New Zealand Competitions 1996

[1995]

Representative
National Premiership
Northland
Auckland
Waikato
Rotorua Midlands
Gisbourne East Coast
Hawke's Bay
Manawatu
Taranaki
Wellington
West Coast
Canterbury
Otago
Southland


Representative

Lion Red Challenge Series (North v South)

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Inter Island games were played from 1925 to 1965, between Auckland, and Canterbury, West Coast and Southern, with Auckland winning most of the games. The emphasis switched to Inter Zone matches, played until 1979, and then Inter District matches, played until 1987, when the series died. The NZRL attempted to revive the series in 1996.

The games attracted virtually no public support, but there was a lot of interest from within the game as selection for the Pacific Tournament and the Lion Red Cup XIIIs followed from them.

North drew its team from the three Auckland based clubs, Waitakere City, Counties Makukau, and North Harbour, plus Waikato and Bay of Plenty, and the Soth drew theirs from everywhere else.

    North Zone 22 beat South Zone 16
    on Wednesday 29th May at Christchurch.

    North Zone 21 beat South Zone 14
    on Wednesday 12th June at Palmerston North.

    North Zone 38 beat South Zone 16
    on Friday 28th June at Auckland.

Junior Kiwis

    New Zealand 74 beat Papua New Guinea 0
    at Rotorua.

    New Zealand 88 beat Papua New Guinea 0
    at Palmerston North.

    New Zealand 35 beat Great Britain Juniors 14
    at Auckland.

    New Zealand 27 beat Great Britain Juniors 24
    at Palmerston North.

    New Zealand 37 beat Great Britain Juniors 36
    at Christchurch.

Under-18s Tournament

Division One

 1 Auckland I            5  4  1  0  -  264   28        9
 2 Canterbury I          5  3  2  0  -  146   65        8
 3 Taranaki              5  2  1  2  -   89  128        5
 4 Rotorua Midlands      5  1  1  3  -   72  148        3
 5 Wellington            5  1  1  3  -   70  158        3
 6 Manawatu              5  1  0  4  -   72  178        2

Division Two

 1 Waikato               5  5  0  0  -  146   78       10
 2 Hawkes Bay            5  4  0  1  -  120   74        8
 3 Northland             5  3  0  2  -   88   90        6
 4 Auckland II           5  2  0  3  -  108   72        4
 5 Canterbury II         5  1  0  4  -   72   76        2
 6 West Coast            5  0  0  5  -   38  208        0

Division Three

 1 Auckland III          5  5  0  0  -  244   10       10
 2 Coastline             5  4  0  1  -  122   76        8
 3 Nelson Marlborough    5  3  0  2  -  104  120        6
 4 Gisbourne East Coast  5  1  1  3  -   92  122        3
 5 Southland             5  1  1  3  -   74  128        3
 6 Otago                 5  0  0  5  -   40  220        0

Final:

    Auckland 22 drew with Canterbury 22.

Best Back: Tai Savea (Auckland).
Best Forward: Kyle Leuluai (Auckland).
Warrior Player of the Tournament: Tai Savea (Auckland).

The following team was selected to play the Fiji Under-18s team in curtain raisers to the visiting Great Britain side.

Coach: Trevor McLeod.
Team: Joe Galuvao (Auckland); Leslie Vainakolo (Auckland), Tai Savea (Auckland), David Mu (Auckland), Mark Fakahua (Auckland); Chris McClausland (Canterbury), David Noda (vc) (Waikato); David Solomona (c) (Auckland), Shane Beyers (Canterbury), Richard Forster (Canterbury), Kyle Leuluai (Auckland), Greg Cameron (Waikato), Tone Kopelani (Canterbury); Lee Wetherill (Auckland), Brett Taylor (Canterbury), Gareth Cook (West Coast), Branden Henderson (Hawkes Bay).

    New Zealand 32 beat Fiji 16
    at Lautoka.

    New Zealand 22 beat Fiji 4
    at Nadi Stadium Suva.

Under-16s Tournament

Played at Hopuhopu.

Division One

 1 Auckland I            5  5  0  0  -  216   34       10
 2 Waikato               5  4  0  1  -  142   82        8
 3 Canterbury I          5  3  0  2  -  102   72        6
 4 Manawatu              5  2  0  3  -   82   40        4
 5 Northland             5  1  0  4  -   80  170        2
 6 Taranaki              5  0  0  5  -   34  196        0

Division Two

 1 Auckland II           5  5  0  0  -  162   36       10
 2 Hawkes Bay            5  3  0  2  -  142  104        6
 3 Rotorua Midlands      5  3  0  2  -  120   82        6
 4 Wellington            5  2  0  3  -   82   64        4
 5 Canterbury II         5  2  0  3  -   82   92        4
 6 West Coast            5  0  0  5  -   30  240        0

Division Three

 1 Auckland III          5  5  0  0  -  331    2       10
 2 Coastlines            5  3  1  1  -  104  132        7
 3 Southland             5  2  1  2  -   98  122        5
 4 Otago                 5  1  2  2  -   68  138        4
 5 Gisbourne East Coast  5  1  0  4  -   82  158        2
 6 Nelson Marlborough    5  1  0  4  -   30  130        2

Final:

    Auckland 36 beat Waikato 10.

Best Back: Mark Leafa (Auckland).
Best Forward: Kurt Cawdron (Auckland).
Warrior Player of the Tournament: Turei Karaka (Auckland).
Fair Play Award: Manawatu.
A.C.C. Award: West Coast.

The following team was selected to make a short tour to Australia to play some Australian junior sides.

Coach: Jeff Whittaker.
Team: David Vaealiki (Canterbury); Iese Lavea (Auckland), Hirini Maguire (Canterbury), Joel Edmonds (Auckland), Rickie Pickering (Auckland); Mark Leafa (Auckland), Kurt Bredenback (c) (Auckland); Kurt Cawdron (Auckland), Kyle Reben (Canterbury), David Palelei (Auckland), Waurangi Koopu (vc) (Waikato), Adam Baker (Waikato), Turel Karaka (Auckland); David Fa'alogo (Auckland), Dallas Moana (Waikato), Tawhakahewea Rapana (Waikato), Matthew Asoau (Auckland), Junior Lemafa (Auckland), Euesa Lavea (Auckland).

    New Zealand 32 beat Cronulla Under-16s 4.

    New Zealand 34 beat Penrith Under-16s 18.

    New Zealand 31 beat Canberra Under-16s 22.

Under-14s Tournament

Played at Hopuhopu.

Division One

 1 Auckland I            5  5  0  0  -  246   22       10
 2 Wellington            5  3  0  2  -  110  106        6
 3 Canterbury            5  3  0  2  -   98  124        6
 4 Waikato               5  2  0  3  -   88   96        4
 5 Northland             5  1  0  4  -   72  154        2
 6 Taranaki              5  1  0  4  -   52  162        2

Division Two

 1 Auckland II           5  5  0  0  -  230    8       10
 2 Manawatu              5  3  0  2  -  124   80        6
 3 Hawkes Bay            5  2  2  1  -   86  124        6
 4 Rotorua               5  2  1  2  -  136   78        5
 5 Midlands              5  1  0  4  -   52  148        2
 6 West Coast            5  0  1  4  -   44  234        1

Division Three

 1 Auckland III          5  5  0  0  -  254   44       10
 2 Coastline             5  4  0  1  -  190   73        8
 3 Gisbourne East Coast  5  3  0  2  -  171   90        6
 4 Southland             5  2  0  3  -  162  114        4
 5 Nelson Marlborough    5  1  0  4  -   30  228        2
 6 Otago                 5  0  0  5  -   22  280        0

Best Back: Ben Vaeau (Auckland).
Best Forward: Jeffrey Ierome (Auckland).
Warrior Player of the Tournament: Jeffrey Ierome (Auckland).

Tournament Team: Mauuga Folasa (Wellington); Arapeta Hiraka (Auckland), Ben Vaeau (Auckland), Jade Rauhihi (Canterbury), Daniel Waitai (Auckland); Duane Hihi (Gisbourne East Coast), Jamie MacDonald (vc) (Wellington); Richard Puru (Auckland), Ben Paki (Northland), Eddie Wihongi (Auckland), Salotielu Saolele (Wellington), Mark Meredith (Auckland), Jeffrey Ierome (c) (Auckland); Michael Walker (Waikato), Matthew Gear (Canterbury), Hayden Wilson (Waikato), Thomas Katene (Coastline).


National Premiership

Premiership (Lion Red Cup)

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 1 Waitakere City       22 19  0  3  -  697  342  355  38
 2 Counties-Manukau     22 18  0  4  -  766  399  367  36
 3 North Harbour        22 15  0  7  -  624  393  231  30
 4 Waikato              22 13  1  8  -  515  472   43  27
 5 Bay of Plenty        22 11  3  8  -  440  441   -1  25
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 6 Hutt Valley          22 11  2  9  -  444  469  -25  24
 7 Taranaki             22 11  0 11  -  516  483   33  22
 8 Wellington City      22  9  0 13  -  536  532    4  18
 9 Hawkes Bay           22  7  1 14  -  377  583 -206  15
10 Canterbury Country   22  6  1 15  -  365  555 -190  13
11 Manawatu             22  5  0 17  -  404  732 -328  10
12 Christchurch City    22  3  0 19  -  360  643 -283   6

Preliminary Semifinals:

    Counties-Manukau 14 beat North Harbour 10.
    Waikato 35 beat Bay of Plenty 18.

Semifinals:

    Waitakere City 26 beat Counties-Manukau 8.
    Waikato 20 beat North Harbour 14.

Preliminary Final:

    Counties-Manukau 22 beat Waikato 6.

Grand Final:

    Counties-Manukau 34 beat Waitakere City 22.

Northland

Inter District

Final:

    Bay of Islands 28 beat Whangarei 24.

Bay of Islands Premiership

Valley's United were new for 1996.

Teams: Hokianga Pioneers, Kaikohe Lions, Moerewa Tigers, 
Valley's United, others...?

Grand Final:

    Kaikohe Lions 22 beat Hokianga Pioneers 21 after extra time
    at Marlin Park Kaikoke. Full time: 18-18.

Far North Premiership

Grand Final:

    Whangatauatia Mountain Men 24 beat Pawarenga Broncos 12.

Whangarei Premiership

Rhema Rhinos were new for 1996.

Teams: Otaika Eagles, Portland Panthers, Rhema Rhinos,
Takahiwai Warriors, others...?

Minor premiers: Takahiwai Warriors.

Grand Final:

    Takahiwai Warriors 12 beat Otaika Eagles 4
    at Jubilee Park.

Auckland

Preaseason (?)

Roope Rooster Final:

    Manurewa 31 beat Otara 26.

First Division Premiership
(Fox Memorial)

Preliminary Round:

 1 Otara                13 10  1  2  -  454  291       21
 2 Ellerslie            13  9  2  2  -  337  205       20
 3 Otahuhu              13  9  1  3  -  392  211       19
 4 Manurewa             13  9  1  3  -  319  239       19
 5 Northcote            13  8  0  5  -  316  266       16
 6 Mt Albert            13  7  2  4  -  296  298       16
 7 City-Pt Chev         13  6  1  6  -  279  242       13
 8 Mangere East         13  5  2  6  -  318  388       12
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 9 Richmond             13  5  1  7  -  318  301       11
10 Manukau              13  5  1  7  -  259  280       11
11 Marist               13  5  0  8  -  244  387       10
12 Te Atatu             13  3  0 10  -  266  317        6
13 Glenora              13  3  0 10  -  248  371        6
14 Hibiscus Coast       13  1  0 12  -  154  404        2

Second Round:

 1 Otahuhu               7  6  0  1  -  182  108       12
 2 Ellerslie             7  4  1  2  -  152  127        9
 3 Otara                 7  4  0  3  -  220  122        8
 4 Northcote             7  4  0  3  -  129  113        8
 5 Manurewa              7  4  0  3  -  129  113        8
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 6 Mt Albert             7  3  1  3  -  132  178        7
 7 Mangere East          7  1  0  6  -  156  246        2
 8 City-Pt Chev          7  1  0  6  -  103  175        2

Otahuhu won the Rukutai Shield.

Preliminary Semifinals:

    Northcote 30 beat Manurewa 26.
    Otara 33 beat Ellerslie 31.

Semifinals:

    Ellerslie 10 beat Northcote 7.
    Otahuhu 34 beat Otara 23.

Preliminary Final:

    Otara 23 beat Ellerslie 6.

Grand Final:

    Otara 36 beat Otahuhu 28 after extra time.

Lower Division Finals

Champion of Champions Stormont Shield:

    Otahuhu 30 beat City-Pt Chev 16.

Premier One Sharman Cup Grand Final:

    Glenora 42 beat Richmond 34.

Premier One Reserve Final:

    Otara 36 beat Otahuhu 28.

Premier One Reserve Plate Final:

    City-Pt Chevalier 16 beat Marist 14.

Premier Two Championship Final:

    Mt Wellington 31 beat Papakura 12.

Premier Two Plate Final:

    Howick 12 beat Bay Roskill 6.

Premier Two Reserve Grand Final:

    Mt Wellington 13 beat Ponsonby 10.

Premier Two Reserve Plate Final:

    Bay Roskill 36 beat Papatoetoe 30.

Senior A Final:

    Otahuhu White 26 beat Otahuhu Tongans 18.

Senior B Grand Final:

    North Shore Navy 50 beat Richmond Fossils 12.

Open Aged Restricted Championships Grand Final:

    Mt Albert White 23 beat Mangere East Brothers 6.

Open Aged Restricted Final:

    Pt Chevalier 22 beat Ellerslie Red 18.

Under-21s Grand Final:

    Maukau 30 beat Te Atatu 16.

Under-19s Final:

    Northcote 24 beat Otara 22.

Under-18s Final:

    Mangere East 23 beat Marist 2.

Under-17s Grand Final:

    Mangere East 30 beat Marist 12.

Under-16s Final:

    New Lynn 36 beat Mt Albert 26.

Under-15s Final:

    Richmond 22 beat Marist 20.

Under-16s Restricted Final:

    New Lynn 20 beat Howick 14.

Under-14s Championship Final:

    Mangere East 22 drew with Marist 22.

Under-14s Plate Final:

    Mt Wellington 28 beat Te Atatu 10.

Under-14s Restricted Final:

    Glenora 36 beat Hibiscus Coast 6.

Under-13s Championship Final:

    Marist 40 beat Otahuhu White 1.

Under-13s Plate Final:

    Mt Albert 14 beat Otara 12.

Ladies Penant Final:

    Manukau Duchess 16 beat Mangere East 10.

Ladies Championship Grand Final:

    Bay Roskill 18 beat Richmond Maroon 16.

Under-6s, Under-7s, Under-8s, Under-9s, Under10s, Under-11s, and Under-12s were also played.


Waikato

Cambridge Raiders dropped out as they could not find enough players. The senior firsts and senior seconds competitions were scrapped due to a lack of players. Three teams survived to join the premier sides: Jaradites, Waipa, and Frankton Albion.

Premier First Grade Premiership

 1 Taniwharau           16 15  0  1  -  624  247       30
 2 Turangawaewae        17 13  0  4  -  787  314       26
 3 Hukanui              16 12  0  4  -  546  316       24
 4 Victoria Tavern Tigers
                        17 12  0  5  -  499  392       24
 5 Jaradites            17 11  0  6  -  592  370       22
 6 Frankton Albion      17  8  0  9  -  372  382       16
 7 Ngaruawahia          17  4  0 13  -  313  480        8
 8 Huntly South         17  4  0 13  -  268  608        8
 9 Waipa                16  3  0 13  -  252  628        6
10 Hillcrest            17  2  0 15  -  258  680        4

Round 1 (Cambridge Independant Trophy): Taniwharau.
Round 2 (Terry Power Trophy): Taniwharau.
Winner of most points (S Muir Shield): Taniwharau.

Grand Final: (Lion Red Shield)

    Turangawaewae 26 beat Taniwharau 18.

Premier Reserve Grade Premiership

Grand Final: (T Melgren Cup)

    Victoria Tavern Tigers 28 beat Taniwharau 26.

Under-18s Premiership

Grand Final:

    Turangawaewae beat Taniwharau.

Under-16s Premiership

Grand Final:

    Ngaruawahia beat Taniwharau.

Rotorua Midlands

Premier First Grade Premiership

Putaruru United returned after several years absence. The board chose to reduce the premier league to 8 teams, forcing Western Heights to drop back to Premier Reserves.

The board suspend City Tigers from playing in the playoffs because they had not paid their full subscription by the due date. They took out an injunction against the suspension and a high court judge subsequently ruled that they could play.

Teams (8): City, Pikiao, Putaruru United, Turangi, others...?

Grand Final:

    Putaruru United 35 beat Pikiao 8.

Premier Reserve Grade Premiership

Grand Final:

    Pikiao 32 beat Taupo Broncos 28.

Under-18s Premiership

Formed to replace the previous year's Under-19s competition. It was initially contested by seven teams, but quickly disintegrated to a three team contest when two clubs could not produce teams and two others withdrew. The three clubs were Pikiao, Central, and Pytaruru United.

Grand Final:

    Pikiao beat Central.

Gisbourne East Coast

First Grade Premiership

 1 Turanga              15 11  1  3  -  580  376       23
 2 Uawa                 15 10  0  5  -  604  401       20
 3 Paikea               15  8  1  6  -  479  410       17
 4 Manutuke             15  5  1  9  -  342  522       11
 5 Repongaere           15  5  1  9  -  286  468       11
 6 Kaiti                15  4  0 11  -  374  484        8

Semifinals:

    Paikea 52 beat Manutuke 12.
    Turanga 40 beat Uawa 14.

Preliminary Final:

    Paikea 41 beat Uawa 30.

Grand Final:

    Kaiti 36 beat Turanga 12.

Reserve Grade Premiership

Minor Premiers: Turanga.

Grand Final:

    Turanga 42 beat Paikea 36 in extra time.

Hawke's Bay


Manawatu


Taranaki


Wellington


West Coast


Canterbury


Otago


Southland