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The Victorian Rugby League (VRL)is responsible for administering the game of rugby league in the Australian state of Victoria. Victoria is an Affiliated State of the overall Australian governing body the Australian Rugby League
They run the Melbourne Rugby League, the Central Highlands Rugby League and the Goulburn Murray Rugby League.
- 1 Melbourne Rugby League
- 1.1 Clubs
- 1.2 Defunct MRL Clubs
- 2 Central Highlands Rugby League
- 2.1 History
- 2.2 Past Clubs in CHRL
- 2.3 Extended competition
- 2.4 Current
- 3 Goulburn Murray Rugby League
- 3.1 Teams
- 4 Notable VRL juniors competing in the NRL
- 5 See also
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Melbourne Rugby League
|Melbourne Rugby League|
|Current season or competition:
2013 Melbourne Rugby League season
|Sport||Rugby league football|
|Number of teams||13|
|Country||Melbourne, Victoria, Australia|
|Premiers||Sunbury United Tigers (2012)|
|Related competition||Central Highlands Rugby League|
|Altona Roosters||Newport||Loft Reserve|
|Casey Warriors||Clyde||Clyde Recreation Reserve|
|Craigieburn Phoenix||Craigieburn||Hothlyn Reserve|
|Doveton Steelers||Doveton||Betula Reserve|
|Eastern Suburbs Raptors||Bayswater||Sasses Avenue Reserve|
|Geelong Tiger Snakes||Newtown||Frier Reserve|
|North West Wolves||Melbourne||AJ Davis Reserve Niddrie|
|Northern Thunder||Preston||C.H Sullivan Reserve|
|South East Titans||Doveton||Betula Reserve|
|Sunbury United Tigers||Sunbury||Langama Park|
|Waverley Oakleigh Panthers||Clayton||Fregon Reserve|
|Werribee Bears||Werribee||VU Sporting Complex|
Defunct MRL Clubs
|Dandenong Knights||Dandenong||Greaves Reserve||2002|
|Frankston Sharks||Frankston||Ballam Park||2007 (Replaced)|
|Gippsland Wildcats||Morwell||Maryvale Reserve||2002|
|Maroondah Magpies||Bayswater||Glen Park||2007 (Replaced)|
|Melbourne University||Parkville||HG Smith Oval||2003|
|St Kilda Saints||St Kilda||Elwood Reserve||2003|
Central Highlands Rugby League
The Central Highlands Rugby League (CHRL) is a Rugby League competition District in the Australian state of Victoria. It covers the area of Victoria centered around Ballarat and Ararat, as far north as Creswick, Warrnambool in the south west, Bacchus Marsh in the east, and Horsham in the west.
The CHRL District was established and registered with the ARL and VRL in 2005 by founder Ken James (previously Club Manager of MRL team 'Ballarat Highlanders Rugby League Club') after a necessity arose to start a competition in the western region of Victoria separate from the Melbourne Rugby League (MRL) District.
The CHRL competition started with two junior age levels but in 2008 due to the 11 year drought finally taking its toll on Central Victoria the council deemed the sports grounds used in the competition too dangerous for use. This temporarily ended competition for the CHRL (and some clubs in other sports too). After another 2 years of the fields not being used the councils re-allocated the fields to other purposes, ending the ability for clubs in the CHRL to continue until new home grounds are established.
Past Clubs in CHRL
|Ballarat Dragons||Ballarat||Doug Dean Reserve|
|Wendouree Raiders||Wendouree||Doug Dean Reserve|
The CHRL also hosted matches in Ballarat between combined CHRL teams made up of players from both Balarat Dragons and Ararat Cowboys against Altona Roosters and Sunbury Cougars, both from the MRL District, which expanded the experience of players at district representative level.
Now that the Victorian drought is officially over, the CHRL is getting ready to resume competition and establishing a senior level competition to start in the 2013 or 2014 season. The Ararat Kings, Stawell Devils, and Ballarat Dragons are possibilities of having senior grade teams with others showing interest in setting up teams in Warrnambool, Mortlake Bendigo Bandits and possibly other towns.
Goulburn Murray Rugby League
The Goulburn Murray Rugby League is a rugby league competition in the Australian state of Victoria. It is located in the North of Victoria covering areas including Wodonga, Twin City, Wangaratta, Corowa, Shepparton, Benalla and Seymour.
|Corowa Cougars||Corowa||Corowa Airfield|
|Vikings Rugby League Club||Benalla, Shepparton, Seymour||Jubilee Oval Dookie College|
|Wangaratta Tigers Junior Rugby League||Wangaratta|
|Wodonga Junior Rugby League||Wodonga||Wodonga Athletics Centre|
Notable VRL juniors competing in the NRL
- Jeremy Smith (Melbourne Storm, St George Illawarra), Cronulla and Newcastle.
- Mahe Fonua (Melbourne Storm, Tonga).
- Gareth Widdop (Melbourne Storm).
- Drury Low (Canberra Raiders)
- Rugby league in Victoria
- Messina, Joe (2009-10-08). "VRL - Year in review". Melbourne Storm. Retrieved 1 December 2009.
- The Victorian Rugby League
- Central Highlands Rugby League official site
- Goulburn Murray Rugby League official site
- Rugby League clubs in Victoria