KICKING OFF: The women's team that took part in the rugby league gala day at Lismore on Saturday.
KICKING OFF: The women's team that took part in the rugby league gala day at Lismore on Saturday. Mike Donnelly

Women of league set to join NRRRL

NORTHERN Rivers Regional Rugby League is set for a shot in the arm with the hope of starting an 11-team women's competition next year.

Five clubs already have teams and they competed in the first Women's League Tag gala day at Crozier Field, Lismore on Saturday.

The 11-a-side format has the same rules as rugby league but with tags instead of contact.

"It's as close as you can get to rugby league without the contact,” development officer Kylie Hilder said.

"Our goal is to have a female team at every NRRRL club next season.

"They won't just be in the canteen or doing other duties off the field, now they can be part of the game every week.

"The goal is that they always play on the same day as the men either before first grade or earlier in the day.

"It was a great start on the weekend (at Lismore) and we're really determined to get this competition going.

Byron Bay, Lower Clarence, Marist Brothers, Murwillumbah and Tweed Coast Raiders all had teams at the gala day.

A Northern Rivers team was also selected and will compete in the NSW Country Championships against Newcastle next month.

The League Tag has been played in all other regions under the Country Rugby League banner with Group 2 and NRRRL now on board this season.

"It has the potential to be a really big thing here and it makes the whole day more family friendly.

"The women's games have been quite skilful and I'm sure it will take off.

"It's been good for a lot of other regions and everyone gets behind it.”

A NSW Country side will be selected next year providing a representative pathway for female players.

"The NRRRL board is 100% behind the competition and will support clubs in getting their teams up and running,” NRRRL secretary Tanya Booth said.

Anyone interested in playing should contact their local club.



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