The Farah Palmer Cup (formerly known as Women's Provincial Championship until 2016), is the highest level domestic women's rugby competition in New Zealand and is named after the former Black Ferns captain, Farah Palmer. This contest is held annually from late August to early November and managed by the New Zealand Rugby Union, or NZRU.[1] The competition was first introduced in 1999, with a total of fourteen teams competing initially. The number of teams increased to eighteen in the year 2000, but has decreased to as few as six teams, with nine currently featured.[2] Canterbury are the current holders of the JJ Stewart Trophy, the women's equivalent of the Ranfurly Shield.[3] The Farah Palmer Cup is an amateur competition; players are not paid salaries by New Zealand Rugby, but instead hold jobs outside of rugby.[4]

Farah Palmer Cup
Farah Palmer Cup logo.png
SportRugby union
Founded1999; 20 years ago (1999)
Owner(s)New Zealand Rugby Union
No. of teams12
CountryNew Zealand
Most recent
champion(s)
Canterbury (1st Premiership Title)
Bay of Plenty (1st Championship Title)
Most titlesAuckland Storm (15 Titles)
TV partner(s)Sky Sport
Related
competitions
JJ Stewart Trophy
ITM Cup

Contents

Competition formatEdit

All teams face each other at least once, with the top four teams in the championship proceeding to the semi-finals. From 2011 to 2014, the semi-finals round was eliminated and the top two teams in the championship automatically qualified for the finals. In 2015, the semi-finals round was reintroduced.

TeamsEdit

Premiership FinalsEdit

Season Winner Score Runner Up Semi Finalist 1 Semi Finalist 2 League Leader
2006[13] Wellington 11 - 10 Auckland Otago Hawke's Bay Otago
2007[14] Auckland 13 - 12 Otago Wellington Canterbury Auckland
2008[15] Auckland 13 - 12 Canterbury Hawke's Bay Manawatu Auckland
2009[16] Auckland 24 - 20 Canterbury Hawke's Bay Wellington Canterbury
2011[17] Auckland 34 - 8 Wellington Auckland
2012[18] Auckland 38 - 12 Canterbury Auckland
2013[19] Auckland 20 - 10 Canterbury Canterbury
2014[20] Auckland 28 - 14 Waikato Auckland
2015[21] Auckland 39 - 9 Wellington Waikato Counties Manukau Auckland
2016 Counties Manukau 41 - 22 Auckland Wellington Canterbury Counties Manukau
2017 Canterbury 13 - 7 Counties Manukau Waikato Auckland Counties Manukau

Championship FinalsEdit

Season Winner Score Runner Up Semi Finalist League Leader
2017 Bay of Plenty 7 - 5 Otago North Harbour Bay of Plenty

Past PremiershipsEdit

Season Winner Runner Up
1999[22] Auckland Wellington
2000 Auckland Otago
2001 Auckland Wellington
2002 Auckland Wellington
2003 Auckland Wellington
2004 Auckland Canterbury
2005 Auckland Canterbury
2006[23] Wellington Auckland
2007 Auckland Otago
2008[24] Auckland Hawks Bay
2009[25] Auckland Canterbury
2011[26] Auckland Wellington
2012[27] Auckland Canterbury
2013[28] Auckland Canterbury
2014[29] Auckland Waikato
2015 Auckland Wellington
2016 Counties Manukau Auckland
2017 Canterbury Counties Manukau
2018 Canterbury Counties Manukau

Past ChampionshipsEdit

Season Winner Runner Up
2017 Bay of Plenty Otago

Total WinsEdit

Team Premierships Championships Runners-up Losing
Semi-finalists
Auckland 15 0 2 1
Wellington 1 0 6 3
Canterbury 1 0 5 2
Counties Manukau 1 0 0 1
Bay of Plenty 0 1 0 0
Otago 0 0 3 1
Hawks Bay 0 0 1 3
Waikato 0 0 1 2
Manawatu 0 0 0 1
North Harbour 0 0 0 1

Notes and referencesEdit

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  2. ^ "ABOUT WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP". ITM CUP. Retrieved 2016-03-06.
  3. ^ "Rugby: Volcanix provincial battles televised". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 2016-03-06.
  4. ^ "Go pro? Black Ferns rugby debate - where to after fabulous World Cup triumph", New Zealand Herald, 28 August 2017 ("Tew said the domestic nine-team Farah Palmer Cup was purely amateur").
  5. ^ "Auckland Rugby Storms". Auckland Rugby. Archived from the original on 2016-02-29. Retrieved 2016-03-06.
  6. ^ "VOLCANIX". Bay Of Plenty Rugby. Retrieved 2016-03-06.
  7. ^ "Womens NPC". Steelers. Retrieved 2016-03-06.
  8. ^ "CBFU Canterbury Womens". CBFU. Retrieved 2016-03-06.
  9. ^ "HBRUWomen". Sporty. Retrieved 2016-03-06.
  10. ^ "cyclone rugby". Manawatu Rugby. Retrieved 2016-03-06.
  11. ^ "Otago Womens Provincial Championship". Otago Rugby. Retrieved 2016-03-06.
  12. ^ "Waikato WPC". Waikato Rugby. Retrieved 2016-03-06.
  13. ^ "2006 Women's Provincial Championship". ITM CUP. Retrieved 2016-03-06.
  14. ^ "2007 Women's Provincial Championship". ITM CUP. Retrieved 2016-03-06.
  15. ^ "2008 Women's Provincial Championship". ITM CUP. Retrieved 2016-03-06.
  16. ^ "2009 Women's Provincial Championship". ITM CUP. Retrieved 2016-03-06.
  17. ^ "2011 Women's Provincial Championship". ITM CUP. Retrieved 2016-03-06.
  18. ^ "2012 Women's Provincial Championship". ITM CUP. Retrieved 2016-03-06.
  19. ^ "2013 Women's Provincial Championship". ITM CUP. Retrieved 2016-03-06.
  20. ^ "2014 Women's Provincial Championship". ITM CUP. Retrieved 2016-03-06.
  21. ^ "Wellington Pride vow to return to women's provincial rugby final". Stuff. Retrieved 2016-03-06.
  22. ^ "NZ WOMEN'S PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIP – WEEK ONE PREVIEW". rugbyredefined. Retrieved 2016-03-06.
  23. ^ "2006 WOMEN'S PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIP". Allblacks. Retrieved 2016-03-06.
  24. ^ "2008 WOMEN'S PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIP". Allblacks. Retrieved 2016-03-06.
  25. ^ "2009 WOMEN'S PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIP". Allblacks. Retrieved 2016-03-06.
  26. ^ "2011 WOMEN'S PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIP". Allblacks. Retrieved 2016-03-06.
  27. ^ "2012 WOMEN'S PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIP". Allblacks. Retrieved 2016-03-06.
  28. ^ "2013 WOMEN'S PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIP". Allblacks. Retrieved 2016-03-06.
  29. ^ "2014 WOMEN'S PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIP". Allblacks. Retrieved 2016-03-06.

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