Wellington Rugby League
|Wellington Rugby League|
|Founded||12 May 1912|
|Affiliation||New Zealand Rugby League|
|Location||Wellington Region, NZL|
|Chief Exec||Jason Hemson|
Wellington Rugby League is the local sporting body responsible for the administration of Rugby league in the Greater Wellington region. It is responsible for the local competition of the same name, as well as its representative team, the Wellington rugby league team.
- 1 Domestic Competition
- 2 History
- 3 NRL Bid
- 4 Notable juniors competed in the NRL
- 5 References
- 6 External links
The Senior WRL competition involves 8 teams in the Premier Grade with each fielding a Reserve Grade team also:
- Petone Panthers (Lower Hutt)
- Porirua Vikings (Porirua)
- Randwick Kingfishers (Lower Hutt)
- St George Dragons (Porirua)
- Te Aroha Eels (Lower Hutt)
- University Hunters (Wellington City)
- Upper Hutt Tigers (Upper Hutt)
- Wainuiomata Lions (Lower Hutt)
The 5 other clubs that aren't in the Senior WRL are:
- Harbour City Eagles (Wellington City)
- Kapiti Bears (Kapiti Coast)
- Porirua City Phoenix (Porirua)
- Titahi Bay Marlins (Porirua)
- Trentham Titans (Upper Hutt)
The winner is awarded the Appleton Shield, which has been in use since 1940. In 1912 four teams played for the Seigel Cup; Petone, Hutt, Athletic and Newtown. Petone won the first ever Wellington club competition.
During 1909, 1910 and 1911 Wellington continued to play a number of provincial games and, in 1909, defeated Auckland in Auckland, 22-19, the first of only five victories over Auckland in over 100 years.
The Wellington Rugby League Association was officially formed on 23 May 1912 at the Trades Hall in Wellington when 1907-08 All Golds captain, Hercules Richard (Bumper) Wright presided over a meeting of 75 footballers and supporters, many of them prominent rugby union players in Wellington.
The founding committee was chaired by W J Riorden and included Daniel Fraser.
Post War years
1990-1994 :Touring teams
1994-2000: Lion Red Cup
Between 1994 and 1996, Wellington was represented by the Wellington City Dukes and Hutt Valley Firehawks in the Lion Red Cup. One player from the Dukes, Earl Va'a, later went on to represent Samoa in Rugby union. Both teams folded along with the competition in 1996.
|Hutt Valley||1995||22||13||0||9||544||443||101||26||Fifth||Lost Elimination Play-off|
2000-2007: Bartercard Cup
Wellington initially had two sides in the Bartercard Cup competition - the Porirua Pumas and the Wainuiomata Lions, based in the city of Porirua and Lower Hutt suburb of Wainuiomata respectively. Results between the two were dissimilar - with Wainuiomata reaching the preliminary final in the first season, and Porirua coming last place in theirs. However in 2002 it was decided that one team (later to be named the Wellington Orcas) was needed in the competition. They narrowly missed out on a finals spot in 2002, being on equal points but with a lower For and Against than the Marist Richmond Brothers. Unfortunately this was a high point for the franchise with the team never making the play-offs.
In 2006, the then-unnamed Bartercard Cup franchises adopted the name of Wellington Orcas, after the unsuccessful NRL expansion bid.
|Porirua||2000||22||3||1||18||506||777||-271||7||Wooden Spoon (Twelve)||N/A|
|Wainuiomata||2000||22||13||0||9||668||542||126||26||Fourth (Twelve)||Lost Preliminary Final|
2008-2009: Bartercard Premiership
|2009||5||2||0||3||142||120||22||4||Fourth||Lost Semi Final|
2010-present: NZRL National Competition
In 2004, working with the Wellington Rugby League, a consortium called the Southern Orcas was involved in bidding for a National Rugby League franchise to be based in the city. The franchise ultimately went to the Gold Coast who joined the NRL for the 2007 season.
Notable juniors competed in the NRL
- History Of Wellington Rugby League Association Wellington Rugby League
- John Haynes From All Blacks to All Golds: Rugby League's Pioneers, Christchurch, Ryan and Haynes, 1996. ISBN 0-473-03864-1
- Buchan, Allison. "Appleton, William". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 10 January 2012.
- Coffey and Wood The Kiwis: 100 Years of International Rugby League ISBN 1-86971-090-8
- The Ngongotaha Chiefs withdrew from the competition after round sixteen. All teams scheduled to play them after this were awarded two points for a bye.
- Wellington were docked three points for registration infringements.
- "O'Brien heralds new era". The Dominion Post. 30 May 2008. Retrieved 2 December 2011.
- "NZ Super League link played down". BBC Sport. 8 April 2007. Retrieved 2 December 2011.
- RL CHIEF 'SCEPTICAL' OF ORCAS BID http://www.sportinglife.com/rugbyleague/news/story_get.cgi?STORY_NAME=rleague/07/04/08/RUGBYL_Orcas.html