Dragons, Vipers and Platypi join race for Western women’s premiership glory

Group 10 will be split up into three different clubs. Photo: Phil Blatch

Group 10 will be split up into three different clubs. Photo: Phil Blatch

New Western Women’s Rugby League chairperson Kathy Lang says splitting up the dominant Group 10 team that took out the region’s first women’s tackle premiership in 2018 has the potential to help boost future participation numbers.

Group 10 stormed undefeated to the inaugural WWRL title in March but ahead of next season will be split into three, the Orange Vipers, Panorama Platypi and the Mudgee Dragons.

Those three sides, combined with clubs based out of the Woodbridge Cup, Castlereagh League and Dubbo areas, boosts the second WWRL premiership race to six, and Lang says that can only be a good thing for the game’s growth in Western.

“I’m excited for next year,” Lang said, looking towards a more competitive title race when the new competitions – Open, Under 18s and Under 15s –  kick off on February 9.

“[The change is] with the view of growing the game in regards to participation. To do that we had to split some areas that were strong numbers wise.”