NSW Rugby League is preparing for its biggest-ever weekend of action, with more than 1200 games across eight established Rugby League competitions, Junior Leagues and a Penrith all-girls competition being played throughout the state this Saturday and Sunday (7-8 April).
The 2018 Ron Massey Cup and Sydney Shield competitions kick-off on Saturday, complementing the other senior competitions already underway – the Intrust Super Premiership NSW, Harvey Norman NSW Women’s Premiership and Jersey Flegg Cup – and the action doesn’t end there.
The NSWRL’s Junior Representative competitions (Harold Matthews Cup, SG Ball Cup and Tarsha Gale Cup) are also heating up as the regular rounds enter their final stages, with Finals Week One commencing next week.
Junior Leagues commence this weekend around the state, with #RESPECT being a major focus as the competitions begin for more than 40,000 participants.
Complementing all that action this weekend is the Penrith all-girls competition, with under-6 to under-18 females engaged in competitions that start this Sunday and run for at least 10 weeks.
NSWRL General Manager – Football, Barrie-Jon Mather, said: “It’s always an exciting time of the year when Rugby League returns in full throughout the NSWRL.
“Seeing 40,000 kids take the field, excited and wanting to emulate some of their heroes in the NRL and Brydens Lawyers NSW Blues Origin team is why we have thousands of volunteers in the Junior game who help to make those dreams come true.
“It’s even more special this year in that we have an unbroken pathway for girls and a dedicated junior all-girls competition for them in Penrith.
“Combine that with the excitement of finals football in our Junior Rep competitions and the kick-off of the Ron Massey and Sydney Shield competitions, the flagship competitions for senior football in Sydney, and we are in line for a great weekend of football.”
Catch all the action, highlights, stories and photos from these competitions on NSWRL.com.au in the days ahead.