1996 Auckland Warriors season

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1996 Auckland Warriors season
ARL Rank 11th
1996 record Wins: 10; Draws: 0; Losses: 11
Points scored For: 412; Against: 427
Team information
CEO Ian Robson
Coach John Monie
Captains
Stadium Ericsson Stadium
Avg. Attend. 20,126
Top scorers
Tries John Kirwan (10)
Goals Gene Ngamu (50)
Points Gene Ngamu (120)
1995 1997 >

The Auckland Warriors 1996 season was the Auckland Warriors 2nd season in first-grade. The club competed in Australasia's Australian Rugby League competition. The coach of the team was John Monie while Greg Alexander was the club's captain.

Milestones[edit]

Jersey & Sponsors[edit]

New Zealand Warriors away jersey 1995.svg
New Zealand home jersey 1995.svg

The Warriors retained the same jersey designs as in 1995. The jerseys were again produced by Canterbury of New Zealand. The Jersey was blue with a Green, Red and White "V". The main sponsor was DB Bitter, with Ansett Australia as the sleeve sponsor. Asics, Coca-Cola and Mitsubishi also had sponsorship deals.

Super League[edit]

As the Auckland Warriors had, along with seven other clubs, signed with News Limited they did not originally intend to compete in the Australian Rugby League's Optus Cup in 1996. Instead Super League was scheduled to start on 1 March 1996.

Legal proceedings had been ongoing between the ARL and News Ltd since 1995 and on 23 February 1996 Justice James Burchett ruled the new Super League competition to be illegal. As a result, the eight Super League clubs were obliged to compete in the Optus Cup in 1996. However the competition, which was originally planned to kick off on 1 March was delayed and commenced on 22 March.

As a result of the court action the Warriors were not invited to participate in the ARL's 1996 Rugby League World Sevens but many of their players instead took part in Super League's 1996 World Nines, which were won by New Zealand.

All Super League clubs apart from the Warriors forfeited Round One of the Optus Cup. The Warriors board instead directed reserve grade coach Frank Endacott to organise two teams of un-affiliated players to fly to Brisbane. Endacott did so, assembling teams largely made up of the Otahuhu Leopards and Ellerslie Eagles senior sides, and the Warriors first and reserve grade sides were awarded a win each via forfeit as Brisbane refused to play.[1]

Auckland Warriors players were again ineligible for the New South Wales and Queensland State of Origin sides and the Australian Kangaroos due to the Warriors Super League stance.

In October 1996 New Limited won an appeal and Super League was allowed to go ahead in 1997.

Fixtures[edit]

The Warriors used Ericsson Stadium as their home ground in 1996, their only home ground since they entered the competition in 1995.

Trial Matches[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Score Tries Goals Attendance Report
February Match 1 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla Sharks Ericsson Stadium, Auckland Loss 24 - 38

Regular Season[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Score Tries Goals Attendance Report
Round 1 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos Win*
31 March Round 2 Illawarra colours.svg Illawarra Steelers Ericsson Stadium, Auckland Win 18 - 10 T.Ropati (2), Blackmore Alexander (2), Hill (1) 17,246
4 April Round 3 Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs Magpies Campbelltown Stadium, Sydney Loss 8 - 22 J.Vagana Alexander (1), Hill (1) 10,088
1 April Round 4 North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney Bears Ericsson Stadium, Auckland Win 12 - 8 Jones Hill (2), Alexander (1),
Ellis (1)
22,500
7 April Round 5 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Brookvale Oval, Sydney Loss 10 - 22 Blake, Ngamu Ngamu (1) 18,588
16 April Round 6 Illawarra colours.svg Illawarra Steelers Steelers Stadium, Wollongong Win 30 - 20 Alexander, Blake, Ellis, Jones, Tatupu Ngamu (3), Hill (2) 8,055
23 April Round 7 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels Ericsson Stadium, Auckland Win 28 - 4 Kirwan (2), Alexander, Hoppe, Horo Ngamu (3), Hill (1) 23,432
30 April Round 8 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney City Roosters SFS, Sydney Loss 16 - 28 Blackmore, Hoppe, T.Ropati Ngamu (1), Hill (1) 13,471
7 May Round 9 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights Ericsson Stadium, Auckland Loss 18 - 22 Kirwan (2), Betts Ngamu (1), Ellis (1) 17,000
14 May Round 10 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla Sharks Ericsson Stadium, Auckland Loss 24 - 28 Hoppe, Kearney, Kirwan, Ngamu Ngamu (4) 22,810
4 June Round 11 Balmain colours.svg Sydney Tigers Lancaster Park, Christchurch Loss 22 - 34 Blackmore, Ellis, Kirwan, T.Ropati Ngamu (2), Ellis (1) 10,000
18 June Round 12 Penrith colours.svg Penrith Panthers Penrith Park, Sydney Win 26 - 16 Ellis (2), Hoppe, Horo, Kirwan Ngamu (3) 6,981
25 June Round 13 Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs Magpies Ericsson Stadium, Auckland Win 32 - 16 Jones (2), Alexander, Eru, Hoppe, Kirwan Ngamu (4) 17,500
1 July Round 14 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs Ericsson Stadium, Auckland Win 24 - 10 Eru (2), Jones, Kirwan Ngamu (4) 20,000
9 July Round 15 Gold Coast Chargers colours.svg Gold Coast Chargers Carrara Stadium, Gold Coast Win 28 - 14 Ellis, Henare, Horo, Kearney, Swann Ngamu (4) 11,870
16 July Round 16 Western Reds colours.svg Western Reds WACA Ground, Perth Loss 12 - 32 Ellis, Swann Ngamu (2) 12,760
23 July Round 17 South Queensland colours.svg South Queensland Crushers Ericsson Stadium, Auckland Win 16 - 12 Blackmore, Swann Ngamu (3), Ellis (1) 17,000
29 July Round 18 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys Ericsson Stadium, Auckland Win 52 - 6 Ngamu (3), Betts, Blake, Hoppe, Horo,
Jones, Kirwan
Ngamu (8) 14,600
6 August Round 19 St. George colours.svg St George Dragons Kogarah Oval, Sydney Loss 6 - 35 Guttenbeil Ngamu (1) 14,256
11 August Round 20 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury Bulldogs Ericsson Stadium, Auckland Win 18 - 12 Betts, Blackmore, Ropati Ngamu (3) 23,300
18 August Round 21 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders Bruce Stadium, Canberra Loss 6 - 30 Blackmore Ngamu (1) 14,528
27 August Round 22 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos Ericsson Stadium, Auckland Loss 6 - 38 Hoppe Ngamu (1) 26,000

*Brisbane forfeited Round One. The Warriors had sent a team to Brisbane consisting of players un-signed to Super League.

Ladder[edit]

Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
1 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah 22 18 0 4 549 191 +358 36
2 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane 21 17 0 4 607 263 +344 34
3 North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney 22 15 2 5 598 325 +273 32
4 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney City 22 15 1 6 521 321 +200 31
5 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland 21 14 2 5 399 268 +131 30
6 Canberra colours.svg Canberra 21 13 1 7 538 384 +154 27
7 St. George colours.svg St. George 21 12 1 8 443 360 +83 27
8 Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs 22 12 1 9 394 434 −40 25
9 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle 21 10 1 10 416 388 +28 23
10 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury 21 11 0 10 375 378 −3 22
11 Auckland colours.svg Auckland 21 10 0 11 412 427 −15 22
12 Balmain colours.svg Balmain 22 11 0 11 319 459 −140 22
13 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta 21 9 1 11 404 415 −11 21
14 Illawarra colours.svg Illawarra 22 8 0 14 403 444 −41 16
15 Penrith colours.svg Penrith 21 7 1 13 363 464 −101 15
16 Western Reds colours.svg Western Reds 21 6 1 14 313 420 −107 13
17 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland 21 6 0 15 288 643 −355 12
18 Gold Coast Chargers colours.svg Gold Coast 22 5 1 16 359 521 −162 11
19 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 22 5 1 16 314 634 −320 11
20 South Queensland colours.svg South Queensland 21 3 0 18 220 496 −276 8

Squad[edit]

The Warriors used twenty eight players in 1996, including nine who made their first grade debuts.

No. Name Nationality Position Warriors Debut App T G FG Pts
2 Blake, PhilPhil Blake Australia FB / HK 10 March 1995 18 3 0 0 12
3 Hoppe, SeanSean Hoppe New Zealand WG 10 March 1995 20 7 0 0 28
6 Ngamu, GeneGene Ngamu New Zealand FE 10 March 1995 20 5 50 0 120
7 Alexander, GregGreg Alexander Australia FB / FE / HB 10 March 1995 16 3 4 0 20
8 Hill, GavinGavin Hill New Zealand PR 10 March 1995 7 0 8 0 16
10 Okesene, HitroHitro Okesene New Zealand PR / HK 10 March 1995 4 0 0 0 0
11 Kearney, StephenStephen Kearney New Zealand SR 10 March 1995 21 2 0 0 8
12 Tatupu, TonyTony Tatupu New Zealand / Samoa SR 10 March 1995 11 1 0 0 4
13 Tuimavave, TonyTony Tuimavave New Zealand / Samoa PR / LK 10 March 1995 5 0 0 0 0
15 Ropati, TeaTea Ropati New Zealand / Samoa CE / FE 10 March 1995 20 5 0 0 20
18 Vagana, JoeJoe Vagana New Zealand / Samoa PR 18 March 1995 20 1 0 0 4
19 Eru, SydSyd Eru New Zealand HK 28 March 1995 11 3 0 0 12
22 Kirwan, JohnJohn Kirwan New Zealand WG 16 April 1995 19 10 0 0 40
23 Platt, AndyAndy Platt England PR 23 April 1995 21 0 0 0 0
24 Jones, StaceyStacey Jones New Zealand HB 23 April 1995 21 6 0 0 24
26 Blackmore, RichieRichie Blackmore New Zealand CE 14 May 1995 17 6 0 0 24
28 Betts, DenisDenis Betts England SR 4 June 1995 17 3 0 0 12
29 Ellis, MarcMarc Ellis New Zealand FB / WG 31 March 1996 18 6 4 0 32
30 Horo, MarkMark Horo New Zealand PR / SR 31 March 1996 21 4 0 0 16
31 Carter, MarkMark Carter New Zealand SR 31 March 1996 8 0 0 0 0
32 Vagana, NigelNigel Vagana New Zealand / Samoa CE 4 April 1996 1 0 0 0 0
33 Guttenbeil, AwenAwen Guttenbeil New Zealand / Tonga SR 14 April 1996 14 1 0 0 4
34 Murray, DocDoc Murray New Zealand FB 19 April 1996 1 0 0 0 0
35 Ropati, IvaIva Ropati New Zealand CE 19 April 1996 2 0 0 0 0
36 Swann, AnthonyAnthony Swann New Zealand / Samoa CE 23 June 1996 9 3 0 0 12
37 Malam, BradyBrady Malam New Zealand PR 23 June 1996 8 0 0 0 0
38 Henare, BryanBryan Henare New Zealand SR 23 July 1996 3 1 0 0 4
39 Lester, AaronAaron Lester New Zealand HK 28 July 1996 3 0 0 0 0

Staff[edit]

  • Chairman: Peter McLeod
  • Chief Executive Officer: Ian Robson
  • Football Manager: Laurie Stubbing

Coaching Staff[edit]

Transfers[edit]

Gains[edit]

Player Previous Club Notes
Marc Ellis Otago Rugby Football Union
Mark Horo Western Suburbs Magpies
Mark Carter Auckland Rugby Football Union
Awen Guttenbeil Manly Sea Eagles
Iva Ropati Parramatta Eels

Losses[edit]

Player Club Notes
Dean Bell Retired
Manoa Thompson Released
Whetu Taewa North Queensland Cowboys
Duane Mann Released
Se'e Solomona North Queensland Cowboys
Jason Mackie Released
Martin Moana Halifax Blue Sox
Willie Poching North Queensland Cowboys
Logan Edwards Released
Mike Dorreen Sydney Tigers
Frano Botica Llanelli RFC

Other Teams[edit]

The Warriors participated in the ARL's Reserve grade competition that mirrored the senior draw. The Reserve grade side again made the finals, finishing third. Unlike in 1995, the Warriors did not field a Colts side in the Lion Red Cup.

In the Club Championship the Warriors finished fifth overall.

In the Reserve Grade Finals the Warriors first bet Sydney City 19-18 in the Quarterfinals. In the Semifinals they defeated Brisbane 18-12 to make the Grand Final. However, in the Grand Final the Warriors went down 14-12 to the Cronulla Sharks, the second year in a row that a Warriors team had lost a Grand Final.[2][3] The cost of the finals campaign to the club was estimated at between $70,000 and $75,000.[4]

Awards[edit]

Stephen Kearney won the clubs Player of the Year award.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Frank Endacott with John Coffey Being Frank:The Frank Endacott Story. Auckland, Hodder Moa Beckett, 2002. ISBN 1-86958-922-X. p.78
  2. ^ Australian Competitions 1996 The Vault
  3. ^ Doc detects pain Sunday Star-Times, 29 September 1996
  4. ^ Warriors reserve success comes at big price Sunday Star Times, 29 September 1996
  5. ^ New Zealand Rugby League Annual 2002, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 2002. p.50

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