2018 NRL Womens Premiership

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  1. rhugh89

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    NRL Holden Women's Premiership teams announced


    NRL Media Release
    Tue 27 Mar 2018, 10:15 AM



    The Brisbane Broncos, St George Illawarra Dragons, Sydney Roosters and New Zealand Warriors have been named as the teams that will compete as part of the inaugural NRL Holden Women’s Premiership in 2018.

    NRL Chief Executive, Todd Greenberg confirmed the four teams today, which finalises a full year of women’s rugby league competition.

    "The formation of a women's Premiership is one of the most exciting developments the game has seen," Mr Greenberg said.

    "For the first time, our best female players will have the opportunity to play in an NRL competition – on the game's biggest stage."

    Mr Greenberg said a decision was made to run the competition with four teams, rather than six, to ensure the first year of competition was of the highest quality, whilst balancing playerworkload.

    He said the NRL consulted with Jillaroos and other senior players, who wanted a strong competition with the very best players in action each week.

    "They also wanted the teams involved to cover a wide geographical area," he said.

    "We think we've got the balance right for our first year and I would expect more NRL clubs to join the competition in the years ahead."

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    Mr Greenberg also said that while the Women's Premiership will be a highlight for many players, before then, fans have a lot to look forward to, with the first ever Holden Women's State of Origin match as part of a stand-alone representative weekend in June.

    "This is in addition to State League Competitions, a National Championship and a Talent ID day taking place, providing athletes who aren’t currently playing rugby league, the opportunity to come and try our game.

    "Then after the Premiership, our Harvey Norman Jillaroos will head to New Zealand to resume their rivalry between the Ferns, in what will be another thrilling encounter between the two sides, as part of a double-header Test Match alongside the Kangaroos and Kiwis.

    "So it"s a big year ahead – and a really exciting year ahead – for our female rugby league players, as well as fans of our women's game."

    Holden Director of Communications, Anna Betts said the company was proud to demonstrate their commitment to women’s sport, via naming rights of the NRL Holden Women’s Premiership.

    "At Holden, we look for opportunities to drive change and encourage greater diversity and inclusion, both inside and outside of our organisation," Ms Betts said.

    "We are focused on promoting positive role models for girls and women and the Premiership ahead is a perfect extension of our existing partnership with the NRL.

    "We're thrilled to be the inaugural sponsor and look forward to seeing this competition grow over the coming years."

    NRL Senior Manager of the Women's Elite Program, Tiffany Slater said the four NRL clubs would now embark on a process to contract players for the Premiership.

    "The recent Women's Rugby League World Cup tournament showcased exceptional playing skills across competing teams and we're looking forward to many of those players participating as part of the Women’s Premiership this year," Ms Slater said.

    "We will be working alongside clubs between now and the Premiership to promote playing talent across the board, with the aim of developing an elite and exciting long-term competition."

    Fans will be able to keep up to date with women’s rugby league news, match details, teams and more at www.nrl.com/womens-rugby-league.

    To follow and contribute to women’s rugby league news, use @WRugbyLeague and #OurWay.


    https://www.nrl.com/news/2018/03/27/nrl-holden-womens-premiership-teams-announced/
     
  2. Barry Crush

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    This is a disgrace, that they overlooked a fully funded bid by a team that even before NRL was interested promoted the woman's game in Cronulla is just the dumbest thing.

    Add to that they have ignored Western Sydney and basically the whole area between Bondi and Brisbane. This is disgraceful by the NRL

    Only 4 teams that's not a competition that is an exhibition

    What team has dominated oh Redfern All Blacks is South Sydney included... This is just so poor by the NRL turning into a side show rather than rewarding the teams and area's that have built and promoted the woman's game is a big mistake
     
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    Disappointing to not have a side, but probably for the best to have minimal teams to start with. When Tarsha Gale came in I thought that was the women's comp they were talking about & thought it was dumb to limit it to under 18s, then they had the NSW women's championship too, but here it is finally & looks like they're gonna do it professionally. The Jillaroos are already really skilled for girls that aren't full-time professionals, they're gonna be so strong after a few years of this comp.

    Barry, while I do agree it's weird to not see Cronulla there, they have to do it right. Putting in a bunch of teams where only a few are going to be good while the others get thrashed constantly is not doing it right & would be a very bad look for the NRL after all the fuss over their new premier, professional women's product.
     
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    True Josh but 4 teams isn't a competition it's an exhibition and the girls have shown over the last few years they are better than that.

    Warriors and Broncos fine that NZ players and Queensland Players covered the comp being short will be able to draw in cook islands etc players too. But lets focus on the NSW side of it. Cronulla basically run the competition and promoted it themselves for past few years redfern all blacks and Newcastle where last years grand finalists and where a class above all comers. They give the two NSW teams to two located in south east sydney who are Johnny come lately to the woman's game.

    If they where doing it right they would have 6 teams

    -Warriors
    -Broncos
    -A western sydney team(4 NRL clubs in western Sydney who could of bid for team if the proposal was better)
    -Cronulla (surely the work they did needed to be recognised)
    -a Team from regional NSW 4 or 5 teams could of bid for this I'd have let the bears bid from central coast and wyong roos bid as well
    -This one would of given to the Redfern All Blacks they have dominated woman's rugby league for a decade not just the Knockout, but NSW cup, etc they can rebrand to Souths if they wanted to get more fans but they should be rewarded for putting together codes most dominant team
     
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    All fair points, but I think they're playing it safe to begin with. 4 teams should ensure the standard to be of a real high quality. Only year 1, plenty of time for other teams to come in if the comp proves to be successful.
     
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    I don't think it's playing it safe Cronulla have few players in Jillaroos so did North Newcastle and Redfern All Blacks. How is it playing it safe to pick teams that aren't got the top players already
     
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    Well mate if it's not them playing it safe, then what is it? The NRL wants it to succeed because it's great publicity & pro-inclusion. Obviously they're not intentionally excluding teams just for the sake of it, perhaps they weren't impressed enough with the depth of talent from areas outside those 4 teams, I don't know. It would be good for all parties for the comp to be very strong to start with.

    As we have seen with the other girls' comps, there are plenty of girls with good skills, but once you spread them out over enough teams, the talent dips as there just isn't the numbers there yet of girls who are playing at a high standard. I don't fully disagree with you, they probably could have gone with a couple more teams, but right now 4 is what they settled on, which will make a tough comp.
     
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    I think they just set the process up all wrong in the first place they haven't done it about building a strong woman's league they have done it based on press release and then they called in the accountants to make a spreadsheet decisions, it's all about PR not a sustainable woman's league but accounts make bad marketing decisions.

    These are the same blokes who wasted a huge amount of money on a central website that is rubbish and doesn't allow clubs to develop a unique online personalities to create strong relationships with their fans the new websites are horrible and if each club had brought a website like that individually would cost them less than a 1 hundredth the cost the NRL paid
     

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