NSWRL is pleased to release the 2022 Peter McDonald Premiership schedule today with the first round featuring several successful clashes including a heavyweight showdown between Orange CYMS from Group 10 and Dubbo CYMS from Group 11.
The Peter McDonald Premiership is open to all clubs in Groups 10 and 11 in West New South Wales and features a conference and cross-play system as well as a top-eight finals system involving teams of each conference.
The Premier will then compete in the season-ending Presidents Cup against the winners of the Ron Massey Cup (central conference), Denton Engineering Cup (north conference) and Mojo Homes Illawarra Cup (south conference) to determine the champion. of state.
NSWRL football chief Robert Lowrie thanked all stakeholders who had worked on the schedule, which was only due to be released in December.
He added that the Peter McDonald Premiership is part of the NSWRL One State strategic plan that creates new competitive opportunities to further strengthen the Rugby League across the state.
“The Peter McDonald Premiership is an exciting development for the Rugby League in West New South Wales as it is the first time in history that there has been a regular season competition between Groups 10 and 11, “Lowrie said.
“NSWRL has been in constant communication with all parties throughout the process and I thank them for their support, including Evan Jones of the Steering Committee and David Skinner for his work on the 2022 schedule.
“The region has a proud history of producing Rugby League stars and I’m sure that tradition will continue when the Peter McDonald Premiership kicks off next season. “
The first round of the weekend of April 2-3 will see Orange CYMS face off against Dubbo CYMS in Wade Park, Orange, with both teams finishing first in their respective groups standings last season before competitions are dropped due to COVID. – 19 pandemic.
There will also be a lot of interest when the Orange Hawks, coached by former NRL player Shane Rodney, who won prime minister positions with the Penrith Panthers and Manly Warringah Sea Eagles, face the Nyngan Tigers in Larkin. Oval, Nyngan.
Other features of the schedule include:
– the first round with five cross matches;
– a 16-week competition, with an equal number of byes and matches for all teams;
– traditional rivalries and club history are kept in the calendar.
The release of the 2022 calendar was greeted by Group 10 President Linore Zamparini and Group 11 President Bob Walsh.
“It’s great to see the Peter McDonald Premiership come to fruition and it will be a pleasure to see the Group 10 and Group 11 clubs line up against each other,” said Zamparini.
“There has been a lot of hard work by a lot of people to get to this point and I can’t wait for the competition to start in 2022.”
Walsh said: “The Peter McDonald Premiership will be great for the Western Region as it maintains traditional clubs and rivalries, but also encourages the formation of new rivalries.
“I have no doubts that this will have a positive impact on the Rugby League in the Western region.”
Click here for the Western Premier League schedule.