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Sharks back to play Bulldogs

Friday 26 March 2010 | Published in Regional

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The Aitutaki Sharks are back on the rock and today they take on the Titikaveka Bulldogs in Titikaveka.

The Sharks have already proved their worth in the local league competition with some excellent close games.

But the side has strug- gled to maintain early leads, letting wins slip through their fingers.

Last weekend the Sharks had the Panthers firmly in their jaws on home ground but with their backs turned the Panthers pounced to take the win 24-20.

Today they face the Bulldogs who suffered a heavy 20-2 defeat against the Sea Eagles last weekend.

The last time these two teams met was in Aitutaki during round one of games where the Sharks mauled the Doggies 20-18.

The Sharks will no doubt be looking for another win over the Bulldogs who have struggled all season.

If the Bulldogs win, it will give their supporters something to celebrate this weekend.

Today’s premier grade clash between the Doggies and Sharks will start at 4.45pm after the 4pm under 16 game between the Bulldogs and Warriors.

Tomorrow’s league games will be played at Ngatangiia as the Sea Eagles host the Arorangi Bears and at Tupapa with the Eels to take on the Panthers.

So if you want to catch some great league action today – head to Titikaveka.

- Matariki Wilson

Friday March 26 Bulldogs vs Sharks at Titikaveka – 4pm under 16 grade, Ref-Sean Willis and Tua, 4.45pm premier grade, Ref-Simiona Teiotu assisted by Tutai Tuakana and Bishop Bishop.

Saturday March 27 Bears vs Sea Eagles at Ngatangiia – 1pm under 16, Ref-Koa Kopu assisted by club officials, 2pm under 19, Ref-Simiona Teiotu assisted by Koa Kopu and Ratu Mato, 3pm reserve grade, Ref-Tutai Tuakana assisted by Tu Potoru and Ratu Mato, 4.30pm premier grade, Ref-Tua Manea assisted by Simiona Teiotu and Tutai Tuakana.

Saturday March 27 Eels vs Panthers at Tupapa – 1pm under 13 grade, Ref-Jeff Murray assisted by Andrew Iroa and Kimi Samuel, 1.45pm under 16 grade, Ref-Bishop Bishop assisted by Inangaro Tupuna and Albert Nicholas, 2.45pm under 19 grade, Ref-Teokotai Tuaivi assisted by Albert Nicholas and Ngavavia Tou, 3.45pm reserve grade, Ref-Nga Takaiti assisted by Bishop Bishop and Jeff Murray, 4.45pm premier grade, Ref-Sean Willis assisted by Smiley and Teokotai Tuaivi.