Capital Bowl

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For Capital Bowl in Canberra, see ACT Gridiron.


The Capital Bowl championship game is the Grand Final of the American Football Wellington (AFW) senior season in Wellington, New Zealand. The game is generally played in mid or late February. In 1990, two founding teams, the Harbour City Hurricanes and the Hutt Valley Chargers competed in organised games between each other during the season. Quentin Poulsen, who founded both teams, personally donated a trophy for the inaugural Wellington championship game. The name given to the championship game was the Capital Bowl given the city’s status as New Zealand’s capital. The Hurricanes defeated the Chargers 20-16 in the inaugural championship game.

During the 2002-2003 season, the American Football Southern Conference gave a new name to the Capital Bowl trophy and called it the Horst Maczuga Trophy, in recognition of the league’s inaugural AFSC Commissioner, former Head Coach of the Harbour City Hurricanes and NZGOA Official, Horst Maczuga.

Game Results[edit]

Year Game Team Runner-up Score
2012 Capital Bowl XXII Hutt Valley Spartans Wellington City Wolves 24-6
2011 Capital Bowl XXI Hutt Valley Spartans Wellington City Wolves 34-8
2010 Capital Bowl XX Porirua Knights Hutt Valley Spartans 28-8
2009 Capital Bowl XIX Wellington City Wolves Hutt Valley Spartans 20-13
2008 Capital Bowl XVIII Porirua Knights Wellington City Wolves 28-18
2007 Capital Bowl XVII Porirua Knights Wellington City Wolves 14-6
2006 Capital Bowl XVI Hutt Valley Spartans Knight City Knights 21-19 (4 OT)
2005 Capital Bowl XV Porirua Giants Knight City Knights 13-0
2004 Capital Bowl XIV Porirua Giants Knight City Knights 22-20
2003 Capital Bowl XIII Knight City Knights Manawatu Silverbacks 42-0
2002 Capital Bowl XII Porirua Giants Knight City Knights 12-3
2001 Capital Bowl XI Porirua Giants Harbour City Sharks 12-3
2000 Capital Bowl X Porirua Giants Wellington Knights 22-0
1999 Capital Bowl IX Porirua Giants Palmerston North Silverbacks 46-21
1998 Capital Bowl VIII Porirua Giants Wellington Hurricanes 6-0
1997 Capital Bowl VII Porirua Hurricanes Palmerston North Silverbacks 30-8
1996 Capital Bowl VI Capital City Giants Porirua Hurricanes 8-0
1995 Capital Bowl V Capital City Giants Porirua Hurricanes 24-6
1994 Capital Bowl IV Hutt Valley Chargers Levin Tigers WBD
1992 Capital Bowl III Levin Tigers Capital City Giants 21-7
1991 Capital Bowl II Hutt Valley Chargers Harbour City Hurricanes 12-6
1990 Capital Bowl I Harbour City Hurricanes Hutt Valley Chargers 20-16

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