The Gold Coast Commonwealth Games may be over, but the city is set to host another exciting sporting event this year – the 2018 Harvey Norman Women’s National Championship.
The NRL revealed the exciting news on Monday, confirming Owen Park at Southport will play host to the women’s rugby league event in June.
Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said the state was excited to be supporting the growth of the rugby league women’s game in Queensland, especially on the coast.
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“To have such a great tournament on the Coast so soon after the Commonwealth Games is a vote of confidence in the Gold Coast as a major events destination,” she said.
“Having hosted the most successful Commonwealth Games in history, more and more sporting organisations are recognising that Queensland and in particular the Gold Coast is the place to be.”
For the first time in history, an Australian Defence Force squad will be competing in the six-side competition alongside Queensland City, Queensland Country, NSW City, NSW Country and Combined Affiliate States.
NRL Senior Manager of the Women’s Elite Program, Tiffany Slater said the Championship provided an extended pathway opportunity for players to compete for their region, with the aim of progressing to State and National representation in the future.
“The Championship is one of several women’s rugby league matches and events throughout 2018,” Ms Slater said.
“We’re in the middle of State Competitions, we’ve got State of Origin in June, the Premiership in September, and a Test Match against New Zealand in October.
“There’s a lot more women’s rugby league action to come, which is exciting for players and fans alike.”