Bears Turn To Women's League

 
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 20, 2017 8:37 pm    Post subject: Bears Turn To Women's League Reply with quote

Bears turn to women's league

Having missed out on the NRL licence on the Gold Coast, the North Sydney Bears have turned their attention to securing one of the six spots up for grabs for the inaugural elite women's competition.

The new tournament will kick off in August and games will be staged as double-headers in the lead-up to and during the NRL finals. While up to 14 of the 16 NRL clubs are expected to jockey for a place in the competition, the Bears have revealed their desire to also be considered.

"Women in rugby league is a major priority for the Bears," club chairman Perry Lopez said. "We see a fantastic opportunity for our fans to have a great game-day experience around the women's competition, the under-20s competition, Jersey Flegg and the Intrust Super Premiership."

The NSWRL is seeking expressions of interest for women's teams. The Bears will look to enter a team in what they view as an important first step towards involvement in the NRL's elite competition.

"We'll be working hard to secure a spot," Lopez said. "Women playing elite rugby league is a great story and we want to be a part of it."

Bears fans were crushed by the NRL's decision not to award them the Gold Coast licence. The Bears haven't given up their dream after the Titans were handed to a consortium comprising Darryl Kelly, Rebecca Frizelle and their families.

http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/nrls-american-dream-just-years-away-says-arlc-chairman-john-grant-20171216-h05wg7.html
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2017 12:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting, although I'm a bit cynical by our newfound interest in women's rugby league (which I support). We haven't put a team in the women's competition that's been running since 2005 although I have a vague recollection that we did have a side in the women's comp that ran in the 1990s. I suspect that this newly found interest in women's RL is just a way of maintaining a profile for the Bears in the NRL. I hope we're serious about it and aren't just using it for ulterior motives.

I had a friend who played for a women's soccer team in Canberra which the club set up because it wanted to get its men's side into a higher division and had to show support for the game at all levels. It was good for a while, but as soon as the club reached its goal, it was made pretty clear that the women's side was not something that the club was interested in. I'm not saying that's what's going to happen here but, as mentioned, we've not shown any interest in women's rugby league until now. If we're serious about it, great, but I hope we're not just using it.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2017 4:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are Souths outsourcing another grade ?
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 19, 2018 10:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some more idetails comming early next week on this guys.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 28, 2018 1:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well its was announced on the NSWRL website

Bears and Souths having a W-RL team

In division 2 ?
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