Northcote Tigers

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Northcote Tigers
Northcote Tigers logo.jpg
Club information
Full name Northcote and Birkenhead Tigers Rugby League and Sports Club Inc
Colours Gold and Black
Founded 1910 as the Northcote Warriors
Current details
  • Birkenhead War Memorial
Coach Norm Stockman
Competition Auckland Rugby League
Premierships 1987, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 2001
Minor premiership 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993
National Club Champions 1987, 1989, 1991
Roope Rooster 1988, 1991, 1992, 1993, 2008, 2009
Stormont Shield 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992
Sharman Cup 1979, 2003, 2007

The Northcote Tigers are a rugby league club based in Northcote, New Zealand. The club was founded in 1910 as the Northcote Warriors.[1]

The Tigers compete in the Fox Memorial competition run by the Auckland Rugby League. Between 2000 and 2002 the Northcote Tigers competed in the national Bartercard Cup before being replaced by the North Harbour Tigers for three seasons. In 1994-1996 the North Harbour Sea Eagles in the Lion Red Cup were also based at the Birkenhead War Memorial.


The Northcote Tigers jersey

In 1909 members of the North Shore Rugby Union were so impressed with the new type of football they had seen that they decided to found a club for the 1910 season. Thus in 1910 the Northcote "Ramblers" League Football Club was born. It wasn't until 1948 however that the club qualified for the first grade and earned 'senior' status. In 1987 they finally won the Fox Memorial championship, under the coaching of David (the icon) Harding

Notable players[edit]

Probably the club's greatest product was former Kiwi's halfback Gary Freeman. Other famous players to play for the Tigers include Sean Hoppe, Jason Lowrie, Gene Ngamu, Paul Rauhihi, Tony Tuimavave and current New Zealand Warrior Kevin Locke

Kiwi Representatives[edit]

Thirteen players have played for the New Zealand Kiwis:[2]

The club has also had many Auckland representatives, including: Shane Horo, Stuart Galbraith, Brian McLennan, Logan Campbell, Latham Tawhai, Mark Elia, Ken McIntosh, and Willie Poching.

Bartercard Cup[edit]

With the creation of the Bartercard Cup in 2000 by the New Zealand Rugby League the Tigers were one of the seven Auckland sides invited to join. However they did not experience that much success, failing to make the top five in three successive attempts.

Season Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts Position (Teams) Finals
2000 22 7 1 14 490 654 -164 15 Tenth (Twelve) N/A
2001 21 10 1 10 566 508 58 23* Seventh (Twelve) N/A
2002 16 8 0 8 401 472 -71 16 Seventh (Twelve) N/A

*two points for a Bye as the Ngongotaha Chiefs dropped out of the competition.

North Harbour Tigers[edit]

In 2003 the Bartercard Cup Franchise was renamed the North Harbour Tigers. The new side represented all of the North Shore teams and not just the Northcote club. It experienced a some success in its three-year history, making the top five twice, both times losing in the Elimination Semifinal.

Season Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts Position (Teams) Finals
2003 16 6 2 8 496 403 93 14 Sixth (Twelve) N/A
2004 16 9 1 6 469 374 95 19 Fourth (Twelve) Lost Elimination Semifinal
2005 16 10 0 6 508 323 185 20 Fourth (Twelve) Lost Elimination Semifinal

Harbour League[edit]

In 2006 the number of Auckland Bartercard Cup sides was reduced from eight to five. This resulted in the North Harbour Tigers and the Hibiscus Coast Raiders leaving the competition and being replaced by the Harbour League franchise.


  1. ^ John Haynes From All Blacks to All Golds: Rugby League's Pioneers, Christchurch, Ryan and Haynes, 1996. ISBN 0-473-03864-1
  2. ^ Northcote and Birkenhead Tigers Rugby League and Sports Club Inc Historical Information Auckland Rugby League, 2009

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