CRL Launch Combined Central Hunter Women’s Competitions

Updated: January 19, 2018

Country Rugby League continues to provide new opportunities for female participants in the Hunter and Central Coast with the introduction of senior, under-14, under-16 and under-18’s women’s tackle competitions into the region in 2018.

Over 700 players will take the field this season, with 35 teams confirming their participation in the newly formed CRL Central Hunter Combined Women’s Competitions.

After the overwhelming success of the Central Coast – Hunter CRL Women’s Nines in 2017, which saw 34 teams and over 550 players competing, CRL Women’s Participation Officer

Kylie Hilder believes the time is right to introduce tackle competitions into the region.

“We’ve been overwhelmed by the positive response from the clubs to the new competition and it’s great to see so many teams wanting to participate,” said Hilder.

“The Nines were the first step in gauging interest for new tackle competitions in the area and the response from the clubs and players proved the time was right for CRL to create this opportunity.”

With the National Rugby League’s announcement of a program of events for the women’s game including an NRL Women’s Premiership and National Championship this season;

Hilder believes regional participants are in a strong position to take advantage of the new opportunities.

“There are a number great opportunities coming up this year, with Country sides being selected to take on City in a trial for NSW State of Origin jerseys and then compete in the National Championships for places in the Jillaroos squad.

“We’ve been working really hard to expand the pathway for female players in regional areas and it’s great to see such a strong response not only in this region, but right across the state.”

The Women’s CRL Central Hunter Combined Competition will kick-off on Saturday, 24th March.

Photo courtesy of – Newcastle Herald

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