2002 New Zealand Warriors season

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2002 New Zealand Warriors
League 1st NRL
2002 record 17-0-7
Points for 688
Points against 454
Team information
CEO Mick Watson
Coach Daniel Anderson
Assistant Coach Tony Kemp
Captain Stacey Jones
Alternate captains Ivan Cleary
Monty Betham
Ground Ericsson Stadium
Average attendance 16,529
Top scorers
Tries Clinton Toopi (18)
Goals Ivan Cleary (105)
Points Ivan Cleary (242)
 < 2001 2003

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.

Milestones[edit]

  • 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.[1]
  • 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[edit]

New Zealand home jersey 2000.svg
New Zealand home jersey 2001.svg

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.

Fixtures[edit]

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[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Score Tries Goals Attendance Report
17 February Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla Sharks Jade Stadium, Christchurch Draw 30-30 [1]
24 February South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs Carlaw Park, Auckland Win 24-20 Guttenbeil, Campion, Villasanti, Faumuina Cleary (4) 14,000 [2]
9 March Canterbury colours.svg West Auckland Cowboys Waitakere Stadium, Auckland Win 66-24 [3][4]

Regular Season[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Score Tries Goals Attendance Report
Round 1 Bye
24 March Round 2 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters Ericsson Stadium, Auckland Win 21-14 Lauiti'iti (2), Carlaw, Meli Cleary (2), Jones (FG) 14,378 [5]
1 April Round 3 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights Ericsson Stadium, Auckland Loss 14-32 Jones, Meli, Webb Cleary (1) 13,456 [6]
6 April Round 4 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys Dairy Farmers Stadium, Townsville Win 50-20 Jones (2), Carlaw, Cleary, Faumuina, Hohaia, Tookey, Toopi Cleary (8), Jones (1) 9,657 [7]
14 April Round 5 Northern Eagles colours.svg Northern Eagles Ericsson Stadium, Auckland Win 68-10 Jones (3), Faumuina (2), Toopi (2), Cleary, Hohaia, Seuseu, Webb Cleary (12) 12,563 [8]
20 April Round 6 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury Bulldogs Westpac Stadium, Wellington Loss 20-28 Cleary, Koopu, Toopi Cleary (4) 24,251 [9]
27 April Round 7 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm Ericsson Stadium, Auckland Win 20-10 Fa'afili, Guttenbeil, Meli, Toopi Cleary (2) 11,404 [10]
5 May Round 8 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers Campbelltown Sports Ground, Sydney Win 36-14 Tookey (2), Carlaw, Hohaia, Koopu, Tony Cleary (6) 13,658 [11]
12 May Round 9 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs Ericsson Stadium, Auckland Win 25-18 Toopi (2), Campion, Guttenbeil Cleary (4), Marsh (FG) 14,765 [12]
17 May Round 10 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights EnergyAustralia Stadium, Newcastle Win 34-12 Toopi (2), Cleary, Hohaia, Tony, Webb Cleary (5) 16,361 [13]
25 May Round 11 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm Olympic Park Stadium, Melbourne Win 28-12 Guttenbeil, Hohaia, Murphy, Tony Cleary (6) 8,873 [14]
2 June Round 12 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla Sharks Ericsson Stadium, Auckland Win 42-20 Guttenbeil (2), Hohaia, Koopu, Toopi, Villasanti, Webb Cleary (7) 17,050 [15]
9 June Round 13 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys Ericsson Stadium, Auckland Win 34-6 Lauiti'iti (2), Fa'afili, Hohaia, Marsh, Toopi Cleary (4), Jones (1) 14,616 [16]
15 June Round 14 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney Win 46-10 Fa'afili (2), Cleary, Lauiti'iti, Marsh, Morgan, Murphy, Tookey Cleary (7) 8,658 [17]
23 June Round 15 St. George colours.svg St. George Illawarra Dragons Ericsson Stadium, Auckland Loss 22-32 Carlaw, Fa'afili, Lauiti'iti, Toopi, Webb Jones (1) 15,303 [18]
30 June Round 16 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos ANZ Stadium, Brisbane Win 26-16 Webb (2), Fa'afili, Morgan, Toopi Cleary (2), Jones (1) 24,907 [19]
7 July Round 17 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla Sharks Toyota Park, Sydney Loss 24-36 Tony (2), Carlaw, Seuseu Cleary (4) 15,196 [20]
Round 18 Bye
21 July Round 19 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels Ericsson Stadium, Auckland Win 26-10 Webb, Lauiti'iti, Murphy, Villasanti Cleary (5) 15,563 [21]
27 July Round 20 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders Canberra Stadium, Sydney Loss 30-38 Toopi (2), V.Anderson, Lauiti'iti, Webb Cleary (5) 8,702 [22]
4 August Round 21 Penrith colours.svg Penrith Panthers CUA Stadium, Sydney Win 38-24 Swann (2), Carlaw, Jones, Lauiti'iti, Seuseu, Toopi Cleary (5) 10,723 [23]
10 August Round 22 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury Bulldogs Ericsson Stadium, Auckland Win 22-14 Cleary, Koopu, Meli, Myles Cleary (3) 21,570 [24]
18 August Round 23 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos Ericsson Stadium, Auckland Win 18-4 Cleary (2), Meli Cleary (3) 22,125 [25]
25 August Round 24 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney Loss 0-44 18,186 [26]
1 September Round 25 Northern Eagles colours.svg Northern Eagles Brookvale Oval, Sydney Loss 16-18 Guttenbeil, Murphy, Tookey Jones (2) 7,529 [27]
6 September Round 26 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers Ericsson Stadium, Auckland Win 28-12 Koopu (2), Villasanti (2), Toopi Hohaia (4) 16,284 [28]

Final Series[edit]

  Qualifying Finals Semi Finals Preliminary Finals Grand Final
                                     
1  NZ Warriors 36
8  Canberra Raiders 20
  1W  NZ Warriors 16  
2  Newcastle Knights 22   4W  St. George-Illawarra 24      Cronulla Sharks 10    
7  St. George-Illawarra 26   2L  Cronulla Sharks 40          NZ Warriors 8
       Sydney Roosters 30
3  Brisbane Broncos 24         2W  Brisbane Broncos 12    
6  Parramatta Eels 14   3W  Sydney Roosters 38      Sydney Roosters 16  
  1L  Newcastle Knights 12  
4  Sydney Roosters 32
5  Cronulla Sharks 20
Date Round Opponent Venue Result Score Tries Goals Attendance Report
September 15 Qualifying Final Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders Ericsson Stadium, Auckland Win 36 - 20 Carlaw, Fa'afili, Jones, Lauiti'iti, Meli, Tookey Cleary (6) 25,800 [29]
Semi Final Bye
September 29 Preliminary Final Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla Sharks Telstra Stadium, Sydney Win 16 - 10 Carlaw, Tony, Toopi Cleary (2) 45,702 [30]

Grand Final[edit]

Sydney Position New Zealand
Luke Phillips FB Ivan Cleary
Brett Mullins WG Justin Murphy
Shannon Hegarty CE John Carlaw
Justin Hodges CE Clinton Toopi
Anthony Minichiello WG Francis Meli
Brad Fittler (C) FE Motu Tony
Craig Wing HB Stacey Jones (C)
Jason Cayless PR Jerry Seu Seu
Simon Bonetti HK PJ Marsh
Peter Cusack PR Mark Tookey
Adrian Morley SR Ali Lauiti'iti
Craig Fitzgibbon SR Awen Guttenbeil
Luke Ricketson LK Kevin Campion
Chris Flannery Bench Lance Hohaia
Bryan Fletcher Bench Logan Swann
Michael Crocker Bench Wairangi Koopu
Andrew Lomu Bench Richard Villasanti
Ricky Stuart Coach Daniel Anderson

First Half

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.

Second Half

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.

30

Sydney Roosters

Tries Hegarty, Wing, Fitzgibbon, Flannery, Fletcher
Goals Fitzgibbon 5/5
Field Goals
8 New Zealand home jersey 2001.svg

New Zealand Warriors

Tries Jones
Goals Cleary 2/2
Field Goals

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)

Ladder[edit]

Team Pld W D L B PF PA PD Pts
1 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand 24 17 0 7 2 688 454 +234 38
2 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle 24 17 0 7 2 724 498 +226 38
3 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane 24 16 1 7 2 672 425 +247 37
4 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney 24 15 1 8 2 621 405 +216 35
5 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla 24 15 0 9 2 653 597 +56 34
6 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta 24 10 2 12 2 531 440 +91 26
7 St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra 24 9 3 12 2 632 546 +86 25
8 Canberra colours.svg Canberra 24 10 1 13 2 471 641 -170 25
9 Northern Eagles colours.svg Northern Eagles 24 10 0 14 2 503 740 -237 24
10 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne 24 9 1 14 2 556 586 -30 23
11 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland 24 8 0 16 2 496 803 -307 20
12 Penrith colours.svg Penrith 24 7 0 17 2 546 654 -108 18
13 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 24 7 0 17 2 498 642 -144 18
14 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 24 5 0 19 2 385 817 -432 14
15 Canterbury colours.svg Bulldogs 24 20 1 3 2 707 435 +272 8
  • Canterbury Bulldogs were stripped of 37 competition points due to a salary cap breach.

Squad[edit]

Twenty Nine players were used by the Warriors in 2002, including six players who made their first grade debuts.

No. Name Nationality Position Warriors Debut App T G FG Pts
24 Jones, StaceyStacey Jones New Zealand HB April 23, 1995 24 9 6 1 49
33 Guttenbeil, AwenAwen Guttenbeil New Zealand / Tonga SR April 14, 1996 23 6 0 0 24
42 Swann, LoganLogan Swann New Zealand SR March 1, 1997 17 2 0 0 8
50 Seu Seu, JerryJerry Seu Seu New Zealand / Samoa PR August 16, 1997 23 3 0 0 12
55 Lauitiiti, AliAli Lauitiiti New Zealand / Samoa SR April 19, 1998 25 10 0 0 40
61 Betham, MontyMonty Betham New Zealand / Samoa HK / LK March 8, 1999 2 0 0 0 0
64 Koopu, WairangiWairangi Koopu New Zealand CE / SR April 9, 1999 22 6 0 0 24
65 Meli, FrancisFrancis Meli New Zealand / Samoa WG May 2, 1999 16 6 0 0 24
66 Toopi, ClintonClinton Toopi New Zealand CE May 2, 1999 26 18 0 0 72
73 Cleary, IvanIvan Cleary Australia FB / CE February 6, 2000 26 8 105 0 242
76 Tookey, MarkMark Tookey Australia PR February 6, 2000 24 6 0 0 24
77 Myles, DavidDavid Myles Australia CE February 14, 2000 3 1 0 0 4
80 Hape, ShontayneShontayne Hape New Zealand CE March 18, 2000 1 0 0 0 0
81 Fa'afili, HenryHenry Fa'afili New Zealand / Samoa WG March 26, 2000 17 7 0 0 28
86 Campion, KevinKevin Campion Australia / Republic of Ireland LK February 18, 2001 21 1 0 0 4
87 Villasanti, RichardRichard Villasanti Australia / Tonga PR February 18, 2001 20 4 0 0 16
88 Morgan, JustinJustin Morgan Wales PR February 25, 2001 17 2 0 0 8
90 Tony, MotuMotu Tony New Zealand / Samoa UH March 9, 2001 18 6 0 0 24
92 Murphy, JustinJustin Murphy France WG April 7, 2001 18 4 0 0 16
93 Paleaaesina, IafetaIafeta Paleaaesina New Zealand / Samoa PR June 1, 2001 11 0 0 0 0
95 Carlaw, JohnJohn Carlaw Australia CE March 24, 2002 25 8 0 0 32
96 Marsh, PJPJ Marsh Australia HB / HK March 24, 2002 24 2 0 1 9
97 Webb, BrentBrent Webb New Zealand FB April 1, 2002 17 9 0 0 36
98 Faumuina, SioneSione Faumuina New Zealand CE / LK April 1, 2002 8 3 0 0 12
99 Hohaia, LanceLance Hohaia New Zealand UB April 6, 2002 20 7 4 0 36
100 Anderson, VinnieVinnie Anderson New Zealand / Tonga CE July 7, 2002 6 1 0 0 4
101 Pai, JeremiahJeremiah Pai New Zealand FE / LK July 21, 2002 2 0 0 0 0
102 Tuimavave, EvarnEvarn Tuimavave New Zealand PR September 1, 2002 2 0 0 0 0
103 Temata, KarlKarl Temata Cook Islands PR / SR September 6, 2002 1 0 0 0 0

Staff[edit]

Coaching Staff[edit]

Transfers[edit]

Gains[edit]

Player Previous Club Length Notes
John Carlaw Wests Tigers
PJ Marsh Parramatta Eels
Brent Webb Wests Panthers
Sione Faumuina Canberra Raiders

Losses[edit]

Player Club Notes
Richie Blackmore Retired
Jason Death South Sydney Rabbitohs
Cliff Beverley Barrow Raiders
Jonathan Smith
Nathan Wood Wakefield Trinity Wildcats
Jason Temu Retired

Other Teams[edit]

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.

Awards[edit]

Ali Lauiti'iti won the clubs Player of the Year award.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ NZPA (2002-10-05). "Sorry guys, the cheque's not in the mail". nzherald.co.nz (APN Holdings NZ Limited). Retrieved 2009-12-04. 
  2. ^ Mann named to head foundation New Zealand Herald, 19 March 2003
  3. ^ New Zealand Rugby League Annual 2002, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 2002. p.50

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