The Mt Albert Lions, 2004 Fox Memorial winners, opened their 2005 account, by taking out the Auckland Rugby League Pre Season Trophy, The Roope Rooster.
In the final of the short, two week, tournament, the Lions took on the Northcote Tigers at North Harbour Stadium.
In front of a small crowd, in warm conditions, the Tigers got out to a handy 14/0 lead, early in the first quarter. A brilliant, length of the field try by the Lions winger saw the first quarter end at 14/6. A further try to the Lions and the half ended at 14/12.
Mt Albert, making fewer mistakes than the Tigers, took out the 3rd quater, leading 24/14. The Tiger fought back bravely in the last dig, but the Lions ran out winners 28/18