We’ve got the W-League, the WBBL, and the Women’s AFL - now how about a national women’s rugby league comp?
By
Erin Byrnes

Source:
Zela
10 May 2016 - 8:12 PM  UPDATED 10 May 2016 - 8:12 PM

Following the Jillaroos vs Kiwis test on Friday night, former NRL star Mark Geyer has thrown his support behind women’s rugby league - and he’s not alone.

League legends Darryl Brohman and Darren Lockyer were amongst those enthralled by the contest, with Brohman tweeting his praise and Lockyer gushing about the Jillaroos on Wide World of Sports.

Speaking on Triple M Sydney, Geyer went one step further, and called for a women’s national competition.

“I watched the Jillaroos against the Ferns and I have to say that was entertaining,” he said.

“I’m going to say something outlandish here ... there should be a competition for the girls under the NRL.”

While you may roll your eyes at how late Geyer is to the party - and the fact that his idea of a national competition for women is still considered ‘outlandish’ - comments like his remain incredibly important to women’s rugby league.

Sure, in a perfect world it wouldn’t take a male to speak up before an idea caught on, but when former players talk, people tend to listen.

Geyer, Brohman, and Lockyer hold a lot of sway. Not within the NRL necessarily, but with the public. And that’s where it begins.

 

While it’s early days yet, Women’s AFL, the Women’s Big Bash League, the WNBL, and the W-League have all proved that a national comp for females is viable, watchable, and marketable.

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The NRL has often shown itself to be a backwards boys club. With a women’s comp, the league would have the chance to get on the front foot and turn that reputation around.

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