Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search


2019 SAS Fox Memorial Premiership Grand Final

The Mt Albert Lions and Howick Hornets will meet in the Auckland first division Grand Final for the first time in history this Friday night (5.30pm kick-off NZT).

After finishing as the top two ranked sides at the end of the regular season, the match at Mount Smart Stadium will be the third time the pair have faced off in the space of four weeks, after they met in the final round of competition play before playing again in the qualifying semi-final a week later.

Mt Albert won both of those encounters over the minor premiers, but prior to that the Lions had endured a dry spell against the Hornets.

For Mt Albert it marks a return to the SAS Fox Memorial Premiership Grand Final for the first time since 2015, while the wait has been even longer for Howick, who haven't appeared in the decider since back in 2011.

The east Aucklanders won the competition that year, with their side including one-time New Zealand Warrior Anthony Gelling and Jason Tavita, the father of Vodafone Warriors rookie Chanel Harris-Tavita.

Mt Albert v Howick
5.30pm kick-off, Friday August 30
Mount Smart Stadium

2019 history
Mt Albert 20 Howick 22 (qualifiers), Howick 16 Mt Albert 38 (Rd 7), Howick 4 Mt Albert 18 (qualifying semi-final)

The squads
Mt Albert:1 Fonitika Lelenga, 2 Corey Seator, 3 Melino Fineanganofo, 4 Darren Kellett-Moore, 5 Kristian Petty, 6 Eiden Ackland, 7 Trent Wallace, 8 Sala Falelua-Malio, 9 Marcus Fraser, 10 Metui Kalekale, 11 Paea Palu (c), 12 Rory Ropati, 13 Hoani Rogers-Brown, 14 Johnny Falelua-Malio, 16 Sione Talisa, 17 Dalton Hiley, 18 Amoni Tufui. Coach: John Ackland

Howick: 1 Jesse Keven, 2 Connor Morris, 3 Anthony Fuimaono, 4 Roydon Gillett, 5 Jesse Albrett, 6 Liam Prendergast, 7 Jordan Papa, 8 Tony Tuia, 9 Jethro Friend, 10 Clayton Williams, 11 Nick Wilson, 12 Johnny Vuetibau, 13 Brandon Lee, 14 Jaz Nahu-Main, 15 Reece Charlie, 16 Trent Bishop, 18 Scott Jones

How to watch
Live on Sky Sport 4 from 5.30pm. You can also follow updates on the Auckland Rugby League Facebook and Twitter pages.

© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Facebook Announces New Changes: Combating Hate And Extremism

Some of these changes predate the tragic terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand, but that attack, and the global response to it in the form of the Christchurch Call to Action, has strongly influenced the recent updates to our policies and their enforcement. More>>

Amazon Confirms: Lord Of The Rings Series To Shoot In NZ

Amazon Studios announced today that its series based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s iconic fantasy novels The Lord of the Rings will shoot in New Zealand. Pre-production has started, and production on the series will begin in Auckland in the coming months. More>>


Birds: Dunedin's Bells Ring As City Celebrates Its Albatross

The city's churches, schools and public buildings bells would chime in unison from 1pm, in what has been a long-standing tradition marking the return of the birds - and a farewell to this season's albatross chicks. More>>

Oscar Buzz: Waititi's Jojo Rabbit Wins People's Choice Award At Toronto

Taika Waititi's new film Jojo Rabbit has nabbed the coveted Grolsch People's Choice Award at the close of Toronto International Film Festival. More>>


Broken Estate: An Expat Expert Surveys Our Media

Melanie Bunce cut her teeth in journalism at the Otago Daily Times. Now she teaches and researches it at one of the UK’s most prestigious journalism schools and tracks the trends that shape the uncertain future of news... More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland