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Thursday 4 March 2010 | Published in Regional


Friday afternoon is going to be the big day of rugby league this week-end with two main matches scheduled for the day.

The Aitutaki Sharks are returning to Rarotonga to take on the Arorangi Bears while the wounded Titikaveka Bulldogs will take on the untested Tupapa Panthers.

But first up today will be the match between the Bulldogs and Panthers under 13 grade at 3.45pm at Titikaveka.

This match will be followed by the reserve grade match at 4.45pm.

A busy day of games is scheduled for tomorrow with the remaining games between the Panthers and Bulldogs to be played out in the under 13, under 19 and premier grade match starting at 5.15pm.

The premier grade match should be interesting match as the Bulldogs will still be licking their wounds after being mauled by the Aitutaki Sharks last Friday in Aitutaki.

The Panthers on the other hand are yet to really show what they are made of, having only played two out of four games this season thanks to natural disasters postponing two of their scheduled matches.

So the Panthers will be itching to do some damage on the Titikaveka field tomorrow.

Out west at Raemaru Park, the Bears will host a buoyant Aitutaki Sharks/Warriors outfit who registered their first win last week.

The Bears put in the extra yards on Saturday to train after their game against the Sea Eagles was postponed due to the tsunami and they are sure to put on a show for their supporters on Friday with their game to start at 5pm.

On Saturday, the Avatiu Eels will head to Muri to take on the day’s host the Ngatangiia-Matavera Sea Eagles.

But before you head to Muri, take a trip to Arorangi where the under 13 baby Eels and Bears will face off at 1pm.

The first game out at Ngatangiia will start at 1.40pm with the under 16 grade and the main premier grade match will be played at 5pm.

- Matariki Wilson

Thursday March 4

Panthers vs Bulldogs at Titikaveka – 3.45pm under 13 grade, Ref-Tere Strickland assisted by club officials, 4.45pm reserve grade, Ref-Paul Allsworth assisted by Tere Strickland and Philip Strickland.

Friday March 5

Panthers vs Bulldogs at Titikaveka – 3.45pm under 13 grade, Ref-Jeff Murray assisted by club officials, 4.15pm under 19 grade, Ref-Tutai Tuakana assisted by Bishop Bishop and Jeff Murray, 5.15pm premier grade, Ref-Sean Willis assisted by Paul Allsworth and George Magiie.

Arorangi Bears vs Aitutaki Sharks/Warriors in Arorangi – 5pm premier grade, Ref-Ngavavia Tou assisted by Nga Takaiti and Taua Beniona.

Saturday March 6

Eels vs Bears – 1pm under 13 grade, Ref-Taua Beniona assisted by club officials.

Avatiu Eels vs Ngatangiia Sea Eagles at Ngatangiia – 1.40pm under 16 grade, Ref-Bishop Bishop assisted by Nga Takaiti and Ratu Mato, 2.40pm under 19 grade, Ref-Teokotai Tuaivi assisted by Nga Takaiti and Bishop Bishop, 3.40pm reserve grade, Ref-Simiona Teiotu assisted by Teokotai Tuaivi and Tutai Tuakana, 5pm premier grade, Ref-Tua Manea assisted by Tutai Tuakana and Ratu Mato.