Seasons

1995  1996  1997  1998  1999  2000  2001  2002  2003  2004  2005  2006  2007  2008  2009  2010  2011  2012  2013 



 

Steve Price rode into town on a whirlwind media assult thats rarely seen in New Zealand and almost never reserved for an Australian. But "Pricey" as he was soon to be known to all in and around the New Zealand sporting media brought game with media spot light. His abilities on and off the field for the Warriors were exactly what was needed for a club and fan base hurting after their worst season on record. And although 2005 wouldn't plumb the depth of 2004's annus horribilis 2005 still wouldn't prove to be earth shattering in it's improvment. But improve the club did, finishing 11 of 15 compared to 2004's 14 of 15 result.

But Price wasn't the only nig name entering the fray for the Warriors in 2005. The club were finally able to nail down two city Wiki to a contract exclusive of any other clubs. Putting to rights the twin contract saga of 1995 when a young Ruben Wiki signed contracts for both the Auckland Warriors and the Canberra Raiders. The Raiders won the battle due to Wiki's childhood hero playing for the Raiders, Mal Maninga.

With two rugby league legends joining the club at the start of 2005 it was to be the last season for the man known as the little General. Stacey finished up with the club at the end of the 2005 after carrying the weight of the club on his small shoulders for much of his Warriors career. The grand son of former Kiwis captain Maunga Emery, Jones would eventually return to the club again after starring for the French club Catalan Dragons in the ESL, returning in 2009 originally as the clubs tactical kicking coach but talked into reigniting his playing career by a somewhat deserate coach Ivan Cleary. Sensationally Jones came off the bench to chip and chase for the winning try against the Manly Sea Eagles at Brookvale Oval. Sadly for the club and Jones things weren't to go so smoothly for the rest of the season and at seasons close Jones retired for good after touring with the All Golds on a commemorative tour on England.

Super group U2 paided a visit to the Warriros home ground in the off season and electric front man Bono rose to the occasion but wearing the clubs logo on his back, much to the delight of the packed stadium. Also visiting the Warriors in 2005 were Stone Brothers Racing drivers Russell Ingall and Marcus Ambrose, photographed at the stadium with Warriors props Iafeta Paleaaesina and Steve Price with the racing pair there to promote the 2005 round of the Australian super car V8's.

2005 would mark a quartet of Warriors playing their 100th game for the club in 2005. They were Clinton Toopi, Francis Meli, Wairangi Koopu and Monty Betham. Also marking his 50th game that year was hard working prop Karl Temato. A shameful moment in the clubs history occurred when 100 game hero for the club Monthy Betham played his 101 game in front of home fans at Ericsson stadium and roundly booed by Warrior faithfull.

By seasons end the club had shed no fewer than 16 players from it's roster as it looked to rebuild further. Notable players departing were Thomas Leuluai who would return to the club in 2013 both a ESL champion and seasoned Kiwi international. Thomas joined the London Broncos. Powerful prop Jerry Sueseu departed for super club, Wigan. Stacey Jones left Auckland for the South of France. Vinnie Anderson signed with St Helens. Henry Fa'afili joined the Warrington Wolves and Ali Lauiti'iti joined Leeds. Justin Muphy left for the Widnes Vikings before linking with the Catalan Dragons and after spending 3 years in France played test rugby league for his adopted country, France. The Bartercard cup again recieved players from the Warriors when they weren't required for NRL duty or returning from injury and requiring match fitness. Also departing from the club was polarising CEO Mick Watson. Seen by many supports of the Warriors as judas because of an attempt he made to take the Warriors from a rugby league club in the NRL to a Super 15 club based in Auckland but representing the pacific islands. Wayne Scurrah was appointed to the vacant CEO role. Scurrah holds the roll to this day (2013). A man that was to play an influential role in the rebuild of the Warriors was former All Black coach John Hart who was appointed as a director to the club by Cullen Sport. Arguably the biggest casualty of the 2005 season was the mid season sacking of coach Tony Kemp who was replaced by former Warriors player, Ivan Cleary.

cron