Some of the members of the champions Lady Panthers team after attending a church service on Sunday. SUPPLIED/ 23011101
Fresh off winning the League Nines in Paradise tournament, Lady Panthers are gearing up for the 2023 domestic 13s competition where they hope to give newcomers a chance to shine.
Panthers are eyeing a successful season after a perfect start at the League
Nines tournament over the weekend.
Rima Browne and Maruia Willie co-captained side finished the two-day tournament
held at the National Stadium in Nikao, unbeaten. In their opening match, the
Panthers drew with Lady Bears 4-all before beating former champions Lady
Bulldogs 17-8. In the final, the Panthers overcame Bears 14-6.
and Willie said: “Preparation was a challenge. We actually struggled with
numbers. In the end we were lucky to make up the team with returning Cook
Islanders who were here on holiday.”
team also fielded a relatively young side with eight of the 14 players in the 16
and under age category.
co-captains said this was a good sign for the game’s future.
team also comprised of three mother-daughter duos, which was really special.”
club thanked their players, management and especially those who worked behind
the scenes, playing a big part in the team’s success.
(Tuara) and June (Willie) were out but came on board as A1 managers who
recollected the team after day one’s performance to come back stronger on the
final day,” they said.
win at the end of the day was definitely a bonus and long time coming for us as
a club who joined the Nines three years in a row.”
ahead, Browne and Willie said: “The goal is to hopefully have more girls
wanting to play for us in the 13s season.”
Panthers 4 Bears 4, Men - A Bears 2 0 Bulldogs 28, Men - B Bears 1 11 Sea
Eagles 9, U18 Panthers 25 Bears 4, Women Bulldogs 8 Bears 0, Men - A Panthers
10 Bulldogs 15, Men - B Eels 18 Sea Eagles 10. U18 Panthers 19-0 Bears, Women
Bulldogs 8-17 Panthers, Men – A Panthers 30-4 Bears 2, Men – B Eels 16-8 Bears
1, Women Bulldogs 10-12 Bears, Men Bulldogs 8-11 Bears 1, Men Panthers 15-23
Eels, Men Bears 2 14-13 Sea Eagles, U18 Panthers 13-17 Bears (U18 Presentation:
Overall Best Of 3 Matches: Panthers), Women’s Final – Panthers 14-6 Bears,
Men’s Third Place – Bulldogs 19-7 Panthers, Men’s Final – Bears 1 6-8 Eels.