Mangere East Hawks

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Mangere East Hawks
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Club information
Full name Mangere East Rugby League Club
Founded 1963
Current details
Ground(s)
  • Walter Massey Park
Coach Alec Brown 2014
Records
Premierships 2003
Minor premiership 1987, 1997, 2002, 2004
Roope Rooster 1989, 1998
Stormont Shield 2006
Sharman Cup 1975, 1982, 2012

The Mangere East Hawks are a rugby league based in Mangere, New Zealand. The Hawks compete in Auckland Rugby League's Fox Memorial competition.

History[edit]

The club was formed in 1963, the first fourteen junior teams took the field in 1964.[1] Before this, teams from the area had been attached to the Otahuhu club.

In 1969 the club won the Senior B championship and the Norton Trophy and were promoted to play in the Auckland Rugby League's premier grade the following season.

In 1971 the club was able to afford a $50,000, 6000sq ft club house which was built at Walter Massey Park, the clubs home ground since its foundation.[1]

The club adopted the nickname "The Hawks" in 1973, after forming a sister club partnership with the Ryde-Eastwood Hawks in Sydney.[1] They were one of the first clubs in Auckland to adopt a nickname.

In 1977 Olsen Filipaina became the first Hawks junior to represent his country and in 1978 the club, coached by Ernie Wiggs, made its first Fox Memorial grand final, being defeated by Otahuhu.[1]

OPn 29 June 1991 five of the Ropati brothers; Tea, Iva, John, Joe and Peter all played together for the Mangere East senior side.[1]

In 2003, the clubs 40th jubilee season, the Hawks win their first Fox Memorial title.[1]

Notable players[edit]

Other notable former players include;[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g The Hawks: 40 years of Rugby League, Suburban Newspapers Publishing, 2003. ISBN 0-473-09744-3