Mount Albert Lions

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Mount Albert Lions
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Club information
Full name Mount Albert Rugby League
Founded 1927
Current details
Ground(s)
Coach(s) Steve Buckingham
Competition Auckland Rugby League
Records
Premierships 1939, 1947, 1950, 1951, 1968, 1969, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2012
Minor premiership 1950, 1951, 1953, 1954, 1970, 1981, 1983, 1992, 2006, 2012
Bartercard Cup 2002, 2004, 2005
National Club Champions 1984
Roope Rooster 1947, 1948, 1950, 1964, 1984, 2006, 2008-2009
Stormont Shield 1939, 1947, 1948, 1964, 1969, 1970, 1981, 1985, 1987, 1993
Sharman Cup 1980

The Mount Albert Lions are a rugby league club based in Mount Albert, New Zealand. The Lions home ground is at Fowlds Park. Their patron is the former Prime Minister of New Zealand, Helen Clark. In 2008 and 2009 the Lions won the Fox Memorial.

In 2010 the team is coached by Steve Buckingham.[1]

History[edit]

Mt Albert kick off in the 2010 grand final

The club was founded in 1927, splitting from the Marist club. In the early 1930s the club moved to its current location at Fowlds Park in Morningside. They gained senior status from the Auckland Rugby League in 1935.

The club has won the Fox Memorial trophy fifteen times; in 1939, 1947, 1950, 1951, 1968, 1969, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2009. In 1984 the Lions won the National Club Competition and in 2002, 2004 and 2005 they won the Bartercard Cup.

In 2006 they defended the Roope Rooster Challenge trophy in all eleven of their games and went on to win the Fox Memorial. In early 2007 they lost the trophy to the Te Atatu Roosters.

Bartercard Cup[edit]

Between 2000 and 2005 the Lions competed in the national Bartercard Cup competition. Under the guidance of Brian McClennan they were the most successful club in the competitions history, being champions three times and twice winning the minor premiership. However the club had a slow start to the competition, not making the playoffs in the first two years. Their place in the Bartercard Cup was taken over by the Auckland Lions, an entity which represented Mount Albert as well as other neighbouring clubs. In 2007 the Auckland Lions also competed in the NSWRL Premier League but they were replaced in 2008 by the Auckland Vulcans.

Season Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts Position (Teams) Finals
2000 22 12 1 9 593 584 9 25 Sixth (Twelve) N/A
2001 21 8 0 13 414 630 -216 18* Tenth (Twelve) N/A
2002 16 15 0 1 620 270 350 30 Minor Premiers (Twelve) Champions
2003 16 13 0 3 530 328 202 26 Second (Twelve) Defeated in Preliminary Final
2004 16 12 0 4 522 378 144 24 Third (Twelve) Champions
2005 16 12 0 4 570 326 244 24 Minor Premiers (Twelve) Champions

*Two points for a Bye as the Ngongotaha Chiefs withdrew from the competition

References[edit]

  1. ^ "What they said", Super League, Issue 1 2010. p.17

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