A new era has arrived in the Central Highlands with a record three senior grades to take to our rugby league fields this season.
Today, the Central Highlands Rugby League released the draw for 2019 with the bone-crunching hits and lightning-fast line breaks to return locally in a mere 23 days.
A double header showcasing the new Emerald Isuzu Ute Under 19s will kick-off the season proper with all four teams in action in Dysart on Saturday, April 6 for a special matinee round.
The Purcell’s Engineering Men’s Premiership will start a week later with Blackwater to host the newly-renamed Emerald Brothers (formerly Cowboys) juggernaut on Friday, April 12.
Also in Round 1, the Emerald Tigers take on Springsure after the highly-anticipated CQ Capras v PNG Hunters Intrust Super Cup clash on Saturday, April 13 and Bluff meet Dysart in a mouth-watering Sunday afternoon affair at Macca’s Oval to conclude the weekend.
Match: Capras v Hunters
Round 6 -
Venue: McIndoe Park, Emerald
Supporters of the Allied Pickfords Women’s Premiership will have to wait a little longer for the start of their season due to some exciting development and representative opportunities in mid-April and early-May.
Due to this, the women will start with a double header at McIndoe Park to coincide with the Under 19 decider on Saturday, May 25.
Central Highlands Rugby League President Greg Coase said it was shaping up to be another exciting season.
“A nail-biting come-from-behind victory for the Crushers in last year’s decider to secure the dual-premiership has no doubt lit the motivation fuse for the rest of the competition to want a share in premiership glory,” Coase said.
“On a sad note, we won’t see the Clermont Bears in action this season; but I am excited to witness the inaugural year of the Under 19s and hopefully this competition brings a few new faces to the Men’s talent pool to allow Clermont to re-form in 2020.
“All in all, if the recent Highlands Hit Out is anything to go by, I’m expecting to see some hotly-contested rugby league played once again this season."
The season will culminate with the Men’s and Women’s grand final on Saturday, August 24.