The Paga Panthers claimed the 2020 Port Moresby Rugby Football League Women’s title after defeating Moresby South 22 – 6 at the Oil Search National Football Stadium on Sunday.
Experience proved the different for the Panthers, with Naomi Mondowa and Rosewita Kapo leading the onslaught with tries in the opening quarter of the match to setup a 12 – 0 lead.
Whilst Souths hit back via lock forward, Sister Wai, in the 25th minute to cut Paga’s lead by half, it would be the last time they would cross the tryline for the match.
Paga fullback, Mala Mark, and second-rower, Leila Kerowa, scored for the Panthers in the second half to secure the 22 – 6 victory.
Paga captain, Janet Michael, told The National that experience proved the difference and enabled her side to stay composed and know when to lift the intensity.
“I think it came down to experience which gave us an advantage and helped us win.” Michael said.
“We have a couple of former Orchids, including myself, and current representatives as well so we were much more composed in the game.”
“But credit to our young Paga girls as well, they played well throughout the season and it was a well-deserved win for the team.”
Paga went through the regular season undefeated.