THE first annual Central Queensland women's rugby league competition is set to kick off this weekend, with a trial game scheduled as a curtain-raiser to the Central Queensland Capras' big clash against the Ipswich Jets.
The trial match, which is being played at Browne Park at 12.30pm, will feature the best women's talent in the region as Rockhampton battles rival Gladstone.
The Central Queensland women's competition will comprise four teams, Rockhampton, Yeppoon, Gladstone and the Central Highlands. The teams will clash before other Capras games in the future.
Women's rugby league is starting to grow in popularity throughout Queensland, with regional neighbour Mackay having had a strong competition for several years.
Capras chief executive officer Brenton Williamson said the club was happy to support the newly formed women's league and help promote and grow the participation levels of women rugby league players throughout Central Queensland.
"Sunday provides the women's league a fantastic opportunity to showcase their product in front of a big crowd at Browne Park. Hopefully it can be a great spectacle, as women's games are renowned for their entertaining style," Williamson said.
This new pathway for women to participate in rugby league also provides talented players the opportunity to gain selection in the Capricornia representative team, which will compete in the 47th Battalion carnival.
From this, players will have the opportunity to gain further representative selection in the Central Queensland team and then the Queensland side.
The women's competition organisers are hoping that Sunday's game will be a springboard and will generate further interest in participation and encourage more women to come along and sign up.
All clubs are still accepting players, who must be a minimum of 17 years of age to play.
- What: Rockhampton plays Gladstone in the first annual Central Queensland women's rugby league competition.
- Where: Browne Park.
- When: Sunday, 12.30pm, before the CQ Capras clash with Ipswich.