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Salford Red Devils Women breezed past Swinton Lionesses this afternoon, in what was the team’s first ever rugby league match.

Vanessa Hadley put herself in the record books as the first woman to score a try for Salford, powering over down the right in the 11th minute to give her side the lead.

Salford’s Sam Boyes bundled over the line in the 25th minute – her strength proving too much for the Swinton defence to handle.

Halftime: Salford Red Devils Women 8-0 Swinton Lionesses

The visitors scored their only try of the game in the 46th minute, Chloe Birkett going over in the right corner.

Salford then went on to score three tries within the next 10 minutes, Lauren Ellison, Abi Collins and the captain, Louise Fellingham, all getting themselves on the scoresheet. Demi Jones became the first woman to score a conversion for Salford, following Collins’ try.

Casey Naylor scored the last try of the game shortly before the final hooter, powering over under the sticks to top what was an outstanding performance from our girls at the AJ Bell Stadium.

Fulltime: Salford Red Devils 30-4 Swinton Lionesses

Salford Red Devils Women: Abi Collins, Casey Naylor, Charlotte Cross, Darcey Price, Demi Jones, Eponine Fletcher, Erin Tong, Gabrielle Chaplin, Genevieve Parkin, Hannah Wicks, Helena Walker, Jena Monks, Kayleigh Bradshaw, Kia Doyle, Laura Bent, Lauren Chaplin, Lauren Ellison, Lauren Hunter, Louise Fellingham (c), Megan Condliffe, Olivia Miah, Sam Boyes, Steph Gray, Tamzin Corcoran, Vanessa Hadley (VC), Victoria Kini (VC), Yasmin Parton-Sotomayor.

Swinton Lionesses: Eve Ashcroft, Mia Atherton, Patrcyja Baronek, Isabel Birds, Chloe Birkett, Kara Breeze, Leah Christian, Maddison Corrigan, Ashley Deas, Holly Grimes, Emily Haley, Maddison Higson, Abbie Parkes-Holden, Skye Johnson, Chloe Latham, Jo Mullins, Helena Riley, Rebecca Roden, Mollie Scotson, Catherine Sweeney, Emily Swift, Carla Taylor, Ellie Thirkell, Ellie Walsh.

Image credit: Steve McCormick

Excitement builds in the Women’s camp ahead of first fixture

Tomorrow morning will see our Women’s team compete in their first ever game, facing off against Swinton Lionesses at the AJ Bell Stadium, and our girls are eager to get out on the field.

The Women’s team open up tomorrow’s double header at 11:45am and have been working hard in training to ensure they put in a solid performance.

Salford Red Devils Women’s head coach, Chris Bates said: “Pre-season has been really good, I’m amazed at how this team has turned out. The way the girls have come together and tackled challenges, developed as a team and really learnt to understand each other, is class really.

“The girls are really looking forward to Saturday. We don’t know much about Swinton as they didn’t play in a league last year, so we’ve mainly focused on our own game.

“This game’s a fantastic opportunity and all the girls are really excited.”

Salford Red Devils Women’s captain, Louise Fellingham, commented: “Training has been going really well, everyone has been working hard and improving week on week. Since we’ve come back in the new year, you can tell the intensity has ramped up a notch.

“The team are excited at the prospect of pulling on the Salford jersey for the first time and taking to the field in front of a home crowd. We can’t wait to play at the AJ Bell.

“Playing against the Lionesses will be a valuable challenge for us, but with the experience we have in the squad, we are confident that we can put on a good performance – which we can then build on going into the season.”

Join us at the AJ Bell Stadium tomorrow, to catch our Women’s team in action for the very first time! Grab your tickets HERE.



Salford Red Devils are delighted to announce our first ever Women’s squad ahead of their inaugural 2022 season.

Louise Fellingham will captain the team, with Vanessa Hadley and Victoria Kini both taking vice captain roles.

Salford Red Devils Foundation Director Neil Blackburn said: “I’m thrilled to see the women’s team coming to fruition, there has been a lot of hard work behind the scenes to enable this momentous occasion. I believe that rugby league is for all and here at Salford Red Devils we definitely live by that motto.

We are extremely active in our community and the women’s team is also joined by PDRL and LDSL teams that really do offer opportunities for the whole of our community throughout Salford and greater Manchester to participate in games.

I look forward to cheering on the women’s team alongside all our outstanding teams from foundation squads through to the elite Super League team. Let’s look forward to a bright future on and off the field in the coming season.”

SRD Foundation equality and diversity lead, Craig Fisher, added: “The launch, squad announcement and subsequent training sessions for the new Salford Red Devils Women’s Team has been a mammoth task to get off the ground. But from that we have assembled a squad loaded with quality players, all of whom are chomping at the bit to make our inaugural season a successful one.

“We have developed a strong team culture which has been led by our tremendous coaching team and in turn has permeated through to the playing group. The ladies are an absolute joy to work with, and are committed to making a lasting impression on the field as well as off it by empowering the next generation of female rugby league players in the Salford community.

“I sincerely look forward to the season starting and watching the players and team develop over the years to come. None of this would be possible without the tremendous amount of work being done to support this programme by the club and our hard working community foundation.

“This team is groundbreaking and is a perfect example of the direction the Salford Red Devils are going in to provide inclusive variants of rugby league to our community and further afield.”

See the full squad below:

Salford Red Devils Women’s team launched from 2022

Salford Red Devils are delighted to announce the launch of a new Women’s open age team for the 2022 season.

The new open age team will be the pinnacle of the existing girl’s pathway that runs alongside the boys rising stars programme and will sit above the existing Dual development Academy based at Eccles Sixth Form College.

Salford Red Devils Foundation will be driving forward this exciting new venture with the full support of the club, who are excited to add a women’s team to their roster.

Salford Red Devils Foundation Director Neil Blackburn stated: “We have been developing our girls programme over the last couple of years to run alongside our rising stars programme and with our College Development academy being a dual pathway, now is the perfect time to launch our Women’s Team.

“We are extremely excited to be able to launch the first Salford Red Devils Women’s team that will now give the opportunity for women to represent Salford Red Devils at the highest level.”

We are thrilled to announce the appointment of Marc Simon as the clubs first ever Women’s head coach. Marc has a wealth of experience, coaching rugby league for over 20 years and has been a prominent figure in the women’s game for the last decade.

During this time, Marc has coached at teams such as Widnes Vikings and Warrington Wolves and has been a key figure in the Development of the women’s game at both clubs. Marc has also been the head coach of Lancashire Women’s Team for the last 5 years and has had a great deal of success.

Speaking on his appointment, Marc Simon said: “I am looking forward to working with such a well-respected club, that not only has that family feel, but holds its fans in such high regard.

“I look forward to creating a club which drives women’s rugby within Salford forward and has a positive atmosphere that players will thrive in. I can’t wait to get started.”

Simon is wasting no time in getting started and will be holding 2 open training sessions/ trials for all women who wish to be part of the first ever women’s team at Salford Red Devils. These dates will be Monday 18th October and Wednesday 20th October.

Salford Red Devils Foundation head of equality and diversity Craig Fisher said: “I am delighted Marc has come on board, he brings a lot of experience and also tremendous enthusiasm which will see him do well in the role.

“When you read his CV with all the coaching he has done over the past 20 years, Marc seems the perfect person to lead our first ever Women’s team at Salford Red Devils.”

Salford Red Devils director of rugby and operations Ian Blease added: “The Foundation have done a brilliant job on this one in providing an opportunity for women in Salford to play rugby league at the highest level.

“Marc Simon has played a pivotal role in driving the women’s game forward over recent years and he is a brilliant appointment for us. I’m looking forward to watching how our first ever Women’s team will progress from 2022.”

You can register your interest in playing for the first Salford Red Devils Women’s team, HERE.

Equally, if you would like to be involved in a non-playing capacity, please register HERE.