Lady Panthers after beating Lady Bears 38-0 in the women’s 10s final. 23080651
Lady Panthers thumped Lady Bears 38-0 to claim the Rarotonga Club Competition women’s 10s title at Victoria Park on Saturday.
into the showdown, the Panthers who combined with TKV players defeated the
Bears in both their earlier meetings this season.
the final, the Lady Panthers was unstoppable, proving too strong for their
opponents on the day, to win the inaugural competition.
extra pace of the fleet-footed Panthers duo, outside backs Soko Tikoirakua and
Sia Alicia, caused a major headache for the Bears defence throughout this
best players for the Bears were hardworking Samantha Lockington and Tepori-A-Pa
Heather. The post-match Vodafone Best & Fairest Player Awards went to Samantha
Lockington (Bears) and Jamie Gotty (Panthers).
Islands Rugby Union’s Ben Koteka said: “Congratulations to both teams, players
and management, for their efforts to be included into Saturday Club rugby. Congratulations
to the inaugural Women’s Rugby 10s winners the Lady Panthers too.”
Panthers led 21-0 at halftime.
the Under-19 final, after a slow start, Arorangi Bears were able to finish as
comprehensive winners against Avatiu Nikao Eels 33-5.
Eels tried hard but they were not helped by the loss, due to unfortunate
injury, to some of their key players.
best players for the Eels were busy loose forwards William Beddoes and Rennie
Tamangaro, hooker Jordan Peraua and utility back Ryan Daniel.
the Bears, right winger Samu Ritawa, who scored a hat trick of tries, number 8
Albert Etuete and strong running backs Troy Matutu and Nia Remuera Junior were
Bears led at halftime by 19-5.
said: “Firstly, thank you Lord for blessing us with all the resources
(including sponsors, volunteers and audience), all the helping hands, hearts
and feet to run a short and sweet Rarotonga Club 15s season. Thank you to all
the clubs and grades; Sea Eagles, TKV Reds, Panthers, Bulls, Eels and Bears –
players, coaches and management.
you to our Grand Finals hosts the Tupapa Panthers for allowing us to use your
wonderful sporting facilities and for supporting our Cook Islands 7s (men’s and
women’s) fundraising initiative through gate and food sales.
you to our strong and courageous match officials and administration staff –
with an open invitation to the ‘sideline critics/potential referees’ to pick up
the whistle or flag and be part of the recruitment solution!
are so grateful for all you love and support of this wonderful game, as we look
to inspire and unify our community.”
Lady Panthers: 38 (Tries: Soko Dikoiwakua , Cia Alicia , Kiana Sword-Tua
& Vaine-Usa Aroita. Conv: Rima Browne ) Lady Bears: 0
Arorangi Bears: 33 (Tries: Samu Ritawa , Maka Maui & Albert Etuete Conv: Oscar Wichman ) Avatiu Eels: 5 (Try: