Women’s Rugby League Kicking Goals in Illawarra
With a very successful inaugural “November 9s” recently wrapped up, the flow-on effect for women’s Rugby League in Illawarra has been significant.
The Illawarra women’s league will launch a new under 18 competition in 2017 (for girls 16-18 in 2017), in addition to the current open aged competition. Already early indications are that this will provide a significant boost in participation numbers with significant interest from young girls in this new competition.
In further positive news, the Bateman’s Bay RLFC have committed to enter teams in the under 18 and open age Illawarra women’s Rugby League competitions in 2017, opening up a new participation pathway for females in the Eurobodalla area.
Illawarra Division Rugby League Manager Chris Bannerman has welcomed this expansion of the competition. “With Bateman’s Bay Tigers now entering our women’s Rugby League competitions in under 18s and opens, we can offer women and girls an opportunity in tackle and tag versions of Rugby League from the suburbs of Wollongong, in the Shoalhaven region via the Bomaderry club, and now in the south coast and Eurobodalla area through the Bateman’s Bay Tigers” he said.
“The talent we saw at the recent November 9s justifies the expansion of our competitions, and this region will certainly produce many more NSW and Australian Jillaroo representative players in the next few year.” Bannerman added.
“Our Illawarra women’s Rugby League will likely see an additional six teams competing in 2017 which is a great boost. In addition to this growth, the Illawarra Steelers have committed to entering a team in the inaugural 2017 Tarsha Gale under 18 9s, which will be run by the NSWRL in parallel with current junior representative programs, giving many of these new players to our competitions a great pathway into representative football.”