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Monday 20 February 2023 | Written by CI News Staff | Published in Rugby league, Sports


Lady Panthers crush Lady Bulldogs in women’s 13s opener
Lady Bulldogs’ Mereina Herman bulldozes her way through Lady Panthers defense. Lady Panthers won 38-8. 23021930

Lady Panthers made a strong start to their rugby league 13s campaign after smashing defending champions Lady Bulldogs 38-8 in the opening clash on Friday at Victoria Park. The visitors started strong as the home side took some time to get into the flow but made yards and ran wide to lead 12-8 at the break.

Panthers skipper Rima Browne was pleased with the performance of the players.

“Great first hit out for 2023. Plenty of new girls from both teams which is a good sight for the future of women’s league here at home. Lots of potential players for the upcoming Pacific Games,” Browne said.

Lady Bulldogs in a statement on their Facebook page said it was a “beautiful first game”. 

“Not the result we wanted by hey! It was awesome to see all the awesome new faces who have joined us this season, not bad for a group of ladies who 

were pulled together under one and a half weeks,” Bulldogs said.

“Word of appreciation to our new sisters, our lewas for joining the Doggies. We appreciate you all and look forward to what the season has in place for the team.”

The team congratulated the player of the match. Lady Bulldogs’ Mereina Herman for her hard work and effort. 

“That’s was deserving in all ways. Thank God for such awesome sisters who carry the name of our little bit humble village on their shoulders. We are all proud of you.

“Looking forward to more trainings and game days with you all.”

In the premier men’s competition, defending champions Tupapa Panthers shrugged off last week’s defeat to beat Ngatangiia Matavera Sea Eagles 30-12 at Victoria Park on Saturday.

Result of the Arorangi Bears versus Titikaveka Bulldogs match held on Friday at Raemaru Park was not available.