SEQ welcomes expansion of Women's Division 1 competition

The South East Queensland Women’s Division has expanded this season, with the Tweed Heads Seagulls approved to play in the top grade.

Tweed Heads are set to develop an instant and ready-made rivalry against defending premiers the Burleigh Bears, with both clubs to contest the division alongside Wests Panthers, Brothers Ipswich, Toowoomba, Easts Tigers and Souths Magpies in the competition.

Main Image: The Tweed Heads Seagulls Women's team - supplied photo

South East Queensland Region chair Brad Tallon said he was pleased to see the continuing growth and strength of the women’s game reflected in the in the high-quality competition.

“The South East Queensland competition has played a big part in supporting and developing women’s rugby league talent for many years,” Tallon said. 

“We are excited to have a new team enter the top division; underpinning the strength of the competition which has some of the best players in the game taking part; including Australian, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea representatives.”

There have been a number of player movements as well, with CJ Sims a high-profile recruit for the Seagulls, moving from her previous home at Ipswich Brothers.

Another move sees powerful forward Maitua Feterika switch to Wests Panthers.

South East Queensland Region stated the proposed starting date for the competition was March 29-31, with the competition set to be a 14-round home-and-away season.

Due to the NRLW premiership again taking place at the end of the season – with the Brisbane Broncos, St George Illawarra Dragons, Sydney Roosters and NZ Warriors taking part – the SEQ Women’s Division 1 grand final is scheduled to take place on the weekend of August 2-4.

Keep an eye on the QRL website for updates on the SEQ Women’s competition – including the draw for all three Divisions.

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In other new, the QRL SEQ Region are also still looking to finalise the other senior grades and the junior competition structures for this year.

Rugby League Brisbane, Rugby League Gold Coast and Rugby League Ipswich are also still to confirm their structures, including the number of teams competing in each league and the full season draws.

- The Brisbane Rugby League A Grade - In Safe Hands Cup draw has been released and can be viewed here > Season Draw 2019