FEMALE participation in rugby league is continuing to grow in the region and the Central Highlands junior rugby league has initiated two new "girls only" competitions to encourage this further.
The new under-14s and under-17s girls' competitions will bridge the gap between junior and senior rugby league and allow more girls to play the sport. Age restrictions have limited the girls' chances of playing regular football.
CHJRL female participation co-ordinator Terri Weatherley said the new format was a huge step forward for female participation.
"After a very successful season last year, with eight girls selected to represent the CQ Capras at the state trials and various wins throughout the Capricorn region, we are hoping to soar to greater heights in 2016," Weatherley said.
"This year we introduced an under-14s team to cater for the large number of 12, 13 and 14-year-old girls who can no longer play in the boys' competition.
"This new age division will complement our existing under-17s girls' competition.
"It will hopefully see our numbers grow in future years so each local Highlands club can field under-14s and under-17s teams in regular home-and-away fixtures."
Games will start Saturday February 27 in Middlemount with the Central Highlands representative trials. All girls aged 12-17 are welcome to play. Register on http://www.playnrl.com
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