The Northern Combine supports equal opportunities for women to participate and race in events. This is achieved through the efforts of the Women's Coordinator and each club committee representative. We welcome your thoughts and assistance on how this can be improved. Please contact your club representative or Women's Coordinator.
The 2017 Northern Combine Women's Series will consist of 2 races: 29 April (Hawthorn Trophy Race) and 8 July (St Kilda Trophy Race). The series includes 3 separate women's only grades at each of the series races. Points will be awarded to the first 5 places in A and B Grades with the series winner in each grade having the most points after 2 races. C Grade will be escorted by a ride marshall and is focused on learning racing skills in a safe environment.
The Combine Championships, whilst not part of the series, will also have separate women's grades.
We will be welcoming a soon to be announced sponsor for series prizes.
For scratch races not designated as Women's Series events, women can race in the open Combine grades for separate places. In other words, there will be a race within a race for women's placings. We strongly recommend you enter the following open grades:
|Women's Grade||Open Grade|
|C||E (when avail)|
There are exceptions to this and we will support individuals wishing to race in a higher grade.
Handicap races include mixed fields. There will be a placing for first woman. Handicaps are great events to learn racing. Succeeding at handicaps requires group cohesion and working together. Plus it is a fantastic workout regardless of the result.
The Northern Combine has committed to paying equal prize money for equal placings. The number of placings will depend on the number of entries into a grade. For 12 or more women entries in a grade, 3 places will be paid. For 8-11 entries, 2 places will be paid. For fewer than 8 entries, there will be a first place. We welcome women wishing to race in open A and B grades, noting though that they race the grade(s) without separate placings.