General Forgotten Warriors?

matiunz

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Jul 15, 2013
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Sydney
Was having a look through some old squads and can’t really remember the following players playing for the Warriors.
Anyone able to remember anything of significance about any of these guys?

Mike Dorreen
Iva Ropati
Aaron Lester
Steve Buckingham
Meti Navaoo
David Bailey
Zane Clarke
Frank Watene
Peter Lewis
Carl Doherty
Boycie Nelson
Talite Laiva’a
Scott Coxon
Matt Spence
Ben Lythe
David Mulhall
Jonathan Smith
Jason Temu
Jeremiah Pai
Danny Sullivan
Shannon Stowers
Herewini Rangi
Kane Ferris
Paul Atkins
Corey Lawrie
Daniel O’Regan
Mataupu Poching
 

Hardyman's Yugo

1st Grade Fringe
Jun 2, 2017
2,999
Lancashire, England
Was having a look through some old squads and can’t really remember the following players playing for the Warriors.
Anyone able to remember anything of significance about any of these guys?

Mike Dorreen
Iva Ropati
Aaron Lester
Steve Buckingham
Meti Navaoo
David Bailey
Zane Clarke
Frank Watene
Peter Lewis
Carl Doherty
Boycie Nelson
Talite Laiva’a
Scott Coxon
Matt Spence
Ben Lythe
David Mulhall
Jonathan Smith
Jason Temu
Jeremiah Pai
Danny Sullivan
Shannon Stowers
Herewini Rangi
Kane Ferris
Paul Atkins
Corey Lawrie
Daniel O’Regan
Mataupu Poching
Lester and another former warrior Hitro Okesene live in Cumbria in NW England. This event
https://www.whitehavennews.co.uk/sp...night-357f4aab-9148-4c93-95a1-91ba9d6689b1-ds
was for a bloke who was in my year at school
 
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Stone

1st Grade Fringe
May 19, 2012
1,239
Auckland
Iva Ropati - Center ... Brother of John, Peter & Tea ... Former Otablu ... Played a few FG games for the NZW & Parramatta & a few tests for NZ ... Now Principal of Howick College

Steve Buckingham - Half / Standoff ... Mt Albert stalwart ... Won multiple comps with Mt Albert as both a player & a coach ... played 1 possibly 2 FG games for NZW in 95

Meti Noovao - Utility ... Schoolboy star ... Junior Kiwi ... Former Otablu ... Played only 1 FG for us & 1 test for the Cook Islands

Frank Watene - Prop / 2nd Row ... Schoolboy star ... Junior Kiwi ... Former Otablu ... Played only 1 FG game NZW ... Rep NZ Maori & Tonga ... ended up playing for quite a few clubs over in the Super League

Boycie Nelson - Center ... Schoolboy star ... Former Glenora Bear ... Played a handful of FG games for NZW ... Rep NZ Maori ... Ended up in the Super League

That's all I can remember off the top of my head, I only remember those guys cos I played with them or against them back in the day ... Now I feel old :oldman::(:p
 
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Juju

1st Grade Fringe
Nov 9, 2012
1,701
Dan O'Reagan, Captained a star studded 2008 u20s & touted as a future Warriors captain - played 1 game in 2009. Signed for the Storm but only lasted one year there. Came back to NZ and played for Mt Albert for a few seasons.
 

Tragic

1st Grade Fringe
Apr 27, 2016
4,417
Kumeu
MikeDorreen was a skinny outside back who played in our first year, had a few games as I remember and had some pace, I thought he was almost a good NRL player, seemed like he had the attributes other than size but never quite made it. Think he went to another club after us.
Might have been an Endacott buy as he was from Canterbury i think
 

Tragic

1st Grade Fringe
Apr 27, 2016
4,417
Kumeu
One I always liked was Doc Murray, I thought he was good for ISP or whatever it was called then and think he had a few 1st grade games. I thought he would make the step up to NRL but didnt seem to.
 

snake77

Warriors 1st Grader
Jul 12, 2013
9,232
Auckland
One I always liked was Doc Murray, I thought he was good for ISP or whatever it was called then and think he had a few 1st grade games. I thought he would make the step up to NRL but didnt seem to.
He's from my home town. So before the Warriors stared you would often get people around town telling you what was going at the club like they were in the now or something. One of my mates is a cousin of his or his cousin was going out with him but I never saw him around town.

He played a game at fullback. A Friday night game at Brookvale.

Then went to Wigan with Monie or Endacott along with one of the young front rowers. Then came back to play local league, might have played Lion Red Cup or other national comps. One of my mates would tell me he was playing for <insert club>. Think he also ended up playing union in Rotorua for a while.
 
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Falcon

1st Grade Fringe
May 29, 2012
1,062
Sydney
Who was the player, a back (possibly fullback), in which his first carry was up the nights run it straight and got absolutely smaaaaashed. I think v the Broncos?

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Was Paul Atkins! v the Roosters (his one and only game)

"Atkins came on midway through the second spell and was subsequently smashed in two massive tackles from Roosters enforcer Adrian Morleywith his first two touches. The lightweight winger or fullback made the mistake of carting the ball straight up at one of the hardest hitters in the NRL but got straight to his feet on both occasions to his credit." - Wikipedia
 
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Horriors2013

1st Grade Fringe
May 24, 2013
2,120
Steve Buckingham - Half / Standoff ... Mt Albert stalwart ... Won multiple comps with Mt Albert as both a player & a coach ... played 1 possibly 2 FG games for NZW in 95

:oldman::(:p

Ahh memories.. Had buck teeth when we were young, hence his nickname "Buck" lol, until he got braces. We played for Bears and KBHS together.. We had a pet play where he'd offload to me in the tackle, disengage, run around me, I'd dummy to him, step off my right foot, then straighten up run to the line untouched. Worked most times against new teams as they never would have guessed a guy my size could sprint that fast. When Guttenbeil and Matt Rua came to KBHS in my last year, they combined with us to beat St Pauls for the first time..Crack up cos Cliff Beverley played one game for us and he was shocking..

If Stacy Jones had not have been so good, it would have been Steve Buckingham and one other guy whose name escapes me, vying for the 7 at Warriors..there were actually a number of good young 7s in Auckand in that era..
 

Defence

Warriors 1st Grader
May 9, 2012
6,065
MikeDorreen was a skinny outside back who played in our first year, had a few games as I remember and had some pace, I thought he was almost a good NRL player, seemed like he had the attributes other than size but never quite made it. Think he went to another club after us.
Might have been an Endacott buy as he was from Canterbury i think

Buzzer (Dorreen) was my coach when I was a kid then I ended up playing with him when he was winding his career down.
Spent a bit of time at the tigers and carved us up one game.
Gun player.
 

playdaball

Heritage Member
Apr 23, 2012
2,247
Ahh memories.. Had buck teeth when we were young, hence his nickname "Buck" lol, until he got braces. We played for Bears and KBHS together.. We had a pet play where he'd offload to me in the tackle, disengage, run around me, I'd dummy to him, step off my right foot, then straighten up run to the line untouched. Worked most times against new teams as they never would have guessed a guy my size could sprint that fast. When Guttenbeil and Matt Rua came to KBHS in my last year, they combined with us to beat St Pauls for the first time..Crack up cos Cliff Beverley played one game for us and he was shocking..

If Stacy Jones had not have been so good, it would have been Steve Buckingham and one other guy whose name escapes me, vying for the 7 at Warriors..there were actually a number of good young 7s in Auckand in that era..

2 x New Lynn players there , Bucky & Fluff.
 

crump81

Warriors Bench Player
May 18, 2012
145
Peter Lewis... from memory the guy got a bad rep from being on the bench one match waiting to be subbed in, and kept slagging off on team mates - didnt go down too well.
Carl Doherty... the only albino warrior, played a few games at fullback during the super league season if I remember correctly.
Shannon Stowers... was quite into playing grid iron, wouldnt be surprised if he went and played somewhere in the states after his warriors stint.
 

mt.wellington

Warriors Orange Peeler
Jun 21, 2012
22,752
Mt. Wellington, Auckland
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flying coconut

1st Grade Fringe
Jul 21, 2012
1,042
Shontayne Hape hasn't aged a bit.

Carl Doherty from that list was a funny one. He was a sales rep for a sunglass company that dealt with the Warriors. Got called up to first grade, he had white hair and look like an Albino. He ended up kicking something like 17 straight conversions.
 

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