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2019 Tarsha Gale Cup Grand Final - Illawarra Steelers v Newcastle Knights. Photo: Gregg Porteous/NRL Photos

The 2020 Harvey Norman NSW Tarsha Gale Cup will unearth some of the game’s brightest young female talents with the opening round of the Under-18s competition kicking off this Saturday 8 February. 

The new campaign will feature a number of exciting rule changes including teams being expanded from 11 to 13 players and games being played in two-30 minute halves instead of three-20 minute periods. 

Premiers Illawarra Steelers start their title defence against the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks at Collegians Sporting Complex, while Grand Finalists Newcastle Knights will be desperate to avenge their loss in the decider with a win in their opening fixture against St George Illawarra Dragons. 

The Knights were the best defensive side throughout the 2019 season and will take confidence from their last-start 38-26 win over the Dragons in the Preliminary Final. 

Meanwhile, the Sydney Roosters Indigenous Academy and Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs will open their respective campaigns going head-to-head at Henson Park, with both sides desperate for a finals berth after both failing to make the top 8 in 2018.

The Bulldogs are the only club who are yet to play in the Tarsha Gale Cup finals series across the last two seasons. 

Tune into for live updates of all Harvey Norman Tarsha Gale Cup fixtures throughout the 2020 campaign. ​


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