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Friday 5 May 2023 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in League, Sports


Lady Eels and Panthers vying to reach finale
Lady Eels thumped Lady Bulldogs 44-4 at Aretere Park in Avatiu last week. Picture: LOSIRENE LACANIVALU/ 23042896 / 23042899

Lady Panthers will take on Lady Eels today in a do or die semi-final round with both vying for a spot in the grand finale.

The match will see which of the two will reach the final and play against Lady Bears who are the favourites for the Cook Islands Rugby League Women’s 13s competition.

The impressive Lady Eels played against the Lady Bulldogs last week and won 44-4, while the Lady Panthers went down to Lady Bears 22-28.

Both teams are vying for a spot in the finals.

Lady Panthers captain Rima Browne says they won’t make the same mistake they did last week.

“We let last week's game slip through our fingers. We won't make that mistake again. We know Avatiu will come firing and it will come down to the team who is more hungry for the win,” she said.

Lady Panthers coach Edwin Teraitua said today's match will be a nail biter as they take on their town sisters in the semi-finals.

He said preparation has been up and down after going down to the Lady Bears last week with some players carrying injuries, work commitments, and home commitments. 

"Yet the energy is still runs high at training. We just need to be more focused on our roles, cut out mistakes, and complete the sets plain and simple."

He said : "You always get the best out of these girls/players during this time of the tournament semi finals and Grand Finale but it will determine who wants it more no doubt the Avatiu Lady Eels will come out with the won't back down attitude so it will be a cracker of a game."

He added that this game means a lot to these girls/women and the whole of Tupapa Panther land, for they have worked so hard and losing three straight games to be in this position her advice is simple: "We dug our hole now we dig ourselves out of it."

He wished both teams the very best.

Meanwhile, tomorrow in the men’s match, fans will see Eels facing the Arorangi Bears at 4pm.

Avatiu Nikao Eels were hoping to go straight into the finals when they faced Tupapa Panthers last week.

However, they went down to the Panthers 36-34 despite their lead in the first half of the match.

They will now face the Bears for a spot in the finals.

There will be five semi-final rounds with 10 teams competing for a spot in the final held at Victoria Park, Tupapa Maraerenga.

Lady Panthers and Lady Eels match will be today at 4:30PM. 


11am Junior Development

12.30pm U14 Sea Eagles vs Eels

1.30pm U16 Panthers-Eels

2.30pm U19 Bears-Panthers

4pm Premier Men Eels-Bears

Entry fee $3