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Club History

Howick Rugby League Football Club was formed 47 years ago in the year 1961.
Club activities were held at the Howick Domain with changing facilities within the “Green” curved corrugated iron building.
Teams that were first entered were in the ARL Schoolboy Division. Some of these teams are shown in photos on this section with others displayed on the COMMUNITY - Previous Teams section.
As the Club developed then Junior teams were formed.

With the co-operation of the then Howick Borough Council in 1965 Paparoa Park was created from what was then a swamp area.
Photos displayed show the expansive area prior to the building of the neighboring houses that surround Paparoa Park today.
The Council created the two playing fields that the Club utilizes today together with the concrete block changing facilities which form the base of our existing clubrooms.

Between 1965 and 1971 the Howick Hornets Rugby League Football Club completed the building of the top Lounge and Catering facilities over two stages.
First part completed was half of the existing facilities with the remaining extension opened in 1971.
Many fund raising events and contributions from numerous sponsors made this possible. The labour was provided by Club members who without their skill and time given to the Club we would not have the facilities we have today.

It was in the year 1964 that a Senior team was formed by a group of dedicated league players and supporters. This team was coached by Tom Baxter and captained by John Mitchell. Cliff Johnson who was the Chairman of the Club since it was first formed, played a major role within the team.
Photos of this and several other teams with many notable players present can be viewed on the COMMUNITY - Previous Teams section.
The Howick Hornets fielded competitive Senior teams up to 1978 when a combined Howick and Pakuranga Clubs Senior and Reserve teams were entered in the ARL Senior 2nd Division Competition.
The new name for these combined teams was Eastern United. The premier team coached by former Kiwi Rep Murray Eade and managed by Colin Sommerville finished third in their first year.

In the following year the Premier team was undefeated with only there draws. This resulted in both Premiers and Reserves being promoted to the 1st Division for 1980.
The joint Eastern Districts teams enjoyed their success over the following years with both teams winning their grades.
It was at the end of the 1985 season when both Clubs made a joint decision to have each Club revert back to fielding their own Senior and Reserve teams.
During this period of time Softball was also a strong summer activity at Paparoa Park.The Clubrooms were utilised by the Softball Club over the summer months.
As with all Clubs there have been changing times due to player strengths and the number of willing committee members.
The current team numbers have been consistant over the past couple of years. This year the Club has an enthusiastic group on the committee and is being backed by an increasing number of supporters.

# Promotion and development of Rugby League at the highest level
# Provide a safe and fun environment for all members of the football club
# Make every effort to bring quality rugby league to all levels of the community
# Promote club spirit and foster a winning culture
# Implant the ideals of good sportsmanship, teamwork, honesty, courage, and respect for others
The Club AGM is held in November where all financial members are able to vote on Club matters and the appointment of the incoming committee.
Howick Rugby League is affiliated to the ARL. and operates under an approved Constitution filed with the Companies Office.
At the AGM the Executive positions are filled together with the appointment of the Club Committee.
The Club Committee makes decisions on behalf of the Club members as per the approved Constitution.

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