The competition draw for the revamped Canberra Raiders Cup has been released along with a competition name change for the 2020 season.
For the 2020 season only, the Canberra Region Rugby League committee has taken the decision to re-name the Blumers Canberra Raiders Cup to the Blumers CRRL Cup, which will cover the First Grade, Reserve Grade and Women’s League Tag competitions.
The George Tooke Shield and Katrina Fanning Shield competition names will remain unchanged.
The CRRL Cup First Grade, Reserve Grade and League Tag competitions will all have four teams involved over a ten-week season commencing on the weekend of 25 July.
The Grand Finals will be played on the weekend of 26/27 September.
In making the announcement, CRRL Chairman, Gary Green said;
“The Canberra Raiders Cup itself was “null and voided” by the committee in keeping with the prevailing challenges clubs have had to come to grips with in participating in competitions in this COVID-affected environment,” Green said.
“By renaming the Cup for this season to the CRRL Cup, it acknowledges that the competition for 2020 is a totally amateur competition and that there is changed circumstances for the season.
“In many ways, the players will be playing in a unique competition in extraordinary circumstances and the CRRL and rugby league appreciate their commitment to the game itself.
“Having the Raiders Under 20s team participating brings a very different element to the CRRL competition along with the Woden Valley Rams, Gungahlin Bulls and Queanbeyan Blues.”
The University of Canberra Stars men’s team and women’s league tag team have moved from the George Tooke Shield to participate in the CRRL Cup Reserve Grade and Women’s League Tag competitions.
The full CRRL Cup draws can be found here.