SALFORD RED DEVILS WOMEN TO COMPETE IN NINES FESTIVAL

Our Women’s team are back at the annual Nines festival early next month.

Hosted at Victoria Park, Warrington, on Sunday 5th May, 18 teams – including eight from the Betfred Women’s Super League – will be competing to book their spot in finals day.

Salford Red Devils have been drawn in Group 4, where they will face Wigan Warriors, Huddersfield Giants and London Broncos.

Games consist of two nine minute halves, where a squad of 15 is cut-down to starting nine, but with unlimited interchanges.

Teams score four points for a try, but if grounded in the bonus zone under the sticks, five points are awarded instead.

All kicks, including restarts, are taken via a drop kick, with successful conversions still scoring two points.

All the relevant information can be found on the graphic below.

VX3 SHOW SUPPORT FOR WOMEN’S RUGBY LEAGUE BY PRODUCING FITTED MATCH DAY SHORTS

VX3 apparel have shown their support for women’s rugby league by producing specifically tailored match day shorts for our women’s team.

Across sport, conversations have been raised about women’s sport kit not being designed with female athletes in mind, and changes are now being put in place to combat the issue.

The club’s official kit partner has already supplied black playing shorts, away from the usual white, but this change is another major step in accommodating women’s needs – allowing them to solely focus their efforts on the pitch.

Crafted to allow more comfort, VX3 have supplied a full set of these shorts for both home and away strips.

Marcelle Lock, women’s team manager at Salford Red Devils, has said:

“It’s no secret that women’s anatomy is fundamentally different to men, yet for years and years, working in professional sport, myself and many other women have been forced to wear men’s clothing – much of it ill-fitting and not fit for purpose. Even items such as jackets in men’s sizing end up being far too long on the arm and too tight around the hips. It’s uncomfortable and it can look awkward.

“Working as a female in RL for over 10 years, I have been in a minority, and there has been little demand for women’s sized ‘team wear. Where there is no demand, there is no supply; and kit manufacturers, understandably, do not want to take the risk on producing a range that might not sell. With the introduction of a women’s team for Salford Red Devils in 2022, this lack of fitted clothing became more apparent.

“Luckily, in VX3, we have a kit partner who understand that comfortable sportswear can significantly improve performance and it’s not just the practicality of the wear – when something fits well, you feel more confident. Since 2022, VX3 have supplied match jerseys, hoodies, t-shirts and jackets in women’s sizing.

“Last year, like many sports teams, we dropped our signature Salford white shorts due to the concerns the girls had over wearing white whilst on their periods. However, match day shorts were still a concern as they were men’s cut; which by design, created a bulk of uncomfortable material in-between the legs, was quite often too tight around the thigh – restricting leg movement – and had to be sized up to fit around the hips.

“For this season, VX3 have been working on a women’s cut playing shorts. They have worked tirelessly on coming up with the right shape and I am delighted to have received these new cut shorts at the end of March.

“This is all part of the pathway of women’s rugby. These aren’t girls playing a mens game, nor should they conform to that, these are girls playing rugby league and they deserve to have their own identity as female rugby league players.

“They are all small steps, but important ones in the growth of our game.”

Jon Ellery, from VX3, has added:

“With the growth of women’s sport, both at grass roots and at a professional level, we at VX3 wanted to ensure we were able to provide kit that was functional, fitted correctly and looks good for our female players. 

“Rugby shorts in particular have been really difficult to get right. With the female physique varying so much from one player to the next – and even between women of the same size – we wanted something that was comfortable, flattering and built to withstand the demands of rugby league.

“We went through many rounds of sampling to get a finished product, involving universities and local women’s teams so we got a good cross section of players to provide us feedback.

“Our female range is extensive and ever-growing – and this is something we are very proud of.”

After a tough start, where Mike Grady’s new-look Red Devils have faced multiple Women’s Super League sides in the Challenge Cup, they are ready to attack the regular Championship campaign.

Their next task is the visit of Bradford Bulls on Sunday afternoon, with kick-off scheduled for 2pm on the Salford Stadium Community Field.

TAZ CORCORAN NAMED SALFORD RED DEVILS WOMEN CAPTAIN

We are delighted to reveal Taz Corcoran has been named the new Salford Red Devils Women captain.

An ever-present since the women’s teams’ inception, Corcoran has made the step-up to captain following the departure of Louise Fellingham.

She will be joined by Alex Simpson and Steph Gray as part of a three-woman leadership group – two players with vast amounts of experience and well-respected amongst the group.

Corcoran won Women’s Coaches’ of Year in 2022 after an inaugural campaign where our women’s team won the League Cup and League Leaders Shield double.

She also picked-up Hit-Women of the Year in 2023.

On becoming club captain, Corcoran has said: “I’m very proud to step-up to this role. Being captain isn’t about giving orders, it’s about listening and supporting the team!”

On his decision to appoint the number nine as skipper, Head Coach, Mike Grady has also said: “First of all, congratulations to all the players in our leadership group.

“Taz will captain the group, She is a vocal leader and an infectious character – well respected by the group, and leads by example every training session.

“Alex will be vice-captain. Again, Alex leads by example and is a real student of the game. She sets really high standards and pushes herself, and the group to be continuously better.

“Steph will be our club captain and is currently working with the staff in a coaching capacity,

“Steph is a very knowledgable rugby league player and she is passing on these skills through her coaching. She is keen, enthusiastic and always brings new ideas to the table.

“I’m looking forward to working with them all this season.”

Check out our full chat with Taz on the captaincy, the new season and much, much more by clicking below.

SALFORD RED DEVILS WOMEN 2024 SQUAD NUMBERS REVEALED

Ahead of their first pre-season friendly on Sunday afternoon, our official squad numbers for the 2024 women’s team have been confirmed.

A fresh-looking side, under the guidance of new Head Coach, Mike Grady, are ready to compete in the Championship and Betfred Challenge Cup across 2024, with the ultimate aim of returning to the Betfred Women’s Super League.

Exciting new additions including star halfback, Michelle Davis, who arrives at the club following a glittering spell at Warrington Wolves, where she was influential during the club’s rise in the women’s game.

She played a huge role in their promotion to Super League in 2019 and was appointed club captain shortly after. In 2022, she was recognised as the league’s leading points scorer after another dominant promotion campaign.

After spells in the National Performance squad during her time at Wigan Warriors, Davis made her full international debut for England Community Lions on 16th November 2019.

Familiar faces are aplenty amongst the squad, however.

Irish international fullback, Luci McKeown will continue as our number one, with Welsh international, Becki Davies taking the number 5 as she gears for her first full season after ACL surgery.

Steph Gray and Alex Simpson stay at three and four, with Taz Corcoran at nine.

Prop duo, Abi Collins and Summer Harris are also promoted to eight and ten respectively.

Take a look at the full list below:

WOMEN TO FACE LEIGH LEOPARDS IN PRE-SEASON FRIENDLY

Our Women’s team will ramp up their pre-season preparations with a friendly against Leigh Leopards.

A competition restructure means our girls will be competing in the Women’s Championship next season, but with the ultimate aim of achieving promotion back to the now eight-team top flight.

Under new Head Coach, Mike Grady, a refreshed squad has been hard at work preparing for the upcoming campaign, but will have their first test of 2024 against a familiar foe.

On Sunday 25th February, our girls will face the Leopards on the Salford Stadium Community Field, with kick-off scheduled for 12pm.

This comes directly before Paul Rowley’s men’s side take on Castleford Tigers in Round 2 of the Betfred Super League, at 3pm.

Allowing supporters to come down early, get behind the girls and see some new faces in action; before heading into the stadium for the men’s fixture.

Upon confirmation, Mike Grady has said: “I’m looking forward to our first hit-out and friendly against Leigh.

“There is only so many training and opposed sessions you can do before needing to see the players in a game situation; to see how far we have come, and what we still need to do.

“Leigh will provide us with a strong test and – as they’re in the same league as us – it will be a good marker for our group.

“It is my first as Head Coach of the women’s team; it’s exciting and I am looking forward to it, but at the same time there is a job to do.

“I feel we have a fantastic group of players who have trained really hard, so this friendly is the first stop on what is going to be an exciting journey for us all!”

CONFIRMED DETAILS:

  • Salford Red Devils Women vs Leigh Leopards Women
  • Sunday 25th February
  • Salford Stadium Community Field
  • 12pm

GRADY: “WE’RE IN IT TO WIN IT!”

The new Head Coach of Salford Red Devils Women, Mike Grady is ‘excited’ to get going in his new role and has set ambitions of achieving promotion back to the Betfred Women’s Super League.

Speaking for the first time since his appointment, Grady could not hide his delight at joining the club at such a promising time for the women’s game.

“Proud. Looking forward to it. Excited and just can’t wait to get going,” he began.

“The women’s game is massive at the moment, it’s being pushed really well, the coverage of it and I just can’t wait to get stuck into it!”

Grady is already vastly experienced at both club and international level. Most recently, he joined John Kear for a stint at Widnes Vikings, alongside becoming Head Coach of the Spanish National Team.

Now fully settled in his new role, Grady will be looking forward to next week’s trials and recruiting fresh talent.

These sessions on Monday and Wednesday are still available to attend, so please click HERE to access the sign-up form.

“First of all, we’re going to have a trial and see who’s out there and who can come in,” Grady continued.

“And just like any team, we’re going to get stuck into pre-season, work hard and we’ll set our goals to rip into the season in the best way we can.”

Our debut season in the Women’s Super League was a relatively successful one. A playoff spot was achieved, but a huge restructure of the competition means we will be competing at a lower level in 2024.

Grady, however, is determined that we bounce straight back: “We’re in it to win it.

“We’re going to push ourselves, we’re going to go for it and the aim is to go up, so we’ll be working hard in pre-season towards achieving that throughout the year.”

Another objective of his new role is to put a pathway in place for young girls to become the next stars of Salford Red Devils.

Work towards this has already started with the Foundation’s Girls Development Academy, but Grady is really keen to get involved and make his mark.

“We’re just looking to put pathways in place. I know a lot of the work goes on during the week at colleges in and around the area.

“So it’s just putting a pathway into place and showing there is something to reach for, to aim for and ultimately the first-team.”

To see our chat with Mike in full, head to our YouTube channel HERE.

SALFORD RED DEVILS WOMEN TO HOST A SERIES OF TRIALS

Salford Red Devils women’s team will be playing in the 2024 Championship after a league restructure to the Betfred Women’s Super League 1 and 2 competitions.

Our goal for 2024 is to gain promotion back into the Super League, under it’s new structure. 

We are looking for aspirational athletes who want to join us on this journey to participate in our games highest grade in Super League, in 2025. 

In 2024, Salford will play in the Betfred Challenge Cup and the Nines competition, as well as the league. 

We are passionate about creating the right environment for our players to be the best they can and we have support from medical and S&C staff, as well as training kit from our suppliers at Vx3. 

All squad members receive season tickets to men’s games and many other club-related benefits. 

Stadium address: AJ Bell Stadium, 1 Stadium Wy, Eccles, Manchester M30 7EY

If you have any other queries please email womensrl@salfordreddevils.net 

Langworthy Reds to host weekly girls rugby league

After a successful trial on Saturday 21st October Langworthy Reds will now be hosting girls rugby league on a weekly basis.
Every Saturday Langworthy Reds will welcome girls to play rugby league at Oakwood Park, 11am.
If you’re a girl between 8-15 years of age or know someone who might be feel free to join as women’s rugby league continues to grow.
Manchester recently hosted the inaugural Women’s Super League Grand Final as Bradford overcame Featherstone and now Langworthy Reds are doing their bit to continue to grow the sport in the local area.
Remember any girls interested in rugby league under the age of 11 can claim a FREE 2018 Season Ticket with the Salford Red Devils while any between 11 and 16 can claim one for just £69.
 
A full list of all Salford Red Devils 2018 prices can be found here while a Direct Debit breakdown of each ticket can be seen here.

Two Grand Finals on Salford’s doorstep this weekend

This weekend Salford will have not one but two Super League Grand Finals on its doorstep.
As always, the Super League Grand Final will take place at Old Trafford on Saturday, 6pm kick-off, between seven-time Grand Final winners Leeds Rhinos and Old Trafford debutants Castleford Tigers.
However, the inaugural Women’s Super League Grand Final will also take place in Manchester on Saturday. Featherstone Rovers and Bradford Bulls Ladies will fight it out to be named the first-ever Women’s Super League winners.
The game will take place at Manchester Regional Arena and will kick-off at 12pm. Entry to the first-ever Women’s Super League Grand Final is just £5 for Adults, £3 for concessions and any under 16s female players wearing their community club’s shirt will gain FREE entry.
You can make it a double-header of Grand Finals on the day – just a five mile or a 25-minute tram ride separate the Manchester Regional Arena and Old Trafford.
 
Remember Salford Red Devils 2018 Season Tickets are currently on sale with all the details here. We have also provided a Direct Debit breakdown for each Season Ticket here. You can purchase your Season Ticket over the phone, at the Club Ticket Office or online here.

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