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Monday 8 February 2010 | Published in Regional


The Tupapa-Maraerenga Panthers league teams took to the field on Saturday sporting branding new black and white strips.

The new club uniforms were blessed on Saturday morning by Reverend Tuaine Ngametua with a number of the clubs leaders giving words of inspiration to the players who gathered for the blessing ceremony.

The players were told to wear the black and white Panthers uniform with pride and honour however they were reminded that it wasn’t the wearing of the uniform that won games but it was a big heart and good mindset that produces wins.

The club’s under 16, 19, reserve and premier grade uniforms including jerseys, shorts and socks cost the club $7000.

Funds for the uniforms came from the club itself and sponsors Super Brown and former Panthers player Ioana Kurapai who now lives in Germany.

The Tupapa-Maraerenga Panthers premier side beat the Ngatangiia-Matavera Sea Eagles 22-8 at the weekend.