CRL Newcastle to Represent Hunter Region in NSW Women’s Premiership

Updated: March 22, 2018

A new partnership with CRL will see Newcastle’s Harvey Norman NSW Women’s Premiership side receive additional support both on and off the field in 2018.

Formerly known as North Newcastle, the Women’s side will compete as ‘CRL Newcastle’ this season; with Country Rugby League assuming management of their administration along with providing additional resources, finances and player pathways.

With the announcement of the inaugural Central Hunter Combined Women’s Competition kicking-off in 2018, the CRL Newcastle Women’s team will now have a feeder competition featuring over 700 players beneath it as well as a pathway for players in the new competition to progress to the premier women’s competition in New South Wales.

All players in the CRL Newcastle Harvey Norman NSW Women’s Premiership side will be registered with local clubs in the Central Hunter Combined competition, which provides overall depth and competition for positions in the premier side.

CRL Operations Manager Bert Lowrie believes the new partnership is a win for both the CRL Newcastle side and the Central Hunter Combined Competition.

“This new partnership ensures the CRL Newcastle team is at the top of the female rugby league pathway in the region and provides an opportunity  for those wanting to progress from the under-14, 16, 18 and open-age Central Hunter competitions to the NSW Women’s Premiership,” said Lowrie.

“Having a strong competition feeding into the CRL Newcastle side will create competition for positions and add considerable depth to the premier side which they haven’t had before.”

Lowrie acknowledged the great work done by Mick and Australian Jillaroos Bec Young in managing the Newcastle women’s team in its various guises over the past six years and admitted the success of the CRL Nines was a contributing factor in forming the partnership.

“Mick and Bec Young  have fought really hard to ensure the region has had a side competing in the NSW Women’s Premiership over the years and as that competition has increased in stature, so has the demands placed on Mick and Bec to run the team, co-ordinate training venues and secure registrations and such.

“Now that CRL have formed a partnership with the Newcastle women’s side, we’ve been able to provide resources and seek sponsorship to add a professional element to allow the girls to compete to their full capacity.

“The success of the CRL Nines has allowed us to develop and build the Central Hunter Combined Women’s Competition and with the overwhelming response we’ve received, we’ve now been able to link the pathway from the grassroots to the elite female competition.

“The CRL Newcastle side will boast five current Jillaroos in their squad this year, so the incentive for players to strive for the elite team and put their case forward for higher honours is clear.”

CRL Newcastle will be sponsored by Creative Community Concepts in 2018, who provide the administration and coordination of programs, including Anti-Domestic Violence and Mental Wellbeing, to strengthen families and communities throughout Regional NSW.

These programs are delivered as the operational arm of the Murdi Paaki Regional Rugby League Council.

CRL Newcastle’s first match of the season will take place on Saturday, 24th March against the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Redfern Oval.