2005 New Zealand rugby league season
The 2005 New Zealand rugby league season was the 98th season of rugby league that had been played in New Zealand. The main feature of the year was the sixth season of the Bartercard Cup competition that was run by the New Zealand Rugby League. The Mt Albert Lions won the Cup by defeating the Canterbury Bulls 24-22 in the Grand Final.
- 1 International competitions
- 2 National competitions
- 3 Australian competitions
- 4 Club competitions
- 5 References
- 6 External links
The New Zealand Kiwis played Australia at Auckland's Ericsson Stadium as part of the Tri-Nations. New Zealand lost this match 26-28 but went on to win the tournament, defeating Australia 24-0 in the final at Elland Road. Earlier in the year New Zealand had lost the ANZAC Test, 16-32. Coached by Brian McClennan, for the Tri-Nations New Zealand included; Louis Anderson, Roy Asotasi, Nathan Cayless, David Faiumu, Awen Guttenbeil, Shontayne Hape, Lance Hohaia, Stacey Jones, David Kidwell, Ali Lauiti'iti, Iafeta Paleaaesina, Frank Pritchard, Tony Puletua, Paul Rauhihi, David Solomona, Motu Tony, Clinton Toopi, Nigel Vagana, Manu Vatuvei, Brent Webb, Jake Webster, Paul Whatuira, Bronson Harrison and captain Ruben Wiki. Jerome Ropati, Matt Utai, Benji Marshall, Thomas Leuluai, Wairangi Koopu, Dene Halatau and Jamahl Lolesi played in the ANZAC Test but did not tour. Daniel Anderson coached the Kiwis in the ANZAC Test before resigning in June and being replaced by McClennan.
In February a New Zealand Residents team competed in the St Marys Invitational Sevens tournament in Sydney. The Team included Paul Atkins and Charlie Herekotukutuku A full Residents team then played against a New South Wales Country side and a Jim Beam Cup selection in October. The team was coached by Phil Prescott and included Shane Beyers and Corey Lawrie.
The New Zealand Māori side hosted the Cook Islands in October, the three match series was drawn 1-all and broadcast live on Māori Television. The New Zealand Māori were coached by Tawera Nikau while Kevin Iro coached the Cook Islands. The New Zealand Māori included Weller Hauraki, Kaine Manihera, Herewini Rangi and Aaron Heremaia while Cook Islands team included George Tuakura and Marty Mitchell.
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The 2005 Bartercard Cup was the sixth season of the Bartercard Cup competition run by the New Zealand Rugby League. The Mount Albert Lions claimed their third and final premiership, as in 2006 they were replaced by the Auckland Lions.
- Hibiscus Coast were coached by Tony Benson and included Odell Manuel.
- North Harbour were coached by Karl Benson and Ken McIntosh. During a mid-season training session New Zealand A prop Ben Valeni collapsed and died from a heart attack. Gene Ngamu made a mid-season come back for the Tigers. The team included Daniel Vasau.
- Marist Richmond were coached by Bernie Perenara and included Misi Taulapapa.
- Mt Albert were coached by Brian McClennan and included Fabian Soutar, Phillip Shead, Andreas Bauer, Paul Fisiiahi and Steve Buckingham. During the season forward Paulo Teniseli died suddenly.
- Otahuhu-Ellerslie included Toshio Laiseni, Cooper Vuna, Paul Atkins, Bryan Henare and George Tuakura.
- Waicoa Bay were coached by Tawera Nikau.
- Central were coached by David Lomax and included Sonny Whakarau in his final year for the side.
- Wellington were coached by Paul Bergman .
- Canterbury were coached by Phil Prescott with Brent Stuart the assistant coach. The squad included Kaine Manihera, Shane Beyers, Lewis Brown, Charlie Herekotukutuku and Corey Lawrie. During the season the Bulls played a home game at Wingham Park on the West Coast, the first game to be played outside of Christchurch. During the season Beyers became only the second player to play 100 Bartercard Cup matches.
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|Counties Manukau Jetz||16||11||0||5||445||379||66||22|
|North Harbour Tigers||16||10||0||6||508||323||185||20|
|Hibiscus Coast Raiders||16||9||2||5||512||362||150||20|
|Otahuhu Ellerslie Leopards||16||9||0||7||442||412||30||18|
|Marist Richmond Brothers||16||8||2||6||399||387||12||18|
|Waicoa Bay Stallions||16||3||0||13||368||620||-252||6|
|Qualifying finals||Semi finals||Preliminary final||Grand Final|
|1||Mt Albert Lions||24|
|Canterbury Bulls||34||Canterbury Bulls||22|
|2||Canterbury Bulls||36||Mt Albert Lions||39||Mt Albert Lions||24|
|3||Counties Manukau||18||Counties Manukau||22|
|4||North Harbour Tigers||30||North Harbour Tigers||30|
|Elimination Play-off||North Harbour Tigers||30||Hibiscus Coast Raiders||20|
|Preliminary Semifinal||Canterbury Bulls||36||Counties Manukau Jetz||18|
|Elimination Semifinal||Counties Manukau Jetz||32||North Harbour Tigers||30|
|Qualification Semifinal||Canterbury Bulls||34||Mt Albert Lions||24|
|Preliminary Final||Mt Albert Lions||39||Counties Manukau Jetz||22|
The Canterbury Bulls lost the grand final when Fabian Soutar scored for Mt Albert in the last second of the match.
|Mt Albert Lions||24|
|Tries (Mt Albert Lions)||2: P.Ah Van|
|1: R.Baxter, P.Fisi'iahi, F.Soutar|
|Tries (Canterbury Bulls)||1: J.O'Brien, T.Pelenise, D.Metcalf, C.Lawrie|
|Goals (Mt Albert Lions)||2: S.Buckingham|
|Goals (Canterbury Bulls)||3: J.O'Brien|
The Manurewa Marlins won the Fox Memorial trophy while the Papakura Sea Eagles won the Rukutai Shield (minor premiership). Manurewa, who were coached by Rusty Matua and player-coach Richie Blackmore won the Grand Final 34-24 over Papakura.
The Howick Hornets won the Sharman Cup (Division Two).
Linwood won the Canterbury Rugby League title.
Turangawaewae won the Waicoa Bay grand final.
- "Tri-Nations 2005". Rugby League Project. Retrieved 2008-12-05.
- Bulls in NZ squad to contest league sevens The Press, 7 February 2005
- 5 Bulls called for play in Aust The Press, 15 September 2005
- 2005 International Rugby League Results & Tables Rugby League International Scores
- John Coffey, Bernie Wood (2008). 100 years: Māori rugby league, 1908-2008. Huia Publishers. p. 332. ISBN 978-1-86969-331-2.
- NZ Presidents Selection / 2005 Tag International Series leagueunlimited, 24 February 2005
- New Zealand A prop dies after collapse AAP, 8 July 2005
- Ngamu gets Tigers call-up The Press, 5 August 2005
- Mount Albert spurred on by memory of team-mate Sunday Star-Times, 18 September 2005
- Bulls face Otahuhu and its hefty reinforcements The Press, 16 April 2005
- New Bartercard Cup takes shape TVNZ, 26 January 2006
- Whakarau calls it a day with Central Falcons The Evening Standard, 17 August 2005
- Character counters size The Press, 16 September 2005
- Bartercard Cup debuts The Press, 13 April 2005
- "From the Bulls to the Broncos". sportingpulse. 18 July 2008. Retrieved 2010-02-23.
- Canterbury Bull's Draw The Press, 15 April 2005
- Poised for 100; Shane Beyers The Press, 12 August 2005
- Grand final heartbreaker Soutar's last-second try mauls Bulls The Press, 19 September 2005
- Coffey, John and Bernie Wood Auckland, 100 years of rugby league, 1909-2009, 2009. ISBN 978-1-86969-366-4, p.347.
- Kilgallon, Steve. Whatever Happened to Rugby League Park? Sunday Star-Times, 17 April 2011. p.B7
- Grand final a fitting end for tangi teams Waikato Times, 25 August 2006
- Gisborne team humbled in horror weekend Hawke's Bay Today, 18 April 2005
- Mustangs reveal hope for Gisborne after more mismatches Hawke's Bay Today, 2 May 2005
2004 Bartercard Cup
2006 Bartercard Cup