TRL Representative Pathways
Monday 15 May 2017
On the back of the largest event in its brief history, Touch Rugby League (TRL) has undoubtedly become one of the fastest growing social sports in the country with over 50,000 participants now Australia-wide. To accommodate the growing competitive nature of the sport, TRL has introduced several State and National representative pathways for its players.
TRL Australia’s CEO, Stefan Ziesolleck, says ‘The 2017 TRL Queensland State Championships held on May 6-7 showcased 42 Teams from as far as Townsville, Mackay, Rockhampton and the Gold Coast. We had our Queensland State of Origin Selectors present and we introduced Live Streaming on Facebook for the very first time with over 800 players, officials and supporters present over two days’.
The TRL Representative Scene will continue to grow with many more events remaining in the 2017 calendar.
SEQ Championships League
TRL Brisbane has introduced a Champions League for teams to compete across South East Queensland. Played at North Brisbane’s Shaw Road and East Brisbane’s Mt Gravatt fields, this ten-week Elite TRL competition comprises of both Men’s and Mixed TRL teams with the top players and teams from across SEQ competing to win a share of $4,000 in cash prizes.
TRL Australia sees the introduction of the SEQ Champions League as an opportunity to broaden the games’ social culture and competition. TRL Ambassador, Amy Milburn, agrees: ‘The opportunity to be exposed to the most competitive teams SEQ has to offer will be a great taste of what is to come at the Australian Championships later in the year – an aptly timed ‘warmup’ you could say. Additionally, the convenience of being able to enjoy a mix of social and more competitive games throughout my week will keep me on my toes and in touch with the game’.
Growth of the Queensland Representative Scene
The number of representative teams competing at the Queensland State Championships more than doubled in 2017 with teams travelling to Dolphin Stadium, Redcliffe from as far as Townsville, Mackay, Rockhampton and the Gold Coast. Ben Maddick, owner of TRL Sunshine Coast, said the event was ‘such a big step forward for the game’ with ‘the quality of teams also definitely increasing’.
The 2017 TRL QLD State Championships showcased the very best TRL talent from Queensland with a view to selecting the Women’s, Men’s and Mixed Queensland State of Origin Teams for the 2017 State of Origin Series later in the year.
The inaugural NSW State Championships kicked off in 2016, with TRL expanding to areas of New South Wales and Canberra. The 2017 NSW State Championships, to be held later this year, expects to see a marked increase in the number of representative teams participating. TRL Australia’s Executive Chairman, Tom Longworth, forecasts the growth of this event, stating, ‘We already have a number of new areas which will be coming into the fray – such as Newcastle and Greater Western Sydney.’
State of Origin
Players from Queensland and New South Wales, who demonstrate high levels of performance, are then selected for future representative honours including the honour of representing their state for State of Origin. The 2017 State of Origin series will feature, for the first time, a Women’s team from both Queensland and New South Wales.
The 2017 Events Calendar will conclude with the 2017 TRL Australian Championships. For the first time, a Victorian team will be represented at the event after TRL Melbourne kicked off in February.
TRL Australia’s long-term aim is to be the social sport in Australia where participants can play a brand of touch rugby league at every level including top-level representative competitions. It is expected that the TRL Representative Scene within each Franchise and TRL Australia as a whole will continue to grow rapidly and lead the way for greater competition in the future.
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