WA have high expectations ahead of the 2018 Women’s and Under 16 Girl’s Combined Affiliated States Championships which get underway on Friday at Campbelltown Sports Stadium in Sydney.

The three-day tournament, running over the Easter weekend (Friday 30 March – Sunday 1 April), will pit NRL WA against Victoria, South Australia and Northern Territory in a round-robin format.

Having taken out the title in two of the tournament’s three years, WA Senior Women’s Coach Taron Rangihaeata says his side are confident they can add a third title to their ranks.

“I’m very confident in their abilities. I feel we have the talent to bring the title home,” he said.

With the NRL’s recent announcement of the formation of a women’s Premiership, Rangihaeata hopes his players get noticed by scouts.

“The tournament is a good opportunity for them, especially with the NRL kicking off for the women later in the year, so there will no doubt be people looking at the WA side.”

The Senior Women tackle the Northern Territory on Friday, before taking on South Australia on Saturday and wrapping up with a clash against Victoria on Sunday.

Also representing WA will be the Under 16 Girl’s, after the success of last year’s inaugural tournament which was won by WA.

Under 16 Girl’s Head Coach Regan Kahu says his side are looking forward to the challenge of defending their title.

“The expectations are pretty high but we’re taking nothing for granted. We’ve hopefully prepared as best we can and the results show from that,” Kahu said.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity to go to Sydney and to have a competition is great for the ladies.”

The Under 16 Girl’s face off against the Northern Territory in their first game on Friday before rounding out the tournament with games against Victoria on Saturday and South Australia on Sunday.

NRL WA would like to thank All Flags Signs & Banners for their support of Women’s Rugby League during the CAS Championships.

Schedule:

Friday 30 March

  • 11.20am – WA v NT (U16)
  • 12.40pm – WA v NT (Women’s)

Saturday 31 March

  • 11.20am – VIC v WA (U16)
  • 2.00pm – WA v SA (Women’s)

Sunday 1 April

  • 9.30am – WA v SA (U16)
  • 12.10pm – VIC v WA (Women’s)