Western Women’s Tackle Competition Announced for 2018

Updated: December 19, 2017

Western Region Rugby League will launch a new Ladies tackle competition in 2018 incorporating teams from Group 10, Group 11, Woodbridge Cup and Castlereagh districts.

The competition is set to kick-off the last weekend in February and finish with a grand final in mid-April.

Feeding into the open women’s 13-a-side competition there will be an under-18s 9-a-side division running parallel in 2018.

The new Ladies League was adopted by Western Regional delegates this week following a proposal from the newly formed Western Women’s Rugby League (WWRL) committee.

The WWRL committee will be charged with driving competitions that will also incorporate gala days and clinics for interested girls aged 5-15 years.

Trangie based Chairperson Melinda Gleeson will head the committee.

Gleeson, who was instrumental in establishing Ladies League Tag in the Castlereagh competition, can’t wait to tackle the new challenge.

“We have a strong and enthusiastic committee including the astute Kathy Lang from Mudgee who will take on the operations role, along with Jordan Dwyer from Orange and Baradine’s Angela Howe, who played with the Cronulla Sharks Ladies team this year.”

“Following the Jillaroos success in the Rugby League World Cup and the NRL announcement regarding its Ladies competition, there is a need and demand for a genuine pathway for ladies and girls to play Rugby League in Western NSW.

“The committee conducted its first meeting last week and is eager to strike while the iron is hot and launch a Western competition in 2018,” Gleeson enthused.

“The committee agreed that a four team structure under the banner of each Group would provide a solid foundation to establish a strong competition.”

“A competition, that will underpin the growth of ladies and girls Rugby League in the Western Region.”