NRL Victoria Junior Competitions
By Matt Hughes (NRL Vic Media)
The NRL Victoria Junior Competitions kick off this Saturday May 4. This year over 210 teams will compete in age groups ranging from under 6s all the way to Seniors, in male and female versions of the game. The amount of teams has increased on last season, which highlights the continued growth of rugby league in Victoria.
The competition will span over 14 regular season rounds, followed by a final’s series dependant on the age group. Age groups involved are under 6s through to 18s, whilst in the girls there will be an extra division this year with under 13s, 15s and 17 age groups. There will be two bye rounds during the competitions, with one on the Queens Birthday weekend and a bye during the July school holidays.
This year there will be three themed rounds – Referee Respect Round 18th May, State of Mind Round 13th July and Women in League Round 17th August.
In competitive age groups new teams can enter in round one and round four, however in non-competitive age groups new teams can enter at any time.
Fixtures will be published week to week until four when they will be released further in advance.
Under the guidelines of the NRL Development Framework, in 2019 the under six competition will be league tag. According to the framework kids will have a greater chance of enjoying league tag as they all develop at different rates. Kids will be able to learn the basics of rugby league before progressing to tackle.
This year there has been significant changes made to the female league tag competitions. There is under 14, 17 and women’s divisions, which will all get underway next Friday May 10. The competitions will be ten weeks long, before a two-week final’s series. There will also be various gala days throughout the year. By playing league tag on Fridays it gives females the chance to play both tag and tackle.
All the best for the 2019 season to all players, officials, referees, parents and everyone in between.