Women’s Challenge Cup Group opponents named

The draw for the Betfred Women’s Challenge Cup Group Stages took place live on BBC Radio Merseyside this evening, with Wigan drawn to play against Cardiff Demons, Salford Red Devils and Barrow Raiders in Group 2.

Wigan reached the Semi Finals of the competition last season after going unbeaten in the Group Stages, where they faced Salford Red Devils, Cardiff Demons and Featherstone Rovers. They beat Huddersfield Giants 46-10 at the Quarter Final stage at Robin Park Arena to set up a Semi Final tie away at Headingley Stadium against Leeds Rhinos. A hard fought Semi Final saw Wigan narrowly defeated by the Rhinos who progressed to Wembley Stadium.

Wigan will face two familiar faces in the group stages of the competition as they get set to face Cardiff Demons and Salford Red Devils for a second year running. They will also face Barrow Raiders, who are coached by 2018 Grand Final winning Head Coach of the Warriors, Amanda Wilkinson.

The Final will once against take place at Wembley Stadium in 2024, as part of a triple-header of games on Saturday 8 June with Wigan eager to get that one step further this season.

Draw in full:

Group 1

  • Sheffield Eagles
  • Castleford Tigers
  • Featherstone Rovers
  • York Valkyrie

Group 2

  • Cardiff Demons
  • Salford Red Devils
  • Barrow Raiders
  • Wigan Warriors

Group 3

  • London Broncos
  • Bradford Bulls
  • Warrington Wolves
  • St Helens

Group 4

  • Hull KR
  • Leigh Leopards
  • Huddersfield Giants
  • Leeds Rhinos

Full details of Group Stage dates and times will be confirmed at a later date. All teams will play three group matches, with the top four seeds – Leeds Rhinos (Group 4), St Helens (Group 3), Wigan Warriors (Group 2) and York Valkyrie (Group 1) – each playing two of their matches away from home.

The group stage concludes on the weekend of 6/7 April and the draw for the quarter-finals was also made on Radio Merseyside:

  • Winner of Group 1 v Runners up of Group 1
  • Winner of Group 2 v Runners up of Group 2
  • Winner of Group 3 v Runners up of Group 4
  • Winner of Group 4 v Runners up of Group 3

The Women’s 2024 Betfred Challenge Cup is part of a Finals Day triple-header at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 8 June, alongside the final of the Betfred Men’s Challenge Cup and the AB Sundecks 1895 CupTickets are available online from only £15 Adults and £7.50 Under 16s, with family packages also available starting from just £18.75 for one Adult and two Under 16s.  

Wednesday 10 January 2024