Media Release

Friday, 5 June 2020

 

NRL WA ANNOUNCE KICK OFF DATES FOR THE 2020 SMARTER THAN SMOKING PREMIERSHIP

 

The NRL Western Australia [NRL WA], in conjunction with major partner Healthway has today announced the return of community rugby league on the first weekend of July.

The 2020 “Smarter than Smoking” Premiership will commence on Saturday 4th July [Seniors] and Sunday 5th July [Juniors], while the women’s tackle competition will kick off on the evening of Friday 3rd July.

The senior season will feature 13 regular season fixtures, a finals series to be played across two weekends and the “Smarter than Smoking” Premiership Grand Final to be staged on Saturday 17th October.

Junior competitions will conclude with their respective grand finals to take place on Sunday 20th September.

NRL WA General Manager John Sackson was delighted to share the good news with the participants, parents and volunteers.

“This is the news we have all be waiting for and we couldn’t be happier to see rugby league given the green light to return in Western Australia,” Mr Sackson said.

“We asked everyone for patience and understanding given the uncertainly we faced and I can’t thank our participants, parents, volunteers, partners and stakeholders enough for their support.

“I would also like to acknowledge the leadership and guidance of the West Australian Government and Sportwest in their efforts to charter a safe return to community sport, as well as Healthway, Cash Converters and Consolidated Energy for their significant contribution to the continued growth and development of rugby league in WA during this unquestionably challenging time.”

Healthway Director of Health Promotion Ms Julia Knapton said it’s exciting to see community sport in WA slowly returning.

“Community sport plays such a valuable role in keeping Western Australians physically and mentally healthy, as well as the social aspect of connecting and spending time with friends.

I wish all the players, officials and volunteers a safe return to the “Smarter than Smoking” Rugby League competition,” said Ms Knapton.

All participating clubs will be strictly adhering to the Covid Safety Guidelines for players, volunteers and patrons as provided by the WA Government.

All clubs have also been issued with rugby league specific  Return to Training and Return to Play  guidelines, based on both the State Government and AIS regulations and protocols.

 

Further information:

John Sackson, General Manager NRL WA

M: +61 448 452 880

E: jsackson@nrl.com.au