AAMI Senior Country Championships Kick-Off
The 2016 AAMI Senior Country Championships kick-off this weekend, with Ladies League Tag featured for the first time in the annual tournament to decide the best regional representative teams in Country NSW.
The four-week competition will see the best male and female Rugby League and Ladies League Tag players represent their respective regions, with matches taking place in Wyong, Camden, Coffs Harbour and Dubbo; with the Finals venue to be decided by participating teams.
Round One will see a combined five matches played at Wyong’s Morry Breen and Bill Hicks Oval’s and will feature the Central Coast, Greater Northern, East Coast, Riverina, Newcastle and Canberra regions Senior Men’s and Ladies League Tag sides taking the field throughout the day.
The Senior Men’s Country Championships will see Illawarra aiming to win their eighth title in ten years after last year’s 30-6 defeat of Canberra in the Tier One Final, which was also their third straight Country Championship title.
Riverina will have the opportunity to contest the Tier One Final this year after claiming the Tier 2 title with a victory over the Greater Northern Tigers in Mudgee last season.
Ladies League Tag will feature in the Country Championships for the first time with the Central Coast Greater Northern, Greater Southern, East Coast, Western, Canberra, Riverina and Newcastle regions represented.
Ladies League Tag is the fastest growing version of modified Rugby League in Regional NSW, with over 5,500 registered players participating in competitions and representing their local club sides across the state.
CRL CEO Terry Quinn believes this year’s AAMI Country Championships are a great opportunity for participating players.
“The Country Championships are one of the most prestigious events on the Country Rugby League calendar,” said Quinn.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity for players to not only represent their respective regions, but also their home towns and test themselves against the best players from across Regional NSW.”
Quinn admits he is excited to see Ladies League Tag featured for the first time.
“The success of Ladies League Tag competitions across the state has been tremendous and continues to grow,” said Quinn.
“It’s wonderful to see Ladies League Tag sides playing for their local clubs each weekend and there are many mothers, fathers, sons and daughters across the state who are able to represent their hometowns and local clubs together on the same day.
“It was a natural progression to see Ladies League Tag become a part of the Country Championships and creates a wonderful opportunity for ladies to represent their regions at the highest level.”
The Country Championship Finals will be played on Saturday, 4th June.