Victoria U12's Battle for Bronze
By Jayden Cameron
Victoria will head to Casey Fields on Saturday hoping to grab a win against New South Wales invitational team.
After a solid outing on Thursday, the boys were able to scrape a last minute win over ACT, courtesy of Clayton Tapelu’s last minute try. However, with a tough semi-final clash, the boys were unable to continue their momentum going forward, despite leading early in the game, falling to powerhouse Queensland, 26-12.
With these results, it gives the young boys a chance to show their worth against New South Wales Invitational, with a chance of securing third position and a bronze medal for the tournament.
In this reverse fixture, Victoria dominated first half play, adjusting to the conditions easier than their opponents, racing to a 16-10 lead at the end of the first half.
However, the second half began with wet and windy conditions and that impacted the boys ball control going forward, only able to secure a draw in their first meeting of the tournament.
From there, the boys have been strong without any positive results, with positive performances against Queensland and New South Wales.
Frankleen Newah-Jarfoi was able to cross the line twice in their defeat to Queensland, and will be looking to again lead the attack for the Big V in Saturday’s Final.
The match will be at Casey Fields, with kick-off at 11:50am.