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  1. It was a night to remember on Friday for many different reasons. Take a read below to see what happened at Robin Park Arena and the DW Stadium… 500 kids at Robin Park Rugby League session Prior to all the action over at the DW, it was all happening next door at Robin Park Arena as a pre-game community club session got things underway on the night. Over 500 kids – boys and girls aged five and over – were involved in the session with Wigan Warriors Community Foundation coaches, Academy players and Education Academy students. Credit: Bryan Fowler The session included the Davanti passing challenge, fun skill games and a kicking competition. “Thank you” wristbands Thanks for the wristband @WiganWarriorsRL pic.twitter.com/Lp5VjzVvAD — Matt (@MatthewBrown91) September 19, 2021 On arrival at the DW Stadium on Friday, all fans were given a “thank you” wristband each as a thank you from the Club for your fantastic support throughout the 2021 season. Was great to go to the @WiganWarriorsRL gsme with some colleagues to celebrate the hard work key workers! Nice touch with with the wrist bands too! pic.twitter.com/6NPT7UzCHd — Mr Roughley (@MrJRoughley) September 17, 2021 Superhero Round The Club themed Friday’s game as ‘Superhero Round’. After the numerous challenges and difficulties we have all experienced this past year and a half, the Club rewarded those who have acted like ‘superheroes’. Whether you are a Season Ticket Holder and wanted to show your appreciation to someone who has helped you hugely through the pandemic or that you are a key worker and wanted to come to watch some Rugby League, Wigan Warriors put on two fantastic offers to celebrate all things superheroes. For the fixture, all Season Ticket Holders could invite a friend or family member for free to attend with them. Also, as a thank you to all key workers for their outstanding efforts throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, the Club gave away two tickets each to all key workers. Cracking night at the rugby last night, thank you wigan warriors for our free keyworkers tickets @WiganWarriorsRL #nhs #farmers #rugby great win and all the best for the playoffs pic.twitter.com/KbOjnTgPxV — Leeanne Sumner (@LNesmejanow) September 18, 2021 12,852 fans were in attendance at the DW on Friday and we would like to thank everyone for your amazing support. All the key workers were sat in the North Stand and the Wigan players showed their appreciation at full time… Credit: Bernard Platt. For the game, we also encouraged everyone to come in fancy dress as any superhero, with a special prize available for the best outfit! Here’s one of the entries… Super Hero round it is @WiganWarriorsRL pic.twitter.com/AkB0Q0G8Qj — SEAN (@mully1970) September 17, 2021 LDRL festival curtain raiser Wigan Warriors hosted the latest Learning Disability Rugby League (LDRL) festival on the DW Stadium pitch – as a curtain raiser ahead of the first team game. The LDRL game has progressed greatly this year and on Friday the DW Stadium provided a memorable opportunity for everyone involved. Teams from Wigan, St Helens and Warrington all took part, with Wigan fans watching on as they arrived inside the DW. Credit: Bernard Platt The LDRL is a variant of the game developed to ensure people with a learning disability can access and enjoy playing the game of Rugby League. This accessible offer is open to any individuals who have a learning disability or an associated condition. The emphasis in LDRL is on enjoyment, it is generally non-competitive and completely inclusive. The activities are delivered with a view to developing the participants skills and confidence while providing new challenges and opportunities. This format was born out of Physical Disability Rugby League in 2018. It was created to meet the diverse requirements of Rugby League players with disabilities, ensuring no individual is excluded from accessing Rugby League and to provide a team-sport experience to those who previously would not have had such an opportunity. Three festivals and a LDRL finals day take place each year, with Wigan playing in all the festivals this year. Take a look at our gallery below as the DW hosted the latest festival on Friday. Credit: Bernard Platt Wigan’s win against the League Leaders To top off a brilliant night, the Warriors first team overcame the League Leaders, Catalans Dragons. A try on his return to the side for captain Willie Isa and a memorable first ever Wigan touchdown for youngster James McDonnell on his DW Stadium debut inspired the Cherry and Whites to victory. 𝙅𝘼𝙈𝙀𝙎 𝙈𝘼𝘾 What a way to score your first Wigan try #NeverGonnaStop #WWRL pic.twitter.com/T5oEKroIH6 — Wigan Warriors (@WiganWarriorsRL) September 19, 2021 Two Zak Hardaker conversions proved to be the difference in the end as the Warriors ran out 12-8 winners and now head into next week’s Betfred Super League Play-Off Eliminator against Leeds full of confidence and momentum, following two successive league wins. THIS IS WHAT IT MEANS. #NeverGonnaStop #WWRL pic.twitter.com/nxrB9efi03 — Wigan Warriors (@WiganWarriorsRL) September 17, 2021 Loch Lomond Whiskies Prior to the action inside the DW, official spirits partner Loch Lomond Group sampled its Loch Lomond Whiskies 12-year-old single malt and Ben Lomond Gin by the foot bridge in the South East corner of the stadium, with the help of the Berkeley Warrior Girls. A limited number of branded beanie hats were also given away around the DW. Credit: Bernard Platt. Wigan 10K Draw The latest Warriors Lotto £10,000 Draw took place on the side of the pitch during half time of the first team game. Congratulations to J Fairclough from Marsh Green who was the winner! Wigan Warriors face Leeds Rhinos on Thursday 23rd September (7:45pm K.O.) in the first Betfred Super League Play-Off Eliminator Game. Tickets are on sale for the game, with the winner progressing to the Play-Off Semi Finals. Click HERE to buy your tickets NOW! The post A special night on Friday appeared first on Wigan Warriors Blog. View the full article
  2. Hospitality available for Thursday’s Play-Off Eliminator Game against Leeds at the DW Stadium.Availability in Westwood Motors, Carling and Cherry & Whites Lounges.Call our hospitality team on 01942 762890 / 762877 or email hospitality@wiganwarriors.com to book today. Wigan Warriors play Leeds Rhinos in the first Betfred Super League Play-Off Eliminator Game on Thursday at the DW Stadium and hospitality places are still available. Take a look at our hospitality options available for the fixture below and get in touch with our team today to book your place! WESTWOOD MOTORS SPONSORS LOUNGE PACKAGE Located in the glass fronted Sponsors Lounge overlooking the pitch Padded West Stand executive match seatingFOUR course meal. Two courses served pre-match, dessert served at half time and a fourth snack course served post-match hosted in the Sponsors LoungeMatch host Sam Homer & hostess to look after you in the loungeSouvenir match programme for each guestUse of your table pre-match, half & full timeQuiz, raffle & guess the gate competition plus betting service available in each loungePre-match lounge visit from a Warriors player and/or special guest to give his thoughts on the forthcoming gameWaitress pay bar service throughout your time in the lounge (please note bars are now cashless)Smart attire including smart denim are permitted (no rugby shirts or trainers allowed)Adults – £114, seniors £102.75 & juniors £81.75 (All these rates INCLUDE vat)PLEASE NOTE ALL SEASON TICKET HOLDERS WILL RECEIVE A £5 DISCOUNT OFF THESE RATES CARLING LOUNGE PACKAGE Located in the glass fronted Carling Lounge overlooking the pitch Padded West Stand executive match seatingFOUR course meal. Two courses served pre-match, dessert served at half time and a fourth snack course served post-match hosted in the Carling LoungeMatch host & hostess to look after you in the loungeSouvenir match programme for each guestUse of your table pre-match, half & full timeQuiz, raffle & guess the gate competition plus betting service available in each loungePre-match lounge visit from a Warriors player and/or special guest to give his thoughts on the forthcoming gameWaitress pay bar service throughout your time in the lounge (please note bars are now cashless)Smart attire including smart denim are permitted (no Rugby shirts or trainers allowed)Adults – £108.75, seniors £97.50 & juniors £76.50 (All these rates INCLUDE vat)PLEASE NOTE ALL SEASON TICKET HOLDERS WILL RECEIVE A £5 DISCOUNT OFF THESE RATES ‘UNCLE JOES’ sponsored CHERRY & WHITES – GOLD PACKAGE Padded West Stand executive match seatingTWO course pre-match meal (main and desert) in the 2nd Floor Uncle Joes Cherry & Whites Lounge Match host & hostess to look after you in the loungeSouvenir match programme for each guestUse of your table pre match, half & full time – tables all host 10 guests so smaller parties will be mixed to use available table spaceQuiz, raffle & guess the gate competition in each loungePre-match Lounge visit from a Warriors player to give his thoughts on the gameWaitress pay bar service throughout your time in the lounge (please note bars are now cashless)Casual attire including denim is permitted as are rugby shirts and trainersAdults – £66.75, seniors £60.70 & juniors £54.45 (All these rates INCLUDE vat)PLEASE NOTE ALL SEASON TICKET HOLDERS WILL RECEIVE A £5 DISCOUNT OFF THESE RATES ‘UNCLE JOES’ sponsored CHERRY & WHITES – SILVER PACKAGE Padded West Stand executive match seatingMatch host & hostess to look after you in the loungeSouvenir match programme for each guestUse of your table pre match, half & full time – tables all host 10 guests so smaller parties will be mixed to use available table spaceQuiz, raffle & guess the gate competition in each loungePre-match Lounge visit from a Warriors player to give his thoughts on the gamePay bar service throughout your time in the lounge (please note bars are now cashless)Casual attire including denim is permitted as are rugby shirts and trainersAdults – £48, seniors £43.20 & juniors £30 (All these rates INCLUDE vat)PLEASE NOTE ALL SEASON TICKET HOLDERS WILL RECEIVE A £5 DISCOUNT OFF THESE RATES To book please call our hospitality team on 01942 762890 / 762877 or email hospitality@wiganwarriors.com Wigan Warriors face Leeds Rhinos on Thursday 23rd September (7:45pm K.O.) in the first Betfred Super League Play-Off Eliminator Game. Tickets are on sale for the game, with the winner progressing to the Play-Off Semi Finals. Click HERE to buy your tickets NOW! The post Hospitality available for Play-Off appeared first on Wigan Warriors Blog. View the full article
  3. Wigan Women lost their final Play-Off game against St Helens to see their season come to an end.Saints crossed for ten tries as the Women were held scoreless.FT | St Helens 52-0 Wigan Warriors Wigan Women were defeated at the Totally Wicked Stadium on Sunday afternoon to see their season come to an end. The Warriors were held scoreless away in the derby as a relentless St Helens side took the 52-0 victory. The Warriors saw Emily Baggaley, Anna Davies and Georgia Wilson forced from the field with injury in a bitter end to the Women’s season. Report Emily Stirzaker returned to the starting line-up following a few weeks out with a knee injury, Paige Costello missed out after suffering a torn quadricep. Aimee Wood filled in the full-back position with Carys Marsh and Clare Radford teaming up once again in the halves. Carrie Roberts opened the scoring for St Helens after just two minutes, the hosts created the overlap to see the winger race in at the right edge for the score. The conversion from Stott was wide but St Helens had the early 4-0 lead. From the kick off Wigan forced the goal line drop out to get an attacking set from 30m out. The Warriors completed a good set but the grubber on the last was collected by a Saint shirt to put them back in possession, though deep in their own territory. Saints extended their lead in the 9th minute, Rachael Woosey finishing off the score after a line break from Danielle Bush, Stott again missed the extras and St Helens led 8-0. St Helens added a third in the 28th minute, Tara Jones breaking through a gap this time and having Carrie Roberts in support to go over under the sticks, the conversion was successful this time from Stott to give St Helens the 14-0 advantage. Wigan had their best chance of the half just moments later, trying to find some space to work into they came close through Molyneux before Stirzaker was meters short, Carys Marsh had the last dart but the Saints defence held firm to keep Wigan out and see the host in to the break with the 14-0 lead. St Helens started the second half quickly, with Paige Travis going over shortly after the restart, before Rachael Woosey added her second of the afternoon, both converted by Stott to see the hosts out to 26-0. The Warriors testing kicks from Radford were causing plenty of issues for the Saints full-back, as Woosey knocked on 30m from her own goal line to allow Wigan a full set in attack, but the Warriors still couldn’t find a way over the whitewash. Alice Sandham extended Saints’ lead just short of the hour mark, forcing her way over close to the sticks despite the Warriors best defensive efforts, Stott added her fourth conversion of the afternoon to put the hosts at 32-0. Saints were on the move again but three huge tackles from Georgia Wilson stopped their progress and forced an error from Amy Hardcastle to get the ball back with the Warriors and relieve them of their defensive work. Wilson forced another error shortly afterwards with her kick on the last dropped under no pressure from Harris to give Wigan a set from 20m out, Darbyshire went close before getting it to Molyneux who couldn’t wrap the ball up. St Helens added a further two scores, Leah Burke going in at the right corner before Amy Hardcastle raced away. Naomi Williams finished off a left to right effort to crash over, the effort not converted by Stott for 46-0. Amy Hardcastle rounded off the afternoon for the hosts, seeing her effort converted from the touchline by Stott to seal a 52-0 win. Kris Ratcliffe St Helens: Rachael Woosey, Danielle Bush, Amy Hardcastle, Carrie Roberts, Leah Burke, Beth Stott, Zoe Harris, Isabelle Rudge, Tara Jones, Chantelle Crowl, Naomi Williams, Emily Rudge, Jodie Cunningham Interchanges: Vicky Whitfield, Paige Travis, Pip Birchall, Alice Sandham Tries: Roberts (2′, 28′), Woosey (9′, 45′), Travis (43′), Sandham (54′), Burke (67′), Hardcastle (70′, 79′), Williams (74′) Goals: Stott 6/10 Wigan Warriors: Aimee Wood, Georgia Wilson, Emily Baggaley, Emily Stirzaker, Anna Mary Davies, Carys Marsh, Clare Radford, Lucy Baggaley, Emma Dwyer, Jade Gregory-Haselden, Victoria Molyneux, Megan Bragg, Holly Speakman Interchanges: Freya Hellin, Leah Darbyshire, Beth Hayes, Kaitlin Hilton The post Women defeated in Derby appeared first on Wigan Warriors Blog. View the full article
  4. James McDonnell reacts after scoring his first Wigan try in the Warriors win over Catalans Dragons.McDonnell: “It’s my first try for Wigan and I’ve set the bar there pretty high.”FT | Wigan Warriors 12-8 Catalans Dragons. James McDonnell spoke to Wigan TV following Wigan’s 12-8 victory over Catalans Dragons to end the season with a big win on Friday night. McDonnell scored Wigan’s second try, and his first for the club in the big victory at the DW Stadium. Speaking on his try, he said: “I’m honestly over the moon, it was my full debut last night and the first time my family have watched me play for Wigan so it was a massive day and a massive win. “It’s my first try for Wigan and I’ve set the bar there pretty high, I don’t know if I’ll score many more and definitely not ones like that. It was nice quick hands from Harry (Smith), a bit of open space on the inside so I just got my head down and went for it.” McDonnell looked to have been stopped just before the whitewash by Matt Whitley but the Warriors man did find his way over to complete a stylish move: “I felt like I’d been caught at that point , so I was ready to settle it but he bumped off and it opened up for me so I dived over.” The Warriors claimed the victory over the League Leaders in a great performance, something which McDonnell and the Wigan team have reflected on following the win: “We mentioned in video review today, the Catalans side that we’ve just beat, they’ve been putting points on everyone this year so it made the win even better.” The full interview with James McDonnell is available to watch on Wigan TV. Click HERE to watch now. The post McDonnell: Over the moon appeared first on Wigan Warriors Blog. View the full article
  5. Adrian Lam reacts to Wigan’s win over Catalans Dragons on Friday evening.Lam: “We‘ve got to make sure we keep our feet grounded, aim to rise again and get better again on Thursday.”FT | Wigan Warriors 12-8 Catalans Dragons. Adrian Lam praised his side’s resilience after the Warriors took a great win against Catalans Dragons at the DW Stadium on Friday night, meaning the Warriors finish the regular season with back-to-back wins. Wigan beat Catalans 12-8 at the DW Stadium following tries from Willie Isa in the first half and a second half effort from James McDonnell, scoring his first for the club. The Warriors made it consecutive wins to end the regular season on a high, as they head into the Play-Offs next Thursday evening against Leeds Rhinos. Talking to the media after the win, Lam said: ‘I’m very proud, I can’t quite put it into words. There were a lot of changes to the team this week, at the start of the week it was a tough one to work out what to do in regards to the line-up. We’ve played 25 games in Super League this year, more than anyone else, so we decided to run with giving the squad the opportunity to freshen up some of the players who have played a lot. “The kicking game was great, and I thought our defence was awesome, again – It’s been the cornerstone of us over the past four weeks. It’s good timing, we need to be like this leading into these big games. It gets harder every week leading into the back end of the season now, so I’m proud that we’ve got that cornerstone down and I still think we can get better at that.” Ending the regular season with a BIG win! #NeverGonnaStop #WWRL pic.twitter.com/renL8cp9eo — Wigan Warriors (@WiganWarriorsRL) September 17, 2021 James McDonnell came off the bench to feature, having been recalled from his loan spell with York City Knights, the youngster scored the Warriors second try of the evening with a fantastic individual dart, which pleased his coach: “A couple of minutes before hand he was absolute rattled and the message was coming up ‘he can’t stay on the field much longer he’s absolutely exhausted’ and I just said tell him to rise and find something, he did that. “The boys love him, he’s a great young man, he’s got a big future here at the club. He’s been playing his trade on loan at York City Knights in the Championship, so he’s been playing a lot of games and we know what he’s capable of, he was certainly good tonight.” What a moment for James McDonnell #NeverGonnaStop #WWRL pic.twitter.com/IPJSL5UPvG — Wigan Warriors (@WiganWarriorsRL) September 17, 2021 Despite a great win over the League Leaders, Lam stressed that there is still lots of hard work to do: “We’ve still got a lot of hard work to do, there is going to be a lot of confidence we’ll get out of this game tonight and over the last three weeks. We don’t want to get ahead of ourselves, we play Leeds here on Thursday on a six day turnaround so it’ll be here before we know it, we‘ve got to make sure we keep our feet grounded, aim to rise again and get better again on Thursday.” The Head Coach summarised by thanking the fans: “It was the last home game for us before the Play-Offs, we thought we needed to play well in regards to making sure we left the season well. We had our Key Workers there tonight as well as part of the initiative from the club, we invited them to be in here tonight and they certainly gave us a lot of spirit. “If we can get as many of our fans here on Thursday in Cherry & White I think it’ll give us a really big boost. It is a special time for us, we’ve got some great players that are leaving at the end of the year and this’ll be our last home game to say goodbye, my last game here as Head Coach, so there’s plenty of reasons to come. We want to win as well, so with the fan presence there it’ll certainly help in motivating us as much as they did tonight, we know we can play better and hopefully we can.” Tickets are now available for the Warriors Betfred Super League Eliminator Game against Leeds Rhinos on Thursday 23rd September. For more information, click HERE. The post Lam: I’m very proud appeared first on Wigan Warriors Blog. View the full article
  6. Wigan will play Leeds in the 2021 Betfred Super League Eliminator Game.Cherry and Whites to host the Rhinos next Thursday with the winner progressing to Play-Off Semi Finals.Wigan Warriors v Leeds Rhinos, Thursday 23rd September, DW Stadium, 7:45pm, get your tickets NOW! Wigan will face Leeds Rhinos in next Thursday’s Betfred Super League Play-Offs Eliminator Game at the DW Stadium (7:45pm K.O.). The winner will advance into the Play-Off Semi Finals for a chance to play at Old Trafford in the 2021 Betfred Super League Grand Final. After finishing fourth in the regular season, the Warriors will host the Rhinos, who finished fifth after beating Hull KR on Friday night. All 2021 Season Ticket Holders and Loyal 18 members can get a £5 discount when purchasing their ticket for the game. Please note that the deadline for the discount is 5pm on Wednesday 22nd September. A note to all Season Ticket Holders that your normal seat for 2021 is not guaranteed for this game. If you would like to remain in your seat, we urge you to buy your tickets as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. A reminder that Betfred Super League Play-Off games do not count towards a Season Ticket and all fans must purchase tickets to attend the game. Tickets are available to purchase from the DW Stadium Ticket Office (open 9am-5pm Mon-Fri), on the phone by calling 01942 311 111 or online by clicking HERE. For ticket prices at the DW Stadium, please click HERE. For more information on tickets, please click HERE. To book hospitality tickets, please call 01942 762890 or email hospitality@wiganwarriors.com There will be a pay on the day facility, but all tickets must be bought from the DW Stadium Ticket Office which will be open until kick-off on Thursday. The post Wigan to play Leeds in Play-Offs appeared first on Wigan Warriors Blog. View the full article
  7. Match report as Wigan Warriors beat Catalans Dragons at the DW Stadium on Friday night.Scores from Willie Isa and James McDonnell were enough to see the Warriors to victory.FT | Wigan Warriors 12-8 Catalans Dragons. There were scores either side of half time from both sides in a close contest at the DW Stadium on Friday evening, but two successful conversions from the boot of Zak Hardaker were enough to hand Wigan the victory. Willie Isa opened the scoring on the evening as he Captained the Warriors for the first time. Tom Davies grabbed one back for the visitors, but the conversion effort was missed to see Wigan with a narrow half time lead. James McDonnell scored his first senior try for the Warriors in the second half, before Laguerre bagged a second for the Dragons but the two successful conversions from Zak Hardaker saw Wigan to the win. Report The Warriors made six changes from last week’s 10-0 win over Hull FC, Willie Isa returned from suspension to Captain the Warriors for the first time with Joe Bullock, Tony Clubb, James McDonnell, Brad O’Neill and Mitch Clark all coming into the starting 17. Wigan started brightly as Jackson Hastings earned the Warriors a 40/20 to get them deep inside the Dragons territory in the opening minutes, the visitors survived the early pressure though as the ball was spilled forward. Catalans were next to ask the questions, earning back to back penalties to put them within 30 meters of the Wigan goal line. The Warriors defence backed up well before the Dragons were given a set restart whilst still in front of the Wigan back line, Joel Tomkins came up with the error to see Wigan relieved of pressure and back on the ball. Wigan had a good ten-minute spell following the Catalans press, Jake Bibby added some blistering pace to break through but was tackled just a few meters short and stripped of the ball in a one-on-one tackle, but with the Warriors soon back in possession Jackson Hastings tipped a diagonal ball to Halsall who just knocked the ball forward in the in-goal and the score remained 0-0. Wigan broke the deadlock in the 27th minute, Jackson Hastings put a grubber through for Captain Willie Isa to chase and pounce on the ball first. Zak Hardaker added the extras from the right touchline to give Wigan the 6-0 advantage at the half time break. It was a quiet start to the second half with both sides going set for set. Harry Smith notched the second 40/20 of the evening with a fine kick but Wigan lost the ball on the first play of the set to hand possession back to Catalans, though deep inside their own territory. Tom Davies got one back for Catalans in the 52nd minute, McMeeken burst through the defence to leave an overlap and send Davies away for the score. Maloney missed the extras from the touchline but the Dragons were back within touching distance as Wigan led 6-4. James McDonnell got the DW Stadium bouncing in the 62nd minute, weaving his way through the Dragons defence and bouncing off a defender in front of the posts to score his first senior try in Cherry & White. Hardaker added the conversion directly in front of the South Stand to put Wigan 12-4 ahead with less than 20 minutes to play. Catalans edged one back 10 minutes later, Pearce-Paul attempted to stop the grubber through but the loose ball stood up on the goal line for Laguerre to get a second for the Dragons, Maloney was off target again with the conversion attempt to see the score at 12-8 to Wigan with the minutes ticking down. Catalans had back-to-back sets at the Wigan goal line with three minutes to go, but the Warriors held firm to deny the visitors who came up with the error. Kasiano was then sent to the sin bin for dissent, leaving the Dragons down to 12-men for the remainder of the game. Zak Hardaker looked to have wrapped the match up with just over a minute to play spotting a gap and heading under the uprights but the ball came free before the full-back could ground it. Wigan Warriors: Zak Hardaker, Jake Bibby, Willie Isa, Oliver Gildart, Sam Halsall, Harry Smith, Jackson Hastings, Joe Bullock, Joe Shorrocks, Tony Clubb, Kai Pearce-Paul, James McDonnell, Oliver Partington Interchanges: Liam Byrne, Mitch Clark, Ethan Havard, Brad O’Neill Tries: Isa (27′), McDonnell (62′) Goals: Hardaker 2/2 Catalans Dragons: Sam Tomkins, Tom Davies, Samisoni Langi, Dean Whare, Matthieu Laguerre, James Maloney, Josh Drinkwater, Gil Dudson, Michael McIlorum, Julian Bousquet, Matt Whitley, Mike McMeeken, Joel Tomkins Interchanges: Arthur Mourgue, Mickael Goudemand, Ben Garcia, Sam Kasiano Tries: Davies (52′), Laguerre (72′) Goals: Maloney 0/2 Sin Bin: Kasiano (77′) Referee: James Child Attendance: 12,852 The post Wigan defeat Dragons appeared first on Wigan Warriors Blog. View the full article
  8. Listen to free audio commentary of Wigan Warriors v Catalans Dragons from the DW Stadium. Wigan face Catalans in the final round of the regular season at the DW Stadium. Our regular commentary team of Joe Mills and Bilko (Andrew Rimmer) will bring you full commentary, with coverage starting 10 minutes before kick-off (7:35pm). How to listen Head to our Mixlr page by clicking HERE. Alternatively, you can simply use the pop out player below. WiganTV is on Mixlr You can also follow live text updates, or join in the conversation on Twitter. Tweets by WiganWarriorsRL The post Listen LIVE appeared first on Wigan Warriors Blog. View the full article
  9. Coming to the DW Stadium tonight for Wigan v Catalans? Here’s everything you can expect prior to kick-off… Arrival The DW Stadium gates open at 6:15pm. Make sure to collect your “thank you” wristband – available to all Wigan fans attending the game tonight as a thank you from the Club for your fantastic support throughout the 2021 season. You can get your wristband from game day stewards outside or inside the stadium. Please note it is one per person. On entry to the stadium, please note that there will be bag checks. Fans are discouraged to bring bags or rucksacks to the game. LDRL festival Wigan Warriors are hosting a Learning Disability Rugby League (LDRL) festival on the DW Stadium pitch ahead of the game. The Warriors, St Helens and Warrington Wolves Foundations will have two teams playing and fans planning to attend the DW tonight can watch the festival, with gates opening at 6:15pm. Click HERE to read more. Loch Lomond Whiskies From 6pm, official spirits partner Loch Lomond Group will be sampling its Loch Lomond Whiskies 12-year-old single malt and Ben Lomond Gin by the foot bridge in the South East corner of the stadium. A limited number of branded beanie hats will also be given away around the DW. Please note that samples will only be available to those aged 18+ and a Challenge 25 policy will be in place. Programme There will be programme sellers for the latest issue of the Warrior programme. This week’s edition includes an in-depth feature with Jackson Hastings, all the latest news around the Club, a preview of the opposition, a rewind of classic matches and a look at what the Community Foundation has been up to recently. Pick yours up for just £3.50! Please note it is cash only for programmes. Lotto Golden Gamble ticket sellers will be selling tickets around the stadium and also inside the concourses and in hospitality. There will be sellers on the South Stand, East Stand, West Stand and on the bridge in the South East corner. Tickets are only £1 each and if your number is drawn out at half time you could win some big money or some fantastic prizes! Please note it is cash only for Golden Gamble tickets. Our 50/50 virtual draw also takes place tonight, with the chance to win a cash prize or signed 2021 shirt. Click HERE to find out more. The next Warriors Lotto £10,000 Draw will also take place tonight – on the side of the pitch during half time. The draw is for all current members who pay their £1-a-week subscription. Click HERE to read more. Tickets Still deciding if you are coming tonight? Don’t worry if you have not got a ticket, as you can still buy tickets for the game by heading to the Ticket Office – located in the North West corner of the stadium. Tickets are available to buy at the Ticket Office all the way up to kick-off. Please note the DW Stadium is now a cashless stadium and card payments only will be received. Pay on the gate is not available; tickets must be bought in advance to entry to the stadium. Click HERE to read more. Inside the DW Inside the stadium, the South Stand Bar is open from 6:30pm. Fans can go into the bar prior to or after the game. Please note that the bar is not open at half time. Prior to the game, fans can enjoy a selection of classic matches against Catalans on the big screen. The post What’s happening at the DW appeared first on Wigan Warriors Blog. View the full article
  10. Pay on the day available at the DW Stadium Ticket Office for Wigan v Catalans.Warriors host Dragons in final regular season Betfred Super League game.Wigan Warriors v Catalans Dragons, Friday 17th September, DW Stadium, 7:45pm K.O. Tickets are available to buy all day today at the DW Stadium Ticket Office for tonight’s Betfred Super League game against Catalans Dragons. The Ticket Office – located in the North West corner of the stadium – is open all the way up to kick-off at 7:45pm. Please note the DW Stadium is now a cashless stadium and card payments only will be received. Pay on the gate is not available; tickets must be bought in advance to entry to the stadium. Please note that the deadline has now passed for Season Ticket Holders to invite a friend for free and key workers to claim two free tickets. The South Stand is now sold out, with tickets still available to buy in the East and West Stands. Not got your ticket yet? It’s not too late to get one! There are three different and simple ways to purchase tickets: Buy online by clicking HERE. Call the DW Stadium Ticket Office on 01942 311111 (open now up until kick-off at 7:45pm).Head down to the DW Stadium Ticket Office and buy in person. For more information on tickets at the DW Stadium, please click HERE. With it being Superhero Round and the Club thanking all key workers with free tickets for their outstanding work throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, we are encouraging everyone who plans to attend the game – whether you are a Warriors fan or someone who is watching Rugby League for the first time – to come in fancy dress as any superhero of your choice, with a special prize available for the best outfit! The post Pay at the Ticket Office appeared first on Wigan Warriors Blog. View the full article
  11. First team, Under-19s and Women’s team all in action this weekend.Up first is the first team as they take on Catalans Dragons on Friday.Academy host Hull KR on Saturday, while Warriors Women travel to local rivals St Helens. Wigan Warriors’ first team, Under-19s and Women’s team are all in action once again this weekend. First team The Warriors host the League Leaders Catalans Dragons in the final round of the regular season, this Friday evening at the DW Stadium. The Warriors have an exemplary home record against the Dragons, having won their last 13 home meetings, their last home defeat coming against the Catalans in April 2011. The Cherry and Whites head into the fixture with two wins from their previous six in the competition. As it stands, Wigan have secured a fourth placed finish, having won 14 of their 24 games this season. The Dragons have played two games less than the Warriors, but having lost just three games in the 2021 season, they have secured top spot for the first time in their history. Click HERE to read our match preview in full. Tickets are still available to buy for the game. Please note that the deadline has now passed for Season Ticket Holders to invite a friend for free and key workers to claim two free tickets. Wigan go into Friday’s game after beating Hull FC 10-0 last week. Academy On Saturday, our Under-19s play their penultimate game of 2021 as they host Hull KR Academy. The game will kick-off at 3pm at Robin Park Arena, with the Warriors going into it off the back of four consecutive wins. With Covid-19 restrictions now lifted, supporters are allowed back at Robin Park Arena to watch the game – it is £5 entry for Adults and £3 for Concessions. Please note that for all games at Robin Park Arena it is cash only to gain entry and Season Tickets are not valid. The Academy game will also be broadcast live on Wigan TV. Wigan ran out comfortable winners against Hull FC Academy last week. Women The Warriors Women end the weekend of action as they make the short trip over Billinge Hill to face St Helens in the Derby at the Totally Wicked Stadium. Wigan head into the fixture having played seven games in the Betfred Women’s Super League, with five wins and two losses. In the Play-Off games the Warriors have lost all three ties against Castleford, York and Leeds and will need to come away with the win against Saints to have a chance of securing a Semi Final fixture. Click HERE to read our match preview. Highlights and the full 80 minutes from both games will be available to watch on Wigan TV next week. Sign-up today by clicking HERE. The Warriors Women lost against Leeds last week. The post This weekend at Wigan appeared first on Wigan Warriors Blog. View the full article
  12. Tickets for Wigan’s Play-Off Eliminator Game now on general sale.Wigan to play on Thursday 23rd September in Eliminator Game.Warriors will face fifth placed team at the DW Stadium in opening Play-Off game (7:45pm K.O.). Tickets for Wigan Warriors’ Eliminator Game in the 2021 Betfred Super League Play-Offs are now on general sale. As confirmed earlier this week, the game will be played on Thursday 23rd September (7:45pm K.O.) at the DW Stadium. Wigan’s opponent is still to be confirmed and we will only know who it will be by the end of this week’s Round 25 fixtures. The Warriors will face the team who finishes fifth in the league table. It will be either Leeds Rhinos and Hull KR. All 2021 Season Ticket Holders and Loyal 18 members can get a £5 discount when purchasing their ticket for the game. Please note that the deadline for the discount is 5pm on Wednesday 22nd September. A note to all Season Ticket Holders that your normal seat for 2021 is not guaranteed for this game. If you would like to remain in your seat, we urge you to buy your tickets as soon as possible from when tickets go on sale to avoid disappointment. Due to the unusual nature of the 2021 season and difficulties encountered by the Ticket Office, we cannot reserve seats for Season Ticket Holders, and we apologise for any inconveniences caused. You will have the best opportunity to secure your normal seat with three days available before tickets go on general sale. A reminder that Betfred Super League Play-Off games do not count towards a Season Ticket and all fans must purchase tickets to attend the game. Tickets are available to purchase from the DW Stadium Ticket Office (open 9am-5pm Mon-Fri), on the phone by calling 01942 311 111 or online by clicking HERE. For ticket prices at the DW Stadium, please click HERE. For more information on tickets, please click HERE. To book hospitality tickets, please call 01942 762890 or email hospitality@wiganwarriors.com There will be a pay on the day facility, but all tickets must be bought from the DW Stadium Ticket Office which will be open until kick-off on Thursday. The post Play-Off tickets on general sale appeared first on Wigan Warriors Blog. View the full article
  13. Correctly predict Wigan’s first try scorer against Catalans Dragons to be in with a chance to win a healthy food bundle from the Skinny Food Co. Wigan take on Catalans for the second time this season on Friday, in the final game of the regular Betfred Super League season. Adrian Lam’s men welcome the Dragons to the DW Stadium, fresh off the back of a 10-0 win over Hull FC. Now the Warriors’ official health and nutrition partner The Skinny Food Co is giving you the chance to win a fantastic healthy food bundle. All you have to do to be in with a chance of bagging this great prize is correctly guess Wigan’s first try scorer. A winner will be selected at random from the correct entries and contacted the following week. Make sure to enter your details to enable us to get in touch with you. Enter your prediction below! The post First try scorer: Catalans appeared first on Wigan Warriors Blog. View the full article
  14. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Wigan Warriors Women’s Betfred Women’s Super League Play-Off match against St Helens Women. The Warriors Women face the Saints at the Totally Wicked Stadium on Sunday 19th September (2pm K.O.). Campaign so far Wigan head into the fixture having played seven games in the Betfred Women’s Super League, with five wins and two losses. In the Play-Off games the Warriors have lost all three ties against Castleford, York and Leeds and will need to come away with the win against St Helens to have a chance of securing a Semi Final fixture. Injury news The Warriors remain without Amy Boardman, Alison Burrows, Rebecca Greenfield, Stacey Greenwood and Rachel Thompson with on-going injuries, all of whom are unlikely to feature again in 2021. Paige Costello also misses out on the final Play-Off game with a torn quadricep. Head-to-head The fixture sees the two sides face off for the seventh time in all competitions, though this will be the first meeting between the two teams since September 2019. Both sides have won three games each in Derby match-ups. Last four meetings: St Helens 28-0 WiganSt Helens 32-0 WiganWigan 4-6 St HelensWigan 10-6 St Helens Summary: Wigan wins: 3St Helens wins: 3 Team news Head coach Kris Ratcliffe has named his 19-player team to face St Helens on Sunday afternoon. Coach quotes Speaking to wiganwarriors.com, Women’s boss Kris Ratcliffe gave his thoughts on this weekends game: “The girls know the importance of the game – it’s the biggest Derby in Rugby League. A lot of our players have been Wigan fans since childhood, the motivation is there. “St Helens have been outstanding all year, with so many England players it’s no surprise how well they have done. It will need tough, uncompromising and organised defence to earn the opportunity of getting the result. Tight defence will lead to a tight game and then it’s about being clinical in execution when opportunities arise.” On vice-captain Victoria Molyneux, he said: “Vicky was phenomenal last week, even in defeat I thought she was the best player on the pitch, she has been brilliant all year. “The girls will look to her for energy and inspiration again this week and i have no doubt that she will bring it. We have had to do it really tough with seven or eight starting players missing but the message has always been that we tough it out and keep going for each other. “Vicky (Molyneux), Georgia (Wilson) and Carys (Marsh) reinforce that on the pitch as part of the leadership team.” He added: “We will be down to our last available 17 this week, but I know the togetherness and culture within the group will ensure they give it their absolute all this week.” Ticket info Tickets for the fixture can be purchased in advance via the St Helens website or by calling the St Helens ticket office on 01744 455052, with cash only turnstiles also in operation on the day. Please note tickets are for North Stand unreserved seating only. Tickets are priced at £5, U12s go free. Watch Live Can’t make it to the game? The fixture is being streamed live and free both on Our League and Twitch from 2pm. Social Media Wigan fans can follow every piece of the action via our social media channels and website. Twitter (@WiganWarriorsRL) – pre-match, half time and full time updates.Instagram (@wiganwarriorsrl) – pre-match, half time and full time updates.Facebook (Wigan Warriors) – pre-match, half time and full time updates.Website (www.wiganwarriors.com) – post-match reaction including a match report The post Women’s match preview: St Helens appeared first on Wigan Warriors Blog. View the full article
  15. It is with great sadness that Wigan Warriors learn of the passing of former player Jeff Bootle at the age of 80. Jeff was born in Wigan on 21st August 1940 and joined his home own club from the Wigan Rugby Union club in 1958. He made a try scoring debut on the wing for Wigan on 14th March 1959, defeating Leeds, at Central Park, by 32 points to 3, which earned him a Wigan Heritage Number of 593. Although the majority of his Wigan career was spent playing at centre he was equally as comfortable playing on the wing or at full back. On 13th May 1961, Jeff played in the Challenge Cup Final at Wembley, the first Wigan v Saints Challenge Cup Final Derby since its inauguration in 1897. Unfortunately, Wigan lost on the day to their arch rivals 12-6, with a crowd of 94,672. Jeff scored Wigan’s first try in the Semi Final win over Halifax at the old Station Road ground, Swinton to help him achieve his Wembley ambition. His greatest achievement playing for his hometown club came in season 1961-62 when he won a Lancashire League medal, playing in 17 matches scoring eight tries and 18 goals, with a total of 60 points. Jeff’s last appearance for Wigan was again at Central Park on 5th October 1963 in a Western Division Championship match – losing 14-13 to Rochdale Hornets. In total, Jeff made 65 appearances for Wigan from 1959 to 1963, scoring 27 tries and 27 goals for a career total of 135 points. Sadly, during the 1963-64 season Jeff found it difficult to hold down a regular first team spot at Wigan with competition coming from an international back line with the likes of Billy Boston, Eric Ashton, Frank Carlton, Alan Davies and Trevor Lake. Consequently in January 1964 Jeff signed for Warrington for a fee of around £2,500, joining his former Wigan teammate Keith Holden. Jeff went on to captain Warrington, lifting the Lancashire Cup in 1965 and winning his second Lancashire League title. Regrettably, Jeff retired from Rugby League at the relatively early age of 28 to establish a career with Mersey Bus and took up the game of golf, becoming a member at both Chorley and Lytham Green Drive respectively. Upon his retirement Jeff moved with his wife Jean to Spain for a period of time before returning to England and settling in Lytham. Jeff had been ill for several months and Wigan Warriors send on their condolences to his wife Jean, extended family and their friends. The funeral is at Carleton Crematorium, in Blackpool on Tuesday 21st September at 9:30am. The post In Memoriam: Jeff Bootle appeared first on Wigan Warriors Blog. View the full article
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