Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 

Auckland Vulcans Storm Into National Women’s Championship Final

The Auckland Vulcans will play for a national title on October 31 at Trusts Stadium, after qualifying through this weekend’s tournament at Pulman Park to set up a Grand Final meeting with Upper Central.

The Vulcans overcame an opening-day 18-14 loss to Upper Central to win both of their games on day two – beating Wellington 30-14 before easing past Northern 40-8 – to secure a top-two spot.

The Auckland women now have the chance to become just the second Vulcans team to win a national title, following on from the boys’ U15 team which won the National Youth Tournament in 2018.

Against Northern the Vulcans raced out to a 16-4 lead at half-time, with Ponsonby’s Natalee Tagavitau burrowing over for the opener before Keri Ratima and Lavinia Tauhalaliku added further four-pointers.

Tauhalaliku would later go on to record a hat-trick.

Teenage Mt Albert back Milarnia Cairns marked her first Vulcans campaign with a 30-metre runaway try early in the second half, and with that the floodgates opened.

Another two tries from Tauhalaliku, one to Yasmine Puru-Tongia – which made it three tries for the weekend for the Richmond forward – and a Sarah Filimoeatu effort blew the scoreline out.

The spirited Northlanders did hit back late, but it was quickly cancelled out by Otahuhu’s Jhana Magele crashing over for a try which Kaylarnee Meleisea-Murray converted on the siren.

After the match Vulcans captain Lilieta Maumau-Pinomi said she was proud of the response after her side suffered the opening-day loss to Upper Central.

“I think we’ve done well to reset and come out on top with two wins today, the bench really stood out in our game against Northland,” she said.

“It’s awesome for us to qualify for the Grand Final, especially for the young girls who are coming through the ranks.”

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 


Howard Davis: Avantdale Bowling Club

Auckland rapper and MC Tom Scott brought his stunning jazz-infused Taite Music Prize-winning project Avantdale Bowling Club to the Opera House headlining Wellington's 2020 Jazz Festival. More>>

Howard Davis: Kevin Field Quintet

With the hardest pews in town and an icon of Ruth Bader Ginsburg adorning the walls, St Peter's Church added a distinctly spiritual element to the debut of three new pieces by Kiwi jazz pianist and composer Kevin Field that celebrated our common humanity. More>>

Stage: Wellington’s Theatre Awards To Go Ahead

The Wellington Theatre Awards will go ahead despite a devastating year for New Zealand’s creative sector. Wellington Theatre Awards Trust Chair Tom Broadmore said, “the creative sector, and Wellington’s vibrant theatre sector has been gutted by the ... More>>

Journalism: An Icon Returns. New-Look North & South Magazine Hits Shelves

One of New Zealand’s most iconic magazines, North & South, is back on the shelves this week – with new independent ownership. The magazine, which has set the benchmark for investigative journalism in New Zealand since 1986, relaunches this week, ensuring ... More>>

Howard Davis: Three New Art Books for Xmas

Massey University and Te Papa Presses have published three new art books just in time for Xmas: Dick Frizzell's Me, According to the History of Art, Railways Studios, celebrating unique examples of government-sponsored advertising and design, and Nature - Stilled, Jane Ussher's extraordinary photographs of flora and fauna from the museum's natural history collections.
More>>

Howard Davis: Troy Kingi Rules The San Fran

The award-winning Northland musician performed songs from his new record The Ghost of Freddie Cesar, the fourth installment in his 10/10/10 series - ten albums in ten years in ten genres. More>>

Howard Davis: The Phoenix Foundation Rises From The Ashes (& Chris O'Connor Talks)

Simultaneously dreamy and structured, understated and subtle, spacious and hypnotic, The Phoenix Foundation's new album Lifeline includes gorgeous vocal harmonies, lilting lyrics with no lack of wry, self-deprecating humour, and gently weeping guitar parts. More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland