Women’s Mini-Competition To Launch In Outback Rugby League

Updated: July 4, 2018

After the success of the first two non-competitive gala days, Women’s Rugby League in the Outback is fast-forwarding into a mini-competition one year early.

The ORL last week launched plans to hold a mini-competition for the women which will culminate in a decider on 2018 grand final day (Sunday, August 12) at Jubilee Oval, Broken Hill.

Broken Hill Flying Nguunkus, Menindee Twisted Sisters and Wilcannia Warrika have all loved the challenge of full contact rugby league.

With more than 70 female players registered, women’s tackle has been the growth area for the sport in the Far West of NSW.

In a year that has seen the first female State of Origin fixture played in front of almost 7000 fans at the historic North Sydney Oval, the Outback Rugby League’s female game is also thriving.

Originally planned to begin in 2019, the ability to incorporate a three-team women’s mini-competition was possible after the loss of two Musicians Club Outback Rugby League clubs Broken Hill United and Menindee Wedge-Tailed Eagles left vacancies in the men’s draw.

The fearsome battles between the Twisted Sisters and Warrika could be the highlight.

Those two sides played out an 18-all draw in Menindee on June 23 that had the big crowd enthralled.

Warrika then accounted for the Flying Nguunkus 18-4 while the Twisted Sisters were too good for the Broken Hill outfit 20-4.

ORL chairman Des Rumble is delighted for women’s rugby league in the Outback to be taking the next step.

“It is an exciting time for the women’s game,” Rumble said.

“The ladies have acquitted themselves tremendously during the first two gala days.

“It is a huge positive for the league to be able to offer plenty of football for the rest of the 2018 season. Women’s rugby league is playing a vital role in this.”

In the ORL women’s mini-competition, each team will play two matches in round-robins on July 7 and July 14 (Menindee) before a preliminary final on August 4 and grand final on Sunday, August 12. The focus is still on participation with all three sides qualifying for the finals.

The women’s decider will be played as the curtain-raiser to the 2018 Musicians Club Outback Rugby League grand final at Jubilee Oval, Broken Hill.

In the first women’s mini-competition rounds-robin this Saturday (July 7), Broken Hill Flying Nguunkus meet Menindee Twisted Sisters (11.00am) before Wilcannia Warrika clashes with the Twisted Sisters in the blockbuster at 11.40am and then plays the improving Flying Nguunkus at 12.20pm.

Broken Hill Saints RLFC will be the host senior club on canteen duties on Saturday.

In response to the tragic events that claimed the lives of three members of the Harvey family in Broken Hill last week, Saints will be co-ordinating a blanket appeal at Lamb Oval. All patrons that attend Lamb Oval can make a contribution.