1999 Auckland Warriors season

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1999 Auckland Warriors
League 11th NRL
1999 record 10-0-14
Points for 538
Points against 498
Team information
CEO Trevor McKewen
Coach Mark Graham
Captain Matthew Ridge
Alternate captains Stacey Jones
John Simon
Ground Ericsson Stadium
Average attendance 11,135
Top scorers
Tries Stacey Jones (15)
Goals Matthew Ridge (34)
Points Matthew Ridge (80)
 < 1998 2000

The Auckland Warriors 1999 season was the Auckland Warriors 5th first-grade season. The club competed in Australasia's National Rugby League. The coach of the team was Mark Graham while Matthew Ridge was the club's captain.

Milestones[edit]

  • 13 March – Round 2: Tony Tatupu plays his 50th match for the club.
  • 21 March – Round 3: Brady Malam plays his 50th match for the club.
  • 16 May – Round 11: Tony Tuimavave plays his 50th match for the club.
  • 30 May – Round 13: Logan Swann plays his 50th match for the club.
  • 21 August – Round 25: Stacey Jones becomes the first player to appear in 100 first-grade games for the club.

Jersey & Sponsors[edit]

New Zealand home jersey 1997.svg

For 1999 the Warriors again used a similar style of jersey, produced by Nike, Inc.

The Sale[edit]

Between the 1998 and 1999 seasons the Auckland Rugby League sold the Auckland Warriors to a consortium that included majority investor the Tainui tribe as well as Graham Lowe and Malcolm Boyle. The new owners cleaned out the management and coaching structures and also straightened the tongue on the Warriors logo, as a curved tongue is believed to be cursed in Māori culture. Unfortunately this move did not improve the Warriors on field performances.

The consortium paid $2 million in cash, $1.5 million in deferred settlement over three years and an annual development grant of $250,000. The Auckland Rugby League was forced to write off the deferred settlement in 2000 when the Auckland Warriors folded and the assets were purchased by the New Zealand Warriors.[1]

Fixtures[edit]

The Warriors used Ericsson Stadium as their home ground in 1999, their only home ground since they entered the competition in 1995.

Country Carnival[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Score Tries Goals Attendance Report
12 February Trial 1 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm Lang Park, Brisbane Win 16-14 Oudenryn (2), Ridge Ridge (1) 2,500 [1]
20 February Trial 2 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos Toowoomba Loss 10-22 Manuel, Jones Ridge (1) 7,146 [2]

Regular Season[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Score Tries Goals Attendance Report
8 March Round 1 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney Win 26-16 Ridge (2), Galuvao, Jones Ridge (5) 10,124 [3]
13 March Round 2 North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney Bears Ericsson Stadium, Auckland Lost 18-22 Galuvao, Jones, Swann Ridge (3) 20,268 [4]
21 March Round 3 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly Sea Eagles Brookvale Oval Win 36-10 Death, Henare, Jones, Manuel, Swann, J.Vagana, N.Vagana Jones (3), Ngamu (1) 7,077 [5]
28 March Round 4 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters Ericsson Stadium, Auckland Lost 14-28 Manuel, N.Vagana Ridge (3) 17,492 [6]
3 April Round 5 Balmain colours.svg Balmain Tigers Leichhardt Oval, Sydney Lost 8-17 Jones Ridge (2) 7,460 [7]
9 April Round 6 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm Ericsson Stadium, Auckland 10-38 10-38 Lauitiiti, Oudenryn Jones (1) 10,343 [8]
18 April Round 7 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys Ericsson Stadium, Auckland Lost 0-24 8,954 [9]
Round 8 Bye
2 May Round 9 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs Ericsson Stadium, Auckland Lost 8-12 Beverley Doherty (1), Jones (1) 7,241 [10]
8 May Round 10 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels Parramatta Stadium, Sydney Lost 6-28 Koopu Ridge (1) 13,087 [11]
16 May Round 11 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders Ericsson Stadium, Auckland Win 32-30 Galuvao, Lauiti'iti, Manuel, Mears, J.Vagana Ridge (6) 9,423 [12]
23 May Round 12 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury Bulldogs Telstra Stadium, Sydney Lost 28-24 Lauiti'iti (2), Endacott, Jones Doherty (4) 9,062 [13]
30 May Round 13 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels Ericsson Stadium, Auckland Lost 18-25 Jones, Swann Doherty (5) 8,940 [14]
Round 14 Bye
12 June Round 15 Penrith colours.svg Penrith Panthers CUA Stadium, Sydney Lost 20-34 N.Vagana (2), Mears Doherty (4) 7,097 [15]
19 June Round 16 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury Bulldogs Ericsson Stadium, Auckland Win 30-10 N.Vagana (2), Hoppe, Jones, Manuel, J.Vagana Simon (3) 9,500 [16]
26 June Round 17 Balmain colours.svg Balmain Tigers Ericsson Stadium, Auckland Win 22-4 Swann, Manuel, Seuseu, N.Vagana Simon (1) 8,506 [17]
4 July Round 18 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders Canberra Stadium, Canberra Lost 22-46 Hoppe, Manuel, Mears, N.Vagana Simon (3) 10,155 [18]
10 July Round 19 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos ANZ Stadium, Brisbane Lost 16-24 Death, Lauiti'iti, Nelson Simon (2) 14,941 [19]
16 July Round 20 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla Sharks Ericsson Stadium, Auckland Lost 20-22 Jones, Oudenryn, Mears Simon (4) 8,000 [20]
25 July Round 21 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney Win 20-16 Jones, Manuel, Swann, Tuimavave Ridge (2) 7,364 [21]
1 August Round 22 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm Olympic Park Stadium, Melbourne Lost 14-16 Lewis, Tuimavave Simon (2), Ridge (1) 13,435 [22]
6 August Round 23 St. George colours.svg St. George Illawarra Dragons Ericsson Stadium, Auckland Win 32-18 Beverley, Jones, Lauiti'iti, Manuel, Meli, N.Vagana Simon (4) 9,564 [23]
14 August Round 24 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys Dairy Farmers Stadium, Townsville Win 40-14 Oudenryn (3), Jones, Swann, J.Vagana, N.Vagana Ridge (4), Simon (2) 13,832 [24]
21 August Round 25 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights Ericsson Stadium, Auckland Win 42-0 Death (2), Lauiti'iti, Oudenryn, Ridge, Simon, N.Vagana Ridge (7) 15,385 [25]
29 August Round 26 Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs Magpies Campbelltown Sports Ground, Sydney Win 60-16 Jones (4), Beverley (2), Oudenryn (2), Manuel, Meli, J.Vagana, N.Vagana Simon (5), Swann (1) 7,793 [26]

Ladder[edit]

Team Pld W D L B PF PA PD Pts
1 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla 24 18 0 6 2 586 332 +254 40
2 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta 24 17 0 7 2 500 294 +206 38
3 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne 24 16 0 8 2 639 392 +247 36
4 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney City 24 16 0 8 2 592 377 +215 36
5 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury 24 15 1 8 2 520 462 +58 35
6 St. George colours.svg St. George Illawarra 24 15 0 9 2 588 416 +172 34
7 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle 24 14 1 9 2 575 484 +91 33
8 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane 24 13 2 9 2 510 368 +142 32
9 Canberra colours.svg Canberra 24 13 1 10 2 618 439 +179 31
10 Panthers colours.svg Penrith 24 11 1 12 2 492 428 +64 27
11 Auckland colours.svg Auckland 24 10 0 14 2 538 498 +40 24
12 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 24 10 0 14 2 349 556 -207 24
13 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly 24 9 1 14 2 454 623 -169 23
14 North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney 24 8 0 16 2 490 642 -152 20
15 Balmain colours.svg Balmain 24 8 0 16 2 345 636 -291 20
16 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland 24 4 1 19 2 398 588 -190 13
17 Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs 24 3 0 21 2 285 944 -659 10

Squad[edit]

Thirty two players were used by the Warriors in 1999, including eight players making their first grade debuts.

No. Name Nationality Position Warriors Debut App T G FG Pts
3 Hoppe, SeanSean Hoppe New Zealand WG March 10, 1995 13 2 0 0 8
6 Ngamu, GeneGene Ngamu New Zealand FE March 10, 1995 6 0 1 0 2
12 Tatupu, TonyTony Tatupu New Zealand SR March 10, 1995 21 0 0 0 0
13 Tuimavave, TonyTony Tuimavave New Zealand PR / LK March 10, 1995 16 2 0 0 8
18 Vagana, JoeJoe Vagana New Zealand / Samoa PR March 18, 1995 24 5 0 0 20
19 Eru, SydSyd Eru New Zealand HK March 28, 1995 2 0 0 0 0
24 Jones, StaceyStacey Jones New Zealand HB April 23, 1995 24 15 5 0 70
32 Vagana, NigelNigel Vagana New Zealand / Samoa CE April 4, 1996 21 12 0 0 48
33 Guttenbeil, AwenAwen Guttenbeil New Zealand / Tonga SR April 14, 1996 3 0 0 0 0
37 Malam, BradyBrady Malam New Zealand PR June 23, 1996 8 0 0 0 0
38 Henare, BryanBryan Henare New Zealand SR July 23, 1996 7 1 0 0 4
40 Ridge, MatthewMatthew Ridge New Zealand FB March 1, 1997 10 3 34 0 80
42 Swann, LoganLogan Swann New Zealand SR March 1, 1997 24 7 1 0 30
44 Endacott, ShaneShane Endacott New Zealand FE March 29, 1997 17 1 0 0 4
47 Oudenryn, LeeLee Oudenryn Australia WG July 6, 1997 17 8 0 0 32
50 Seu Seu, JerryJerry Seu Seu New Zealand / Samoa PR August 16, 1997 16 1 0 0 4
55 Lauitiiti, AliAli Lauitiiti New Zealand / Samoa SR April 19, 1998 20 7 0 0 28
56 Galuvao, JoeJoe Galuvao New Zealand / Samoa FB / CE May 2, 1998 13 3 0 0 12
58 Manuel, OdellOdell Manuel New Zealand WG March 8, 1999 24 9 0 0 36
59 Death, JasonJason Death Australia HK / LK March 8, 1999 18 4 0 0 16
60 Hermansson, TerryTerry Hermansson New Zealand PR March 8, 1999 24 0 0 0 0
61 Betham, MontyMonty Betham New Zealand HK / LK March 8, 1999 3 0 0 0 0
62 Beverley, CliffCliff Beverley New Zealand FE March 21, 1999 16 4 0 0 16
63 Lewis, PeterPeter Lewis New Zealand CE April 3, 1999 11 1 0 0 4
64 Koopu, WairangiWairangi Koopu New Zealand CE / SR April 9, 1999 6 1 0 0 4
65 Meli, FrancisFrancis Meli New Zealand / Samoa WG May 2, 1999 3 2 0 0 8
66 Toopi, ClintonClinton Toopi New Zealand CE May 2, 1999 2 0 0 0 0
67 Doherty, CarlCarl Doherty New Zealand FB May 2, 1999 5 0 14 0 28
68 Mears, RobertRobert Mears Australia HK May 16, 1999 15 4 0 0 16
69 Simon, JohnJohn Simon Australia FE June 12, 1999 12 1 26 0 56
70 Nelson, BoycieBoycie Nelson New Zealand CE June 19, 1999 5 1 0 0 4
71 Liava'a, TaliteTalite Liava'a Tonga PR July 4, 1999 2 0 0 0 0

Staff[edit]

  • Chief Executive Officer: Trevor McKewen
  • Football Manager: Hugh McGahan

Coaching Staff[edit]

Transfers[edit]

Gains[edit]

Player Previous Club Length Notes
Death, JasonJason Death North Queensland Cowboys
Hermansson, TerryTerry Hermansson Souths
Nelson, BoycieBoycie Nelson Widnes Vikings

Mid-Season Gains[edit]

Player Previous Club Length Notes
Mears, RobertRobert Mears Canterbury Bulldogs Debut Rd 11
Simon, JohnJohn Simon Parramatta Eels Debut Rd 15
Liava'a, TaliteTalite Liava'a Balmain Tigers Debut Rd 18

Losses[edit]

Player Club Notes
Kearney, StephenStephen Kearney Melbourne Storm
Ropati, TeaTea Ropati Retired
Ellis, MarcMarc Ellis North Harbour Rugby Union
Swann, AnthonyAnthony Swann North Sydney Bears
Staladi, PaulPaul Staladi Northland Rugby Union
Whittaker, AaronAaron Whittaker Canterbury Rugby League
Iro, KevinKevin Iro St Helens RLFC
Pongia, QuentinQuentin Pongia Sydney Roosters
Smith, TyranTyran Smith Canberra Raiders
Clarke, ZaneZane Clarke Cessnock
Watene, FrankFrank Watene Wakefield Trinity Wildcats

Mid-Season Losses[edit]

Player Future Club
Ngamu, GeneGene Ngamu Huddersfield-Sheffield
Hoppe, SeanSean Hoppe St Helens RLFC

Other Teams[edit]

During the 1999 season players not selected for first grade competed in the NZRL's National Provincial competition.[3] The Warriors also sent four players a week to play for the Wynnum Manly Seagulls and Brisbane Souths.[4][5]

Awards[edit]

Jason Death won the club's Player of the Year award.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Coffey, John and Bernie Wood Auckland, 100 years of rugby league, 1909-2009, 2009. ISBN 978-1-86969-366-4.
  2. ^ New Zealand Rugby League Annual '98, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 1998. p.58
  3. ^ Peter Jessup Injury gives Hoppe a starting chance New Zealand Herald, 16 March 1999
  4. ^ Jonathan Smith rugbyleague.co.nz
  5. ^ Peter Jessup Price could rule out stadium New Zealand Herald, 18 September 1999
  6. ^ New Zealand Rugby League Annual 2002, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 2002. p.50

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