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It’s Eels v Tigers in a Round 1 NRLW standalone blockbuster at CommBank Stadium

  • 2023 NRL Telstra Women’s Premiership Draw announced with 3 scheduled regular-season games at CommBank Stadium;
  • Round 1: Parramatta Eels v Wests Tigers at CommBank Stadium, Sunday 23 July;
  • Round 3: Parramatta Eels v Newcastle Knights at CommBank Stadium, Sunday 6 August;
  • Round 5: Wests Tigers v St George Illawarra Dragons, Saturday 19 August.

For the full NRL Telstra Women’s Premiership draw, please click here.

The Parramatta Eels will play two NRLW matches at CommBank Stadium in season 2023 – including a Round 1 stand-alone blockbuster against premiership debutantes Wests Tigers on Sunday 23 July (12noon kick-off).

The Dean Widders-coached Parra Eels women will also play a Round 3 match against the Newcastle Knights on Sunday 6 August at CommBank Stadium (12noon kick-off) as a double-header with the Eels’ NRL game against St George Illawarra Dragons.

The Wests Tigers, in their inaugural NRLW season, will play one home match at CommBank Stadium in Round 5 against St George Illawarra Dragons on Saturday 19 August (12:50pm kick-off) as a double-header before the Tigers’ NRL side takes on Wayne Bennett’s Dolphins at 3pm. The Tigers’ squad will feature Australia and NSW captain Kezie Apps and will be coached by Brett Kimmorley.

The biggest NRL Telstra Women’s Premiership ever will feature nine rounds, double headers and, for the first time, matches in primetime.

The NRL on Thursday released the schedule for the 2023 NRLW season, which will include new teams Wests Tigers, Canberra Raiders, Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks and North Queensland Cowboys.

The competition will kick off on Saturday 22 July with a new Queensland derby clash between Gold Coast Titans and competition newcomers North Queensland Cowboys at Cbus Super Stadium, followed by Premiers Newcastle Knights taking on St George Illawarra Dragons at McDonald Jones Stadium.

Round One will also feature standalone matches at Sunshine Coast Stadium (Brisbane Broncos against Sydney Roosters in the first ever NRLW primetime fixture) and the CommBank Stadium fixture (Parramatta Eels against Wests Tigers). New teams Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks and Canberra Raiders will face off in the final clash of the first round, as part of a Sharks Club double header at PointsBet Stadium.

The new Premiership will feature nine standalone double headers in all Club markets (Townsville, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Newcastle, Sydney and Canberra), as well as 18 Club double headers (NRLW matches before NRL fixtures). All Club fans will have the opportunity to show their support for the women’s teams at home with every team to host a Club double header.

The schedule will also include fixtures at classic rugby league suburban stadiums and state-of-the-art new facilities, including Sunshine Coast Stadium, WIN Stadium, Queensland Country Bank Stadium, GIO Stadium, PointsBet Stadium, Totally Workwear Stadium (Langlands Park), CommBank Stadium, Campbelltown Stadium, Industree Group Stadium and Belmore Sports Ground, creating greater opportunity to connect with fans and key market areas.

Round Two will feature the south-east Queensland derby between Brisbane Broncos and Gold Coast Titans, ahead of the Broncos’ Thursday night NRL match against Sydney Roosters at the Gabba, marking the first time a football code has played a women’s and men’s double header at the ground.

Round Three will feature an all-Queensland double header at QCBS Stadium, Townsville, involving North Queensland Cowboys and Brisbane Broncos in both the men’s and women’s competition, as well as the Grand Final rematch between Parramatta Eels and Newcastle Knights at CommBank Stadium, ahead of the Eels’ NRL clash with St George Illawarra Dragons.

The final two rounds will feature primetime Thursday night matches for the first time ever – with NRLW kicking off the weekend of footy when the Sharks and the Dragons facing off on in Round 8, followed by Wests Tigers against 2022 Premiers Newcastle Knights the following Thursday in Round 9.

The NRL Telstra Women’s Premiership Grand Final will be played on Sunday 1 October before the men’s decider.

The draw has been completed through detailed consultation with Clubs, the RLPA and partners to manage the complexity of a number of constraints this year, including the loss of stadiums due to the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

“This year’s NRL Telstra Women’s Premiership will be super charged with four new teams, nine regular-season rounds, followed by semi-finals and a Grand Final,” NRL CEO Andrew Abdo said.

“In 2023, there will be new rivalries and new timeslots with every match being broadcast on free-to-air TV nationally with primetime coverage for the first time ever.

“The schedule will include a balance of standalone double headers, Club double headers and standalone fixtures at new venues, aimed at maximising the opportunity for fans to experience the Premiership live or on broadcast across a range of markets,” Abdo said.

Every match of the season will be available for fans to watch on the Nine Network, Fox Sports and Kayo Sports.

Parra Eels to kick off NRL season against Storm at CommBank Stadium before all eyes on Grand Final rematch against Panthers in Round 4

THE Parramatta Eels will host the opening game of the 2023 NRL season at CommBank Stadium with a blockbuster Thursday Night Footy clash against the Melbourne Storm on 2 March.

The Eels will also be at their spiritual home in Round 2, with a Friday night 6pm match-up against the Sharks on 10 March.

Then bring on Round 4 and a massive Grand Final rematch against Penrith Panthers at CommBank Stadium on Thursday 23 March (7:50pm)!

As the NRL released its much-anticipated season draw for 2023, the Eels were locked in for 11 huge home games at CommBank Stadium.

The Parramatta Eels (20,015) boasted the highest Sydney NRL average attendance of the regular-season in 2022 and the stage is set for another run of capacity crowds at CommBank Stadium in season 2023.

The Blue and Gold Army will be out in force for the clash with the Panthers as the mighty Eels get the chance to redeem themselves against the benchmark team of 2021-22.

Wests Tigers will play two home games at CommBank Stadium in season 2023 – against the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks in Round 19 on Thursday 6 July (7:50pm) and against new club the Dolphins in Round 25 on Saturday 19 August.

The Tigers will host the traditional Easter Monday game against the Parra Eels at nearby Accor Stadium in Sydney Olympic Park on 10 April.

The Easter Monday blockbuster traditionally draws one of the largest NRL club attendances of the season.

Among other home stadium highlights for the Parramatta Eels in season 2023:

  • The Eels will host great rivals the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in a cracking Round 7 Sunday afternoon game at CommBank Stadium on 16 April (4pm);
  • Parra’s final two home games of the regular-season loom as vital in the context of the club’s season . . . against the St George Illawarra Dragons on Sunday 6 August (2pm) and the Sydney Roosters on Friday 18 August (8pm).

See the full 2023 NRL Draw here

Tickets On Sale for Historic First Sporting Event at Bankwest Stadium on Easter Monday

Tickets On Sale for Historic First Sporting Event at Bankwest Stadium

Julian Keith

Tickets to the very first NRL sporting event at Bankwest Stadium will become available to the General Public at 10am this Tuesday 19 February.

The Easter Monday clash between the Parramatta Eels and Wests Tigers will be the first chance for fans to experience the unparalleled atmosphere at the new Stadium.

Eels Members will have access to an exclusive pre-sale at 2pm today with Wests Tigers Members given the opportunity to buy at 10am on Monday.

Fans will also be able to purchase tickets to the Eels second home game at Bankwest Stadium against the St George Illawarra Dragons on Sunday 5 May.

Tickets will become available to General Public at 10am on Tuesday here

20 sport and entertainment events are already confirmed for Bankwest Stadium in 2019 with many more still to come.

The Eels and Wests Tigers will kick things off with their highly anticipated Easter Monday clash and a further 13 regular season NRL games are locked in.

Stay across the Bankwest Stadium calendar as it develops here

The first sporting event at the Stadium will give fans the chance to experience the unique design aspects that will help create an unparalleled event experience.

Proximity to the field and steeper grandstands bring fans closer to the action than ever before and a 360-degree view of the field from Level 1 means they won’t miss a thing.

Fans are encouraged to get in quick as tickets are expected to move quickly.

80 Days to go until first sporting event is staged at Bankwest Stadium on Easter Monday

80 Days to go until first sporting event is staged at Bankwest Stadium

Julian Keith

In just 80 short days, fans will pack the stands at Bankwest Stadium for the very first sporting event at the new venue.

The Parramatta Eels and Wests Tigers will become the first clubs to set foot on the pitch at the Stadium as they clash in their traditional Easter Monday game on 22 April.

But as we cast our eyes forward to April, the Bankwest Stadium site is a hive of activity as the final touches are put in place to bring the venue to life.

Construction is nearing 92 per cent completion and around 80 per cent of the 30,000 seats have now been installed.

Once construction is finished, the Stadium will be prepared for events with a large scale operation taking place to deliver and install all the furniture, fittings, equipment and technology required to operate the venue.

Around 26,000 cubic metres of concrete and 4500 tonnes of steel have gone into shaping the new beating heart of Parramatta.

The installation of the high-tech playing surface system is underway with the delivery and installation of the turf the Eels and Wests Tigers will play scheduled for March.

Construction of the brand new stadium is on track to be complete by the end of March, with commissioning and testing to follow shortly after.

Once testing is complete it’s onto the first sporting event in Round 6 of the NRL season with Eels and Wests Tigers fans getting the first crack at the steepest grandstand in Australia.

Tickets to the milestone event are expected to go on sale sometime in the next month as the NRL season fast approaches.

Western Sydney Stadium Welcomes the Parramatta Eels back home for 2019 and beyond

Western Sydney Stadium Welcomes the Parramatta Eels Home for 2019


The Parramatta Eels will not only call Western Sydney Stadium home in 2019, but they will be the first side to run onto the state-of-the-art stadium when they take to the field over the Easter long weekend.

Minister for Sport and Minister for Western Sydney Stuart Ayres today joined Parramatta Eels CEO Bernie Gurr to announce the Eels have finalised commercial agreements with VenuesLive to play at their brand new home next season.

“Eels fans should be counting down the days to the opening of Western Sydney Stadium which will revolutionise the visitor experience by bringing fans closer to the action than any other sporting precinct in Australia,” Mr Ayres said.

“The Eels are one of the great sporting clubs with one of the biggest supporter bases in the NRL and they will be the first to experience game day at the brand new 30,000-seat stadium which will be the best in the country when it opens.

“VenuesLive, on behalf of Venues NSW, has now negotiated agreements with sporting teams including the Eels, the Wests Tigers and the NSW Waratahs, as well as securing a blockbuster line up of exciting events for the new Western Sydney Stadium.”

Parramatta Eels CEO Bernie Gurr said “We are extremely pleased to have reached this stage and announce Western Sydney Stadium as our new home.

“We believe that Western Sydney Stadium will provide our Members and commercial partners with an outstanding game day experience and will also contribute to the Club’s financial stability.

“We would like to thank VenuesLive for constructive dialogue and helping us to give our Members and fans an outcome ahead of the 2019 NRL draw being announced.”

Read the Parramatta Eels media release here 

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