THE North Coast Women's Rugby League 11s competition kicks off in Port Macquarie this weekend.
NSW State of Origin representative and NSWRL women's participation officer Kylie Hilder is one of the pioneers behind the competition after an initial expectation of a nines-style tournament.
Mrs Hilder helped establish league tag here in 2009.
Group Three was among the first in the CRL to start league tag.
She said last year that not all league tag players were interested in playing rugby league.
"Of 100 league tag players I'd say only around 40 would want to play rugby league,'' she said.
"This certainly isn't designed to kill league tag. We want to offer both.''
Teams within the various age groups include Sawtell, Bellingen, Bowraville, Coffs Harbour, Taree, Port Macquarie, Wauchope, Wingham, Kendall and Forster-Tuncurry.
During the regular season of Group 2 and 3, the women's competition is played as league tag but this spring-summer format involves tackling.
This weekend will see the opening round played at Port Macquarie on Saturday (October 24).
Round 1 will see Lower Macleay verse Macleay Valley at 12pm on field 1 at Port Macquarie Regional Stadium in the open division.
In the under 15s Macleay Valley Gold play Bowraville at 1pm whilst Macleay Valley Red play Port Sharks at 2pm.
The under 17s will see Macleay Valley look for victory against Wingham at 5pm.
A total of seven rounds will be played.
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