While the success of the national women’s team at the Rugby League Women’s World Cup 2017 in Sydney was the major achievement, there were some notable successes in the domestic scene too, this year.
Titikaveka Bulldogs’ well-deserved win over their rivals Avatiu Nikao Eels in the 2017 season grand final not only ended the latter’s dominance in the domestic arena but also improved the competition level in the weekly league.
“There were some equally strong teams during the season that narrowly missed out for place in the grand final which sets the scene for a very competitive 2018 season,” said CIRLA president Charles Carlson.
“It’s great to see the clubs preparing for the League Nines next Friday and Saturday as part of their pre-season preparation to the season proper in February.
“The whole purpose of the Nines is to help prepare the clubs for the season instead of a very slow start to the season.”
The win from the national women’s team over England was certainly the icing on the cake for the year for the CIRLA, Carlson said.
Cook Islands Moanas shocked the league fraternity after beating England women’s team, the third best in the world, 22-16 in their final pool match.
“I must say we were really shattered after being hammered by the Australian Jillaroos and especially by the Kiwi Ferns, after having high hopes for the squad,” Carlson said.
“It was a matter of getting back to the basics and most importantly having pride in playing for our nation and their action on the field speaks for itself.
“It is very important to have success in our local competition and at the same time be competitive at international level – the two go hand in hand.”