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5 February, 2021

Changes made to 2021 CDRL season

The Cairns District Rugby League (CDRL) has made changes for the upcoming season.

By Rhys Thomas

Atherton Roosters Sarah Clark is keen to play both league tag and ladies tackle competition in 2021

The Cairns District Rugby League (CDRL) has made changes for the upcoming season. 

With the season starting in March decisions were made at a CDRL meeting on Wednesday, January 27 to make changes to how the U18’s and Ladies competitions will run in 2021. 

Due to several players playing and training away from their home teams in the Northern Pride development squad early in the season, the U18 competition has been changed to a 9 aside format for the start of the season. 

This format will remain until the players return from the development squad in April and the format will return to normal. 

As for the Ladies the season has been split into two halves, the first half will see players playing league tag not tackle. 

CDRL Secretary Operations Manager Pat Bailey said this was done to give some of the women confidence before the tackle half of the season begins.

“What we thought was to do the league tag first then the tackle,” she said. 

“We believe that the league tag will give a couple of ladies some confidence.

“Even though it is league tag it is still competitive.” 

The tackle half of the season will commence at the start of May and run until the end of the season. 

The 2021 CDRL season kicks off in March with the commencement of trial games all across the Tablelands and Cairns. 

Atherton Senior Roosters head coach Graham Clark will hold a ladies league tag/tackle competition information session at the Roosters Clubhouse from 2pm on Saturday, February 13. All ladies interested are welcome to attend. 


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