The Parramatta Eels would like to congratulate Yolande Morris from the Northern Territory Rugby League, for winning the Harvey Norman Women in League Achievement Award at the NRL One Community Awards last night.


Yolande's worked tirelessly at growing the game in NT, and played a pivotal role in the growth of women's involvement in rugby league in the territory.


In 2011 Yolande was appointed the first female President of the South Darwin Rugby League Football Club, as well as the South Darwin Sporting Leagues Club.




"Yolande is a tireless worked who has been contributing for the past thirteen years and continues to make a huge impact to the sport's growth and female participation in the Northern Territory," current club President Wayne Finn said.


As for her own her own playing career, Yolande has captained the women's Rugby League team and the Ochres, the Indigenous women's team from the Northern Territory.


She also launched the first women's competition in the Northern Territory in 2011, alongside coach Pauline Schober.


"Teaching the kids our great sport and seeing them prosper is what it's all about," Yolande said.


This year, due to family loss and injury she has scaled back her commitments, but still holds coaching, refereeing, managing roles - as well as being Vice-President of the club.


With the Parramatta Eels committing to taking a Premiership game to Darwin and a pre-season game to Alice Springs for the next three years, the club is excited to see Yolande's commitment to grass roots rugby league and growing the game.