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Updated Wed Jun 5 11:23:21 2013
NEW WEBSITE FOR TOTAL PHYSIO KANWAL
Total Physio Kanwal assist in looking after the players of the Wyong Roos. Brendan Clark and his team can also assist you with all your physiotherapy needs. The practice is situated in Suite C9, Kanwal Medical Centre, 654 Pacific Highway, Kanwal. Phone: 43933777.
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Added Tue Jun 25 07:32:02 2013
Jeff Munday was first involved with the Roos in 1992 as Manager of the Under 13’s coached by club stalwart Geoff Greentree. Jeff has managed a Roos team each year since, moving into the seniors in 1997, and managing or co-managing the top grade since 2000.
A mechanic by trade, Jeff has maintained the Clubs fleet of buses and other vehicles since 2001. Currently struggling with a back problem, Jeff cannot wait to complete his recovery and get back to fishing, playing golf and walking his dogs.
The 1992 Under 13’s team included Mark O’Meley. With Mark’s recent signing with the Roos, the rugby league circle has somewhat closed for Jeff with the opportunity to again manage a team that includes the Ogre.
“You wouldn’t do it unless you enjoyed it. The other support staff have been a good bunch of blokes to work with. More or less the same crew every week. Those that arrive first in the morning are the last ones to leave at the end of the day. We usually have a traveller on the way home and dissect the game. That is one of the most enjoyable parts for me. Working with Chealy (Life Member Alan Cheal) and Bruiser (Bruce Stringer) was great. “
SM: “Have you seen much change at the Club over the years you have been involved?”
JM: “In my time here, I’ve seen five Football Managers…Terry Wand, Geoff Todd, Pezzie (Troy Pezet), Pete Bryant and now Matt (Matt Lavin). Whilst all differ in the way they handled things, the thing common to them was their heart was in the Club. And this is a Club that has always looked after it’s players. We don’t begrudge anyone moving on, trying to better themselves, but most of them end up back here. So some things have not changed. But last year (Season 2013) was massively different…..the way we trained and prepared. It was like going from playing Reserve Grade to First Grade. The most remarkable change for me is the level of training and how they (the players) look after themselves. I thoroughly enjoyed last season.”
SM: “What did you enjoy most?”
JM: “I particularly enjoyed visiting those old grounds that I had not been to in many years. And it was nice to win.”
SM: “Did one victory stand out from the others?”
JM: “No, not really. We were not given a hope….everyone thought we were going to be the whipping boys. We surprised a lot of people. Wherever we played, I spoke with the committee men from the other (NSW Cup) clubs. And they had nothing but praise. They kept commenting that we were not going away. String (Coach Paul Stringer) and the boys did an excellent job. It must be remembered that if we had a reliable goal kicker, we would have won another four games and been knocking on the door of the semi-finals. And I think the players learned the opposition are no better than us. They might have NRL contracts, but many of them have just been a bit luckier with their careers.”
Added Thu Jan 23 11:19:14 2014
Assistant Coach, Ian Bourke, played his junior football with Cowra Magpies, and moved to Newcastle as a 17 year old in 1996, initially playing in the Knights Jersey Flegg team before graduating to the Under 20’s squad in 1997.
Ian received the Knights Under 20’s Player of the Year Award in 1997 and represented City as a hooker that year. Pressure from the likes of Lee Jackson and a young Danny Buderus saw Ian squeezed out of the Knights system, and after trialling with St George Dragons, Canberra Raiders and North Sydney, he signed with Lakes United, playing in three consecutive Newcastle Grand Finals between 2000 and 2002, skippering the club to the premiership in 2001.
As Captain Coach 2004-2007, Ian guided Lakes to back to back premierships in 2006 & 2007, and was named Newcastle Coach of the Year in 2004. Ian was non-playing coach of Lakes in 2008. In 2009 he took the reigns of the Newcastle Coast team for the annual Coast v Coalfields representative trial, and in 2010 was Assistant Coach of the Newcastle Representative team which won the CRL Championship.
Away from football, Ian works as a miner in a local colliery, and he and his wife Kelly keep busy with four children under six years.
Ian was Rip Taylor’s assistant at the Knights in 2011 & 2012, and Rick Stone’s assistant in 2013.
“It was tough leaving Stoney. But this was a great opportunity. The Club is heading in the right direction. I have always had a great deal of respect for the Roos operation.”
SM: “How would you describe your coaching?”
IB: “I’m a bit old school. You need to get your core skills right. There is no point attempting the super play if you don’t have those core skills. And I am a great believer in the fact you get out what you put in; there are no short cuts. If you do the right things by yourself and by the Club, success will follow.”
SM: “Any predictions for 2014?”
IB: “The Club did well with the playing group it had last season. No predictions. I just want to see improvement.”
Updated Tue Jan 7 12:17:54 2014
Belinda Hill commenced working for the Club in 2006, initially behind the bar and later in sponsorship, her position subsequently evolving into everything football. Belinda’s official title is Business Development and she is the Secretary of the Roos Juniors.
Belinda is married to Open Age Coach, Jerry Muddy Hill, and their sons Jack and Noah will respectively play with the Roos Under 13’s and Under 9’s in season 2014.
SM: “Take me through a typical work day…”
BH: “I arrive in the morning…say G’day to Rip (Head Coach Robert Taylor) and Matt (Football Manager Matt Lavin). They then tell me what they want me to do that day. And when I have done their stuff, I get around to my work.”
SM: “So is it jobs for the boys?”
SM: “But aren’t certain jobs associated with rugby league better suited to the boys and others better suited to the girls?”
SM: “Are you sure?”
BH: “Obviously things connected to training….the boys are better suited to that. But when it comes to dealing with sponsors, arranging presentations and the like, anything involving some level of organisation….I find women much better suited.”
SM: “I detect a level of frustration about the job in your answers. What frustrates you about the job?”
BH: “Matt Lavin…..if there’s something he can do, he should do it….rather than palm it off to me. I like to do things once and properly. Matt will partly do something, go off and do something else, then later he might return to complete the first job. I can’t stand that.”
SM: “What’s it like working in an all male environment? Language and such?”
BH: “To tell you the truth, I’d rather work with the guys. And I’m married to a tradie. I’ve heard it all before. There’s a time and place. We have heaps of fun most of the time…it’s generally fun to come to work. We have a laugh.”
SM: “Last season you travelled to New Zealand with the NSW Cup squad. What was the experience like for you?”
BH: “It was the best experience….being around the professional football environment…..seeing what happens first hand; the training and preparation. And the involvement with Fox Sports.”
SM: “What about this coming season?”
BH: “I can’t wait for it to start…..juniors and seniors.”
SM: “Is that because it signals the end of a certain part of your workload?”
BH: “No. I just really like football.”
SM: “Do you have any ambitions within the Club?”
BH: “I always wanted to be a Football Manager.”
SM: “Manage a team?”
BH: “No. Like Matt’s job.”
SM: “Not anymore?”
BH: “Ask me again at the end of the season.”
Added Fri Jan 31 07:02:28 2014
EMPLOYMENT FOR ROOS FOOTBALL PLAYERS
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The Wyong Roos have a number of football players who are seeking casual/full time employment. If you own a business or can assist please contact the Football Manager Mr Matt Lavin on 0414 012 437 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Added Thu Jan 16 09:14:59 2014
Craig Davis is Head Medical Officer with Wyong Roos, principally focusing on meeting the many and varied needs of the NSW Cup squad in this area, including first aid, strapping and injury management.
Joining Wyong Juniors in 2005, Craig was President for two years and First Aid officer for five years. In 2009 Craig shifted to the seniors, working as an orange shirt. He has been the Head Trainer for the NSW Cup team since they commenced in the NSW Cup competition in 2013 and continues this role for season 2015.
Craig and his wife Jeannette have two sons, Harrison and Ryan, both of whom have worn the green and gold. Ryan will play with the Under 14’s this coming season. Craig worked with Fire Rescue for three years, then joined NSW Police. He is a senior officer in his 28th year of service.
“The highlight for me last season had to be the win over the Kiwi’s in New Zealand.The inaugural win against Canterbury was good, but for me that victory in New Zealand has to be the one.”
SM: “What is your view about preparations so far for season 2014?”
CD: “The coaching styles (that of former coach Paul Stringer and current coach Rip Taylor) are different. One is not necessarily better than the other. Different approaches and different emphases. There is a changed feeling in the dressing room as well. That might have something to do with the fact we have had that first year under our belts. Last year, many of the squad didn’t know what to expect. They now know what is required at this level. And the injection of senior players like Ogre (Mark O’Meley) and Bennett Leslie have created a good mix. There is a positive vibe about the place. The pre-season has focussed on physical toughness and mental toughness, but particularly mental toughness. The boys are itching to get on the paddock. We will have a good year.”
Updated Fri Jan 23 08:02:35 2015
Shane Selby played his junior football with Brighton Seagulls as a back rower and represented St George in the Harold Matthews and SG Ball Cup, before turning out for the Tigers in the NSW Cup competition. An ankle injury ruled him out of more serious football, but after relocating to the Central Coast in 2005, he played with Dora Creek in the Lower Hunter competition. After suffering further injury and spending 16 weeks in a knee brace, Shane decided to call time on his playing career, but still wanted to stay involved in the game.
Shane joined Wyong in Season 2013. “I wanted to come to Wyong because it’s a big club…..a professional club. I wanted to learn.”
Shane is the Rehab Officer for the VB NSW Cup squad.
SM: “Is that a bullshit job?”
SS: “No. Matt (Strength & Conditioning Head Coach Matt Toohey) has put me through my Level 1 Strength & Conditioning. I help Matt. It is an important job….managing injured players properly and getting them back on the field as soon as possible fully fit.”
SM: “Do you enjoy the role?”
SS: “I enjoy working with the younger players…having a bit of a mentoring role. Some of them struggle a bit….mentally…when they are injured. I have been there myself. And what Rip spoke about…..missed opportunities….not giving it your all when you have the chance. I know about that…I can help them with that as well. And I enjoy learning. I’ve been picking up a lot from Matt. Love it.”
SM: “Do we have any sooks?”
SS: “Two definitely. And three or four who are a bit precious….high maintenance you might say.”
SM: “Do you have any personal goals for 2014?”
SS: “Learn as much as I can.”
SM: “You work closely with the players. How do you see 2014 unfolding?”
SS: “If they perform to their potential they will get themselves into the eight (semi finals).”
Shane is married to Kylie and the couple have two children; Matilda (6 years) and Chayse (3 years). Shane is the Manager of Bunnings at Cameron Park.
Added Mon Feb 10 11:27:55 2014
Matt is the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach, joining the Roos for Season 2014. After securing his Bachelor degree in Exercise and Sports Science at Ourimbah, Matt completed his internship under Lee Clarke and Tim Rogers at Newcastle Knights, entering the industry in 2010 with the Knights Harold Matthews and S G Ball Cup squads. As a post-graduate, Matt recently finished his Master’s degree via correspondence through Edith Cowan University.
SM: “Do you have a rugby league background?”
MT: “I played school footy…watched the game…and always liked it.”
SM: “When you started in the role at Wyong, were you surprised by anything? Did any of your pre-conceptions prove false or inaccurate?”
MT: “Not really. I pretty much knew what to expect. Some of my mates have gone through the Knights system.”
SM: “Why come to Wyong?”
MT: “Opportunity… a chance to run my own program with a more senior team.”
SM: “Will you be doing anything revolutionary?”
MT: “No. Logistics and time won’t allow it.”
SM: “Are you happy where the squad is at right now, in terms of strength and fitness?”
MT: “That is probably a question better asked after today’s trial (against North Sydney). Not having been here last year, I don’t have a point of reference, but I do have some idea where the players are at. Some of the strength tests are good. And I use the GPS to track the players and I can measure their progression through my weights program. So I have a good understanding of where they are at. Knowing where the top level (NRL) guys are at, we still have some way to go.”
SM: “Can we compete at this level?”
MT: “Excluding the skills factor, strictly from a physical standpoint, yes we can compete, but we start from a point of disadvantage, and it is very tough. At this level the majority of opposition teams are full time professionals….so we have to get through a fair quantity of work within limited periods of time. I am mindful that many of our players are working full time and have other commitments….I cannot be too demanding. It is about getting the balance right….rest, exercise and diet.”
SM: “How do you do that? Trial and error? Are you able to tailor your program to the individual needs of each player?”
MT: “No, not trial and error. I have a general template…a global program for the playing group. Again time and logistics do not allow it to be tailored for individual players, but it can be tweaked if I see a need and an anticipated improvement.”
SM: “For you, what would define a successful season?”
MT: “Put simply…minimal injuries….and not getting run over in the back end of games.”
Added Tue Feb 18 14:11:36 2014
INTRODUCING LENORE BEATON
Lenore graduated in 2011 from the AustralianCollege of Physical Education and hasbeen working casually at St Peter’s College Tuggerah and TerrigalHigh School since completing herpracticum at Tumbi and Terrigal High Schools and StEdwards College. Lenore has an athletics background, starting with Tuggerah LakesLittle A’s at the age of five, before moving into the seniors at Mingara. Dueto injury, she retired from running at age 20, with career highlights includinga third place in the Under 15 200m hurdles national titles and a fifth place inthe 90m hurdles at the same championships.
Lenore is a Level 2 Sprints and Hurdles coach and guides herown all female squad at Mingara. The squad includes Jamie Carr, the current Under17 Australian Hurdles champion.
SM: “How did you come to be involved with the Roos?”
LB: “I was teaching at St Peters. Tony Brosnan asked me to do somesprint work with the Centurions….then Mick (Wyong Director MichaelCallaghan) asked me whether I would like to learn strapping andto help out with the Roos in the process.”
SM: “So, why agree?”
LB: “I’m only teaching PE on a casual basis.There is not a whole lot of work around. I applied for 12 jobs last termwithout success. It is very competitive…I thought this would add a bit extra tomy CV…help me stand out…help me get a job.”
SM: “Is teaching your dream job?”
LB: “Yes. I like helping kids….like helpingpeople.”
SM: “Have you been surprised by anything since you started workingwith the footy players?”
LB: “Yes. The contrast between athletics andrugby league. Athletics is very much an individual sport. In rugby league theplayers work together as a team. They support each other in a positive way thatyou don’t see to any real extent in athletics.”
SM: “Were you apprehensive about joining the staff of arugby league club?”
LB: “Because of my age, some people tend todismiss me as an athletics coach. I was a little concerned that my experiencemight not be recognised….but if you are alluding to having to work in an allmale environment, that’s not a problem for me. I have taught at St Edwards,which is an all boys school. The players here have been welcoming. I generallyfeel pretty comfortable in the dressing room…but if things start to feelawkward, I simply remove myself from the situation.”
SM: “Is it a boy’sclub?”
LB: “What’s that?”
SM: “A club exclusively for males…..where females have nolegitimate standing or function and are generally unwelcome.”
LB: “Well, if that’s what it is, no. I have notfelt that way….and I am not one to worry about that sort of thing in any event.I only have sisters….so it is good to get a bit of balance.”
SM: “Is there something you hope to achieve with the Roos?”
LB: “I want to do the Sports Trainer’s course.I’ve completed the strapping course and now need the practical experience. Iwould like to be a sprint coach for the higher grades….and to generally gainmore qualifications and experience…to expand my knowledge…working in adifferent field may open up different pathways for me….and it will be good toput on my CV.”
Lenore is a twin. Her sister Ellen is older by five minutes.
Added Mon Feb 17 21:13:20 2014
Rod played his junior football through to A Grade with St Benedicts at Auburn, but at 22 years of age gave away the game as a player when he and wife Sharon started their family.
The Cox’s moved to the Coast and first became involved with Wyong juniors around 1990 when eldest son Garry commenced with the U’7s.Younger boys Mitchell and Stephen joined the club in time, and the three boys progressed into grade. Rod coached U’12s, U’13s and 2nd Division, served as Vice President of the Junior body for a term and President for 3 years. Rod also managed the U’17’s, Open Age and Reserve Grade.
After making a break from rugby league a few years ago, Rod was coaxed from retirement to co-manage the NSW Cup squad.
SM: “Why come back?”
RC: “Matt Lavin approached me toward the end of last year. He said he wanted to get a few of the old boys back involved. And I was missing the atmosphere of the sheds and the other blokes… like Les (LifeMember Les Hannah), Angry (U’19 coach Jason Parker) and Jeff (Co-managerJeff Munday). Even Burger (Asst.Manager Mitch Thomas).”
SM: “So did your return come with any restrictions?”
RC: “Yes. No golf.”
SM: “I know you love your golf.”
RC: “Yes, it was a big sacrifice.”
SM: “Are you entirely happy with your decision?”
RC: “No. I’m hanging to swing a club. But apart from missing golf, I’m good.”
SM: “Have you noticed any changes since coming back onboard?”
RC: “We’ve stepped up professionally by amile…..and I’m not bagging anyone….if you are playing pros, you have to step up to that level. And the calibre of players on board….I’ve been impressed by the commitment they show.”
SM: “Were you surprised by any of the changes in the football program?”
RC: “Yes. How every avenue has been covered.Staff wise….the kicking, strength and conditioning…. wrestling. It’s good to see. And the kids have a pathway….there is an opening for them to this level.”
SM: “What’s your involvement on game day?”
RC: “We make sure everything is prepared….that the players are properly hydrated….that all the paperwork is done….basically that the boys are not left wanting for anything.”
SM: “With a 3pm kick off, what time do you start in the sheds?”
RC: “About 1pm. I hope my missus doesn’t read this…but I like to get to the field around 8.30am.”
Away from football, Rod is in charge of maintenance at the Glendale School Narara, which caters for special needs children.
Updated Fri May 16 14:10:34 2014
WYONG ROOS AFFILIATION WITH SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Friday 30 May 2014 marked a watershed for the game on the Central Coast and for Wyong Roos rugby league program, with the formalisation of a strategic alliance between CRL Central Coast Division and the Sydney Roosters, and a secondary affiliation between the foundation NRL club and Wyong Roos.
The agreement, announced at Central Coast Stadium Gosford, for the first time anywhere, brings together three major regional stakeholders,CRL/CCD Rugby League (Seniors and Juniors), Central Coast Centurions Representative Program, and Wyong Leagues Club Group as principal sponsor ofthat representative program and as the only stand alone operator of a VB NSW Cup license, into a cohesive alliance with an NRL Club to provide local players,officials and support staff with the same opportunities afforded those currently playing and working within an NRL system.
For elite Central Coast players there will be an established pathway from the Centurions S G Ball team into the Roosters NYC Under 20 squad. Those aspirational players not fortunate enough to be selected for the Roosters NYC squad will be able to continue their development on the Central Coast, resourced and overseen to a large degree by the Roosters,and will have the opportunity to progress in a parallel system through Ron Massey Cup with The Entrance and NSW Cup with Wyong. Sydney Roosters NRL side will enjoy the luxury of player portability with the Roos. Whilst the Roosters relationship with it’s primary affiliate, Newtown Jets, will remain unchanged,local fans and supporters can expect to see a number of players contracted withthe Roosters warehoused with Wyong and turning out for the Roos in the VB NSW Cup, and for some local players to undertake pre-season training and specialist skills sessions with the Roosters.
But the relationship does not only benefit elite players.Recreational players, local clubs (senior and junior) and administrators will have access to the Roosters management, coaching and development expertise and injury management processes. Roosters stars will be available for club functions, coach the coaches and player development days, and will supplement the programs already established and supported by Wyong Roos.
The formalisation of the arrangement is consistent with the NRL Strategic Plan and the Central Coast Division Strategic Plan, and is theculmination of multiple meetings and lengthy negotiations between Roosters CEO Brian Canavan, CRL management (Terry Quinn and Bert Lowrie), CRL Regional Area Manager Keith Onslow, Centurions Management (Tony Brosnan) and members of the Wyong Roos Football Committee, including Coach Taylor and Football Manager Matt Lavin.
With this secondary affiliation and strategic alliance as the platform, Wyong Roos look forward to the day when the Roosters NYC squad comprises mainly Central Coast juniors, and the Roos NSW Cup squad competes for the title with a playing group drawn from Central Coast juniors.
Coach Taylor spoke at the announcement.
“When I recruit players, they always ask.. but where to from here (Wyong)?Now I can say, the Roosters. They will be looking at you….and if you’re good enough…. The pathway is there for all local kids. But hopefully it will be much more than that. Local clubs will get assistance with injuries…rehab and prehab. Development programs, the referees and administrators will be better supported. The advantages that people withina n NRL system have enjoyed in the past will now be there for the Central Coast.”
Sydney Roosters will contribute to a Game Building Fund to be administered by CRL for the exclusive benefit of CCD rugby league. The monies will be utilised for a number of important projects, first of which will be the establishment of a comprehensive CCD website.
Brian Canavan stated; “This agreement will be for the balance oft his season, 2015 and 2016. But we hope it will be long term.”
Updated Tue Jul 15 09:40:33 2014
During Wyong Roos recent successful trip to Auckland, the VB NSW Cup squad trained at the south Auckland home ground of the Otahuhu Leopards, played a game of touch football with the locals and donated some gear to their Under 11’s players and officials.
The enthusiastic support and hospitality of the Leopards was well received by the travelling Roos, and they look forward to returning and renewing acquaintances next season.
Updated Sat Jul 12 07:27:40 2014
Mitchell Thomas is the Ground Manager for NSW Cup home games and is one of the Cup squad’s assistant managers. He commenced playing rugby league for the Roos as an Under 12 in 2000, after spending two seasons with Toukley Hawks. Mitch progressed through the junior ranks, then played Third Grade as a prop or second rower, often from the bench.
SM: “Why did you transfer from Toukley?”
MT: “My mates moved to Wyong, so I followed.”
SM: “What sort of player were you?”
MT: “Average…I was too fat. Training was not my strong point….you know, the running part.”
SM: “When did you get the nickname Burger?”
MT: “ I think Les Hannah gave it to me in the Under 17’s.”
MT: “Something to do with my eating habits. Idon’t mind a hamburger. But I love KFC.”
SM: “Do you have a fitness regime?”
MT: “I walk the dog.”
SM: “What do you do as Ground Manager?”
MT: “Mainly I just walk around. I exchange team sheets, and I’m available to each side and the refs and officials if they need anything.”
SM: “And what about as Assistant Manager?”
MT: “I help Jeff (Munday) and Rod(Cox) with the changerooms.”
SM: “Why do it?”
MT: “I love it. I can’t play, but I’ve got to be involved. I’d get bored otherwise. It’s my hobby…something to do. I like to watch and see how they do things. I love the travel part…interacting with other people, going to the old grounds and the big stadiums…seeing places I would not otherwise see.”
SM:”You were part of the support staff prior to the move to the NSW Cup. Is there a difference?”
MT: “There is a big difference in my eyes. It is a big step from local or even Newcastle to play against fringe top players.”
SM: “Has anything surprised you about the NSW Cup competition?”
MT: “The professionalism….video sessions…physio…and training. The players look after themselves.”
SM: “I’ve noticed some of the players and staff give you a hard time.”
MT: “Yes. Everyone does…but if they are giving me shit, they are leaving someone else alone.”
SM: “Do you have any ambitions?”
MT: “When Coxie dies I would like to move up to Team Manager…go as high as I can.”
SM: “Do you have any predictions for the rest of thisseason?”
MT: “We’ll finish eighth…..seventh or eighth. I give us a chance. We can do it.”
Mitch has been a groundsman at Kooindah Waters resort for almost two years. He is a wicket keeper batsman for Northern Power cricket club, and last summer was a member of the premiership winning Division 4 (5thGrade) team.
Updated Sat Jul 19 08:33:20 2014
Matt Lavin is the tireless Football Manager at Wyong Roos. His duties encompass just about everything football on offer at the Club, and very little gets done without Matt’s involvement in one form or another.
Matt played with Cronulla-Caringbah Sharks from 7 years of age, until his family relocated to the Central Coast in 1991. Matt joined the Roos Juniors in the Under 13’s, and progressed to 1st Grade, winning a CCD premiership under Troy Pezet in 2002 and a Newcastle premiership under Paul Stringer in 2009. He won the Newcastle premiership with Lakes United under Rip Taylor in 2001, and was also a member of the Wyong team beaten in 2007 by Lakes United, skippered and coached by current NSW Cup Asst. Coach, Ian Bourke. Matt was Development Officer at the Roos 2010-2012, and has held his current position for the last two years.
SM: “Can 2014 be summarized in just a few words?”
ML: “A year for the ages. A great foundation has been laid that we can build on. The most pleasing fact was the amount of juniors playing across the five grades…from 19’s through to NSW Cup. Overall, the way the local comp is structured onfield with the Player Points System, we have to continue producing teams with high junior content.”
SM: “Did you have enough help this season?”
ML: “The support staff are the lifeblood of the club. The current crop are great people and do their jobs well. If I go and ask someone to give me a hand, they have been more than happy to help out. The overwhelming majority are here for the right reasons.”
SM: “Have there been any headaches?”
ML: “Belinda (tongue firmly in cheek). Yes, but nothing we couldn’t handle. A lot of things arise during a season, but they get dealt with in a professional manner.”
SM: “What will 2015 hold for the Club?”
ML: “It will mark a new era…an affiliation with an NRL Club…it’s exciting.”
SM: “How is the relationship with Sydney Roosters progressing from your perspective?
ML: “The agreement has been signed. The logistics are being worked out, but as far as sponsorship and staff are concerned, everything is falling into place. The Roosters start their pre-season next Monday (3 November). Magnus (Stromquist) and Minnie (Mitch Williams) are in the squad. That’s a great thing for this region. People can see NRL opportunities can come from this region…players need not leave the coast for that to happen.”
SM: “Has the affiliation with the Roosters added to your workload?”
ML: “Sure has….and it will only increase.”
SM: “I know the number of hours you put in. Are you still enjoying the job?”
ML: “Absolutely. It’s my passion. You find your obsession, make it your profession, and never have to work a day in your life. I love playing a part in giving local people a chance to play at the highest level they can, and enjoying what this club has to offer on and off the field.”
SM: “Will the partnership with the Roosters provide you with any professional development opportunities?”
ML: “Yes. I am looking forward to developing my skills. I have ambitions. I would like to work at an NRL club. The relationship with the Roosters will give me the opportunity to learn their best practises, and everything else that goes along with it at that level.”
SM: “Is there room for improvement on last season?”
ML: “Always. The game is always evolving. For example this year we have the new gym. We will have another training field soon, and we are upgrading our medical room. I would like to replicate the scoreboard at Morry Brren Field on Bill Hicks. The demands on our grounds are huge. They are at capacity now…they need to be properly resourced and their use could be managed better. We need to look at developing more playing fields.”
SM: “Would it be healthy for us to expand further?”
ML: “Given where we are…one step below NRL, it has to be looked at.”
SM: “Do you have a wish list for 2015?”
ML: “See as many Wyong juniors as possible play NSW Cup… reach their highest potential. I’d like to see the people involved in the organisation develop as people…football can only take you so far. For the NSW Cup team to make top four…that’s a realistic goal…third year in to make a GF…not impossible…or even win one.”
SM: “What about locally?”
ML: “Maintain what we did this year…give local kids the opportunity to play in a Grand Final and win one…it’s hard enough to get there, let alone win.”
SM: “You copped a bagging from Belinda in her interview. I think she was only half serious. Now is the time for your right of reply.”
ML: “Can I get away with ‘no comment’.”
SM: “Have you given up on the Sharks?”
ML: “Yes. I’m now a Roosters supporter. The Roosters have invested in this region. With the direct affiliation it is an easy fit. And a change is as good as a holiday as they say. It was a great feeling to be able to say my team’s coming first and are minor premiers.”
Matt and his wife Renee have two sons, Bailey and Nixon. Bailey will play Under 10’s in Season 2015 and Nixon Under 7’s.
SM: “Bailey is a left footer like yourself. Do you see any of your game in him?”
ML: “Yes… and that’s probably a bad thing. He’s mad about his footy. He goes into competition this year and is really looking forward to it. He loves being ball boy and coming to footy. It teaches life skills…making friends….what’s appropriate and what’s not…without them even knowing…I think when they get older they will be glad Dad took them to the footy…that it was a good thing growing up. Nixon, he is as mad as a meat axe…lives and breathes footy…the down side is he’s a Rabbitoh supporter. I say to his grandmother it’s a form of child abuse to support that club.”
SM: “The job is so demanding, and with a young family, obviously you could not do it without great support from Renee?”
ML: “That’s right. But her job is just as demanding…being a full time nurse. It’s a massive credit to her to study at uni for four years and not just get her qualification, but a degree with distinction. She is working in Paediatrics at Gosford at the moment, but has applied for ICU at John Hunter. Her peers say she has a big future. Doing all that and raising two and a half kids (I am the half)….amazing.”
Added Sat Nov 1 11:58:02 2014
ROOS FINALISE 2015 SENIOR MEN'S COACHING STAFF
Experienced Central Coast Rugby League identity, Tony Clarke, has taken the reins for 1st Grade’s Season 2015 premiership defence. Tony joins the coaching staff at Wyong Roos after successful stints with Woy Woy, Newcastle Knights and Manly Sea Eagles, and will also assist RiP Taylor with the NSW Cup squad.
Club stalwarts, Matt Ross and Jerry “Muddy” Hill, will respectively take control of Reserve Grade and Open Age. Jerry will be aiming to secure a hat trick of Minor Premierships in 2015, as well as repeating last season’s successful campaign. Matt is moving to a principal role after strong work as an assistant over several years.
Jason “Angry” Parker will again have charge of the Under 19’s. Although looking for his fourth consecutive premiership, Jason will once more focus on what he does best; developing juniors into genuine grade players.
Wyong Roos are confident these men will build upon the success of 2014, and lead the Club through another big year of competition in Season 2015.
Preparations for the inaugural Ladies League Tag team continue. Any persons interested in playing (must be over 15 years), or in support roles, should contact Matt Lavin at Wyong Leagues Club on (02) 43922799.
Added Fri Nov 28 14:10:23 2014
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Added Mon Dec 1 12:44:03 2014
NSWRL PUBLISHES 2015 DRAW
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The NSWRL has published the NSW Cup, SG Ball, and Harold Matthews Cup draws for 2015.
Wyong Roos play the opening three rounds at home:-
- Round 1 -v- Manly - Saturday 7th March, @ 6pm
- Round 2 -v- Mounties - Saturday 14th March, @6pm
- Round 3 -v- Newcastle - Saturday 21st March, @3pm
Each of these three fixtures will be preceded by Central Coast Centurions SG Ball and Harold Matthews representative matches.
The Roos will feature in three televised matches in 2015.
- Round 11 -v- Wests Tigers @Campbelltown Stadium - 5.15pm Saturday 23rd May, 2015
- Round 14 -v- Warriors @ Mt Smart Stadium - 5.45pm (NZ Time) Saturday 13th June, 2015
- Round 18 -v- Penrith @ Sportingbet Stadium - 3.15pm Saturday 11th July, 2015
The Round 11 match will precede the NRL clash between Wests Tigers and North Queensland Cowboys.
The Round 14 and Round 18 matches will precede the Sydney Roosters respective clashes with the Warriors and Panthers.
There will be six Sunday games at Morry Breen Field in 2015:-
- Round 5 -v- NZ Warriors - Sunday 5th April, 2015
- Round 9 -v- Wests Tigers - Sunday 10th May, 2015
- Round 16 -v- Penrith - Sunday 28th June, 2015
- Round 20 -v- Newtown - Sunday 26th July, 2015
- Round 22 -c- Canterbury - Sunday 9th August, 2015
- Round 25 -v- Wentworthville - Sunday 30th August, 2015
The Roos finish the regular season with two home games:-
- Round 24 -v- North Sydney - Saturday 22nd August, 2015
- Round 25 -v- Wentworthville - Sunday 30th August, 2015
Wyong have three byes during the season on the weekends of 30-31 May, 4-5 July, and 1-2 August, 2015. There will be no NSW Cup football on the weekend of 2-3 May, 2015 due to the annual representative fixture against the QLD Residents team.
The NSW Cup Grand Final will be held on Sunday 27th September, 2015 and the National Championship Playoff will precede the NRL Grand Final on Sunday 4th October, 2015.
The complete draws for NSW Cup, SG Ball, and Harold Matthews Cup can be located in the 'Newsletter' area of this website. (homepage)
Updated Fri Dec 19 11:01:04 2014
Season 2015 for the Fiji National Rugby League kicked off on 16 January with the Vodaphone Fiji 9’s Tournament at Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka. Coastline Roos entered two sides in the 16 team competition. Roos Green were eliminated in the 1st Semi-Final of the main draw, while Roos White tasted success with a victory in the plate final. Our Fiji brethren were very happy with their effort, and no doubt hope to use the results as a springboard into the season proper.
Added Fri Jan 23 07:55:47 2015
WYONG ROOS SUPPORT FIJI RUGBY LEAGUE
An important part of the ethos of Wyong Roos is to assist in the development of the game. Putting that philosophy into practice, the Club continues to support ther Coastline Roos playing out of Nadroga-Navoha province on the Coral Coast of Fiji's main island, Viti Levu. Members and supporters planning a trip to Fiji should include the Coral Coast in their itinerary. The locals are renowned for their hospitality, and Roos people can expect the warmest of welcomes.
Follow the link http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=290843 to the 'Boost for Local Players' article by Maciu Malo published on the 4 January, 2015 edition of the Fiji Times online.
Updated Tue Jan 20 08:59:29 2015
NSW PHYSICAL DISABILITY RUGBY LEAGUE
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The 2015 footy season kicked off at Morry Breen Field on 7 February, 2015 with a NSW Disability Rugby League (NSWPDRL) match between Sydney Roosters and South Sydney. The match was very competitive and played in great spirit, with the Rabbitohs just getting home 32-22.
NSWPDRL is open to children and adults of both genders who suffer any form of physical disability, whether it be congenital conditions such as cerebral palsy, limb amputation or the manifestations of stroke. Players with varying degrees of disability take the field in a single match, and are graded according to their abilities. Certain players are protected by rule variations, cannot be tackled to the ground, but must stop and play the ball if touched by the defence. The more able can be fair game, and there was plenty of strong running and big hits on display in the match between the arch rivals at Roos headquarters.
The fixture is set to become an annual event to be played prior to Wyong’s first NSW Cup home trial each season.
Anyone with enquiries should call George Tonna on 0402773045, or jump on the website www.nswpdrl.com.au
Many thanks to Roos players Brady Barwick and Chris Brown who helped out on the day.
Added Sun Feb 15 17:27:19 2015
2015 ROOS MERCHANDISE FOR SALE
The Wyong Roos have 2015 items of merchandise for sale. These items are available from the canteen on game days or contact Belinda Hill by email if you wish to purchase - Bhill@wyongleagues.com.au
Updated Wed Mar 18 07:28:22 2015
The first two episodes of Roos Radio are now available as podcasts on RadioHubAU.
You can listen to Morry Breen in Episode 1 and Terry Wand and Mitch Williams in Episode 2, as well as get a regular update on all things footy from Matt Lavin.
Hosted by Shaun Chaffer and Greg Tunn, the show will be posted each Thursday afternoon. Access the programs via http://www.facebook.com/RadioHubAU and follow the conversation and links.
Added Sun Mar 1 13:29:24 2015
Wyong Roos have rolled out their 2015 Supporters Club membership package, so if you are not already on board, now is the time to act.
$55 will get you;
- Membership of Wyong Leagues Club Group with access to the facilities at Wyong Leagues Club, Budgewoi Soccer Club, Canton Beach Sports Club, Wallarah Bay Recreation Club, Wyong Bowling Club, Goulburn Railway Bowling Club, Avoca Beach Bowling Club and (coming soon), Bateau Bay Bowling Club.
- 10% off all Roos football merchandise.
- 10% off tickets to the 2015 presentation.
- Free entry to all home games
- Free Roos cap
- Special prizes and opportunities to be announced throughout the season
If you are already a member of Wyong Leagues Club Group, but would like to be part of the Supporters Club, you can get the same benefits for only $43.
Grab your Supporters Club membership card and free cap at headquarters.
Added Tue Mar 10 16:04:35 2015
Updated Thu Mar 19 17:39:43 2015
Roos Radio - Episode 6. - This week The Bag and Marksy catch up with medical officer Craig Davis, 1st grade prop Simon “Simmo” Hawthorne drops by and Marksy gets creepy with speedster come foot specialist Kieren “Turtle” Gallagher all this plus Matt Lavins weekend review. Follow the link below.
Updated Thu Mar 26 19:48:14 2015
VB NSW CUP VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS - ROOS -v- MOUNTIES
Added Tue Mar 17 05:18:10 2015
Updated Sun Mar 8 05:43:00 2015
ROOS MAKE STATEMENT IN ROUND 1 OF VB NSW CUP
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The new partnership between Wyong Roos and Sydney Roosters could not have commenced any better in on-field competition than Saturday night’s 34-8 thumping of Manly at headquarters.
The Roos crossed in the 7th , 14th , 18th and 35th minutes to take a 22-4 lead into halftime. The visitors struggled to pierce Wyong’s defence, and were equally ineffective when they tried to outflank them. The Sea Eagles only first half try came from a cross field kick secured by winger Ben Fritz in the Roos ingoal.
The first 15 minutes of the second half devolved into an arm wrestle. Manly needed to play some football, but were prevented from doing so by a motivated Wyong defence and a string of forced and unforced errors in possession.
Roos centre, Buddy Gordon, owned his side of the park, twice crossing in the second period in circumstances where he was not entitled to score. Gordon’s opposite, Braydon Wiliame, managed to grab a try for the Sea Eagles only points after halftime.
Despite little time together as a team, this was a relatively simple victory for the Roos, admittedly over a Manly outfit which appears all too comfortable with losing.
Wyong will likely face a much sterner test come 6pm next Saturday, when they meet Mounties at Morry Breen Field.
Added Tue Mar 10 06:11:06 2015
50% OFF CUSTOM MADE MOUTHGUARDS
Gorokan Dental Clinic are offering 50% off custom made mouthguards. See flyer for details.
Added Sat Mar 14 08:13:57 2015
CENTRAL COAST DIVISION CLUBS FINALISE TEAMS FOR 2015
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The Central Coast Division Administration has confirmed the teams to be fielded by each club in Season 2015;
Berkeley Vale, Erina, Terrigal, The Entrance, Toukley and Wyong
1st Grade, Reserve Grade, Open Age, LLT & Under 19’s
Northern Lakes and Ourimbah
1st Grade, Reserve Grade, Open Age & LLT
Kincumber and Woy Woy
1st Grade, Reserve Grade, LLT & Under 19’s
1st Grade, Reserve Grade & LLT
The St Edwards Open Age team will play with Woy Woy Roosters on match days.
Updated Thu Mar 26 09:06:35 2015
Updated Thu Mar 12 09:59:47 2015
Roos Radio Episode 7. Join "The Bag" and Marksy as they dissect last week's match against the Bulldogs. Matt Lavin joins the boys making all things football on the Central Coast and Wyong Leagues Board member Michael Callaghan pops in for a chat.
Follow the link below.
Added Thu Apr 2 10:18:14 2015
WYONG ROOS NSW CUP TEAM - ROUND 7
The Wyong Roos have named their NSW Cup Team to take on North Sydney in Round 7 of the VB NSW Cup. This game will be played on Sunday 19th April, 2015 at North Sydney Oval - 3pm.
Mitch Williams ©
Coach: Rip Taylor
Updated Wed Apr 15 13:19:58 2015
WYONG ROOS - FOR THE LOVE OF THE GAME IN FIJI
Updated Thu Apr 2 13:17:49 2015
CENTRAL COAST DIVISION PRESIDENT RESIGNS
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CCD President, Fred Hartup, tendered his resignation on 1 April 2015, effective close of business 2 April 2015.
The letter of resignation read, in part;
"Clearly, events of recent weeks have significantly contributed to this decision. I know I have done nothing incorrectly, but after 3 1/2 years in the role it is apparent I have lost the support of a number of clubs, and more importantly, their respect. As a President, this has made my position untenable.
The unprecedented campaign of personal attacks (for which legal action is now pending), means there are several clubs/people with whom I am no longer comfortable to share an association."
Mr Hartup was President prior to Wyong Roos re-entering the CCD competition in Season 2013. Whilst Wyong Roos have not always agreed with the decisions of Mr Hartup and his administration, we have without exception, found him to be an honest and honourable man, with the best interests of the game at heart. Mr Hartup led a concerted and focused effort to advance rugby league on the Central Coast, but the myopia and self interest of certain local clubs worked against those efforts, and have now ultimately forced a very competent administrator out of the game.
Wyong Roos certainly hope Mr Hartup does not lose his love for the game or laudable mindset to try and make things better for all concerned, and wishes both he, and his wife Carol, all the best in the next stage of their lives.
Updated Tue Apr 7 13:22:35 2015
Roos Radio - Episode 9. - This week The Bag, Marksy, and Matty Lavin talk to Jay and Greg Florimo ahead of Wyong's clash with the Bears. Halves pair and roomates Brock Molan and Mitch Williams pop in for a chat also. Follow the link below.
Added Fri Apr 17 13:28:09 2015
SYDNEY ROOSTERS NYC TEAM - ROUND 7
Sydney Roosters NYC Team for Round 7.
Coach: Adam Hartigan
Updated Wed Apr 15 13:07:30 2015
SYDNEY ROOSTERS NRL TEAM - ROUND 7
Sydney Roosters NRL Team - Round 7
Mitchell Pearce ©
Jake Friend ©
Sio Siua Taukeiaho
Coach: Trent Robinson
Updated Wed Apr 15 13:09:17 2015
ROOS BALL BOY SENT FROM FIELD
Seven year old Wyong Roos Ball boy, Nixon Lavin, was despatched from the field by an officious touch judge during the Round 6 VB NSW Cup match last Saturday. Performing his duties at WIN Stadium, Nixon, the younger son of Matt & Renee Lavin, was overheard vocalising his wish for opposition kicker, Shannon Crook, to miss a critical goal attempt. Nixon was in tears after being forced from the field.
When the incident was relayed to Roos management, Coach Taylor was quick to comment; “He’s getting a pay rise.” Nixon is still awaiting the rise, but will receive a special “No Cowards” award for his brave, uncompromising attitude to the job.
Updated Fri Apr 17 14:33:45 2015
ROOS JUMP ALL OVER NEW ZEALAND
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Wyong Roos moved into second position on the VB NSW Cup ladder following a steely 42-6 victory over the Warriors at Morry Breen Field on Easter Sunday. Inspired by 30 odd minutes of pure heart and energy from skipper, Mitch Williams, the Roos enjoyed a narrow 12-6 lead at halftime. The fast moving, well organised Wyong defence mobilised to overwhelm the much larger NZ team, and keep them scoreless for 72 mins. As NZ began to fatigue and their concentration wain, half Tyler Cornish worked some magic on the Roos right edge, freeing Brendan Elliot to score twice. The home team bench maintained the standards set by Williams, and cohorts Eloni Vunakece and Samisoni Langi, and refused to yield ground or opportunity despite some desperate football from the visitors. Wyong made a statement in this match, but to be considered a genuine contender, will need to back it up with a run of consecutive victories, starting with Illawarra Cutters at Wollongong next weekend.
Updated Mon Apr 6 15:50:39 2015
NSW CUP VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS - ROOS -V- WARRIORS
Added Tue Apr 7 16:35:04 2015
ROOS CUT IT FINE AGAINST CUTTERS
Wyong Roos VB NSW Cup team stole a 24-20 victory and the two competition points from Illawarra at WIN Stadium on Saturday via a converted try from Abraham Papalii with little more than a minute remaining to full time.
The Coal Cutters were first to score, opening their account with a converted try to Kiti Glymin in the 15th minute. Wyong replied with tries to Nathan Stapleton (22nd minute) and Mitch Williams (32nd minute), and took a 10-6 lead into the halftime sheds. The Roos surrendered that advantage soon after the restart, and by the 67th minute of play, Illawarra were in front 20-12, and readying to close out the game. The Roos responded by increasing their defensive intensity. Rocked by the Wyong intent, the home team turned over too much possession. Skipper Mitch Williams engineered a signature try for Vaha Pulu, and with Stapleton’s conversion, it was a two point ball game with nine minutes left on the clock.
Illawarra tried desperately to defend the lead, but their self doubt grew as the Roos raised their level of play. When Papalii moved to acting half within arms length of the home team’s tryline, everyone at the ground knew he would take a shot at muscling his way over. As the action evolved, Illawarra failed to muster sufficient defence to keep out the big prop, and referee Scot Murray spotted the ball touch the line underneath a pile of bodies. Stapleton’s conversion iced what must have been a very unpalatable cake for the locals.
The victory allowed Wyong to retain second place on the ladder, four points adrift of the undefeated Mounties. The Roos meet North Sydney at picturesque Bear Park next Sunday. Kick off is at 3pm.
Updated Mon Apr 13 19:35:15 2015
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NSWRL has designated the weekend of 6, 7 & 8 June for this season’s Country Round. Wyong Roos will be heading to Albury for the Round 13 clash with Newtown Jets, now scheduled for 1pm Sunday 7 June. The Country Round is an important joint promotion between NSWRL and CRL to bring top line rugby league to regional centres and help grow the game in the country. There will likely be some feeling in this match, given many at Newtown believe Sydney Roosters abandoned the Jets to commence a relationship with Wyong. Members and supporters looking for a Queen’s Birthday long weekend break should be thinking about the battle between the Roos and Jets at the NSW/Vic border town.
Updated Wed Apr 1 20:07:38 2015
VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS - ROOS -V- CUTTERS
Added Mon Apr 13 20:07:44 2015
WYONG ROOS DONATE JERSEYS
Updated Sun Apr 19 06:01:46 2015
ROUND 5 NSW CUP PLAYERS PLAYER - BRENDAN ELLIOTT
Round 5 of the VB NSW Cup saw the Wyong Roos defeat the New Zealand Warriors at Morry Breen Oval. Players Player for the game was Brendan Elliott.
Updated Mon Apr 6 06:41:38 2015
ROUND 5 NSW CUP NO COWARDS AWARD - MITCH WILLIAMS
Round 5 of the VB NSW Cup saw the Wyong Roos defeat the New Zealand Warriors at Morry Breen Oval. The 'No Cowards' Award went to Wyong's Captain Mitch Williams.
Updated Mon Apr 6 06:47:31 2015
Roos Radio - Episode 8. This weeks show is dedicated to the passing of Greg Gibbons. On the show we remember Greg and talk to Central Coast Centurions Operations Manager Tony Brosnan as well as young up and comers Scott Drinkwater and Jarrod Boland. Follow the link below.
Added Sun Apr 12 06:06:24 2015
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