2011 New Zealand Warriors season
|2011 New Zealand Warriors|
|Assistant Coach||Tony Iro|
|Ground||Mt Smart Stadium|
|Tries||Manu Vatuvei (12)|
|Goals||James Maloney (82)|
|Points||James Maloney (206)|
The New Zealand Warriors 2011 season was the New Zealand Warriors 17th first-grade season. The club competed in Australasia's National Rugby League. The coach of the team is Ivan Cleary while Simon Mannering is the club's captain. The Warriors lost to the Manly Sea Eagles 10-24 in the 2011 NRL Grand Final. The Junior Warriors won the Toyota Cup for the second consecutive year while the Auckland Vulcans finished second in the NSW Cup.
The finals form of the Warriors in 2011 increased the NRL's television audience in New Zealand by 29 per cent this year.
- 1 Milestones
- 2 Jersey and sponsors
- 3 Fixtures
- 4 Ladder
- 5 Squad
- 6 Staff
- 7 Transfers
- 8 Other teams
- 9 Awards
- 10 References
- 11 External links
- 12 February - All Stars Match: Feleti Mateo represents the NRL All Stars and Joel Moon represents the Indigenous All Stars in the pre-season All Stars Match.
- 16 April – Round 6: Micheal Luck played in his 200th National Rugby League match.
- 4 June - Round 13: Lewis Brown played in his 50th match for the club.
- 8 July - Round 18: Jacob Lillyman played in his 50th match for the club.
- 15 July – Round 19: Aaron Heremaia played in his 50th National Rugby League match.
- 24 July - Round 20: Shaun Berrigan played in his 200th National Rugby League match.
- 3 September - Round 26: Joel Moon played in his 50th match for the club.
- 10 September - Qualifying Final: Kevin Locke played in his 50th match for the club.
- 24 September - Preliminary Final: James Maloney played in his 50th match for the club.
Jersey and sponsors
In 2011 the Warriors jerseys were again made by Canterbury of New Zealand. They retained their black and white home and away jerseys originally released in 2009. They will wear a special all-black jersey with silver ferns around the logo for the Eden Park match. During the Heritage Round the Warriors wore a jersey based on the New Zealand Flag. Both special jerseys were worn again later in the season.
The Junior Warriors have their own jersey in 2011, designed by Daryl John, who won a competition run by sponsors Vodafone and Canterbury of New Zealand to design a new jersey for the team.
Vodafone New Zealand were again the naming rights sponsor of the Warriors in 2011.
The Warriors opened the season by hosting the Parramatta Eels at Eden Park in Auckland. This was the first time that the Warriors played a home match away from Mount Smart Stadium. The remaining 11 home games were played at Mount Smart Stadium, their only home ground since they entered the competition in 1995.
The main squad returned to training on 15 November 2010 to start preparing for the 2011 season. Players involved in the 2010 Four Nations and other representative matches returned to training later.
A fourth match was added to the Warriors schedule to raise money for the West Coast region after the Pike River Mine disaster. In a joint partnership with the NZRL, NRL and Newcastle Knights, all money raised was donated to the Pike River mining relief fund and the West Coast Rugby League. The teams arrived early on February 3 to carry out community appearances in the region.
The final trial match against the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles was also later made a fundraiser match, with North Harbour Stadium donating all profits of the match to the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake victims.
|5 February||Trial 1||Newcastle Knights||Wingham Park, Greymouth||Draw||22-22||Fisiiahi (2), Tupou, Godinet||Inu (3)||6,500|||
|12 February||Trial 2||Parramatta Eels||Rotorua International Stadium, Rotorua||Win||24-4||Fisiiahi (2), Vatuvei, Inu, Brown||Inu (2)||8,600|||
|19 February||Trial 3||Burleigh Bears||Toll Stadium, Whangarei||Win||30-0||Locke (2), Inu, Aranga, Fisiiahi, Mara||Maloney (2), Inu (1)||8,500|||
|26 February||Trial 4||Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles||North Harbour Stadium, Auckland||Loss||12-14||Matulino, Locke||Maloney (2)||14,000|||
|Qualifying Finals||Semi Finals||Preliminary Finals||Grand Final|
|2||Manly Sea Eagles||42||4W||Wests Tigers||20||NZ Warriors||20|
|7||North Queensland||8||2L||NZ Warriors||22||NZ Warriors||10|
|Manly Sea Eagles||24|
|3||Brisbane Broncos||40||2W||Manly Sea Eagles||26|
|6||NZ Warriors||10||3W||Brisbane Broncos||13||Brisbane Broncos||14|
|1L||St. George Illawarra||12|
|5||St. George Illawarra||12|
|10 September||Qualifying Final||Brisbane Broncos||Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane||Loss||10-40||Mateo, Vatuvei||Maloney (1)||48,943|||
|16 September||Semi Final||Wests Tigers||Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney||Win||22-20||Mateo, Maloney, Hohaia, Inu||Maloney (3)||27,109|||
|24 September||Preliminary Final||Melbourne Storm||AAMI Park, Melbourne||Win||20-12||Brown, Maloney, Tupou||Maloney (4)||28,580|||
|2 October||Grand Final||Manly Sea Eagles||ANZ Stadium, Sydney||Loss||10-24||Taylor, Vatuvei||Maloney (1)||81,988|||
|Brett Stewart||Fullback||Kevin Locke|
|Michael Robertson||Wing||Bill Tupou|
|Jamie Lyon (c)||Centre||Lewis Brown|
|Steve Matai||Centre||Krisnan Inu|
|Will Hopoate||Wing||Manu Vatuvei|
|Kieran Foran||Five-eighth||James Maloney|
|Daly Cherry-Evans||Halfback||Shaun Johnson|
|Joe Galuvao||Prop||15 Russell Packer|
|Matt Ballin||Hooker||14 Lance Hohaia|
|Brent Kite||Prop||Jacob Lillyman|
|Anthony Watmough||2nd Row||17 Elijah Taylor|
|Tony Williams||2nd Row||Simon Mannering (c)|
|Glenn Stewart||Lock||Michael Luck|
|Shane Rodney||Interchange||8 Sam Rapira|
|Jamie Buhrer||Interchange||9 Aaron Heremaia|
|George Rose||Interchange||11 Feleti Mateo|
|Darcy Lussick||Interchange||16 Ben Matulino|
|Des Hasler||Coach||Ivan Cleary|
|2||Manly Warringah Sea Eagles (P)||24||18||-||6||2||539||331||208||40|
|5||St George Illawarra Dragons||24||14||1||9||2||483||341||142||33|
|6||New Zealand Warriors||24||14||-||10||2||504||393||111||32|
|7||North Queensland Cowboys||24||14||-||10||2||532||480||52||32|
|10||South Sydney Rabbitohs||24||11||-||13||2||531||562||-31||26|
|16||Gold Coast Titans||24||6||-||18||2||363||629||-266||16|
The Warriors used thirty players during the season. Eight players made their debut for the club, including five who made their NRL debuts.
|99||Hohaia, LanceLance Hohaia||UB||6 April 2002||22||8||0||0||32|
|108||Ropati, JeromeJerome Ropati||CE / FE||31 August 2003||3||2||0||0||8|
|115||Vatuvei, ManuManu Vatuvei||WG||23 May 2004||19||12||0||0||48|
|125||Mannering, SimonSimon Mannering||CE||26 June 2005||28||5||0||0||20|
|126||Luck, MichealMicheal Luck||SR||12 March 2006||26||1||0||0||4|
|131||Rapira, SamSam Rapira||PR||20 May 2006||20||1||0||0||4|
|141||Packer, RussellRussell Packer||PR||4 May 2008||27||0||0||0||0|
|142||Matulino, BenBen Matulino||SR||14 June 2008||28||2||0||0||8|
|145||Moon, JoelJoel Moon||CE||14 March 2009||11||3||0||0||12|
|146||Lillyman, JacobJacob Lillyman||PR||14 March 2009||26||1||0||0||4|
|149||Ta'ai, UkumaUkuma Ta'ai||SR||22 March 2009||10||0||0||0||0|
|151||Brown, LewisLewis Brown||SR||3 May 2009||22||5||0||0||20|
|152||Locke, KevinKevin Locke||FB/WG||31 May 2009||24||6||0||0||24|
|153||Heremaia, AaronAaron Heremaia||HK||31 May 2009||24||2||0||0||8|
|154||John, IsaacIsaac John||HB||19 July 2009||1||0||0||0||0|
|157||Seymour, BrettBrett Seymour||HB||14 March 2010||9||1||2||0||8|
|156||Maloney, JamesJames Maloney||HB||14 March 2010||27||10||82||2||206|
|158||Latimore, JeremyJeremy Latimore||PR||14 March 2010||8||0||0||0||0|
|159||Lousi, SioneSione Lousi||SR||14 March 2010||2||0||0||0||0|
|160||Tupou, BillBill Tupou||WG||4 April 2010||17||5||0||0||20|
|161||Poching, MataupuMataupu Poching||PR||15 May 2010||0||0||0||0||0|
|162||Mara, AlehanaAlehana Mara||HK||21 August 2010||7||0||0||0||0|
|163||Fisiiahi, GlenGlen Fisiiahi||FB||12 March 2011||4||2||0||0||8|
|164||Mateo, FeletiFeleti Mateo||SR||12 March 2011||28||5||0||0||20|
|165||Berrigan, ShaunShaun Berrigan||HK||12 March 2011||19||6||0||0||24|
|166||Inu, KrisnanKrisnan Inu||CE||19 March 2011||18||11||0||0||44|
|167||Taylor, ElijahElijah Taylor||FE||3 April 2011||21||4||0||0||16|
|168||Johnson, ShaunShaun Johnson||HB||4 June 2011||16||6||0||0||24|
|169||Rapira, SteveSteve Rapira||SR||4 June 2011||5||0||0||0||0|
|170||Godinet, PitaPita Godinet||HB||24 July 2011||4||1||0||0||4|
- Chief Executive Officer: Wayne Scurrah
- General Manager: Don Mann Jr
- Recruitment and Development Manager: Dean Bell
- High Performance Manager: Craig Walker
- High Performance Assistant: Ruben Wiki
- Medical Services Manager: John Mayhew
- Welfare and Education Manager: Jerry Seuseu
- Media and Communications Manager: Richard Becht
- NRL Head Coach: Ivan Cleary
- NRL Assistant Coach: Tony Iro
- NRL Assistant Coach: David Fairleigh
- NRL Trainer: Dayne Norton
- NRL Physiotherapist: Hamish Craighead
- NYC Head Coach & Assistant NRL Coach: John Ackland
- NYC Assistant Coach: Frank Harold
- NYC Trainer: Andrew Souter
- Development Coach: Ricky Henry
|Krisnan Inu||Parramatta Eels||2013|||
|Feleti Mateo||Parramatta Eels||2013|||
|Steve Rapira||North Queensland Cowboys||2012, with option|||
|Shaun Berrigan||Hull||2011, with option|||
|Brent Tate||North Queensland Cowboys|||
|Patrick Ah Van||Bradford Bulls|||
|Siuatonga Likiliki||Newcastle Knights|||
|Ian Henderson||Catalans Dragons|||
|Wade McKinnon||Wests Tigers (Mid-Season 2010)|||
|Elijah Niko||Melbourne Storm|
|Nafe Seluini||Penrith Panthers|
|Mark Ioane||Canberra Raiders|
|Sione Lousi||2013 + option|||
2011 Auckland Vulcans
Grand Final Team: Glen Fisiiahi, Willie Peace, Sione Lousi, Ivan Penehe, Niuvao Taka; Brett Seymour, Pita Godinet; James Gavet, Alehana Mara, Jeremy Latimore; Ukuma Ta'ai, Matt Robinson; Isaac John (c). Interchange: Darin Kingi, Upu Poching, Steve Rapira, Anthony Gelling.
On 18 February the Vulcans announced the following eight man squad, with a six-man reserve squad. The squad was topped up with Warriors squad members each week.
2011 Junior Warriors
The Junior Warriors won the Toyota Cup, defeating the North Queensland Cowboys 31-30 in extra time in the Grand Final.
Grand Final Team: George Maka, Adam Henry, Sosaia Feki, Konrad Hurrell, DJ Collier, Carlos Tuimavave, Jordan Meads, Ligi Sao, Eko Malu, Donald Tony, Samiuela Lousi, Ben Henry [c], Sebastine Ikahihifo. Siliva Havili, Agnatius Paasi, Siua Taukeiaho, Toka Likiliki, Siulongua Fotofili, John Palavi.
Along with players from the Melbourne Storm, Cronulla Sharks, Sydney Roosters and Manly Sea Eagles, the new members of the Junior Warriors attended a Toyota Cup Rookie Camp on 11–12 December 2010 which was held in New Zealand for the first time. The camp provided extensive training in media, cultural awareness, drugs and alcohol, social media, money matters, community work, social responsibility and personal presentation.
The Junior Warriors squad was again captained by Ben Henry and included Stephen Shennan, Omar Slaimankhel, Vili Lolohea, Sio Siua Taukeiaho, Konrad Hurrell, Sosaia Feki, James TePou, Carlos Tuimavave, Jordan Meads, Siliva Havili, Henry Chan-Ting, Sam Lousi, Sheldon Brown, Adam Henry, Toka Likiliki, Agantius Paasi, Lance Su'a-Poe, Anthony Lama, Siulongua Fotofili, Eddie Aki, Donald Tony, Levi Holland, DJ Collier, Sebastine Ikahihifo, Nathaniel Peteru, Sirovai Makatoa, Simon Gibson, Ben Kingi, Falaniko Leilua, Kane Hannan, Eko Malu, John Palavi, Malakai Houma and Chris Ofanoa.
Omar Slaimankhel, Konrad Hurrell, Carlos Tuimavave and coach John Ackland were all named in the Toyota Cup team of the year. John Palavi was named the Vodafone NYC Player of the Year, Siliva Havili won the TNT NYC Young Player of the Year award and Donald Tony was named the DeWalt NYC Club Person of the Year.
|11||St. George Illawarra||24||10||2||12||2||562||594||-32||26|
Simon Mannering won the Lion Red Player of the Year award, becoming only the second double winner of the award. Shaun Johnson won the Vodafone NRL Young Player of the Year Award while Jerome Ropati won the Canterbury of New Zealand Club Person of the Year Award and Kevin Locke won the Vodafone People's Choice Award.
- Roy Masters (14 October 2011). "Numbers add up for NRL clubs in pursuit of more cash from rights". The Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 22 August 2014.
- "NRL: Luck to join 200 club". The New Zealand Herald. 12 April 2011. Retrieved 15 September 2011.
- Stanley, Ben (13 July 2011). "Moon's chance to showcase skills with Warriors". The Press. Retrieved 15 September 2011.
- Berrigan hits 200 NRL games with Warriors stuff.co.nz, 20 July 2011
- "Warriors to wear special jersey for Eden Park match". The New Zealand Herald. 15 February 2011. Retrieved 15 September 2011.
- New-look Junior Warriors side to start NYC title defence rleague.com, 8 March 2011
- Warriors welcome in new sponsors rleague.com, 28 November 2010
- "NRL: Warriors to open season at Eden Park". The New Zealand Herald. 24 November 2010. Retrieved 15 September 2011.
- Warriors to kick off 2011 with NZ based trials NRL.com, 22 November 2010
- "Warriors to play charity match in Greymouth". Stuff.co.nz. 11 December 2010. Retrieved 15 September 2011.
- "NRL: Warriors to star in West Coast charity match". The New Zealand Herald. 12 December 2010. Retrieved 15 September 2011.
- "Warriors match quake fundraiser". Stuff.co.nz. 23 February 2011. Retrieved 15 September 2011.
- Kilgallon, Steve (24 February 2011). "NZRL consider Anzac test venue in wake of quake". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 15 September 2011.
- Warriors know how to rebound New Zealand Herald, 2 September 2012
- Parramatta stars Krisnan Inu and Feleti Mateo sign for New Zealand Warriors Daily Telegraph, 10 May 2010
- Rapira to return to Warriors ABC News, 1 May 2010
- Former Kangaroo Berrigan Joins Warriors rleague.com, 9 January 2011
- "Brent Tate joining North Queensland Cowboys on three-year deal". The Daily Telegraph. 23 June 2010. Retrieved 29 August 2010.
- "Warriors: Patrick Ah Van released". The New Zealand Herald. 31 August 2010. Retrieved 15 September 2011.
- Warrior Ah Van joins Bulls bradfordbulls.co.uk, 31 August 2010
- Stone banks on Kaufusi revival Newcastle Herald, 21 June 2010
- Far from a Royal departure, this Warrior is just happy he made the grade Sydney Morning Herald, 4 September 2010
- "Henderson bids adieu to Warriors". Television New Zealand. 23 August 2010. Retrieved 15 September 2011.
- McKinnon granted release from contract Warriors.co.nz, 26 May 2010
- Warriors secure Lousi brothers rleague.com, 27 March 2011
- Fisiahi and Rapira secured by Warriors rleague.com, 30 March 2011
- Vulcans Coach for 2011 aucklandvulcans.co.nz, 9 December 2010
- Heart break for Vulcans rleague.com, 2 October 2011
- Auckland Vulcans 2011 squad aucklandvulcans.co.nz, 18 February 2011
- 2011 Awards aucklandleague.co.nz
- Toyota Cup Rookie Camp kicks off NRL.com, 27 November 2010
- First NZ Toyota Rookie Camp a success nrl.com, 20 December 2010
- Henry Again Captain As Vodafone Junior Warriors Prepare To Defend NYC Title voxy.co.nz, 4 March 2011
- Robinson, Georgina (31 August 2011). "Junior Warrior Omar makes team of the year". The Press. Retrieved 15 September 2011.
- Palavi best of the best for Junior Warriors rleague.com, 22 September 2011
- Mannering wins Warriors Player of the Year award rleague.com, 14 September 2011