With the Knights heading over to New Zealand this weekend to take on the Warriors I thought for this weeks Top 5 I would throw up a few former Knights who also came from the shaky isles.
1). Tony Kemp – Kemp spent 6 years at the Knights playing fullback, centre, wing and five-eighth. He scored 20 tries from 87 appearances for the Knights and represented his country on 8 occasions. Kemp also coached the Warriors in 2004 and half of 2005.
2). Marty Crequer – He only had one year at the Knights and came to the club with a reputation of being a great goal kicker. This was at a time were it seemed the only players that could kick goals were kiwis. Manly had Matthew Ridge, Souths Eion Crossan, Easts Kurt Sherlock and Norths Daryl Halligan. Crequer kicked 25 from 36 goals in 11 matches for the Knights. Not bad considering the old leather ball they use to kick with.
3). Tea Ropati – Although he only played 2 games for the Knights in the clubs first season, I thought I would put him in my top 5 because he was good enough to make the Scanlens footy cards in 1988. Ropati would later play three seasons with the Warriors.
4) James Goulding – This big kiwi front row forward spent three season with the Knights from 1988 to 1990. Goulding represented New Zealand while at the Knights. He played 29 games for the Knights.
5) Sam Stewart – Slamin’ Sam was the Knights first ever captain. He tried is guts out in every one of his 81 games for the Knights. He was a crowd favourite who always got a cheer from the hill every time he took the ball forward. Stewart represented the Kiwis on 16 occasions and the Rest of the World team in 1988.
There have been a few more kiwi players to play for the red and blue, but as this is a top 5, I can only pick 5. Who would have you put in your top 5?