Reserves final on Friday, NZ ref for premier final

Wednesday May 29, 2019 Written by Published in League
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The reserves final in the Raro Cars Rugby League Competition 2019 will be held on Friday.


The showdown between Titikaveka Bulldogs and Ngatangiia Matavera Sea Eagles will take place at Nukupure Park in Muri.

It is believed that the decision to bring forward the match to Friday was made at the Cook Islands Rugby League Association meeting on Monday.

The change is due to a majority of the Titikaveka Bulldogs players who belong to the Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) Church and cannot play on Saturday.

Both the Sea Eagles and the Bulldogs defeated earlier favourites Tupapa Panthers to make it through to the final.

The battle between the neighbours will be an interesting one, as both teams stand an equal chance of claiming the reserves title.

The reserves final will set the tempo for the premier showpiece to be played on Saturday at the National Stadium in Nikao.

Defending champions Panthers will take on the mighty Sea Eagles in the much-anticipated showdown which kicks off at 4pm.

The final will be officiated by Auckland-based referee Rochelle Tamarua. Tamarua, who took charge of the Panthers versus the Arorangi Bears match in the second round of the 2019 competition, also officiated the 2017 grand finale.

She is well-known here as an official in the annual Nines tournaments.

Tamarua holds a major position as a referee match official within the NRL, Auckland and New Zealand Rugby League Referees Association.

The Asia Pacific Rugby League International Federation mentor and provider for referee/coaches Taua Benioni recommended her for the premier final.

Benioni said the Cook Islands Rugby League Referee’s Association took his recommendation onboard and appointed her to officiate the main match this weekend.

“Rochelle is quite happy to help out in education purposes especially match officiating as a whole. She’s a perfect role model for our young local people who wish to join up and become referee officials themselves,” Benioni earlier said.

Meanwhile the Panthers will play the Bears, in the under-13 and U16 finals, while Avatiu Eels will take on the Bears in the u19 showdown. 


Friday: 4.30pm Reserves – Titikaveka Bulldogs-Nga/Mat Sea Eagles at Nukupure Park, Prize Giving; Saturday: 10.40pm U9/11 Tupapa Panthers-Avatiu Eels (Half field), U9/11 Nga/Mat Sea Eagles-Arorangi Bears (Half field); 11.30am U13 Tupapa Panthers-Arorangi Bears, 12.40pm U16

Tupapa Panthers-Arorangi Bears; 2pm U19 Avatiu Eels-Arorangi Bears; 3.40pm Two Teams Assemble followed by National Anthem, 4pm Premier Nga/Mat Sea Eagles-Tupapa Panthers, Prize Giving

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