The NSWRL is pleased to be part of an historic under-18 women’s representative match that will be played as a double header before the Women’s State of Origin at North Sydney Oval on Friday 21 June.
The match, organised in conjunction with the NRL and the QRL, provides another pathway for aspiring women Rugby League players and reflects a boom period of growth for the women’s game in NSW which saw participation numbers increase by 60 per cent last year.
A preliminary NSW under-18 women’s squad will join the Harvey Norman NSW Women’s Origin squad for a training session at the NSWRL Centre of Excellence on Sunday 14 April.
“This is a great endorsement of the work we have done over the past few years to build unbroken pathways for girls and women wanting to play our game,” NSWRL Head of Competitions Yvette Downey said.
“In particular it highlights the strength and quality of our Harvey Norman Tarsha Gale under-18 women’s competiton.
ion and the Harvey Norman Women’s Premiership with players from these comps getting their opportunity to play State of Origin representative football.
“Already we had started to see the benefits of these pathways last year with one of our Tarsha Gale players, Quincy Dodd, named as 18th player for the inaugural women’s Origin match, won by NSW, our third successive interstate victory.”
NSWRL Head of Performance Alan Thompson said: “It’s exciting to see the stars of the future will get a chance to shine on a bigger stage before the women’s State of Origin match this season.
“It’s a reflection of all the hard work that goes into the NSWRL performance programs and it will be a rewarding experience for the under-18 squad to work closely and learn off the Harvey Norman Women’s Origin team.”