Inaugural rugby league comp part of wider push to grow sport in Great Southern

By Michael Roberts | posted on November 6, 2020

RUGBY league fanatics from around WA will converge in Albany later this month for the inaugural Great Southern Nines tournament.

About 500 people are expected to make their way south to take part in the event on November 21 – featuring teams from Rockingham, Mandurah, Jarrahdale and Fremantle.

Host club Albany Sea Dragons is fielding two competitive sides made up of players from Kojonup, Katanning, Denmark and Albany.

The matches will be played on the corner of Campbell and North Road in the Centennial Oval Sports Precinct from midday.

The event is part of a wider push to grow rugby league in the south of the state, with the Sea Dragons planning to start their own local rugby league competition next year.

“The local Albany community are right behind us,” Albany Sea Dragons President Gary Tutt said.

“Everyone is happy for a new sport to take place. “Covid slowed down having games this year, but we are still having kids rock up every Sunday for training.”

Tutt said the Sea Dragons would field four teams next year and play intraclub matches against each other across the Great Southern.

“At the moment it’s hard for anyone else to create a team,” he said.

“So we are using the Sea Dragons as a footing to grow potentially what will become the Great Southern Rugby League.”

In the lead up to the Great Southern Nines, Tutt said NRL WA would be holding school clinics – culminating in an open day with Perth players on Sunday, November 21.