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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 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
- 5 Notable VRL juniors competing in the NRL
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
|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 East Titans||Dandenong||Greaves Reserve|
|Sunbury United Tigers||Sunbury||Langama Park|
|Waverley Oakleigh Panthers||Clayton||Fregon Reserve|
|Werribee Bears||Werribee||Haines Reserve|
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) 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
|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.
The Victorian Rugby League is currently looking for opportunities for Rugby League in this region. Anyone interested should contact them by heading to www.vrl.org.au
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.
|Corowa Cougars||Corowa||Corowa Airfield|
|Wodonga Storm||Wodonga||Barranduda Sports Oval|
|Murray River Warriors||Lavington||Sarvaas Park|
|Westside Brothers||West Albury||Haydon Park|
|CSU Muddogz||Thurgoona||Greenfield Park|
Notable VRL juniors competing in the NRL
- Jeremy Smith (Melbourne Storm, St George, Cronulla and Newcastle)
- Gareth Widdop (Melbourne Storm, St George)
South East Titans
- Mahe Fonua (Melbourne Storm)
- Young Tonumaipea (Melbourne Storm).
- Richard Kennar (Melbourne Storm).
Wakerley Oakleigh Panther
- Drury Low (Canberra Raiders, Canterbury)
- 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