2001 New Zealand rugby league season
The 2001 New Zealand rugby league season was the 94th season of rugby league that had been played in New Zealand. The main feature of the year was the second season of the Bartercard Cup competition that was run by the New Zealand Rugby League. The Hibiscus Coast Raiders won the Cup by defeating the Eastern Tornadoes 28-18 in the Grand Final.
- 1 International competitions
- 2 National competitions
- 3 Australian competitions
- 4 Club competitions
- 5 References
The New Zealand Kiwis played a one off test match against France and defeated them 36-0 at Ericsson Stadium. The Kiwis then played Australia at the new Westpac Stadium in Wellington and lost 28-10. New Zealand were coached by Gary Freeman.
The French team also played three matches against regional selections; Northern Districts, Central Districts and the South Island. France won all three of these games, defeating the South Island 24-11 at Lancaster Park, Central Districts 28-26 at the Palmerston North Showgrounds and Northern Districts 40-16 in Huntly. Jeff Whittaker coached the South Island team that featured mainly Canterbury Bulls players. The team was captained by Shane Beyers and included Aaron Whittaker. Northern Districts included Lance Hohaia and Hare Te Rangi.
Auckland conducted a two match trip to Sydney in September 2001. Auckland defeated Northern Māori 48-6 before losing to Sydney Metropolitan 34-12. They were coached by Stan Martin and included Daniel Floyd, Karl Te Mata, Tyrone Pau, Jeremy Smith, Joe Galuvao, Jason Temu, Hare Te Rangi and Cliff Beverley.
Rugby League Cup
The 2001 Bartercard Cup was the second season of the Bartercard Cup competition run by the New Zealand Rugby League. After losing every match, 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. The Auckland teams were again dominant with only defending champions, the Canterbury Bulls, making the finals from outside of Auckland.
- Hibiscus Coast were coached by Brian McClennan and Tony Benson and included captain Anthony Seuseu, Aaron Heremaia, Karl Te Mata, Jeremy Smith, Tyrone Pau, Iafeta Paleaaesina and Daniel Floyd.
- Northcote were coached by Del Hughes and included Aaron Tucker, Jared Trott, Jamie Cook and Keneti Asiata.
- Glenora were coached by player-coach Duane Mann and included Cliff Beverley, David and Gavin Bailey, Ben Lythe, Steve Buckingham and Shontayne Hape.
- The Marist Richmond Brothers included Motu Tony, Daniel Vasau, Matthew Tuisamoa, Vae Kololo and Jason Temu.
- Mount Albert were coached by John Ackland and included Sala and David Fa'alogo, Carl Doherty, Wayne McDade, Hutch Maiava, Fuifui Moimoi, Lee Finnerty and Andreas Bauer.
- The Otahuhu Leopards featured Jonathan Smith, Dean Clark, Boycie Nelson, Rusty Matua and George Carmont.
- The Eastern Tornadoes featured identical twins David and Paul Fisiiahi, Jeremiah Pai, Justin Murphy, Phillip Leuluai and Hare Te Rangi. They were coached by James Leuluai.
- The Manurewa Marlins included Mark Tookey, Kevin Campion, Cheyenne Motu, Lance Hohaia, Joe Galuvao, Channerith and Channerath Ly and Richard Utai.
- The Ngongotaha Chiefs were coached by Cameron Bell and included Mark Woods.
- Porirua included Robert Piva.
- Wainuiomata were coached by John Lomax and included Billy Weepu, Tony Lomax, Yogi Rogers and Vince Mellars.
- The Canterbury Bulls were coached by Ged Stokes, who was assisted by Phil Prescott. The team included Shane Beyers, Lusi Sione, Robert Henare, Scott Woodgate, Tangia Tongiia and Maurice Emslie.
|Hibiscus Coast Raiders||21||16||1||4||1||742||425||317||35|
|Marist Richmond Brothers||21||8||2||11||1||675||595||80||20|
|Mt Albert Lions||21||8||0||13||1||414||630||-216||18|
|Qualifying finals||Semi finals||Preliminary final||Grand Final|
|Canterbury Bulls||16||Hibiscus Coast||28|
|2||Eastern Tornadoes||10||Canterbury Bulls||30||Eastern Tornadoes||18|
|3||Canterbury Bulls||12||Eastern Tornadoes||38|
|4||Otahuhu Leopards||42||Manurewa Marlins||20|
|Elimination Play-off||Manurewa Marlins||43||Otahuhu Leopards||42|
|Preliminary Semifinal||Canterbury Bulls||12||Eastern Tornadoes||10|
|Elimination Semifinal||Eastern Tornadoes||24||Manurewa Marlins||20|
|Qualification Semifinal||Hibiscus Coast Raiders||48||Canterbury Bulls||16|
|Preliminary Final||Eastern Tornadoes||38||Canterbury Bulls||30|
|Hibiscus Coast Raiders||12||28|
Jeremy Smith (Hibiscus Coast) was man of the match.
North Island Super Seven Series
A North Island Super Seven Series was held between seven district sides in the North Island. This competition included Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Coastline-Bay of Plenty Mariners, Taranaki, Manawatu and Wellington. Taranaki and Wellington made the final after defeating Manawatu and Auckland respectively in the semi-finals. Wellington won the competition, defeating Taranaki 30-24.
Mainland Super 10
The second Mainland Super 10 competition was held between Canterbury Rugby League clubs and the South Island provincial teams. The teams involved included the Tasman Orcas (coached by Paul Bergman), Otago Raiders, Southland Rams and seven clubs from Canterbury: the Haswell Hornets, Hornby Panthers, Eastern Sea Eagles, Papanui Tigers, Riccarton Knights, Sydenham Swans and the Linwood Kews. The West Coast Chargers withdrew after the competition was moved to the first half of the season.
The New Zealand Warriors competed in the National Rugby League competition. They finished 8th out of 14 teams, making the finals for the first time. In the Qualifying Final they were thrashed 56-12 by the minor premiers, the Parramatta Eels.
The Northcote Tigers won the Fox Memorial trophy, defeating Richmond 30-29 in the grand final. Richmond had earlier won the Rukutai Shield (minor premiership). The grand final was played at 11:50am before the Bartercard Cup grand final at Carlaw Park but still attracted 6,000 fans.
Hornby won the Canterbury Rugby League title.
- 2001 France tour of New Zealand rugbyleague.co.nz
- French show grit but not enough grunt The Press, 4 June 2001
- French open with nailbiter Sunday Star-Times, 3 June 2001
- Stokes overlooked for SI coaching job The Press, 11 May 2001
- Teams named for French opener AAP Sports News, 1 June 2001
- Waikato five to play France Waikato Times, 6 June 2001
- Jessup, Peter (13 June 2001). "Battle-weary French maintain hectic schedule". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 14 September 2011.
- Sydenham old boy in The Press, 3 July 2001
- Coffey, John and Bernie Wood Auckland, 100 years of rugby league, 1909-2009, 2009. ISBN 978-1-86969-366-4, p.330.
- Orcas fired up to retain league cup The Nelson Mail, 7 September 2002
- Round 7 Bartercard Cup teams rleague.com, 26 April 2001
- Batercard Cup Round 21 Preview rleague.com, 10 August 2001
- Bears' migration adds some bite to clash New Zealand Herald, 8 March 2001
- Round 7 Bartercard Cup Teams rleague.com, 26 April 2002
- Jessup, Peter (1 September 2001). "Coaches clash over week off". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 14 September 2011.
- Beverley gives Bears more bite The Press, 16 June 2001
- Bartercard Cup Round 14 Teams rleague.com, 22 June 2001
- Warriors' call-up could help Bulls The Press, 21 April 2001
- Leopards lose Smith's services The Press, 31 March 2001
- Twin Tornadoes cause chaos as they blow past opponents Sunday Star-Times, 16 September 2001
- Bulls brace for potent tornado The Press, 5 May 2001
- Bulls win Warrior challenge against Marlins The Press, 9 July 2001
- Coaching swoop for Falcons The Evening Standard, 7 November 2001
- Mamoe makes forward move The Press, 30 June 2001
- Brash Bulls to lock horns with Brothers The Press, 14 July 2001
- Stokes stands by his men The Press, 5 April 2001
- Hemopo back in to face Coastline-Bay Waikato Times, 30 June 2001
- Waikato pair set for 50th rep match Waikato Times, 28 July 2001
- Sharks ride Mustangs into Super 7 home final Daily News, 8 October 2001
- Double incentive for Sharks to net win Daily News, 13 October 2001
- "Orcas give Mariners incentive for Challenge Cup". The New Zealand Herald. 22 August 2001. Retrieved 14 September 2011.
- West Coast league team pulls out The Press, 9 March 2001
- Tigers claw way to top finals berth The Press, 21 May 2001
- Sponsorship sought for Orcas The Nelson Mail, 5 June 2001
- Late field goals send club title east The Press, 28 May 2001
- ARL results for June 16 rleague.com
- Wellington League News Aug 18-20 rleague.com, 20 August 2001
- City Tigers guaranteed top spot with lives to spare heading into league finals Waikato Times, 3 August 2001
- Taranaki Grand Final Countdown rleague.com, 11 July 2003
2000 Bartercard Cup
2002 Bartercard Cup