2002 New Zealand Warriors season
|2002 New Zealand Warriors|
|Assistant Coach||Tony Kemp|
|Alternate captains||Ivan Cleary
|Tries||Clinton Toopi (18)|
|Goals||Ivan Cleary (105)|
|Points||Ivan Cleary (242)|
The New Zealand Warriors 2002 season was the New Zealand Warriors 8th first-grade season. The club competed in Australasia's National Rugby League. The coach of the team was Daniel Anderson while Stacey Jones was the club captain. The club finished the year as minor premiers and made the grand final for the first time, however they were defeated 30-8 by the Sydney Roosters.
- 14 April - Round 5: The Warriors have a then record win (68-10) over the Northern Eagles.
- 14 April - Round 5: Stacey Jones played in his 150th first grade match for the club, the first person to reach the milestone.
- 14 April - Round 5: Ivan Cleary scores 28 points in a match (1 try, 12 goals), equaling the clubs point scoring record set by Gene Ngamu in 1996.
- 23 June - Round 15: Henry Fa'afili played in his 50th match for the club.
- 18 August - Round 23: Clinton Toopi played in his 50th match for the club.
- 1 September - Round 25: Jerry Seuseu played in his 100th match for the club.
- 6 September - Round 26: Ivan Cleary played in his 50th match for the club.
- The Warriors claim the NRL minor premiership for the first time. The Warriors received A$100,000 prize money for finishing the regular season as minor premiers.
- Daniel Anderson is named Dally M Coach of the Year and Ali Lauitiiti Dally M Second Rower of the Year.
- 15 September: – The Warriors host their first finals match, beating Canberra 36-20 at a sold-out Ericsson Stadium.
Jersey & Sponsors
The Warriors had a New Jersey in 2002, completely moving away from the blue and white that previously was the Clubs colours. The 2001 jersey was retained as an away strip.
The Warriors used Ericsson Stadium as their home ground in 2002, their only home ground since they entered the competition in 1995.
Pre Season trials
|17 February||Cronulla Sharks||Jade Stadium, Christchurch||Draw||30-30|||
|24 February||South Sydney Rabbitohs||Carlaw Park, Auckland||Win||24-20||Guttenbeil, Campion, Villasanti, Faumuina||Cleary (4)||14,000|||
|9 March||West Auckland Cowboys||Waitakere Stadium, Auckland||Win||66-24|||
|Qualifying Finals||Semi Finals||Preliminary Finals||Grand Final|
|2||Newcastle Knights||22||4W||St. George-Illawarra||24||Cronulla Sharks||10|
|7||St. George-Illawarra||26||2L||Cronulla Sharks||40||NZ Warriors||8|
|3||Brisbane Broncos||24||2W||Brisbane Broncos||12|
|6||Parramatta Eels||14||3W||Sydney Roosters||38||Sydney Roosters||16|
|September 15||Qualifying Final||Canberra Raiders||Ericsson Stadium, Auckland||Win||36 - 20||Carlaw, Fa'afili, Jones, Lauiti'iti, Meli, Tookey||Cleary (6)||25,800|||
|September 29||Preliminary Final||Cronulla Sharks||Telstra Stadium, Sydney||Win||16 - 10||Carlaw, Tony, Toopi||Cleary (2)||45,702|||
In the 23rd minute, Sydney opened the scoring with a try to Shannon Hegarty with Craig Fitzgibbon converting taking Sydney to a 6-0 lead. Not long after, Ivan Cleary got New Zealand on the board with a penalty goal making the score 6-2, which remained that scoreline until halftime.
In the 46th minute, New Zealand took the lead for the first time through a Stacey Jones try and an Ivan Cleary conversion taking the scoreline to 8-6. Approaching the 60th minute, Sydney regained the lead with Craig Wing scoring the try and Craig Fitgibbon converting another to make the score 12-8 after a spectacular 40/20 kick from Sydney captain Brad Fittler. In the last 15 minutes Craig Fitzgibbon, Chris Flannery and Bryan Fletcher scored tries for Sydney with Craig Fizgibbon converting all three to take Sydney to a 30-8 win. By winning the grand final the Roosters also received A$400,000 in prize money.
|Tries||Hegarty, Wing, Fitzgibbon, Flannery, Fletcher|
New Zealand Warriors
Clive Churchill Medal: Craig Fitzgibbon
When They Scored
23rd Minute: Sydney 6-0 (Hegarty try; Fitzgibbon goal)
29th Minute: Sydney 6-2 (Cleary goal)
46th Minute: New Zealand 8-6 (Jones try; Cleary goal)
58th Minute: Sydney 12-8 (Wing try; Fitzgibbon goal)
65th Minute: Sydney 18-8 (Fitzgibbon try; Fitzgibbon goal)
71st Minute: Sydney 24-8 (Flannery try; Fitzgibbon goal)
75th Minute: Sydney 30-8 (Fletcher try; Fitzgibbon goal)
|7||St George Illawarra||24||9||3||12||2||632||546||+86||25|
- Canterbury Bulldogs were stripped of 37 competition points due to a salary cap breach.
Twenty Nine players were used by the Warriors in 2002, including six players who made their first grade debuts.
|24||Jones, StaceyStacey Jones||HB||April 23, 1995||24||9||6||1||49|
|33||Guttenbeil, AwenAwen Guttenbeil||/||SR||April 14, 1996||23||6||0||0||24|
|42||Swann, LoganLogan Swann||SR||March 1, 1997||17||2||0||0||8|
|50||Seu Seu, JerryJerry Seu Seu||/||PR||August 16, 1997||23||3||0||0||12|
|55||Lauitiiti, AliAli Lauitiiti||/||SR||April 19, 1998||25||10||0||0||40|
|61||Betham, MontyMonty Betham||/||HK / LK||March 8, 1999||2||0||0||0||0|
|64||Koopu, WairangiWairangi Koopu||CE / SR||April 9, 1999||22||6||0||0||24|
|65||Meli, FrancisFrancis Meli||/||WG||May 2, 1999||16||6||0||0||24|
|66||Toopi, ClintonClinton Toopi||CE||May 2, 1999||26||18||0||0||72|
|73||Cleary, IvanIvan Cleary||FB / CE||February 6, 2000||26||8||105||0||242|
|76||Tookey, MarkMark Tookey||PR||February 6, 2000||24||6||0||0||24|
|77||Myles, DavidDavid Myles||CE||February 14, 2000||3||1||0||0||4|
|80||Hape, ShontayneShontayne Hape||CE||March 18, 2000||1||0||0||0||0|
|81||Fa'afili, HenryHenry Fa'afili||/||WG||March 26, 2000||17||7||0||0||28|
|86||Campion, KevinKevin Campion||/||LK||February 18, 2001||21||1||0||0||4|
|87||Villasanti, RichardRichard Villasanti||/||PR||February 18, 2001||20||4||0||0||16|
|88||Morgan, JustinJustin Morgan||PR||February 25, 2001||17||2||0||0||8|
|90||Tony, MotuMotu Tony||/||UH||March 9, 2001||18||6||0||0||24|
|92||Murphy, JustinJustin Murphy||WG||April 7, 2001||18||4||0||0||16|
|93||Paleaaesina, IafetaIafeta Paleaaesina||/||PR||June 1, 2001||11||0||0||0||0|
|95||Carlaw, JohnJohn Carlaw||CE||March 24, 2002||25||8||0||0||32|
|96||Marsh, PJPJ Marsh||HB / HK||March 24, 2002||24||2||0||1||9|
|97||Webb, BrentBrent Webb||FB||April 1, 2002||17||9||0||0||36|
|98||Faumuina, SioneSione Faumuina||CE / LK||April 1, 2002||8||3||0||0||12|
|99||Hohaia, LanceLance Hohaia||UB||April 6, 2002||20||7||4||0||36|
|100||Anderson, VinnieVinnie Anderson||/||CE||July 7, 2002||6||1||0||0||4|
|101||Pai, JeremiahJeremiah Pai||FE / LK||July 21, 2002||2||0||0||0||0|
|102||Tuimavave, EvarnEvarn Tuimavave||PR||September 1, 2002||2||0||0||0||0|
|103||Temata, KarlKarl Temata||PR / SR||September 6, 2002||1||0||0||0||0|
- Chief Executive Officer: Mick Watson
|John Carlaw||Wests Tigers|
|PJ Marsh||Parramatta Eels|
|Brent Webb||Wests Panthers|
|Sione Faumuina||Canberra Raiders|
|Jason Death||South Sydney Rabbitohs|
|Cliff Beverley||Barrow Raiders|
|Nathan Wood||Wakefield Trinity Wildcats|
Players not required by the Warriors were released to play in the 2002 Bartercard Cup. This included Iafeta Paleaaesina and Karl Temata for the Hibiscus Coast Raiders, Sione Faumuina for the Glenora Bears, Evarn Tuimavave for the Marist-Richmond Brothers, Vinnie Anderson for the Mount Albert Lions, Jeremiah Pai for the Otahuhu Leopards, Logan Swann for the Eastern Tornadoes and Henry Fa'afili and Lance Hohaia for the Manurewa Marlins.