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Round 1 report

THE sweet smell of deep heat and anticipation filled the air once again, as the Brisbane and District women’s competition kicked off for 2014.

The competition has begun; bigger than ever, with 14 teams split over two Divisions this season.

Chairman of Brisbane Second Division Rugby League and Administrator of Brisbane and District Women’s Rugby League, Mick Tierney said he welcomed the growth.

“I am very happy to see the competition grow from 10 teams in 2013 to 14 teams in 2014,” Tierney said.

“Following the successful splitting of the competition during the season last year, the extra teams this year will allow us to have two Divisions from the start. This can only be good for the competition.”

In Division 1, we will see six teams go head to head. Five-year reigning premiers, Souths Logan, will be joined by 2013 Division 1 runners up, Burleigh Bears, Beerwah, 2013 Division 2 Premiers, Aspley, their 2013 runners up, Carina and new team to the competition, North Ipswich.

In Division 2, eight teams will hit it out, with Wests Inala, Wynnum Manly and the Swifts returning once more, along with new teams Pine Rivers, Burpengary, Toowoomba Fillies and Cannon Hill. Waterford also re-joins the competition from the 2012 season.

This past weekend, March 22 and 23, round 1 kicked off with some great games.

In Division 1, Aspley ventured north, to take on Beerwah. It was a tough game, with Beerwah taking the two points with the end result of 36-6.

Newcomers, North Ipswich, entered the Magpies nest with Souths Logan proving why they’ve dominated the competition for so long, scoring a 36-0 win. Carina showed their worth in Division 1, only just missing out on the two points against Burleigh, with the 14-10 result going Burleigh’s way.

Souths Logan, Beerwah and Burleigh, sit in the top three spots on the ladder, with two points each.

Carina, Aspley and North Ipswich, are yet to get on the board, with 0 points.

In Division 2, Pine Rivers took out the biggest win of the round, defeating Cannon Hill, 58-4.

Waterford, showing great promise in their first game of the season, defeated Wests Inala, 34-14.

Wynnum Manly took the long journey to Toowoomba with the Fillies giving their home ground supporters a great first game, defeating Wynnum 36-0.

It was a close game for the Swifts and Burpengary saw Burpengary as the only away team throughout both divisions to take the win, with a 22-16 result.

Pine Rivers, Toowoomba Fillies, Waterford and Burpengary, all sit on two points each.

Swifts, Wests Inala, Wynnum Manly and Cannon Hill, are yet to get on the board, with 0 points each.

Elsewhere in the competition calendar, there is a lot for players and supproters to look forward to.

“There is a state carnival again this year and there will also be another Emerging Players Camp,” Mr Tierney stated.

The Emerging Players Camp in 2013 allowed up and coming talent to further develop within South-East Queensland.

The camp consisted of players chosen from every team across the competition; with mentoring by some of the Jillaroos. Many players and clubs benefited from the camp and will do again this season.

Mr Tierney holds high hopes for the season, stating: “Overall, I think we are in for a very successful BDWRL season in 2014,” he said.

This coming weekend , Saturday, March 29, in Division 1, North Ipswich will play at home against Burleigh Bears at Cribb Park, 6pm. Aspley will play at home against Souths Logan at Harry Kirby Park, 3pm and Carina will play at home against Beerwah at Leo Williams Oval, 3pm.

In Division 2, Wests Inala will play away to Pine Rivers at Matheson Oval, 1pm. Burpengary will play away to Wynnum Manly at Kitchener Road, 3pm and the Toowoomba Fillies will play away to Waterford at Noffke Farm Park, 3pm. Cannon Hill will play the Swifts at North Ipswich Reserve on Sunday, March 30 at 4.30pm.