Rep Teams Trial in Albury
This Saturday 10th February, four Victorian representative sides will travel across the New South Wales border for trial matches against Riverina sides at Greenfield Park, Albury.
Kicking off the day will be the NRL Victoria Women’s side who will be taking on the Riverina Women in a full 13 a side clash. The Combined Affiliated States Championships are coming up quickly, held in Sydney over the Easter weekend with the Women’s side using the hit-out against Riverina as preparation for the tournament. The Victorian women will be looking to go back-to-back after winning in 2017.
Following the women will be the NRL Victoria Under 16 side taking on the Riverina Under 16 side, with the Victorian side being a developmental squad, this clash will be one of a few opportunities for the squad to compete and grow their skills in 2018.
The first Thunderbolts side kicks off at 2:15pm, when the Victoria Thunderbolts 18’s run out against the Riverina Under 18 side. They will be preparing for another Mal Meninga Cup season in 2018 and will follow the Riverina trial with one more prior to the season taking on the Victoria Thunderbolts 20s reserves on Saturday 24th February.
The final match scheduled for the day is the Victoria Thunderbolts 20’s taking on the Riverina Under 23’s squad. The Victoria Thunderbolts 20’s side is gearing up for a long season in the Hastings Deering Colts competition. The Thunderbolts 20’s side will follow the Riverina trial with two more trial matches prior to the beginning of the season. On Friday 16th February, the 20’s will host Canberra Region Under 23’s side at AAMI Park as a curtain raiser to the World Club Challenge between Melbourne Storm and English Super League side Leeds Rhinos. The following weekend will see the boys travel to Sydney to take on the Brothers Penrith Rugby League Club Sydney Shield team on Sunday 25th February.
Both the Victoria Thunderbolts 18’s and 20’s will kick-off the season on March 10 hosting Western Mustangs at Casey Fields.
11:45am – NRL Victoria Women vs Riverina Women
1:00pm – NRL Victoria Under 16s vs Riverina Under 16s
2:15pm – Victoria Thunderbolts 18’s vs Riverina Under 18’s
3:45pm – Victoria Thunderbolts 20’s vs Riverina Under 23’s