Victorian Rugby League

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Not to be confused with Victorian Rugby Union.

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 National Rugby League

The VRL oversees the Melbourne Metropolitan Competition, Sunraysia Rugby League and VRL affiliates (including Wodonga Storm) who participate in CRL Group 9 and the Murray Cup.


  • 1 Clubs
  • 2 Defunct MRL Clubs
  • 3 Central Highlands Rugby League
    • 3.1 History
    • 3.2 Past Clubs in CHRL
    • 3.3 Extended competition
    • 3.4 Current
  • 4 The Murray Cup
    • 4.1 Teams
    • 4.2 Former Teams
  • 5 Notable VRL juniors competing in the NRL
  • 6 See also
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links


Club Suburb Ground
Altona Roosters Newport Loft Reserve
Casey Warriors Casey Casey Fields
Craigieburn Phoenix Craigieburn Hothlyn Reserve
Doveton Steelers Doveton Betula Reserve
Eastern Raptors Boronia Colchester Reserve, Colchester Rd, Boronia
Melton Broncos Rugby League Club Melton Mt Carberry Reserve, Melton South
North West Wolves Niddrie, Victoria Melbourne AJ Davis Reserve Niddrie
Northern Thunder Broadmeadows, Victoria Seabrook Reserve, Goulburn St, Broadmeadows
South Eastern Titans Dandenong Greaves Reserve
Sunbury United Tigers Sunbury Langama Park
Waverley Oakleigh Panthers Clayton Fregon Reserve
Werribee Bears Werribee Haines Reserve
Wodonga Storm Wodonga Unknown

Defunct MRL Clubs

Location Ground Defunct Year
Coburg RLFC Coburg Brearley Reserve 1994
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

Central Highlands Rugby League
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The Central Highlands Rugby League (CHRL) was a Rugby League previous 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

Club Suburb Ground
Ararat Cowboys Ararat
Ballarat Dragons Ballarat Doug Dean Reserve
Wendouree Raiders Wendouree Doug Dean Reserve

Extended competition

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.


The Victorian Rugby League is currently looking for opportunities for Rugby League in this region. Anyone interested should contact them by heading to

The Murray Cup

The Murray Cup is a rugby league competition in the on the border of Victoria and NSW. It is currently being established by the CRL and VRL.


Albury Thunder Albury Greenfield Park
Corowa Cougars Corowa Corowa Airfield
Wodonga Storm Wodonga Barranduda Sports Oval
Murray River Warriors Lavington Sarvaas Park

Former Teams

Westside Brothers CSU Muddogz Shepparton Warriors Puckapunyal Seymour

Notable VRL juniors competing in the NRL

Altona Roosters

  • Jeremy Smith (Melbourne Storm, St George, Cronulla and Newcastle)
  • Gareth Widdop (Melbourne Storm, St George)

South Eastern Titans

  • Mahe Fonua (Melbourne Storm)

Northern Thunder

  • Young Tonumaipea (Melbourne Storm)
  • Richard Kennar (Melbourne Storm)

Wakerley Oakleigh Panther

  • Drury Low (Canberra Raiders, Canterbury)

See also

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  • Rugby league in Victoria


External links

Competition Teams

Latest Competition News

Scott Prince announces his retirement

SCOTT Prince has this morning announced his retirement from the NRL at the conclusion of the 2013 season.