Otahuhu Leopards

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Otahuhu Leopards
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Club information
Full name Otahuhu Rovers Rugby League Football Club
Nickname(s) Leopards
Website otahuhuroversrugbyleague.co.nz
Founded 1911; 104 years ago (1911)
Current details
Competition Auckland Rugby League, New Zealand 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

The Otahuhu Leopards are a rugby league club based in Otahuhu, Auckland. Founded in 1911, the club has produced 49 New Zealand Kiwis. The club competes in the Fox Memorial competition run by Auckland Rugby League. Otahuhu has won the Fox Memorial Shield 12 times, the Rukatai Shield 16 times, Roope Rooster 12 times and the Stormont Shield 12 times.

History[edit]

The Otahuhu Leopards were founded in 1911. In 1943, playing in blue and white, Otahuhu produced their first Fox side at Carlaw Park and by 1945 had won their first Fox, in 1946 their first Kiwi’s were selected, Toff Johnson and Claude Hancox.

Otahuhu Leopards is where the famous Graham Lowe first made a name for himself coaching U18s in 1974 and becoming a first grade coach in 1977 and winning the Fox Memorial in his first year.


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]

See also: Tamaki Leopards

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.

Fox Memorial[edit]

The club competes in the Fox Memorial competition run by Auckland Rugby League. Otahuhu has won the Fox Memorial Shield 12 times, the Rukatai Shield 16 times, Roope Rooster 12 times and the Stormont Shield 12 times.

As a junior, Richard Blackmore who started his rugby league at Otahuhu became Head Coach from 2006 to 2010 successfully taking ownership of the Stormont Shield and Roope Rooster and leading the team to a Fox Memorial grand final victory over Mt Albert in 2010.

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.

Kiwi Captains[edit]

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

Other players[edit]

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