1993 New Zealand rugby league season

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The 1993 New Zealand rugby league season was the 86th season of rugby league that had been played in New Zealand. The main feature of the year was the National Provincial Championship competition that was run by the New Zealand Rugby League. Canterbury won the Championship by defeating Auckland 36-12 in the Final.

International competitions[edit]

The New Zealand Kiwis drew 14-all with the Kangaroos at Mt Smart Stadium. This was the first ever draw between the two countries. They then lost 8-16 at the Palmerston North Showgrounds before finishing the test series by going down 4-16 in Brisbane. The New Zealand squad was: Morvin Edwards, Sean Hoppe, Jarrod McCracken, Dave Watson, Daryl Halligan, Tea Ropati, Gary Freeman (C), Se'e Solomona, Duane Mann, Brent Todd, Gary Mercer, Quentin Pongia, Tawera Nikau, Tony Kemp, Brendon Tuuta, Jason Donnelly, Stephen Kearney, Gavin Hill and John Lomax while Howie Tamati was the coach and Richard Bolton was the manager.[1]

New Zealand then toured Great Britain and France, beating Wales, Wigan, St Helens, Widnes, Leeds, France and the Great Britain under 23's but losing to Bradford Northern, Castleford and all three tests against Great Britain.[2] The 26-man squad included Peter Edwards, Jason Williams, Whetu Taewa, Blair Harding, Mark Nixon, Iva Ropati, Gene Ngamu, Aaron Whittaker, Brent Stuart, Jason Lowrie, Paul Johnson, Denvour Johnston, Robert Piva, Jason Mackie, Logan Edwards, David Lomax, Simon Angell and the players from the Australian series except for Tony Kemp and Gavin Hill who had taken up contracts in England. This was the first time that no Auckland-based players were in the squad.[3]

Before the test matches a trial match was held. The Howie Tamati coached Possibles defeated the Ken Campbell Probables 16-12 at Carlaw Park on 6 June. The Teams were; Possibles: Peter Edwards, Mike Dorreen, Dave Watson, Craig Innes, Iva Ropati, Tea Ropati, Aaron Whittaker, Se'e Solomona, Denvour Johnston, Brent Stuart, Robert Piva, Brendon Tuuta, Tawera Nikau (C). Bench: Earl Va'a, Mark Woods, Jason Walker, Duane Mann. Probables: Dave Murray, Vae Afoa, Vila Matautia, Jason Gilbert, Whetu Taewa, Mark Nixon, Darryl Beazley, Paul Johnson, Syd Eru, George Mann, Mark Faumuina, Gary Mercer, Jason Mackie.Bench: Maea David, Logan Edwards, Ken McIntosh, George Perham. Dean Clark, Richie Barnett and Simon Angell withdrew from the trial teams due to injury.

The Junior Kiwis toured Great Britain and, coached by Frank Endacott, they won 11 of there 12 matches. The squad included captain Henry Paul, Peter Lima, Meti Noovao, Gus Malietoa-Brown, David Fatialofa, Willie Swann, Alex Chan, Tevita Vaikona, Danny Lima, Bryan Henare and Joe Vagana.

The New Zealand Māori side played three matches against provincial opposition. During the year the team included Syd Eru, Arnold Lomax, Darryl Beazley, Richie Barnett, Yogi Rogers, Alex Chan, David Lomax, Phil Bergman, Jason Mackie, Blair Harding, David Bailey, Mark Woods and Tukere Barlow.[4]

The Wainuiomata Lions represented New Zealand at the World Sevens in Sydney. The squad included Tana Umaga, Maika Felise and David Lomax.[5] Joe Vagana, Peter Lima and Tony Tuimavave were all included in the Western Samoan team.

National competitions[edit]

Rugby League Cup[edit]

Canterbury opened there season with a 40-12 defeat of Auckland to defend the Rugby League Cup. They then defeated Wellington and Bay of Plenty to hold the Cup for another season.[6]

National Provincial Championship[edit]

The Provincial championship included a final for the first time.

First Division[edit]

Team Pld W L PF PA Pts
Canterbury 6 5 1 162 61 10
Auckland 6 4 2 118 101 8
Wellington 6 3 3 135 118 6
Bay of Plenty 6 0 6 40 175 0
The Final[edit]

For the final Auckland called up several professionals who had recently returned from England; Tawera Nikau, Se'e Solomona, Duane Mann, Tea Ropati, Craig Innes and Iva Ropati. Canterbury only called up Brendon Tuuta for the final. Canterbury won 36-12 in front of a capacity 10,000 fans at the Addington Showgrounds.

North Island Second Division[edit]

Defending champions Northland again won the North Island Second Division title. The team included Jason Mackie.[14]

Waikato included Tukere Barlow and Martin Moana and were coached by Cecil Kells.[15]

Taranaki included Dave Watson. Robert Piva also played for Taranaki in a one-off match against the New Zealand Māori rugby league team.[16]

Team Pld W L PF PA Pts
Northland 5 4 1 152 99 8
Hawke's Bay 5 4 1 167 144 8
Waikato 5 3 2 204 122 6
Taranaki 5 3 2 152 109 6
Manawatu 5 1 4 179 158 2
Gisborne-East Coast 5 0 5 58 290 0

South Island Second Division[edit]

Team Pld W L PF PA Pts
Cantebury Emerging Players 3 3 0 108 24 6
West Coast 3 2 1 96 50 4
Southland 3 1 2 23 102 2
Otago 3 0 3 26 77 0

Club competitions[edit]

Auckland[edit]

The Northcote Tigers, coached by Gary Kemble, won the Fox Memorial by defeating the Ron O'Regan coached Te Atatu Roosters 29-10 in the grand final.[8] Northcote also won the Rukutai Shield (minor premiership) and pre-season Roope Rooster. The Mt Albert Lions won the Stormont Shield. Northcote included Mark Elia, Ken McIntosh, Don Stewart and Willie Poching, who had transferred from Mt Albert in the off season.

The Marist Saints defeated the Hibiscus Coast Raiders 27-16 to win the Sharman Cup while the Glenfield Greyhounds won the Phelan Shield by defeating the Manurewa Marlins 26-12.

Solomon Kiri was the top try scorer, scoring 16 tries for the Mangere East Hawks.

Marist included Willie Swann, Manukau included Hitro Okesene, the Richmond Bulldogs included Paki Tuimavave and Mike Setefano, while Te Atatu included David Bailey, Robbie Paul and Henry Paul.[7][18] Glenora included Matthew Sturm, Tony Tatupu played for Mt Albert, David Murray and Aaron Lester played for Ellerslie[19]

An Auckland Development squad toured Sydney and won all three games. The team was coached by John Ackland included Awen Guttenbeil and Stacey Jones from Pt Chevalier and Frank Watene from Otahuhu.

After the success of the 1992 Pacific Cup, the Auckland Rugby League hosted a Polynesian rugby league festival at Carlaw Park. Auckland Tonga, who included Willie Wolfgramm and Esau Mann, won the cup, defeating Auckland Māori 16-8. Auckland Māori included Solomon Kiri. An Auckland XIII defeated Auckland American Samoa 40-35 in the plate final.[9]

Wellington[edit]

The Upper Hutt Tigers upset the Wainuiomata Lions 30-10 in the final of the Wellington Rugby League competition.[13] Wainuiomata had suffered just one loss in the three rounds of the Appleton Shield.

David Lomax won the Colin O'Neil best and fairest award.

Upper Hutt were captained by Mark Woods and included Peter Edwards and Syd Eru. Wainuiomata included Earl Va'a, David Lomax and Jason Gilbert. Porirua City included Robert Piva while Petone were coached by James Leuluai and included Paul Howell.

Canterbury[edit]

Minor premiers Halswell, coached by Ged Stokes and including captain Glenn Coughlan, Aaron Whittaker and Whetu Taewa, defeated Hornby 8-6 in the final to win the Pat Smith Trophy. Horbny included Marty Crequer, Mark Nixon and Simon Angell.[12]

Whetu Taewa won the Canterbury Rugby League player of the year award.[12]

Other Competitions[edit]

The Takahiwai Warriors, led by player-coach Jason Mackie, won the Northland superleague, defeating the Ngatikahu Sharks 38-10. The Warriors had earlier in the season lost to the Portland Panthers 8-24 in the Whangarei grand final. The Hokianga Pioneers, coached by Phil Marsh, won the Bay of Islands grand final 14-11 over the Moerewa Tigers while the Ngatikahu Sharks won the Far North rugby league championship by defeating the Te Paatu Warriors 12-6. Tony Tuimavave played for the Kaikohe Lions in the Bay of Islands championship.[20]

The Hamilton City Tigers won the 1993 Waikato Rugby League competition, defeating Ngaruawahia 50-10 to complete the season undefeated.[15] The Tigers included Tukere Barlow. The Taniwharau Rugby League Club included Huntly College sixth former Steve Berryman and Huntly South included Martin Moana.

The Piako Warriors defeated the Ngongotaha Chiefs 16-14 in the Bay of Plenty Rugby League final.[11] The Waitara Bears completed an undefeated season by demolishing the Coastal Cobras 68-10 in the Taranaki Rugby League grand final, the fourth consecutive time the Bears had lifted the title.[16]

Chagan Uawa defeated the Repangaere Eels 12-8 to win the Gisborne-East Coast championship.[21] Defending champions Tamatea retained the Hawke's Bay Rugby League title with a 60-12 win in the grand final over the Taradale Eagles.[22]

Kia Ora, coached by Peter Sixtus, won the Manawatu Rugby League championship by defeating Tainui 38-22 in the grand final.[23]

The Waro-rakau Hornets won the West Coast title after defeating Cobden 22-6.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rattue, Chris (4 May 2011). "Anzac clash shapes up to be close battle". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 14 September 2011. 
  2. ^ Great Britain vs New Zealand 1993 Series rugbyleagueproject.org
  3. ^ Coffey, John and Bernie Wood Auckland, 100 years of rugby league, 1909-2009, 2009. ISBN 978-1-86969-366-4, p.303.
  4. ^ John Coffey, Bernie Wood (2008). 100 years: Māori rugby league, 1908-2008. Huia Publishers. p. 280. ISBN 978-1-86969-331-2. 
  5. ^ Lion Red Rugby League Annual 1993, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 1993. p.110
  6. ^ Lion Red Rugby League Annual 1993, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 1993. p.137
  7. ^ a b Lion Red Rugby League Annual 1993, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 1993. p.144
  8. ^ a b Lion Red Rugby League Annual 1993, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 1993. p.153
  9. ^ a b Coffey, John and Bernie Wood Auckland, 100 years of rugby league, 1909-2009, 2009. ISBN 978-1-86969-366-4.
  10. ^ Coffey, John and Bernie Wood Auckland, 100 years of rugby league, 1909-2009, 2009. ISBN 978-1-86969-366-4, p.298.
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  12. ^ a b c d Lion Red Rugby League Annual 1993, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 1993. p.p.192-202
  13. ^ a b Lion Red Rugby League Annual 1993, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 1993. p.p.180-191
  14. ^ Lion Red Rugby League Annual 1993, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 1993. p.139
  15. ^ a b Lion Red Rugby League Annual 1993, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 1993. p.p.160-163
  16. ^ a b Lion Red Rugby League Annual 1993, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 1993. p.p.173-174
  17. ^ a b Lion Red Rugby League Annual 1993, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 1993. p.213
  18. ^ Lion Red Rugby League Annual 1993, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 1993. p.155
  19. ^ Lion Red Rugby League Annual 1993, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 1993. p.159
  20. ^ Lion Red Rugby League Annual 1993, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 1993. p.143
  21. ^ Lion Red Rugby League Annual 1993, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 1993. p.165
  22. ^ Lion Red Rugby League Annual 1993, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 1993. p.176
  23. ^ Lion Red Rugby League Annual 1993, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 1993. p.178