UPDATED: League legend Mick Cronin won’t let girls play football in his town


Women’s involvement in rugby league has never been stronger and a major reason for that is the introduction of Ladies League Tag.

Most competitions now boast strong participation from females with Ladies League Tag truly part of game day fixturing across both New South Wales and Queensland each Saturday and Sunday.

But The81stMinute understands a former legend of the game is refusing a ladies team at his club.

According to sources from the area, Gerringong Lions head coach Mick Cronin, a premiership-winning icon at Parramatta in the 1980’s, does not want Ladies Tag at his club despite Group 7 attracting 12 teams to their 2016 competition.

“As long as the ground is named after him no girl will ever step foot on it,” one source said.

It’s believed Cronin and a number of Gerringong officials are at loggerheads over the decision not to allow the girls to play.

The81stMinute spoke to Cronin on Sunday night and denied the allegations.

“I just coach the team, I am not on the committee. There are women on our committee so to say I don’t want women playing football is ridiculous,” he told The Sydney Morning Herald.

But Country Rugby League CEO Terry Quinn also told SMH that the story was in fact accurate.

β€œIt seems to be true. Group Seven is really big on women’s tag and women’s football but Gerringong Lions don’t want women’s teams,” Quinn said.

β€œIt’s discriminatory. We’ll get onto it, we’ll do something about it. Very surprising.”


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