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The Pat Bailey Plate Female Rugby League Gala Day is held in Cairns each year and is firmly established on the secondary school calendar with increasing numbers participating each year.

This year's competition will kick off tomorrow (Friday, May 26) and will also be the first time the Gala Day will run teams in a primary school competition.

Primary School

Years 5-6 (born 1/1/2005 - 31/12/2006)

Secondary School

Years 7-8 (born 1/7/2003 - 31/12/2005)
Years 9-10 (born 1/7/2001-30/6/2003)
Years 11-12 (born 1/7/99 - 30/6/2001)

Teams will have nine players on the field, allowing small schools to enter teams.

The Gala Day is named after one of the Far North Queensland’s favourite administrators from the Cairns Rugby League.

Pat Bailey has been involved as a volunteer, officer bearer and administrator and it is fitting that this Gala Day is named in her honour. She has more than 35 years of service to the game.

This event was introduced for girls wanting to play rugby league and offers a pathway for girls to higher representative honours.

Primary and secondary school girls pathway

The pathways for girls in Rugby League continue to grow - for the third year the competition will be having Under 12 and Under 15 Girls Peninsula Trials as well as, for the first time, an Under 18 Girls Invitational side heading to Beenleigh.

The winning school of each year group will go on to represent the Peninsula region at the Karyn Murphy Cup Quad series.

Find out more about the Karyn Murphy Cup here.

The competition is named after legend of the game who helped guide the Queensland Women’s team to 16 straight series wins.