WA Schoolboys Punch Above Their Weight At CAS Champs

It was a brave effort from the WA Schoolboys side, who punched well above their weight at the 2022 Combined Affiliated States Championships, only to fall short on the third and final day.

Heading into the third day, the side was full of optimism and feeling really strong after a pair of victories against a tough Northern Territory side, and a close loss to the Victorian juggernaut on Day 1. But a error riddled performance against Northern Territory on Day 3 ended their title hopes, and it translated into their final game against the Victorians, who took full advantage and sealed another title to the south eastern state.

Since it became just the CAS Championships between the 4 affiliated states (WA, VIC, NT and SA) in 2009, Victoria has never lost the CAS Schoolboy title.

But on Day 1 the alarm bells were ringing as Victoria escaped with a 10-6 victory over our brave WA Schoolboys, and then with the wind knocked out of their sails, recieved a barrage against a pumped up Northern Territory side and lost 10-8. With our boys then taking care of business against the NT, courtesy of a try to Chase, with beautiful lead up work from Awhitu-Kerei and a brilliant defensive effort from Agir who made a cover tackle he had no right to make, all the states were locked up on one win a piece with it all to play for. It was a weird day on Day 1 as all the elements made themselves known with the wind and rain in full evidence.

But Day 2 could not have been more different. Sunshine and windless, running rugby league was going to be on show, and the WA Schoolboys went on a rampage scoring 22 unanswered points against the boys from NT, 22-0 being the final score. But fatigue was playing a massive factor, and it seemed like teams couldn’t backup at all over the weekend, and VIC served it up to the WA boys in similar fashion, with a 28-0 win putting the WA celebrations back into the ground. True to form though, the NT boys showed up to spoil the Victorian party with a dominant 22-6 win. Again. Everyone goes 1 win and 1 loss. It seemed destined to be decided on Day 3.

But unfortunately, the West Australian boys inconsistency got the better of them, and fell to both the NT and VIC on the final day, 16-12 and 26-0. While the scores didn’t reflect the fight in the players, it sent the trophy back to Victoria one more time, after they dominated the final day with a 26-0 win against NT as well.

But the future of WA looks bright. Players such as Therkelsen, Evans, Tumoana, Packer and Anderson-Hiroti showed their wares, while youngsters like Bullard, White and Chase will get another crack at these teams as 16 year olds in the side.

NRL WA is very proud of its players and staff. Congratulations on a fine CAS Championships and remember. WA FOREVER!