Huge support for northern Women's rugby league

The QRL Northern Region is excited to announce that Harvey Norman and the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys will be supporting the QRL Northern Region Women’s Championship being held in Townsville on Saturday, May 4 to Sunday, May 5.

All games will be played on Field 1 at the Townsville Sports Reserve; the historical home of the Foley Shield.

To add to the buzz of the weekend, Cairns, Townsville and Mackay men will also do battle on the same weekend at the venue.

Following the games from this weekend, there will be two sides selected to travel to Mackay to play on Saturday, May 18 against Central Region.

From these matches, a Queensland Country side will be selected to participate in the Harvey Norman National Women’s Championships being held on the Gold Coast from May 30-June 2.

An Emerging North Queensland Marlins side will also be selected from the Mackay weekend to play in an Emerging Carnival at Southport at the same time as the National Women’s Championships.

In the Women’s competition in Townsville there will be four teams – Cairns, Townsville and Mackay and, for the first time, a Northern Outback team.

This team will be selected from a trial day being held in Normanton on Saturday, April 13.

Players from Mornington Island, Doomadgee, Burketown, Normanton, Hughenden, Richmond, Julia Creek, Mt Isa and Cloncurry, and all towns in between, will have the opportunity to trial on this day.

Events like this would not be able to happen without the support of the Cowboys and Harvey Norman, who are fantastic supporters of the Women’s game.

Cowboys Girls Clinic supported by Harvey Norman 2019 poster.pdf

There will also be a girls clinic held during the QRL Northern Region Women’s Championship on the Saturday morning from 9-10am.

Designed for junior girls aged 5-12; participants will be able to hone their skills with NRL staff and local coaches.

Former Jillaroo players Renae Kunst and Jenni-Sue Hoepper will be in attendance to share their skills and experiences with the attendees.

Harvey Norman and Cowboys representatives will also be presenting player-of-the-match awards after each Women’s game over the weekend.

 

Weekend Draw – Saturday, May 4

Division

Time

Game

A Grade Men         

11am  

Townsville v Mackay

A Grade Women   

12.20pm  

Townsville v Mackay

A Grade Women

1.20pm   

Outback v Cairns

Potentially a girls’ game

2.20pm

TBA

A Grade Women      

3.30pm    

Cairns v Townsville

A Grade Men           

4.30pm    

Townsville v Cairns

A Grade Women      

5.50pm    

Outback v Mackay

Weekend Draw – Sunday, May 5

Division

Time

Game

A Grade Women    

10am     

Mackay v Cairns

A Grade Women    

11am

Townsville v Outback

A Grade Men          

12pm

Cairns v Mackay

More information about Women’s rugby league in the north:

Women’s Rugby League is going from strength to strength in North Queensland, with 1367 players already registered for the current season.

 

This number is more than a 100 higher than the total number from 2018.

 

There are established girls’ competitions in Cairns, Townsville and Mackay and senior competitions in Mackay (6 teams). In great new, a Women’s competition in Townsville is back up and running with six clubs participating.

 

Cairns is playing City v Country games in the coming month which will include players from the Cape and Torres Strait regions to help select a Cairns side for the Championships.

 

They are also playing an NRL Touch Rugby League competition in conjunction with their senior men’s competition this year with all 11 clubs providing teams.