Tahlulah Tillett reflection on the Knights’ inaugural season and NRLW expansion

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With a heartbreaking 14–10 loss against the Gold Coast Titans on Sunday, the 2021 NRL Women’s Premiership came to an end for the inaugural Newcastle Knights team.

Unfortunately, the Knights were the only team who did not post a win this season, but the team’s position on the ladder certainly does not reflect just how competitive the Knights were in their first NRLW season.

In the Knights’ first game against the Parramatta Eels, the team lost by a field goal with 13 seconds to go. Perhaps the season would have gone differently had the Knights posted a win in that first game.

NRLW 2021: Existing teams dominant as semi-finals approach

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or the fourth year in a row in the NRL Women’s premiership, the Brisbane Broncos are the minor premiers and have the edge leading into the semi-finals this weekend.

After a dramatic final round where the make-up of the top four was unknown until the final game, the Broncos, St George Illawarra Dragons, Gold Coast Titans and Sydney Roosters will progress to the semi-finals at Leichhardt Oval this weekend, with the Newcastle Knights and Parramatta Eels missing out.

NRLW, Origin expansion exciting steps in move toward full-time professionalism

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Four new NRLW teams entering the competition by 2024, Origin becoming a two-game series next year, pay increases and private health insurance – today is a proud day for rugby league.

The ARL Commission’s announcements make for great reading and the timing of the changes looks just right.

More Sydney teams not the answer for NRLW expansion

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There’s plenty of excitement leading into this NRLW season particularly with the new teams – Parramatta, Newcastle and Gold Coast – being involved.

It may seem strange to be considering expansion before a footy is even kicked off at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday, but one of the most important issues facing the NRL is planning for the competition’s next phase of growth.

Why it’s not a level playing field for women athletes off the pitch

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This summer, Australians have had the chance to feast on a smorgasbord of women’s sport.

Whether it’s the Australian women’s cricket team winning the Ashes, Ash Barty making history at the Australian Open or the game changers in the AFLW, there has been so much women’s sport that at times I can’t keep up.

Yasmin Meakes on life goals and leadership

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I speak to Yasmin Meakes when she’s in the car driving.

As a member of the Sydney Roosters NRL Women’s Premiership team, it’s a place Meakes is spending plenty of time. Meakes is a teacher and lives in Scone in eastern New South Wales. When Meakes attends training, it usually involves a three hour round trip from Scone to Sydney and then back again. When I ask why she is willing to do this just to play rugby league, the answer is one I have heard before.