Auckland Premier Gridiron League 1999-2000

American Football Auckland Incoroprated Logo 2019 [Ref: 3]

Final Standings

*South Auckland Raiders99002336718
*Tamaki Lightning94321089510
North Harbour Pride92701202044
Waitakere Fury9162761714
Auckland Premier Gridiron League Final Standings 1999-2000 [Ref: 3]
DateHome TeamAway team
Kiwi Bowl XVIIIWaitakere Stadium
2000South Auckland Raiders24Tamaki Lightning8
Auckland Premier Gridiron League Playoffs 1999-2000 [Ref: 2]

Regular Season Results

DateHome TeamAway Team
Week 1
30.10.1999South Auckland Raiders27Waitakere Fury0
Week 2
06.11.1999Waitakere Fury14North Harbour Pride8
06.11.1999South Auckland Raiders17Tamaki Lightning0
Week 3
13.11.1999South Auckland Raiders21North Harbour Pride6
13.11.1999Waitakere Fury6Tamaki Lightning6
Week 4
20.11.1999South Auckland Raiders24Waitakere Fury0
20.11.1999North Harbour Pride6Tamaki Lightning22
Week 5
27.11.1999South Auckland Raiders22Tamaki Lightning13
27.11.1999Waitakere Fury28North Harbour Pride30
Week 6
04.12.1999Waitakere Fury8Tamaki Lightning20
04.12.1999South Auckland Raiders30North Harbour Pride12
Week 7
11.12.1999North Harbour Pride0Tamaki Lightning19
11.12.1999South Auckland Raiders28Waitakere Fury0
Week 8
18.12.1999South Auckland Raiders24Tamaki Lightning6
18.12.1999Waitakere Fury14North Harbour Pride22
Week 9
08.01.2000Waitakere Fury6Tamaki Lightning6
08.01.2000South Auckland Raiders40North Harbour Pride30
Week 10
15.01.2000North Harbour Pride6Tamaki Lightning16
Auckland Premier Gridiron League Results 1999-2000 [Ref: 1]


South Auckland Raiders won their fourth Kiwi Bowl in five years in 2000, defeating the expansion side Tamaki Lightning from Howick, 24-8 to become Auckland Premier Gridiron League Champions for 1999-2000.

The Raiders were undisputed Champions having captured the Minot title (Regular Season) with a perfect 9-0 record. The Lightning had finished 4-3-2 (Wins-Losses-Ties) in second place.

American Tim Hughley passed to Terry Millani for a 20 yard TD reception to open the scoring, game MVP Kevin Palagi adding to it with a 5 yard bulldozing run for a touchdown. That left the halftime score 12-0.

In the second half the Raiders suffered a massive blow when Hughley blew both knees on a failed endzone pass attempt. Undeterred the Raiders added a third TD, a 1 yard run from John Tavae.

The fourth Quarter saw the Lightning finally manage to move the ball downfield, and were rewarded with an exceptional 12 yard TD catch by Richard Carter. Alex Lineham ran in the two-point conversion. The match was put out of sight, however, by Solomona Tafai who ran in a15 yard TD with 5 minutes left, leaving the Final score in Kiwi Bowl XVIII 24-8 to the South Auckland Raiders.


[1] Gridiron NZ (2000) Auckland Premier Gridiron League [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 21 March 2000]

[2] Gridiron NZ (2000) Kiwi Bowl XVIII [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 21 March 2000]

Internet Archive

[3] Gridiron NZ Wayback Machine (2000) Home: Final Premier Gridiron League Standings 1999/2000 Season [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 4 July 2020]


[4] American Football Auckland Incorporated Facebook (2019) Profile Picture, January 14, “49838150_344057929526721_948620029279076352_n”2019 [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 4 July 2020]


Thanks to Richard Conville.

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