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Tuesday 28 March 2023 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in League, Sports

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The winless Titikaveka Bulldogs have been dealt with a major blow after losing their coach Meti Noovao who stepped down last week.

Former national rep Noovao stepped down citing lack of commitment from players.

The no nonsense coach guided the Bulldogs in the League Nines in Paradise tournament earlier this year and stepped in “the eleventh hour” to help the side prepare for the 13s competition.

But following the poor run in round one competition where the team failed to get a win and loss to Ngatangiia Matavera Sea Eagles in round two, Noovao decided to part ways with the team.

The Bulldogs went down to Arorangi Bears on Friday last week.

“I stepped down on Wednesday last week due to lack of commitment and attitude of some players, with all respect to them. There are hardly players turning up for training,” Noovao said.

“For someone like me, and I’m not being boastful, after having played top level competition in Australia and New Zealand and represented the Cook Islands, it’s really frustrating.

“I have decided to sit this season out and will be available to help next season.”

Noovao said he was keen to help develop rugby league in Titikaveka but there was no progression plan as the club lacked age group teams.

“Unlike other clubs we also don’t have a marquee player and we also don’t have a younger grade where we can develop skills and have a progression plan feeding these youngsters into the senior team.

“I wish the team and the players nothing but the best and hope they enjoy the rest of the season and learn from it.”

Efforts to get comments from the Bulldogs management proved futile yesterday.

Meanwhile defending champions Tupapa Panthers have taken the lead in the domestic 13s premier men’s competition after their 54-6 win over Ngatangiia Matavera Sea Eagles on Saturday. The match held at Nukupure Park saw the Panthers leading 24-2 at the break. The Panthers have moved to the top spot above Avatiu Nikao Eels who were on bye and have a match in hand. Both the Panthers and the Eels have lost a match to each other.