Women’s tackle competitions announced for Central Coast – Hunter in 2018

Updated: December 14, 2017

After the overwhelming success of the inaugural Central Coast – Hunter CRL Women’s Nines, Country Rugby League will introduce senior, under-14 and under-16’s women’s tackle competitions into the region in 2018.

The Central Coast – Hunter tackle competitions will kick-off in March and feature six teams in each age-division, with the senior competition to be played over 12 weeks and the under-14 and 16’s taking place over seven weeks.

With 34 teams and over 550 players competing in the Central Coast – Hunter Nines in 2017, CRL Women’s Participation Officer Kylie Hilder believes the time is right to introduce tackle competitions into the region.

“The overwhelming success of the CRL Women’s Nines has proven there is a strong appetite for tackle rugby league in Regional NSW,” said Hilder.

“The response from teams participating in the Central Coast – Hunter Nines has been amazing and with a large number of players expressing interest to continue playing tackle rugby league – the time was right to create this opportunity.”

With the National Rugby League’s recent announcement of a program of events for the Women’s game including an NRL Women’s Premiership and National Championship; Hilder believes regional participants are in the box seat to take advantage of the new opportunities.

“The announcement of the NRL’s events program for women has come at the perfect time, because we’ve got a large pool of existing talent to draw from who have already been exposed to the game.

“Whilst the Jillaroos were competing in the World Cup, there were close to 2000 women competing in Nines competitions across the state, on top of another 9000 participants playing in tackle and tag competitions throughout the year.

“There’s a number of exciting opportunities coming up next year for regional players with a CRL Women’s Representative side being chosen to take on City in a trial for the NSW State of Origin team and then compete in the new National Championships combine for Jillaroos jerseys.

“By creating new competitions and opportunities; we’re giving more players the opportunity to be part of the growing pathway for female players in the game.”

Country Rugby League are currently accepting expressions of interest to compete in the Central Coast – Hunter tackle competitions.

The final round of the Central Coast – Hunter CRL Women’s Nines will take place at Lakeside Sporting Complex, Raymond Terrace on Saturday, 16th December with a senior representative side to be selected to compete in the Northern Country selection trials in February.

For further details and expressions of interest – contact khilder@crlnsw.com.au