Otahuhu Leopards

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Otahuhu Leopards
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Club information
Full name Otahuhu Rovers Rugby League Football Club
Website otahuhurugbyleague.co.nz
Founded 1911; 103 years ago (1911)
Current details
Coach(s) Peter Caccioppoli
Competition Auckland Rugby League
Records
Premierships 1945, 1964, 1970, 1971, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1983, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2010
Runners-up 2011
Minor premiership 1942, 1945, 1964, 1966, 1969, 1971, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1984, 1994, 1996, 2008, 2009, 2010
National Club Champions 1964, 1983
Roope Rooster 1957, 1965, 1967, 1970, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1981, 1982, 1987, 1994, 2009, 2010
Stormont Shield 1965, 1971, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1982, 1984, 1988, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2010, 2012
Sharman Cup 1935, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1950
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The Otahuhu Leopards are a rugby league club based in Otahuhu, New Zealand. The club competes in the Fox Memorial competition run by the Auckland Rugby League. They are coached by Rob Ahu. Between 2000 and 2003 they also competed in the Bartercard Cup. The club celebrated its centenary in 2011


Notable players[edit]

Otahuhu in the 2010 grand final

The Otahuhu Club has had a long and proud history of producing top quality rugby league players. Some of these include;

Kiwi Captains[edit]

To date the Leopards have produced five captains of the New Zealand Kiwis:

Other players[edit]

Bartercard Cup[edit]

With the creation of the Bartercard Cup in 2000 by the New Zealand Rugby League the Leopards were one of the seven Auckland sides invited to join. They dominated the competition in the inaugural season, finishing up Minor Premiers before going down to the Canterbury Bulls in the Grand Final. More heartbreak was to follow for the club, losing in the Elimination Play-Off and the Preliminary Final the next two seasons before missing the final series all together in 2003.

Season Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts Position (Teams) Finals
2000 22 18 0 4 782 440 342 36 Minor Premiers (Twelve) Runner Up
2001 22 14 1 7 691 528 163 29 Fourth (Twelve) Lost Elimination Play-Off
2002 16 10 0 6 636 393 243 20 Third (Twelve) Lost Preliminary Final
2003 16 5 1 10 432 594 -162 11 Ninth (Twelve) N/A

Otahuhu Ellerslie Leopards[edit]

In 2004 the Counties Manukau Jetz replaced the Manurewa Marlins in the competition. As a result the number of clubs involved with the Eastern Tornadoes increased and the clubs orientation shifted southwards. The Ellerslie Eagles left this franchise and joined with Otahuhu to form the Otahuhu Ellerslie Leopards. The club made the finals again, again losing in the Preliminary Final. In 2005 the club missed the finals for the second time in three seasons.

Season Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts Position (Teams) Finals
2004 16 12 0 4 476 321 155 24 Second (Twelve) Lost Preliminary Final
2005 16 9 0 7 442 412 30 18 Sixth (Twelve) N/A

Tamaki Leopards[edit]

In 2006 the number of Auckland Bartercard Cup sides was reduced from eight to five. This resulted in the Otahuhu-Ellerslie Leopards and the Eastern Tornadoes merging to form the Tamaki Leopards franchise. In 2007 the side was renamed the Tamaki Titans and finished fifth.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Leopards lose Smith's services The Press, 31 March 2001

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