Gold Coast to Host Women’s National Championship

Updated: April 23, 2018

The Gold Coast will play host to another key sporting event in June this year, with the 2018 Harvey Norman Women’s National Championship to be played at Owen Park in Southport between 1 – 3 June.

The Championship will involve six teams, with NSW Country, NSW City, QLD Country, QLD City, Australian Defence Force and Combined Affiliated States taking the field across the tournament.
NRL Senior Manager of the Women’s Elite Program, Tiffany Slater said the Championship provided an extended pathway opportunity for players to compete for their region, with the aim of progressing to State and National representation in the future.

“The Championship is one of several women’s rugby league matches and events throughout 2018,” Ms Slater said.

“We’re in the middle of State Competitions, we’ve got State of Origin in June, the Premiership in September, and a Test Match against New Zealand in October.

“There’s a lot more women’s rugby league action to come, which is exciting for players and fans alike.”

Country Rugby League CEO Terry Quinn believes the Women’s National Championship provides a great opportunity for female players from Regional NSW to test themselves against the best players in Australia.

“We’re extremely proud to be a part of the inaugural Women’s National Championship and we’re excited to see the best players from Country NSW competing on a national stage,” said Quinn.

“There have been some great announcements made for the women’s game in recent times and we fully support the continual development of pathways for female players.”

 Harvey Norman Chief Executive, Katie Page was delighted that the National Championship had been chosen to be showcased in South-East Queensland.

“The Gold Coast hosted the best Commonwealth Games competition in history, so it is fitting that the Gold Coast has been chosen to host the Women’s National Championship in June,” Ms Page said.

“Amongst the competition will be the nation’s best NRL players and it gives an indication of the depth of extraordinary talent in the game.

“Harvey Norman is so proud to support all the teams competing at the National Championship.  Each team is deserving of individual accolade, but we are particularly excited to see the women of the Australian Defence Force Team take the field.”

The Championship will run in conjunction with the QRL’s State Men’s Championship, together with the QRL’s Women’s Emerging Carnival.

The NRL will also host a Talent ID day on 31 May at Runaway Bay Rugby League Football Club, in partnership with Griffith University and prior to the Championship.

The ID day will provide an opportunity for current female rugby league players, together with female athletes from across sporting codes, to test themselves across a range of rugby league skills and drills, with the chance to be involved in the 2018 Women’s Premiership and beyond.

“In other words, the Talent ID is an ideal opportunity for rugby league players and non-rugby league players alike to trial to be part of the Premiership later this year,” Ms Slater said.