Updated: November 9, 2017
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By Ellen Dunger / Armidale Express

Women’s rugby league is surging in popularity and this Saturday locals will have the chance to witness some of our region’s talent when the Group 19 nines competition gets underway.

Armidale are represented in the four week-competition with Narwan and the Rams while Moree and Warialda make up the rest.

Round one gets underway at Rugby League Park and Narwan captain Anarla Moran said their squad is ready to take the field.

“Narwan Eels women’s nines team is looking very good with a full squad of 18 players. We are all very keen and confident to get out onto the field and give our best,” she said.

“A few of our players have played tackle football before playing in competitions, like the Aboriginal Knockout Carnival. We do also have a few girls that are new to tackle football and giving it a go for the first time. We have been training twice a week and been teaching a variety of tackling techniques to give the girls confidence on the field in tackling the opposition in defence.”

Armidale Rams have hit the training paddock in preparation for the new competition.

 The Rams fielded a side in the North West competition earlier this year but returning player Kate McCulloch said it will be a vastly different team this time round.

“Our squad is going in very positive and very keen to get out there and make our mark. We have about 15 players which isn’t a full squad but certainly enough to be competitive,” she said.

“We have a reasonably small team so our biggest challenge is going to be muscling up in defence,” she said.

“We are confident we have what it takes to score tries if we can just maintain good possession and hold the other team out.”

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