Local rugby league showcase

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The Coastline District rugby league season kicks off this weekend, with the Werohia Shield Challenge Day at Papamoa’s Gordon Spratt Reserve.

Apart from promoting the code in the Eastern Bay of Plenty, the Werohia Shield is an indications of clubs’ readiness for the season proper, which begins early next month.

There will four shield games on Saturday, March 24. The first gets underway at 12.30pm, when the Otumoetai Eels play Papamoa Bulldogs. At 1.30pm the Eels will play Taneatua Warriors and at 2.30pm the Warriors play the Bulldogs.

The final will between the two teams with the most wins and/or points differential.

The games will consist of two 20-minute halves, played on field one.

The reserve grade will also have a pre-season hit-out on field two.

The Eels will play Papamoa Bulldogs at 11.30am, while the Te Teko Bulldogs will play Putauaki Stags at 12.30pm.

The Eels then play the Stags at 1.30pm and Papamoa take on Te Teko at 2.30pm. These games will also consist of two 20-minute halves, but there won’t be a final.