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Mike Dorreen

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Was part of the Canterbury teams that dominated domestic Rugby League in New Zealand in the 90's. Signed with the Warriors and played out the 1994 with the Hawkes Bay Lion Red Cup team.

Only played four games with the Warriors before playing a handful of games for the Sydney Tigers and the Hunter Mariners

  • 1994 - New Zealand Residents
  • 1994 - New Zealand Kiwis
  • 1995 - Played for the Auckland Warriors, New Zealand
  • 1996 - Played for the Sydney Tigers, Australia
  • 1997 - Played for the Hunter Mariners, Australia
 
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MIKE DORREEN – KIWI #660​

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Hard-running three-quarter Mike Dorreen earned a spot on New Zealand’s tour of Papua New Guinea in 1994 and a contract as a foundation Auckland Warrior after several seasons starring for the Canterbury provincial team.

A product of Addington – scoring a try in the Magpies’ 1989 CRL Grand Final triumph and playing in the club’s loss in the following year’s decider – Dorreen scored 30 tries in 43 appearances for Canterbury from 1988-93 during its golden run of the early-1990s under Frank Endacott, culminating in the famous 36-12 thrashing of Auckland at Addington Show Grounds in ’93.

A Kiwi triallist as far back as 1988, he turned out for the Hawkes Bay Unicorns in the inaugural Lion Red Cup competition in 1994, earning a spot in the Endacott-coached New Zealand Residents side and scoring four tries in as many games during the team’s unbeaten tour of Australia.

Dorreen’s strong form subsequently saw him replace the injured Kevin Iro in New Zealand’s squad to tour Papua New Guinea (with Endacott again at the helm). He featured in two matches on tour, debuting off the bench in a 40-4 win over Port Moresby Vipers and playing on the wing in a 34-2 defeat of Northern Zone in Lae, but could not force his way into the Test line-up.

The 28-year-old was part of the Warriors’ maiden 1995 campaign but was restricted mostly to reserve grade with captain Dean Bell and Tea Ropati occupying the centre spots. Dorreen made his first-grade debut off the bench in a heavy defeat to Newcastle, before starting in the place of the injured Bell a week later and scoring a try in an away upset of Cronulla. He crossed again in a big win over Gold Coast five weeks later and made the last of his four appearances in the top flight off the bench against a rampant Brisbane in the final round.

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The veteran joined the Sydney Tigers in 1996, making his initial top-grade appearances at fullback as a stand-in for NSW Origin absentee Tim Brasher; he then reverted to the three-quarter line, making eight of his 10 appearances at centre for the also-ran Tigers. The highlight of his stint at the club was undoubtedly playing a key role in a 34-22 upset of the Warriors at Christchurch’s Lancaster Park.

Dorreen linked with Super League’s Hunter Mariners the following season but could only manage four interchange appearances in first grade – the likes of Iro, Brad Godden, Nick Zisti, Keith Beauchamp and John Carlaw were preferred in the backline.

He played for Orange in the central west of NSW in 1998 before returning to Christchurch for a memorable career conclusion, celebrating in Halswell’s 1999-2000 Grand Final victories and scoring five tries in as many game in Canterbury’s 1999 National Provincial Cup campaign.
Dorreen later coached Halswell and the Canterbury Under-18s. In 2012, he was installed as the South Island Scorpions’ coach, and was at the helm of the Canterbury Bulls (who replaced the Scorpions in the NZRL National Competition) in 2013.

MIKE DORREEN
NEW ZEALAND (1994)

0 Tests
2 tour matches – 0 points
-1994 Kiwis tour of Papua New Guinea

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Grand-final winner backs Bulls

By Gordon Findlater
Friday, 4 October 2019
Mike Dorreen has been working as a plasterer for 25 years. Photo: Geoff Sloan

Mike Dorreen has been working as a plasterer for 25 years. Photo: Geoff Sloan

Hard-working centre/winger Mike Dorreen was a key cog in the Frank Endacott-coached Canterbury team of the late 1980s and early 90s.

He played 43 matches for Canterbury from 1988 to 1993. The 52-year-old now draws parallels between his Canterbury team of that era and the current Andrew Auimatagi-coached side.

“It was a group of people. We stayed together and were mates on and off the field. Frank wasn’t just a coach, he was also a mentor and a friend. He wasn’t that much older than us and we really gelled with Frank and I think that’s what Andrew is doing with his players now.”

Dorreen remembers seeing Auimatagi come through the playing ranks in the early 2000s.
“Andrew was just one of these players who was first at training and the last to leave. There was no cutting corners, it was the hard yards,” he said.

Dorreen played a part in one of Canterbury Rugby League’s greatest days in 1993, when they trounced a star-studded Auckland side 36-12 in the 1993 grand-final at the Addington Showgrounds.

Canterbury powered to a 16-0 lead by half-time and went on with the job in the second stanza, racking up an emphatic seven-tries – one of which was scored by Dorreen.

“It was chock-full of people and they used to have these tin fences off the side. People were banging on the side of that and making a hell of a racket, it’s a great memory. I was just lucky to be part of that team because there was such good players all around us,” said Dorreen.

BEGINNING: Mike Dorreen makes a run during Canterbury's match against Auckland in 1988.

BEGINNING: Mike Dorreen makes a run during Canterbury's match against Auckland in 1988.

He believes the success of the Canterbury team in the 1990s came through their teamwork and cohesion, which was an advantage over the other more star-studded sides that had been thrown together.

“We weren’t any better individually, but we were a team. All the team bonding we’d done in the years beforehand made the difference,” said Dorreen.

“We’d go to Taylors Mistake in preseason and have a hard workout and then have a barbecue and a few drinks, and this team bonding just happened.”

Dorreen started playing league for Addington aged eight, but later switched to union because his friends played the 15-man game. He played senior rugby for Sydenham before giving league another crack. He helped Addington win the Pat Smith Trophy in 1989. During the Canterbury off-season he spent two campaigns in England.

In 1994, Dorreen was part of the Kiwis squad which toured Papua New Guinea. The following year he was part of the Warriors first ever NRL campaign. He played a key role in the reserve grade team making the playoffs and also played four first grade games for the club.

“At that time, rugby league was always the second-class citizen compared with rugby, but that year we were right up on par with them and that was just a great feeling,” he said.

In 1996, Dorreen moved to Newcastle as part of the Super League raid. He planned to play for the Hunter Mariners. However, when the new rival competition failed to gain momentum he ended up at the Sydney Tigers. He played 10 games for the Tigers that year, including a 34-22 victory over the Warriors at Lancaster Park in 1996, which saw him have a leading hand in two of their tries.

“I remember it was a bitterly cold day and I just don’t think the Warriors liked it . . . we had Ellery Hanley in our team and I remember telling him it was going to be cold. He said ‘I know we will smash them’. All these Sydney guys had in their head that they knew what was happening and we just took it to them,” said Dorreen.

In 1997, he played four games for the Mariners in Super League’s only season. He then played for Orange in the Group 10 New South Wales country league before returning to Christchurch and finishing his career by winning back-to-back Pat Smith Trophy’s with Halswell in 1999 and 2000.

Following his professional playing time, Dorreen coached a number of Canterbury age group teams – many with his former teammate Logan Edwards. He also coached the Bulls through a challenging time in 2012 and 2013.

It was after the earthquake. We didn’t have any training facilities. We were lucky if we could get a park and often we would only get half a field because other teams were training on it and there would be softball using it as well, it was really difficult. I basically put my hand up because no one else would, but I really enjoyed the time coaching Canterbury,” said Dorreen.

These days Dorreen is working as a plasterer – a trade he has been in for the past 25 years – and is currently sporting a somewhat intimidating horseshoe moustache.

“I just grew this because the daughter is getting boyfriends and I’m trying to scare them away.”

 
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25. MIKE DORREEN
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We had Mike as a painter in our last update but according to this article he is actually a plasterer

These days Dorreen is working as a plasterer – a trade he has been in for the past 25 years – and is currently sporting a somewhat intimidating horseshoe moustache.

“I just grew this because the daughter is getting boyfriends and I’m trying to scare them away.”


Mike doreen
Zoomed into the pic above to read the company name of his shirt and found his website for Precision Plastering based in Waimate, Canterbury, New Zealand.



Also found an entry that had him and his wife as owners but that the company had been dissolved.

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bruce

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I cannot remember any poor players from Canterbury. He was a good player with strong competition for his spot.
 
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25. MIKE DORREEN
Last update

We had Mike as a painter in our last update but according to this article he is actually a plasterer




View attachment 48250
Zoomed into the pic above to read the company name of his shirt and found his website for Precision Plastering based in Waimate, Canterbury, New Zealand.



Also found an entry that had him and his wife as owners but that the company had been dissolved.

View attachment 48249
Nice to see the old kerosene lamp in the background. Good honest player.
 

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