Ponsonby Ponies

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Ponsonby Ponies
Club information
Full name Ponsonby United Rugby League Football Club
Website www.ponsonbyponies.com
Colours Blue, black and white
Founded 1908; 106 years ago (1908)
Current details
Coach(s) Mark Tulloch
Competition Auckland Rugby League
Premierships 1917, 1918, 1919, 1926, 1929, 1930, 1952, 1954, 1958, 1967, 1972, 1973
Minor premiership 1952, 1954, 1958, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1973
Roope Rooster 1917, 1922, 1923, 1925, 1930, 1944, 1952, 1953, 1972, 1973
Stormont Shield 1925, 1926, 1952, 1967, 1972
Sharman Cup 1990
Phelan Shield 2007

The Ponsonby Ponies are a rugby league club based in Ponsonby, New Zealand. The club was founded in 1908 and competes in the Auckland Rugby League's Phelan Shield competition.


The club was founded in August 1908 by two returning All Golds, Billy Tyler and Charlie Dunning.[1] Victoria Park hosted Auckland's first representative rugby league match, between Auckland and Wellington.

The 1912 Ponsonby squad included: Arthur Carlaw, J Chorley, Charlie Dunning, W Hooper, B Kean, Pip Webb, V Hunter, Tom Lynch, Scotch MacDonald, Harry Oakley, M Stanaway, Syd Riley, Billy Tyler and J Warner.[2]

In 1920 Ponsonby won the Thacker Shield.[3]

1952 saw the club win the "treble" of the Fox Memorial, Roope Rooster and Stormont Shield all in one year. This feat was to be repeated in 1972.

In 1979 the club merged with Maritime to form Ponsonby-Maritime however this merger only lasted until 1983.

The club was relegated in 1992, since then it has not regained its position in the first division.

The Club celebrated its centenary in 2008.

Notable players[edit]

Between the years 1909 and 1986 Ponsonby developed 48 players that gained New Zealand Representative status.

Notable Former Players include; Des White, Joe Ropati, Mike McLennan, Don Mann, Stacey Jones, David Bailey, Nathaniel Neale.


  1. ^ John Haynes From All Blacks to All Golds: Rugby League's Pioneers, Christchurch, Ryan and Haynes, 1996. ISBN 0-473-03864-1
  2. ^ "First league club set to mark centenary". Auckland City Harbour News. 31 July 2007. Retrieved 3 November 2011. 
  3. ^ Ponsonby United Rugby League Club at aucklandleague.co.nz

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