Manukau Magpies

The Manukau Magpies are a rugby league football club based in Mangere, a suburb of Auckland in New Zealand, who compete in the Auckland Rugby League. The club was established in March 1912 after a meeting in Onehunga (where they were originally based). That year they fielded a senior team and two junior teams.[1]

Manukau Rugby League Football & Sports Club Inc
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Club information
Nickname(s)Magpies
ColoursBlack / White
Founded1912[1]
Websitemanukauleague.co.nz
Current details
Ground(s)
CompetitionAuckland Rugby League
Records
Premierships1936, 1942, 1943
Minor premiership1943, 1985
National Club Competition1985
Roope Rooster1936, 1941, 1943, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1985, 1986
Stormont Shield1941, 1942, 1943, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1986
Sharman Cup1977, 2004, 2019
Phelan Shield2009

HistoryEdit

Established in 1912, the club played as the Manukau Rovers with Jim Rukutai as club captain. The club was officially affiliated with the Auckland Rugby League at their annual meeting on 16 April.[2]

Their first committee selected at that first meeting in March 1912 was Patron: Mr. F.W. Lang, (M.P.); President: Mr. J.R. Skeates; Secretary: Mr. A.V. Patten; Treasurer: Mr. H.C. Reynolds; Committee: Messrs F.W. Sansbury, T.A. George, J. Morton, T. Grundy, H.C. Reynolds, A. Patten, E. Pullan, J. Rukutai, and S. Child (chairman).[1]

In their first season they had 53 registered members. Their senior team squad was made up of the following players: Jim Rukutai, Arthur Hardgrave, Pullen, Strong, Alexander, Targuse, Hughes, Griffiths, McGechan, Clark (2), Kennedy, Tole, Wilson, and Moore (2).[3] They finished the 1912 season with 3 wins and 7 losses. In the 1913 season they struggled to put a full team on the field and pulled out of the senior grade after playing just 5 matches. In 1914 they fielded junior teams only and this continued until 1923 when they amalgamated with the Mangere club to enter a senior team in the competition named "Mangere United".

In 1924 the entire club switched codes and became a rugby union club. They were extremely critical of the Auckland Rugby League and stated that they had been on the end of a number of poor decisions over the previous three seasons particularly to do with player registrations. The details of which were laid out in a letter from the club secretary which was published in the Auckland Star on 12 July 1924. Auckland Rugby League responded stating that the details in the letter were not correct.[4]

The Manukau Rugby League club was reborn at a meeting in Onehunga on 29 September 1932 with Jim Rukutai in attendance .[5]

The club was initially mainly active in junior grades until 1936 when a senior team was re-established after Steve Watene, a Kiwi international convinced Auckland Rugby League that the team he had built from scratch would be competitive. Watene had travelled through many parts of the North Island recruiting players, including Jack Hemi, Joe Boughton, and Len Kawe (who had represented New Zealand Maori in 1925), Tom Trevarthan from Otago rugby. History was made that year when they took out the Championship (Fox Memorial), and Roope Rooster knockout competition in their first season back in the top grade since the 1913 season.[6] Watene became the first ever Māori player to captain the Kiwi's Coffee, John; Wood, Bernie (2009). Auckland 100 Years of Rugby League. Huia. pp. 115–117. ISBN 978-1-86969-366-4..

The club celebrated its centenary in 2011.[7] Dean Bell was named as the Manukau Player of the Century.[8] Given the club moved to the rugby union code in 1924 and wasn't re-established as a league club until 1932 the 2020 season would mark the 100th year of the club playing rugby league.

Notable playersEdit

Players who have played for Manukau include George Nēpia, Puti Tipene (Steve) Watene and Arthur Hardgrave in their foundation year.[9]

The club later had a close association with the Bell family as Dean Bell, Ian Bell and Clayton Friend all played for the club and Cameron Bell coached the club.[6]

The following players have played for Manukau and gone on the make the New Zealand national rugby league team: aucklandleague.co.nz</ref> Dean Bell 1983–89; Ian Bell 1978–83; Walter Brimble, Wilfred Brimble 1938; Jack Brodrick, Rangi Chase 1937–38; Clayton Friend 1982–91; Doug Gailey 1974, Lummy Graham 1970; Jack Hemi 1936–39; Jack McLeod 1937–38, George Mitchell, Hawea Mataira 1939; George Nēpia 1937; Frank Pickrang 1936; Pita Ririnui 1939; Kelly Shelford 1989–91; Puti Tipene (Steve) Watene 1936–37; Tommy Trevarthan 1936; Nick Wright 1983.

Manukau Senior Team Records (1912-1939)Edit

The season record for the most senior men’s team in the club.

Season Grade Name Played W D L PF PA PD Pts Position (Teams)
1912 1st Grade (Myers Cup) Manukau 10 3 0 7 57 139 -82 6 5th of 6
1913 1st Grade (Myers Cup) Manukau 5 0 1 4 21 56 -35 1 6th of 6 (defaulted R5 & R6 & withdrew)
1914 3rd Grade Manukau - - - - - - - - Unknown (did not win)
1915 4th Grade Manukau - - - - - - - - Unknown (did not win)
1916 5th Grade Manukau - - - - - - - - Unknown (did not win)
1917 Did not field any teams
1918 3rd Grade Manukau - - - - - - - - Unknown (did not win)
1919 3rd Grade Manukau - - - - - - - - 1st of 3
1920 3rd Grade Manukau - - - - - - - - 1st of 6
1921 2nd Grade Manukau - - - - - - - - Unknown (did not win)
1922 2nd Grade Manukau - - - - - - - - Unknown (did not win)
1923 3rd Grade Manukau - - - - - - - - Unknown (did not win)
1924 1st Grade (Monteith Shield) Mangere United 13 4 0 9 135 244 -109 8 7th of 9 (combined side with Mangere)
1925-32 Joined ARU late in 1924, then reformed RL club late 1932
1933 2nd Grade Manukau - - - - - - - - Unknown (did not win)
1934 3rd Grade Intermediate Manukau B 23 11 1 11 - - - 23 6th of 13
1935 2nd Grade Manukau - - - - - - - - 6th of 7
1936 1st Grade (Fox Memorial) Manukau 14 9 1 4 223 197 +26 19 1st of 8
1937 1st Grade (Fox Memorial) Manukau 14 7 2 5 233 184 49 16 4th of 8
1938 1st Grade (Fox Memorial) Manukau 15 9 1 5 226 211 15 19 4th of 9
1939 1st Grade (Fox Memorial) Manukau 16 7 1 8 240 244 -4 15 4th of 9
1912-39 TOTAL 110 50 7 53 1135 1275 -140 98

Club titles (1912-1938)Edit

  • 1919 Third Grade
  • 1920 Third Grade and Fifth Grade
  • 1936 First Grade (Fox Memorial)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Northern Union Game/Branch Formed at Onehunga". The New Zealand Herald. XLIX (14937). 9 March 1912. p. 9. Retrieved 1 November 2019.
  2. ^ "Northern Union/Auckland Provincial League". Auckland Star. XLIII (92). 17 April 1912. p. 9. Retrieved 1 November 2019.
  3. ^ "Under League Rules/The Senior Championship/Prospects for the Season/Manukau Rovers". The New Zealand Herald. XLIX (14987). 8 May 1912. p. 9. Retrieved 13 November 2019.
  4. ^ "Why Manukau Changed Over/Management Criticised/Unsatisfactory Decisions". Auckland Star. 55 (164). 12 July 1932. p. 12. Retrieved 13 November 2019.
  5. ^ "Club at Onehunga". Auckland Star. LXIII (232). 30 September 1932. p. 12. Retrieved 11 November 2019.
  6. ^ a b Manukau Magpies Archived 24 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine sportsground.co.nz
  7. ^ Superleague| volume=5| issue=4, Edition 26 2010. p.22.
  8. ^ Superleague| volume=6| issue=4, Edition 28 2011
  9. ^ Coffey and Wood The Kiwis: 100 Years of International Rugby League ISBN 1-86971-090-8