Waikato rugby league team

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Waikato rugby league team
Club information
Full name Waikato Rugby League Football Club
Nickname(s) Cougars
Colours      Black
     Red
     Yellow
Founded 1921
Departed 2009
Former details
Ground(s)
Competition Bartercard Premiership
Records
Premierships 1997
Rugby League Cup 1922-24, 1927, 1930, 1932, 1975-76, 1997-99

The Waikato rugby league team (also known as the Waikato Cougars, formerly as South Auckland) is a New Zealand rugby league team that represents the Waikato Rugby League in New Zealand Rugby League competitions. They competed in the Lion Red Cup from 1994 to 1996, the Super League Challenge Cup in 1997 and the Bartercard Premiership in 2008 and 2009.

History[edit]

Lion Red Cup[edit]

Between 1994 and 1996, the Waikato region was represented by the Waikato Cougars in the Lion Red Cup competition. The teams inaugural captain was Tukere Barlow while Joe Gwynne was the coach. The team was originally going to be called the Stags or the Chiefs before the Cougars nickname was selected.[1]

Notable players included; Martin Moana, Gavin Hill, Tama Hohaia, Francis Leota, Darryl Beazley, 1994 captain Tukere Barlow, Butch Tua, 1995 captain Aaron Tucker, Tony Waikato, Kiwi Mark Woods and Hekewaru Muru.[1][2]

Season Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts Position Finals
1994 22 16 1 5 589 405 184 33 Second Lost Elimination Semifinal
1995 22 13 1 8 471 379 92 27 Fourth Lost Elimination Semifinal
1996 22 13 1 8 515 472 43 27 Fourth Lost Preliminary Final

Late 90's[edit]

The Waikato Cougars won the Super League Challenge Cup in 1997, defeating Canterbury in the final. During this year they also defeated Auckland at Carlaw Park for the first time since 1943 and won the Rugby League Cup. They defended the Rugby League Cup in 1998.

Bartercard Cup[edit]

Main article: Waicoa Bay Stallions

The Waikato region was represented in the Bartercard Cup competition by the Waicoa Bay Stallions, a co-operative team involving players from Waikato, Coastline and Bay of Plenty federations.

Season Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts Position Finals
2004 16 4 2 10 380 455 -75 10 9th (12) N/A
2005 16 3 0 13 368 620 -252 6 12th (12) N/A
2006 18 5 2 11 494 662 -168 12 8th (10) N/A
2007 18 5 1 12 418 682 -264 11 7th (10) N/A

Bartercard Premiership[edit]

Waikato Rugby League were one of the six teams that compete in the National Provincial Competition in 2008 and 2009. In both years they finished third.

Season Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts Position Finals
2008 5 3 0 2 110 138 -28 6 Third N/A
2009 5 3 0 2 130 108 22 6 Third Lost Semi Final

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Lion Red Rugby League Annual 1994, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 1994. p.114
  2. ^ Lion Red Rugby League Annual 1995, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 1995. p.95