Women’s Super League fixtures announced – Leeds Rhinos’ Headingley Stadium to host Grand Final
Emerald Headingley Stadium – home of champions Leeds Rhinos – will stage this year’s Betfred Women’s Super League Grand Final.
The title decider will take place on Sunday, October 11, the day after the men’s showpiece at Old Trafford.
Fixtures for the new 10-team competition, released today, will see Rhinos open their title defence at home to Bradford Bulls on Sunday, March 29.
Last year’s table-toppers Castleford Tigers, who were beaten by Leeds in the Challenge Cup decider and Grand Final, begin with a game at 2019 league runners-up St Helens.
Featherstone Rovers will have home advantage in a round one West Yorkshire derby against Wakefield Trinity.
Under a new format, the competition – featuring newcomers Huddersfield Giants and Warrington Wolves – will split after nine rounds, in mid-July, when every team has played all its rivals once.
The top-four will face each other home and away, with the leading pair after the six additional rounds going straight through the the Grand Final.
The bottom six after nine rounds will contest the Betfred Women’s Super League Shield, playing each other once before semi-finals and a final at Headingley ahead of the title decider.
Points from before the split will carry over into both the play-offs and Shield.
The change – from a home and away system, followed by top-four play-off semi-finals – is designed to produce more competitive matches, particularly late in the season.
Rhinos will use three home venues, with one game each at Headingley and the club’s Kirkstall training base and the rest at Sports Park Weetwood.
Tigers will play home games at the Jungle, Rovers at LD Nutrition Stadium and Trinity at Mobile Rocket Stadium.
Headingley was originally due to host the 2019 Grand Final on the day after the men’s games, but the game…