Broncos Ladies booked in for Wimbledon double-header – South London News

A spectacular Rugby League double-header will take place in Wimbledon this month, with London Broncos Ladies playing at Plough Lane for the first time.

Broncos Ladies will host Bedford Tigers on Sunday, August 14, in their Betfred Women’s Super League South play-off semi-final at the 9,215 capacity all-seater venue.

The match will take place after Mike Eccles’ in-form first-team host Workington Town in the Betfred Championship, and club officials are forecasting a positive turnout for both games at the Cherry Red Records Stadium.

Gates will open on the day at 1pm with the men’s match kicking off at 3pm before Ladies
take centre stage at 5.30pm.

Jason Loubser, London Broncos CEO, says women’s Rugby League has gone from strength-
to-strength in the south-east since Broncos Ladies was launched in 2021 and he hopes the
club’s Wimbledon appearance can inspire a new generation of female players.

“Our stadium partnership with AFC Wimbledon has the potential to elevate the Broncos
badge and our sport in London to a whole new level,” said Jason.

“Broncos Ladies are a significant part of our operation and it’s our ambition to connect as many young girls and women as possible to sports participation.

“Broncos Ladies experienced a breakthrough first season by reaching the play-offs and
providing a pathway for several squad members to represent their country in international
friendlies and major tournaments.

“Head coach Colin Baker has done a fantastic job developing the team and their success on the pitch deserves our support, which is why we’re pleased to host their upcoming semi-
final at Wimbledon.”

Broncos Ladies ended their regular season campaign in spectacular fashion at the weekend
against Cardiff Demons to pinch the division’s top spot.

Jess Ingram crossed the whitewash in the closing seconds to confirm a 20-18 win over the
previously unbeaten Welsh side.

“They never gave up,” said Broncos Ladies Head Coach Colin Baker. “The entire squad’s
attitude all season has been extraordinary.

“It’s a great boost to the team to be able to play at a venue like the Cherry Red Records

“It would be great to confirm our spot in the final by beating Bedford, but attracting more
female players to our club and making Rugby League – and sport generally – open and
inclusive to everyone is just as important.”

Pictured top: Rachel Humphreys on the ball for London Broncos Ladies during the recent Betfred Womens Super League South match at Bedford Tigers RLFC (Picture: David Horn/London Broncos)

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