This week in Warriors history – March 31

There is nothing quite like the old days, so sit back and take a look as kiwileaguecentral.com’s Andrew Marmont checks out this week in Warriors history.

2002: Bear-Eagles no match for a Warrior


Bears are land animals. Eagles live in the sky. So if you merged them together, you’d get one confused animal, right? Correct. And for the three seasons the Northern Eagles played in the NRL (2000-2002), they had about as much success as Kevin Campion did trying to keep his nose in one place.

Watching, listening and reading about the Warriors losing 11 matches in a row hasn’t been pleasant, but with their comforting defeat of Newcastle this week, let’s take another step towards serenity by remembering the day Campion and his mates of the 2002 vintage racked up the biggest score in their history.


Kevin Campion charges the line against the Northern Eagles. Photo: photosport.nz

On a bright afternoon at Mt Smart Stadium Ivan Cleary potted a perfect 12 from 12 with the boot, plus scored a try to give him 28 for the match. Stacey Jones crossed for a hat-trick, with Clinton Toopi and Sione Faumuina getting two each, and Lance Hohaia, Jerry Seuseu and Brent Webb also scoring tries. For the visitors, John Hopoate grabbed two four-pointers.

The Warriors’ 68 points remains equal-seventh on the all-time aggregate list for points scored in a single game, headed by St George (a whopping 91). Cleary’s 12 goals is a club record. The Eagles got their revenge, a little bit, recording a win in their last match against the Warriors (18-16 at Brookvale in Round 25, 2002).




Warriors fullback Matthew Ridge on the fly against the Storm in 1998. Photo: photosport.nz
1998: Storm-Warriors history begins


A keen Auckland Warriors team faced up against new club the Melbourne Storm for the first time, 1998, sneaking away with a 16-12 win.

Matthew Ridge captained that day and kicked two from three goals, with three tries to Melbourne’s two enough to defeat the purple-uniformed team.









Andrew Marmont


Andrew has loved rugby league all his life. He has written on sport for a number of years, for magazines such as Rugby League Week, NZ Rugby World, Rugby League Review and NZ League Magazine. He has just written his first book, which will be published in 2017.

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