SOUTH London Storm won a nailbiter at a near capacity New River Stadium on Saturday over West London Sharks to progress to the second round of the Powergen Challenge Cup.
SOUTH London's reward for winning the Powergen Challenge Cup's first London derby is a second round trip to Castleford Lock Lane.
THE draw for the first round of the Challenge Cup was made on Thursday night and threw up what only a few years back would have been unthinkable.
IT has been confirmed this week that South London Storm player of the year for 2004 Louis Neethling has sensationally rejoined South London Storm turning down an offer to sign for London Skolars.
SOUTH London Broncos believe they have one of the best young coaches in the game in new Head Coach Rob Powell who has replaced Darryl Pitt as Head Coach.
Rob, who hails from Sheffield studied at Newcastle History and Northumbria Universities where he completed his MSc in Sports Management including a MSc dissertation on Coaching. Whilst studying Rob coached the succesful Newcastle University team that made the 2002 BUSA final and included current National League star Andy Raleigh.
Rob was recently employed locally as the first ever Full Time Rugby League Community Sports Coach, a scheme funded by the club itself and the DCMS. This role has helped see the start up of clubs such as the Brixton Bulls and the Thornton Heath Tornadoes.
Storm Chairman Paul Brown was delighted with the appointment, "Rob is one of the best young coaches in the game, we are fortunate to have him on board. He takes his coaching very seriously and is a serious student of the game. He also has the respect of our players from his work as assistant to Darryl last year and also for his work with the local juniors." Brown was also full of praise for the clubs Head Coach for the last 2 years Darryl Pitt, "Darryl has been a great servent for the club and his knowledge of the game has been invaluable to the club and to Rob. We would like to thank him for his efforts over the last 2 years and we are delighted that he will be staying involved with the club in other capacities."
The club has confirmed reports that they still intend to add to the coaching structure at the club with a couple of internal appointments likely to be made over the next few weeks.
Picture attached: Powell with Melbourne Storm and Australia Coach Craig Bellamy who he recently observed in action during the Tri-Nations
THE club has applied to enter the newly set up Rugby League Conference Premier Division for 2005. This is where our first team squad will play in 2005 if accepted.