NRL Harvey Norman Women’s National Championship

The 2023 Harvey Norman Women’s National Championship is a tournament, which showcases the next generation of NRLW talent in the southern hemisphere.

This year the tournament will return to Pizzey Park on the Gold Coast from 18-21 May, with 12 teams split into three pools across a four-day draw. This event provides nearly 300 players and officials with an opportunity to showcase their talents in one tournament, in front of States and NRLW Clubs, creating a pathway for our most talented women to reach the top of our sport. The Championship includes representation across New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia, Northern Territory, Australian Defence Force, and for the first time ever, New Zealand, who will play as ‘Ahi Ka Aotearoa’. Ahi Ka Aotearoa will enter the Championships in an exciting new development that will help strengthen the game after COVID struck down some of the past established opportunities for players. The tournament also provides an opportunity for upcoming female match officials in the Women in League Officiating Program (WILOP) to gain further experience across a National event.

A key initiative for the Australian Rugby League Commission continues to be the focus on investment in pathways programs that accelerate the growth of the elite women’s talent pool. The strength of this commitment is no more evident than in 2023, where we will see the NRLW competition grow from 6 to 10 teams, and the continuation of the Women’s National Championships.

The 2023 Harvey Norman Women’s National Championship is a tournament, which showcases the next generation of NRLW talent in the southern hemisphere.

This year the tournament will return to Pizzey Park on the Gold Coast from 18-21 May, with 12 teams split into three pools across a four-day draw. This event provides nearly 300 players and officials with an opportunity to showcase their talents in one tournament, in front of States and NRLW Clubs, creating a pathway for our most talented women to reach the top of our sport. The Championship includes representation across New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia, Northern Territory, Australian Defence Force, and for the first time ever, New Zealand, who will play as ‘Ahi Ka Aotearoa’. Ahi Ka Aotearoa will enter the Championships in an exciting new development that will help strengthen the game after COVID struck down some of the past established opportunities for players. The tournament also provides an opportunity for upcoming female match officials in the Women in League Officiating Program (WILOP) to gain further experience across a National event.

A key initiative for the Australian Rugby League Commission continues to be the focus on investment in pathways programs that accelerate the growth of the elite women’s talent pool. The strength of this commitment is no more evident than in 2023, where we will see the NRLW competition grow from 6 to 10 teams, and the continuation of the Women’s National Championships.

Our city strongly backs the growth of professional women's rugby league, so it is fantastic to see the Women’s National Championship back for 2023 with support from Major Events Gold Coast, the tournament comes at the same time the City is supporting the annual Women in Sport Summit. I encourage all league enthusiasts to get down to Pizzey Park to witness some of the best female athletes in the world

Gold Coast Mayor, Tom Tate

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