PLAYERS PROUD TO WEAR PINK JERSEYS
1/06/2011 2:44:05 PM
Several Wests Tigers players proudly wore pink jerseys at Leichhardt Oval today to help launch the NRL’s Harvey Norman Women In League round.
Robbie Farah, Lote Tuqiri, Todd Payten, Blake Ayshford, Mitch Brown and Liam Fulton represented Wests Tigers at a special morning tea to launch a month of activities and events that will culminate in the fifth annual Harvey Norman Women in League Round from June 24-27 (Round 16).
The launch revealed a 10,000-strong increase in the number of female volunteers, referees and administrators involved in the game over the last two years. There also is a marked rise in the number of women occupying NRL Club management and board positions.
The number of women in senior management positions across the 16 NRL Clubs has grown to more than 65 with the number of women on Club boards growing to 10, while on the field women and girls represent the largest single area of growth in national participation rates.
Each year the Harvey Norman Women in League round recognises the role women play at all levels of Rugby League, with this year’s initiative boosted by a surge in female playing numbers, which at the end of 2010 were up 12% to 5,490 for women and girls playing in regular competitions and a staggering 52% to 750,000 for girls taking part in school programs.
Acknowledging the 50,000 women recognised through the Harvey Norman Women in League Round, Tuqiri hosted his wife Rebekka as his special guest at the breakfast.
Belinda O’Neill, the wife of former Wests Tigers forward Mark O’Neill, is the proud Women In League Ambassador for Wests Tigers.
“This is a great way to recognise and thank all the women and girls in our game,” Tuqiri said.
“To say that Bek helps me through the season is an understatement.
“Not only does she support me on and off the field, she’s also very involved in Rugby League’s women’s programs and the game’s grassroots.
“There are so many women and girls in Rugby League, from players to fans, officials, mums and club staff and they all deserve a huge thanks for everything they do.”
In the lead up to the Harvey Norman Women in League Round, the month of June will see more than 600 women from across the game and the nation attend a series of events to celebrate the role of women in Rugby League.
The Round itself, from June 24-27, will once again be a festival of pink with Wests Tigers, the Parramatta Eels, Manly Sea Eagles, Penrith Panthers, Canberra Raiders, Sydney Roosters and St George Illawarra Dragons set to wear specially designed pink playing kits for their Round 16 games.
For a second year, Harvey Norman Women in League will partner with the McGrath Foundation by selling pink scarves at selected Round 16 games and supporting NRL Club activities that will fundraiser for the cause.
Rugby League fans who donate via the McGrath website (http://www.mcgrathfoundation.com.au) between Monday 20 June and midnight on Monday 27 June will go into the draw to win a one-of-a-kind Steeden match ball signed by their favourite team.
Hey guys are they actually releasing the pink jersey for supporters to buy? The wifey wants one
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yes, they are. looks like ur up for a significant outlay of cash.
as per tigers website:
“Supporters can now purchase the latest Wests Tigers jersey the team will wear in round 16 of the Telstra Premiership…
The jerseys retail at $135 for ladies/kids and $165 for men. The jerseys will be available at Wests Tigers Gearzone store, Shop 234 Brands On Sale Outlet, 32 Queen Street, Campbelltown, from tomorrow (Saturday).”