Innisfail prevail in CDRL's new women's NRL touch format

In the start of the inaugural CDRL Women's NRL touch competition, Innisfail downed Mossman-Port Douglas Sharkettes 24-4 at Callendar Park and kept their opposition scoreless in the first half.

Josephine Spry scored Innisfail's first try with tries also to Ashley Marshall and Alex Ambrum.

Tilly Fejo scored right on the halftime siren which saw Innisfail take a convincing 16-0 at the break.

Innisfail continued to dominate in the second half with tries to Rylee Wallace, Natalie Ah Kee and Mossman's only points came in the dying minutes of the game through a try to Chenoa Ryan.

In other results, Atherton Roosters women's team got their season off to a great start when they defeated Mareeba 12-0 at home.

The Ivanhoes ladies defeated Tully Tigers by 3-1 at Bill Wakeham Oval, Babinda, while Southern Suburbs ladies had a thrilling 18 all draw against Edmonton Storm at Alley Park in Gordonvale.

Tilly Fejo scores for Innisfail right on half time in the women's touch football game between Mossman-Port Douglas Sharkettes.
Tilly Fejo scores for Innisfail right on half time in the women's touch football game between Mossman-Port Douglas Sharkettes.

The league touch format of the game has primarily been introduced as a pre-and-post season option, but a pilot of it is being played 'in-season' in the CDRL to introduce females to the game.

The rules are aligned to the contact version of the game so it looks and feels more like the rugby league than traditional touch football.

There will be 11 players on the field with a marker; tap off after a try is scored; defenders stand back not less than seven metres; attacking players can't initiate a touch; play-on if the ball is knocked back; kicks in play; markers and the dummy half can score and get touched.

With the introduction of the competition, some women may choose to transition to the tackle format of the game, building the base for the future women's tackle participation.

The short 10-round season kicked off last Saturday and will be followed by the grand final between the top two teams after the end of the regular season to be played on June 22 at a venue still to be confirmed.

This competition is open to females aged 15 years to 40.