tooheys newcastle rugby league release new draw for 2020
July 9, 2020
Tooheys Newcastle Rugby League has released their updated competition draw for the 2020 season commencing on Saturday 18 July.
With the NSW state government easing restrictions on community sporting events, district clubs will be hosting home and away games from round one of the season. The maximum number of participants per venue at any one time is 500 participants including players and trainers.
The competition consists of ten rounds with the grand final to be played on Sunday 18th October. Tooheys Newcastle Rugby League will host four grades: A Plus Contracting First Grade, OAS Reserve Grade, HitIQ Under 19s, and the Monarch Ladies Blues Tag.
Tooheys Newcastle Rugby League chief executive, Matt Harris, said there is a healthy number of returning first grade players participating.
“We will have seven teams playing in the first-grade competition. There are a number of returning first grade players as well as several from the Newcastle Knights Jersey Flegg and Caterbury Cup squads so we can expect some high-quality football.”
The OAS Reserve Grade will consist of six teams while both the HitIQ Under 19s and the Monarch ladies Blues Tag will have eight teams. Nelson Bay will be represented in both the HitIQ Under 19s and the Monarch Blues Tag.
Harris said the health and safety of all attendees is a top priority and that attendee numbers and social distancing policies will be closely monitored at all venues. Harris also said the ability for district clubs to host the games will give them the opportunity to create revenue and assist in the longevity of their club.
“All club canteens and bar services will be open during the season with strict hygiene protocols. This is a great
opportunity for fans to support their club while also making the most of the relaxation in restrictions which allow us to now enjoy local sporting events.”
All grades will commence on Saturday 18 July. In the A Plus Contracting first grade competition, Saturday will see Lakes United Seagulls take on the Western Suburbs Rosellas at Cahill Oval while Cessnock will battle Maitland at Cessnock Sportsground. Sunday’s first grade game will see the Central Newcastle Butcher Boys play Kurri Kurri Bulldogs at St John Oval in Charlestown.
See the first grade draw or the full schedule for all grades.