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kicks off Tuesday January 10th at 6pm
Cessnock Sports Ground
Direct from Newcastle
The 2017 District Competition draw was finalised during last night’s Tooheys Newcastle Rugby League media launch at the Junction Hotel.
A full copy of the draw sis attached. It can also be viewed and/or downloaded via the following link: bit.ly/2gJR15G
- Season kicks off on the weekend of the 22/23 April
- 16 home & away rounds with the Finals Series commencing on 2 September
- Grand Final – confirmed to be again held at McDonald Jones Stadium on either the 23rd or 24th September
- Consideration is being given to holding the GF on the Saturday
- 2017 sees a change in format for the District Competition with the introduction of the Newcastle RL Ladies League Tag competition
- In celebrating the inclusion of female participants Round 12 will be the Women in League Round – coincides with National Rugby League Women In League
- We will be working with the clubs to promote and celebrate female participation within our region
- As per 2016 the final two rounds will be our Community Rounds
- Clubs encourage to engage with their football and broader community
- The additional 2 rounds (8 & 14) will also be promoted as our Futures Rounds.
- Emphasise placed on juniors and youth within our competitions
- All U19 games will be played either before or after 1st grade
- One u19 game per round to be live-streamed by BarTV
- Working with the Knights to run their Back to Juniors initiative in the lead up to the Futures Rounds.
- We will again be working with The Mark Hughes Foundation to raise awareness of their Beanie for Brain Cancer Week.
- Indigenous All Stars pre-season game – A proposal has been forwarded to CRL for Newcastle RL to host an Indigenous All Stars game in the 2017 pre-season
- Proposed format includes a LLT, u18s & Allstars match @ No. 2 Sportsground
- We are awaiting concept approval after which more detailed discussions will be held with clubs
- Adam Bettridge & Ashely Gordon have been working on the concept and it is seen as a positive opportunity to celebrate diversity within our game
- With recent changes to the senior rep program it can also provide players over 23 an opportunity to participate
We look forward to another exciting season in 2017!