2018 Alliance State 18's Boys Champions

The 2018 National Youth Championships (NYC) saw the WA Boys team travel to the Sunshine Coast in Queensland with high hopes, but not expecting the results they achieved. 

Two Tasmanian boys Ashton King and Sheldon Smith joined the team in camp on the Sunshine Coast after being selected from the National Player Pool. 

Arriving into camp on Monday the boys had a good recovery session after the full day of travel. 

Tuesday saw the squad have a hit out against a very talented NZ Development squad that were participating as an invitational team at the tournament. It proved to be an excellent practice game allowing the two Tassie boys to get to know their teammates and the patterns of play the WA boys were looking to run, as well as giving coaches Jeremy Wallace and Arron Mau an insight to where the squad needed to focus before starting the tournament. 

Wednesday, Day 1 of competition with two pool games for our WA boys. A great experience to be on the main stadium for their first game and playing one of the strong Queensland teams the Central QLD Bulls.

A fantastic first up performance which saw Bulls 11 defeat WA 3. 

The second pool game for the day was against one of the NSW teams, NSW Combined Independent Schools (NSWCIS). This was a close hard fought game and with a some opportunities missed by WA may have seen them close to a win if taken. Final score NSWCIS 11 defeated WA 8.

After each game and at the end of each day the boys went through a regulated recovery which included ice baths, stretching and the use of rollers and trigger point balls to work away the soreness in preparation for the days and games ahead. 

 

Day 2 had the boys up against another strong NSWTA team in the morning with Southern QLD in the afternoon. Pleasing efforts in both games playing some very talented opponents.

Results - NSWTA 13 d WA 3 & Sth QLD 13 d WA 1 

 

Day 3 with the opponents being NT and NSW Combined Catholic Colleges (NSWCCC).

A great seesawing game against one of the Alliance State rivals saw a 7 all draw with NT.

Possibly the best performance of the tournament came against NSWCCC with the boys showing fantastic attacking prowess in pushing the NSWCCC team with the final score NSWCCC 14 d WA 8. 

Day 4 Finals day and with a strong for and against position on the competition table the WA boys made the Alliance State Final playing Victoria. 

WA took early opportunities and lead by two touchdowns at one point through the game, however a very determined Vic team capitalised on some WA errors to even up by the full time hooter and force a drop-off. 

So with the 5 a side drop-off underway Victoria strike almost immediately with a touchdown and WA are forced into the right of reply situation scoring in our reply set. 

With the 2 minute siren sounded each team dropped down to 4 players and went set for set in the following 2 minutes.

Down to 3 players each team and Victoria had first use of the ball. Fortunately for WA, Victoria made an error at halfway giving WA the attacking position needed to seal the victory with a well worked play and the winning touchdown. 

Celebrating the victory was enjoyed by players and staff with rookie Coach Jeremy Wallace relieved.

 

TFA MVP - Braeden Kahu

Player of the Tour - Jack Holt

Players Player - Ashton King

Most Improved - Zihan Guo

Highest Try Scorer - Mitchell Kingsmill

 

Staff

Coach - Jeremy Wallace

Asst. Coach - Arron Mau

Manager - Karli Mau

Physio - Clare Thomson-Boston

 

Squad

William

CROFTS

Zihan

GUO

Kaea

HOHAIA

Jack

HOLT

Reece

JENNINGS

Braeden

KAHU

Ashton

KING (TAS)

Mitchell

KINGSMILL

Jordan

KRUCK

Matthew

MANNION

Tyree

MAU

Zac

RICHARDSON

Timoti

RUHE-GUTHRIE

Sheldon

SMITH (TAS)

 




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