The Betfred Women’s Super League (BWSL) will resume this weekend, although the five remaining contenders for the Grand Final at Emerald Headingley in October will wait another two weeks before an intense climax to the season.
On Sunday 22 August, St Helens host York City Knights at the Totally Wicked Stadium (2pm kick off) in a repeat of this year’s Betfred Women’s Challenge Cup Final, whilst Leeds Rhinos, the reigning champions from 2019, will relaunch their bid to retain their title with a short trip to Castleford in a repeat of the 2019 Grand Final.
Wigan Warriors, the 2018 Grand Final winners who complete the top five contenders for the 2021 title, rejoin the action the following Sunday at home to Castleford, after a second away game for Leeds against York at the LNER Community Stadium.
The five teams will play each other once and will be jockeying for position and home advantage in the BWSL Play-Offs Semi Finals on the weekend of September 25-26, with the winners of those games then having a fortnight to prepare for the 2021 BWSL Grand Final on Sunday October 10.
Details of streaming coverage for the remainder of the season, and ticket information for the Grand Final, will be published in the coming weeks.
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The remaining five BWSL teams will also be battling for a place at Emerald Headingley on October 10 in the BWSL Shield.
The BWSL season was paused two weeks ago, one week ahead of the scheduled mid-season break, following a number of fixture postponements, to allow the 10 squads to have an immediate ‘circuit-break’ from the challenges presented by positive Covid-19 tests, self-isolations and injuries.
Points earned from previous matches in the BWSL will not be carried forward to the Play-Offs or Shield, because teams had played different numbers of matches against different opponents.