2017 Tooheys Newcastle Rugby League Draw

Tooheys Newcastle Rugby League is pleased to release the 2017 District Competition draw.

Click here to view: 2017 Season Draw


Key dates and initiatives:

Key dates:


  • Season kicks off on the weekend of the 22/23 April
  • 16 home & away rounds with the finals series commencing on 2 September
  • Grand Final – confirmed to be again held at McDonald Jones Stadium on either the 23rd or 24th September
    • Consideration is being given to holding the GF on the Saturday




  • 2017 sees a change in format for the district competition with the introduction of the Newcastle RL Ladies League Tag competition
  • In celebrating the inclusion of female participants Round 12 will be the Women in League Round – coincides with National Rugby League Women In League
    • We will be working with the clubs to promote and celebrate female participation within our region
  • As per 2016 the final two rounds will be our Community Rounds
    • Clubs encourage to engage with their football and broader community
  • The additional 2 rounds (8 & 14) will also be promoted as our Futures Rounds.
    • Emphasise placed on juniors and youth within our competitions
    • All U19 games will be played either before or after 1st grade
    • One u19 game per round to be live-streamed by BarTV
    • Working with the Knights to run their Back to Juniors initiative in the lead up to the Futures Rounds.
  • We will again be working with The Mark Hughes Foundation to raise awareness of their Beanie for Brain Cancer Week.
  • Indigenous All Stars pre-season game – A proposal has been forwarded to CRL for Newcastle RL to host an Indigenous All Stars game in the 2017 pre-season
    • Proposed format includes a LLT, u18s & Allstars match @ No. 2 Sportsground
    • We are awaiting concept approval after which more detailed discussions will be held with clubs
    • Adam Bettridge & Ashely Gordon have been working on the concept and it is seen as a positive opportunity to celebrate diversity within our game
      • With recent changes to the senior rep program it can also provide players over 23 an opportunity to participate