|*South Auckland Raiders||9||9||0||0||233||67||18|
|North Harbour Pride||9||2||7||0||120||204||4|
|Date||Home Team||Away team|
|Kiwi Bowl XVIII||Waitakere Stadium|
|2000||South Auckland Raiders||24||Tamaki Lightning||8|
Regular Season Results
|Date||Home Team||Away Team|
|30.10.1999||South Auckland Raiders||27||Waitakere Fury||0|
|06.11.1999||Waitakere Fury||14||North Harbour Pride||8|
|06.11.1999||South Auckland Raiders||17||Tamaki Lightning||0|
|13.11.1999||South Auckland Raiders||21||North Harbour Pride||6|
|13.11.1999||Waitakere Fury||6||Tamaki Lightning||6|
|20.11.1999||South Auckland Raiders||24||Waitakere Fury||0|
|20.11.1999||North Harbour Pride||6||Tamaki Lightning||22|
|27.11.1999||South Auckland Raiders||22||Tamaki Lightning||13|
|27.11.1999||Waitakere Fury||28||North Harbour Pride||30|
|04.12.1999||Waitakere Fury||8||Tamaki Lightning||20|
|04.12.1999||South Auckland Raiders||30||North Harbour Pride||12|
|11.12.1999||North Harbour Pride||0||Tamaki Lightning||19|
|11.12.1999||South Auckland Raiders||28||Waitakere Fury||0|
|18.12.1999||South Auckland Raiders||24||Tamaki Lightning||6|
|18.12.1999||Waitakere Fury||14||North Harbour Pride||22|
|08.01.2000||Waitakere Fury||6||Tamaki Lightning||6|
|08.01.2000||South Auckland Raiders||40||North Harbour Pride||30|
|15.01.2000||North Harbour Pride||6||Tamaki Lightning||16|
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.
 Gridiron NZ (2000) Auckland Premier Gridiron League [Internet] Available from: http://www.gridiron.co.nz/premier.html [Accessed 21 March 2000]
 Gridiron NZ (2000) Kiwi Bowl XVIII [Internet] Available from: https://gridiron.co.nz/kiwi_bowl.html [Accessed 21 March 2000]
 Gridiron NZ Wayback Machine (2000) Home: Final Premier Gridiron League Standings 1999/2000 Season [Internet] Available from: https://web.archive.org/web/20010118001900/http://gridiron.co.nz/ [Accessed 4 July 2020]
 American Football Auckland Incorporated Facebook (2019) Profile Picture, January 14, “49838150_344057929526721_948620029279076352_n”2019 [Internet] Available from: https://scontent-dub4-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/49838150_344057929526721_948620029279076352_n.jpg?_nc_cat=107&_nc_sid=09cbfe&_nc_ohc=R-AUQ7MGmLkAX_TUkVV&_nc_ht=scontent-dub4-1.xx&oh=440584c7fa44b1faaddedb9d8969a327&oe=5F27EE1D [Accessed 4 July 2020]
Thanks to Richard Conville.
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