BEARS BANTER – The Official Bears Podcast

OLSEN FILIPAINA

New Zealand rugby league legend and ex-North Sydney Bears player, Olsen Filipaina, sits down with Greg Florimo to banter about footy in the 1970’s and 80’s, overcoming racism to play a game he loves.

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Full Name: Olsen Orekewa Filipaina
Born: Tuesday, 23rd April, 1957

Biography

Burly Kiwi International centre/five-eighth, the son of a Samoan heavyweight boxer, was one of five brothers to play for East Mangere in Auckland. Filipaina first came to prominence when he played for NZ in the three-Test series in Australia in 1978. Joining Balmain in 1980 his form during his five seasons with the Tigers was largely inconsistent and he was reduced to being a lower grade player with Easts and Norths. Filipaina undoubtedly reserved his best for the Test arena and he proved to be a major factor in NZ’s upset wins over Australia in Brisbane in 1983 and in Carlaw Park in the Third Test in 1985. When his Test career ended in 1986, he had the second highest points total in Tests for NZ (6t, 44g – 108pts). In 1990 he captained Ryde-Eastwood to victory in the inaugural Metropolitan Cup competition.

– ALAN WHITICKER

Career Statistics

All statistics shown in this section are based only on data available in the RLP database, and are not necessarily a complete and/or 100% accurate representation of a player’s career. This information should be used as a guide only. If you see a question mark (?), it denotes that the figure is not available.

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International

Test Matches – By Team

Team Years App T G GK % FG Pts W L D Win %
New Zealand 1977-82, 1984-86 28 6 44 108 10 17 1 35.71% Match list
Overall 1977-1986 28 6 44 0 108 10 17 1 35.71% Match list

World Cup Matches – By Team

Team Years App T G GK % FG Pts W L D Win %
New Zealand 1977, 1985-86 6 8 16 2 3 1 33.33% Match list
Overall 1977-1986 6 0 8 0 16 2 3 1 33.33% Match list

Club Career

Australian League Matches – By Year

Team Years App T G GK % FG Pts W L D Win %
Balmain NSWRFL 1980 17 5 3 21 6 11 0 35.29% Match list
Balmain NSWRFL 1981 17 5 4 23 5 11 1 29.41% Match list
Balmain NSWRFL 1982 23 7 21 63 8 14 1 34.78% Match list
Balmain NSWRFL 1983 12 30 60 7 5 0 58.33% Match list
Balmain NSWRL 1984 12 2 25 58 5 7 0 41.67% Match list
Eastern Suburbs NSWRL 1985 8 21 42 3 4 1 37.50% Match list
North Sydney NSWRL 1986 17 2 24 / 28 85.71% 56 7 10 0 41.18% Match list
North Sydney NSWRL 1987 1 1 0 0 100.00% Match list
Overall 1980-1987 107 21 128 0 323 42 62 3 39.25% Match list

Australian League Matches – By Team

Team Years App T G GK % FG Pts W L D Win %
Balmain 1980-84 81 19 83 225 31 48 2 38.27% Match list
Eastern Suburbs 1985 8 21 42 3 4 1 37.50% Match list
North Sydney 1986-87 18 2 24 / 28 85.71% 56 8 10 0 44.44% Match list
Overall 1980-1987 107 21 128 0 323 42 62 3 39.25% Match list