The Newcastle Knights are looking to end their women’s touch premiership campaign on a high with their final home game of the season to be hosted at McDonald Jones Stadium this Friday evening.
Both the women’s and the men’s squads will face the New Zealand Warriors from 4pm this Friday, with both fixtures serving as curtain-raiser contests for the National Rugby League battle between the Knights and the Tigers at 6pm.
This weekend is also special for the Knights: it’s Mark Hughes’ Beanie for Brain Cancer Round, with celebrations set to reign in Round 19. McDonald Jones Stadium has been renamed Beanie for Brain Cancer Stadium for the event.
“We need answers to brain cancer,” former Knight Mark Hughes said.
“We need a cure. I need it and so many other people in the community need it. The only way we’re going to do it is by raising some many so we can keep ripping into some research.”
The Knights have had a mixed campaign in the women’s competition. They currently sit in fifth – slotted above the Warriors in sixth – and have dropped behind the Parramatta Eels who have set the pace for the season.
After this final home game clash against the Warriors, the Knights travel to Leichardt Oval on Thurday, August 1 where they will battle against the West Tigers to round out their 2019 seasons in the expanded premiership.
The NRL Touch Premiership is the new, televised elite touch football tournament in which men’s and women’s teams representing eight NRL clubs play curtain-raisers to NRL fixtures at stadiums around Australia and New Zealand.
For those who can’t make it to the Newcastle games, they will be streamed live and on-demand for free on NRL.com, as well as on Kayo Sports.