The Harvey Norman Women in League initiative celebrates the importance of women’s roles in Rugby League. Over 140,000 females have a direct involvement with the sport, as players, coaches, employees, administrators, volunteers and club members — women are at the heart of Rugby League.
Entering its seventh year, celebrations will occur during Round 10 (May 14-20) of the 2013 National Rugby League competition. Dubbed the Harvey Norman Women in League Round, the players, coaches, referees and fans don pink, not only to commemorate the role of women in the game, but also to raise money for many worthy charities. In 2012, the McGrath Foundation’s annual ‘Pull On Your Socks’ campaign raised over $100,000 with the support of Rugby League clubs and individuals.
There are supporters of the Harvey Norman Women in League initiative at all levels of the game. As recognition of these special individuals, two awards are bestowed each year:
- The Women in League Achievement Award is given to the woman recognised for her personal accomplishments and contributions to the game’s development, by raising awareness of women’s involvement in Rugby League, and playing an active role in encouraging more females to participate in the sport.
- The Favourite Son Award is presented to the NRL player — chosen by female fans of the game — who exemplifies the values and qualities of a rugby league ambassador, both on and off the field, making the game more appealing to women. In 2013, Sydney Roosters fullback Anthony Minichiello was named the Harvey Norman Favourite Son.
To kick off the Harvey Norman Women in League Round, Triple M will include Zoe Marshall — the wife of Wests player Benji Marshall — in the commentary team for Friday (17th May) night’s clash between the Rabbitohs and Tigers at ANZ Stadium.
So, get to the footy this weekend, cheer your team on and support the girls behind the scenes who make it all happen.