THE Gunnedah Bulldogs will be looking to turn some heads on Saturday when the first round of the Group 4 women's nines competition gets under way.
To be held at Ken Chillingworth Oval, the three days of competition will allow ladies from seven different clubs to battle it out.
The competition also acts as selection platform for future representative honours.
The Bulldogs starred during last year's competition, the club's players making up one third of the Group 4 representative side.
Bulldogs coach Bob Price said his side was "raring to go".
"Our numbers are a little down this year, but we should have enough players to be competitive on Saturday," Price said.
"Luckily, most of the girls who played in last year's competition are back this year and will really benefit from the experience of last year.
"We also have a few new faces as well, which will be exciting."
Price said the side had benefited from the wisdom of one of the region's most experienced coaches.
"We've had our new first-grade coach Mick Schmiedel come along and help us out with training," he said.
"Mick has been great on helping the team really develop the fundamentals and things like that.
"His input has been great and we are really lucky to have him helping us out."
As well as league tag players, the Bulldogs will also boast a strong contingent of women's sevens players in their squad.
"I think quite a few of our players have played a bit of tackle now in some form or another," Price said.
"We have quite a few rugby girls as well as our league tag players, who played in last year's competition.
"Based on that, I think we should have a pretty well balanced team."
Price said he was hopeful a "massive crowd" would turn out to watch Saturday's action.
"It was a really great event last year and I have no doubt this event will be no different," he said.
"I think it would be great to see a lot of people come along and support the team."
The women's nines competition will be held on October 12, October 26 and November 2.