Jump to content





ThunderArmy

Member Since 20 Mar 2012
Offline Last Active Today, 01:21 AM
-----

Topics I've Started

Starting 13

09 January 2015 - 06:45 PM

Well with the season nearly upon us im going to pick my strongest starting 13, on the thunder website the club have put squad numbers and photos on of the squad, my selection has a couple of changes, id go 1.louis sherriff 2.gary lo 3.jason tali 4.sam bowering 5.lee mapals 6.matty beharrell 7.jordan meads 8.matty barron 9.dayne craig 10.mark mexico 11.jason payne 12.rhys clarke 13.charlie wabo. That would be my starting 13 this season, we have a big squad with strength and depth, plenty of cover for all positions, roll on the new season! Onwards and upwards! Boom boom thunder army!

Ambitious thunder have the super league in there sights

24 December 2014 - 12:58 AM

John Gibson speaks to Gateshead Thunder coach Stanley Gene about their marriage made in heaven with Newcastle Falcons

Gateshead Thunder coach Stanley Gene

Maybe the marriage is basking in the warm glow of its honeymoon but plans and expectations are for the long haul.

Newcastle Falcons, the area’s Premier rugby union club, said ‘I do’ to an approach from rugby league’s Gateshead Thunder to form a partnership that is aiming only one way: onward and upward.

The Thunder, playing third tier league, are planning to perform at Kingston Park come the opening of a spanking new season in February and are in discussions with those who matter over a name change to reflect their new city home.

In the spirit of togetherness the Falcons and Thunder top brass agreed to come together for an exclusive interview over their joint plans.

"" style="box-sizing: border-box; width: 300px; border: 0px; vertical-align: bottom;">

Falcons owner Semore Kurdi and director of rugby Dean Richards shared a table and a coffee pot with Thunder managing director Keith Christie and head coach Stanley Gene, a legendary figure not just in Super League but back home in Papua New Guinea.

Certainly the Falcons remain very much big brother but the eventual aim is for Thunder to join them in top flight rugby, albeit the 13-a-side code.

“It most certainly is, but in the medium term not long term,” was Kurdi’s positive answer when I pushed for clarity on the height of ambition. “Super League is the aim.

“There are great benefits for both clubs in this partnership, great similarities and joint goals while we will, of course, still keep our own identities. The Thunder will, for example, retain their own board of directors and senior management but we will share things like ticketing, marketing and playing facilities.

“As for a possible name change Keith and his executives are in discussions with the people who matter most like the supporters.

“Of course you can’t buy success quickly. You’ve got to build towards it and that is what the Thunder are doing. And we’re talking from grass roots level.

“The way ahead is clearly defined. Rugby League has a pyramid system which means if you’re successful you can be promoted all the way to the top. They made the play-offs last season and because of Stanley Gene’s legendary status back home he has been able to sign four Papua New Guinea players whose ability is much higher than the standard where they will be playing.

“If promotion can be obtained next season that would put the Thunder in the Championship, one step off Super League. It would be tough there of course, it’s a good league, but it would be exciting.” Semore has overseen such a rise from the ashes with the Falcons who in his first full season of control won promotion from union’s Championship and last campaign retained their Premiership status. Another small step along the way has been taken this term.

“We have already established a sound basis,” Thunder managing director Keith Christie told me. “We have boys in from the age of eight and have links with more than 14 regional clubs fielding sides at under 14, 18, and 20s.

“Because of our success we’ve applied for tier two academy status where we would become only one of three clubs outside of Super League.”

If Dean Richards saw the union and league link peter out at Harlequins there is a template nearer home at Leeds where dual success has been achieved though with league the more successful.

“We can both benefit,” insisted Richards. “There are certain positions where players can cross over – I’ve signed league players down the years. However our link with the Thunder has not been born because we want to eventually plunder their players. Far from it.”

It’s ironic that Stanley Gene should be the coach delegated to target Super League status because he actually signed for Gateshead Thunder back in 1998, their only season in the top flight.

“Oh, sure I came up and stayed overnight at Washington to join the Thunder,” said Gene. “I actually signed at seven o’clock in the morning but never played because I got a phone call to say the franchise was being moved to Hull. So I went with it.”

Gene had burst upon the English scene after starring in the 1995 RL World Cup held here. He began at Hull Kingston Rovers and later crossed the great devide to Hull Sharks (now Hull FC) upon Gateshead heading south. Stanley, only 5ft 4in tall but with the build of a pocket battleship, also wore the colours of Huddersfield Giants, Bradford Bulls and Halifax while playing in three World Cups during a 14-year international career with Papua New Guinea. He famously captained Bradford to the 2006 World Club Challenge Championship.

Upon his Test retirement in 2008 Stanley was carried from the field in Australia to a standing ovation from a 16,239 crowd that reduced a hard man to a flood of tears.

He still resides in the Hull area with his English wife Joanna and sons Elliott, 17, and seven-year-old Leo.

This is a sporting hero who grew up deep in the rain forests of Papua New Guinea avoiding lethal snake bites, fierce political violence and even cannibalism. His was a life of abject poverty way beyond anything we can comprehend from which rugby thankfully rescued him.

Gene attained cult-hero status here in England thousands of miles away from his roots but he never forgot those of his own less fortunate.

His village has regularly benefited from Stanley’s generosity. Water and electricity supplies are down to him. Against such a backdrop of fighting hardship shooting for Super League status with the Thunder should seem like a doddle.

Ambitious thunder have the super league in there sights

24 December 2014 - 12:45 AM

John Gibson speaks to Gateshead Thunder coach Stanley Gene about their marriage made in heaven with Newcastle Falcons

Gateshead Thunder coach Stanley Gene

Maybe the marriage is basking in the warm glow of its honeymoon but plans and expectations are for the long haul.

Newcastle Falcons, the area’s Premier rugby union club, said ‘I do’ to an approach from rugby league’s Gateshead Thunder to form a partnership that is aiming only one way: onward and upward.

The Thunder, playing third tier league, are planning to perform at Kingston Park come the opening of a spanking new season in February and are in discussions with those who matter over a name change to reflect their new city home.

In the spirit of togetherness the Falcons and Thunder top brass agreed to come together for an exclusive interview over their joint plans.

"" style="box-sizing: border-box; width: 300px; border: 0px; vertical-align: bottom;">

Falcons owner Semore Kurdi and director of rugby Dean Richards shared a table and a coffee pot with Thunder managing director Keith Christie and head coach Stanley Gene, a legendary figure not just in Super League but back home in Papua New Guinea.

Certainly the Falcons remain very much big brother but the eventual aim is for Thunder to join them in top flight rugby, albeit the 13-a-side code.

“It most certainly is, but in the medium term not long term,” was Kurdi’s positive answer when I pushed for clarity on the height of ambition. “Super League is the aim.

“There are great benefits for both clubs in this partnership, great similarities and joint goals while we will, of course, still keep our own identities. The Thunder will, for example, retain their own board of directors and senior management but we will share things like ticketing, marketing and playing facilities.

“As for a possible name change Keith and his executives are in discussions with the people who matter most like the supporters.

“Of course you can’t buy success quickly. You’ve got to build towards it and that is what the Thunder are doing. And we’re talking from grass roots level.

“The way ahead is clearly defined. Rugby League has a pyramid system which means if you’re successful you can be promoted all the way to the top. They made the play-offs last season and because of Stanley Gene’s legendary status back home he has been able to sign four Papua New Guinea players whose ability is much higher than the standard where they will be playing.

“If promotion can be obtained next season that would put the Thunder in the Championship, one step off Super League. It would be tough there of course, it’s a good league, but it would be exciting.” Semore has overseen such a rise from the ashes with the Falcons who in his first full season of control won promotion from union’s Championship and last campaign retained their Premiership status. Another small step along the way has been taken this term.

“We have already established a sound basis,” Thunder managing director Keith Christie told me. “We have boys in from the age of eight and have links with more than 14 regional clubs fielding sides at under 14, 18, and 20s.

“Because of our success we’ve applied for tier two academy status where we would become only one of three clubs outside of Super League.”

If Dean Richards saw the union and league link peter out at Harlequins there is a template nearer home at Leeds where dual success has been achieved though with league the more successful.

“We can both benefit,” insisted Richards. “There are certain positions where players can cross over – I’ve signed league players down the years. However our link with the Thunder has not been born because we want to eventually plunder their players. Far from it.”

It’s ironic that Stanley Gene should be the coach delegated to target Super League status because he actually signed for Gateshead Thunder back in 1998, their only season in the top flight.

“Oh, sure I came up and stayed overnight at Washington to join the Thunder,” said Gene. “I actually signed at seven o’clock in the morning but never played because I got a phone call to say the franchise was being moved to Hull. So I went with it.”

Gene had burst upon the English scene after starring in the 1995 RL World Cup held here. He began at Hull Kingston Rovers and later crossed the great devide to Hull Sharks (now Hull FC) upon Gateshead heading south. Stanley, only 5ft 4in tall but with the build of a pocket battleship, also wore the colours of Huddersfield Giants, Bradford Bulls and Halifax while playing in three World Cups during a 14-year international career with Papua New Guinea. He famously captained Bradford to the 2006 World Club Challenge Championship.

Upon his Test retirement in 2008 Stanley was carried from the field in Australia to a standing ovation from a 16,239 crowd that reduced a hard man to a flood of tears.

He still resides in the Hull area with his English wife Joanna and sons Elliott, 17, and seven-year-old Leo.

This is a sporting hero who grew up deep in the rain forests of Papua New Guinea avoiding lethal snake bites, fierce political violence and even cannibalism. His was a life of abject poverty way beyond anything we can comprehend from which rugby thankfully rescued him.

Gene attained cult-hero status here in England thousands of miles away from his roots but he never forgot those of his own less fortunate.

His village has regularly benefited from Stanley’s generosity. Water and electricity supplies are down to him. Against such a backdrop of fighting hardship shooting for Super League status with the Thunder should seem like a doddle.

link up with hull kr includes halifax aswell.

20 December 2014 - 12:59 AM

Hull Kingston Rovers have today outlined new, exciting details of the close working relationship with 'partnership club' Gateshead Thunder who will - of course - be featuring four Kumul internationals next year.

And, in an exciting new twist, Rovers' have also revealed that another team, Halifax, - a strong club who operate in the English second tier - will be joining the 'alliance' too.

Dealing with Gateshead first.

Not only will Stanley Gene's men - who operate in the English third tier - be provided with access to conduct one training session per week in Hull, using Rovers' facilities, but there are also plans for the two squads to hold joint training sessions when schedules allow.

This can only benefit the PNG boys, not least because it raises the tantalising prospect of one or more of them impressing the Hull KR coaching staff sufficiently to earn a Super League contract!

Whatever happens, training alongside established Super League players will provide the Kumuls quartet with a first-hand insight into the sort of conditioning levels they will need to achieve if they hope to make it into England's top-flight.

Also, it is hoped that all four Kumuls will benefit from some 'face-time' with their counterparts in the Rovers' senior ranks, particularly those who they will have seen many times in the NRL on TV.

For example, Mark Mexico will get the chance to pick the brains of former Kangaroos prop Mick Weyman; Gary Lo and Jason Tali could learn a lot from ex-Parramatta Eels 'excitement-machine' Ken Sio, while Rovers' new high-profile pivots Terry Campese and Albert Kelly can pass on some invaluable tips to Charlie Wabo.

Once again, a number of Hull KR's best young prospects are expected to feature for Gateshead under a 'dual-registration' agreement, but the more seasoned first-grade players not making the match-day 18 will now be offered to play at a higher level with Halifax.

Halifax are a strong, traditional club who also hold a link to Papua New Guinea, given that Stanley Gene himself finished off his illustrious career there in 2010, where he was also joined by former Hull KR team-mate Makali Aizue who quickly became a fans favourite.

Overseeing the new alliance will be recently-retired former Hull KR stalwart Jason Netherton in a new role of 'Partnership Liaison Officer', with part of his remit being to increase rugby league participation levels in Hull, Halifax and the wider Gateshead area.

Halifax RLFC chairman Michael Steele said: “In the 'new era' of Rugby League, we are delighted to have the benefit of a partnership with Hull KR and Gateshead Thunder.

“The co-operation between the clubs will be comprehensive and we all expect to progress operationally."

friendly v thunder

19 December 2014 - 01:36 PM

Hi all we play a pre season friendly against dewsbury at home kingston park newcastle on saturday January 24th k.o 4pm, should be a good game.