“November 9s” to Introduce New Female Participants
Following on from a 2016 season that saw girls from teams in the Women in Defence League Illawarra League don the St. George-Illawarra strip and take on Cronulla Sharks in a historic Nines match, continuing efforts to foster growth in female participation will again focus around the Nines format of the game.
A new “November 9s” will take place on Friday evenings across November at Ziems Park, Corrimal, aimed at providing new players with the opportunity to try Rugby League in a format that emphasises the attacking side of the game. Competitions will be conducted in both open age (18 years and over) and under 17 (girls 15-17 years).
The Women in Defence League will look to establish an under 18 division in addition to the current open aged competition in 2017, and the “November 9s” is an ideal way for new players to get a feel for Rugby League with a view to playing in the 2017 competition.
With the announcement of the Tarsha Gale under 18 9s commencing in 2017, the “November 9s” will also serve as the initial step in identifying talent to join the preliminary squad to begin preparing for this new competition. Interest has already come from players and clubs outside of Illawarra to be a part of the “November 9s”.
Illawarra Division Rugby League Manager Chris Bannerman believes this new initiative will be a success. “With input from CRL and NRL development we have put together an event which will focus on providing a fun and enjoyable introduction to new players, as well as assisting with skills development” he said.
“Teams are limited to only four players currently registered in 2016, so each team will provide plenty of opportunity for new players to take part in games and learn the game. NRL Development will provide skills sessions before games commence to assist new players take part with confidence” Bannerman added.
The “November 9s” will commence on Friday 4 November at Ziems Park, Corrimal, with games played in the evening. Corrimal, Helensburgh, Berkeley and Bomaderry clubs who currently field teams in the Women in Defence League are actively seeking new players to take part. Interested individuals should contact a club or Illawarra Division Rugby League Manager Chris Bannerman to register and join a team.