York City Knights Ladies will this weekend turn their attentions to the first Women’s Nines Festival, taking place at Victoria Park in Warrington on Sunday 1st May.
With five groups of four teams in action, the Knights will feature in the afternoon session that commences from 1:30pm. Admission is free for the festival with Inspiration Sessions, set to run throughout the day, priced at £5.
The Nines competition has been introduced to provide a new, exciting playing format to the current players and to allow teams from different levels of the women’s game to compete against one another.
The day will also provide an opportunity to engage with and inspire future players with the chance to meet players as well as participate in inspiration sessions.
Stars of the women’s game have, in recent years, inspired more fans and players to take up rugby league and, as part of the festival, the inspiration sessions will provide young fans with a chance to hear from some of the England and Women’s Super League stars.
Knights and England star Savannah Andrade will be participating in a Physical and Mental Toughness session at 11am and the inspiration sessions, running throughout the day, will focus on different aspects of being a rugby league player.
The Knights’ group comprises of Bradford Bulls and Leigh Miners, as well as a to be confirmed third opponent, with the first match against Bradford kicking off at 1:55pm.
With unlimited interchanges from a squad of fifteen players, the new format has different rules including bonus point tries.
Matches will be played across two nine minute halves and the winning team from each group will qualify for the Nines Finals on Sunday 24th July.