2009 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats season

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The Wakefield Trinity Wildcats' 137th season saw them enter their eleventh Super League campaign, as well as the 2009 Challenge Cup.

Transfers[edit]

Transfers for 2009 (In)

Name Transferred from Date released
James Stosic Gold Coast Titans October 2008
Steve Snitch Huddersfield Giants October 2008
Dave Halley Bradford Bulls October 2008

Transfers for 2009 (Out)

Name Transferred to Date released
Duncan MacGillivray Retired October 2008
Paul Reilly Oldham Roughyeds October 2008
Brett Ferres Castleford Tigers October 2008
Joe Hirst Featherstone Rovers October 2008
Josh Griffin Huddersfield Giants October 2008
Kyle Wood Doncaster October 2008
Jason Golden Harlequins RL October 2008

Full squad[edit]

No Player Position Previous club
1 Matt Blaymire Full Back York City Knights
2 Damien Blanch Wing Widnes Vikings
3 Tony Martin Centre New Zealand Warriors
4 Ryan Atkins Centre Bradford Bulls
5 Matthew Petersen Wing Gold Coast Titans
6 Jamie Rooney Stand Off Featherstone Rovers
7 Danny Brough Scrum Half Castleford Tigers
8 Jason Demetriou Utility Widnes Vikings
9 Brad Drew Hooker Huddersfield Giants
10 Danny Sculthorpe Prop Wigan Warriors
11 Stephen "Steve" Snitch Second Row Huddersfield Giants
12 Oliver Wilkes Second Row Widnes Vikings
13 Scott Grix Utility Widnes Vikings
14 Sam Obst Hooker Whitehaven
15 James Stosic Prop Gold Coast Titans
16 Ricky Bibey Prop Leigh Centurions
17 Kevin Henderson Centre Leigh Centurions
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19 Sean Gleeson Centre Wigan Warriors
20 Tevita Leo-Latu Hooker Cronulla Sharks
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24 Dale Ferguson Second Rower Wakefield Trinity Wildcats
25 Richard Moore Prop Leigh Centurions
26 Luke George Winger Huddersfield Giants
27 Aaron Murphy Centre Wakefield Trinity Wildcats
28 Kyle Bibb Second Rower Wakefield Trinity Wildcats
29 Jay Pitts Scrum Half Wakefield Trinity Wildcats
30 Cain Southernwood Utility Wakefield Trinity Wildcats

Fixtures and results[edit]

Competition Round Opponent Result Score Home/Away Venue Attendance Date
Super League XIV 17 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors Win 6–12 Away JJB Stadium 14,377 8 February 2009
Super League XIV 1 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos Loss 18–4 Away Headingley Stadium 15,643 13 February 2009
Super League XIV 2 Redscolours.svg Salford City Reds Win 29–10 Home Belle Vue 6,578 22 February 2009
Super League XIV 3 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves Win 48–22 Home Belle Vue 5,169 27 February 2009
Super League XIV 4 HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers Loss 31–18 Away New Craven Park 9,038 8 March 2009
Super League XIV 5 Catalanscolours.svg Catalans Dragons Win 30–10 Home Belle Vue 4,807 15 March 2009
Super League XIV 6 Cruscolours.svg Crusaders N/A P–P Away Brewery Field N/A 22 March 2009
Super League XIV 7 Saintscolours.svg St. Helens Loss 18–42 Home Belle Vue 6,038 27 March 2009
Challenge Cup 2009 4 Leigh colours.svg Leigh Centurions Win 54–0 Home Belle Vue 2,637 3 April 2009
Super League XIV 8 Castleford colours.svg Castleford Tigers Win 6–35 Away The Jungle 10,155 10 April 2009
Super League XIV 9 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls Win 24–22 Home Belle Vue 6,516 13 April 2009
Super League XIV 10 Hullcolours.svg Hull Win 14–21 Away KC Stadium 11,975 17 April 2009
Super League XIV 11 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors Loss 26–40 Home Belle Vue 5,521 26 April 2009
Super League XIV 12 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls Loss 16–32 Neutral Murrayfield Stadium 29,627 2 May 2009
Challenge Cup 2009 5 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors Loss 17–28 Home Belle Vue 4,883 9 May 2009
Super League XIV 13 Quinscolours.svg Harlequins RL Loss 24–17 Away The Twickenham Stoop 3,612 17 May 2009
Super League XIV 14 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants Loss 6–54 Home Belle Vue 5,037 24 May 2009
Super League XIV 6 Cruscolours.svg Celtic Crusaders Win 6–50 Away Brewery Field 2,089 30 May 2009
Super League XIV 15 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls Loss 36–22 Away Grattan Stadium 8,387 7 June 2009
Super League XIV 16 Hullcolours.svg Hull FC Win 37–22 Home Belle Vue 4,721 13 June 2009
Super League XIV 18 Quinscolours.svg Harlequins RL Win 20–18 Home Belle Vue 5,079 28 June 2009
Super League XIV 19 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants Loss 30–14 Away Galpharm Stadium 7,486 5 July 2009
Super League XIV 20 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos Loss 30–32 Home Belle Vue 6,425 10 July 2009
Super League XIV 21 Saintscolours.svg St Helens Win 20–22 Away GPW Recruitment Stadium 8,651 17 July 2009
Super League XIV 22 Castleford colours.svg Castleford Tigers Loss 12–20 Home Belle Vue 8,371 26 July 2009
Super League XIV 23 Redscolours.svg Salford City Reds Win 24–30 Away The Willows 3,151 31 July 2009
Super League XIV 24 Cruscolours.svg Celtic Crusaders Win 46–12 Home Belle Vue 7,893 16 August 2009
Super League XIV 25 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves Win 28–40 Away Halliwell Jones Stadium 8,681 23 August 2009
Super League XIV 26 Catalanscolours.svg Catalans Dragons Win 20–34 Away Stade Gilbert Brutus 8,755 5 September 2009
Super League XIV 27 HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers Win 24–10 Home Belle Vue 6,328 13 September 2009
Super League XIV Play-offs Qualifier Catalanscolours.svg Catalans Dragons Loss 16–25 Home Belle Vue 4,008 19 September 2009
  • †: Game rearranged due to pitch maintenance work at the JJB Stadium during June.
  • ‡: Game postponed in respect to the death of Wakefield player, Leon Walker, who received a fatal injury during the reserves' game.[1] Game rearranged for 30 May 2009.

League table[edit]

Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
1 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 27 21 0 6 805 453 +352 42
2 Saintscolours.svg St Helens 27 19 0 8 733 466 +267 38
3 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants 27 18 0 9 690 416 +274 36
4 HKRcolours.svg Hull KR 27 17 1 9 650 516 +134 35
5 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 27 16 0 11 685 609 +76 32
6 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 27 15 0 12 659 551 +108 30
7 Castleford colours.svg Castleford Tigers 27 14 0 13 645 702 –57 28
8 Catalanscolours.svg Catalans Dragons 27 13 0 14 613 660 –47 26
9 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 27 12 1 14 653 668 –15 25
10 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves 27 12 0 15 649 705 –56 24
11 Quinscolours.svg Harlequins RL 27 11 0 16 591 691 –100 22
12 Hullcolours.svg Hull FC 27 10 0 17 502 623 –121 20
13 Redscolours.svg Salford City Reds 27 7 0 20 456 754 –298 14
14 Cruscolours.svg Celtic Crusaders 27 3 0 24 357 874 –517 6
  Teams qualifying for the Play-offs

Source: superleague.co.uk.
Classification: 1st on competition points; 2nd on match points difference.
Competition points: for win = 2; for draw = 1; for loss = 0.


Death of Leon Walker[edit]

On 22 March 2009, Leon Walker, a reserve player, collapsed in the 63rd minute of a game against Crusaders Reserves at Maesteg rugby union ground. He was airlifted to Morriston Hospital, Swansea where he was pronounced dead upon arrival.[2] He was 20 years old at the time of his death.[3] An inquest subsequently found that his death was the result of a rare undiagnosed heart defect, and the coroner ruled that he died of natural causes.[4]

Walker started playing rugby league for the amateur side, the Churwell Chiefs. Walker joined the Salford City Reds in 2006 and played for the club for three years. After his rookie season he was named the Salford Reds Junior Academy Player of the Year.[5] In 2007 Walker represented both the Yorkshire and England U18 sides.

He joined the Wakefield Trinity Wildcats in November 2008, joining their senior academy side.[6][7]

Walker attended Morley High School and was a scaffolder by trade,[8] and was the cousin and team mate of Luke Blake.[9]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tragedy for Wakefield". www.skysports.com. Archived from the original on 24 March 2009. Retrieved 22 March 2009. 
  2. ^ RFL Statement – Celtic Crusaders v Wakefield Trinity Wildcats
  3. ^ Wakefield player Leon Walker dies in Super League reserve game Herald Sun, 23 March 2009
  4. ^ Heart defect killed rugby player BBC.co.uk, 23 November 2009
  5. ^ Player of the Year awards SalfordReds.co.uk, 12 September 2006
  6. ^ Walker signs for Wakefield Sporting Life
  7. ^ Wakefield Wildcats sign Reds' Leon Walker Wakefield Express, 11 November 2008
  8. ^ Wakefield mourn the tragic loss of Leon Walker The Times, 23 March 2009
  9. ^ "Funeral for rugby collapse player". bbc. 2 April 2009. Retrieved 1 January 2011.