2003 October Squadbuilder Meeting

Squadbuilder says ‘Goodbye’ to Super Sid Domic

This months Squadbuilder meeting had to be changed last minute due to access problems to the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

Fortunately the committee behind the scenes were able to re-organise and still managed to provide another nights great entertainment for the members.

Graham Scott agreed to come at short-notice, and talk about the under 21s season and their game plan. Gave a useful insight into how he coached their defence (based on Sydney City Roosters), and talked about how he had to get a side that was thrown together at the start of last season to accept the style of play. The under 21s season has been a success beyond anyone’s expectations given the preparation, and next year should be much better as the preparation time will be available. Whilst the Warrington under 21s is run on a shoestring and other clubs are offering good money, Warrington is continuing to hold on to players and attract others, due to the quality of the set-up. The Doc obviously has a lot of respect for Paul Cullen, and the club has some of the best sort of selection headaches to upcoming as some under 21 players are becoming good enough to stake a claim for places in the first team squad that continues to get stronger.  The players that have been released have gone with out transfer fees to enable them to have a crack at first team rugby at other clubs.  The likely line-up for the New Zealand A game was revealed, and promises the chance to see one of two stars of the future. Like quite a few other things going on around the club at the moment, the under 21s sounds too good to be true, and something that everyone should be proud of.

A brief video of Sid’s best moments from last year preceded Sid Domic being introduced to say farewell before his enforced move to Wakefield.  To turn tradition around, Sid was presented with ball which was signed by the fans, and seemed pretty touched as it was obvious that no-one wanted him to go. Sid is going to stay based in Warrington and travel up to Wakefield, as he and the family like the town and the people.

The Supporter’s Trust End of Season Meal and Review takes place on Wednesday 19th November, and tickets for both members and non-members are priced at £20. It promises to be a great night (as it was last year), and for tickets contact the Squadbuilder committee by emailing info@squadbuilder.co.uk.  It’s combined with a celebration of the 1978 victory over the Australians and some of the squad will be in attendance, together with the usual sprinkling of players, officials, associates and Grand Final refs.

Thanks to SB member Martyn Ford for the above write up.