The Totally Wicked Stadium, St Helens. Image: Photo: Lewis Storey/Getty Images
The 2022 Betfred Women’s Super League Grand Final will return to the Totally Wicked Stadium in St Helens on Sunday, September 18.
Saints are the reigning champions, having clinched the title for the first time by beating Leeds Rhinos at Headingley last October – and maintained their dominance of Women’s Rugby League in England with an 18-8 victory over the same opposition in a compelling Betfred Women’s Challenge Cup Final at Elland Road this weekend.
St Helens missed out when the Grand Final was last staged at their stadium in 2019, losing to Leeds in the last four before the Rhinos beat Castleford Tigers in an all-Yorkshire title decider.
The 2022 Grand Final has been awarded to St Helens after an application process open to all BWSL clubs. The semi-finals will be played two weeks earlier on Sunday September 4, at Headingley Stadium.
The BWSL has expanded from 10 teams to 12 in 2022, with Barrow Raiders and Leigh Miners Rangers joining a seven-team Group 2 which will also include Castleford following their decision to step down from Group 1 in the interests of long-term development.
St Helens and Leeds will be joined by Huddersfield Giants, Wigan Warriors and York City Knights in Group 1.
The winners of a play-off series will be promoted from Group 2 to Group 1 in 2023, with no relegation from Group 1 in 2022.
The Betfred Women’s Super League South, which was launched in 2021 with Cardiff Demons beating The Army in the inaugural final, also returns next weekend, with Oxford Cavaliers replacing Cornish Rebels in the line-up.
Mike Rush, the St Helens chief executive, said: “We are delighted to be staging the BWSL Grand Final at the Totally Wicked Stadium again in 2022.
“We are proud of our St Helens Women team and the part they have played in the development of Women’s and Girls’ Rugby League, as we saw again at Elland Road this weekend.
“They are wonderful ambassadors, for our town and our sport, and it’s great for St Helens that we have a superb facility at the Totally Wicked Stadium which is a fitting venue for major occasions like the BWSL Grand Final.”
Betfred Women’s Super League 2022
Group 1: Huddersfield Giants, Leeds Rhinos, St Helens, Wigan Warriors, York City Knights.
Group 2: Barrow Raiders, Bradford Bulls, Castleford Tigers, Featherstone Rovers, Leigh Miners Rangers, Wakefield Trinity, Warrington Wolves.
Betfred Women’s Super League South 2022: Bedford Tigers, Cardiff Demons, Golden Ferns (Bristol), London Broncos, Oxford Cavaliers, The Army.