Jillaroo Isabelle Kelly announced as CRL Women’s Nines Ambassador

Updated: November 1, 2017

Country Rugby League is proud to announce Australian Jillaroos World Cup member and NSW Women’s Interstate player Isabelle Kelly as official ambassador for the CRL Women’s Nines.

With the Illawarra, Group 4 and Group 21 CRL Women’s Nines kicking-off this weekend and additional competitions taking place in the Riverina, Central Coast / Hunter, Hastings League, Western Region, Group 2 and Group 19; the Nines will see over 1,500 female players participating in the six-week tackle competitions.

Kelly, who starred for the Jillaroos in their ANZAC Test against New Zealand in May, believes the CRL Women’s Nines are a great opportunity for female players to sample the tackle version of the game and progress through the Rugby League pathway.

“It’s a really exciting time for female rugby league players with opportunities like the CRL Women’s Nines taking place across Regional NSW,” said Kelly.

“When I first started playing, you had to travel to Sydney to get noticed and I think it’s great for girls in Regional areas to be able to play the game in their hometowns and get a taste of the tackle version of the game.”

With female participation rising each year and almost 50% of all nationally registered female players participating in CRL tackle and tag competitions; Kelly believes there has never been a better time for Regional players to aim for representative honours.

“Whether you’re new to the game or currently playing Ladies League Tag, the Nines are a great way to introduce yourself to the contact side of the game and learn the necessary skills to play Rugby League.

“I think League Tag players are coming in with an advantage because once they learn how to tackle, they can apply their skills to the rest of the game and we’re seeing some really skilful players coming through the grassroots into representative squads.

“It was great to see the Country and City Women’s teams go head-to-head this year and the more opportunities we have for girls playing the game, the more players we’re going to see competing for representative jerseys – it’s keeping everyone on their toes and it’s good for the game.”