1997 Auckland Warriors season

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1997 Auckland Warriors
League 7th SL
1997 record 7-0-11
Points for 332
Points against 406
Team information
CEO Bill MacGowan
Coach John Monie
Frank Endacott
Captain Matthew Ridge
Ground Ericsson Stadium
Average attendance 15,442
Top scorers
Tries Sean Hoppe (11)
Goals Marc Ellis (25)
Points Marc Ellis (71)
 < 1996 1998

The Auckland Warriors 1997 season was the Auckland Warriors 3rd first-grade season. The club competed in Australasia's Super League. The coach of the team was John Monie until he was replaced by Frank Endacott after Round 9 while Matthew Ridge was the club's captain.

Milestones[edit]

  • 12 April - Round 7: Sean Hoppe plays his 50th match for the club.
  • 19 April - Round 8: Gene Ngamu and Tea Ropati play in their 50th match for the club.
  • 27 April - Round 9: Stephen Kearney plays his 50th match for the club.
  • 6 July - Round 14: Stacey Jones plays his 50th match for the club.

Jersey & Sponsors[edit]

New Zealand home jersey 1997.svg

The Warriors adopted a new jersey in 1997 that matched the Super League style used by the other nine teams in the competition. The jerseys were made by Nike, Inc.

Fixtures[edit]

The Warriors used Ericsson Stadium as their home ground in 1997, their only home ground since they entered the competition in 1995.

Regular Season[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Score Tries Goals Attendance Report
March 1 Round 1 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos ANZ Stadium, Brisbane Loss 2 - 14 Ridge (1) 42,361
March 8 Round 2 Hunter colours.svg Hunter Mariners Ericsson Stadium, Auckland Win 18 - 14 Hoppe (2), Eru Ridge (3) 20,300
March 17 Round 3 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla Sharks Shark Park, Sydney Loss 8 - 34 Betts Ridge (2) 16,860
March 21 Round 4 Adelaide colours.svg Adelaide Rams Ericsson Stadium, Auckland Loss 12 - 16 Jones, Tuimavave Ellis (2) 13,000
March 29 Round 5 Penrith colours.svg Penrith Panthers Ericsson Stadium, Auckland Win 16 - 14 Betts, Hoppe, T.Ropati Ellis (1), Ridge (1) 19,400
April 7 Round 6 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders Bruce Stadium, Canberra Win 31 - 24 Henare, Hoppe, Jones, Kearnery, I.Ropati Ellis (5 + FG) 15,061
April 12 Round 7 Hunter colours.svg Hunter Mariners Topper Stadium, Newcastle Loss 10 - 18 Hoppe, I.Ropati Ellis (1) 7,719
April 19 Round 8 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury Bulldogs Ericsson Stadium, Auckland Loss 24 - 38 Eru, Jones, I.Ropati, T.Ropati Ellis (4) 17,000
April 27 Round 9 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys Stockland Stadium, Townsville Loss 22 - 30 Endacott, Hoppe, T.Ropati Ellis (5) 12,464
May 4 Round 10 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos Ericsson Stadium, Auckland Loss 18 - 34 Hoppe (2), T.Ropati Ellis (3) 16,471
May 26 Round 11 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders Ericsson Stadium, Auckland Loss 10 - 20 Ellis, Ridge Ellis (1) 15,100
June 1 Round 12 Western Reds colours.svg Western Reds WACA Ground, Perth Loss 12 - 24 Eru, Hoppe Ngamu (2) 10,203
June 6 WCC 1 Saintscolours.svg St Helens RLFC Knowsley Road, St Helens Win 42 - 14 Hoppe (2), A.Swann (2), Jones, Kearney,
T.Ropati
Ridge (7) 8,911
June 14 WCC 2 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls Odsal Stadium, Bradford Win 20 - 16 Jones, Ridge, Staladi Ridge (4) 13,133
June 23 WCC 3 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves Wilderspool Stadium, Warrington Win 56 - 28 T.Ropati (4), A.Swann (2), Kearney, Ngamu,
Ridge, Vagana
Ridge (8) 4,428
June 29 Round 13 Penrith colours.svg Penrith Panthers Penrith Stadium, Sydney Loss 22 - 26 Eru (2), Jones, Staladi Ngamu (3) 4,446
July 6 Round 14 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla Sharks Ericsson Stadium, Auckland Win 11 - 8 Ellis Ridge (3), Jones (FG) 12,568
July 11 Round 15 Adelaide colours.svg Adelaide Rams Adelaide Oval, Adelaide Win 18 - 8 Oudenryn, T.Ropati Ellis (3) 13,278
July 18 WCC 4 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls Ericsson Stadium, Auckland Win 64 - 14 T.Ropati (3), Hoppe (2), Betts, Ellis, Eru,
Ngamu, Oudenryn
Ngamu (12) 12,500
July 25 WCC 5 Saintscolours.svg St Helens RLFC Ericsson Stadium, Auckland Win 70 - 6 Ngamu (3), Eru (2), Hoppe (2), Oudenryn (2),
Betts, Ellis, Jones
Ridge (11) 18,354
August 3 WCC 6 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves Lancaster Park, Christchurch Win 16 - 4 Eru, Jones, Kearney Ridge (2) 5,500
August 11 Round 16 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury Bulldogs Belmore Sports Ground, Sydney Loss 18 - 40 Hoppe, Oudenryn, A.Swann Ridge (3) 5,126
August 16 Round 17 Western Reds colours.svg Western Reds Ericsson Stadium, Auckland Win 30 - 22 Ridge (2), Betts, Jones, Kearney Ridge (5) 13,142
August 24 Round 18 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys Ericsson Stadium, Auckland Win 50 - 22 Ellis (3), Jones (2), Bailey, Hoppe,
Oudenryn, A.Swann
Ngamu (7) 12,000

World Club Challenge Finals[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Score Tries Goals Attendance Report
October 3 Qualifying Final Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls Ericsson Stadium, Auckland Win 62 - 14 Hoppe (2), Ridge (2), Ellis, Eru, Jones, Malam,
Ngamu, A.Swann, L.Swann
Ridge (9) 12,063
October 10 Semi Final Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos ANZ Stadium, Brisbane Loss 16 - 22 Oudenryn (2), Endacott Ridge (2) 9,686

Ladder[edit]

Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
1 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane 18 14 1 3 481 283 +198 29
2 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla 18 12 0 6 403 230 +173 24
3 Canberra colours.svg Canberra 18 11 0 7 436 337 +99 22
4 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury 18 10 0 8 453 447 +6 20
5 Penrith colours.svg Penrith 18 9 0 9 431 462 -31 18
6 Hunter colours.svg Hunter 18 7 0 11 350 363 -13 14
7 Auckland colours.svg Auckland 18 7 0 11 332 406 -74 14
8 Western Reds colours.svg Perth 18 7 0 11 321 456 -135 14
9 Adelaide colours.svg Adelaide 18 6 1 11 303 402 -99 13
10 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland 18 5 2 11 328 452 -124 12

WCC Australasia Pool A[edit]

Club Played Won Lost Drawn For Against Diff. Points
Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 6 6 0 0 270 52 218 12
Auckland colours.svg Auckland Warriors 6 6 0 0 268 82 186 12
Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla Sharks 6 6 0 0 230 54 176 12
Penrith colours.svg Penrith Panthers 6 6 0 0 256 120 136 12
Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders 6 5 1 0 302 108 194 10
Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury Bulldogs 6 4 2 0 218 121 97 8

Squad[edit]

The Warriors used 29 players in 1997, including four players making their first grade debuts.

No. Name Nationality Position Warriors Debut App T G FG Pts
2 Blake, PhilPhil Blake Australia FB / HK March 10, 1995 2 0 0 0 0
3 Hoppe, SeanSean Hoppe New Zealand WG March 10, 1995 18 11 0 0 44
6 Ngamu, GeneGene Ngamu New Zealand FE March 10, 1995 17 0 12 0 24
10 Okesene, HitroHitro Okesene New Zealand PR / HK March 10, 1995 1 0 0 0 0
11 Kearney, StephenStephen Kearney New Zealand SR March 10, 1995 17 2 0 0 8
13 Tuimavave, TonyTony Tuimavave New Zealand / Samoa PR / LK March 10, 1995 7 1 0 0 4
15 Ropati, TeaTea Ropati New Zealand / Samoa CE / FE March 10, 1995 16 5 0 0 20
18 Vagana, JoeJoe Vagana New Zealand / Samoa PR March 18, 1995 17 0 0 0 0
19 Eru, SydSyd Eru New Zealand HK March 28, 1995 18 5 0 0 20
24 Jones, StaceyStacey Jones New Zealand HB April 23, 1995 18 7 0 1 29
28 Betts, DenisDenis Betts England SR June 4, 1995 14 3 0 0 12
29 Ellis, MarcMarc Ellis New Zealand FB / WG March 31, 1996 16 5 25 1 71
30 Horo, MarkMark Horo New Zealand PR / SR March 31, 1996 15 0 0 0 0
33 Guttenbeil, AwenAwen Guttenbeil New Zealand / Tonga SR April 14, 1996 4 0 0 0 0
35 Ropati, IvaIva Ropati New Zealand CE April 19, 1996 5 3 0 0 12
36 Swann, AnthonyAnthony Swann New Zealand / Samoa CE June 23, 1996 18 2 0 0 8
37 Malam, BradyBrady Malam New Zealand PR June 23, 1996 15 0 0 0 0
38 Henare, BryanBryan Henare New Zealand SR July 23, 1996 11 1 0 0 4
40 Ridge, MatthewMatthew Ridge New Zealand FB March 1, 1997 9 3 18 0 48
41 Young, GrantGrant Young New Zealand PR March 1, 1997 9 0 0 0 0
42 Swann, LoganLogan Swann New Zealand SR March 1, 1997 13 0 0 0 0
43 Buckingham, SteveSteve Buckingham New Zealand FE March 17, 1997 2 0 0 0 0
44 Endacott, ShaneShane Endacott New Zealand FE March 29, 1997 8 1 0 0 4
45 Staladi, PaulPaul Staladi New Zealand WG April 27, 1997 4 1 0 0 4
46 Noovao, MetiMeti Noovao Cook Islands CE / LK June 1, 1997 1 0 0 0 0
47 Oudenryn, LeeLee Oudenryn Australia WG July 6, 1997 5 4 0 0 16
48 Whittaker, AaronAaron Whittaker New Zealand HB June 29, 1997 1 0 0 0 0
49 Bailey, DavidDavid Bailey New Zealand CE August 11, 1997 3 1 0 0 4
50 Seu Seu, JerryJerry Seu Seu New Zealand / Samoa PR August 16, 1997 1 0 0 0 0

Staff[edit]

  • Chief Executive Officer: Ian Robson, replaced by Bill MacGowan in February 1997[1]

Coaching Staff[edit]

Transfers[edit]

Gains[edit]

Player Previous Club Length Notes
Ridge, MatthewMatthew Ridge Manly Sea Eagles Had initially signed and trained with the side in 1996, until the Super League season was postponed.
Young, GrantGrant Young South Queensland Crushers
Endacott, ShaneShane Endacott Canterbury Country Cardinals
Oudenryn, LeeLee Oudenryn Gold Coast Seagulls

Losses[edit]

Player Club Notes
Lester, AaronAaron Lester Whitehaven
Murray, DocDoc Murray Wigan Warriors
Vagana, NigelNigel Vagana Warrington Wolves
Carter, MarkMark Carter Auckland Rugby Football Union
Platt, AndyAndy Platt Salford City Reds
Kirwan, JohnJohn Kirwan NEC Green Rockets
Tatupu, TonyTony Tatupu Warrington Wolves
Hill, GavinGavin Hill Retired
Alexander, GregGreg Alexander Penrith Panthers
Blackmore, RichieRichie Blackmore Leeds Rhinos

Awards[edit]

Stacey Jones won the clubs Player of the Year award.[2]

Other Teams[edit]

The Warriors fielded teams in both Super League's reserve grade and the Under-19 competition (The Mal Meninga Cup). The Reserve Grade side finished fourth and then beat Cronulla, Perth and North Queensland to make the Grand Final while the Under 19's finished the regular season as minor premiers, beating Penrith to make the Grand Final. Ultimately however both sides lost their respective Grand Finals, with the reserve grade going down 12-40 and the Under-19's losing 12-27.

Grand Final Teams[edit]

Reserve Grade: Glen Coughlan, Iva Ropati, David Bailey, Joe Galuvao, Paul Staladi, Meti Noovao, Aaron Whittaker, Hitro Okesene, Steve Buckingham, Grant Young, Tony Tuimavave, Jerry Seu Seu, Bryan Henare. Bench: Ben Fahey, Frank Watene, Paul Rauhihi, Ricky Henry. Coach: Gary Kemble.

Under-19: Junior Lemafa, Odell Manuel, Tai Savea, Peter Lewis, Mark Fakahua, Monty Betham, Anthony Clyde, David Solomona, Lee Wetherill, Pewhairangi Jones, Kylie Leuluai, Filimone Lolohea, Ali Lauitiiti. Bench: Steve Murray, Scott Dewhurst, Fale Falemoe, Jonathan Smith. Coach: John Ackland.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Frank Endacott with John Coffey Being Frank:The Frank Endacott Story. Auckland, Hodder Moa Beckett, 2002. ISBN 1-86958-922-X.
  2. ^ John Coffey Jones honoured as `Player of the Year' The Press, 29 August 1997

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