Mike Dorreen appointed as Head Coach of the South Island Scorpions Premier Side for 2012

Mike Dorreen (45) has been appointed as Head Coach of the South Island Scorpions Premier side for the 2012 season. Dorreen takes over from successful coach Brent Stuart who has had to step down due to family commitments.

Dorreen played for the dominant Canterbury provincial side of the early ‘90s alongside such talent as Quentin Pongia, Logan Edwards, Whetu Taewa and for coach Frank Endacott. He played 43 games for Canterbury between 1988 and 1993 scoring 30 tries. He also made the New Zealand Residents side in 1994 and played two games for the New Zealand Kiwis.

In 1995 he joined the new Auckland Warriors franchise playing fourteen matches for the club. In 1996 he made the move to Sydney to play for the Sydney Tigers, and then finished his professional career with the Hunter Mariners in the 1997 Super League competition.

Qualified as a Level 3 Senior Club Coach, Dorreen has coached Halswell at Premier level and in 2007 he coached the Canterbury under-18 side alongside former team mate Logan Edwards. When the competition was cancelled, the pair continued to be involved in age grade coaching in Canterbury and in 2009 they coached the Canterbury Bulls Under 18 side. In 2010 Dorreen coached the South Island 17’s side in the NZRL’s National Competition.

In announcing the appointment, Southern Zone Rugby League General Manager Steve Martin, said that the Zone was pleased to be able to have a person of Mike’s calibre take on the role. He said that Mike’s experience as a professional player and more recently as a coach will be invaluable to the players who will be involved in the Scorpions Premier team this year.

With games in Christchurch, Nelson and Greymouth along with an away game in Auckland which will feature on Sky TV, it is shaping up to be an exciting year for last year’s runners up.


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