For the second week in a row, Wheelchair Rugby League will be played outside the Sydney Metropolitan area, when the St George Illawarra Dragons take on the Newcastle Knights in Wollongong on Saturday.
The NSW Wheelchair Rugby League has confirmed the venue will be the Sports Hub at the University of Wollongong.
Chairman of NSWWRL, Joseph Chidiac said, “It has been a great experience to take our game to communities outside of Sydney.”
“The Dragons were one club that have been quick to jump on board with our competition. Our supporters will have the opportunity to see what they are supporting and we are confident they will love our sport. It’s great to watch.”
The NSWWRL competition has seen a growth in participation over the last three years and has captured the attention of the Australian Rugby League Commission and various other NRL clubs.
Mr Chidiac said, “Our sport allows people with a disability to actually play rugby league. We identify ourselves as being part of the rugby league family, and when our players put on those jerseys supplied to us by our supporting clubs, they really do get that feeling of involvement. Our relationship with the clubs and with the ARLC is so important and cherished.”
Following the competition game, the whole community will also be able to give the sport a go with a “come and try” event.
Mr Chidiac said, “The strength of our sport is that it is inclusive of all people. Anyone can play it. Our player pool comprises of able-bodied athletes, people with disabilities and amputees. We are always trying to get anyone to have a go, because we know they will love it.”
The NRL clubs supporting the 2012 NSW Wheelchair Rugby League competition are South Sydney, St George Illawarra, Newcastle, Canberra, Sydney Roosters, Cronulla, Parramatta, Penrith and Canterbury.
When: Saturday 17 November 2012, 1.30pm Kick off, 2.30pm Come and Try Event
Where: University of Wollongong
Who: St George Illawarra Dragons v Newcastle Knights