Defending champions Country’s Tehinnah Tatuava and challengers Town’s co-captain Kiana Sword-Tua hold the Conan’s Cup at Ngatangiia Rugby Field in Muri. LOSIRENE LACANIVALU/23060726/23060725/23060727
The Town women’s rugby league team is focussed on winning the second leg of the Conan’s Cup series this weekend to keep their title hopes alive.
lost to defending champions Country 20-24 in the first match of the Conan Cup series
last Friday at Victoria Park in Tupapa.
the loss the team made up of players from Lady Panthers and Lady Eel walked
away with the player of the match trophy to Jamie Gotty.
needs to win the second leg of the series to be held at Nukupure Park in
Ngatangiia this Saturday to keep their title hopes alive.
Town co-captain Kiana Sword-Tua said they will try to execute their game plan
properly in game two.
think on Friday last week we had a short turnaround, we only had one or two
days of good training,” Sword-Tua said.
have come into this week wanting to win because we know that if we lose, we
lose the cup. So we want to take this next game as a third decider.”
side is made up of top players from the 2023 domestic competition champions
Lady Bears and Lady Bulldogs teams.
defending champions are looking to come up with a better game plan and
structure for this Saturday’s game to seal the series.
Tehinnah Tatuava said: “We do have our game plan and have been training
throughout the whole week.”
said in the first game, Town gave them a good challenge and they expect a
tougher battle in game two.
knew it was going to be a tough match.”
said for some players this was their first time playing together as a team.
work on a few things to improve. Hope to see more people come over and support
Both teams have called for support. The Town versus the Country match will kick off at 2.30pm before the second leg of the Cook Islands Rugby League Tri Nations Series between Fiji-Tabusoro Residents and Samoa/Tonga-Residents.
have the women’s match before the men’s, it would be good to see some come and
see the women show some footy out there,” said Tatuava.
Conan’s Cup series is held in honour of a man who had a passion for league, the
late Colin (Conan) Ngari Munokoa-Tini.
“as the big man with the big heart”, Munokoa-Tini was the eldest son of former
MP for Nikao, Ngamau Munokoa and her husband Ngari, and passed away at the age
of 45 in 2010.
was a former president of the Arorangi Bears Rugby League Club, a huge
supporter of the Avatiu Eels Rugby League Club, and was heavily involved in the
referee’s association and junior development