Pre-sea­son match for Mar­lins

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The Ti­tahi Bay Mar­lins women’s rugby league side will play Rand­wick King­fish­ers on March 5 at Whakatiki Park in Up­per Hutt in the in­au­gu­ral Chal­lenge Cup match.

Rand­wick, Whiti Te Ra and Univer­sity have in­tro­duced women’s league teams this year, boost­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son com­pe­ti­tion to eight teams.

Mar­lins coach Mike Hall said it was a fan­tas­tic sign for women’s rugby league in the Welling­ton re­gion and that the ex­tra com­pe­ti­tion would pro­vide a real spur for the game.

Otaki-based Whiti Te Ra, which for­merly played in the Manawatu com­pe­ti­tion, will have a men’s team in the premier grade, mean­ing the Mar­lins’ men’s team will play in re­serve grade this year.

It is ex­pected they will be granted en­try into the premier com­pe­ti­tion in 2017.

Last year’s Welling­ton premier club ti­tles were won by Te Aroha Eels (men) and Lin­ton Co­bras (women). Te Aroha beat Wainui Lions 36-6 in the men’s fi­nal and Lin­ton re­tained their ti­tle by beat­ing Te Aroha in the women’s fi­nal.

Welling­ton rugby league re­ceived some good news at the an­nual New Zealand Rugby League awards last week when Carey Cle­ments was given a dis­tin­guished ser­vice award to mark his 25 years of in­volve­ment in the game as an ad­min­is­tra­tor and his­to­rian, and when Si­mon Hula of Wainuiomata was named Vol­un­teer of the Year.

The first event of the 2016 Welling­ton club league sea­son will be the Nardo Va’a Me­mo­rial 9s, set down for Fe­bru­ary 27. This year the tour­na­ment will in­clude women’s and 17s grades.

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