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Vodafone Warriors sign ex-Wigan centre Gelling
Richard Becht
Fri 12 Jan 2018, 11:02 AM
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Anthony Gelling, who recently returned to Auckland after six seasons in England, has been signed by the Vodafone Warriors on a one-year contract.

After being given an early release by the Wigan Warriors, the Cook Islands international was invited to train with the Vodafone Warriors this week.

“It’s a stroke of luck for us that Anthony has come back,” said Vodafone Warriors head coach Stephen Kearney.

“He proved himself in the Super League and has immediately impressed us at training this week.

“We’re thrilled we’ve been able to add him to our squad. He brings size and some special skills, providing further depth and increasing competition among our outside backs.”

In his six seasons with Wigan, Gelling (27) scored 52 tries in 114 appearances and also represented the Cook Islands at the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.

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“Rugby league wasn’t the reason I came home,” he said.

“I’d had six seasons in England and I really wanted to be back in New Zealand around my family. I’m grateful for everything Wigan did for me and for allowing me to head home early.

“I wasn’t sure what would happen with my career but the opportunity came up to train with the Vodafone Warriors this week and now I’m excited about signing for the club.”

Gelling was a Super League grand final winner with Wigan at Old Trafford in 2016 and was also in its beaten side in the 2014 decider.

He helped Wigan to its World Club Challenge win against Cronulla in 2017 as well as playing in the Challenge Cup final at Wembley (a match Hull FC won).

He last played in New Zealand in 2011 when he was in the Vodafone Warriors’ feeder side the Auckland Vulcans, who lost 28-30 to the Canterbury-Bankstown Bankstown in the dying moments of the New South Wales Cup at ANZ Stadium. The same season he tasted success at Auckland club level when the Howick Hornets won the Fox Memorial premiership for the first time.

ANTHONY GELLING

Date of Birth: October 18, 1990

Birthplace: Auckland, NZ

Junior Club: Howick Hornets

Position: Centre

Height: 1.96m

Weight: 102kg

Rep Honours: 6 Tests for Cook Islands (2009-2015)

Previous Clubs: Sydney Roosters (2009-2010), Auckland Vulcans (2011), Wigan Warriors (2012-2017)

NRL debut: Yet to make debut

Super League Career: 114 appearances for Wigan Warriors (2012-2017)

Super League Points: 208 (52 tries)

NYC Career: 30 appearances for Sydney Roosters

NYC Career: 28 (7 tries)

https://www.warriors.kiwi/news/2018/01/12/vodafone-warriors-sign-ex-wigan-centre-gelling/
 

Paleaaesina2the20

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Feb 6, 2013
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Something's changed on the site and I can't post my vids atm.

But here's a link to Gelling burning Ken on a set move.

https://vimeo.com/266825670
Looked like Ken didn’t put it all in for the support run, there was an opportunity to receive the pass but he wasn’t there- needs to fix the 1% (and learn how to dive on a ball)
What are you guys talking about? Maumalo was in near perfect position on that play, he needs to be able to run onto the pass. Gelling never even looked to his left, Ken was only around 2-3 metres behind him as long as Gelling doesn't throw that pass forward Ken will run onto it nicely. This was one of 3 occasions where Gelling touched the ball inside the Storms 30m area where he managed to butcher a probable try, if it was Kata the knives would have been out, calling him a ball hog who can't pass.
 

jonno

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What are you guys talking about? Maumalo was in near perfect position on that play, he needs to be able to run onto the pass. Gelling never even looked to his left, Ken was only around 2-3 metres behind him as long as Gelling doesn't throw that pass forward Ken will run onto it nicely. This was one of 3 occasions where Gelling touched the ball inside the Storms 30m area where he managed to butcher a probable try, if it was Kata the knives would have been out, calling him a ball hog who can't pass.
I think It all depends on what kind of pass you're rocking.

If it's a slow as, intercept bait, lob pass, that gives ken time to catch up to the play then he was perfect.

But seeing as the ball can float forward, as long as it travels back from the hands, then ken should really only be half a step behind his winger waiting for the bullet express pass.

Footy 101
 
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Boats n Hoes

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What are you guys talking about? Maumalo was in near perfect position on that play, he needs to be able to run onto the pass. Gelling never even looked to his left, Ken was only around 2-3 metres behind him as long as Gelling doesn't throw that pass forward Ken will run onto it nicely. This was one of 3 occasions where Gelling touched the ball inside the Storms 30m area where he managed to butcher a probable try, if it was Kata the knives would have been out, calling him a ball hog who can't pass.

Absolutely. Ken was exactly where he needed to be.

Concerning thing was as soon as he got the ball Gelling had no intention of even looking for his outside, even angled slightly infield. Was a clear 2 on 1 opportunity there as his opposite (Chambers had already been beaten).....Maumalo still would have had the fullback coming across to beat but a clear opportunity missed there.

A simple draw and pass was all it needed . Footy 101 ;)
 
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mt.wellington

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I think It all depends on what kind of pass you're rocking.

If it's a slow as, intercept bait, lob pass, that gives ken time to catch up to the play then he was perfect.

But seeing as the ball can float forward, as long as it travels back from the hands, then ken should really only be half a step behind his winger waiting for the bullet express pass.

Footy 101
Footy 101 lol. That's bollocks. Winger will almost always hold their sideline unless the centre runs out towards him then he will cut back in. If a centre cuts back in its the role of his inside man, usually a second rower to cross him thereby ensuring a link back to the winger. That there is footy 101.

You think he is part of a school of fish or gulp of swallows that he can almost instantly and instinctively tail his centre who darts back inside like they are telepathically connected!? That is not how it works in the real world. Especially a fast paced game where things happen in seconds...
 
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Gizzyfan

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A guy like Gelling who seems a real good bloke is not up to the weekly grind of the NRL.

Often you will see these guys have the intensity for one week maybe two but will inevitably fall behind.

It is not to say they cant get there. I think SK has done well sending guys to ISP for work ons.

Maybe Gelling will be consistent next year after another NRL pre season. Same for guys like Cook and Papalii.
 
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Sup42

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The Warriors had their best period when they fielded the best center in the world on one edge while playing a very professional Aussie Center on the other edge.

Thereafter they have never had a deadly backline, rather relying on a Super winger they kicked to, because they were not good enough to pass it to that player.

Jerome was a reasonable Center when fit and young, but the lack of a center of any real use on the other edge was never going to draw the defence to full stretch both sides in the fashion Melbourne did to us and lets not forget...in the style we were once the best at.

Even Brett Tate sucked here (show me his Warriors highlights video) he was so talented however he didn't trust his wingers to catch ball, and played a self preservation game.

Dean Bell was a big part of the problem. He didn't think recruiting centers was all that important and that stupidity has remained till Kearney came in.

Now we have the luxury of debating several depth Centers like this fellow.

Hiku and Beale will provide the ability to stretch the opposition the full width of the field, they are true Centers.

Seeing the ball beat the man game after game will be good for Kata and Gelling to watch.

Kata has started passing the ball a little, getting him sorted needs to be a priority longer term, if it so happens AG picks up on Center play better than Kata so be it...but I have niggling doubts since Gelling has come from one of the best ball distribution backlines in rugby league along side some pretty well respected NRL and ESL players at Wigan.
 
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