Check out all of the key information and team-lists for the semifinals below.
PREMIERSHIP SEMIFINAL: Auckland Storm v Wellington Pride
Saturday 19 October, 12.05pm at Eden Park, Auckland. FREE ENTRY.
Referee: Rebecca Mahoney
Played: 27 (1999-2019)
Auckland wins: 25, Wellington wins: 1, Draws: 1.
Last match: Auckland 38, Wellington 10 in Auckland 22/9/2019
Auckland last won the Farah Palmer Cup title back in 2015 (then known as the Women’s Provincial Championship) and will be hoping for a large home crowd to cheer them onto another final. Entry is free at Eden Park and it is the first time a standalone women’s game will be played at the famous ground.
Auckland: 1: Chryss Viliko 2: Cristo Tofa 3: Aleisha-Pearl Nelson 4: Eloise Blackwell 5: Charmaine Smith 6: Linda Itunu 7: Leanne Thompson 8: Charmaine McMenamin 9: Kiritapu Demant 10: Patricia Maliepo 11: Isla Norman-Bell 12: Joeannha Naime-Purcell 13: Ruahei Demant 14: Princess Elliott 15: Natahlia Moors
RESERVES: Aldora Itunu, Saphire Abraham, Maiakawanakaulani Roos, Joanna Fanene, Moana Cook, Abigail Roache, Grace Freeman
Wellington: 1: Raylene Lolo 2: Alice Soper 3: Janet Taumoli 4: Te Amohare Ngata-Aerengamate 5: Sanita Levave 6: Joanah Ngan-Woo 7: Sinead To’oala-Ryder 8: Jackie Patea-Fereti 9: Ana-Maria Afuie 10: Amanda Rasch 11:Ayesha Leti-liga 12: Bernadette Robertson 13: Fa’asua Makisi 14: Kolora Lomani 15: Emily Dalley
Reserves: Rosie Stirling, Barbra Taumoli, Precious Auimatagi, Montant Heslop, Rejieli Uluinayau, Thamsyn Newton, Angelica Uila
PREMIERSHIP SEMIFINAL Canterbury v Counties Manukau Heat
Sunday 20 October, 2.05pm at Rugby Park, Christchurch. FREE ENTRY.
Referee: Brittany Andrew
Played: 8 (2013-19)
Won: Canterbury 7, Counties Manukau 1
Last match: Canterbury 32 Counties Manukau 17 in Pukekohe 28/9/2019
After meeting in the last two Farah Palmer Cup finals, Canterbury and Counties Manukau will now meet at the semifinal stage. Canterbury had the edge over Counties Manukau in the regular season with a 32-17 victory but will be well aware of the threats the Heat have across the park.
Canterbury: 1: Phillipa Love 2: Stephanie Te Ohaere-Fox 3: Amy Rule 4: Chelsea Bremner 5: Cindy Nelles 6: Alana Bremner 7: Lucy Jenkins 8: Georgia Ponsonby 9: Kendra Cocksedge 10: Cassie Siataga 11: Sam Curtis 12: Lucy Anderson 13: Grace Brooker 14: Mayalin Lolohea 15: Olivia McGoverne
RESERVES: Catriona Greenslade, Nina Poletti, Estelle Uren, Angie Sisifa, Greer O’Rourke, Melanie Puckett, Te Rauoriwa Gapper
Counties Manukau: 1: Aotearoa Matau, 2: Grace Gago 3: Leilani Perese 4: Temira Mataroa 5: Rebecca Burch 6: Ilsapeti Molia 7: Justine Lavea 8: Harono Te Irirangi 9: Arihiana Marino-Tauhinu 10: Hazel Tubic 11: Waikohika Flesher 12: Shontelle Woodman 13: Shyanne Thompson 14: Langi Veainu 15: Emily Kitson
RESERVES: Juvina Auva’a, Lauryn Steed, Glory Aiono, Anastasia Mamea, Yuki Ono, Ocean Tierney, Badinlee Munro-Smith
CHAMPIONSHIP SEMIFINAL Otago Spirit v Tasman Mako
Saturday 19 October, 2pm at Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin. GOLD COIN DONATION FOR ENTRY.
Referee: Maggie Cogger-Orr
Played: 3 (2017-2019)
Won: Otago 3
Last match: Otago 58, Tasman 15 in Oamaru 21/9/2019
Otago have been a cut above in the Championship this year with five wins from five matches played and will take extra incentive from playing at home on Forsyth-Barr Stadium. Playing away from home won’t worry Tasman too much though after they got past North Harbour 25-19 in a crunch quarterfinal at QBE Stadium last weekend.
Otago: 1: Isla Pringle 2: Tegan Hollows 3: Ellis Doyle 4: Kate Smith 5: Julia Gorinski 6: Bree Thomas 7: Morgan Hendersen 8: Greer Muir 9: Rosie Buchanan-Brown 10: Rosie Kelly 11: Kiana Wereta 12: Teilah Ferguson 13: Amy Du Plessis 14: Trisha Hopcroft 15: Sheree Hume
Reserves: Gemma Millar, Claudia Hobbs, Paige Church, Jess Kendall, Hannah Stolba, HInemoa Watene, Cheyenne Cunningham
Tasman: 1: Anna Bradley 2: Stephani Mitchell 3: Gabi Dixson 4: Hannah Gillespie 5: Courtney Clarke 6: Tamara Silcock 7: Leah Miles 8: Jess Foster-Lawrence 9: Jamie Paenga 10: Hayley Hutana 11: Sydnee Wilkins 12: Jess Drummond 13: Demi Salton 14: Rebecca Kersten 15: Bethan Manners
RESERVES: Louise Nalder, Paris Hart, Jaunita Thompson, Jordan Foster, Hannah Beech, Jess Harvie, Anya Schultz
CHAMPIONSHIP SEMIFINAL Hawke’s Bay Tui v Northland Kauri
Saturday 19 October, at 2.05pm McLean Park, Napier
Referee: Lauren Jenner
Played: 2 (2003 and 2019)
Won: Hawke’s Bay 2
Last match: Hawke’s Bay 64, Northland 31
It will be a historic occasion for the Northland Kauri as they play in the semifinals in their first season in the Farah Palmer Cup. Hawke’s Bay got the better of Northland 64-31 all the way back in round one but will be wary of a Northland team which has improved rapidly throughout the season.
Hawke’s Bay (note number changes): 3: Whitley Mareikura 2: Forne Burkin 18: Kathleen Brown 4: Te Aroha Hunt 5: Liana Mikaele-Tu’u 6: Hanna Brough 7: Niamh Jeffersen 8: Gemma Woods 9: Emma Jensen 26: Sylvia Bockman 11: Tori Iosefo 12: Chanel Huddleston 13: Michaela Baker 14: Cortez Te Pou 15: Krysten Cottrell
RESERVES: Iukika Faavae, Moomooga Palu, Jennifer Simati, Te Maari MacGregor, Felicity Powdrell, Teagen Meyer, Shaylee Tipiwai
Northland: 1: Kamila Wihongi 2: Te Kura Ngata-Aerengamate 3: Helen Kapa 4: Patricia Vaka 5: Eva Fulton 6: Mia Anderson 7: Tui McGeorge 8: Krystal Murray 9: Manaia Webb 10: Victoria Subritzky-Nafatali 11: Leilani Erwin 12: Kararaina Wira-Kohu 13: Cheryl Murray 14: Savannah Bodman 15: Stacey Tupe
RESERVES: Justice Karena, Bronwyn Hames, Kahurangi Shelford, Naomi Judd, Amanda Nepia, Tyler Nankivell, Jamiee Brown