TANAYA & TYLAH IN AUSTRALIAN OZTAG TEAM



Wyong Roos Ladies League Tag players, Tanaya Millar and Tylah Vallance have been named in the Australian Under 16 Girl’s squad to contest the World Cup in Coffs Harbour 1-4 November 2018. Thirty-two countries will take their place in the tournament, with not only Australian and New Zealand based players, but overseas players as well. Both young ladies performed well in open league tag competition in 2017, and the experience gained with the Roos should see them well prepared for their assault on the World Cup. The Board and Management of Wyong Rugby League Club Group congratulate Tanaya and Tylah on this significant achievement, and wish each of them the best possible tournament.

Photo: Tylah Vallance (left) and Tanayah Millar (right)

 

 


            Updated Wed Dec 27 13:55:37 2017 AEDT



MITCH WILLIAMS - A CAPTAINS BLOG 3



A Captain’s Blog Part 3 Welcome back Rugby League fans, Wyong Roos supporters and those folk that love a good piece of literature to finish off their working day. What a week it has been here at Roos HQ. As the season draws closer, it has been heads down and tails up as players and staff alike prepare for the year ahead.

My week kicked off like any other, with my job as a Rugby League Development Officer and training consuming most of my time. That all changed mid-Thursday, when Coach Rip Taylor informed me that I would be heading to Mackay with the Sydney Roosters to play in the NRL trial against the North Queensland Cowboys. I don’t really like talking about myself (I’m sure a few of the boys and my partner would disagree), but I’ll give it a shot. For a kid that grew up supporting the Sydney Roosters, and then having spent the last 10 years actively chasing the NRL dream, this was pretty close, and I couldn’t wait to pull on the jersey.

After a short training session in Sydney on Friday, we flew via Brisbane to Mackay, for the overnight stay before the game Saturday night. Game day seemed to drag on forever, as I eagerly awaited the 7pm kick off. After a team walk, a few meals and a nap, it was time for the short bus trip to the stadium. I had been feeling relaxed and confident until I arrived at the oval, and saw the thousands already in attendance. The occasion slapped me square in the face. I’m not accustomed to fans, or anyone for that matter, greeting me off the team bus.

I had been told that they love their Rugby League in Mackay, and the 10,000 supporters that sold the ground out certainly added to what was a night I will never forget. Whilst dodging the extreme heat in Sydney, the humidity in Mackay was going to test all the players, in what was for many their first hit out. With the Cowboys fielding an extremely strong side, I knew that I needed to be up for the challenge, and hoped all the work that had gone into my pre-season with my team mates at Wyong Roos would hold me in good stead.

The game flew by in a blur of tackling, running and catching my breath. Whilst I would have loved to have had some more attacking opportunities, I was happy with how I defended and my passing, and despite the last minute field goal to see us lose 11-10, no one was wiping the smile off my face at full time. A few things made this game even more special for me; I was lucky enough to have the big man, Eloni Vunakece, beside me. I’ve now been playing with Lonz for 5 years, and to see such a familiar face, made me feel much more comfortable. But the highlight of the night for me was to see my Mum and my partner, Kendal, in the crowd. Both went to great lengths on short notice to be at the game, but that was no surprise to me as each has shown countless times they would move mountains to support me. They have seen the struggles and highlights of my career, and seeing them after the game and getting to share that moment with them was incredible. I will always be so grateful for how much they have done for me.

So many people wished me well. I just want to say thanks to my Roos team mates and coaching staff for helping me be in the position to play that game.

I wasn’t the only one who played a game on Saturday night, with the Wyong Roos boys making the long bus trip down the south coast to take on the Illawarra Cutters at WIN Stadium. Sydney’s heat was in full effect, but the players were cooled off by the sea breeze at the perfectly located stadium. The boys got the season off to a great start with a 38-26 victory, in a game where Rip said his experienced players really led from the front. Rip made special mention of Jake Lewis, Brock Molan and Alex Langbridge, who all stepped up and showed the other boys what it takes at this level. These three are part of the Roos leadership group, and they continue to improve and grow as players and leaders. The player that caught Coach Taylor’s eye the most though, was Dan Langbridge. Starting in the halves, Dan had a superb all round game and showed his ability at a higher level against good opposition. Many of our U/19 Premiership winning side also got their first taste of footy at this level, and from all reports, handled themselves extremely well. Even though it was only a trial, it’s great to get that winning feeling around the Club.

This week we head to the beautiful Central Coast Stadium for our final hit out before the season proper. We will be taking on the newly formed Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles, who will be playing as Manly’s feeder side in the Intrust Super Premiership this season. Both teams have named strong sides, in what should be a great game to gauge where we are at before the season.

Go the Roos - Mitch Williams.


            Updated Thu Nov 30 09:28:42 2017 AEDT



MITCH WILLIAMS - A CAPTAINS BLOG 2



A Captain’s Blog. Welcome to the second edition of A Captain’s Blog. Plenty has happened since my debut article, and although I’ve received various offers from larger media outlets, I will be continuing to bring you direct Roos news from inside the squad. So sit back, relax and put on the kettle, as we hop back into all the latest information and weekly happenings that occur here in “the pouch” at Roos HQ. Let’s kick off from where we left things; the Christmas break as always came and went in the blink of an eye, and before we knew it, we were working off that Christmas ham on Morry Breen Oval as strength and conditioning coach Bruce Gulliver pushed us all to our limits in preparation for the season. It’s safe to say a few boys treated themselves over the Christmas break, and Bruce is taking great pleasure in getting them back in shape. I’ve been involved in a few pre-seasons now, and the month of January was as hard as any I’ve encountered. We ran sand dunes, time trials, shuttles, countless 200m sprints, and then stepped up the intensity in all our contact sessions. They say you have to train how you want to play, and with some of the contact Nick “The Jukebox” Lynn has produced on his team mates, I would hate to be his opposition. With what I have witnessed in 2017, all the squad are preparing themselves for a big year. The 28th January marked the annual Jason Annear Memorial 9’s tournament. Once again Wyong Roos fielded a side in the competition. The coaching staff had chosen a young side, with just a sprinkling of experienced players. The side was led by the big front rower from Goulburn, Jake Lewis, who did a great job leading the boys, and showing them how to get things done. Played in stifling conditions, the side won 3 of their 4 pool games, and advanced to the semi-finals before falling to the Newcastle All Blacks in a tight encounter. In what was a great hit out for the boys, it was pleasing to see some of the young boys really handle themselves on the field against men. Whilst all the boys performed strongly, a special mention to Kieren “Turtle” Gallagher, who took on more of a play making role than he is accustomed to, and did an outstanding job. Jake Lewis carted it forward all day, and was the glue in the middle. Young halves, Jesse Stephen and Aaron Heaven, did well to create space for the speed men out wide, with Kye Martin finishing off a great try. The less said about Kye’s attempted drop goal to convert, the better. The player who caught my eye the most was Isaiah Cooper-Tetevano. With the ability to go over or around a defender, Izzy was a constant handful for the defence, and is primed for a big 2017. Coach Tony Clarke was pleased with the performance from his squad given the heat and the scheduling of their fixtures. A quick shout out to Aaron Heaven, who unfortunately broke his collarbone after being hit late. Here’s to a speedy recovery mate. Time to get in the gym and build up those legs. The remaining members of the squad got an early morning touch up on the training field, before heading to Berkeley Vale to cheer on the boys. Last weekend saw us travel to Point Wolstoncroft Sport and Recreation Camp for a weekend of activities, goal setting and some bonding. After a good training session Friday, we headed to camp and got ourselves settled in our rooms. Each room sleeps 8-10, although I’m not quite sure the bunk beds were built for Rugby League players. I personally enjoyed the space in my double bed underneath the air conditioner. The camp was also the first chance for a few of the Sydney Roosters players to join the squad, and get to know the players and staff. After a feed, a few drinks and plenty of table tennis, it was lights out. Saturday morning started with bacon and eggs. Then we were off with the instructor to start our activities. We began with the rock climbing wall, and a few races up it between the teams. I think all the boys were happy they had a harness on and team mates to rely on. Although some teams didn’t show their climber much love, and left them hanging from the wall on occasions. Next up we ventured to the infamous wombat hole. I can’t say it is my favourite activity; any activity that requires you to crawl inside a bin is never going to end well. The wombat hole is a pitch black obstacle course, where you crawl between tyres around the track until the exit. It’s an extremely tight fit, and the objects hanging down from the roof do nothing to curb your fears. It’s a sand based maze, and whilst it only lasts a few minutes, can seem like an eternity as you struggle to find your bearings. I’d have to say that seeing the little bit of light that creeps through the exit door is one of the best feelings going, even if the Langbridge brothers thought it would be funny to lock me in at the exit. Full credit to the boys for all diving head first into the wombat hole and giving it a crack. We were lucky enough to have Newcastle Knights premiership winner Tony Butterfield as a guest speaker at lunch. “Butts” shared stories from his own career. He also provided some advice for players on the fringe of 1st grade, which all the boys appreciated. After lunch we headed to the high ropes course, where Bruce Gulliver showed us a few focusing techniques, which unfortunately for him, did nothing for his balance. We will be endeavouring to have the video of him on the website; it is well worth the watch. Roosters squad member, Lindsay Collins, and fellow prop, Jake Lewis, showed that front rowers can have plenty of balance as they tamed the course. But quote of the day went to Luke Sharpe, who said; “I am not scared of heights, just of falling!” I couldn’t have said it better myself. The afternoon consisted of swims in the lake, with a few boys showing their aerobatic moves off the wharf. Hopefully they’ll hang a ladder off the wharf, so our ever-shrinking Assistant Coach, Ian Bourke, doesn’t have to swim to shore each time. The night rolled on with some card games, table tennis and Justin Toomey-White singing a few classic tracks. But the highlight of the night was the wrestle between Nathan Clarke and Matt Ikuvalu. The atmosphere in the room was electric, and had far more entertainment than the Mundine-Green fight the night before. Although Nathan’s Dad had trained him well, it was Matt who came up with the submission to remain the No.1 wrestler at the Wyong Roos. In what I believe is already a very tight group, the effort from the newer members of the squad was great to see, and I hope they continue to buy into what it is to be a Wyong Roo. This weekend sees our first trial game against last year’s champions, the Illawarra Cutters, down south at WIN Stadium. The game will be before the Dragons NRL trial, and is a great opportunity for all the players, but especially the younger guys to get a taste of what this competition offers. I know all the boys are pumped for the first hit out, and maybe to do some more ball work instead of conditioning with Bruce. Heads up boys, the fun with Bruce isn’t over yet. This year Wyong Roos is looking to step up its social media game. Keep your eye out for the player profiles, which will give you a chance to get to know a little bit more information about your favourite Roos players.

Go the Roos.              

Mitch Williams.


            Updated Thu Nov 30 09:28:33 2017 AEDT



MITCH WILLIAMS - A CAPTAINS BLOG



Mitch Williams - A Captains Blog - After a false start last year in which I suffered from a severe case of writer’s block, I have resumed my position at the desk, and invite you into the world that is the Wyong Roos senior squad. Throughout the season I’ll be sharing training details, game previews and reviews, as well as introducing you to some of the interesting characters that make up the squad; from rookies like U/19 star Aaron Heaven, to fan favourite and NSW cup veteran, Brock “Choc” Molan. I will also look to give you an insight into what life is like as a semi-professional Rugby League player, the ups and downs, and the pressures that come with sitting on the cusp of the NRL whilst juggling training, work and study.

I have been lucky enough to captain the mighty Wyong Roos since their move to the NSW Cup in 2013. As a kid who first played for the Roos as a 14 year old, to now captain the club in such an elite competition, is a role I take great pride in. I enjoy the challenge and the extra responsibility, as well as rating myself pretty highly in the coin toss department.

But enough about me, let’s talk Rugby League. 2017 will be the Roos 5th year competing in the NSW Cup competition, and 3rd year affiliated with the Sydney Roosters. Whilst the Central Coast seniors will once again compete in U/19’s, Ladies League Tag, Opens, Reserves and 1st grade. Following an outstanding season where we won the club championship, all sides made the finals and the U/19’s and 1st grade sides both lifted the trophy on grand final day, the club is again primed for a big season.

Training commenced on the 21st November, and after the meet and greet it was time to get down to business. It’s been great to see the development of players already, with the 10 U/19’s players pushing themselves hard and working on their game each week. The majority of the squad has remained quite similar, with only a few new additions. This time of year belongs to strength and conditioning coach, Bruce Gulliver, who in his prime was one of Australia’s premier 100m sprinters. Bruce is also one of the best characters I have met, and never short of a story. Whether it’s in the gym or out on the field, you’ll find Bruce with his whistle and stopwatch rallying the troops through countless sweat sessions. Amongst the lifting and running, we have been hard at work with our individual core skills and tackle technique drills, all under the watchful eyes of current “A” grade premiership winning coach, Tony Clarke, and NSW Cup assistant, and one of the sharpest minds in Rugby League, Ian Bourke. However most of the chat has been around the dreaded sand dune sessions. Rugby League training in summer at the beach sounds like it should be okay, but running up a soft sand hill has left all the boys wishing we were back at the oval.

Over the first block of training we’ve celebrated birthdays, welcomed new players, worked extremely hard, and even managed to sneak in some fun when Coach Taylor wasn’t looking. With the Christmas break upon us, I know all the boys and staff will be looking forward to a break, before ripping back into the 2017 season.

Go the Roos.
Mitch Williams.


            Updated Thu Nov 30 09:28:22 2017 AEDT



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            Updated Thu Nov 30 09:27:00 2017 AEDT



MITCH WILLIAMS - A CAPTAINS BLOG



A Captains Blog. A coach once told me, “if you are still playing football in September, you are doing something right”. So here we are mid-September and the ISP NSW side has a huge preliminary final clash against the New Zealand Warriors, and 1st Grade is gunning for back to back titles when they face Terrigal Sharks in this weekend’s CCDRL Grand Final. With our other senior sides failing to progress through the finals series, the Club’s hope for a premiership now rests with 1st Grade and the ISP NSW side. Whilst not having more Wyong teams featuring on Grand Final Day is disappointing, I believe the number of young players who have developed and progressed through the grades is a real highlight of the season. Eight players from last year’s Premiership winning U/19’s side have played 1st grade this year, and whilst still eligible for the age competition, each has played a full season in grade. Most of the players in this year’s U/19’s side have experienced grade football. Even with those players unavailable from time to time because of their grade commitments, the team still managed to finish just one game shy of a Grand Final spot after losing to Berkeley Vale on Sunday. Coach Jason “Angry” Parker and his staff should be congratulated on the job they continue to do in developing players. I was coached by “Angry” in the U/19’s, and the systems he has in place are effective and have enabled his teams to win many premierships over the years.

Reserve Grade and Opens didn’t live up to expectations for 2017. However, both teams still qualified for the finals, and with young players in key positions, will be stronger next season. Special mention needs to be made of the Ladies League Tag side. After winning the first finals game, the team lost a tight encounter the next week and were eliminated. In a tough competition, our Ladies took it to the top sides, and given the youth and inexperience across the squad this year, I can see nothing but success for this team in coming seasons. Both the ISP NSW side and 1st Grade had the weekend off following wins over Canterbury Bulldogs in extra time and Terrigal 14-12 in the Major Semi. The teams have taken this time to recover, but more importantly, to start preparing for the clashes ahead. First Grade will play Terrigal in the Grand Final at Woy Woy Oval at 3:30pm on Sunday in what promises to be a huge encounter. Wyong have beaten the Sharks in all three meetings this season, but it took a scintillating solo try from captain Alex Langbridge to steal a come from behind victory in their last match. Terrigal will feature in four of the five Grand Finals on Sunday, in what is a massive achievement for the Club. Both Matt and Chad Sharp, who played in the 2009 Wyong side which won the Newcastle Rugby League 1st Grade competition, will turn out for Terrigal. I’m sure they will be primed to lead the Sharks to a premiership. Wyong have been the dominant side all season, but will need to be at their very best to claim back to back titles.

In more good news for 1st Grade and the Club, Kye Martin received the Central Coast Rookie of the Year award for his remarkable first year in the top grade. After winning last year’s U/19’s competition, then working incredibly hard during pre-season training, Kye was rewarded with a 1st Grade debut in Round 1, and has been a mainstay in that team ever since. Kye was further rewarded when selected in the ISP NSW side to play Newcastle Knights in the last round of the competition. Winning this weekend’s Grand Final would be the perfect end to an outstanding season for Kye. The ISP side will face the New Zealand Warriors on Sunday at Leichardt Oval for a spot in the Grand Final. It’s also a huge clash between the teams which finished the regular season in 1st and 2nd battling for a single berth in the Grand Final. The Warriors boast a strong team all over the park and were extremely impressive in beating the Newcastle Knights last weekend. The last match between us finished in a draw, and we are expecting another tight encounter. We have put ourselves in a great position to win this competition, and on Sunday will face our toughest test yet. I know the team will not only be ready, but desperate to be the first team booked into the 2017 ISP NSW Grand Final. Over the weekend the Central Coast Junior Grand Finals were played. Wyong Roos featured in four, and after great seasons these teams produced their best footy to win all four Grand Finals. Congratulations to all Wyong Roos teams for outstanding seasons, but especially to the Premiership winning 12-3’s, 13-2’s, 16-2’s and 17’s. Special shout out to Brady Barwick, who coached the U/17’s to an extra time victory. Brady will be looking to add his own premiership as a player, when he lines up on Sunday in the 1st Grade Grand Final. I know both teams would love as much support as possible this weekend, so get in your green and gold and cheer a Roos side to victory. Go the Roos.              Mitch Williams.


            Updated Thu Nov 30 09:26:07 2017 AEDT



THREE ROOS IN ISP TEAM OF THE YEAR


The contributions of Luke Sharpe, Matt Ikuvalu and Eloni Vunakece to the Roos ISP Minor Premiership campaign have been recognised by the selection of each in the Team of the Year.

Luke is a Wyong Junior who returned to the Club in Season 2017 after a year with Wests Tigers NYC squad. Luke was a dual Premiership winner (1st Grade and Under 18’s) with the Club in 2014 and has developed his game to such an extent he is now regarded as one of the best custodians in the second tier competition. Five times this year Luke was named in the Team of the Week, scoring 12 tries, making 13 line breaks and averaging 123m per game.

Matt Ikuvalu is an Erina Junior who spent some time in the Manly system before joining the Roos in Season 2015. Matt played his way into a permanent ISP spot last season and has gone on from there, earning membership in the Team of the Week four times in Season 2017, scoring 6 tries, making 10 line breaks and averaging 133m per game.

Lonz is a Wyong Roos ISP original, signing with the Club in 2013, and quickly becoming a favourite with players and supporters. Eloni worked hard to secure himself an NRL contract with Sydney Roosters, but loves his time at Kanwal. Eloni is a regular Test player for Fiji Bati and has already featured in one World Cup campaign. Four times in Season 2017 he was named in the Team of the Week, averaging 102m per game and 27 tackles.

Rip Taylor, for the second time in three years, has been named Coach of the Year.

     

                  Luke Sharpe                

            

                        Matt Ikuvalu

                          

                  Eloni Vunakece

    

                  Head Coach - Rip Taylor

 

 


 
            Updated Thu Nov 30 09:26:25 2017 AEDT



MITCH WILLIAMS - A CAPTAINS BLOG PART VII



Mitch Williams - A Captains Blog - Part VII 

Nothing makes me happier than seeing both the ISP and ‘A’ Grade sides sitting on top of their respective competitions. With only one loss for each in 2017, both squads have put themselves in a great position for the remainder of the year. Unfortunately, no one gives out premiership trophies in June, so the hard work continues. On a personal note the game against Wentworthville was my second game back after over a month on the sideline with a torn hamstring. It was an incredibly frustrating time, and I couldn’t be happier to be back playing with the boys.

As we reach the halfway mark of the competition, I wanted to look back on the season so far and assess how the club is fairing across all the grades. The last month of Rugby League has seen some great encounters and some standout performances.

During this time, several Wyong Roos players have been chosen in representative teams. Under the guidance of Rip Taylor and Ian Bourke, Mitch Cornish, Jayden Nikorima, Lindsay Collins and Chris Centrone were all part of the NSW Residents side which went down to their Queensland counterparts. Selection in the squad was a great reward for their individual performances to begin the season. Special mention to Chris, who was one of only three players chosen not currently involved in an NRL system. Chris is also the equal leading try scorer in the competition, and is playing some unbelievable football of late.

With the U/23’s Central Coast Roosters side also being picked, we had Dan Langbridge, Kauri Aupouri, Shaq Mitchell, Brady Barwick and Isaiah Cooper-Tetevano gain selection. The Coast side won their first-round match against Greater Northern Tigers, before going down to Newcastle a week later. Special congratulations to Dan Langbridge, who skippered the side in their final game, and to Kauri Aupouri who was selected in the NSW Country side to compete against Tonga and Scotland later in the season. Claire Reed and Holly Gibbons were selected in the Central Coast Roosters Ladies League Tag squad, and after three hard fought games, were crowned Country Champions. Claire was named Player of the Match in the Final against Illawarra. Having so many players selected for these sides is testament, not only to the hard work of the players, but the coaching staff as well.

During the last month, we have seen several Wyong Juniors make their 1st grade debuts. Including these young men in the ISP pre-season squad, and seeing them develop and their hard work rewarded, has left everyone excited about the future. Six players from last year’s U/19’s Grand Final winning side have already featured in the top grade, and all have performed well. Kye Martin, in particular, has played in every top-grade game to date, and has proven to be one of the finds of the season. An outside back who makes scoring tries look very easy, Kye already has my vote for Rookie of the Year.

In weekend action, it was a top of the table clash for the ‘A’ Grade side when they took on Erina at the Eagles’ nest, and came away with a hard fought two competition points. After the Roos set up a big half time lead, Erina clawed their way back into the game, before a try to Daniel “Latino Heat” Navarro, sealed the victory for the Roos. The Paul Gallen of the Central Coast competition, Brock Molan, continued his spectacular start to the season with yet another Players’ Player award, and Mitch Nakhoul bagged himself four tries.

The ISP NSW side, by way of contrast, produced possibly their worst first half of football this year, only to storm home late and claim victory against Wentworthville. Heading into the sheds 22-6 down at the break, Coach Taylor reached into his big bag of half time speeches and reminded us that it wasn’t a game of touch football. Thankfully the boys came out with the energy and intent required to claim the win and stay atop the ladder for another week.

With CCDRL scheduling a bye round for the long weekend, the ISP team will be the lone Roos side playing when they head to Campbelltown Stadium on Sunday to face Wests Tigers in what promises to be an entertaining clash.

Seeing all the Wyong Roos teams in the top 5 at the halfway point of the year puts the Club in great stead for a big finish to Season 2017. I know everyone at the Roos HQ will be working twice as hard to get the desired results.

In off field news, the Club recently held an “ugly” shirt night. Players, partners and friends alike wore some of the worst shirts I’ve ever seen, and danced the night away in the Showroom after a clean sweep of results against Northern Lakes and Blacktown Workers. Without my knowledge, or that of my house mate Brock Molan, my partner had taken the most unflattering action shot imaginable of Brock and myself and reproduced it on her shirt. In what was an obviously rigged result, she won the competition for ugliest shirt. It was a great night for all involved, and to my girlfriend, revenge will be coming.

Enjoy the long weekend Roos fans.

Mitch Williams.



            Updated Thu Nov 30 09:26:34 2017 AEDT



MITCH WILLIAMS - A CAPTAINS BLOG 5



A Captain’s Blog – Part V

Welcome back Roos fans.

How good is it having the footy back! After 6 months of me and the missus watching Keeping Up With The Kardashians reruns, and Married At First Sight (which is a great show), I have taken back control of the remote, and with the 24 hour footy channel in full swing, I’ve tossed out the batteries  and now spend my evenings with Matty Johns and the gang. Two weeks in and two very different wins. Round 1 saw us take the field in wet and windy conditions against a Wests Tigers side that we had failed to beat the season prior. We dominated possession and field position from the kick off, and the 12-0 half time score was a great stepping stone for us leading into the second half. We managed to run in numerous tries in the second half, with some slick ball handling despite the conditions. Dale Copley, in his first game in a Roos jersey, showed all his class scoring a hat trick of tries running off some sublime Mitch Cornish passes and kicks. If the point scoring maestro, Josh Mantellato, brought his kicking boots, the 42-0 score line could have been even larger. I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt however, due to the conditions. On a day dominated by the forwards, Zane Tetevano led from the front and continued his sensational form of 2016. An injury in the Roosters top 17 then gave Zane the opportunity to shine on the biggest stage, and from the performance he put in last Thursday night, Roos supporters might be waiting a while to see him back in the green and gold. Having known Zane for over 5 years, and seeing how hard he has worked to get back to the NRL, it was very pleasing to see him perform so well. I know all the players and staff here at Wyong couldn’t have been happier for him. The other big positive from our game was the players got to see Rip crack a smile when we (or at least those few who knew it) belted out the team song. After the high of the shutout victory from Round 1, the toughest task was always going to be to back up that performance. We headed to Newcastle to play a side that were keen to bounce back from a tough loss to the New Zealand Warriors. Game day greeted us with hot sunny conditions, a fast track and a few new hair dos for the TV game.  After we scored an early try through Paul Carter, the game became a tit for tat battle as we leaked our first points of the season. A first half double to the ever elusive Luke Sharpe saw us head to oranges 18-12 up. The second half was dominated by errors and penalties, as we continually invited Newcastle to attack our try line. Two terrific team tries, respectively finished by Josh Mantellato and Joseph Manu, was enough to see us hold on to a 26-18 win.

Whilst we weren’t at our best and have plenty of work to do, it is only Round 2, and we remain undefeated in 2017. The real highlight of the day was the performance of Luke Sharpe, who easily collected the Players’ Player Award; two tries, a try assist, cover tackles and plenty of metres with the ball. Seeing how hard Luke has worked in the pre-season, for him to show everyone on Saturday what we see every session, was as satisfying for us as I’m sure it must have been for him. Luke is blessed with all the speed and skill you could imagine, and anyone who can side step a bloke in a phone booth is always going to cause the defence a headache. I’m expecting a massive season for him this year, and I’m certain a lot of good Rugby League judges will know the name Luke Sharpe by the end of 2017.

The Wyong Roos Central Coast sides kicked off with their first trial games on the weekend, hosting The Entrance Tigers. By all reports it was a great hit out for those involved, and 1st Grade Coach, Tony Clarke, made special mention of the young Roos who played strongly on debut.

This weekend we face Canterbury Bulldogs at Morry Breen Field, in what should be a massive clash for both sides. Given the wet conditions and the forecast for more rain, the emphasis this week has been on ball control and field position. With the new beer garden open and easy access to the Club’s food and beverages, it’d be hard to find a better way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

Go the Roos. - Mitch Williams.


            Updated Thu Nov 30 09:26:47 2017 AEDT



ISP NSW - WYONG ROOS SECURE MINOR PREMIERSHIP


ISP NSW - The Wyong Roos secured the minor premiership with a hard fought 26 all draw against the second placed New Zealand Warriors at Morry Breen Oval on Saturday 19th August, 2017.  Follow the link below for NSWRL match report. 

http://www.nswrl.com.au/news/2017/08/19/report_wyong_v_warri.html


 
            Updated Thu Nov 30 09:25:20 2017 AEDT



ROOS RECEIVE ISP NSW MINOR PREMIERSHIP SHIELD



NSWRL CEO, Dave Trodden, attended Roos HQ last Saturday to present the Club with the ISP Minor Premiership Shield. Head Coach, Rip Taylor, and Club Captain, Mitch Williams, were on hand to accept the shield on behalf of the Wyong Club. The presentation preceded the Roos 30-22 victory over Newcastle Knights. There was no accompanying cheque….. must be in the mail!


            Updated Thu Nov 30 09:25:30 2017 AEDT



ISP NSW NSWRL - WYONG CROWNED MINOR PREMIERS



ISP NSW - The Wyong Roos are the 2017 Minior Premiers.  Follow the link below for NSWRL interview with Head Coach Rip Taylor.

http://www.nswrl.com.au/news/2017/08/21/wyong_crowned_minor_.html


            Updated Thu Nov 30 09:25:40 2017 AEDT



MITCH WILLIAMS - A CAPTAINS BLOG PART VI



Six weeks in and the Wyong Roos ISP side sit in 2nd place (behind the unbeaten New Zealand Warriors), with 5 wins and 1 forgettable loss to Penrith. Whilst I would love to be undefeated at this stage, I believe we have made a great start to the season and as a team have been continually improving.

Last Saturday saw us defeat Wentworthville 30-12 at Morry Breen Field in what was an all-round solid effort. A 12-6 half time advantage was stretched to 30-6, before a late try to the visitors. Chris Centrone backed up his previous weeks scoring feats with a double, whilst Jayden Nikormima showed all his class in orchestrating the victory. Against a big, mobile pack, I thought our forwards  did a sensational job of matching Wentworthville in the opening exchanges, and then gaining the ascendency for the remainder of the game. Whilst at times we were wasteful with the ball, and blew a few chances to post more points, the defensive display was once again the highlight; even with those two lapses in concentration which saw us concede two relatively soft tries. It was also pleasing to see a few more of the boys have learned the team song after our 5th victory.


This Thursday sees us take on the North Sydney Bears at the picturesque North Sydney Oval under lights at 6:30pm. Whilst the short turn around will test the body, the thought of spending the weekend on the couch eating Easter eggs will get the boys through. North Sydney sits on the same points as us and have been very impressive this season. If we are a chance to snatch the two competition points on Thursday night, we will need to be at our very best and need to match the Bears’ enthusiasm from the outset.

The Central Coast competition is now two weeks into the season, and already the Wyong Roos 1st Grade side has shown just how difficult they will be to beat this year with two very strong victories. This side has enormous talent, and will be looking to make it three in a row when they take on The Entrance in a blockbuster Good Friday game at EDSACC Oval. Already this season three players from last years U/19’s premiership winning side have made their 1st grade debuts, whilst several others are also getting a taste of grade football after doing the pre-season with the ISP side.  The majority of these boys can still feature in the U/19’s, but to see the progress and development from playing against men each week has been a real highlight for the playing group and staff.

Sunday also marked the opening of the Terry Wand Beer Garden, which is a great spot named after a great man. With the club access just a short stair climb away, I’m sure it will be getting plenty of use over the coming months. The naming of the Beer Garden is in recognition of a man who has done so much for this Club.

Last week we said goodbye to Club and fan favourite, Kieren Gallagher, who has found work on the Gold Coast after finishing his podiatry degree. Turtle (as he is affectionately known) has spent close to two decades in the green and gold, and in his time with the Club has won two 1st Grade Premierships and made his NSW Cup debut. Turtle’s freakish try scoring ability and dancing will be missed, but his stories about being a vegan will not. From everyone at the Wyong Roos we wish him all the best.

Hopefully the Easter Bunny will deliver wins for all the Wyong Roos sides this week and maybe even a few eggs. Happy Easter and go the Roos.

Mitch Williams.

 


            Updated Thu Nov 30 09:25:53 2017 AEDT



MANTELLATO & CENTRONE PICKED FOR AZZURRI



Wyong’s Josh Mantellato and Chris Centrone have both been selected for Federazione Italiana Rugby League to contest the 2017 World Cup. Josh and Chris will join ISP team mate, Brenden Santi, in the squad coached by Cameron Ciraldo, skippered by Mark Minichiello and featuring Blues fullback James Tedesco. Italy has headquartered itself in North Qld in the prelude to its first two Pool Games against Ireland (Barlow Park Cairns on 29 October) and USA (1300 Smiles Stadium 5 November) before travelling to Canberra for their final preliminary match against Fiji at Canberra Stadium on 10 November. The Azzurri qualified for the World Cup by finishing third in the 2014-15 European Shield. Josh, with 88 points, remains the highest point scorer for Italy in International matches.

       

      Josh Mantellato                                                    Chris Centrone


            Updated Thu Nov 30 09:24:27 2017 AEDT



ST HELENS DEFEAT CENTRAL COAST ROOSTERS IN TRIAL GAME


Congratulations to both St Helens and Central Coast Roosters on their trial Match at Morry Breen Field on Wednesday the 18th of October. St Helens defeated Central Coast Roosters 32-8. Congratulations St Helens, Safe travels and best of luck for the rest of the tour.


 
            Updated Thu Nov 30 09:24:15 2017 AEDT



MITCH WILLIAMS - A CAPTAINS BLOG 4



Finally it’s here! Round 1. After slogging it out for more than three months on the training paddock, lifting everything in sight in the gym and running up every sand hill Rip could find, this Saturday we kick off the season with a massive clash against the Wests Tigers @ Morry Breen Oval. We have worked exceptionally hard all pre-season. Both players and staff are excited for the season ahead.

Preparation for our season opener has been spot on, but with the one sour note; the trial loss to the newly formed Manly Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles a fortnight ago. It was disappointing to perform at a level far below our expectations, but we have been working hard on some key areas to tighten our defence and adjust a few structures we have in place. The Manly trial also saw the first crop of Sydney Roosters players join the Wyong Roos boys, and these new combinations will take time as we get to know each player’s skill set.

Round 1 is always filled with anticipation and excitement as we venture somewhat into the unknown. Over the pre-season we’ve spoken about our poor home record in 2016; victorious on only three occasions. This season we will endeavour to make our home ground a fortress of sorts, where opposition sides will hate to come. That starts on Saturday against the Tigers. We failed to beat them in three encounters last year, and were ultimately knocked out of the competition courtesy of our third loss to the Tigers in the second week of the finals series.

Whilst both teams have undergone changes in the off season, the Tigers’ halves, Jack Littlejohn and Justin Hunt remain from last season. Both scored tries in that semi-final. Jack and Justin have NRL experience, and for us to win this game, shutting these players down will be of the highest importance. The battle between them and our halves, Jayden Nikorima and Mitch Cornish, will be a real feature of this match. Given the weather forecast, and the already wet conditions, this game shapes up as a real forwards battle between two strong packs eager to gain the upper hand early on. The game is often won in the middle of the field, particularly around the ruck in wet conditions. Ball handling will be a priority for both sides.

We have named a strong line up for Saturday, capable of performing strongly and getting our season off to the best possible start. Unfortunately, the game isn’t played on paper. We will need to be at our best every week. I believe this year’s competition will be the strongest so far. I want to make a special mention of the Wyong Roos boys who have been named in the Round 1 squad; it is a massive achievement, and reward for how hard you have worked to put yourself in this position.

Friday night’s training session will be followed by a team dinner. I know all the boys can’t wait to play. I for one can’t wait to lead the boys out, and I would love to see a big crowd at the game. With free entry and a 3pm Saturday kick off, it should be a great afternoon of rugby league.

Go the Roos - Mitch Williams.


            Updated Thu Nov 30 09:23:41 2017 AEDT



ISP NSW - FINALS WEEK 1 VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS WYONG -V- CANTERBURY


ISP NSW - Video Highlight package - Wyong Roos -v- Canterbury Bulldogs played at Allianz Stadium Saturday 2nd September, 2017. Follow the link below. 

http://www.nswrl.com.au/news/2017/09/02/fw1_highlights_wyong.html


 
            Updated Thu Nov 30 09:22:02 2017 AEDT



ISP NSW - WYONG DOWN BULLDOGS IN A THRILLER


ISP NSW - The Wyong Roos defeated Canterbury Bulldogs 34-26 in a thriller at Allianz Stadium on Saturday 2nd September, 2017.  Follow the link below for NSWRL match report. 

http://www.nswrl.com.au/news/2017/09/02/report_wyong_v_cante.html


 
            Updated Thu Nov 30 09:22:15 2017 AEDT



ISP NSW - VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS - WYONG ROOS WIN OVER NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS


ISP NSW - Video highlight package of the Wyong Roos 16-12 win over the New Zealand Warriors in the Preliminary Final played at Leichhardt Oval on Sunday 17th September, 2017. 

Follow the link below.

http://www.nswrl.com.au/news/2017/09/17/highlights_wyong_roo.html


 
            Updated Thu Nov 30 09:21:14 2017 AEDT



ISP NSW - POST MATCH INTERVIEW MITCH CORNISH


ISP NSW - Post match interview with Wyong Roos player Mitch Cornish following the Roos win over Canterbury in exra time.  Follow the link below.

http://www.roosters.com.au/news/2017/09/02/post_match_roos_corn.html

 


 
            Updated Thu Nov 30 09:21:46 2017 AEDT



ISP NSW - POST MATCH INTERVIEW CHRIS SMITH


ISP NSW - Post match interview with Wyong Roos player Chris Smith following the Roos win over Canterbury in extra time .  Follow the link below.

http://www.roosters.com.au/news/2017/09/02/post_match_roos_smit.html


 
            Updated Thu Nov 30 09:21:34 2017 AEDT



ISP NSW MATCH REPORT - WYONG ROOS -V-NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS


ISP NSW - Wyong Roos defeat NZ Warriors to earn a Grand Final berth.  Follow the link below for NSWRL match report.  

http://www.nswrl.com.au/news/2017/09/17/report_wyong_v_warri.af_intrust-super-premiership-nsw_news1.html


 
            Updated Tue Nov 28 11:37:24 2017 AEDT



ROOS LAST GASP WIN OVER PENRITH


Down 22-12. Four minutes left on the clock. Justin Toomey-White crashes into the defensive line a metre out and lays back the ball. Luke Sharpe regathers, passes right. Matt Ikuvalu steps off his right foot and blasts through his marker’s inside shoulder to score. Paul Momirovski converts quick smart. Down 22-18. Less than three minutes remaining. Restart from halfway. Panthers concede penalty. Jayden Nikorima finds touch on Penrith 45m line. Mitch Williams takes the tap, looks left then straightens creating extra man on short side. Ikuvalu punches into backfield and beats opposition fullback Jarome Luai to touch down. Scores locked 22-22. Momirovski converts. Roos up 24-22. Only enough time to kick off. Siren sounds. Roos win! Terry Wand Beer Garden bursts into song.  Follow the link below for Youtube footage.

 


 
            Updated Tue Nov 28 11:36:54 2017 AEDT



HAPPY BIRTHDAY TC



Premiership winning coach, Tony Clarke, celebrated his birthday on 9 August with a chocolate mud cake and best wishes at the Roos training session.

The Donnica Clarke Foundation held its Annual Ball on 5 August, raising more than $20K for local athletes on the evening. NSW Under 16 Captain and Wyong Roo, Jaron Purcell, was one of many scholarship winners for 2017.

Check out Tony’s performance with the band Whooshka on the Youtube link below. 

Who cares about melody and lyrics, as long as your heart and soul is in the performance?

https://youtu.be/CYIhaQTGSQ8

 


            Updated Tue Nov 28 11:36:42 2017 AEDT



CLUB TRAINING NIGHT



Last Tuesday night (9 May) Wyong coaching staff held a Club Training Session at Roos HQ involving all teams from Under 17’s through to Intrust Super Premiership, including the Ladies League Tag. The session involved skill based drills and conditioning games, and was a welcome opportunity to get together and have a bit of fun. The training was followed by a group bbq. The night had a positive effect, with the Roos winning all grades on Saturday, finishing off the day with a comprehensive 40-18 victory over Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles in the ISP, and over the six matches scoring 238 points and conceding just 50. 


            Updated Tue Nov 28 11:36:30 2017 AEDT



FOUR ROOS IN NSW RESIDENTS REP TEAM


Four members of the Wyong Roos ISP squad have been selected in the NSW Residents Representative team to face their Queensland counterparts on Sunday 7 May. The Roos exemplary early season form, no doubt, has played a part in Chris Centrone, Jayden Nikorima, Mitch Cornish and Lindsay Collins each getting the call up. Centrone was excited with his selection;

“Obviously, I am pretty rapped…it was a short term goal from the start of the year…it was something I’d hoped for but never quite believed would happen. Much of the credit must go to my team mates (at Wyong). I’ve never been in a team that has gelled this quickly (and one where) everyone just wants to play good footy. When Rip announced my name in the dressing room, you could have dropped me.”

The squad has a very full week leading into Sunday’s match at Langlands Park Greenslopes (Brisbane). Medicals were held 1 May. The squad has gym, field and recovery sessions today (2 May), as well as team photos. There is another field session on 3 May and lunch at Wenty Leagues Club, before the flight to Queensland that evening. The squad trains at the match venue on Thursday, has a bit of a lay day on Friday, and a Captain’s run on Saturday.

Centrone will start on the wing. Cornish and Nikorima are the starting halves, and Collins will come from the bench. The experienced Cornish will also captain the side.

Kick off is at 1.40pm and the match is live and free on Channel 9.

Mitch Cornish to Captain NSW Residents Rep Team


 
            Updated Tue Nov 28 11:27:15 2017 AEDT



MEL DENNIS WORLD CUP PHYSIO



Mel Dennis from Total Physio Kanwal is part of the team led by Brendan Clark which helps keep the Roos on the paddock through a long, tough season. Mel has been appointed physio of the Cook Islands squad contesting the Rugby League World Cup in November, but will also take her place with the Kukis for the Pacific Rugby League Test between Cook Islands and Papua New Guinea at Campbelltown Stadium on 6 May next.

Mel is an outstanding sportsperson in her own right having represented NSW in the 2016 State of Origin Touch Football Series and captained Country in Touch Footy in 2017.

Wyong has close ties to the Cook Islands squad with former Roos Zane Tetevano, Carne Doyle-Manga and Johnno Ford all representing the Kukis in recent years.

Congratulations Mel and best of luck from everyone at Roos HQ.


            Updated Tue Nov 28 11:26:49 2017 AEDT



ROOS CHASING COMETS


Media personality and former NRL player, Jason Stevens, is producing a feature film Chasing Comets,  currently in production. Wyong Roos match against Newtown Jets at Henson Park on 22 April will form part of the background footage for the film. From footy stars to movie stars. Who would have thought? It is always a great day at Henson Park, and with the possibility of appearing in the odd crowd scene, why not come along to Marrickville and cheer on the mighty green and gold. Word is we might just be the bad guys in this movie. There is nothing like playing against type.


 
            Updated Tue Nov 28 11:26:34 2017 AEDT



BOURKE GETS WORLD CUP GIG


Wyong Roos ISP Asst. Coach, Ian Bourke, has been appointed Head Coach of the Cook Island’s Women’s Rugby League Team for the World Cup to be played in Australia in November. Bourke is well regarded at Roos HQ for having one of the most astute football brains in the business and with Ian at the helm, the Kukis can be guaranteed of a first class preparation for their campaign.

Cook Islands face Australia in the first of their pool games at Southern Cross Stadium (Shark Park) on 16 November, followed by New Zealand and England at the same venue on 19 & 22 November.

Congratulations Bubba from the Board and Management.


 
            Updated Tue Nov 28 11:26:18 2017 AEDT



STEELE SPORTS RADIO - INTERVIEW WITH JAYDEN NIKORIMA


Steele Sports Radio - Interview with Jayden Nikorima who played with the Wyong Roos ISP NSW game against Newtown.  Follow the link below.

 


 
            Updated Tue Nov 28 11:26:07 2017 AEDT



STEELE SPORTS RADIO - INTERVIEW WITH LATRELL MITCHELL


Steele Sports Radio - Interview with Latrell Mitchell who played with the Wyong Roos in the ISP NSW game against Newtown.  Follow the link below.

 


 
            Updated Tue Nov 28 11:26:00 2017 AEDT



STEELE SPORTS RADIO - INTERVIEW WITH TRENT ROBINSON


Steele Sports Radio - Interview with Sydney Roosters Coach Trent Robinson who was at Henson Park to watch the Wyong Roos defeat Newton on Saturday 22nd April, 2017.  Follow the link below.


 
            Updated Tue Nov 28 11:25:52 2017 AEDT



THE MANTREE IS DIRTY THIRTY



Josh Mantellato celebrated his 30th Birthday at last Friday’s training session with some cake and a little dance routine. Thankfully he didn’t sing. Josh is a Wyong junior, has represented Country, played NRL with Newcastle Knights and had a couple of seasons in Super League. He now has a job to do for Coaches Taylor and Clarke in Season 2017, which includes kicking some goals. Congratulations and best wishes Josh from everyone at Roos HQ.


            Updated Tue Nov 28 11:25:43 2017 AEDT



TUIVASA-SHECK CELEBRATES AFTER LOSS



The Roos ISP team was not in a celebratory mood following Saturday’s 32-10 Round 4 defeat to Penrith at Pepper Stadium but at least Johnny Tuivasa-Sheck managed a smile when presented with a cake for his 21st birthday.


            Updated Tue Nov 28 11:25:34 2017 AEDT



SHARPEY TURNS 21



Roos ISP fullback, Luke Sharpe, celebrated his 21st birthday at training on 24 March. Congratulations and best wishes from everyone at Roos HQ.


            Updated Tue Nov 28 11:25:10 2017 AEDT



LUKE SHARPE - TWO PREMIERSHIPS IN ONE DAY



NSW Rugby League article on Wyong Roos ISP NSW player Luke Sharpe and his effort to win two premierships in one day.  Follow the link below. 

http://www.nswrl.com.au/news/2017/03/11/two_premierships_in_.af_intrust-super-premiership-nsw_news1.html


            Updated Tue Nov 28 11:25:03 2017 AEDT



ISP NSW - NSWRL INTERVIEW WITH COACH RIP TAYLOR FOLLOWING ROOS WIN OVER TIGERS



NSWRL interview with Wyong Roos ISP NSW Coach Rip Taylor following the Roos win over Wests Tigers in Rouund 1 of the ISP NSW competition.  Follow the link below.

http://www.nswrl.com.au/news/2017/03/05/playing_to_the_condi.html


            Updated Tue Nov 28 11:24:51 2017 AEDT



NSWRL INTERVIEW - INTRODUCING MITCH WILLIAMS


NSWRL Interview - Introducing Mitch Williams. Follow the link below.

http://www.nswrl.com.au/news/2017/03/16/introducing_mitch_wi.html

 


 
            Updated Tue Nov 28 11:24:39 2017 AEDT



WYONG ROOS ISP CAMP



Wyong Roos Summer Squad attended its annual pre-season camp at Pt Wolstoncroft last weekend (3-5 February). Squad members and staff participated in some team building exercises including rock climbing, the high ropes challenge and dreaded Wombat Hole.

ARL Premiership winner with the Newcastle Knights, and former President of the Rugby League Professionals’ Association, Tony Butterfield, spoke to the Roos about his life in rugby league, his battles on behalf of players and the issues now facing young men involved in the game.

The weekend camp was a timely opportunity for the staff and players to galvanise for the season ahead.

Photo (from left) - Assistant Coach Ian Bourke, Head Coach Rip Taylor, Tony Butterfield, and Strength & Conditioning Coach Bruce Gulliver.


            Updated Tue Nov 28 11:24:24 2017 AEDT



NSWRL ISP NSW - SEASON PREVIEW WYONG ROOS


New South Wales Rugby League Season Preview ISP NSW - Wyong Roos. 

Follow the link below.

http://www.nswrl.com.au/news/2017/02/17/season_preview_wyong.html


 
            Updated Tue Nov 28 11:24:13 2017 AEDT



ROOS SKIPPER GETS CALL UP TO THE ROOSTERS



Following another stand out ISP NSW season in 2016, Wyong Skipper Mitch Williams has been recalled into the Sydney Roosters setup and is set to play in the Roosters trial with the Cowboys. Follow the link below for full NBN News story.

http://www.nbnnews.com.au/2017/02/09/roos-skipper-gets-call-up-to-the-roosters/


            Updated Tue Nov 28 11:23:57 2017 AEDT



RIP TAYLOR AGAIN GIVEN REINS OF ISP RESIDENTS REP TEAM


Wyong Roos Head Coach, Rip Taylor, will again take charge of the ISP Representative Team for the annual clash with Qld later in the year. The NSW team, captained by Mitch Williams, comfortably wrested back the trophy from the Maroons in Season 2016, following consecutive defeats in the preceding two clashes. The match, scheduled for Sunday 7 May at Langlands Park Brisbane, will feature the very best players from both second tier competitions. Taylor’s Assistant Coach at Wyong, Ian Bourke, will again don the yellow shirt for the NSW Residents. Here’s hoping that combination will be successful once more, and that there will be several Roos players make the squad. The full staff list reads as follows;

Head Coach Rip Taylor (Wyong)

Assistant Coach Steve Georgalis (Canterbury)

Manager Brett McKenna (Wests Tigers)

Assistant Manager Wayne Mortimer (Newcastle)

Strength & Conditioning Wade Grintell (Newcastle)

Physiotherapist Patrick Williams (Wests Tigers)

Trainers Elliot Meers (Newcastle – Orange),

Ian Bourke (Wyong – Yellow)

Mitchell Lewis (Wests Tigers – Blue)

Doctor Dr. David Givney (NSWRL)

Media To be appointed by NSWRL

Selectors Rip Taylor, Steve Georgalis, Nathan Cayless (Wentworthville) & Ben Gardner (North Sydney)


 
            Updated Tue Nov 28 11:23:39 2017 AEDT



KYE MARTIN TURNS 19



Kye was an important member of Wyong’s 2016 Under 19 Premiership team, and has been part of Coach Taylor’s Summer Squad since November. Kye celebrated his 19th Birthday this week, and on Saturday will take the field at WIN Stadium in the ISP trial against Illawarra Cutters.

Congratulations Kye on both milestones.

We at Roos HQ wish you all the best.


            Updated Tue Nov 28 11:23:23 2017 AEDT



BROCK MOLAN'S 27TH BIRTHDAY



Wyong Roos helped Brock Molan celebrate his 27th birthday on 7 December. The Block of Cheese has been with the Roos since we first entered the 2nd tier competition, and he is determined to become the most capped NSW Cup player in history before he hangs up the boots. Brock’s pre-Christmas training has been exemplary, and big things are again expected of him in Season 2017.


            Updated Tue Nov 28 11:22:35 2017 AEDT



2015 Grand Finalists



 
            Updated Tue Nov 28 11:22:16 2017 AEDT



CONGRATULATIONS JACOB LIDDLE ON NRL DEBUT



Congratulations to Wyong Junior and past Wyong senior player Jacob Liddle on his NRL debut for the Wests Tigers against Canterbury on Saturday 9th July, 2016.  Jacobs efforts included scoring a try in his maiden game. 


            Updated Tue Nov 28 11:21:50 2017 AEDT



ROOS IN THE NEWS



Last Sunday, Wyong’s Ladies League Tag Team defeated Terrigal 14-10 in a tough, close match at Duffy’s Reserve. The game boasted a great solo effort from Jordan Glanville, and a brilliant 70m try  started and finished by Madeline Linnet. Both efforts featured in the NBN Central Coast coverage of CCDRL. Well worth a look by jumping on the following link

http://www.nbnnews.com.au/2016/05/30-nelson-scores-hat-trick-in-win-over-woy-woy/

Photo - Jordan Glanville

 


            Updated Tue Nov 28 11:21:35 2017 AEDT



FALSE REPORT - DRUGS FOUND IN DRESSING ROOM AFTER NSW CUP GAME


Members and supporters are likely aware of reports appearing in the Fairfax press and Rugby League Week in the last few days regarding drugs being found in a dressing room at North Sydney Oval on 4 June 2016 following the NSW Cup (sic) match between North Sydney Bears and Wyong Roos.

The reports were factually inaccurate.

NSWRL Ground Manager, Bob Jones, found a small satchel containing vials of liquid inside the fence at North Sydney Oval following the conclusion of the ISP Round 12 match between North Sydney and Wyong.

Prior to Mr Jones finding that satchel, Wyong Roos Head Sports Trainer, Craig Davis, at the time inside the Wyong dressing room in the company of club physiotherapist, Mel Holt, was approached by a male person in overalls who appeared to be a private medic. That person asked Mr Davis whether a bag of drugs had been found on the sideline or the field during the ISP game. The drugs in question were of the type of legitimate medication used by health professionals in the treatment of injuries sustained by accident and trauma.

Subsequent to that conversation, Mr Davis was approached by another gentleman wearing identical overalls, also searching for a bag of drugs (legitimate medication). The second gentleman indicated to Mr Davis that the bag may be in the dressing room, which was used by the Titans prior to Wyong.

The Wyong dressing room was searched upon the departure of the players and staff, but no bag of drugs (legitimate medication) was located therein.

There were no medics on the sideline during the ISP match.

There were medics on the sideline during the NYC match.

Not difficult to join the dots. The professional medics engaged to oversee the NYC match had lost or misplaced a bag of legitimate medication ordinarily used during the course of their work.

The facts in this matter were readily verifiable by the most basic of enquiries. If Fairfax and Rugby League Week had made any reasonable attempt to verify the information received, this would not have been a story in the first place.

The Police have not contacted Wyong Roos regarding the drugs. No representative from NSWRL or the NRL Integrity Unit has contacted Wyong Roos regarding the drugs.

Neither Fairfax Media or Rugby League Week contacted Wyong Roos for comment before the articles were published.

Rugby League Week removed the article from its online magazine following a written request from Wyong Roos. However, no retraction, correction or apology has been provided.

 

 

 

 


 
            Updated Tue Nov 28 11:21:24 2017 AEDT



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 Tue Nov 28 11:20:49 2017 AEDT



FOX SPORTS - ELONI VUNAKECE



Fox Sports article and video including a piece on Wyong Roos and Sydney Roosters player Eloni Vunakece.  Follow the link below.

http://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nrl-premiership/nrls-best-contract-demand-sharks-veterans-paul-gallen-luke-lewis-in-limbo--market-watch/news-story/306fd2209be21f5deef949d1d17594fd


            Updated Tue Nov 28 11:20:39 2017 AEDT



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 Tue Nov 28 11:20:07 2017 AEDT



DAILY TELEGRAPH - ELONI VUNAKECE NRL DEBUT



Congratulations to Eloni Vunakece will will make his NRL debut with the Sydney Roosters when they take on the Manly Sea Eagles at Allianze Stadium this Saturday night. 

Follow the link below for Daily Telegpraph newspaper article.

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/nrl/footy-form/sydney-garbo-eloni-vunakece-to-spearhead-the-roosters-pack-against-manly-at-allianz-stadium/news-story/cfffdcd435e32188a9e8ce2ab5d73dc7


            Updated Tue Nov 28 11:19:55 2017 AEDT



COASTLINE ROOS TOUR


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 Tue Nov 28 11:19:30 2017 AEDT



COASTLINE ROOS BACK HOME



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;

http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=341670

 


            Updated Tue Nov 28 11:18:57 2017 AEDT



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 Tue Nov 28 11:18:44 2017 AEDT



THE KING OF FIJI SWING



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 Tue Nov 28 11:18:34 2017 AEDT



NSW CUP GRAND FINAL VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS


NSW Cup Grand Final highlights - Wyong Roos -v- Newcastle Knights. Follow the link below.

http://www.nswrl.com.au/news/2015/09/29/grand_final_highligh.html


 
            Updated Tue Nov 28 11:18:13 2017 AEDT



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.

http://www.nswrl.com.au/news/2015/08/16/bound_for_glory.html

 

 


            Updated Tue Nov 28 11:18:23 2017 AEDT



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.  


            Updated Tue Nov 28 11:18:01 2017 AEDT



WYONG ROOS SUPPORT FIJI RUGBY LEAGUE



An important part of the ethos of Wyong Roos is to assist in the development of the game.  Putting that philosophy into practice, the Club continues to support ther Coastline Roos playing out of Nadroga-Navoha province on the Coral Coast of Fiji's main island, Viti Levu.  Members and supporters planning a trip to Fiji should include the Coral Coast in their itinerary.  The locals are renowned for their hospitality, and Roos people can expect the warmest of welcomes.

Follow the link http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=290843 to the 'Boost for Local Players' article by Maciu Malo published on the 4 January, 2015 edition of the Fiji Times online. 

 


            Updated Mon Oct 19 17:37:23 2015 AEDT



WYONG ROOS AFFILIATION WITH SYDNEY ROOSTERS



Friday 30 May 2014 marked a watershed for the game on the Central Coast and for Wyong Roos rugby league program, with the formalisation of a strategic alliance between CRL Central Coast Division and the Sydney Roosters, and a secondary affiliation between the foundation NRL club and Wyong Roos.

The agreement, announced at Central Coast Stadium Gosford, for the first time anywhere, brings together three major regional stakeholders,CRL/CCD Rugby League (Seniors and Juniors), Central Coast Centurions Representative Program, and Wyong Leagues Club Group as principal sponsor ofthat representative program and as the only stand alone operator of a VB NSW Cup license, into a cohesive alliance with an NRL Club to provide local players,officials and support staff with the same opportunities afforded those currently playing and working within an NRL system.

For elite Central Coast players there will be an established pathway from the Centurions S G Ball team into the Roosters NYC Under 20 squad. Those aspirational players not fortunate enough to be selected for the Roosters NYC squad will be able to continue their development on the Central Coast, resourced and overseen to a large degree by the Roosters,and will have the opportunity to progress in a parallel system through Ron Massey Cup with The Entrance and NSW Cup with Wyong. Sydney Roosters NRL side will enjoy the luxury of player portability with the Roos. Whilst the Roosters relationship with it’s primary affiliate, Newtown Jets, will remain unchanged,local fans and supporters can expect to see a number of players contracted withthe Roosters warehoused with Wyong and turning out for the Roos in the VB NSW Cup, and for some local players to undertake pre-season training and specialist skills sessions with the Roosters.

But the relationship does not only benefit elite players.Recreational players, local clubs (senior and junior) and administrators will have access to the Roosters management, coaching and development expertise and injury management processes. Roosters stars will be available for club functions, coach the coaches and player development days, and will supplement the programs already established and supported by Wyong Roos.

The formalisation of the arrangement is consistent with the NRL Strategic Plan and the Central Coast Division Strategic Plan, and is theculmination of multiple meetings and lengthy negotiations between Roosters CEO Brian Canavan, CRL management (Terry Quinn and Bert Lowrie), CRL Regional Area Manager Keith Onslow, Centurions Management (Tony Brosnan) and members of the Wyong Roos Football Committee, including Coach Taylor and Football Manager Matt Lavin.

With this secondary affiliation and strategic alliance as the platform, Wyong Roos look forward to the day when the Roosters NYC squad comprises mainly Central Coast juniors, and the Roos NSW Cup squad competes for the title with a playing group drawn from Central Coast juniors.

Coach Taylor spoke at the announcement.

“When I recruit players, they always ask.. but where to from here (Wyong)?Now I can say, the Roosters. They will be looking at you….and if you’re good enough…. The pathway is there for all local kids. But hopefully it will be much more than that. Local clubs will get assistance with injuries…rehab and prehab. Development programs, the referees and administrators will be better supported. The advantages that people withina n NRL system have enjoyed in the past will now be there for the Central Coast.”

Sydney Roosters will contribute to a Game Building Fund to be administered by CRL for the exclusive benefit of CCD rugby league. The monies will be utilised for a number of important projects, first of which will be the establishment of a comprehensive CCD website.

Brian Canavan stated; “This agreement will be for the balance oft his season, 2015 and 2016. But we hope it will be long term.”

 

 

 


            Updated Mon Oct 19 17:36:21 2015 AEDT



NEWCASTLE HERALD - RIP TAYLOR IN ANOTHER GRAND FINAL



The Newcastle Herald - Article on Wyong Roos NSW Cup Coach Rip Taylor.  Follow the link below.

http://www.theherald.com.au/story/3380310/understated-taylor-rips-into-another-grand-final/?cs=306


            Updated Mon Oct 19 17:29:11 2015 AEDT



CHRIS CENTRONE'S WINNING TRY FOR THE ROOS


VB NSW Cup - Video of Chris Centrone's winning try for Wyong in the last minutes of the game against Penrith at Pepper Stadium on Saturday 11th July, 2015.


 
            Updated Mon Jul 27 10:14:28 2015 AEDT



LATROBE UNI RESEARCH MEASURES SOCIAL IMPACT OF COMMUNITY SPORTS CLUBS


Latrobe University recently studied the social impact of community based AFL Clubs on their members and wider community. The research identified many benefits in terms of mental health and employment flowing not only to the individual players, but also to their partners, and measured the social capital created by these clubs. The parallels can readily be drawn with Wyong Roos, and the study brings some academic support to a concept we have long known and taken for granted. Listen to the interview with Professor Russell Hoye by following this link;

http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2015/s4187997.htm


 
            Updated Mon Apr 13 06:29:00 2015 AEDT



JAKE FRIEND - WYONG CONNECTION HELPING THE ROOSTERS ALREADY



Sydney Roosters player Jake Friend outlines how the connection with the Wyong Roos is helping the Sydney Roosters.

Folow the link below for article. 

http://www.nrl.com/friend-wyong-connection-helping-roosters-already/tabid/10874/newsid/83678/default.aspx


            Updated Mon Apr 13 06:27:53 2015 AEDT



ROOSTERS TV - ANTHONY MINICHIELLO INTERVIEW WITH MARK O'MELEY



Roosters TV's Anthony Minichiello caught up with former Tricolours team mate and Wyong Roos Assistant Coach Mark O'Meley in the tunnel at Saturday's Central Coast Showdown to see what the man they call Ogre is up to and to get his thoughts on the new relationship between the two Clubs

http://www.roosters.com.au/news/2015/02/23/mini_chats_roos_rela.html


            Updated Mon Apr 13 06:27:28 2015 AEDT



MITCH WILLIAMS IDENTIFIED AS ONE TO WATCH IN AUCKLAND NINES



Mitch Williams has spent the 2015 summer pre-season training with the Sydney Roosters.  He has been named in the Sydney Roosters Auckland Nines Squad and has been identified as 'one to watch'.

Follow the link below for full article.

http://rugbyleagueweek.com.au/16-rookies-you-need-to-watch-at-nines/

 


            Updated Mon Apr 13 06:27:01 2015 AEDT



CLARKE, GORDON JOIN WYONG ROOS AHEAD OF BUSY LEAGUE CAMPAIGN



Central Coast Express Advocate Article - Friday 23rd January, 2014. Follow the link below.

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/central-coast/clarke-gordon-join-wyong-roos-ahead-of-busy-league-campaign/story-fngr8iaa-1227192882164


            Updated Mon Apr 13 06:27:16 2015 AEDT



OGRE AND THE GLEN



The Glen Centre at Chittaway Bay provides an invaluable service for those marginalised by addiction, but does so without government funding. Mark O’Meley has long been close with those managing the program. Recognising the existence of a substance misuse problem is the first step toward rehabilitation, but securing professional intervention and establishing a network of support can be the key to continuing abstinence. For many seeking assistance, leaving home, family and the familiar to enter a residential program is the most difficult hurdle. Maintaining a positive attitude to the process will always be a challenge, but can be the difference between successfully completing the program or falling short. With that in mind, on 30 January, the Ogre and representatives from QBE Insurance put together a game of touch football at Parramatta Stadium for participants in The Glen program. As well as providing some practical tips, quick hands and killer footwork, Mark delivered two sets of footy jerseys donated by Wyong Roos. Anyone seeking information about The Glen program should call (02) 43886360 or follow the link http://www.theglencentre.org.au  

 


            Updated Mon Apr 13 06:22:31 2015 AEDT



ROOSTERS TV - INTERVIEW WITH MAGNUS STROMQUIST


Roosters TV - Interview with Wyong Roo player Magnus Stromquist who is in training with the Roosters.  Follow the link below.

http://www.roosters.com.au/news/2015/01/22/get_to_know_magnus_s.html


 
            Updated Mon Apr 13 06:22:02 2015 AEDT



ROOSTERS DELIVER NRL'S WELLBEING MESSAGE TO THE COAST



Former Captain Anthony Minichiello was joined by current stars Paul Momirovski and Jack Siejka on a trip around Central Coast schools yesterday as part of the NRL Community Carnival spreading the message of wellbeing to rugby league stars of the future. Click the link below.

http://www.roosters.com.au/news/2015/02/07/roosters_deliver_nrl.html


            Updated Mon Apr 13 06:21:12 2015 AEDT



MITCH WILLIAMS NAMED IN SYDNEY ROOSTERS SQUAD FOR AUCKLAND 9's



Wyong Roos player Mitch Williams has been named in the Sydney Roosters Squad to play in the Auckland 9's tournament.  Mitch has been training with the Roosters in summer camp and has certainly impressed the Roosters coaching staff.  

Follow the link below for Roosters TV video package following the release ot the Roosters Squad. 

http://www.roosters.com.au/news/2015/01/24/mac_talks_nines_squa.html


            Updated Mon Apr 13 06:19:22 2015 AEDT



BLAKE FERGUSON SCORES TWO TRIES FOR WYONG IN TRIAL AGAINST PENRITH



Blake Ferguson has scored two tries in the Wyong Roos trial against the Penrith Panthers during the trial game played at Morry Breen on Saturday 7th February, 2015.  

Follow the link below for full story.

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/nrl/blake-ferguson-scored-two-tries-for-wyong-against-the-panthers-in-a-trial-match/story-fni3gn3s-1227211741979

 

 


            Updated Sun Feb 22 09:08:53 2015 AEDT



SYDNEY ROOSTERS FORM ALLIANCE WITH CENTRAL COAST RUGBY LEAGUE



With the endorsement of the Country Rugby League, the Sydney Roosters is pleased to announce the formation of an alliance with Central Coast Division Rugby League.

Through the partnership, the Sydney Roosters will provide a series of talent development pathways and participation development initiatives for local players, coaches, support staff, match officials and administrators as well as the formation of a secondary affiliation with Wyong Rugby League Club Group through its NSWRL Cup participation. The Roosters primary affiliation with the Newtown Jets NSWRL Cup Club will remain unchanged.

Follow the link below for full details.

 


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            Updated Sun Feb 22 09:07:32 2015 AEDT



RIP TAYLOR TALKS WITH ROOSTERS TV



 

Rip Taylor talks with Roosters TV.  Follow link below

http://www.roosters.com.au/news/2014/11/27/rip_taylor_talks_to_roosters_tv.html


            Updated Sun Feb 22 09:05:20 2015 AEDT



ZOLL AED DEFIBRILATOR INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEO



The Wyong Rugby League Football Club have available on the grounds ZOLL AED Plus defibrilators to assist should an emergency arise.  Defibrilator units are located inside the Junior Rugby league Office and inside the Wyong Seniors home dressing sheds.  

 Follow the link below for an instructional video link in the use of this device. 




            Updated Sun Feb 22 09:04:51 2015 AEDT



BLAKE FERGUSON SCORES TWO TRIES FOR THE ROOS


http://m.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/nrl/blake-ferguson-scored-two-tries-for-wyong-against-the-panthers-in-a-trial-match/story-fni3gn3s-1227211741979


 
            Added Mon Feb 16 11:43:49 2015 AEDT



NBN NEWS - WYONG ROOS NOW SECONDARY FEEDER TO ROOSTERS NRL



NBN News - 30th May, 2014 - Follow link below for NBN Sports story on Sydney Roosters affiliation with Central Coast Rugby League


Click Here
            Updated Tue Jun 17 14:22:24 2014 AEDT




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