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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
ROOS DOWN COMPETITION LEADERS FOR SECOND TIME IN 2 WEEKS
Wyong Roos NSW Cup team travelled to Pepper Stadium on Saturday afternoon, for the return bout with competition frontrunners, Penrith, and came away with a narrow 20-18 victory over the reigning premiers.
The Roos scored first in the 11th minute when Lagi Setu pounced on a short range Mitch Williams grubber. The Panthers hit back in the 17th minute courtesy of a try to half Will Smith, almost identical to the one he scored at Central Coast Stadium a fortnight earlier. The visitors reasserted some authority when Willie Manu half volleyed a ball laid back by Setu to dive over, then followed up with the try of the match from the ensuing set, as big Abe Papalii finished a movement involving Setu, Manu, Samisoni Langi and Manu again which travelled some 60m in total. Panther backrower, Tupou Sopoaga, crossed three minutes out from the break, and the teams went to the halftime sheds with the green and gold ahead 18-8.
The home team were never going to lie down, and courtesy of a surfeit of possession and tries to winger Malakai Watene-Zelezniak and backrower Chris Smith, Penrith had grabbed a 20-18 lead with just six minutes remaining. But the Roos simply refused to be beaten, and although on the point of exhaustion from a huge defensive effort, managed to put together one last play in the dying minutes. Eloni Vunakece charged into the defence, bent back the Penrith line, then offloaded to Tyler Cornish. The Roos halfback passed flat to centre Nathan Smith on his right. Watene-Zelezniak jammed infield to kill off the movement, but was beaten by Smith’s pass to Chris Centrone on his outside. Centrone flew down the touchline on a 45m run, and crashed through a desperate tackle from fullback Adrian Davis, to plant the ball in the north east corner. The win puts the Roos just two points off the competition lead. Next Sunday Wyong meets Newcastle Knights away at No. 2 Sportsground. Kick off is at 3pm
Updated Mon Jul 13 14:57:06 2015
O'MELEY MAKES 1ST GRADE DEBUT
Nick O’Meley, elder son of Ogre and Sandy O’Meley, made his first grade debut for Wyong Roos in the hard fought 6-6 draw against The Entrance at Tiger Town on Sunday. Just a matter of weeks past his 17th birthday, Nick gained selection in Coach Clarke’s team following some standout performances for the Under 19’s and Reserve Grade this season. Remarkably, Nick is still eligible to turn out for the Under 17’s.
The Tigers, not surprisingly, tested out the rookie at every opportunity, and despite the very difficult conditions, he passed that examination with flying colours, and was one of the Roos best on the day.
There appears to be one more O’Meley set for a long and productive career in rugby league.
Updated Mon Jul 13 15:04:24 2015
Former Roos Youth of the Year, Jacob Liddle, has earned himself selection in the NSW Under 20 squad for the battle with the Maroons at Suncorp Stadium on 8 July. The Blues, coached by Dean Pay, will play the curtain raiser to the State of Origin decider, and Suncorp will be at capacity for what is one of the biggest games on the rugby league calendar. There is plenty of competition for spots in the Tigers starting thirteen. Jacob has done particularly well to nail down the hooker position, and his performances in the first 16 rounds of the competition have obviously caught the collective eye of the State selectors. Wyong Roos congratulates Jacob on this honour, and wish him all the best in what promises to be one of the biggest matches of his career so far.
Updated Thu Jul 2 16:49:46 2015
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
CONGRATULATIONS TYLER CORNISH - VB HARD EARNED MAN OF MATCH
Congratulations to Wyong Roos NSW Cup half back Tyler Cornish named VB Hard Earned Man of Match in the Wyong Roos win against Wentworthville at Pirtek Stadium on Saturday 29th August, 2015.
Added Sun Aug 30 19:07:30 2015
BLAKE ANDREWS RECEIVES GRANT FROM DONNICA CLARKE FOUNDATION
Wyong Roos Junior, Blake Andrews, is the 2015 recipient of the Maree Kelly Memorial Frangipani Grant from the Donnica Clarke Foundation. The particular grant, valued at $500, is made in memory of Berkeley Vale stalwart, Maree Kelly, who passed away in 2014, and was a close friend and supporter of the Clarke family. The grant is exclusively made to a young rugby league player on the Central Coast to help defray expenses associated with the individual’s development within the sport, and was created in recognition of Maree’s life long love for the game. The naming of Blake as grantee occurred at the Foundation’s Annual Fundraiser Ball held at Mingara Club last Saturday night.
Added Tue Aug 4 07:16:07 2015
NICK O'MELEY CENTRAL COAST ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Wyong young gun, Nick O’Meley, was last night named CCDRL Rookie of the Year at the Central Coast Leagues Club Medal Presentation Night. Nick started Season 2015 as first choice fullback for the Under 19’s, though still eligible for junior football. However, a combination of injuries in higher grades, and strong performances on his part, led to a call up into Reserve Grade. The Roos coaching staff was so impressed by Nick’s progress and maturity, he was further elevated to 1st Grade for the match against Umina on 14 June. Since that time he has been one of the most consistent performers in a very tough, hard fought campaign. Nick even managed to play a few games with his old man along the way. Nick’s season has not ended, and he will turn out for Reserve Grade in the GF this Saturday. Whispers are getting louder that Nick may soon take up an offer from Sydney Roosters. Wyong Roos congratulates Nick on this well deserved award and on a fantastic season.
Added Thu Sep 17 11:40:35 2015
NSW CUP GRAND FINAL VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS
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NICK O'MELEY - ROOS 2015 YOUTH OF THE YEAR
Nick O’Meley capped his debut season in senior grade rugby league by being named Wyong Roos 2015 Youth of the Year. Even though still eligible for Under 17’s junior football, Nick elected to chance his arm in grade in 2015, initially with Coach Parker’s Under 19 squad, but by year’s end as an integral component of Coach Clarke’s 1st Grade outfit. After being named 2015 Central Coast Rookie of the Year, Nick’s claim to the award amongst a host of well performed young guns like Daniel Langbridge, Robbie Rodger and Jarrod Kessler became irresistible. Nick displayed a level of maturity and dedication to his craft beyond his years. Having the opportunity to observe at close hand what it takes to be a top line professional footballer has no doubt stood Nick in good stead regarding some important football and life lessons. Nick is a credit to his parents, Mark and Sandy, and his wider family, and will do Wyong Roos proud for many years to come. Wyong Roos congratulates Nick on receiving this award.
Added Tue Sep 29 13:13:02 2015
MITCH WILLIAMS - ROOS 2015 PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Wyong Roos Club Captain, Mitch Williams, was named Player of the Year at the Club’s Annual Presentation Night last Friday. After receiving the Best & Fairest and Players’ Player Awards for the NSW Cup grade, it was perhaps no surprise that Mitch took out the Club’s premier award as well. Mitch has had a stellar year, turning out for the Sydney Roosters in the Auckland 9’s tournament, as well as being selected as starting hooker and skipper of the NSW Residents representative team. Despite some injury setbacks at various times throughout the season, Mitch has again spearheaded the Roos attack, and for much of the season has led almost all the key performance statistics against many full time professionals. Rarely has any player so often given so much of themselves to each onfield battle. The award acknowledges Mitch’s skill, courage and pride in the jumper. Congratulations to Mitch on receiving this honour for the fourth time.
Added Tue Sep 29 13:14:16 2015
WYONG ROOS 2015 PRESENTATION NIGHT
Over 270 players, staff, volunteers, partners and family attended Wyong Roos Annual Presentation held in the Showroom at Roos HQ last Friday night. The evening was hosted by Dale Eggleton, and culminated in Old Boys & Supporters President, Terry Wand, presenting Nick O’Meley with the 2015 Youth of the Year award, and Kevin Pearce, Chairman of WRLCG, presenting Mitch Williams with the Player of the Year award. The ceremony also marked the first occasion a Ladies League Tag team has been part of the annual presentation, and the performances of the ladies as individual players has come under equal consideration with their male counterparts for the Club’s major awards.
Best and Fairest – Robbie Rodger
Player’s Player – Robbie Rodger
Most Consistent – Daniel Navarro
Most Potential – Jarrod Kessler
Best and Fairest – Josh Liddle
Player’s Player – Josh Liddle
Best Forward – Gary Field
Most Consistent – Chris Brown
Ladies League Tag
Best and Fairest – Holly Gibbons
Players’ Player – Madelyne Smith
Most Improved – Emma Frost
Most Consistent – Chantelle Graham
Best and Fairest – Jake Fuller
Player’s Player – Jarrod Kessler
Best Back – Shaun Wright
Most Consistent – Dustin Baldry
Best & Fairest – Nathan Clarke
Players Player – Alex Langbridge
Best Back – Kieren Gallagher
Most Consistent – Todd Lewis
Craig Purcell Memorial – Players Player – Mitch Williams
Daryl Palmer Memorial – Best & Fairest – Mitch Williams
Coach’s Award – Eloni Vunakece
Major Awards for 2015
Player of the Year – Mitchell Williams
Youth of the Year – Nick O’Meley
Top Try Scorer – Madelyne Smith (16 tries)
Burt Deaves Memorial Award – 1st Grade v Kincumber in Week 1 of CCDRL Finals
Nathan Clarke Madelyne Smith
Updated Tue Sep 29 13:54:06 2015
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
ROBBIE RODGER - CCDRL UNDER 19'S BEST AND FAIREST
Robbie Rodger was last night named joint winner of the Under 19 Best & Fairest at the Central Coast Leagues Club Medal Presentation at Gosford. Rodger shared the award with promising Erina fullback Harrison Mulligan. The joint winners could not be more contrasting; Robbie a nuggetty powerhouse forward, with a strong fend, left hand carry and good offload, and Harrison, a tall, rangy fullback with great anticipation and speed. However, both young men had one thing in common; each was key to their respective team’s premiership campaigns.
Robbie was last year named CCDRL Under 18 Representative Player of the Year and gained selection in the Country Under 18 side, before featuring in Wyong’s 1st Grade premiership winning team. Season 2015 has been one of steady growth and consolidation for Robbie. A tough pre-season with the NSW Cup squad, was followed by a handful of 1st Grade appearances, as well as some outstanding performances for Coach Parker’s age based team.
Robbie, on Saturday, is expected to play an important role as Reserve Grade look to annex this year’s premiership trophy.
Wyong Roos congratulates Robbie on receiving this award.
Updated Thu Sep 17 17:25:05 2015
TONY CLARKE - 2015 CCDRL COACH OF THE YEAR
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Whilst it will be no consolation for 1st Grade’s early exit from the competition, Tony Clarke was last night named by CCDRL as its 2015 Coach of the Year.
No other 1st Grade Coach on the Central Coast faced having to surrender his players to a higher authority on a regular basis, nor relegate players to accommodate someone from a higher grade. No other coach in this competition faced as much uncertainty or scrutiny as did TC.
When you factor into the equation the team which contested the Preliminary Final against Kincumber on September 13 may well have been the youngest in both total and average years to have ever taken the field for the Roos in a similar match, you gain some perspective as to TC’s task and his achievement.
The measure of any coach is the difference in the team and the individuals making up that team over the period that is the season. The growth and development of the Roos was clearly evident in Weeks 1-3 of the Finals Series, when the team thrice came from behind to eventually force each match to be decided in extra time. Despite all the challenges, TC built a team which was resilient to the end, equally capable of breathtaking attack and dogged defence, and which had imprinted in every member of that team, the standards and beliefs of Wyong Roos.
And by that measure, Tony Clarke was certainly Coach of the Year.
Updated Thu Sep 17 17:34:07 2015
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Central Coast Division Rugby League held its annual presentation last night which culminated in the awarding of the Central Coast Leagues Club Medal to Kincumber’s Brad Bennett and Central Wyong’s Aja Roberts. The Roos’ Alex Langbridge finished third behind the joint winners.
The following is a complete list of the awards and their respective winners;
Highest Points Scorer
Blake Wylie (Kincumber) 132
Madison Crowe (Erina) 192
James Holt (Ourimbah) & Rowen Doyle (St Edwards) 72
Ryan Doherty (The Entrance) 214
Matt Nelson (Berkeley Vale) 150
Top Try Scoring Club
The Entrance Tigers
Bob Taber Memorial Trophy for Best Administered Club
Under 19’s Kincumber
Open Age Ourimbah
Reserve Grade Wyong
1st Grade The Entrance
CCDRL Under 18 Representative Player of the Year – Jarrod Kessler (Wyong)
CCDRL Senior Representative Player of the Year – Troy Woodley (Kincumber)
Rookie of the Year – Nick O’Meley (Wyong)
Coach of the Year – Tony Clarke (Wyong)
Club Championship – The Entrance Tigers
Best & Fairest
Robbie Rodger (Wyong) & Harrison Mulligan (Erina)
Madison Crowe (Erina)
Nicholas Spittles (St Edwards)
Ryan Doherty (The Entrance)
Brad Bennett (Kincumber) & Aja Roberts (Central Wyong)
Updated Thu Sep 17 17:42:33 2015
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
2016 SYDNEY ROOSTERS NRL DRAW
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The 2016 NRL draw has been released. Follow the attachment for the full Sydney Roosters game schedule.
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Updated Mon Nov 30 10:06:52 2015
Wyong Roos NSW Cup squad commenced their pre-Christmas block of training on 18 November with an induction and some testing for those new to the Club, then followed up in Friday’s heat with a gym session, some skill drills and basic conditioning overseen by new Strength & Conditioning Director, Bruce Gulliver. There will be a greater emphasis on speed in Season 2016 under Gulliver; leg speed, speed of execution and speed between the ears. Training is scheduled each Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons until the squad breaks for Christmas on 19 December. Players can expect four beach sessions of a Saturday morning during that period. Coach Taylor was quietly pleased with Gulliver’s old school attitude.
"When we hit the sand hills…the only thing I’ll say is that you’ve just got to keep moving. I don’t care if it’s on all fours…I don’t want to see you stop. You’ve just got to keep moving forward.”
The squad has been refreshed with some new recruits, but members and supporters can expect to see many familiar faces as well when the trials begin in February.
Updated Mon Nov 23 12:51:02 2015
WYONG ROOS NSW CUP TRIAL GAMES
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The Wyong Roos have confirmed 2016 trial games as follows:-
Saturday 13th February, 2016 - Kirkham Oval, Camden
- Under 20's - Sydney Roosters -v- West Tigers @4pm
- NSW Cup - Wyong Roos -v- West Tigers @ 6pm
Saturday 20th February. 2016 - WIN Stadium, Wollongong
- Under 20's-Sydney Roosters -v- St George @ 5pm
- NSW Cup-Wyong Roos-v-Illawarra Cutters @ 3pm
Friday 26th February. 2016 - Cessnock Sportsground
- Wyong Roos -v- Newcastle Knights @ 7pm
Updated Sun Jan 31 10:24:44 2016
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
While Eloni Vunakece will be with Wyong Roos in Season 2016, he will be training with Sydney Roosters one day a week during their pre-season block. The opportunity is just reward for his outstanding form in the Roos push to the NSW Cup GF in 2015. There is no player more serious about his training and off field preparation than big Lonz, and he is sure to bring his A game to every session. Hopefully Lonz can sufficiently impress Coach Robinson and his staff so that an expanded role with the Roosters is not too far away. Wyong Roos congratulates Eloni on earning this rare opportunity.
Added Thu Dec 3 17:19:36 2015
Magnus Stromquist, one of the Roos NSW Cup originals and most popular players, has decided to venture north and link with Q Cup team, Wynnum Manly, for Season 2016. The Seagulls finished fourth in 2015, 7 points behind Minor Premiers, Townsville Blackhawks, and equal with eventual National Champions, Ipswich Jets. Wynnum Manly is one of the strongest second tier clubs in Queensland, fielding teams in the Intrust Queensland Cup, FOGS Colts and Brisbane A Grade competitions, and is a feeder to the Brisbane Broncos. Maggie will bring plenty to the Seagulls, and will further develop his robust, no-frills game under the tutelage of Coach Jon Buchanan. Sydney Roosters have signed Wynnum Manly backrower, Mitchell Frei, who is likely to appear in Roos colours sometime next year, and the presence of Big ‘Nus in Brisbane will go some way to covering the loss of Frei. Playing in the Q Cup is a great opportunity for Maggie to broaden his horizons and experience a different perspective on the game, and he goes with the blessing and best wishes of Wyong Roos.
Updated Thu Dec 3 17:24:26 2015
NSW Cup right centre, Nathan Smith, has signed a full time contract with Sydney Roosters to cap an incredible 12 month period in the game. Nathan began Season 2015 with Illawarra Cutters, but part way through the year, was playing A Grade in the Illawarra CRL competition. Spotted by Coach Taylor, Nathan joined Wyong mid-season, and within our program, blossomed into one of the Roos most effective players, scoring tries and shoring up the right edge defence. Nathan crossed twice in the NSW Cup Grand Final, and later toured with the Country Firsts squad post-season. Smithy is brave and athletic, and Sydney Roosters have displayed great confidence in offering him an opportunity to substitute for the talented outside backs no longer with the Club. However, Roos members and supporters should not be concerned, because our partnership with the tri-colours will almost certainly guarantee his magpie legs will be wearing green and gold socks sometime in Season 2016.
Updated Thu Dec 3 17:24:49 2015
WYONG ROOS @ THE BEACH - 19TH DECEMBER, 2015
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Wyong Roos completed their pre-Christmas training block on 19 December with Coach Taylor’s traditional beach games. The Langbridge brothers, Dan and Alex, won the time trial daily double. Ikuvalu’s Idiots were unlucky to be disqualified from the sprint relay by a pedantic Coach Clarke amid a howl of protest, and Mini’s Monsters easily took out the Snake Race. The boys hooked into a feed of prawns to end off the day. Good to see The Entrance Tigers putting in a sand session in Godzone Country as well.
The players and staff of Wyong Roos wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season, Training recommences 4 January 2016.
Catch the video of this session by clicking on the following link
Updated Mon Dec 21 19:32:44 2015
Added Tue Dec 15 06:17:35 2015
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Wyong Roos summer squad has been at it for a few weeks now, including two sand sessions under new S&C Director Bruce Gulliver. Check out some highlights from 5th December, 2015 by jumping on the following link.
Updated Tue Dec 8 06:33:38 2015
SYDNEY ROOSTERS 2016 NRL DRAW
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Sydney Roosters 2016 NRL Draw - follow the link.
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Added Mon Dec 21 09:20:34 2015
Jai is a junior from St Brendan’s College at Yeppoon, and played his first six games of rugby league as an Under 9, before breaking his thumb. The injury motivated Jai’s Mother to keep him away from the game for six years. Jai played soccer in the interim, but developed quickly upon his return to rugby league, making the Qld Under 15 State team in that year, and the Qld Under 16 State of Origin team the next. Qld dominated the first half of that match, with Jai a big contributor, but on the back of some individual brilliance from Will Hopoate, the Blues motored home to win. Representing QLD the following year, Jai was part of the squad that stormed to the national schoolboy championship, earning him selection in the Australian Schoolboys. However, at the urging of Nth Qld Cowboys, Jai withdrew from the junior Kangaroos because of injury, and then spent 4 months out of football.
A decision to link with Melbourne gave Jai the opportunity to first play under Brad Arthur, then Dean Pay, but two knee reconstructions later, the lucrative contracts disappeared. Jai’s disenchantment with rugby league grew in tandem with his reputation for being a loose kid, and unsurprisingly, and like so many others, he walked away from the game.
At 20 Jai qualified as a Personal Trainer, then married Tess. The couple have a son, Ezra, now almost 13 months. Tess encouraged Jai to give rugby league another chance. Season 2014 was spent with Norths Devils in the Q Cup. Aided by some strong performances, Jai grabbed a training/trial contract with the Titans, and played three games for the Gold Coast club in last year’s Auckland 9’s. Jai spent the balance of Season 2015 with Tweed Heads Seagulls in the second tier competition.
SM: “Why the Roos?”
JI: “We were looking for a permanent move…to create a new life, and I wanted to make sure I was walking into a good set up.”
SM: “What are you hoping to get out of Season 2016?”
JI: “I want to enjoy my footy, to start with. Enjoyment comes from consistency and good performances. And I want to win….make some good mates. I’m looking to be in a good environment.”
At 191cm and hovering around the 100kg mark, Jai possesses the frame to make a real impression in this season’s NSW Cup. Coach Taylor certainly hopes 2016 is the year Jai cashes in on the uncommon promise he displayed as a teenager,
Updated Sat Jan 16 11:20:49 2016
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
LADIES LEAGUE TAG TRAINING DATES
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The Wyong Roos Ladies League Tag team are playing in the 9's tournament at Berkeley Vale Oval on Saturday 30th January, 2016. To prepare for that competition, the ladies will be training at the Wyong fields on Wednesday 20th and Wednesday 27th January, 2016. Training commences at 6pm on those nights.
Added Wed Jan 6 12:31:56 2016
Shaun Boss, another of the NSW Cup Originals, and Wyong junior, has decided to try his luck with Lakes United in the 2016 Newcastle Toohey’s Cup competition.
Shaun played 1st Grade with the Roos as a teenager in the very tough Newcastle comp, spent 2009-2010 in the Knights Under 20’s, and 2011-2012 as part of the red and blue’s NSW Cup squad. When Wyong first entered the NSWRL State based competition in 2013, Shaun was quick to return home, and has been a stalwart ever since, putting his body on the line week after week, and leading by example.
Shaun has been ruthless in assessing his own performances, and has consistently worked hard to maintain standards and earn his selection. His dedication and commitment is certain to rub off on the younger players of our northern neighbour.
Keep an eye out for Shaun in Lakes colours when the Roos take on the Seagulls in a trial at Morry Breen Field on Saturday 19 March. Lakes’ gain is Wyong’s loss, and although Shaun will be sorely missed, he leaves with our sincerest best wishes.
Updated Wed Jan 13 13:35:15 2016
Matt Toohey, the Roos Strength & Conditioning Director in Seasons 2014 and 2015, has grabbed a similar gig at Newcastle Knights for 2016. The position at Wyong was Matt’s first in charge of a program, and he brought to the job cutting edge technology, and the most up to date ideas on conditioning, rehab and prehab. Matt was instrumental in the Roos charge to last year’s NSW Cup Grand Final, and the limited numbers of players used in those two campaigns, and the fact we always competed strongly in the back end of matches, can largely be attributed to the fitness program put in place by Matt. Being part of an NRL program at such a young age is recognition of his expertise and growing reputation, and Wyong Roos wish him the best of luck in this new venture (though not too much, when the Roos face the Knights on 30 April and again on 21 August).
Updated Wed Jan 13 13:38:17 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
2016 SENIOR PLAYER REGISTRATIONS
Those persons intending to play senior rugby league with Wyong Roos in Season 2016 should register as soon as possible.
Any person anticipating playing in the Jason Annear Memorial 9’s Tournament to be held at Berkeley Vale on Saturday 30 January 2016 must be registered beforehand.
Click on the Leaguenet icon on the homepage of this website and follow the registration prompts.
Updated Wed Jan 6 15:11:31 2016
2016 LADIES LEAGUE TAG REGISTRATION
Any ladies (15 years and above) wishing to play League Tag with Wyong Roos in Season 2016 should register as soon as possible.
Wyong Roos has entered a Ladies League Tag team to contest the competition held at Berkeley Vale on 30 January 2016 as part of the Jason Annear Memorial Invitational 9’s Tournament.
Ladies intending to play in that competition must be registered beforehand.
Click on the Leaguenet icon on the Homepage of this website and follow the registration prompts.
Updated Wed Jan 6 15:13:51 2016
CENTURIONS SEASON 2016 HOME GAMES
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The Central Coast Centurions Harold Matthews Cup and SG Ball Cup representative teams play five home games at Morry Breen Field in Season 2016.
- 13 February v Parramatta Eels
- 19 March v Wests Tigers
- 26 March v Sydney Roosters
- 2 April v South Sydney Rabbitohs
- 9 April v South West Academy of Sport
Many future stars will be strutting their stuff, and the standard of footy is sure to be sky high. Come and cheer on the local boys.
Updated Thu Jan 7 05:18:54 2016
LEAGUE SAFE COURSE ON LINE
The minimum requirement for non-player onfield involvement in rugby league is League Safe accreditation.
The NRL offers courses online. Those interested should visit the NRL website and follow the course link League Safe.
Updated Thu Jan 7 15:45:57 2016
The NRL is conducting Sports Trainer Level 1, Level 1 Reaccreditation and Level 2 Reaccreditation courses on the weekends of 6-7 February and 9-10 April at Canton Beach Sports Club.
Wyong Roos senior staff wishing to participate should register on the NRL website by following the relevant registration link and notify Matt Lavin for reimbursement of the fee.
Updated Thu Jan 7 15:51:54 2016
ROOS ANNOUNCE 3RD NSW CUP TRIAL
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Wyong Roos will trial against Newcastle Knights on 26 February. The match, to be played over three 20 minute periods, will be the Roos final hit out before the competition proper commences with the Round 1 clash against Wentworthville Magpies at Ringrose Park on 6 March.
The Friday night trial will kick off at 7pm at Cessnock Sportsground.
Updated Sun Jan 31 10:18:18 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
ROOSTERS PRE SEASON FIXTURES
With the NRL Telstra Premiership just over a month away from kick off, it's time to start getting excited about rugby league in 2016. Before the Roosters kick off the NRL season though, there is still plenty of work to do in the pre-season. Folow the link below for fixture details.
Updated Tue Feb 2 11:32:44 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
MATCH REPORT - ROOS -v- WESTS TIGERS TRIAL 13TH FEBRUARY, 2016
Wyong travelled to Kirkham Park Elderslie, the home of the Camden Rams, to take on Wests Tigers, a Club in the process of rebuilding under Head Coach, Jason Taylor in his second season at the helm. Long term NSW Cup Coach, Paul Fletcher, had been replaced for Season 2016 by former Roos coach, Paul Stringer, and this trial had Stringer matching wits with Coach Taylor, his immediate replacement. Neither man would place much stock in the first trial, especially in the absence of the bulk of their likely competition outfits. However, the trial played over three 25 minute thirds, would be of interest for the subtle hints contained in the way each squad will go about their business in the season ahead.
Big men Carne Doyle-Manga and Zane Tetevano worked in tandem to repeatedly bend back the Tigers defence. Skipper Mitch Williams, and new recruit half, Kauri Apouri, switched the point of attack throughout each possession set, looking to exploit the defensive soft spot behind the ruck and free Jai Ingram on the left edge. Wests defended well from their goal line, and although the Roos dominated field position in the early exchanges, they lacked the punch and cohesion to convert that dominance into points. The Tigers had big, fast men angling behind the play the ball, tactically trying to tire Williams, but also hoping to take advantage of any failure of the visitors to properly tie the ruck defence into the general line. The strategy was somewhat successful, but play broke down for the Tigers because of handling and ball security issues.
Wyong scored first in the 12th minute. Lock Brock Molan, discerned the Tigers were a man short on their right edge, and crossed behind the ruck with players in support. The home team’s defence adjusted inward to meet the threat, leaving winger Aaiden Wright unmarked on the eastern touchline. Molan drew the defence, then passed wide to Wright, who took the ball at pace, stepped off his left foot and quickly found the ground in the ingoal.
Tetevano was finding his timing in defence, blindsiding his prey, buckling one then levelling a second. An extended period of possession tested the Roos defence, with a Wests forward being held up over the line, but planting the ball with an outstretched hand. The Tigers scored their second on the bell which signalled the end of the first period, and at that break the locals led two tries to one.
Wests were ascendant after the first break, but the Roos weathered that storm. Assisted by several consecutive penalties, Coach Stringer’s crew began building pressure. Justin Toomey-White upended his opposite, and Matt Ikuvalu rescued his team with some brave defence in the south east corner.
The Tigers burst a hole behind the ruck. Ingram chased down the ball carrier, then did his professional best to impede the play moving forward. Wests spread the ball and outflanked the slow recovering Roos, then scored a fourth in almost identical circumstances. Young forward, Jackson Hill, capitalised on some strong work from Tetevano, to narrow the scoreline to four tries to two at the second break.
Alex Langbridge moved to left half, and his brother Daniel to the right for the last 25 minutes, with almost immediate effect. Alex was busy, regularly creating doubt in the minds of the Tigers’ defence. Daniel was brave, taking the ball to the line and putting his body in front of much larger and more experienced opposition. Centre Cameron Moran worked some space off the elder Langbridge. The combination was in operation a second time only minutes later, with Moran racing clear, only to be called back for a legitimate obstruction.
The black and gold responded by positioning one of their quick men on the outside shoulder of right centre Mitch Renwick. The ploy resulted in a fifth try for the Tigers. Wyong still looked keen for points, and with Langbridge senior directing play, there was plenty of energy in and about what the Roos were doing. Alex took the ball left of the ruck and kicked with precision into the ingoal. Wright scorched through to touch down.
Josh Montgomery discovered his rhythm, and darted from acting half with telling results. Ingram stood and offloaded to Kieren Gallagher, but the Roos fullback could not quite find fresh air after a probing run.
When the Tigers were next in possession, Wright drove his opposite over the sideline. Ingram blew a hole off Tetevano’s left shoulder, then span through three defenders to score.
Final scoreline; West Tigers 5 (tries) – Wyong Roos 4 (tries).
The green and gold were very strong for the first 40 minutes or so, and despite lacking that killer instinct and smooth execution inside the opposition 20m, the signs were good. The Roos had only three full time Roosters on deck, whereas the Tigers boasted four players with NRL experience.
The competition will be even tougher this season, with focus moving away from the NYC to the second tier.
The Roos face another stern test in Wollongong next Saturday, taking on Illawarra Cutters on their home ground. Kick off is at 3.00pm.
Updated Mon Feb 22 12:45:48 2016
SYDNEY ROOSTERS NAME AUCKLAND 9'S SQUAD
Six players who took the field for Wyong Roos in the Season 2015 VB NSW Cup Grand Final have been named in the Sydney Roosters squad to contest the NRL Auckland 9’s next weekend.
Abraham Papalii, Tyler Cornish, Brendan Elliott, Omar Slaimankhel, Nathan Smith and Eloni Vunakece will pull on the famous Red, White and Blue jumper to take on the world’s best at Eden Park.
The Roosters respectively face South Sydney Rabbitohs and Parramatta Eels at 12.30pm and 4.25pm (NZ time) on Saturday (6 February), and then take on Melbourne Storm at 10.35am on Sunday (7 February).
Whether or not the tricolours can progress from the pool rounds to the finals will depend on the results of those matches.
The Roosters full squad is;
Braith Anasta (c)
Updated Wed Feb 3 12:50:59 2016
NSW CUP NOW NAMED INTRUST SUPER PREMIERSHIP NSW
NSW Rugby League CEO David Trodden today launched the 2016 season with the announcement of Intrust Super as the major new naming rights sponsor of the state's premier competition for the next three years. The competition, formerly the NSW Cup, will now be known as the "Intrust Super Premiership NSW".
Follow the link below for full NSW Rugby League article.
Updated Mon Feb 29 13:14:11 2016
WYONG ROOS @ THE JASON ANNEAR MEMORIAL 9'S
The Roos kicked off proceedings with an 8.40am match against Gulargambone Rovers. Wyong looked rusty and disjointed, but with the ball in hand were too fit and strong for the feisty Rovers, eventually winning 18-0.
Early errors and lack of respect for possession proved the Roos downfall in match two, with La Perouse Panthers, neatly managing each 7 minute half, to outlast the fast finishing Roos 12-9.
Wyong were facing an embarrassingly early exit from the tournament, and needed to beat favourites Wests Tigers, to be any chance of progressing to the semi-finals. The green and gold rallied, and forced some errors at crucial times with an in your face defensive strategy. Self doubt crept into the Tigers psyche, and after the Roos scored the opening two tries, the Tigers capitulated, no doubt preserving their energy for later matches. The Roos won 10-4, but had to rely on other results if they were to advance as the best performed runner up of the three pools.
A very heavy Field 2 at Berkeley Vale was the venue for the semi-final against Redfern All Blacks. Wyong managed to sneak the last position in the semi-finals with a for and against coefficient which exceeded that of their closest rival by just three points. Early errors provided Redfern with good field position, and a poor defensive read, with first points. The All Blacks took advantage of every attacking opportunity, and were only kept out by some desperate Wyong defence. However, the experienced Redfern team scored twice before the Roos could respond, then displayed their mastery of this type of rugby league, extinguishing any possibility of a Wyong comeback by controlling possession and constantly pressuring the locals both sides of the ball. The final scoreline of 15-8 was a fair indication of the difference between the combatants.
Redfern advanced to the final, but were no match for the well conditioned Wests Tigers, going down 24-0 in a lopsided affair.
Congratulations to Co-ordinator Shayne Hayne and his crew from Berkeley Vale on a very successful tournament. Despite some heavy rain in the weeks preceding the event, the grounds were presented in good condition, and the match play went off smoothly, without any problems.
Congratulations must also go to Paul Stringer and his young Wests Tigers squad, which put down a performance when it mattered to deservedly grab the cash.
Updated Thu Feb 11 13:58:27 2016
COASTLINE ROOS AT JASON ANNEAR 9'S
The Fijians were the talk of the tournament, putting on a show with swarming defence, rapid ball movement, repeated offloads and energy everywhere. The Coastline boys comfortably accounted for Central Coast United 22-15 in the first of their pool matches, then Woy Woy Roosters 24-0 in their second. The theme continued in Round 3, when the visitors proved too strong for the Jason Annear All Stars 27-6. However, things were a little different when they faced Newcastle All Blacks in the final pool match, ultimately going down 18-13 to their experienced rivals, not quite recovering after the Novocastrians scored early points. The real deal Roos, somewhat ironically, took fourth spot in the semi-finals as the best performed runner up of the three pools, knocking out their Coastline brethren by just three points on a countback.
The Fijians should not be disappointed; they easily played the most entertaining 9’s football on the day, and did everything they could to display their many talents. Jet propelled winger, Simon Wise, and powerful centre, Sakiusa Nadruku, so impressed the Wyong officials, that they have been invited to stay on for a time and hone their skills with the NSW Cup squad.
The Coastline Roos are big news in their homeland. To check out the Fiji Times article by Maciu Malo, click on the following link –
Updated Fri Feb 5 14:12:48 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
ROOS @ MAREE KELLY MEMORIAL 9'S
There were several new faces at the ladies first hit out for Season 2016, and with only two training sessions under their belt, it took a little time to blow away the cobwebs and re-establish combinations.
The Flyers faced last year’s beaten Grand Finalists, The Entrance Tigers, in the first pool game, and following a rookie mistake from the kick off, our girls found themselves defending deep inside their own half for extended periods. The Tigers are an experienced outfit, with some genuine playmakers, and a great deal of patience. Eventually time in possession and field position told, and translated into points. The second half mirrored the first, with the Roos going down 14-0, but earning the respect of the crowd and the opposition with a strong defensive effort.
The star studded Newcastle Rebels were even tougher in the difficult conditions on Field 2. The locals rarely threatened the well organised Novocastrians, who at times appeared way too confident and comfortable. After a comprehensive loss to the Rebels, the Roos bounced back with an 11-4 victory over the hosts, Berkeley Vale. This was a fine team effort, but particular mention should go to Holly Gibbons and Chantelle Graham, the earlier creating many attacking opportunities, and the latter doing everything she could to take advantage of those chances.
The win resulted in Wyong advancing to the semi-final, to again face The Entrance. The Tigers were too good once more, powering home to a 21-4 victory in a contest that in many ways was a repeat of the earlier match. The Entrance progressed to the final, and in what was considered by many to be an upset, grabbed the decider and the championship in a closely fought battle with Newcastle.
Updated Tue Feb 16 17:23:32 2016
SYDNEY ROOSTERS COMMUNITY CASHBACK
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Sydney Roosters are once again offering the incentive of a cashback payment to local clubs for every Roosters membership sold. This is a great way to benefit your home club and support the Red, White and Bluesters at the same time. Check out the flyer!
Roddy the Rooster and some special Roosters guests will be present at Wyong Roos Juniors first registration day this Saturday (6 February) commencing 9am. Be sure to get along, introduce yourself and purchase a membership.
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Updated Tue Feb 2 17:42:06 2016
NSW CUP - ROOS JUST GET THE BETTER OF CUTTERS IN 2ND TRIAL
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Illawarra, on paper, were a formidable outfit, with the potential to cause some damage on the scoreboard. Wyong benefitted from a larger Roosters contingent this week, including Abraham Papalii, Paki Afu, Omar Slaimankhel and NYC graduate, Joey Lussick. Pre-match, Coach Taylor was looking for an improved defensive effort, and more work from the back five.
Zane Tetevano, Eloni Vunakece and Papalii, thundered into the opposition from the outset. When possession changed, the committed and fast moving Roos defence repeatedly forced Illawarra to kick from inside their 40m line. Captain Mitch Williams was energetic in defence, racing out from marker, and harassing the Cutters designated kickers.
Tetevano attempted an offload close to the opposition goal line. Lussick fumbled and the ball fell kindly to the locals, who carved straight through the heart of the Roos. Backrower, Luke Garner, mowed down the ball carrier, but the play had Wyong retreating. The southeners tested Wyong’s left edge, but good defence from Jai Ingram covering inside to out snuffed out the threat.
Illawarra took their turn to build pressure. Tetevano conceded a shoulder charge penalty. Aaiden Wright, playing at left centre, was then a bit unlucky to be penalised for stripping. After play restarted, Papalii did some good defensive work covering from the inside to nail the Cutters fast moving halfback, Blake Wallace.
The Roos defended three consecutive sets inside their own territory, and when it was their turn with the ball, quickly advanced to Illawarra’s red zone. Williams Jumped left from acting half and turned Vunakece inside him, but the Fijian international was brought down short. The accuracy of Lussick’s last tacke kick compelled the Cutters to knock the ball dead.
Due to a lack of fluency on Wyong’s left edge, the ball went to ground. Papalii and Vunakece were rested. Illawarra centre, Corey Brown, split the Roos middle and raced clear, then stepped past Omar Slaimamkhel. From there it was a regulation catch and pass as the Cutters loomed in support to score. Minutes later, Brown’s centre partner, Izaac Thompson, made Kauri Apouri pay for poor tackle selection, by brushing past him to score. Illawarra’s right winger, Tom Carr, made it three unanswered tries when he leapt highest to catch a bomb inside the Roos ingoal. Fortunately for the visitors, not one of these three tries was converted. After 34 minutes the Cutters led 12-0.
Wyong looked to hit back. Jackson Hill made good metres close to the ruck. Lussick kicked Crossfield, but Illawarra did well to chaperone the ball to safety. The Cutters kicked and regathered at the end of their next possession set, but Roos winger Cameron Moran, intelligently killed off the danger.
The green and gold provided a scoreboard response in the 38th minute. Lussick ran to the line with ball in hand, then deftly passed to Hill short and to his right. Hill’s line was superb, and the timing of the pass even better. Hill blasted into the backfield, and with good leg speed outpaced Cutters fullback, Mitchell Porter as he ran an arc to the north east corner. Lussick launched the conversion attempt between the posts. Halftime score; Illawarra 12 – Wyong 6.
Lussick took greater control after the break, and his fondness for Hill running holes on his outside was apparent. The combination proved difficult for the Cutters to contain, Hill being pulled down close to the line. Play continued. Slaimankhel grubbered into the ingoal. Hill was first to the ball, reducing the difference to 12-10 only three minutes into the second half.
Lussick kicked from acting half toward the end of the next possession set, hoping to engineer a 40/20. Porter attempted to defuse that attempt, but in the process was hit by the rolling ball, which then found touch. Wyong had a full set inside Illawarra’s half. Alex Langbridge, replacing Williams, darted past the A defender from acting half, but could not quite offload to support. Lussick kicked with precision into the ingoal, earning the Roos a repeat possession set. Following the drop out, Lussick then delayed a pass to Charlie Taylor after the defence moved beyond the ball, cleverly providing the winger him with sufficient time to cross in the south west corner. Lussick missed the conversion. With 23 mins remaining, Wyong were ahead 12-10.
The Roos kicked at the end of a subsequent set. Porter leapt for the ball when he need not have. Wyong regathered the dropped ball on the Cutters 20m line, and on the fifth tackle of the ensuing set, Slaimankhel dribbled a kick from wide on the right back toward the posts. Brock Molan was on the spot to grab the ball and touch down. Lussick converted. Roos 20 – Cutters 12.
With less than 10 minutes remaining, Williams opted to attack the short side from inside Illawarra’s 10m line. Williams grubbered into space in the ingoal, and Taylor had enough speed to sneak past the retreating defenders and ground the ball. Lussick missed the conversion. Wyong 24 – Illawarra 12.
The Cutters scored twice in the last four minutes of the trial. Thompson capitalised on an inside ball when the defence pushed too far infield trying to combat an extra man. Ingram displayed remarkable speed for a big man when he saved what appeared a certain try with breathtaking cover defence. Papalii followed suit seconds later when he brutally folded Damian Sironen with his own brand of defensive origami. Thompson completed a very good personal day, when he intercepted a pass from Apouri then narrowly beat Ingram to the tryline despite a healthy head start.
Illawarra have speed and talent, but a strong dislike of playing without the ball. The manner in which they capitulated in the second half of this trial will be of concern to the coaching staff.
The Roos showed an admirable degree of patience and perspicacity to find their way out of significant trouble. The forwards were tough and powerful. Tetevano is NRL quality. Vunakece and Papalii, on this performance, are close to his equal. This was Lussick’s trial; his game management and kicking were first class. There was plenty to like about Wyong’s effort and execution, and with Cornish, Smith and Centrone et al all yet to make a contribution, the Roos are entitled to be quietly confident about the season ahead.
Kauri Apouri, Cameron Moran and Izzy Cooper-Tetevano grabbing a feed post-trial
Updated Thu Feb 25 06:00:20 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
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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
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NBN TV - INTERVIEW WITH MITCH WILLIAMS
Updated Thu Mar 17 15:42:04 2016
LADIES LEAGUE TAG TEAM 2016
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The 2016 Wyong Roos Ladies League Tag team has been announced:-
- Chantelle Graham
- Jordan Glanville
- Holly Gibbons
- Madelyne Smith
- Maddie Linnet
- Samantha Redman
- Sarah Dodds
- Nicole Morgan
- Naydine Wahanui
- Emily Caton
- Teearna Langbridge
- Alanna Nicholson
- Courtney Yeo
- Drew Marks
- Kiesha Bovill
- Madeline Simon
- Emma Frost
Training Squad – Keana Mc Govern, Lily Hanning, Faith Hunt.
Training will commence on Tuesday 29th March @ 6:30pm. Round 1 will be played at Morry Breen Oval Wyong Leagues, Saturday 2nd April @ 9am.
Updated Thu Mar 24 17:45:15 2016
WYONG ROOS NAME TEAM FOR ROUND 7 OF INTRUST SUPER PREMIERSHIP
The Wyong Roos have named their team to take on the Penrith Panthers in Round 7 of the Intrust Super Premiership to be played at Morry Breen Oval at 3.00pm on Sunday 17th April, 2016.
1. Alex Langbridge
2. Joe Burgess
3. Chris Centrone
4. Dominic Reardon
5. Charlie Taylor
6. Omar Slaimankhel
7. Kauri Aupouri
8. Paki Afu
9. Mitch Williams (C)
10. Zane Tetevano
11. Jackson Hill
12. Jai Ingram
13. Brock Molan
14. Joey Lussick
15. Luke Garner
16. Jake Lewis
17. Carne Doyle-Manga
Coach - Rip Taylor
Updated Wed Apr 13 06:23:00 2016
VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS - ROUND 1 INTRUST SUPER PREMIERSHIP
Updated Sun Mar 13 10:34:37 2016
ISP TEAM OF THE WEEK - ROUND 4
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FOX SPORTS - ELONI VUNAKECE
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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
JAI INGRAM - ISP MAN OF MATCH
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Congratulations to Wyong Roos player Jai Ingram who was Man of the Match for Round 2 of the Intrust Super Premiership. The 23 year old has come back from significant careeer setbacks to play strongly for the Roos in their win over Mounties.
Added Thu Mar 17 07:02:29 2016
ISP REPORT ROUND 3 - WYONG ROOS DEFEATED BY WESTS TIGERS
Added Sun Mar 20 07:03:01 2016
ISP REPORT ROUND 4 - ROOS DEFEAT WARRIORS
Updated Mon Mar 28 08:04:07 2016
ISP ROUND 4 - VIDEO HIGHLIGHT PACKAGE
Added Wed Mar 30 07:53:36 2016
Josh Bulldog Montgomery celebrated his 21st Birthday at training on Wednesday night. Josh is a member of the ISP squad, and when not required by Coach Taylor, is a key player for Kincumber in the Colts’ campaign for the CCDRL Bendigo Bank 1st Grade Premiership. Congratulations and best wishes from everyone at Roos HQ.
Added Fri Apr 8 10:24:06 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
WYONG ROOS ISP NSW TEAM - ROUND 9
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The Wyong Roos have named their ISP NSW Team to play Newcastle in Round 9.
Mitch Williams ©
Updated Wed Apr 27 11:24:07 2016
CRL BUSH TELEGRAPH - ISSUE 12
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Country Rugby League Bush Telegraph - Issue 12. Follow the link below.
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Updated Mon Apr 11 11:33:25 2016
ISP TEAM OF THE WEEK - ROUND 5
Updated Tue Apr 5 11:51:01 2016
Added Tue Apr 19 12:59:15 2016
LADIES LEAGUE TAG TEAM - ROUND 5
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The Wyong Roos have named their Ladies League Tag team to play Northern Lakes in Round 5 of competition.
Coach: Kerry Allard
Assistant Coach: Robyn Gibbons
Manager: Janelle Heaven
Trainers: Jenny Brown & Gerard Andrews
Updated Wed Apr 27 11:11:22 2016
UNDER 19'S TEAM - ROUND 5
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The Wyong Roos have named their Under 19's team to play Northern Lakes in Round 5.
20.Joseph Marshall ©
12.Jarrod Kessler ©
Coach: Jason Parker
Assistant Coach: Les Hannah &Tony Keevill
Manager: Dave Lewis
Trainers: Deny Brew, Ray, Wheway & Paul Bradbury
Updated Wed Apr 27 11:13:47 2016
OPEN GRADE TEAM - ROUND 5
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The Wyong Roos haved named their Open Grade team to play Northern Lakes in Round 5.
1. Josh Liddle
- Iliesa Cama
- Jeremy Tunks
- Chris Brown
- Ben Morsillo
- Zack Leaudais
- Luke Walsh
- Gary Field
- Matthew Power
- Luke Blackhall (c)
- Mitch Green
- Ryan Paes
- Sunny Tukupua
Coach: Luke Blackhall
Manager: Steve Brown
Trainers: Ian Wood, Matt Byrnes & Shaun Paes
Updated Wed Apr 27 11:15:49 2016
ISP NSW VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS - ROUND 6
Added Tue Apr 19 13:27:02 2016
RESERVE GRADE TEAM - ROUND 5
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The Wyong Roos have named their Reserve Grade team to play Northern Lakes in Round 5.
- Scott Fitzpatrick
- Beau Richards
- Mitch Renwick
- Clay Macarthur
- Michael Smith
- Jesse Codey
- Jake Fuller
- Dustin Baldry
- Troy Baxter
- Jake Maher
- Darcy Gilchrist
- Aja Roberts
Coach: Matt Ross
Assistant Coach: Troy Baxter
Trainers: Richard Gardner, Kyle Butler & Matt Byrnes
Updated Wed Apr 27 11:17:27 2016
FIRST GRADE TEAM - ROUND 5
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The Wyong Roos have named their First Grade team to play Northern Lakes in Round 5.
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Coach: Tony Clarke
Managers: Gavin Wand & Scott Purcell
Trainers: Robbie Williams, Blake Field & Danny Lawson
Updated Wed Apr 27 11:18:25 2016
SEVEN ROOS IN CENTURIONS SENIOR REP SQUAD
What a difference 12 months and a winning start to the new season can make. After no Wyong players gained selection in the Centurions senior squad in Season 2015, seven Roos have made the cut to contest this year’s Country Championships. Kauri Aupouri, Jay Florimo, Matt Ikavalu, Alex Langbridge, Jake Lewis, Kurt Warden and Aaiden Wright will join 12 players from other Central Coast clubs as preparations begin for the Round 1 match with Riverina on 14 May 2016 at Morry Breen Field.
Wyong has the most representation of any club, followed closely by The Entrance Tigers with five.
The full squad, to be coached by Jamy Forbes, is;
Kauri Aupouri Wyong
Tim Burrell Erina
Shaune Corrigan The Entrance
Jake Fitzpatrick Toukley
Jay Florimo Wyong
Jay Hemming Erina
Matt Ikavalu Wyong
Ryan Jowett The Entrance
Alex Langbridge Wyong
Jake Lewis Wyong
Tim Nawaquatabu The Entrance
Grant Nelson The Entrance
Jye Newton Toukley
Harley Ridge The Entrance
Sam Wara Ourimbah
Kurt Warden Wyong
Troy Woodley Kincumber
Beau Woodley Kincumber
Aaiden Wright Wyong
Congratulations to Kauri, Jay, Matt, Alex, Jake, Kurt and Aaiden. Hopefully the whole team performs well and the Club boasts a few more Country Reps by the end of the Championships. Training starts on 27 April at Roos HQ.
Updated Tue Apr 26 17:39:20 2016
ISP NSW GAME REPORT - WYONG ROOS -v- PENRITH
Updated Sun Apr 17 19:01:13 2016
ISP REPORT ROUND 5 - ROOS DEFEAT CANTERBURY
Updated Mon Apr 4 06:56:35 2016
ISP ROUND 5 - VIDEO HIGHLIGHT PACKAGE
Updated Tue Apr 5 05:57:20 2016
ROOS IN LADIES LEAGUE TAG REP TEAM
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The Centurions Ladies League Tag representative team has been selected to contest the Country Championships, and features Sarah Dodds and Holly Gibbons from Wyong Roos. Sarah is new to the Club in Season 2016, and in four rounds of football has scored a remarkable nine tries. Holly was the Best & Fairest Player for the Roos in Season 2015.
The Centurions face Riverina on 14 May in Round 1. Kick off is at 12 noon on Bill Hicks Field Kanwal.
The full Centurions squad is;
Claire Reed Berkeley Vale
Jasmine Dillon Erina
Cassidy Atkins Erina
Kirra Dibb Erina
Madi Crowe Erina
Kylie McMullan Erina
Ranni Jackson Kincumber
Tara Angell Terrigal
Shannon Higgins Terrigal
Holly Buchanan The Entrance
Stephanie Sharp The Entrance
Bree Dawson The Entrance
Solest Montgomery The Entrance
Sarah Dodds Wyong
Holly Gibbons Wyong
Damien Montgomery will coach the team, and be assisted by Craig Causey. Alison Flanagan has been appointed Manager and Chris Liggins Trainer.
Preparations commence with an induction and initial session at Roos HQ on 27 April.
Congratulations to both Sarah and Holly in being the Roos first representative players in Ladies League Tag.
Updated Fri Apr 29 06:11:59 2016
CRL BUSH TELEGRAPH - ISSUE 13
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Country Rugby League Bush Telegraph - Issue 13. Follow the link below.
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Added Sat Apr 16 06:30:18 2016
LOOKPRO PHOTOGRAPHY - WYONG ROOS ACTIONS SHOTS
Updated Mon Apr 4 06:53:05 2016
ISP NSW GAME REPORT - WYONG ROOS -v- MANLY
Added Sun Apr 10 09:32:46 2016
CRL BUSH TELEGRAPH - ISSUE 14
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Country Rugby League Bush Telegraph - Issue 14. Follow the link below.
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Updated Sat Apr 23 09:43:04 2016
ISP REPORT ROUND 9 - ROOS DEFEAT NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS
Updated Sun May 1 07:47:17 2016
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