Girls keen for rugby league action in Warwick
RUGBY LEAGUE: Girls-only rugby league competitions will take place across the Warwick district next year as the success of the Australian Jillaroos sparks growing interest in the sport.
The Warwick and District Junior Rugby League will hold girls league-tag and girls rugby league competitions.
The Warwick and District Junior Rugby Clubs will field under-14 and 16 league tag teams to play regular competition games on Saturdays during the rugby league season.
This competition will allow girls to play a non-contact version of rugby league.
Seven sides compete in the Warwick and district league, Eastern Suburbs and Collegians from Warwick, Stanthorpe, Wattles, Milwood (Texas, Inglewood and Millmerran combined), Goondiwindi and Tenterfield.
Under NRL rules, girls are only allowed to play in mixed rugby league team competitions up until under-12s.
After that age, they have to be all-girl teams.
The Warwick and District Junior Rugby League will work with the Toowoomba Junior Rugby League on introducing an under-14 and 16s girls-only rugby league team competition.
A team from the Warwick district could compete against teams from the Toowoomba, South Burnett and Western Downs regions.
Queensland Rugby League central division manager Michael Jensen said he had been overwhelmed from requests from parents and girls for a girl-only league competition.
"This initiative will enable girls to train and play in their local areas," he said.
Ladies league-tag was recently added to the Toowoomba Rugby League competition and has been thriving in the Border Rugby League competition for the last couple of years.