1997 Auckland Warriors season
|1997 Auckland Warriors season|
|1997 record||Wins: 7; Draws: 0; Losses: 11|
|Points scored||For: 332; Against: 406|
|Tries||Sean Hoppe (11)|
|Goals||Marc Ellis (25)|
|Points||Marc Ellis (71)|
The Auckland Warriors 1997 season was the Auckland Warriors 3rd first-grade season. The club competed in Australasia's Super League. The coach of the team was John Monie until he was replaced by Frank Endacott after Round 9 while Matthew Ridge was the club's captain.
- 12 April - Round 7: Sean Hoppe plays his 50th match for the club.
- 19 April - Round 8: Gene Ngamu and Tea Ropati play in their 50th match for the club.
- 27 April - Round 9: Stephen Kearney plays his 50th match for the club.
- 6 July - Round 14: Stacey Jones plays his 50th match for the club.
Jersey & Sponsors
The Warriors adopted a new jersey in 1997 that matched the Super League style used by the other nine teams in the competition. The jerseys were made by Nike, Inc.
The Warriors used Ericsson Stadium as their home ground in 1997, their only home ground since they entered the competition in 1995.
World Club Challenge Finals
|3 October||Qualifying Final||Bradford Bulls||Ericsson Stadium, Auckland||Win||62 - 14||Hoppe (2), Ridge (2), Ellis, Eru, Jones, Malam,
Ngamu, A.Swann, L.Swann
|10 October||Semi Final||Brisbane Broncos||ANZ Stadium, Brisbane||Loss||16 - 22||Oudenryn (2), Endacott||Ridge (2)||9,686|
WCC Australasia Pool A
The Warriors used 29 players in 1997, including four players making their first grade debuts.
|2||Blake, PhilPhil Blake||FB / HK||10 March 1995||2||0||0||0||0|
|3||Hoppe, SeanSean Hoppe†||WG||10 March 1995||18||11||0||0||44|
|6||Ngamu, GeneGene Ngamu†||FE||10 March 1995||17||0||12||0||24|
|10||Okesene, HitroHitro Okesene||PR / HK||10 March 1995||1||0||0||0||0|
|11||Kearney, StephenStephen Kearney†||SR||10 March 1995||17||2||0||0||8|
|13||Tuimavave, TonyTony Tuimavave†||/||PR / LK||10 March 1995||7||1||0||0||4|
|15||Ropati, TeaTea Ropati†||/||CE / FE||10 March 1995||16||5||0||0||20|
|18||Vagana, JoeJoe Vagana†||/||PR||18 March 1995||17||0||0||0||0|
|19||Eru, SydSyd Eru†||HK||28 March 1995||18||5||0||0||20|
|24||Jones, StaceyStacey Jones†||HB||23 April 1995||18||7||0||1||29|
|28||Betts, DenisDenis Betts†||SR||4 June 1995||14||3||0||0||12|
|29||Ellis, MarcMarc Ellis†||FB / WG||31 March 1996||16||5||25||1||71|
|30||Horo, MarkMark Horo†||PR / SR||31 March 1996||15||0||0||0||0|
|33||Guttenbeil, AwenAwen Guttenbeil†||/||SR||14 April 1996||4||0||0||0||0|
|35||Ropati, IvaIva Ropati||CE||19 April 1996||5||3||0||0||12|
|36||Swann, AnthonyAnthony Swann†||/||CE||23 June 1996||18||2||0||0||8|
|37||Malam, BradyBrady Malam†||PR||23 June 1996||15||0||0||0||0|
|38||Henare, BryanBryan Henare||SR||23 July 1996||11||1||0||0||4|
|40||Ridge, MatthewMatthew Ridge†||FB||1 March 1997||9||3||18||0||48|
|41||Young, GrantGrant Young||PR||1 March 1997||9||0||0||0||0|
|42||Swann, LoganLogan Swann†||SR||1 March 1997||13||0||0||0||0|
|43||Buckingham, SteveSteve Buckingham||FE||17 March 1997||2||0||0||0||0|
|44||Endacott, ShaneShane Endacott†||FE||29 March 1997||8||1||0||0||4|
|45||Staladi, PaulPaul Staladi†||WG||27 April 1997||4||1||0||0||4|
|46||Noovao, MetiMeti Noovao||CE / LK||1 June 1997||1||0||0||0||0|
|47||Oudenryn, LeeLee Oudenryn†||WG||6 July 1997||5||4||0||0||16|
|48||Whittaker, AaronAaron Whittaker||HB||29 June 1997||1||0||0||0||0|
|49||Bailey, DavidDavid Bailey||CE||11 August 1997||3||1||0||0||4|
|50||Seu Seu, JerryJerry Seu Seu||/||PR||16 August 1997||1||0||0||0||0|
- A cross (†) next to a name denotes that the player played in the 1997 World Club Championship.
- Chief Executive Officer: Ian Robson, replaced by Bill MacGowan in February 1997
- Head Coach: John Monie, replaced by Frank Endacott in late April 1997.
- Reserve Grade Coach: Frank Endacott, replaced by Gary Kemble.
- Under 19 Coach: John Ackland
|Ridge, MatthewMatthew Ridge||Manly Sea Eagles||Had initially signed and trained with the side in 1996, until the Super League season was postponed.|
|Young, GrantGrant Young||South Queensland Crushers|
|Endacott, ShaneShane Endacott||Canterbury Country Cardinals|
|Oudenryn, LeeLee Oudenryn||Gold Coast Seagulls|
|Lester, AaronAaron Lester||Whitehaven|
|Murray, DocDoc Murray||Wigan Warriors|
|Vagana, NigelNigel Vagana||Warrington Wolves|
|Carter, MarkMark Carter||Auckland Rugby Football Union|
|Platt, AndyAndy Platt||Salford City Reds|
|Kirwan, JohnJohn Kirwan||NEC Green Rockets|
|Tatupu, TonyTony Tatupu||Warrington Wolves|
|Hill, GavinGavin Hill||Retired|
|Alexander, GregGreg Alexander||Penrith Panthers|
|Blackmore, RichieRichie Blackmore||Leeds Rhinos|
Stacey Jones won the clubs Player of the Year award.
The Warriors fielded teams in both Super League's reserve grade and the Under-19 competition (The Mal Meninga Cup). The Reserve Grade side finished fourth and then beat Cronulla, Perth and North Queensland to make the Grand Final while the Under 19's finished the regular season as minor premiers, beating Penrith to make the Grand Final. Ultimately however both sides lost their respective Grand Finals, with the reserve grade going down 12-40 and the Under-19's losing 12-27.
Grand Final Teams
Reserve Grade: Glen Coughlan, Iva Ropati, David Bailey, Joe Galuvao, Paul Staladi, Meti Noovao, Aaron Whittaker, Hitro Okesene, Steve Buckingham, Grant Young, Tony Tuimavave, Jerry Seu Seu, Bryan Henare. Bench: Ben Fahey, Frank Watene, Paul Rauhihi, Ricky Henry. Coach: Gary Kemble.
Under-19: Junior Lemafa, Odell Manuel, Tai Savea, Peter Lewis, Mark Fakahua, Monty Betham, Anthony Clyde, David Solomona, Lee Wetherill, Pewhairangi Jones, Kylie Leuluai, Filimone Lolohea, Ali Lauitiiti. Bench: Steve Murray, Scott Dewhurst, Fale Falemoe, Jonathan Smith. Coach: John Ackland.