by Sean Teuma
RUGBY LEAGUE: In positive news for the growth of the women's game, the Warwick and District Junior Rugby League has announced further improvements to the girls league tag.
A new U14s division has been included, and the U16s has now been raised to allow 17-year-olds to compete.
This means that participants in this year's competition have the opportunity to remain in the system, as opposed to potentially leaving the sport.
Warwick and District Junior Rugby League president Dave Landers said the move was due to popular demand.
"There have been growing numbers, which is why we are doing two divisions,” Landers said.
"There has been a great deal of interest, and there were close to 190 female participants last year, which is really encouraging.
"We're hoping we can run a full rugby league trial. This is for the development of rugby league itself and progression.
"By adding the extra year for the U16s, a lot of the players from this year will still be allowed to play.
"It gives them another year, and it's when they are still at school.”
The general meeting also announced Collegians would host the major and minor semi-finals of the 2018 season, with Stanthorpe hosting the preliminary finals and Goondiwindi the grand finals.