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The opening rounds of the Western Women’s Rugby League (WWRL) competitions are in the can after an entertaining start to the new season.

Catering for five different age groups from Under-12s through to Opens, the WWRL is one of NSWRL’s leading women’s tackle pathways with players coming out of the Group 11, Group 10, Castlereagh League, Woodbridge Cup, and Lachlan District competitions.

The WWRL has proven to be a breeding ground of talent with the Western Rams set to unveil strong Lisa Fiaola Cup and Open Country Championships sides in 2024.

On top of that, many talented individuals out of these areas have gone on to make their mark in various NSW Country, NSW Origin, and Australian representative sides, alongside the Tarsha Gale Cup and NRLW competitions.

Entering season 2023, the Panorama Platypi proudly owned the title of defending premiers in the Open competition, but it is the Wiradjuri Goannas and Mudgee Dragons on top after two rounds.

The Goannas were made to work in their opening round match defeating the Orange-based Vipers 24-22.

Photos: Bridget Bartlett Photography
Photos: Bridget Bartlett Photography

The Vipers, led by a Kiara Sullivan hat-trick, fell just short against the Goannas, who were guided to victory after doubles to Kandy Kennedy and Lily Mason.

Last Saturday, the Dubbo side made it two wins on the trot.

Playing their arch-rivals the Castlereagh Cougars at Apex Oval, the Goannas got up to win 34-24.

Also unbeaten, the Mudgee Dragons kicked off their season with a 34-26 win over the Woodbridge Cup representative side.

Kimberly Fyfe and Georgia Ward both crossed twice, but the Woodbridge side was game in defeat with Jade Harding scoring a double.

Woodbridge came out and franked that form in Round Two with a 38-8 win over Lachlan District, who are making a welcome return to the competition this season.

This time it was Stacey Ashe making her mark, with the forward crossing for a hat-trick.

The Vipers also bounced back in Round Two defeating the Panorama Platypi in another high-scoring contest 32-26.

In Round Three Castlereagh plays host to the Mudgee Dragons at Coonamble Sports Ground, Lachlan District tackles the Vipers at Red Bend College, and the Panorama Platypi take on Woodbridge at Jack Arrow Sporting Complex.

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