CAS Men Break Title Drought
By Matt Hughes (NRL Vic Media)
The Victorian men’s team broke their CAS title drought with a win over Western Australia last week. On Sunday the Vics held on to defeat the reigning champions 16 to 14 to win their first title since 2008.
In their first game Victoria beat the NT 28 to 12 with Tui Misi the star, crossing for a double.
Their next game was even more impressive and saw our boys defeat South Australia 40 to 10. Dane chang had two tries and was among six individual try-scorers. James Aspden slotted home six goals.
The game against WA however was a whole new challenge, as the Westerners had won the last nine straight championships. The highlight of the game was James Aspden’s kick-and-chase try when the scores were close in the second half. Dane Chang and Marcus Kaponga also scored four-pointers, in what was a real team effort.
Truganina’s Aspden was rewarded for impressive performances over the carnival with the player of the tournament. Ironically Aspden was one of two former WA players in the Victorian side, along with Jordan Stringer.
According to coach Phil Pese the two men (Stringer and Aspden) had been assisting at training and their experience with WA helped “lift the players’ expectations”.
Nine Victorian players were rewarded for standout carnivals with selection in the CAS men’s open side. These players were Dane Chang, Junior Teleni, Marcus Kaponga, Conaniah Kirisome, James Aspden.