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Saturday 2 March 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in League, Rugby league, Sports


League pays tribute to Bulldogs star
Lady Panthers are not underestimating the Lady Bulldogs today. The two teams met in a friendly match earlier last month. LOSIRENE LACANIVALU / 24021105 / 24021107 / 24021106

Lady Panthers are hoping to continue their winning streak in the 2024 Cook Islands Rugby League 13s competition after last week’s victory against Lady Bears.

The Panthers showed skill and determination against the Lady Bears last Saturday when they recorded a convincing 26-0 win at Raemaru Park in Arorangi.

However, they’re not letting the win go to their heads as they prepare to take on Lady Bulldogs this afternoon at Teimurimotia Park in Titikaveka.

Lady Panthers coach Koa Kopu said: “We weren’t challenged enough on defence therefore we can’t underestimate the Lady Bulldogs.”

“Lady Bulldogs will have the home advantage but we are hoping the Tupapa community will go out to the country and paint it black and purple.”

Kopu said they have had a rough week in terms of training due to a number of reasons but they think they are ready for today.

“Our aim is to keep the ball and complete all sets with patience and discipline. The team who makes the least errors will come out victorious.”

He said their experienced and older players will need to look after their two youngsters Edon Teraitua (14 years old) and Tashi Kopu (15 years old).

But Kopu is also excited to see the youngsters continue to grow and develop their skills in the league.

He wished the Lady Panthers all the best and also offered his condolences to the family of Emina Ngaau, the former Lady Bulldogs player, who passed away this week.

“Many of our players started the league season with her and recall what a great player she was, may she rest in peace.”

This week Cook Islands Rugby League (CIRL) also sent out their condolences to the Ngaau family.

Emina Ngaau, the former Lady Bulldogs player, passed away this week. CIRL/24030170

CIRL said she was a beacon of strength and a cherished member of Cook Islands Women’s rugby community.

“In the tapestry of our rugby journey, Emina was more than a stalwart teammate; she was a pillar of unwavering resilience and boundless passion. From the nascent days of the Lady Bulldogs to each stride they took on the field, Emina’s spirit illuminated their path, infusing them with courage and camaraderie.

“She embodied the essence of sportsmanship, grace, and determination, leaving an indelible mark on every match she graced.”

Meanwhile, in the premier men’s match played yesterday afternoon, Avatiu-Nikao Eels thumped Titikaveka Bulldogs 52-18. The Bulldogs led 18-10 at the break but the Eels came back stronger in the second half to win the match and take their unbeaten run to three matches.

Ngatangiia Matavera Sea Eagles will play Tupapa Panthers in the premier men’s match this afternoon.


Today at Teimurimotia Park - 1.45pm Under-14 Ngatangiia Matavera Sea Eagles-Tupapa Panthers; 2.45pm U16 Arorangi Bears-Tupapa Panthers, 4pm Women Lady Bulldogs-Lady Panthers; 5pm Premier Men Ngatangiia Matavera Sea Eagles-Tupapa Panthers.