All-Girls Ground-Breakers to Cap Historic Season at NRLW Grand Final
Members of the successful Mount Druitt Lions all-girls Under-10s side will on Sunday (30 September) present premiership rings to the winners of the inaugural NRLW Grand Final, to be contested between the Brisbane Broncos and Sydney Roosters.
In April, the NSWRL – in conjunction with the Penrith District Junior Rugby League – ushered in a new era of girls' Rugby League, with an all-girls competition established in one of the state's biggest JRL bases.
The all-girls competition formed a part of the NSW Rugby League's complete female pathway, which provides an opportunity for women and girls to play at every age group in all NSWRL districts.
Binding together at the start of the season with little-to-no previous Rugby League experience, the Mount Druitt outfit rounded out their successful campaign with a 28-22 win over the Blacktown Bears.
"The all-girls competition saw more than 150 new females take to Rugby League in the Penrith district this season. We know that the talent base is here in Penrith, we're working hard to build upon it," NSWRL Club and Competitions Coordinator Zoe Hamilton said.
"New competitions of this nature get more girls playing Rugby League, they provide a pathway for these young stars to maybe one day go on to represent a club in the Harvey Norman NSW Women's Premiership, an NRLW franchise or the Women's Origin team.
"The girls are very excited to step out on to ANZ Stadium alongside their heroes on Sunday."