Shire Girls Get 2023 Season Underway
With a new Zone based Open Women’s Rugby League competition underway in 2023, Cronulla Junior Rugby League (CJRL) club Como-Jannalli Crocs hope to snatch a win and get their season off to a positive start on Sunday at Scylla Bay Oval.
The Crocs take on Corrimal Cougars, who have been a strong club in Illawarra Women’s Rugby League in recent years, producing a number of Jillaroos and NRLW players. The Crocs won’t be phased and have a few stars of their own, lead by captain Montana Stewart, a member of the Sharks team in the NSWRL premiership and the Sharks player of the year in the 2022 Tarsha Gale Cup squad.
In a rare scenario, Montana is joined by sisters Bailey and Sienna in Como colours, so there should be no issues with the team being cohesive on the field.
CJRL is now one of the largest Rugby League districts in the country, with over 5500 participants expected to take part in 2023 competitions. Female participation continues to grow exponentially, placing CJRL as the leading district in NSWRL for female participation.
CJRL Chairman Nathan Waugh has wished the Crocs well as they represent the Shire in the new competition that includes teams from Illawarra, South Coast, St George and Cronulla districts.
“It would be great to see Como-Jannalli take it right to teams from other districts in the Southern Zone, and we wish them all the best in their 2023 campaign. We hope more teams from CJRL will join them in the coming years”, Waugh said.