In a ground-breaking move for youth rugby in Northern New South Wales, the inaugural Northern NSW Youth Girls Rugby competition is set to kick off, offering young female athletes a unique platform to hone their skills and showcase their talent in the 15-a-side game.
NSW Rugby and the NSW Positive Rugby Foundation have been working directly with Junior rugby directors from the Mid North Coast, Far North Coast, and New England Zones to ensure a seamless and well-organised competition that maximizes the developmental opportunities for the participating young athletes.
Unlike traditional setups, the competition will be regionally based, aiming to provide girls with exposure to the intricacies of the 15-a-side format.
In addition to providing 15 a side playing opportunities and growing participation, one primary objective is to assist in the preparation of zone teams for the highly competitive NSW Junior Rugby Union State Titles.
This innovative approach is expected to elevate the level of play and foster the growth of girls' rugby in the region.
It is important to note that this competition does not replace inter-zone competitions that are being run by the three zones, but will work alongside these competitions to enhance the experience of players.
In its inaugural year, games will be played over three gala-style weekends, providing a dynamic and engaging format for both players and spectators. The dates and locations for these gala days are as follows:
- 7th April – Armidale
- 28th April – Far North Coast (Venue T.B.C.)
- 5th May – Coffs Harbour
This condensed competition structure is designed to maximise participation and create an exciting atmosphere for everyone involved.
The proposed teams for the competition are as follows:
- FNC Eastern: Incorporating Casuarina, Evans Head, Lennox Head, Yamba and surrounding areas.
- FNC West: Incorporating Wollongbar, Casino, Lismore, and surrounds.
- Coffs Coast: Incorporating the Nambucca Valley & Grafton
- Port Macquarie: Incorporating Kempsey, Port, and Wauchope.
- Armidale and Surrounding Towns: A regional representation.
These teams are strategically structured to encourage competition, regional pride, and the overall development of youth rugby in the Northern NSW region.
Selections will be done by coaching staff and NSWRU staff from talent identified through local zone and school rugby competitions.
The Northern NSW Youth Girls Rugby competition not only focuses on player development but also offers a unique opportunity for coaches, volunteers, and match officials to enhance their skills and contribute to the growth of the sport.
The commitment to the holistic development of all involved reflects the comprehensive vision of the competition.
For further information, please contact: Joey de Dassel, Program Manager – NSW Positive Rugby Foundation, firstname.lastname@example.org