Match reports from Round 1 of the Farrelly Photos Women’s Competitions, played on May 2.
Farrelly Photos Women’s Premiership
Pakuranga 8 lost to Ponsonby 42
Mele Hufanga ran in four tries and both Noia Fotu-Moala and Nive Taulanga scored doubles as Ponsonby powered to a big first-up win. The Ponies led 20-0 at the break, with Pakuranga showing second-half improvement to score twice in the second spell
Richmond 12 lost to Pt Chevalier 38
Competition newcomers Pt Chevalier enjoyed an opening game victory, getting past Richmond thanks in part to doubles from Langi Veainu and Brisbane Broncos NRLW star Amber Hall.
Manurewa 62 defeated Te Atatu 12
Aleasha Brider and MJ Finau both scored three for Manurewa in a big win over Te Atatu. The Marlins led 28-6 at the break. Representative star Katelyn Vaha’akolo was the standout for Te Atatu at Mountfort Park.
Farrelly Photos Women’s Championship
Otahuhu 0 lost to Glenora 30
Win by default.
Tuakau 10 lost to Taniwharau 46
A classy performance from Harata Butler, which included scoring three tries and setting up several others, led Waikato side Taniwharau to victory over Tuakau. Taniwharau led 14-0 at the break before running away with the contest in the second period.
Howick 58 defeated Marist 18
A hat-trick inside the opening 20 minutes to fullback Melvina Weilert set Howick up for a big win over fellow competition newcomers Marist. The Hornets led 24-4 at the break.
Manukau 58 defeated Otara 22
Beni Amina’s four tries did much of the damage for Manukau in a big win over Otara. The Magpies controlled the majority of the match, although Otara did well to remain in the contest and cross for several tries of their own