Exciting news for women's rugby league

PATHWAYS: Armidale-Narwan's Amarlie Ahoy takes the ball up in Group 19's Nines competition.
PATHWAYS: Armidale-Narwan's Amarlie Ahoy takes the ball up in Group 19's Nines competition.

The final round of Group 19’s inaugural women's nines tournament will get underway in Moree this Saturday. 

All the action will kick off at Burt Jovanovich Oval at 12pm with the top-of-the-table clash between first placed Moree Boomerangs and the Armidale-Narwan side, who are second on the ladder.

Warialda and Narwan will then take to the field before a short break which will feature Moree Boomerangs under 10s players in an exhibition game.

Armidale and Narwan will then face off, followed by the final game between Moree and Warialda at 1.40pm.

The winner of the three-week round robin tackle tournament will be determined by points on the ladder.

The Moree girls are currently undefeated and coach Lorilie Haines is confident her side can take out top honours.

“If we win both games on Saturday, we’ve won,” she said.

“If we lose to Armidale, it’ll go on for and against points.”

Narwan are out of the running for the trophy but captain Anarla Moran has said she is proud of how they have built their game every week

“Each week the girls have just improved which is amazing to see and we have become more structured,” she said.

“I am very proud of all the hard work the girls have been putting in at training which has benefited us on the field when playing. A few of the girls were a bit nervous before round one because they didn’t know what to expect on the field and we didn’t know how the other teams played but now we do.

“After our first game playing together, we talked and we picked out our faults and weaknesses and we built on them together has a team at training.”

All girls who have been involved in the nines competition now have the opportunity to be selected for a Group 19 tackle rep side, which will play off against other groups in either Singleton or Muswellbrook on February 10, 2018. From this competition, a Northern country team will be chosen which will play against Southern country for a chance to selected in the NSW country side to play in the City versus Country game.

“This is an exciting opportunity and the beginning of an amazing pathway for all girls interested in playing women’s rugby league,” Moran said.

“It’s exciting that Group 19 will be selecting a Group 19 tackle representative side from this competition because there are definitely a few good talented players among the women’s 9s tackle competition who should get recognition for all of there hard work they do playing on the field. I believe it should get bigger from here on in especially with all of the interest from all of the participating players involved in this sport along with the community getting behind it and supporting women’s rugby league also.”