the Coastline Roos presentation that night…at True Blue Sigatoka. Gerard (WRLCG Director Gerard Andrews) came along as well. I presented Charlie Wasilasila, with the Player of the Year Award. Sydney Roosters provided one of their “Captain America” jumpers signed by Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, and that was included as part of the prize. Yes, Saturday was a big day. Sunday is their day of worship…the people are very religious and pretty much everything closes down. I don’t know about the other guys, but to tell you the truth, I needed the rest after Saturday. Monday we went to a remote village…Vatubalavu in Novosa…a 90 minute trip by four wheel drive on dirt roads into the centre of the island. We held a training session for the Tuwalu Roosters. The village provided a full welcoming ceremony…a huge spread…fruit, meat cooked island style…the lot. And the locals wouldn’t eat until we finished. The hospitality was amazing…something I will never forget. Then there was the kava ceremony. I had a couple of bowls…but Bubba (Ian Bourke) wouldn’t indulge. The Ratu (Chief) was referring to him as “Baby Girl”. I don’t know if something was lost in translation, but it was pretty funny watching Bourkey and the Chief.”
“Sydney Roosters had donated a full set of jumpers, shorts and socks…very generous…and the people were just overwhelmed…that was a real shot in the arm for the village…for people who have next to nothing. Loni was mobbed…he’s like a rock star in Fiji…even in the remote villages…and with so little the people know a lot about rugby league. On Tuesday we did a session at Sigatoka District School…again a series of skills based drills and games…word must have spread, because the reception we got from a school of 45 kids was hard to imagine. Loni awarded his Fiji Bati polo to the student who displayed the most skill and sportsmanship.”
“There is real talent in Fiji…we ran some complex drills with the Coastline squad, and they picked things up very quickly…some of the lines they were running were excellent…just naturals. According to the locals, this was the first time ever any rugby league identities had got out into the community. Even the Fiji Bati haven’t done that. It was well worth the effort…and I really must thank Wyong Roos and Sydney Roosters for all their support. The Coastline Roos will be out here in January to play in the Jason Annear 9’s. So we get the opportunity to reciprocate and further strengthen this relationship.”
Updated Mon Nov 9 06:32:12 2015
FORD AND DOYLE MANGA DEFEATED BY TONGA
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The World Cup Pacific Qualifier between Cook Islands and Tonga on 17 October at Campbelltown was a tough and entertaining match, ultimately won 28-8 by the Mate Ma’a Tonga. There was a bit of feeling pre-match, with a few fired up Tongan players advancing into Cook Island territory during the Kukis’ haka. Jono Ford, at five eighth for the Kukis, orchestrated play down the Cook Islands’ left side. Jono continually tormented Tonga with his short and long passing game, his variety of kicks and unpredictable attacking repertoire. Jono’s experience and cool head had a steadying influence on his team. The Kukis scored first, and with 23 minutes left in the opening period, led 8-6. However, Cook Islands would not score again in the match, despite several genuine chances. Tonga led 12-8 at the break and had sealed the win by the 60th minute, capitalising on the Kukis’ errors and making the most of any scoring opportunities. Carne Doyle-Manga was injected from the bench in the 20th minute of the first half, and was conspicuous with some good yardage plays, a nice offload and tough defence. Carne left the field at halftime, and by the time he returned, Tonga was well on top. Fullback Solomone Kata from NZ Warriors was a standout for the winners, and on this form will prove difficult to contain in the 2016 NRL competition. The victory secured Tonga a spot in the next World Cup. The whole match and selected highlights can be viewed on the NRL website. Follow the link to NRL Video.
Updated Mon Nov 9 06:35:27 2015
NSW CUP TEAM OF THE YEAR COACHES - RIP TAYLOR
Rip Taylor, the silver fox of the rugby league coaching world, Robert ‘Rip’ Taylor guided his Roos all the way to the grand final in 2015 with a 15-and-seven record across the regular season – quite an accomplishment for a team in just its third season… after finishing dead last on debut!
A veteran of the coaching world who has tasted success and done a stellar job at a number of clubs and in a number of leagues, one expects with Rip in charge of the Roos it’s not a matter of ‘if’ Wyong taste sweet premiership glory, it’s when.
Follow the link below for the full NSW Rugby League article.
Updated Mon Nov 9 06:40:31 2015
COASTLINE ROOS 2016 AUSTRALIAN TOUR
Nadroga Development Officer, Suli Cakautabu, visited Roos HQ on the 8th November ahead of the Coastline Roos tour in early 2016. Preparations are well under way for the Fijians to come to Australia to train with Wyong Roos and participate in the Jason Annear Invitational 9’s Tournament. NSW Cup original and Fiji Bati rep, Eloni Vunakece, recently led a group of Wyong Roos staff on a sporting and cultural visit to the main island of Viti Levu to help promote the game. The Wyong Roos people held some training sessions and visited two schools during their brief but hectic time on the island, and they took the opportunity to deliver some clothing and equipment donated by Wyong Roos club, its staff and members.
“The other clubs (in Fiji) are now starting to learn (from the relationship between Wyong Roos and Coastline Roos)……we have shown to others what can be achieved….rugby league is now very big in Fiji….plenty of rugby union teams are changing to rugby league….there are places in Fiji that are just rugby league now…but the Union are very smart….I read in the Fiji Times on Tuesday that they are bringing the Super 15 game between the Crusaders and the Chiefs here next year. We really need that NSW Cup team to start in 2017…if that happens rugby league here will be huge” said Cakautabu.
For more on the Coastline Roos read the Fiji Times Online article by Maciu Malo on 23 October 2015. Follow the link www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=326923
Updated Tue Nov 10 06:45:13 2015
NSW CUP TEAM OF THE YEAR - MITCH WILLIAMS
The heart and soul of the Roos’ side, Mitch Williams led his side all the way to the grand final in 2015 – and his influence was arguably greater than any other individual’s across the entire season.
Through the 25-match home-and-away year, Williams racked up a range of big numbers – his service helped his team to more run metres than any other team (34,319 – ranked first); he recorded 759 tackles (ranked second); led the way with line-break assists (26 in total – ranked first); made 113 dummy-half runs (ranked second); and recorded more try assists than any other player in the VB Cup (22 – ranked first).
If Roosters rake Jake Friend goes down with an injury in 2016, expect Williams to be thrust into first grade – where, many would argue, he belongs.
Follow the link below for the full NSW Rugby League article.
Updated Mon Nov 9 06:45:30 2015
NSW CUP CLIFFHANGERS - ROUND 18 - ROOS -v- PANTHERS
Updated Tue Nov 10 06:44:46 2015
JACOB LIDDLE'S AMAZING 18 MONTHS IN RUGBY LEAGUE
Jacob Liddle is arguably the most well known alumnus of Wadalba Community School, and last Monday night was special guest at the Targeted Sports Program (Rugby League) Presentation Night. Jacob was selected in the Sydney North and Sydney Red teams in 2014, made the NSW CHS Open squad, then toured England and France at the end of that year, as a member of the Australian Schoolboys. Wests Tigers came knocking. Jacob secured an NYC contract, and in 2015 became the starting No.9 with the joint venture‘s well performed Under 20’s squad. On the back of consistently strong performances, Jacob forced his way into the NSW Under 20’s for the match against the Maroon’s equivalent at Suncorp prior to Origin 3. Jacob finished Season 2015 as the NYC’s leading metre eater from dummy half, and has commenced training with the NRL squad under Head Coach, Jason Taylor.
“There were a great group of students…mates, and group of teachers at Wadalba. They helped get me through. I must thank Huffy (TSP Co-Ordinator, James Huff), who got me through physics. School footy was great. I liked playing with my best mates. I really miss it. Australian Schoolboys…five weeks on tour. We played the Poms. Won and lost. I don’t like them. Then we played the French. That was a real eye opening experience…a different culture. I was not expecting an NRL contract. I had only just made the NSW team, but Wests Tigers wanted to sign me. I’ve been there a year. My first Under 20’s game was against the Titans at Gold Coast. I was crapping myself….so nervous. I just wanted to make my family proud and play well for my mates.
The Under 20’s is a big step up. Massive boys…120kg. But it (the competition) improved me ten fold…and I grabbed it (the opportunity) with both hands. The NRL pre-season…every player is 100% committed. Everyone performs….no-one slackens off. You get found out straight away if you’re not giving 100%. The one thing I’ve learned about NRL; it’s not about skill. It’s more about attitude and how hard you work. If you try hard in everything, you’ll go far.”
Jacob has recently been included in the NSW Under 20’s High Performance unit for an intensive camp at the Academy of Sport Narrabeen.
Updated Thu Dec 10 13:27:25 2015
JARON PURCELL - WADALBA TSP PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Wyong Roos junior and Under 14/1’s Captain, Jaron Purcell, was last night named the Wadalba Community School TSP Rugby League Player of the Year at the Presentation Night at Canton Beach Sports Club. The criteria for the award not only encompassed aptitude for the game, but also included attitude to schoolwork and training, and general commitment to team and community standards. Program Co-Ordinator, James Huff, spoke in glowing terms of the manner in which Jaron fulfilled each of the award requirements, highlighting the fact that he represented the school in Under 14, 15 & 16 age divisions, and earned selection in the Sydney North representative team in the unaccustomed position of five eighth. Jaron is currently with the Newcastle Knights Under 15 development squad, but still manages to squeeze in a few sessions each week with the Roos NSW Cup Summer Squad.
Wyong Rugby League Club Group is the proud sponsor of the Wadalba Targeted Sports Program, which is an important developmental step on the pathway to rugby league excellence. The Club provides both financial and practical support to the school, and the proof of the efficacy of the program is readily observable in the likes of Jaron and his team mates.
Updated Tue Dec 8 16:22:09 2015
Members of the Wyong Roos football staff, including Fiji Bati rep Eloni Vunakece, travelled to the island nation in October 2015, to spread the rugby league gospel and present some coaching clinics. Check out the video by clicking on the following link:-
Updated Tue Jan 19 12:26:06 2016
INTRODUCING BRUCE GULLIVER
Roos Strength & Conditioning Director, Bruce Gulliver, grew up in East Maitland and Tenambit, played rugby league until 16 years of age, then gravitated to athletics, more specifically, to the world of sprinting. Bruce made the final of the Stawell Gift as an 18 year old, and was the scratch marker in the blue ribbon event in 1990. Newcastle Knights contracted Bruce to its coaching staff between 1996 and 1998, initially as sprint coach, but subsequently as conditioning co-ordinator, a period that included the Club’s initial ARL Premiership in 1997 under Malcolm Reilly.
When Reilly accepted an offer to coach Huddersfield Giants in the English Super League, Bruce went with him. The newly promoted club soon proved to be out of its depth. Though competitive in many matches, the Giants were vastly under resourced when compared to the other clubs in Europe’s premier competition, and finished the season with only two wins; the worst record in Super League history. Bruce joined the staff of the Northern Eagles, under Peter Sharp (with Des Hasler Sharp’s understudy), for the 1999 and 2000 seasons. Hasler invited Bruce to join him at Manly after the collapse of the joint venture, but he declined, looking for a break to freshen up, and thinking he would soon be back in the NRL. The decision, in hindsight, was the wrong one. Bruce spent many subsequent years in the strength and conditioning wilderness, but did have some success during this period, coaching sprinter Dan Burgess to the top national rating in 2008 with a 100m time of 10.34 seconds.
Now he is at Wyong, bringing a wealth of experience, plenty of enthusiasm and a frank, no nonsense attitude.
SM: “What philosophies underpin your approach to strength and conditioning for rugby league?”
BG: “Bigger, stronger, faster.”
SM: “In that order?”
BG: “No. Faster, bigger, stronger. Power to weight ratio is everything. I want the boys to be more powerful. There will be a focus on speed and agility…being able to run fast and functionally transfer that speed…I am hoping to teach the boys about timing and tempo…that sort of thing…to maximise their individual efforts.”
SM: “So, what for you would define a successful 2016 season?”
BG: “I want us to be physically a team other teams don’t want to play... to dominate opponents whenever possible. You don’t necessarily have to win every game to cause fear in the opposition.”
Updated Mon Jan 18 14:48:02 2016
Talk about a cultural exchange….NSW Cup Manager, Big Chief Rod Cox, counselled the visiting Fijians into the wee smalls of Sunday morning following their impressive performance at the Jason Annear 9’s. The interaction generated much affection and great respect for the venerable steward. Watch BC Cox give the Coastline Roos a traditional Wyong send off and vinaka vakalevu following their final training session at Morry Breen Field by clicking on the video file below.
Updated Fri Feb 5 10:19:25 2016
COASTLINE ROOS AT WYONG ROOS HOMEGROUND
After an impressive display in the Jason Annear 9's tournament the Fijian Coastline Roos side joined the Wyong Roos NSW Cup Squad for a training session at Morry Breen Oval on Monday 1st February, 2016. See the photo gallery for more photographs.
Updated Wed Feb 3 13:01:26 2016
RIP TAYLOR BACK AT HELM OF REPRESENTATIVE TEAM
Rip Taylor will once again coach the NSW Residents team for the annual clash with their maroon counterparts on 8 May 2016. Knights coach, Matt Lantry, is Rip’s assistant for the campaign. The Wyong flavour continues with Roos assistant coach, Ian Bourke, being assigned blue shirt duties. Fingers crossed for the Wyong trinity to be completed by Mitch Williams being selected as starting hooker and captain.
The squad will have their medicals on Tuesday 3 May, then fly to Brisbane the following day in readiness for the Sunday fixture. After losing 36-32 last season, the Blues, who are facing their third consecutive loss, will be more than eager to reverse that result.
The terms of the NRL media deal dictates the fixture will be played in Queensland and broadcast live into that State during the life of the current television arrangements. Tweed Heads Seagulls coach, Aaron Zimmerle, will be in charge of the Maroons, after tasting success in that position last season. Go NSW!
Updated Mon Feb 22 13:45:51 2016
The touring party has returned to Fiji with many stories to tell from their time in Australia, and many gifts donated by Wyong Roos. The tour was a great success, and plans are already afoot for another, and for several of the more promising players to return for playing stints in Season 2016. The relationship will undoubtedly bear fruit; the quality of that fruit shows much potential. The story of the tour has been closely followed in the local press (though not as closely as one may have hoped if you consider the apology at the end of the latest Fiji Times article). Click on the following to see that article;
Updated Mon Feb 15 14:50:54 2016
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This was the first time all but two of the Coastline Roos players had left Fiji, and for them the experience will be long lasting, if not life changing. Having the opportunity to train with and compete against NSW Cup standard players, and participate in a professional program such as that offered by Coach Taylor and his staff is rare, even for local players. Staying at the Sport and Rec Centre at Pt Wolstoncroft, and living the life of a full time professional athlete, even for just a few hours, was no doubt something hard to imagine from village life in the islands. The enthusiasm and excitement of the Fijian boys was infectious and humbling.
Developing the game of rugby league is fundamental to our charter; helping those less fortunate than ourselves is in our DNA.
The generosity of Management in accommodating the Coastline Roos whilst on the Central Coast, and donating clothing to the players, officials and their families was a remarkable display of good will on behalf of the Club and its members.
Special mention needs to be made of Shane Selby, the NSW Cup yellow shirt, who has been the driving force behind the relationship. Shane and his family have opened their doors, and been selfless with their time and money, to make the relationship a success.
Fiji is a great breeding ground for the NRL, and it is inevitable some first class players will find their way from the Coastline Roos to the Wyong Roos in the very near future.
Watch the Fijians farewell song by clicking on this video.
Updated Sun Feb 7 09:06:00 2016
MATCH REPORT - WYONG ROOS -v- MOUNTIES
Updated Sun Mar 13 11:40:27 2016
DAILY TELEGRAPH - ELONI VUNAKECE NRL DEBUT
Added Wed Mar 23 11:34:13 2016
WYONG ROOS - CLUB STATEMENT
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Wyong Roos Juniors provided an opportunity for 520 children to play rugby league in Season 2015. The Club will do so for a similar number this year. The work of many good people, the vast majority of whom are unpaid volunteers, forms the basis of that opportunity.
Regrettably, issues which are of concern to the broader community, from time to time, manifest in our game, and the incident on 13 March involving a young player who recently transferred to this Club, is one such event.
The incident has shocked and embarrassed the Board, management, members, sponsors and supporters of this Club; people with strong roots in the local community, whom have at various times, and in manifold ways, generously donated their time, energy and money to building our football program.
Perhaps the incident ought not have been so shocking. Perhaps we have been a little naïve to think the educative programs, codes of conduct, rules and regulations put in place in and around the game would prevent such an incident, when society itself has generally struggled to manage the very same issues.
The people who comprise this Club have been embarrassed by what happened on 13 March. That is an unfortunate but unsurprising fact. Wyong Roos devotes many resources toward providing a safe and enjoyable environment for children, support staff and match officials to participate in the game, but despite these best efforts and intentions, we were unable to prevent that situation.
Wyong Roos held a forum on 9 February, in part to help address growing concerns as to the deterioration of player and parent behaviour. Dr John Irvine (Child & Developmental Psychologist, Co-Founder of The R.E.A.D. Clinic), Rick Stone and Greg Nichols (NSWRL Welfare & Education Officer) spoke and/or gave presentations at the forum. Prior to the subject incident, the Club had in place a plan to present the NRL Better Choices programs to all players in the Under 14 – 17 age divisions. Wyong Roos has initiated its own Codes of Conduct for coaches, players and their families, in addition to those established by the governing bodies.
Wyong Roos is determined to be at the very centre and heart of its local community, and hopes its longstanding traditions built on respect for oneself, respect for others and personal responsibility are imprinted on the kids who play here. Although we live in a world where change is paradoxically constant, the core values of this Club remain immutable.
Updated Mon Mar 21 11:48:33 2016
SYDNEY ROOSTERS AT MORRY BREEN
On the day 2015 Jack Gibson medallist, Boyd Cordner, tore his pectoral muscle, the Roosters not rested for the World Club Challenge or in NZ for the Auckland 9’s ripped into an opposed session against Wyong at Roos HQ.
Jayden Nikorima produced his credentials to be Jimmy Maloney’s replacement. Dylan Napa and Kane Evans put on a bash clinic, and Jake Friend set the standard for goal line defence, in a valuable hit out overseen by Assistant Coach Craig Fitzgibbon.
On the other side of the ledger, Mitch Williams was again at his scheming best, Zane Tetevano revelled in the tough stuff, and Jackson Hill found some space and was solid in defence.
The Roosters face the Rabbitohs at Allianz on Sunday starting 4.00pm in Round 1 of the NRL, whilst cross town the Roos take on Wenty at Ringrose Park with a 3.00pm kick off in Round 1 of the Intrust Super Premiership.
Updated Fri Mar 4 14:47:38 2016
VIDEO HIGHLIGHT PACKAGE - ROUND 2 ISP
Added Thu Mar 17 15:36:41 2016
NBN TV - INTERVIEW WITH MITCH WILLIAMS
Updated Thu Mar 17 15:42:04 2016
VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS - ROUND 1 INTRUST SUPER PREMIERSHIP
Updated Sun Mar 13 10:34:37 2016
FOX SPORTS - ELONI VUNAKECE
Added Thu Mar 31 06:40:51 2016
NBN TV - INTERVIEW WITH COACH RIP TAYLOR
Updated Fri Mar 18 06:09:17 2016
ISP ROUND 3 - VIDEO HIGHLIGHT PACKAGE
Added Wed Mar 23 07:13:23 2016
ISP ROUND 4 - VIDEO HIGHLIGHT PACKAGE
Added Wed Mar 30 07:53:36 2016
ROOS GENERATIONS COME TOGETHER
Prior to the big clash between Wyong and The Entrance last Sunday, Life Members Morry Breen, Rod Wicks and Terry Wand addressed the 1st Grade team and presented jerseys to the players.
The Roos team that subsequently defeated the Tigers 14-12 featured Alex and Dan Langbridge (grandsons of Life Member Bill Scott), Jye Montgomery (grandson of Life Member Dave Irwin), Sean Glachan (grandson of long term 1st Grade Manager, the late Jim Glachan), Nick O’Meley and Jay Florimo (respectively the sons of Mark and Greg, who both wore the Wyong jumper with distinction after careers at the highest level).
The values and traditions the club holds closest are in our DNA.
Photo - Morry Breen congratulates Wyong Skipper, Alex Langbridge, on his appointment, watched by 1st Grade Coach Tony Clarke
Updated Thu Apr 21 10:31:50 2016
Added Tue Apr 19 12:59:15 2016
ISP NSW VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS - ROUND 6
Added Tue Apr 19 13:27:02 2016
ISP ROUND 5 - VIDEO HIGHLIGHT PACKAGE
Updated Tue Apr 5 05:57:20 2016
ISP - COACH TAYLOR DELIVERS ULTIMATUM
Added Fri May 27 10:10:41 2016
THREE ROOS NAMED IN ISP RESIDENTS SQUAD
Updated Thu May 5 13:44:36 2016
CONGRATULATIONS CONNOR WATSON - JUNIOR KANGAROOS
Congratulations to Wyong Roos and Sydney Roosters half Connor Watson named in the 2016 Junior Kangaroos Squad who will take on the Junior Kiwis at Pirtek Stadium on Saturday 7th May, 2016. Sydney Roosters player Jayden Nikorima also made the squad. Follow the link below for details.
Updated Tue May 3 11:44:31 2016
CONGRATULATIONS RYAN MATTERSON - KARI CITY ORIGIN TEAM
Updated Tue May 3 11:52:14 2016
CONGRATULATIONS ELONI VUNAKECE - FIJI BATI TEST SQUAD
Added Tue May 3 11:59:26 2016
NATHAN CLARKE CELEBRATES BIRTHDAY AND WIN OVER SHARKS
Wyong forward, Nathan Clarke, marked his birthday last Sunday with a signature powerhouse performance at the back of the Roos pack in the 32-18 victory over Terrigal at Duffy’s Reserve. Nathan has consistently been one of the best performed players in Season 2016, and his efforts both sides of the ball have been a key factor in the Roos successful start to this year’s campaign.
Nathan celebrated the win and his birthday with family and friends at Casa Clarke afterwards.
Congratulations Nathan from everyone at Roos HQ
Updated Tue May 31 15:01:04 2016
MITCH & PAULIE CELEBRATE BIRTHDAYS
Club Captain, Mitch Williams, and stats savant, Paulie Gorges, recently celebrated birthdays.
Mitch skippered the NSW Residents representative team to a big win over their Qld counterparts on 8 May, and continues to provide the energy and steel at the very heart of the Wyong ISP campaign.
Paulie is one of the tireless support staff whose hard work helps keep the Roos show on the road.
Congratulations gents and many happy returns from Wyong Roos. We hope you stick around for a few more birthdays yet.
Mitch Williams Paulie Gorges
Updated Thu May 19 15:31:18 2016
REPS FROM THE ROOSTERS & ROOS ALLIANCE
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Sydney Roosters and Wyong Roos have had a number of players selected in teams contesting the senior representative calendar. Those players are;
Blake Ferguson – Australia
Sam Moa – New Zealand
Shaun Kenny-Dowall – New Zealand
Carne Doyle-Manga – Cook Islands
Zane Tetevano – Cook Islands
Connor Watson – Junior Kangaroos
Jayden Nikorima – Junior Kangaroos
Poasa Faamausili – Junior Kiwis
Eloni Vunakece – Fiji Bati
Kane Evans – Fiji Bati
Boyd Cordner – Country Origin
Mitch Aubusson – Country Origin
Ryan Matterson – City Origin
Mitch Williams – NSW Residents
Omar Slaimankhel – NSW Residents
Abraham Papalii – NSW Residents
Jay Florimo – Centurions
Kauri Aupouri – Centurions
Kurt Warden – Centurions
Matt Ikuvalu – Centurions
Jake Lewis – Centurions
Alex Langbridge – Centurions
Aaiden Wright – Centurions
Holly Gibbons – Centurions Ladies League Tag
Sarah Dodds – Centurions Ladies League Tag
The Roosters/Roos coaching staff will also feature;
Justin Holbrook – Coach Junior Kangaroos
Craig Fitzgibbon – Coach Country Origin
Rip Taylor – Coach NSW Residents
Ian Bourke – Assistant Coach NSW Residents
Congratulations from the Board and Management of Wyong Rugby League Club Group. The Club wishes you all the best. Go do Sydney Roosters and Wyong Roos proud, and may everyone involved achieve their personal goals, and come home with a win (except the Kiwis and Matto – a narrow defeat is the best you should hope for).
Updated Thu May 5 15:58:39 2016
FALSE REPORT - DRUGS FOUND IN DRESSING ROOM AFTER NSW CUP GAME
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Members and supporters are likely aware of reports appearing in the Fairfax press and Rugby League Week in the last few days regarding drugs being found in a dressing room at North Sydney Oval on 4 June 2016 following the NSW Cup (sic) match between North Sydney Bears and Wyong Roos.
The reports were factually inaccurate.
NSWRL Ground Manager, Bob Jones, found a small satchel containing vials of liquid inside the fence at North Sydney Oval following the conclusion of the ISP Round 12 match between North Sydney and Wyong.
Prior to Mr Jones finding that satchel, Wyong Roos Head Sports Trainer, Craig Davis, at the time inside the Wyong dressing room in the company of club physiotherapist, Mel Holt, was approached by a male person in overalls who appeared to be a private medic. That person asked Mr Davis whether a bag of drugs had been found on the sideline or the field during the ISP game. The drugs in question were of the type of legitimate medication used by health professionals in the treatment of injuries sustained by accident and trauma.
Subsequent to that conversation, Mr Davis was approached by another gentleman wearing identical overalls, also searching for a bag of drugs (legitimate medication). The second gentleman indicated to Mr Davis that the bag may be in the dressing room, which was used by the Titans prior to Wyong.
The Wyong dressing room was searched upon the departure of the players and staff, but no bag of drugs (legitimate medication) was located therein.
There were no medics on the sideline during the ISP match.
There were medics on the sideline during the NYC match.
Not difficult to join the dots. The professional medics engaged to oversee the NYC match had lost or misplaced a bag of legitimate medication ordinarily used during the course of their work.
The facts in this matter were readily verifiable by the most basic of enquiries. If Fairfax and Rugby League Week had made any reasonable attempt to verify the information received, this would not have been a story in the first place.
The Police have not contacted Wyong Roos regarding the drugs. No representative from NSWRL or the NRL Integrity Unit has contacted Wyong Roos regarding the drugs.
Neither Fairfax Media or Rugby League Week contacted Wyong Roos for comment before the articles were published.
Rugby League Week removed the article from its online magazine following a written request from Wyong Roos. However, no retraction, correction or apology has been provided.
Updated Thu Jun 9 12:12:36 2016
Last Sunday, Wyong’s Ladies League Tag Team defeated Terrigal 14-10 in a tough, close match at Duffy’s Reserve. The game boasted a great solo effort from Jordan Glanville, and a brilliant 70m try started and finished by Madeline Linnet. Both efforts featured in the NBN Central Coast coverage of CCDRL. Well worth a look by jumping on the following link
Photo - Jordan Glanville
Added Thu Jun 2 15:19:48 2016
MORRY BREEN COMPLEX ACCESS POLICY
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The Wyong Rugby League Club have initiated a 'Morry Breen Complex Access' Policy. Follow the link below for full details.
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Added Thu Jul 21 15:45:58 2016
JARON PURCELL - WYONG ROOS LATEST AUSSIE SCHOOLBOY
Jaron Purcell is the latest Wyong Junior to join the ranks of the Australian Schoolboys after earning selection in the Under 15 Merit Team following the recent national carnival at Port Macquarie.
Jaron represented Sydney North and Sydney Red from Wadalba Community School, before securing the No. 13 jersey for NSW CHS to contest the national Under 15 schoolboys’ championships at Port Macquarie. Jaron was given the honour of skippering the NSW team, which eventually fell to the very strong Queensland team 16-12 in the final. Along the way Jaron collected the Man of the Match award in the 14-6 loss to NSW Combined Catholic Colleges, and the NSW MVP for the series.
SM: “Why do you think you were selected?”
JP: ”I’m dedicated…I try to be the best I can be no matter what it is I’m doing…like learning. I’m doing extras always…I have to work harder than everybody else. I know that to be the best, you have got to be the one willing to do the hard work and make the sacrifices.”
SM: Who has helped you get to this point?
JP: “My family…they are always pushing me to do my best, and they are always there for support. Being allowed to join the NSW Cup training…being taught new skills, especially the defensive stuff. The coaches I’ve had over the years….Bubba (ISP Asst. Coach Ian Bourke) on Fridays with the defensive stuff, and my current coach Luke Blackhall on the fundamentals of the game.”
SM: What do you believe are your strengths as a player?
JP: “ My workload…I like to do heaps of work as a player. I think I have good ball skills…I can pass and kick…I had to practice those skills a fair bit.”
SM: So what’s in store for you on the rep scene next year?
JP: “I hope I can play Harold Matts for the Knights. I’ll try for the schoolboys again next year. But playing two ages up (Opens), I don’t think I’ll go too well.”
Jaron played for the Centurions in the Season 2015 Country Championships, and this year has trained twice a week with the Newcastle Knights Chargers development squad.
Jaron is in some good company; Ian Bridge, Sam Johnson Willis Meehan, and Jacob Liddle are the only other Roos juniors to gain selection in an Australian Schoolboys team. Jaron has been with Wyong since playing two seasons as an Under 6.
Updated Tue Jul 12 16:18:49 2016
OLD BOYS & SUPPORTERS RECOGNISE 1996 1ST GRADE PREMIERS
Wyong Roos 1996 CCDRL 1st Grade Premiers will be both feted and entertained by the Old Boys & Supporters at Morry Breen Field on Sunday when the green and gold clash with Berkeley Vale in the CCDRL, and with Wentworthville in the Intrust Super Premiership.
The team was coached by Rip Taylor, skippered by Scott Carter, and featured Matt Harris, Geoff Todd, Brett Stevens and Rowdy Barrett amongst a host of stars.
Come along, enjoy the footy and see what the years have done to these once fine young men.
Updated Wed Jul 20 21:01:25 2016
ROOS RETAIN PAT BRIDGE MEMORIAL TROPHY
Pat Bridge was the Patron of Northern Lakes (in the Club’s original incarnation), and a Life Member of Wyong Leagues Club. Last Sunday both clubs battled through 80 minutes of 1st Grade CCDRL for the Memorial Trophy named in his honour. The Roos ran out victors 30-12, but not before the Warriors mounted a spirited fightback to win the second half 12-6. Pat’s son, Ian Bridge (Wyong Roos’ first Australian Schoolboy), was a proud fence sitter on his 60th birthday, enjoying the contest whilst having a foot in each camp. Ian made the post-match presentation of the trophy to Wyong captain, Alex Langbridge, commemorating Pat’s legacy and the generous contribution he made to both clubs.
Updated Wed Jul 20 21:06:29 2016
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Added Sat Jul 23 05:51:37 2016
COASTLINE ROOS IN FIJI RESIDENTS TEAM
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Six members of the Coastline Roos party which toured in January 2016, and played so well in the Jason Annear 9’s tournament, have been selected in the Fiji Residents Representative Team.
Simon Wise, Michael Peter, Nasoni Naquru, Mosese Naliva, Napoliono Vitau and Jovilisi Naqitawa have been named in the squad scheduled to play Tonga in the Unites States toward the end of the year.
Great news for our sister club, and further evidence of the Wyong Roos investment in the game achieving results.
Congratulations boys. Enjoy the tour, and do us all proud.
Updated Sat Jul 9 07:30:20 2016
STEELE SPORTS INTERVIEW WITH WYONG ISP PLAYER CHRIS CENTRONE
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Steele Sports interview with Chris Centrone following the Wyong Roos win against Newtown on Saturday 9 July, 2016 in the ISP competition.
Added Tue Jul 12 07:53:02 2016
CONGRATULATIONS JACOB LIDDLE ON NRL DEBUT
Congratulations to Wyong Junior and past Wyong senior player Jacob Liddle on his NRL debut for the Wests Tigers against Canterbury on Saturday 9th July, 2016. Jacobs efforts included scoring a try in his maiden game.
Updated Sun Jul 10 09:28:35 2016
NRL Central Hunter Game Development Officer, Mark O’Meley, has organised a series of Coach the Coaches seminars for Under 12’s and above in January 2017.
Sydney Roosters Head Coach, Trent Robinson will deliver one of the seminars, concentrating on Attack (plays, shape & lines), and his assistants, Craig Fitzgibbon and Justin Holbrook will respectively deal with Defensive Systems and Attacking Principles.
This is a rare opportunity to gain tuition from one of the most highly regarded coaching teams in the NRL, and is certain to be well subscribed.
Any coaches (or potential coaches) interested in attending the 90 minute program should secure their spot as soon as possible by notifying Belinda Hill or Stephen Marks at Roos HQ of their interest.
Updated Tue Sep 27 11:43:46 2016
NSWRL VIDEO ARTICLE - ELONI VUNAKECE
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ROOS' BRADY BARWICK - CCDRL 2016 ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
A nervous Brady Barwick accepted the CCDRL Rookie of the Year Award at the Central Coast Leagues Club Medal Presentation on 14 September.
Brady, whilst still eligible for the Under 19’s in Season 2015, played 9 Reserve Grade games in a Wyong team which finished the home and away season as Minor Premiers.
In Season 2016, as a 20 year old, Brady has played a total of 13 matches in 1st Grade, and retained his position as starting back rower until injured approximately ten weeks ago. Brady retained that position in a team which finished the domestic season as Minor Premiers, and within a squad where the competition for starting spots is acute. Brady may well take his place in the Roos line-up for the 1st Grade Grand Final at Woy Woy on 17 September.
Brady represented Central Coast Under 18’s in the CRL Country Championships, and was part of the team defeated in the 2014 final of that competition.
Brady coached two junior teams (Under 12/3’s and Under 17 Green) at Wyong Roos this season, and is a great example of a young man putting something back into the game.
When accepting the award Brady thanked the Club, his team mates, and coaches Jason Angry Parker and Jason Clarke.
Congratulations to Brady on behalf of the Board and Management. The award is well deserved.
Updated Thu Sep 15 15:12:45 2016
ALEX LANGBRIDGE RECEIVES DUAL REP AWARD
Roos 1st Grade skipper, Alex Langbridge, last night received both the Senior Representative Player of the Year, and Representative Players’ Player trophies at the CCDRL Presentation at Central Coast Leagues Club.
Coach Jamy Forbes praised Alex for his contribution to the Country Championships campaign in which the Centurions lost in the semi final to the very strong team from Illawarra. Due to injuries to other squad members, Alex was forced to play that match out of position, but did so effectively and with his usual energy and commitment. Being voted as most valuable player by the coaching staff and his peers is testament to the respect Alex has earned in Season 2016 through his on field efforts.
The Board and Management of WRLCG congratulate Alex and wish him all the best when he leads the Roos onto Woy Woy Oval for Saturday’s 1st Grade GF.
Updated Thu Sep 15 15:15:24 2016
WYONG ROOS SEASON 2016 TOP TRY SCORING CLUB
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The Roos finished the 2016 season as the Central Coast Division’s top try scoring club with 488 touchdowns. Les Legend Hannah, the 1978 Sterland Medal winner, accepted the trophy on behalf of the Club. Since returning to the Central Coast in Season 2013 from the Newcastle competition, Wyong has won the award three times (2013, 2014 & 2016). The trophy was one of several received by the Club and its players at the CCDRL Presentation on 14 September.
Full List of Award Winners
Ladies League Tag Minor Premiers – The Entrance
Ladies League Tag Highest Point Scorer – Holly Buchanan (The Entrance)
Ladies League Tag Best & Fairest – Holly Buchanan
Under 19’s Minor Premiers – Woy Woy
Under 19’s Highest Point Scorer – Keegan Hayne (Berkeley Vale)
Under 19’s Best & Fairest – Keegan Hayne
Open Age Minor Premiers – St Edwards
Open Age Highest Point Scorer – Dale Wilson (St Edwards)
Open Age Best & Fairest – Nathan Brown (Kincumber) & Steve Lyons (Berkeley Vale)
Reserve Grade Minor Premiers – The Entrance
Reserve Grade Highest Point Scorer – Jake Woods (The Entrance)
Reserve Grade Best & Fairest – Matt Bailey (Berkeley Vale)
Top Try Scoring Club – Wyong
Bob Taber Memorial Trophy for Best Administered Club – The Entrance
Ladies League Tag Representative Player of the Year – Holly Buchanan
Under 18’s Representative Player of the Year – Max Sorghese (Kincumber)
Senior Representative Player of the Year – Alex Langbridge (Wyong)
Senior Representative Players’ Player – Alex Langbridge
Rookie of the Year – Brady Barwick (Wyong)
Coach of the Year – Brent Wood (Northern Lakes)
Club Champion – Wyong
Central Coast Leagues Club Medal – Darcy Etrich (Woy Woy)
Updated Thu Sep 15 15:19:04 2016
NSWRL 2016 SEASON REVIEW - WYONG ROOS
Updated Tue Sep 20 15:38:48 2016
ZANE TETEVANO - 2016 WYONG ROOS PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Congratulations to Wyong Roos Intrust Super NSW player Zane Tetevano who was awarded the 2016 Wyong Roos Player of the Year. Zane was also named in the NSW Rugby League Intrust Super Premiership Team of the Year as well as signing a full time NRL contract with the Sydney Roosters for the 2017 season. Well done Zane.
Updated Mon Sep 26 07:30:49 2016
NICK O'MELEY - 2016 WYONG ROOS YOUTH OF THE YEAR
Congratulations to Wyong Roos First Grade Premiership winning player Nick O'Meley who was awarded the 2016 Youth of The Year Award.
Updated Mon Sep 26 07:33:57 2016
A SECOND CHANCE FOR ZANE TETEVANO
Updated Fri Sep 16 08:12:35 2016
ISP NSW - ROOS PICK UP PIECES FOLLOWING A TOUGH SEASON
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NBN News - The Wyong Roos are picking up the pieces following a tough season in the ISP NSW competition. The Roos made the semi finals and went on to defeat Canterbury, however were knocked out by the Wests Tigers the following week. Roos back rower Abraham Papalii has taken an early guilty plea over a high tackle. Follow the link below for full story.
Added Fri Sep 16 08:16:30 2016
PURCELL TWICE PICKED FOR AUSTRALIA
Being selected for an Australian representative sporting team is a remarkable achievement at any time. However, making the Australian team in two different sports in the same year is truly extraordinary.
Roos Junior, Jaron Purcell, following on from his selection in the Australian Schoolboys Under 15 Merit Team, has now been picked in the Australian Boys Under 16 Oztag team. Jaron and 27 team mates will attend a camp in Sydney over the weekend of 4-5 February, at the conclusion of which the squad will be trimmed to 18 players. Coach Adam Lennan will take charge of the team for the 2017 international program, to be announced in the very near future.
Congratulations Jaron from everyone at Roos HQ.
Updated Tue Nov 29 14:17:43 2016
2016 UNDER 17's REGISTERING WITH SENIOR CLUB FOR SEASON 2017
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Any players from the Wyong Roos Season 2016 Under 17's who wish to register with the senior Club for season 2017 must contact either Belinda Hill or Stephen Marks prior to attempting on line registration. The online platform requires a clearance from the Wyong Roos Juniors to Wyong Roos Seniors before registration can be effected.
Belinda Hill - (02) 43922799 or 0412302566
Stephen Marks - (02) 43922799 or 0439157222
Updated Tue Nov 22 16:07:14 2016
CRL ANNOUNCES NEW 9'S WOMENS RUGBY LEAGUE COMPETITION
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The Country Rugby League has announced a new 9's Women Rugby League Competition. Follow the link below for CRL Media release.
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Added Tue Nov 22 16:15:50 2016
CRL ONLINE SHOP CHRISTMAS SALE
Added Tue Nov 22 16:19:27 2016
CRL MEDIA RELEASE - MUDGEE TO HOST FINAL CITY -v- COUNTRY MATCH
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On Sunday 7th May, 2017 the final City -v- Country match will be played in Mudgee.
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Updated Tue Nov 22 20:44:39 2016
WYONG ROOS SUMMER SQUAD BACK IN TRAINING
Those Wyong Roos players fortunate enough to be selected in Coach Taylor’s Summer Squad were back at Roos HQ on 21 November to do it all over again. Pre-Season training comes around too quickly for some, but it is a great opportunity for those in the squad to get a little taste of life as a pro-footballer. This Summer Squad includes 10 players from last season’s Under 19 Premiership winning team and a couple or three placements from Sydney Roosters. The boys will work through a four week block before breaking for Christmas on 21 December. Training will then recommence early in the New Year.
Updated Thu Nov 24 16:56:15 2016
ROOS IN AUSTRALIAN OZTAG SQUADS
Three Wyong Roos have been selected in Australian Oztag squads in preparation for the BIG 4 Challenge in March 2017.
Club Captain and NSW Residents Skipper, Mitch Williams has been selected in the 28 member Men’s Open squad following strong performances for Country Bulls at the recent Australian Championships at Coffs Harbour. Mitch was similarly selected in 2012, but NSW Cup commitments at that time prevented him debuting for the national team.
Luke Sharpe and Maddie Linnet have both been selected in the Australian Mixed Under 20’s team. After spending time with the Wests Tigers NYC squad in Season 2016, Luke has agreed to terms with the Roos and will commence training with his ISP squad team mates on 21 November.
Maddie Linnet has been a standout for the Roos Ladies League Tag team in Seasons 2015 & 2016, and it comes as no surprise that she has come to the attention of the national Oztag selectors.
The Big 4 Challenge involves an Australian Indigenous team, and teams from Lebanon and the combined Pacific Islands, in a competition against the Australians on the weekend of 3, 4 & 5 March 2017. Each squad will go into camp in Sydney on 4 & 5 February, at the end of which 28 will be reduced to 18 for the final campaign.
Best of Luck to Mitch, Luke and Maddie.
Photo - Mitch Williams
Updated Tue Nov 22 16:06:54 2016
CRL BUSH TELEGRAPH - ISSUE 41
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CRL Bush Telegraph - Issue 41. Follow the link below.
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Updated Sat Dec 17 15:12:14 2016
2017 COACHING COURSES AND REACCREDITATION
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The NRL has announced 2017 dates for coaching ccourses and reaccreditations. Click on the link noting liks for registration.
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Added Sat Dec 17 15:23:55 2016
PURCELL IN NSW STATE OF ORIGIN PATHWAYS PROGRAM
Just when you think things cannot get much better for Roos young gun, Jaron Purcell, along comes a personal invitation from Blues Coach Laurie Daley. Jaron was one of 40 players aged 14-22 from across NSW, selected to participate in the Blues State of Origin Pathways Program, the invitation arising, no doubt, with an eye toward Jaron entering the NSW Under 16 Blues to face the Maroons in 2017.
Jaron was at ANZ Stadium this week, taking part in some position specific work with Andrew Johns, Anthony Minichiello, Mark O’Meley and Danny Buderus. The Blues are serious about consistently beating Qld at every level, but especially so in senior Origin, and by targeting the best talent across the State and putting them through intense sessions with the best in the business, hope to establish a production line of Origin standard performers.
For Brad Fittler’s take on the program, visit www.nswrl.com.au and click on the video article
Updated Fri Dec 23 15:40:14 2016
ROOS 1ST GRADE & UNDER 19's PRESENTED WITH PREMIERSHIP JACKETS
Wyong Roos Season 2016 Premiership winners were presented with jackets at an informal get together at Roos HQ on Wednesday night. Many of the boys were beforehand involved in the last Summer Squad session for the year. Good to see Club Chairman, Kevin Pearce, and his Vice, Bob Wells, with tongs in hand at the ensuing barbeque. The Presentation brought down the curtain on rugby league for the season, which was by any measure a very successful campaign for Wyong. Training for the Summer Squad will recommence on 4 January, and on 31 January for all other senior players. Anticipating the coming season is always exciting. Members and supporters can be guaranteed the Roos will be back in the new year, reinvigorated by the break, and keen for the competition to begin.
Photo - 1st Grade Coach Tony Clarke flanked by Head Trainer Robbie Willians (left) and Stats Guru Paul Gorges (right) modelling the Season 2016 Premiership jackets.
Updated Fri Dec 23 15:39:53 2016
MITCH WILLIAMS - A CAPTAINS BLOG
Mitch Williams - A Captains Blog - After a false start last year in which I suffered from a severe case of writer’s block, I have resumed my position at the desk, and invite you into the world that is the Wyong Roos senior squad. Throughout the season I’ll be sharing training details, game previews and reviews, as well as introducing you to some of the interesting characters that make up the squad; from rookies like U/19 star Aaron Heaven, to fan favourite and NSW cup veteran, Brock “Choc” Molan. I will also look to give you an insight into what life is like as a semi-professional Rugby League player, the ups and downs, and the pressures that come with sitting on the cusp of the NRL whilst juggling training, work and study.
I have been lucky enough to captain the mighty Wyong Roos since their move to the NSW Cup in 2013. As a kid who first played for the Roos as a 14 year old, to now captain the club in such an elite competition, is a role I take great pride in. I enjoy the challenge and the extra responsibility, as well as rating myself pretty highly in the coin toss department.
But enough about me, let’s talk Rugby League. 2017 will be the Roos 5th year competing in the NSW Cup competition, and 3rd year affiliated with the Sydney Roosters. Whilst the Central Coast seniors will once again compete in U/19’s, Ladies League Tag, Opens, Reserves and 1st grade. Following an outstanding season where we won the club championship, all sides made the finals and the U/19’s and 1st grade sides both lifted the trophy on grand final day, the club is again primed for a big season.
Training commenced on the 21st November, and after the meet and greet it was time to get down to business. It’s been great to see the development of players already, with the 10 U/19’s players pushing themselves hard and working on their game each week. The majority of the squad has remained quite similar, with only a few new additions. This time of year belongs to strength and conditioning coach, Bruce Gulliver, who in his prime was one of Australia’s premier 100m sprinters. Bruce is also one of the best characters I have met, and never short of a story. Whether it’s in the gym or out on the field, you’ll find Bruce with his whistle and stopwatch rallying the troops through countless sweat sessions. Amongst the lifting and running, we have been hard at work with our individual core skills and tackle technique drills, all under the watchful eyes of current “A” grade premiership winning coach, Tony Clarke, and NSW Cup assistant, and one of the sharpest minds in Rugby League, Ian Bourke. However most of the chat has been around the dreaded sand dune sessions. Rugby League training in summer at the beach sounds like it should be okay, but running up a soft sand hill has left all the boys wishing we were back at the oval.
Over the first block of training we’ve celebrated birthdays, welcomed new players, worked extremely hard, and even managed to sneak in some fun when Coach Taylor wasn’t looking. With the Christmas break upon us, I know all the boys and staff will be looking forward to a break, before ripping back into the 2017 season.
Go the Roos.
Updated Tue Dec 20 16:29:45 2016
BROCK MOLAN'S 27TH BIRTHDAY
Wyong Roos helped Brock Molan celebrate his 27th birthday on 7 December. The Block of Cheese has been with the Roos since we first entered the 2nd tier competition, and he is determined to become the most capped NSW Cup player in history before he hangs up the boots. Brock’s pre-Christmas training has been exemplary, and big things are again expected of him in Season 2017.
Updated Tue Dec 13 17:33:36 2016
ROOS DOING THE HARD YARDS
Bruce Gulliver, the Roos Strength & Conditioning Director, is the most hated man at Roos HQ this time of year, as the Summer Squad does its pre-Christmas block of training. Bruce has been the architect of some exquisite torture sessions; even the most seasoned campaigners have been heard to whimper a little. Training for 2016 finishes on 21 December and resumes Wednesday 4 January.
Updated Tue Dec 13 17:37:12 2016
CRL ANNOUNCE CENTRAL COAST WOMENS 9'S RUGBY LEAGUE COMPETITION
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The CRL has announced a Womens 9's rugby league competuition on the Central Coast during 2017. Follow the link below for the CRL Media Release.
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Updated Tue Dec 13 17:41:15 2016
SYDNEY ROOSTERS NRL, WYONG ROOS, AND ROOSTERS NYC PRE SEASON FIXTURES
Updated Thu Jan 19 11:43:50 2017
CRL MEDIA RELEASE - WOMENS 9's IN NORTH WEST, GROUP 21, & CENTRAL COAST
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CRL Media Release - Womens 9's to kick off in North West, Group 21, and Central Coast. Follow the link for details.
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Added Wed Jan 18 12:24:45 2017
PUNISHING PRE SEASON FOR WYONG ROOS
Updated Fri Jan 13 14:58:31 2017
BECOME A RUGBY LEAGUE REFEREE
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Refereeing rugby league matches can be fun, rewarding and remunerative. After all, there can be no game without referees.
The Central Coast Rugby League Referees Association is having registration days at Rebel Sport Tuggerah on Saturday 4 February 2017 and at Rebel Sport Erina on Sunday 5 February 2017.
Why not give it a go? You might find out you enjoy it, learn something and earn a little cash along the way.
Follow the Get Involved link on the website www.ccrlra.com.au
Updated Mon Jan 16 20:58:47 2017
LADIES LEAGUE TAG TRAINING STARTS 31ST JANUARY, 2017
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Any females interested in playing league tag for Wyong Roos should attend the first training session for Season 2017 on Tuesday 31 January at 6pm. It is an open age competition and you must be 15 years of age or at least celebrating your 15th birthday some time in 2017 to compete. Players should register before attending training by clicking on the Leaguenet icon on this website, and following the prompts for Returning Participant, or New Participant, as the case may be.
Added Mon Jan 23 20:09:27 2017
NRL COACHING REACCREDITATION AT MORRY BREEN FIELD ON 22 FEBRUARY, 2017
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The NRL is extending an invitation to all coaches to attend a face to face reaccreditation at Morry Breen Field on Wednesday 22 February 2017 from 5pm – 7.30pm.
The reaccreditation seminar is open to coaches from all clubs.
The seminar will be the only one of its kind available in Wyong Shire in Season 2017, and is a fantastic opportunity for coaches to sharpen their skills, ask questions and observe an open training session with the Wyong Roos Intrust Super Premiership squad led by Head Coach Rip Taylor, his assistants Ian Bourke and Tony Clarke, and skipper Mitch Williams.
Anyone interested should register by utilising the following link;
Updated Tue Jan 31 05:57:37 2017
ROOS REDFACED BY MANLY BLACKTOWN TRIAL DEFEAT
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Wyong Roos were hoping to put on a show at Central Coast Stadium as part of the Sydney Roosters stable trials against their Manly counterparts. Instead the Manly Blacktown Workers outfit displayed some committed and disciplined footy, to embarrass the underdone locals 40-16.
See ISP NSW Team page for full match report.
Updated Sun Feb 19 11:35:02 2017
PALADIN SPORTS HEADGEAR & MOUTHGUARD OFFERS
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Paladin Sports are offering headgear in green and gold with a Wyong Roos logo for $45.00 until the end of February.
Paladin has also linked with Signature Mouthguards and is retailing the Type 3 Dentist2GO mouthguards for just $20.00.
If you wish to order any of these products through the Club, call Belinda Hill or Stephen Marks on 43922799.
Updated Sun Feb 19 11:43:56 2017
MITCH WILLIAMS - A CAPTAINS BLOG 2
A Captain’s Blog. Welcome to the second edition of A Captain’s Blog. Plenty has happened since my debut article, and although I’ve received various offers from larger media outlets, I will be continuing to bring you direct Roos news from inside the squad. So sit back, relax and put on the kettle, as we hop back into all the latest information and weekly happenings that occur here in “the pouch” at Roos HQ. Let’s kick off from where we left things; the Christmas break as always came and went in the blink of an eye, and before we knew it, we were working off that Christmas ham on Morry Breen Oval as strength and conditioning coach Bruce Gulliver pushed us all to our limits in preparation for the season. It’s safe to say a few boys treated themselves over the Christmas break, and Bruce is taking great pleasure in getting them back in shape. I’ve been involved in a few pre-seasons now, and the month of January was as hard as any I’ve encountered. We ran sand dunes, time trials, shuttles, countless 200m sprints, and then stepped up the intensity in all our contact sessions. They say you have to train how you want to play, and with some of the contact Nick “The Jukebox” Lynn has produced on his team mates, I would hate to be his opposition. With what I have witnessed in 2017, all the squad are preparing themselves for a big year. The 28th January marked the annual Jason Annear Memorial 9’s tournament. Once again Wyong Roos fielded a side in the competition. The coaching staff had chosen a young side, with just a sprinkling of experienced players. The side was led by the big front rower from Goulburn, Jake Lewis, who did a great job leading the boys, and showing them how to get things done. Played in stifling conditions, the side won 3 of their 4 pool games, and advanced to the semi-finals before falling to the Newcastle All Blacks in a tight encounter. In what was a great hit out for the boys, it was pleasing to see some of the young boys really handle themselves on the field against men. Whilst all the boys performed strongly, a special mention to Kieren “Turtle” Gallagher, who took on more of a play making role than he is accustomed to, and did an outstanding job. Jake Lewis carted it forward all day, and was the glue in the middle. Young halves, Jesse Stephen and Aaron Heaven, did well to create space for the speed men out wide, with Kye Martin finishing off a great try. The less said about Kye’s attempted drop goal to convert, the better. The player who caught my eye the most was Isaiah Cooper-Tetevano. With the ability to go over or around a defender, Izzy was a constant handful for the defence, and is primed for a big 2017. Coach Tony Clarke was pleased with the performance from his squad given the heat and the scheduling of their fixtures. A quick shout out to Aaron Heaven, who unfortunately broke his collarbone after being hit late. Here’s to a speedy recovery mate. Time to get in the gym and build up those legs. The remaining members of the squad got an early morning touch up on the training field, before heading to Berkeley Vale to cheer on the boys. Last weekend saw us travel to Point Wolstoncroft Sport and Recreation Camp for a weekend of activities, goal setting and some bonding. After a good training session Friday, we headed to camp and got ourselves settled in our rooms. Each room sleeps 8-10, although I’m not quite sure the bunk beds were built for Rugby League players. I personally enjoyed the space in my double bed underneath the air conditioner. The camp was also the first chance for a few of the Sydney Roosters players to join the squad, and get to know the players and staff. After a feed, a few drinks and plenty of table tennis, it was lights out. Saturday morning started with bacon and eggs. Then we were off with the instructor to start our activities. We began with the rock climbing wall, and a few races up it between the teams. I think all the boys were happy they had a harness on and team mates to rely on. Although some teams didn’t show their climber much love, and left them hanging from the wall on occasions. Next up we ventured to the infamous wombat hole. I can’t say it is my favourite activity; any activity that requires you to crawl inside a bin is never going to end well. The wombat hole is a pitch black obstacle course, where you crawl between tyres around the track until the exit. It’s an extremely tight fit, and the objects hanging down from the roof do nothing to curb your fears. It’s a sand based maze, and whilst it only lasts a few minutes, can seem like an eternity as you struggle to find your bearings. I’d have to say that seeing the little bit of light that creeps through the exit door is one of the best feelings going, even if the Langbridge brothers thought it would be funny to lock me in at the exit. Full credit to the boys for all diving head first into the wombat hole and giving it a crack. We were lucky enough to have Newcastle Knights premiership winner Tony Butterfield as a guest speaker at lunch. “Butts” shared stories from his own career. He also provided some advice for players on the fringe of 1st grade, which all the boys appreciated. After lunch we headed to the high ropes course, where Bruce Gulliver showed us a few focusing techniques, which unfortunately for him, did nothing for his balance. We will be endeavouring to have the video of him on the website; it is well worth the watch. Roosters squad member, Lindsay Collins, and fellow prop, Jake Lewis, showed that front rowers can have plenty of balance as they tamed the course. But quote of the day went to Luke Sharpe, who said; “I am not scared of heights, just of falling!” I couldn’t have said it better myself. The afternoon consisted of swims in the lake, with a few boys showing their aerobatic moves off the wharf. Hopefully they’ll hang a ladder off the wharf, so our ever-shrinking Assistant Coach, Ian Bourke, doesn’t have to swim to shore each time. The night rolled on with some card games, table tennis and Justin Toomey-White singing a few classic tracks. But the highlight of the night was the wrestle between Nathan Clarke and Matt Ikuvalu. The atmosphere in the room was electric, and had far more entertainment than the Mundine-Green fight the night before. Although Nathan’s Dad had trained him well, it was Matt who came up with the submission to remain the No.1 wrestler at the Wyong Roos. In what I believe is already a very tight group, the effort from the newer members of the squad was great to see, and I hope they continue to buy into what it is to be a Wyong Roo. This weekend sees our first trial game against last year’s champions, the Illawarra Cutters, down south at WIN Stadium. The game will be before the Dragons NRL trial, and is a great opportunity for all the players, but especially the younger guys to get a taste of what this competition offers. I know all the boys are pumped for the first hit out, and maybe to do some more ball work instead of conditioning with Bruce. Heads up boys, the fun with Bruce isn’t over yet. This year Wyong Roos is looking to step up its social media game. Keep your eye out for the player profiles, which will give you a chance to get to know a little bit more information about your favourite Roos players.
Go the Roos.
Updated Thu Feb 9 12:58:22 2017
MITCH WILLIAMS - A CAPTAINS BLOG 3
A Captain’s Blog Part 3 Welcome back Rugby League fans, Wyong Roos supporters and those folk that love a good piece of literature to finish off their working day. What a week it has been here at Roos HQ. As the season draws closer, it has been heads down and tails up as players and staff alike prepare for the year ahead.
My week kicked off like any other, with my job as a Rugby League Development Officer and training consuming most of my time. That all changed mid-Thursday, when Coach Rip Taylor informed me that I would be heading to Mackay with the Sydney Roosters to play in the NRL trial against the North Queensland Cowboys. I don’t really like talking about myself (I’m sure a few of the boys and my partner would disagree), but I’ll give it a shot. For a kid that grew up supporting the Sydney Roosters, and then having spent the last 10 years actively chasing the NRL dream, this was pretty close, and I couldn’t wait to pull on the jersey.
After a short training session in Sydney on Friday, we flew via Brisbane to Mackay, for the overnight stay before the game Saturday night. Game day seemed to drag on forever, as I eagerly awaited the 7pm kick off. After a team walk, a few meals and a nap, it was time for the short bus trip to the stadium. I had been feeling relaxed and confident until I arrived at the oval, and saw the thousands already in attendance. The occasion slapped me square in the face. I’m not accustomed to fans, or anyone for that matter, greeting me off the team bus.
I had been told that they love their Rugby League in Mackay, and the 10,000 supporters that sold the ground out certainly added to what was a night I will never forget. Whilst dodging the extreme heat in Sydney, the humidity in Mackay was going to test all the players, in what was for many their first hit out. With the Cowboys fielding an extremely strong side, I knew that I needed to be up for the challenge, and hoped all the work that had gone into my pre-season with my team mates at Wyong Roos would hold me in good stead.
The game flew by in a blur of tackling, running and catching my breath. Whilst I would have loved to have had some more attacking opportunities, I was happy with how I defended and my passing, and despite the last minute field goal to see us lose 11-10, no one was wiping the smile off my face at full time. A few things made this game even more special for me; I was lucky enough to have the big man, Eloni Vunakece, beside me. I’ve now been playing with Lonz for 5 years, and to see such a familiar face, made me feel much more comfortable. But the highlight of the night for me was to see my Mum and my partner, Kendal, in the crowd. Both went to great lengths on short notice to be at the game, but that was no surprise to me as each has shown countless times they would move mountains to support me. They have seen the struggles and highlights of my career, and seeing them after the game and getting to share that moment with them was incredible. I will always be so grateful for how much they have done for me.
So many people wished me well. I just want to say thanks to my Roos team mates and coaching staff for helping me be in the position to play that game.
I wasn’t the only one who played a game on Saturday night, with the Wyong Roos boys making the long bus trip down the south coast to take on the Illawarra Cutters at WIN Stadium. Sydney’s heat was in full effect, but the players were cooled off by the sea breeze at the perfectly located stadium. The boys got the season off to a great start with a 38-26 victory, in a game where Rip said his experienced players really led from the front. Rip made special mention of Jake Lewis, Brock Molan and Alex Langbridge, who all stepped up and showed the other boys what it takes at this level. These three are part of the Roos leadership group, and they continue to improve and grow as players and leaders. The player that caught Coach Taylor’s eye the most though, was Dan Langbridge. Starting in the halves, Dan had a superb all round game and showed his ability at a higher level against good opposition. Many of our U/19 Premiership winning side also got their first taste of footy at this level, and from all reports, handled themselves extremely well. Even though it was only a trial, it’s great to get that winning feeling around the Club.
This week we head to the beautiful Central Coast Stadium for our final hit out before the season proper. We will be taking on the newly formed Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles, who will be playing as Manly’s feeder side in the Intrust Super Premiership this season. Both teams have named strong sides, in what should be a great game to gauge where we are at before the season.
Go the Roos - Mitch Williams.
Updated Fri Feb 17 13:12:17 2017
ROOS CUT ABOVE THE CUTTERS
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Wyong Roos were just a little too good for the ISP reigning premiers in Saturday’s trial at WIN Stadium. The trial was played over three 25 minute periods. A nice sea breeze and some cloud cover combined for tolerable conditions at the 5.45pm kick off time. The game was a genuine trial for both clubs, with many regulars missing from each line-up. However, the Cutters did boast several players with NRL experience. Wyong led 18-8 at the end of the first period, after the locals opened the scoring. Kieren Gallagher scored twice in the second period to push the Roos to a 26-20 lead at the second break, with Roosters prop Shaq Mitchell and fullback Luke Sharpe crossing for Wyong in the final period to lift the visitors to a 38-26 win. Seven of last season’s Under 19’s saw some paddock time, and without exception, acquitted themselves well despite the opposition and circumstances. Five of that group are still eligible to play age competition in the CCDRL. Jake Lewis and Nathan Clarke were strong up front for the Roos. Matt Ikuvalu was effective each time he carried the ball. Kauri Aupouri injected plenty of energy into the green and gold attack. Izzy Cooper-Tetevano rattled a few in defence. Best on ground was Dan Langbridge, guiding his team around the park with authority and composure. Assistant Coach Tony Clarke was pleased with the effort; “The good thing was that the senior players demanded a certain standard of play from the young blokes, and they met that standard. Those Under 19’s must ensure they build from here and do not slip into any bad habits when they return to age footy.” Next Saturday Wyong faces Manly at Central Coast Stadium on a day when the Sydney Roosters NYC and NRL squads also take on the Sea Eagles. Footy is back!
Added Sun Feb 12 15:23:47 2017
ROOS JUNIORS IN NSW REP GAMES
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Last weekend’s brutally hot weather caused the postponement of the first round of the NSWRL junior representative season, but it is back on this week. Wyong Roos has 12 players involved.
Central Coast Roosters – S G Ball Cup
Central Coast Roosters – Harold Matthews Cup
Newcastle Knights – Harold Matthews Cup
Jaron Purcell (capt.)
Wests Tigers – Harold Matthews Cup
The Board and Management congratulate all these young men and wish them well. Represent with pride.
Updated Thu Feb 16 16:10:43 2017
By any measure Wyong Roos enjoyed a very successful Season 2016, with Premierships in 1st Grade and Under 19’s, making the finals series in the other four senior grades, and securing the CCDRL Club Championship for the umpteenth time. However, all that counts for little as the new season approaches.
Reserve Grade, Open Age and the Under 19’s have recommenced training under the watchful eye of Strength & Conditioning Co-Ordinator, Stuart Lofts.
The Under 17’s will regularly train with their counterparts in grade this year, and have already commenced a weights program in the gym with Sarah Dimech.
Updated Thu Feb 16 16:14:23 2017
FREE ENTRY TO ALL ROOS HOME GAMES
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Patrons attending all Wyong Roos CCDRL and NSWRL home games at Morry Breen Field in Season 2017 will enter free of charge.
Whilst $7 for five footy matches represented great value last year, with free entry there can be absolutely no excuse for not coming to Roos HQ and cheering on our boys and girls.
Round 1 of the Intrust Super Premiership sees Wyong clash with Wests Tigers at Morry Breen Field on Saturday 4 March, and the first home game in the CCDRL competition is on Sunday 9 April, when the Roos take on Berkeley Vale Panthers.
The players are looking forward to the start of both competitions, and hope to have plenty of support in green and gold at every home game.
Updated Tue Feb 7 16:35:33 2017
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Round 1 of the CCDRL competition will see last year’s 1st Grade and Under 19 Grand Finalists, Wyong and Woy Woy, face off at Woy Woy Oval on Saturday 1 April.
The Woy Woy club is hosting an Old Boys function on the day, and a large crowd is expected.
The Roosters will no doubt be intent on revenging the loss of both premierships, as well as being very keen to start the new season on a positive note against the reigning Club Champions. There were some fireworks in 1st Grade each time the teams met last year, and there is likely to be little difference this time around.
The day will kick off with Ladies League Tag at 11.30am, and 1st Grade will take the field at 5.00pm.
Updated Tue Feb 7 16:40:54 2017
Kye was an important member of Wyong’s 2016 Under 19 Premiership team, and has been part of Coach Taylor’s Summer Squad since November. Kye celebrated his 19th Birthday this week, and on Saturday will take the field at WIN Stadium in the ISP trial against Illawarra Cutters.
Congratulations Kye on both milestones.
We at Roos HQ wish you all the best.
Updated Sat Feb 11 04:42:55 2017
CRL BUSH TELEGRAPH - ISSUE 1
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CRL Bush Telegraph - Issue 1 - Follow the link below.
Click Here to view the attachment.
Added Sat Feb 18 07:16:08 2017
RUGBY LEAGUE WORLD CUP VOLUNTEERS
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Kicking off October 2017, the best male and female Rugby League players from around the world will be in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea playing for the most sought after prize in international Rugby League.
1 UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE
To ensure this is indeed the greatest Men’s and Women’s Rugby League World Cup in history, we are seeking volunteers to join "The Cup Squad 2017".
HOW TO APPLY Below is the link to the application form detailing the types of opportunities available across the RLWC2017 Tournament: RLWC2017 Volunteer Application Form
If you believe you possess the required attributes and skillset for a volunteer role, we highly encourage you to get involved and apply.
Please ensure you complete ALL relevant questions to confirm your application.
Applications close COB Friday 24th February, 2017.
Updated Tue Feb 7 10:23:12 2017
ROOS SKIPPER GETS CALL UP TO THE ROOSTERS
Updated Fri Feb 10 10:29:36 2017
NSWRL ISP NSW - SEASON PREVIEW WYONG ROOS
Updated Mon Feb 20 08:29:53 2017
Wyong Roos Summer Squad attended its annual pre-season camp at Pt Wolstoncroft last weekend (3-5 February). Squad members and staff participated in some team building exercises including rock climbing, the high ropes challenge and dreaded Wombat Hole.
ARL Premiership winner with the Newcastle Knights, and former President of the Rugby League Professionals’ Association, Tony Butterfield, spoke to the Roos about his life in rugby league, his battles on behalf of players and the issues now facing young men involved in the game.
The weekend camp was a timely opportunity for the staff and players to galvanise for the season ahead.
Photo (from left) - Assistant Coach Ian Bourke, Head Coach Rip Taylor, Tony Butterfield, and Strength & Conditioning Coach Bruce Gulliver.
Updated Tue Feb 7 13:59:09 2017
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