York RLFC’s women’s team will play their first match since the Club’s rebrand on Thursday evening when Papua New Guinea Orchids head to the Minster City for a Rugby League World Cup warm-up match.
This will be our women’s first-ever game since being known as the Valkyrie and they will come up against one of the toughest teams in female rugby league.
The match will take place at York St John University Sports Park, kicking off at 7pm, with attendance free. Donations, however, will be taken should people wish to pay with donations going to the York RLFC Foundation to further support the women’s game in our city.
Papua New Guinea Orchids – in the same World Cup group as England, along with Brazil and Cananda – have had their own storied journey in rugby league, a journey covered in the much-heralded ‘Power Meri’ film.
Thursday’s match will also be marked as Katie Langan and Ash Hyde’s Testimonial match, with the pair having played for York Ladies – and, latterly, York City Knights Ladies – for twelve and ten years, respectively.
Parking for Thursday’s match will no be available on-site other than Blue Badge Holders but parking will be available at the Nestle Car Park further down Haxby Road, located behind Yearsley Swimming Pool.