Wellington rugby league team

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Wellington rugby league team
Wellingtonleague.jpg
Club information
Nickname(s) Orcas
Colours      Black
     Yellow
Founded 1908
Current details
Ground(s)
Coach(s) David Lomax
Competition National Competition
2013 NZRL Competition N/A
Records
Premierships 1970
Rugby League Cup 1947-49, 1952, 1971, 1980, 1982-84, 1990, 1992

The Wellington rugby league team (also known as the Wellington Orcas) are a rugby league team that represents the Wellington Rugby League in New Zealand Rugby League competitions. They currently compete in the National Competition

History[edit]

1908-1988: Early years[edit]

Wellington played its first game on 24 August 1908 when they took on Auckland at Victoria Park, Auckland in the first provincial game of rugby league in New Zealand.[1]

The following All Golds played for Wellington in that first match: Edward Tyne, Hercules Richard Wright, Tom Cross, Conrad Byrne, Daniel Gilchrist, Daniel Fraser and James Barber.

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.[2]

In 1912 Wellington played in its first international match, losing to the touring New South Wales side, 45-13.[2]

They defeated Auckland 33-18 on 27 September 1913. It was not until 1988 that they were again victorious over an Auckland side. The 1913 side was: A.Anderson, B.Whitley, W.Kelly, A.House (Petone), G.Bradley (Athletic), K.George, J.Barber, J.Parker (Petone), J.Spencer, T.Turner, A.Bensmann, L.Campbell (Newtown), W.Wilson (Athletic). Bench: H.McGuire, B.Childs.[3]

During the 1951 French rugby league tour of Australasia the Wellington side hosted a match against the tourists.

1989-1990: Rugby League Cup[edit]

On several occasions Wellington has held the Rugby League Cup (previously known as the Northern Union Cup 1910-1969) for interprovincial competition played on a challenge basis. Wellington won it off the West Coast in 1947 for the first time and held it for three years. Wellington held it last in 1990.

1990-1994: Great Britain Tour[edit]

In 1990 Wellington defeated the touring Great Britain side 30-22.[4] This was Wellington's first, and to date only, win over a touring side.[2]

1994-1996: Lion Red Cup[edit]

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.

Team Season Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts Position Finals
Hutt Valley 1994 22 9 0 13 458 489 -30 18 Eighth N/A
Wellington City 1994 22 8 0 14 470 508 -38 16 Ninth N/A
Hutt Valley 1995 22 13 0 9 544 443 101 26 Fifth Lost Elimination Play-off
Wellington City 1995 22 10 2 10 440 514 -74 22 Seventh N/A
Hutt Valley 1996 22 11 2 9 444 469 -25 24 Sixth N/A
Wellington City 1996 22 9 0 13 536 532 4 18 Eighth N/A

2002-2007: Bartercard Cup[edit]

Wellington Orcas
WellingtonOrcas.jpg
Club information
Founded 2002
Departed 2008
Former details
Ground(s)
Coach(s) Paul Bergman

In 2000 and 2001 the region was represented in the Bartercard Cup by the Porirua Pumas and Wainuiomata Lions. However in 2002 it was decided that one team 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.

The Orca nickname was adopted for the 2006 season, adopting the name from the Southern Orcas consortium - a group attempting to gain an expansion National Rugby League competition license that was instead granted to the Gold Coast Titans group. Previously they were known as Wellington Franchise.

Notable players included Ben Matulino and Simon Mannering.

Season Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts Position (Teams) Finals
2002 16 9 1 6 547 449 98 19 Sixth (Twelve) N/A
2003 16 4 1 11 460 646 -186 6* Eleventh (Twelve) N/A
2004 16 8 1 7 465 409 56 17 Sixth (Twelve) N/A
2005 16 5 3 8 418 459 -41 13 Eighth (Twelve) N/A
2006 18 6 0 12 452 549 -97 12 Seventh (Ten) N/A
2007 18 10 0 8 509 529 -20 20 Sixth (10) N/A

*Wellington were docked three points for registration infringements.

2008-2009: Bartercard Premiership[edit]

Wellington Rugby League were awarded a place in the new six-team National Provincial Competition. The team plays its home matches at Porirua Park.[5]

Season Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts Position Finals
2008 5 2 1 2 146 138 8 5 Fourth N/A
2009 5 2 0 3 142 120 22 4 Fourth Lost Semi Final

2010-present: NZRL National Competition[edit]

Wellington was put in the NZRL National Competition after the Bartercard Premiership disbanded. Wellington were called the "Wellington Orcas" through the competition.

References[edit]

  1. ^ John Haynes From All Blacks to All Golds: Rugby League's Pioneers, Christchurch, Ryan and Haynes, 1996. ISBN 0-473-03864-1
  2. ^ a b c History Of Wellington Rugby League Association Wellington Rugby League
  3. ^ Lion Red 1988 Rugby League Annual, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 1988. p.p.151-159
  4. ^ Coffey and Wood The Kiwis: 100 Years of International Rugby League ISBN 1-86971-090-8
  5. ^ "O'Brien heralds new era". The Dominion Post. 30 May 2008. Retrieved 2 December 2011.