The NZRL Sky Sport Women’s Premiership finals take place this Saturday, 7th October 2:00 pm at West Auckland’s Trusts Arena, between the Auckland Vulcans and the Akarana Falcons.
The Auckland Vulcans enter the final contending to claim their first Women’s Premiership title, having earned promotion after winning the 2022 Women’s Championship. Akarana will defend their 2022 title, the side’s first premiership title since 2011.
The sides faced off earlier in Round 2, which saw the Vulcans make a comeback to narrowly win 22-16. Both teams will feature veterans and international representatives alongside up-and-coming young talent.
Most notably for the Vulcans are prominent former Kiwi Ferns Krystal Rota and Shontelle Woodman, who will steer the side as they have throughout the team’s undefeated campaign. Fellow former Kiwi Ferns Onjeurlina Leiataua Hunt and Ngatokotoru Arakua have also had stellar performances for the team thus far, and are ones to watch for.
For the opposing Falcons outfit, former Kiwi Fern and Tonga international Lavinia Tauhalaliku brings her experience and strength. Ahi Kā representatives Ilaisaane Taufa, Ronise Matini, Marewa Samson, Monica Samita, and Summer van Gelder will also feature for Akarana.
The Premiership final will be hotly contested as Akarana looks to defend their title from the formidable undefeated Vulcans side.
The National Men’s and Women’s Championship finals will also be played at 10:00 am and 12:00 pm before the Women’s Premiership finals.
Head down to Trusts Arena Henderson, or catch all the action live on Sky Sport!
MEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL
BAY OF PLENTY LAKERS v AORAKI EELS – 10:00 am
WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL
WAIKATO v BAY OF PLENTY – 12:00 pm
SKY SPORT WOMEN’S PREMIERSHIP FINAL
AUCKLAND VULCANS v COUNTIES MANUKAU STINGRAYS – 2:00 pm