2009 New Zealand rugby league season

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The 2009 New Zealand rugby league season was the 102nd season of rugby league that had been played in New Zealand. The main feature of the year was the second season of the Bartercard Premiership competition that was run by the New Zealand Rugby League. The Canterbury Bulls won the minor premiership and then the premiership by defeating Auckland 26-20 in the Grand Final.

International competitions[edit]

The New Zealand Kiwis defeated Tonga in Rotorua before heading to Europe to compete in the Four Nations where they finished third. By defeating Tonga the Kiwis retained the Peter Leitch QSM Challenge Trophy.[1] Coached by Stephen Kearney, the Four Nations squad included; Adam Blair, Greg Eastwood, Nathan Fien, Kieran Foran, Bryson Goodwin, Bronson Harrison, Lance Hohaia, Thomas Leuluai, Jeff Lima, Issac Luke, captain Benji Marshall, Steve Matai, Ben Matulino, Fuifui Moimoi, Frank-Paul Nu'uausala, Sam Perrett, Frank Pritchard, Junior Sau, Iosia Soliola, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Kevin Locke and Eddy Pettybourne.

Earlier in the year New Zealand lost 10-38 to Australia. Manu Vatuvei, Roy Asotasi, Dene Halatau, David Fa'alogo, Simon Mannering, Jason Nightingale, Sika Manu and Jerome Ropati played in this match but did not tour at the end of the year.

Bartercard Premiership Selection[edit]

A Bartercard Premiership Selection defeated a Samoan Residents side 62-14 on 10 October 2009.[2][3] Canterbury coach Brent Stuart coached the Bartercard selection.[4] Ruben Wiki came out of retirement to play in the match and all the proceeds were donated to the Samoan tsunami relief fund.[5] The match was broadcast on Māori Television.

Bartercard Premiership Selection: Jonny Aranga (Cant), 2-Junior Salevao (Cant), 3-Craig Smith (Cant), 4-Gunther Schaumkel (Auck), 5-James Blackwell (Auck), 6-William Heta (Auck), 7-Kelvin Wright (Auck), 8-Vince Whare (Auck), 9-Nathan Sherlock (Cant), 10-Fred Turuwhenua (Auck), 11-Chris Bamford (Cant), 12-Sialli Tufeao (Auck), 13-Jonny Limmer (Cant). Interchange: 14-Dylan Davis (Auck), 15-Patrick Matulino (Auck), 16-Sione Tongia (Auck), 17-Suaia Matagi (Auck), 18-Darren Kingi (Waikato). Coach: Brent Stuart.[6]

National competitions[edit]

Rugby League Cup[edit]

Canterbury defeated Auckland on 23 August to win the Rugby League Cup.[7] As in 2008 the New Zealand Rugby League ruled that the Rugby League Cup would be defended in all Bartercard Premiership matches, home and away.

Bartercard Premiership[edit]

Bartercard Premiership 2009
League Bartercard Premiership
Sport Rugby League
Number of teams 6
TV partner(s) SKY Network Television
Major Premiership Canterbury
Minor Premiership Canterbury
NZRL seasons

The 2009 season was the second and final Bartercard Premiership. Auckland were the defending champions. The same six provinces as in 2008 again took part in the competition. The Canterbury Bulls won the minor premiership and defeated Auckland 26-20 in the final.

Auckland included Sala Fa'alogo.[8]


The semi-finals and grand final of the Bartercard Premiership were shown live on SKY Network Television and also delayed on free to air.[2]

Season standings[edit]

Province Pl W D L For Ag P/D Pts
North Sydney colours.svg Canterbury 5 5 0 0 210 60 150 10
Canterbury colours.svg Auckland 5 4 0 1 202 96 106 8
Waikatoleague.png Waikato 5 3 0 2 130 108 22 6
Wellington colours.svg Wellington 5 2 0 3 142 120 22 4
Sunshine Coast Colours.svg Taranaki 5 1 0 4 86 212 -126 2
Hunter colours.svg Bay of Plenty 5 0 0 5 70 254 -184 0

Warm Up Matches[edit]

In a warm up match Canterbury lost to the West Coast 20-14. This was reportedly the first time since 1989 that the West Coast had defeated Canterbury.[9]

Fixtures and results[edit]

Round 1[edit]
Home Score Away Match Information
Date Venue
Waikatoleague.png Waikato 32-22 Wellington colours.svg Wellington 22 August 2009 Paterson Park, Ngaruawahia
Sunshine Coast Colours.svg Taranaki 40-8 Hunter colours.svg Bay of Plenty 23 August 2009 Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth
North Sydney colours.svg Canterbury 32-30 Canterbury colours.svg Auckland 23 August 2009 Rugby League Park, Christchurch
Round 2[edit]
Home Score Away Match Information
Date Venue
Waikatoleague.png Waikato 22-30 Canterbury colours.svg Auckland 30 August 2009 Davies Park, Huntly
Wellington colours.svg Wellington 46-12 Sunshine Coast Colours.svg Taranaki 9 September 2009 Porirua Park, Porirua
Hunter colours.svg Bay of Plenty 16-66 North Sydney colours.svg Canterbury 18 September 2009 Rotorua International Stadium, Rotorua

Canterbury vs. Bay of Plenty and Wellington vs. Taranaki matches were originally unable to take place as scheduled due to air travel issues. They were rescheduled to be mid-week games.

Round 3[edit]
Home Score Away Match Information
Date Venue
Hunter colours.svg Bay of Plenty 12-52 Canterbury colours.svg Auckland 5 September 2008 Puketawhero Park, Rotorua
Sunshine Coast Colours.svg Taranaki 14-36 Waikatoleague.png Waikato 5 September 2009 Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth
North Sydney colours.svg Canterbury 32-0 Wellington colours.svg Wellington 6 September 2009 Rugby League Park, Christchurch
Round 4[edit]
Home Score Away Match Information
Date Venue
Hunter colours.svg Bay of Plenty 10-36 Waikatoleague.png Waikato 12 September 2009 Puketawhero Park, Rotorua
Sunshine Coast Colours.svg Taranaki 10-48 North Sydney colours.svg Canterbury 13 September 2009 Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth
Wellington colours.svg Wellington 14-16 Canterbury colours.svg Auckland 13 September 2009 Porirua Park, Porirua
Round 5[edit]
Home Score Away Match Information
Date Venue
Wellington colours.svg Wellington 60-24 Hunter colours.svg Bay of Plenty 19 September 2009 Porirua Park, Porirua
Canterbury colours.svg Auckland 74-16 Sunshine Coast Colours.svg Taranaki 20 September 2008 Mt Smart Stadium Number 2, Auckland
Waikatoleague.png Waikato 4-32 North Sydney colours.svg Canterbury 20 September 2008 Davies Park, Huntly
Semi finals[edit]
Home Score Away Match Information
Date Venue
Canterbury colours.svg Auckland 60-4 Waikatoleague.png Waikato 26 September 2009 Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland
North Sydney colours.svg Canterbury 20-17 Wellington colours.svg Wellington 27 September 2009 Rugby League Park, Christchurch
Grand final[edit]
Home Score Away Match Information
Date Venue
North Sydney colours.svg Canterbury 26-20 Canterbury colours.svg Auckland 4 October 2009 Rugby League Park, Christchurch[10]
Tries (Canterbury) 2: Jonny Aranga
1: Junior Salevao, Craig Smith, Jermahl Carroll
Tries (Auckland) 1: William Heta, James Blackwell, Henry Heta, Sione Taka
Goals (Canterbury) 3: Simon Mounga
Goals (Auckland) 1: Cody Walker, William Heta
Referee Leon Williamson
Broadcast SKY Network Television[11]

Junior Grades[edit]

Each of the Bartercard Premiership matches was preceded by a National Junior Competition Under 16 and Under 18 game. These two competitions ran in parallel with the senior competition.[2] Auckland won the Under-16s final 11-10 over Taranaki while the Auckland under 18s defeated Wellington 34-10 to win that competition. Both finals were held in Cornwall Park, Auckland.

Australian competitions[edit]

The New Zealand Warriors competed in the National Rugby League competition. They finished 14th out of 16 teams and failed to make the playoffs.

The Junior Warriors finished seventh before losing their Qualifying Final match.

The Auckland Vulcans competed in the NSW Cup and finished 11th out of eleven teams.

Club competitions[edit]


The Mt Albert Lions defeated the Papakura Sea Eagles 32-10 in the Grand Final to win the Fox Memorial. As minor premiers, the Otahuhu Leopards were awarded the Rukutai Shield. Papakura were coached by Dean Clark and included Toshio Laiseni.[12]

Howick won the Sharman Cup while the Manukau Magpies won the Phelan Shield.


The Porirua Vikings won the Wellington Rugby League title.[13]


Hornby won the Canterbury Rugby League title.

Shane Endacott was the Celebration Lions' assistant coach while Phil Prescott coached Halswell.[14]

The Timaru Warriors rejoined the CRL competition, after being in recess for four years.[15]

Other Competitions[edit]

The Taniwharau Rugby League Club won the Waikato Rugby League competition.[16]

Tokoroa's Pacific won the Bay of Plenty Rugby League competition while Otumoetai won the combined Coastline-Gisborne premiership, defeating the Paikea Whalers 34-8.[17][18][19] The Hawke's Bay's Flaxmere Falcons competed in the Bay of Plenty competition.[20] Matthew Spence was the Turangi Dambusters' player-coach.[21]

The Paikea Whalers won the Gisborne Tairawhiti Rugby League competition, defeating the Kaiti Devils 76-14 in the grand final.[22]

Blair Sims was named the West Coast Rugby League's player of the season.[23]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Tonga Confirms Team To Face Kiwis In Rotorua voxy.co.nz, 13 October 2009
  2. ^ a b c Bartercard National Provincial Premiership Kicks Off - 21 August 2009 NZRL.co.nz, 21 August 2009. Accessed 2009-08-27. Archived 2009-09-05.
  3. ^ It's just like riding a bike... New Zealand Herald, 11 October 2009
  4. ^ Lure of home final adds incentive for Canterbury New Zealand Herald, 26 September 2009. Accessed 2009-09-25. Archived 2009-09-27.
  5. ^ Wiki to make comeback for tsunami benefit NZPA, 4 September 2009
  6. ^ Canty victory eases the pain The Press, 5 October 2009
  7. ^ Geoff Longley It's go the South Island, No Bull The Press, 4 June 2010
  8. ^ Bulls given a scare in making Bartercard Premiership final nzwarriors.co.nz
  9. ^ Coast Go it Alone and Win The Press, 17 August 2009. Accessed 2009-08-27. Archived 2009-09-05.
  10. ^ Auckland, Canterbury in final New Zealand Herald, 28 September 2009. Accessed 2009-09-27. Archived 2009-09-30.
  11. ^ Canterbury Bulls clinch comeback league win The Press, 5 October 2009
  12. ^ Thriller showdown expected Papakura Courier, 13 May 2009
  13. ^ Porirua Vikings rugby league's true champions The Press, 4 November 2011
  14. ^ Shane Endacott continues league family tradition The Press, 16 June 2011
  15. ^ Timaru Warriors reflect on loss at home Timaru Herald, 20 April 2009
  16. ^ Panthers too good for Taniwharau Waikato Times, 29 March 2010
  17. ^ Otumoetai Eels 'fall over' in crucial game Bay of Plenty Times, 18 July 2011
  18. ^ Make-over revamps local league The Daily Post, 21 January 2010
  19. ^ 2009 results Coastline Rugby League
  20. ^ Falcons make Bay league debut The Daily Post, 3 April 2009
  21. ^ Star Spence in roving Dambusters role The Daily Post, 13 July 2009
  22. ^ Paikea champions The Gisborne Herald, 30 September 2009
  23. ^ Blair Sims New Zealand Herald, 24 November 2010

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