As things stand the NRLW is made up of four teams (Broncos, Dragons, Roosters, Warriors) that all play each other once with the competition commencing at the start of the NRL Finals series. The top two teams then face off on NRL Grand Final day to determine the NRLW champions.
However, this current setup really doesn’t allow the winner to prove their dominance as the competition winner only has to win four games.
There are a couple of ways in which the women’s game could be improved.
The first being by adding more teams, preferably one or two per season. This way the talent pool in the relatively new version of the game isn’t overly diluted and it will allow for more games to be played.
.@NRLKnights recruitment manager @mckinnon92's belief that Newcastle is the "gateway to NSW rugby league" will be further enhanced by Sunday's women's combine. https://t.co/AkridbyYxy via @LadiesWhoLeague pic.twitter.com/ZhzfEnznNn
— Women's Rugby League (@WRugbyLeague) February 28, 2020
Another way the game can be enhanced is much easier. Simply have each team play each other twice before the Grand Final, therefore, allowing the best teams to further prove they are deserving of the premiership.
The female athletes of our game have certainly displayed on the field that they have plenty to offer, however, if the league wants to sustain and increase its popularity then changes need to be made.