Perth Competition Changes in 2019

Perth Competition Changes in 2019

Current 2018 – Under 16’s, Under 18’s (Male)

From 2019 – Under 15’s, (Male) Under 17’s (Male) Under 18 (Female) & Under 19’s (Pirates Youth Cup) (Male)

  • Under 15’s, Under 17’s played on Sundays as part of the Smarter than Smoking Junior League Game Day
  • Under 18 Female (9 a side) played Saturdays Feb-Mar
  • Under 19’s PYC played under the currently successful Friday night format with the Senior Women’s Competition

These Changes are aimed at creating greater opportunity for NRL WA to provide improved solutions that will allow more Players to stay in our game longer whilst also potentially attracting new People to Rugby League given the increased options.

The introduction of an U15’s (Male) grade will align directly with the u15 State Representative Programs such as NRL WA Junior State Championships and the ASSRL National Championships.

Previously we were expecting players to move directly from under 14’s to under 16’s and in some cases this continues to have a negative impact on our retention as well as recruitment given the research and Knowledge we have in relation to this extremely sensitive age group.

This positive step then allows a huge and very positive flow on effect that will deliver greater long term retention and recruitment of players in these key age groups. It will also play a role in developing increased player & people engagement that will assist NRL WA in building a more sustainable game at Senior Levels.

The Under 17’s (Male) grade will be directly aligned with the new u17’s John Moore Shield Representative program involving the NRL WA Regional Teams. i.e. Northern Fusion, Southern Pride, South West Dolphins. North West Reds inclusion will be a long-term aim of NRL WA.

Under 17’s John Moore Shield

  • Selection Process – October
  • Training – October – January
  • Competition – February – March

** Program runs parallel with NSW RL Junior Representative Programs

This concept will allow NRL WA to further develop a more localised Representative Structure similar the NSW RL Harold Mathews & QRL Cyril Connell Competitions that will then provide a much improved and vital part of the Cash Converters West Coast Pirates pathway player and people development processes.

Teams in 2019

  • 25 Player Squads
  • 5 Staff Members
  • Northern Fusion training based at Joondalup Giants RLC or North Beach Sea Eagles RLC
  • Southern Pride training based at South Perth RLC or Fremantle Roosters RLC
  • South West Dolphins based at Rockingham Sharks RLC

All Flags Signs & Banners Under 18 Female 9’s Competition

  • Selection Process – October
  • Training – October – January
  • Competition – February – March

** Program runs parallel with proposed John Moore Shield
** Current Registration numbers do not allow NRL WA to facilitate an extended domestic Club Competition at this stage in the development of our Female game.

This Competition will close the current gap between our Under 16 Girls Competition and State Representative Program and the All Flags Signs & Banners Senior Women’s Structure.

Teams in 2019

  • NRL WA will work strategically with Clubs aimed at developing a minimum 4 teams
  • 15 Player Squads
  • 5 Staff Members

**NRL WA to provide apparel funding to support this program

Pirates Youth Cup changing from under 18’s to under 19’s will now be positioned appropriately in so many ways that will benefit our game in Western Australia and once again provide greater opportunity for players to stay in our game longer