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Se'e Solomona

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INTERCHANGE | SE’E SOLOMONA (#14)

From Auckland rugby league’s well-known Solomona clan, big Se’e (born on March 9, 1965) came through the club system with Richmond and Glenora and also impressed for the Auckland representative team for several seasons before playing professionally in England with Sheffield, Widnes and Oldham. He was also called up to represent the Kiwis in four Tests in 1993 setting him up to become part of the Auckland Warriors for their debut season. He came off the bench in the opening match against Brisbane on March 10, 1995, going on to make nine appearances that season before moving to North Queensland in 1996. His nephew Malo also played at NRL level for the Vodafone Warriors. Se’e Solomona still lives in Townsville.

NRL career: 13 games (1995-1996), 0 points.

Warriors: 9 games (1995), 0 points.

 
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The Originals - Warrior No. 14: Se’e Solomona
By Miles Davis

WARRIOR NO. 14 Se’e Solomona came from a well-known rugby league family and came to prominence playing with the Richmond Bulldogs and the Glenora Bears in Auckland. He had however started his life playing Rugby Union and was a member of the National Schoolboys Top Four winning side in 1982, scoring a try against Wataki Boys in an 11-4 win (the first year of the competition).

He spent a season with the Canterbury Bulldogs in 1989 as part of the New Zealand Rugby League’s Rookie Scheme before heading north for a spell with Sheffield Eagles before signing with Widnes for the 1991/92 season.

“Tiny”, as Solomona was affectionately known, made 14 appearances that season scoring 2 tries. At the end of the season he signed for Oldham.

Whilst at Oldham he would return occasionally to New Zealand to play representative league for Auckland (he made 21 appearances for his province) including the 1993 National Championship Final against Canterbury. It was a game to forget for Tiny as the Red and Blacks galloped home 36-12. Man of the Match was Brendan Tuuta, who had also been called back from the UK where he was playing for Featherstone Rovers.

Solomona and Tuuta had a fiery encounter earlier that year in the UK when Oldham played Featherstone Rovers. Both sides were to be promoted from the 2nd Division but there was obviously plenty of feeling when they met in a league clash at Oldham’s Watersheddings ground. There was a mass brawl in the 17th minute which involved most of the players on the park. Tuuta was dismissed for a punch that broke Nigel Heslop’s jaw and Solomona also received his marching orders for his part in the melee (Oldham won 24-22 but Feath-
erstone went up as Champions with Oldham 2nd). Tuuta was suspended for 6 matches and Solomona for 4.

1993 was an eventful year for Solomona as he was also called up for the Kiwis, going on to make 4 appearances for them (he also represented Western Samoa at the 1995 Rugby League World Cup).

At the end of the 1994 season Solomona was to return to New Zealand and join the newly formed Auckland Warriors and as he was at the time still contracted to Oldham, the club was entitled to a transfer fee. Oldham had wanted the maximum fee for International transfers, which at the time which was 70,000 pounds. However the rule had been deemed not to apply to New Zealanders returning home and an International Board meeting held in Auckland decreed that the transfer fee be just 7,500 pounds.

Solomona was on the interchange bench for the Vodafone Warriors on that famous night in 1995 when they first dipped their toe into the NRL with a narrow loss to the Brisbane Broncos. He made his starting debut in the round 2 clash with the Illawarra Steelers and was to be a starter in 6 of the next 7 games. After that he made just one more appearance from the interchange bench.

At the end of that inaugural Vodafone Warriors season he moved on to North Queensland Cowboys who were then coached by Kiwi legend Graham Lowe. It was a tough season for the Cowboys who won just 6 of their 21 games. Solomona made his debut in the round 6 loss (50-6) to North Sydney Bears and played four consecutive games, all of which were losses.

Despite the short Cowboys career he must have seen something he liked in North Queensland as he still resides in Townsville.

His NRL career may have been limited to just 13 games, but Se’e “Tiny” Solomona has his special part in Vodafone Warriors history and will long be remembered by the Warriors faithful.


Article is from a cached version of the Mad Butchers Newsletter #218
 
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