Martin Moana

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Martin Moana
Personal information
Born (1973-08-13) 13 August 1973 (age 41)
Huntly, New Zealand
Playing information
Height 182 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 96 kg (15 st 2 lb)
Position Five-eighth, Loose forward
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Huntly South (WRL)
1994 Waikato Cougars 22 14 0 0 56
1995 Auckland Warriors 12 1 0 0 4
1996–2001 Halifax Blue Sox 186 119 0 1 476
2001 Huddersfield Giants 6 2 0 0 8
2001–2002 Doncaster 12 16 0 0 64
2002 Wakefield Trinity 21 10 0 0 40
2003 Halifax Blue Sox 16 7 0 0 28
2003–2004 Salford City Reds 9 6 0 0 24
2005–2006 Doncaster 24 18 0 0
2006–2009 Swinton Lions 88 40 0 0 160
Total 308 193 0 1 700
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1992–1993 Waikato
1994–2000 New Zealand Māori 3 0 0 0 0
Source: [1]

Martin Moana (born 13 August 1973 in Huntly, New Zealand[2]) is a former professional rugby league footballer who was an international representative and played club football in England and New Zealand.

Early years[edit]

Moana started his senior career in 1989, playing for Waikato in New Zealand domestic competitions. He made the Northern Zone U13's team in 1986, the New Zealand U15's Schoolboy Kiwis in 1988 and the New Zealand U17's in 1989. He was a Junior Kiwi in 1992, being part of a successful team who defeated the Junior Kangaroos.[3] In 1993 Moana signed with Auckland Warriors and toured Australia with their development side.

Waikato and Auckland[edit]

In the 1994 Lion Red Cup Moana scored 14 tries in 22 games for the Waikato Cougars. He was then selected for the New Zealand Residents' tour of Australia and named in the New Zealand Māori side for the 1994 Pacific Cup in Fiji.[4]

In 1995 he played for the Auckland Warriors and was in the inaugural side. He also represented New Zealand in the 1995 World Sevens.

England[edit]

Moana was not retained by the Warriors at the end of the year and in 1996 he joined Halifax Blue Sox in the Super League competition. He played there for five years and became a legend around Halifax. Moana competed for the Aotearoa Māori at the 2000 Rugby League World Cup.

At the end of 2000 Moana left Halifax and became something of a rugby league nomad. He spent 2001 at both Huddersfield and Doncaster, 2002 at Wakefield Trinity, returned briefly to Halifax for the start of 2003 before finishing the season with the Salford City Reds. In 2005 he moved again re-joining Doncaster before seemingly settling at Swinton where he was player of the year in 2006. He remained with the Swinton Lions until his retirement at the end of the 2009 season.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Martin Moana rugbyleagueproject.org
  2. ^ Martin Moana slstats.com
  3. ^ Richard Becht. A New Breed Rising: The Warriors Winfield Cup Challenge. Auckland, HarperCollins, 1994. ISBN 1-86950-154-3 p.182.
  4. ^ Lion Red Rugby League Annual 1994, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 1994. p.17