Rugby League kicks off

By Grace Jones | posted on December 20, 2018

GREAT Southern Rugby League and touch rugby fans will have the opportunity to sign their kids up to an NRL WA endorsed association next year with the formation of a new junior modified league.

NRL WA operations manager Tony Crowe announced on Wednesday that children aged four to 12 would be able to join the new league for 2019.

“The level of interest in the sport has been extremely high in the region,” he said.

Crowe said the newly introduced sport would only start as a junior’s League for the first season.

“We really want to focus on the grassroots of the sport before we expand into other age groups,” he said.

“We’re expecting to have anywhere from 60 to 80 players to start with, but it could easily be more.”

Crowe said teams from across the Great Southern would be encouraged to join through NRL WA support.

“Ideally we’ll have a few teams from each town,” he said.

“We’ll be targeting schools to get involved and form their own sides.

“Albany will be the hub for people to come and play games but the NRL will help towns establish their own training venues to reduce travel.”

NRL WA have recently turned their focus towards developing their presence in regional areas with South West, Pilbara, Kimberley and Broome sides added to the game.

Crowe said with the large number of people wanting to get involved in League in the Great Southern was the deciding factor for the region to be the next on the list.

For more information on the 2019 Rugby League and touch rugby seasons or to register an expression of interest contact Tony Crowe at tcrowe@nrl.com.au.