Panther Prowl: How will the Eagles survive their toughest test yet?

Thu, May 26, 2022, 8:15 AM
Rugby Vic Media
by Rugby Vic Media

Round four of the Lindroth Cup is headlined by the top of the table clash between Endeavour Hills and Northern Panthers.

The Eagles undefeated start to the season is all the more remarkable, considering they are still in their first ever Lindroth campaign.

"In the last few years, we as a club have always had a program in place to rebuild our women's," explains coach Presley Naea.

"But we lacked drive and dedication, and that’s where we always fell short.

"But this year we pushed to make sure it happened. Things are looking bright at The Nest but definitely credit goes to this very committed young talented group of ladies who continue to turn up with the will to learn ,develop,and improve every week."

Central to their makeup though is the diversity of the squad, a point Naea is quick to highlight.

"Overall we have a very young squad, but a team mixed with different personalities.

"Our leadership group continue to drive and maintain the standards in this team; the likes of Paula Ioane, Celeste Iotua, Atalani Faaiuaso, Harmony Tuai, and our Captain Ila Pritchard, and a few other experienced players Moega Wright, Iron telea and Naila Faaiuaso."

Looking to knock them off their perch this weekend is the second placed Northern Panthers, spearheaded by Rebels Super W representative Ta Tupou.

"It’s no surprise that Endeavour Hills have been able to gel this early in the season as they have a good mix of experience and youth in their team," acknowledges Tupou.

"The eagles have threats all over the field. They have strong ball carriers in the forwards and quality finishers in the back line.

"Their playmakers are decisive and manage the team very well, so they will be a tough opponent. 

"We all lead by example at Panthers so it will take a team effort to win this week. We also have an amazing coach in Silei Etuale, who believes in us and inspires us to be great players, and even better people."


The Eagles host the Panthers at Endeavour Hills this Saturday at 1:35pm.


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