Premiers Challenge Announcement

The buildup for the inaugural Katrina Fanning Shield grand final has increased with the winner of Sunday’s match qualifying to play in the first edition of the annual Premiers Challenge.

The Premiers Challenge will pit the premiers of the Katrina Fanning Shield against the premiers of the Illawarra league.

CRRL General Manager, Mark Vergano, said the opportunity for women in the Canberra region was exciting.

“It’s fantastic that we could team up with Illawarra to create a unique competition for women playing rugby league,” Vergano said. “It provides women in the Canberra region an opportunity to test themselves at a higher level.”

The two sides hoping to represent CRRL in a fortnight’s time are the Queanbeyan Blues and Goulburn Stockmen.

The Blues enter this weekend’s match as favourites, having remained undefeated throughout the season so far.

However, the Stockmen have shown glimpses of their potential throughout the season, including giving the Blues an early scare in the major semi-final.

The Premiers Challenge will take place at 10:15am, Sunday 10 September at WIN Stadium.