Congratulation Alison Watters who has been selected as a Match Official for the 2017 Womens Rugby League World Cup.
Alison a highly regarded and respected level 6 NRL Touch Football Referee completed her Rugby League Accreditation earlier this year as part of the NRL WA/ NRL Touch Football WA Tackle Touch Refereeing initiative where match officials from both codes were given the opportunity to gain qualifications in the opposite game whilst also learning and developing greater skill sets from a more broader sports perspective network under the NRL Alliance between Rugby League and Touch Football.
In a very short time Alison has demonstrated on field behaviors that now position her as the leading Female NRL WA Referee and a fantastic role model for our local game and girls aiming to follow this NRL Pathway opportunity.
This year’s Rugby League World Cup will also include the Women’s Rugby League World Cup. The majority of matches in the Women’s Tournament will be held in Sydney with all games (excluding the Final) being played at Southern Cross Group Stadium, Cronulla.
There will be three Round games, plus Finals, being played on the following days: Thursday 16th November, Sunday 19th November Wednesday 22nd November. Sunday 26th November (Semi Finals) Saturday 2nd December Final (curtain raiser to the Men’s World Cup Final in Brisbane)
All the Women’s games will be shown live on channel 7 and will use the Video Ref process. This is a clear indication of the growth, increased level of professionalism and the important place that the Women’s game plays in our sport.
To ensure that this professionalism extends to match officiating in the tournament, it is intended to create a unique opportunity to bring together Match Officials from across Australia, New Zealand and England to officiate in the Tournament.
This will be a great development opportunity for Alison to be part of a Rugby League World Cup and officiate in high quality matches, receive High Performance Coaching and develop skills in a professional environment.