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Eels to hold trials for girls U18 Nines side

The Parramatta Eels will be holding trials for the girls Under 18’s Tarsha Gale Nines team on Wednesday, 14 December 2016 for the 2017 season.

The Tarsha Gale Nines competition, announced by New South Wales Rugby League in August 2016, is a brand new female competition to run alongside existing Junior Representative competitions in 2017.

Named after former Australian and NSW captain Tarsha Gale, the game-leading tournament will develop the best of the best in the age group as NSWRL push towards an elite female league.

“This is a significant step forward for not only the Parramatta District but for Rugby League and clearly outlines the importance of female participation in our game.” Matt Brady, GM Parramatta Junior League said.

“Any girl regardless of age, can clearly see the pathway for them, from Under 6 all the way through to the women’s open age groups with the opportunity of playing Representative football along the way.”

“ Our Club’s commitment to the Tarsha Gale 9’s, further demonstrates the dedicated rugby league pathway for our female participants” Michael Basan, Parramatta Eels Strategic Partnerships Manager added.

TRIAL DETAILS

All interested players need to email matt.brady@parraeels.com.au with the following details to register for the trial by Wednesday, 30 November 2016.

·      Name

·      DOB

·      Email

·      Phone

·      Preferred Position

·      Current Club

Those players successful in gaining a trial will be contacted with more information including a kick-off time for the trial game, venue and what is required both at the trial and during the respective seasons.

The NSWRL broke new ground in 2016 with new competitions providing more opportunities to female players – and a significant increase in resources provided to female pathway programs.

For the first time in its history, the Sydney Metropolitan Women’s Competition has featured two divisions, while the Sydney Combined Competition has featured girls competitions in 13-15 years and 16-18 years for the first time.