CommBank Stadium will host two huge games in the NRL Telstra Women’s Premiership – including a Round 1 Sydney Derby between the Parramatta Eels and Sydney Roosters.
The Blue & Gold Army will be out in force on Saturday 20 August when the Eels women run out at CommBank Stadium at 1pm for their game before the NRL men line up against the Bulldogs (Rd 23) at 3pm.
The Parra Eels women will be back at CommBank Stadium in Round 2 for a Sunday afternoon clash against the Dragons on 28 August at 12noon.
A triple-header at Central Coast Stadium, a new night-time timeslot and alignment with the men’s Premiership highlight the new 2022 NRL Telstra Women’s Premiership schedule, which was released Friday.
While the 2022 NRLW season will kick off on August 20 with Eels v Roosters at CommBank Stadium, Round 1 will also feature St George Illawarra Dragons playing Gold Coast Titans in both men’s and women’s at WIN Stadium on Sunday, August 21, followed by the first ever night NRLW game – Newcastle Knights against Brisbane Broncos at McDonald Jones Stadium, at 6:15pm that evening. The match will follow the NRL Telstra Premiership match between Newcastle Knights and Canberra Raiders.
Round 2 will see a double header featuring Gold Coast Titans and Newcastle Knights at Cbus Super Stadium, with the women’s clash immediately following the men’s fixture. The Grand Final rematch, Sydney Roosters against St George Illawarra Dragons, will be staged in Round 3 at Leichhardt Oval in another night-time 6:15pm clash.
Round 4 matches will be played as triple and double headers on Saturday and Sunday afternoons alongside NRL Finals matches. Round 5 will complete the regular season with a Sunday triple-header at Central Coast Stadium.
“We are thrilled to announce the 2022 Telstra Women’s Premiership schedule. Coming off the back of an enthralling 2021 Women’s Premiership, everyone is eagerly anticipating another exciting, unpredictable and entertaining competition,” NRL CEO Andrew Abdo said.
“In the biggest year yet for the elite women’s game, the spotlight will be on the best female players and the six Clubs vying for the Premiership.”
NRL Executive General Manager Performance and Pathways Tain Drinkwater said the schedule was designed to allow as many people to experience the women’s game as possible through broadcast as well as at venues.
“We have worked hard to ensure every Club has exposure to their own fans, while also giving the right mix of men’s and women’s double headers, a triple header, as well as standalone fixtures,” Drinkwater said.
“The competition has evolved consistently since 2018. Now we have a base of 30,000 registered female players which is ensuring growth at all levels of the game – and a strong foundation for the NRLW competition to continue its progression.”
Channel Nine matches will be broadcast on the main channel or GEM, while there will also be four Fox Sports-exclusive matches.
For the full NRL Telstra Women’s Premiership draw, please click here.