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Saturday 10 April 2010 | Published in Regional

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Hosts the Ngatangiia-Matavera Sea Eagles take on the Tupapa Panthers in today’s main league game at Ngatangiia field.

The Panthers will want to dispose of the Sea Eagles with as little fuss as possible to keep players injury free leading up to the final two weeks of the competition.

But the Sea Eagles won’t go down without a fight and could well pull off an upset which they are capable of doing.

They will just need to keep their composure for the full 80 minutes.

Fitness will also be a big factor because if the Panthers pounce and stack up the points early, which they normally do, the Sea Eagles will need the gas to chase the Panthers.

The Sea Eagles need to stay alert from the first whistle and put up a strong defence to keep the Panthers at bay.

At the Takuvaine valley the Takuvaine Warriors take on the Avatiu Eels in all grade except the premier.

The Eels premier grade jetted across to Aitutaki on Friday to play the Sharks.

So, if you are looking for league games this weekend, the main game is in Ngatangiia starting at 4.30pm or head to Takuvaine for age grade games.

- Matariki Wilson

Saturday April 10

Eels vs Warriors at Takuvaine – 1pm, under 16 grade, ref Bishop Bishop assisted by P Ngaoire and M Browne; 2pm, reserve grade, ref Koa Kopu assisted by P Ngaoire and A Emile; 3pm, under 19 grade, ref A Emile assisted by Bishop Bishop and P Ngaoire. Saturday April 10

Sea Eagles vs Panthers at Ngatangiia – 1pm, under 16 grade, ref-Tutai Tuakana assisted by Nga Takaiti and Andrew Iroa; 2pm, under 19 grade, ref Tua Manea assisted by Ratu Mato and Nga Takaiti; 3pm, reserve grade, ref Teokotai Tuaivi assisted by Tere Strickland and S Teiotu; 4.30pm, premier grade, ref Ngavavia Tou assisted by S Willis and T Manea.