Te Atatu Roosters

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Te Atatu Roosters
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Club information
Full name Te Atatu Rugby League and Sports Club
Colours Red, white and blue
Founded 1955
Current details
Ground(s)
  • Jack Colvin Park
Coach(s) Dyke Henry and Dylan Davis
Competition Auckland Rugby League
Records
Premierships 1988
Runners-up 1986, 1990
Minor premiership 1986
National Club Champions 1986, 1988
Roope Rooster 2007
Sharman Cup 1970, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1978

The Te Atatu Roosters is a rugby league club based in Te Atatu. The Roosters compete in the Sharman Cup, the second division in Auckland Rugby League. In recent years Te Atatu have struggled to enjoy much success for a variety of reasons, mainly connected to losing players to the Lion Red Cup (1994-1996) to the defunct Waitakere City Raiders, then to the Glenora Bears and Waitakere Rangers in the Bartercard Cup, along of course with the Auckland/New Zealand Warriors who have had a team in the NRL since 1995.

Home Ground[edit]

The Roosters play at the council owned Jack Colvin Park located in Te Atatu Peninsula, next to the North Western Motorway. Junior teams play at Te Atatu Park on the peninsula.

History[edit]

The club was founded in 1955. Its first New Zealand representative was Dennis Williams who aged only 18 famously scored a brilliant individual try with his first touch of the ball in his debut test versus Great Britain.

Te Atatu played the first ever Australian Aboriginal rugby league team in February 1973, losing 13-17.[1]

They were the National Club Champions in 1986 and 1988.

In 2005 the club celebrated its 50th Jubilee.

Titles[edit]

Te Atatu first won the coveted Fox Memorial Shield title, awarded to the Auckland club champions in 1988 with a 22-16 win over local rivals the Glenora Bears. They also went on to win the National Club Final against Glenora at Eden Park in the same year. The match was televised live as it was the curtainraiser to the New Zealand - Australia Rugby League World Cup final which Australia went on to win 25-12 in front of 45,363 spectators. Te Atatu made the Fox Memorial grand final for the first time in 1986 where they went down heavily to the Mt Albert Lions by 31-4. A few weeks later they had revenge when they beat the Lions by 36-10 to claim their first National Club title at Carlaw Park. In 1990 they again made the Fox Memorial final but went down to a Tawera Nikau inspired Otahuhu Leopards.

In 2007 Te Atatu won the Roope Rooster which became a title which winning teams defended on their home ground, similar to the Ranfurly Shield in New Zealand domestic rugby, although the Roope Rooster is played for within the Auckland competition only. Te Atatu defeated Mt Albert and defended it for 3 matches before losing it to the Richmond Bulldogs in the same season.

Te Atatu players in a match against Point Chevalier
Year Trophy
1968 Gillette Cup
1970 Sharman Cup
1973 Sharman Cup
1974 Sharman Cup & Gillette Cup
1976 Sharman Cup
1978 Sharman Cup
1986 Rukutai Shield, National Club Championship & Kiwi Shield
1988 Fox Memorial, National Club Championship & Kiwi Shield
2007 Roope Rooster

Notable Past Players[edit]

1988 Fox Memorial Winning Team 1. Carl Magatogia, 2. Iva Ropati, 3. Sam Panapa, 4. Grant Raynor, 5. Mark Elia, 6. Ron O'Regan (player-coach), 7. Carl Taylor, 8. Peter Brown, 9. Peter Ropati, 10. Craig Coyle, 11. Tony Botica, 12. Mark Horo, 13. Terry O'Shea, 14. Mau Tofa, 15. Graham Huggins, 16. Raymond Hall, 17. Duane Gwadenski

References[edit]

  1. ^ AAP (1973-02-18). "Aboriginal team wins". The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia: Fairfax Media). Retrieved 2010-08-10. 

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