2000 New Zealand rugby league season
The 2000 New Zealand rugby league season was the 93rd season of rugby league that had been played in New Zealand. The main feature of the year was the inaugural season of the Bartercard Cup competition that was run by the New Zealand Rugby League. The Canterbury Bulls won the Cup by defeating the Otahuhu Leopards 38-24 in the Grand Final.
- 1 International competitions
- 2 National competitions
- 3 Australian competitions
- 4 Club competitions
- 5 References
The New Zealand Kiwis did not play any test matches in New Zealand in 2000, losing the ANZAC Test 0-52 in Sydney and then heading to Europe in October for the 2000 World Cup. They lost to Australia 12-40 in the final of the World Cup. Coached by Frank Endacott New Zealands World Cup squad included; captain Richie Barnett, Richie Blackmore, Tonie Carroll, Nathan Cayless, Brian Jellick, Stacey Jones, Stephen Kearney, Ali Lauitiiti, Tasesa Lavea, Henry and Robbie Paul, Quentin Pongia, Tony Puletua, Matt Rua, Richard Swain, Logan Swann, Willie Talau, David Vaealiki, Joe and Nigel Vagana, Lesley Vainikolo and Ruben Wiki. Craig Smith, Jason Lowrie, David Kidwell and Tyran Smith all played in the ANZAC Test but did not make the World Cup squad.
The New Zealand Māori side also participated in the World Cup, losing to Samoa and Ireland but defeating Scotland. Earlier in the year they had participated in a three match series against Fiji, defeating them 3-0. New Zealand Māori were coached by Cameron Bell and included Billy Weepu, Hare Te Rangi, Steve Berryman, Boycie Nelson, Solomon Kiri and Doc Murray. The World Cup squad was captained by Tawera Nikau and included Alex Chan, Jamie Cookthcote, Luke Goodwin, Terry Hermansson, Sean Hoppe, David Kidwell, Toa Kohe-Love, Wairangi Koopu, Kylie Leuluai, Odell Manuel, Martin Moana, Jared Mills, Chris Nahi, Boycie Nelson, Gene Ngamu, Henry Perenara, Paul Rauhihi, Tahi Reihana, Jeremy Smith, Tyran Smith, Clinton Toopi, Paul Whatuira and Hare Te Rangi.
The New Zealand Residents toured Australia twice, conducting a three match tour in July and then returning to play Australia in October. The Residents defeated Victoria 64-0 and Dubbo Combined 82-10 before losing to Sydney Metropolitan 24-22. The Residents were coached by Gerard Stokes and included players such as; Lusi Sione, Motu Tony, captain Esau Mann, Paul and David Fisiiahi, Boycie Nelson, George Tuakura, Hare Te Rangi, Phillip Leuluai, Ben Lythe, Peter Lewis, Solomon Kiri, Jonathan Smith, Anthony Seu Seu and Shane Beyers. Aaron Whittaker was the team trainer. The Residents teams were selected by Stokes, John Ackland and Dominic Clarke.
The Residents then returned to play Australia in Gosford in October. The Residents had a weakened team, as World Cup sides such as Cook Islands, Western Samoa and Tonga had first call on players. In front of 16,200 fans Australia won 108-0.
Auckland played a home and away series with the Cook Islands in October. The series replaced a planned two-match tour of Fiji in June which was cancelled following the coup d'état. Dominic Clark coached the Auckland team.
Rugby League Cup
The 2000 Bartercard Cup was the inaugural season of the Bartercard Cup competition run by the New Zealand Rugby League. The competition was the first large scale attempt to replace the Lion Red Cup and involved eight Auckland Rugby League clubs and four regional teams. Eventual winners Canterbury were the only full provincial side in the competition. Waikato were the surprise omission.
- Hibiscus Coast were coached by Brian McClennan and Tony Benson and included Aaron Heremaia, Scott Coxon and Anthony Seuseu.
- Northcote were coached by Marty Rudolph and included Tony Tuimavave, Jamie Cook and Keneti Asiata.
- Glenora, led by player-coach Duane Mann, included captain Steve Buckingham, Aaron Tucker, Wairangi Koopu and Gavin Bailey.
- The Mt Albert Lions were coached by John Ackland and included Paul Staladi, Carl Doherty, Awen Guttenbeil, Ben Lythe and Peter Lewis.
- Marist Richmond included Motu Tony, Jason Williams, Francis Meli and Lee Finnerty.
- The Eastern Tornadoes included David and Paul Fisiiahi and Phillip Leuluai and were coached by James Leuluai.
- Otahuhu, who also drew from Manukau and Mangere East, were led by player-coach Dean Clark in his first year as a senior grade coach. The team included George Carmont, Clinton Toopi, Hare Te Rangi, captain Esau Mann, Solomon Kiri, Boycie Nelson, Jonathan Smith and George Tuakura.
- The Manurewa Marlins included Channerith and Channerath Ly.
- The Ngongotaha Chiefs included Doc Murray and Andrew Leota.
- The Porirua Pumas were coached by Mike Kuiti and included Phil Bergman.
- The Wainuiomata Lions included Billy Weepu, Paul Whatuira, Steve Berryman and David Faiumu.
- The Canterbury Bulls were coached by Gerard Stokes and included Lusi Sione, Scott Nixon, Tangia Tongiia, Robert Henare, captain Maurice Emslie and Shane Beyers.
|Mt Albert Lions||22||12||1||9||593||584||9||25|
|Hibiscus Coast Raiders||22||7||5||10||544||578||-34||19|
|Marist Richmond Brothers||22||9||0||13||558||707||-149||18|
This was the only year in the eight years of the competition that two sides from outside of Auckland made the playoffs. The two teams, the Cantebury Bulls and the Wainuiomata Lions, met in the Preliminary Final with Canterbury prevailing 36-6.
|Qualifying Finals||Semi Finals||Preliminary Final||Grand Final|
|Canterbury Bulls||28||Otahuhu Leopards||24|
|2||Canterbury Bulls||38||Canterbury Bulls||36||Canterbury Bulls||38|
|3||Eastern Tornadoes||25||Wainuiomata Lions||6|
|4||Wainuiomata Lions||18||Wainuiomata Lions||25|
|Elimination Play-off||Wainuiomata Lions||18||Glenora Bears||10|
|Preliminary Semifinal||Canterbury Bulls||38||Eastern Tornadoes||25|
|Elimination Semifinal||Wainuiomata Lions||25||Eastern Tornadoes||20|
|Qualification Semifinal||Otahuhu Leopards||51||Canterbury Bulls||28|
|Preliminary Final||Canterbury Bulls||36||Wainuiomata Lions||6|
|Corey Palmer||FB||Lusi Sione|
|George Carmont||WG||Scott Woodgate|
|Chris Magele||CE||Gafa Tuiloma|
|Scott Niwa||CE||Raymond Hubbard|
|Mark Elder||WG||Gareth Cook|
|Shane Edwards||FE||Scott Nixon|
|Hare Te Rangi||HB||Maurice Elmslie (C)|
|George Tuakura||PR||Kevin Te Hau|
|Esau Mann (C)||HK||Shane Beyers|
|Haemish Reid||PR||Craig Barrow|
|Herman Lemafa||SR||Shaun Norton|
|Tyson Majoribanks||SR||Graeme Emslie|
|Chris Peau||LK||Jonny Limmer|
|Lance Kouka||Bench||Clayton Harris|
|Solomon Kiri||Bench||Malafa Pua'avase|
|Eric Pele||Bench||Robert Henare|
|Tusa Lafaele||Bench||Enoka Mamoe|
|Dean Clark||Coach||Gerard Stokes|
Canterbury won $50,000 prize money for winning, with Otahuhu receiving $30,000. The curtain raiser was between New Zealand Students and Great Britain Students.
North Island Second Division
An Auckland side consisting of Fox Memorial players dominated the North Island Second Division competition, winning all six matches. The team was coached by Del Hughes and included Tevita Latu. Auckland defeated Coastline, Wellington, Manawatu, Taranaki, Northland and Waikato.
Mainland Super 10
A Mainland Super 10 competition was held between Canterbury Rugby League clubs and the South Island provincial teams. The teams involved included the Tasman Orcas (featuring coach Paul Bergman and player Phil Bergman), Otago Storm, the West Coast Chargers and from Canterbury: the Haswell Hornets (who included Mike Dorreen, Glenn Coughlan and Aaron Whittaker), Hornby Panthers (including Corey Lawrie), Eastern Sea Eagles, Papanui Tigers, Sydenham Swans, Riccarton Knights and Linwood Kews.
|Eastern Sea Eagles||9||6||1||2||270||196||74||13|
|West Coast Chargers||9||2||0||7||170||306||-136||4|
Team Mainland Super 10 "dream team" was: Warren Donaldson (West Coast), Eddie Hei Hei (Papanui), Joe Fatuleai (Eastern), Clinton Fraser (Tasman), Linkoln Newson (Hornby), Phil Bergman (Tasman), Aaron Whittaker (Halswell), Danny Champion (Halswell), Leon Stone (Papanui), Vince Whare (Riccarton), Riki Ashwell (Otago), Tim Sione (Hornby), Brad Williams (Halswell).
Tasman and Hornby made the final after they defeated Easts 51-36 and Halswell 20-14 respectively. Tasman won the inaugural season's championship by defeating Horby 20-0 in the Grand Final.
The Otahuhu Leopards won the Fox Memorial, despite also fielding a Bartercard Cup side. They defeated Richmond 21-14 in the grand final. Richmond won the Rukutai Shield (minor premiership). Richmond included Tevita Latu and Daniel Vasau, who won the Best and Fairest award.
Halswell won the Canterbury Rugby League title.
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- Last-minute changes to Residents league side New Zealand Herald, 17 July 2000
- Last chance for tour selection The Press, 23 June 2000
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- Auck clubs bolstered by released Warriors The Press, 19 May 2000
- Tigers call on Auck warhorse The Press, 5 August 2000
- Warriors go with experience for warm-up match New Zealand Herald, 19 January 2000
- Bears, Tornadoes may hold edge New Zealand Herald, 26 August 2000
- Staladi makes return after quitting game The Press, 18 March 2000
- Lions roar after slow start The Press, 17 June 2000
- Bears' migration adds some bite to clash New Zealand Herald, 8 March 2001
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- Formidable look to Leopards The Press, 26 July 2000
- Makeshift Bulls look a touch vulnerable The Press, 29 July 2000
- Bulls line up for giant task The Press, 16 September 2000
- Warrior boosts Otahuhu in showdown with Bulls The Press, 6 May 2000
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- Bergman may prove bugbear for Bulls The Press, 24 June 2000
- Otahuhu guards against backlash The Press, 15 September 2000
- Otahuhu Leopards strong favourites to beat Canterbury New Zealand Herald, 16 September 2000
- Weather crash-tackles competition The Press, 28 August 2000
- Halswell, Hornby break out The Press, 14 August 2000
- 2000 Mainland Super 10 rugbyleague.co.nz
- Tasman has slight edge for final The Press, 30 September 2000
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- Tigers taking on league champs Waikato Times, 11 September 2000
- Rugby league action hots up Waikato Times, 27 April 2001
- Taranaki Grand Final Countdown rleague.com, 11 July 2003
2001 Bartercard Cup