1973 New Zealand rugby league season
The 1973 New Zealand rugby league season was the 66th season of rugby league that had been played in New Zealand.
Auckland sent an under-23's side on a three match tour of New South Wales. They lost to Cronulla-Sutherland 20-8 before beating the Australian Aboriginal team 23-5 in an electrical storm at Redfern Oval and then losing 14-11 to the Australian Capital Territory. The team included Dane O'Hara, John Smith, John Wright and Stan Martin.
Rugby League Cup
Auckland were selected by Ray Cranch, Travers Hardwick and selector-coach Neville Denton and included Bob Jarvis, Tom Conroy, Dave Sorensen, Kevin Barry, Wayne Robertson, Lyndsay Proctor, captain Dennis Williams, vice-captain Murray Eade, Brian Tracey, Doug Gailey, Peter Gurnick, John O'Sullivan, Don Mann and Warren Collicoat. John Hibbs played for the West Coast.
Ponsonby won the Auckland Rugby League's Fox Memorial Trophy, Rukutai Shield and Stormont Shield. They defeated Otahuhu 15-5 in the Fox Memorial grand final. Mt Wellington won the Roope Rooster, Otahuhu won the Kiwi Shield, Te Atatu won the Sharman Cup and North Shore won the Norton Cup.
Tom Conroy (Ponsonby) won the Lipscombe Cup, Don Mann (Ponsonby) won the Rothville Trophy, Lyndsay Proctor (Ellerslie) and Dave Sorenson (Mt Wellington) won the Bert Humphries Memorial, Ashley McEwen (Mt Albert) won the Tetley Trophy, Ernie Wiggs (Mt Albert) won the Painter Rosebowl Trophy and Roger Bailey (Ponsonby) won the Hyland Memorial Cup.
Kevin Tamati played for Petone.
Wayne Beri (Marist-Western) won the D.V. Syme Rosebowl as Sportsman of the year while Phil Brown (Marist-Western) and Bruce Dickison (Eastern) shared the A.G.Bailey Challenge Cup and Cliff Leney (Linwood) won the Turner and Le Brun Cup. Rodney Walker played for Papanui.
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