Victorian Under 18 Schoolboys Ready for Darwin
By Matt Hughes (NRL Vic Media)
The Victorian under 18 Schoolboys side will head to Darwin next week for the Combined Affiliated States Championship.
The side will be aiming to take home the Sam Davy plate for the eleventh time in a row.
This year there will be four teams competing-Victoria, Northern Territory, Western Australia and a Presidents XIII. The presidents XII is made up of players from different states and is in place of South Australia who are not fielding a team.
The Vics have named a strong side that is mostly made up of SG Ball under 18 Victorian Thunderbolts’ players. There are also some under 16 Victorian representatives who have been rewarded for strong form.
Four players in Dean Ieremia, Brandon Pritchard, Kruz Niutili-Schmidt and Felix Niutili-Schmidt have also represented the Thunderbolts’ under 20s at different times. Ieremia recently took out the SG Ball side’s player of the season.
Thunderbolts’ under 20s coach Ben Jack believes the championship is a great opportunity for the players.
“It gives them (players) the opportunity to play for their state and hopefully get selected for the CAS team,” he said.
That CAS side will be picked at the conclusion of the championships and will then go onto play at the Australian Secondary Schools Rugby League Championship, in Canberra in July. Six of the current Victorian side were selected in the 2018 CAS side.
The tournament at Territory Stadium, Marrara, runs from Friday June 7 to Sunday June 9. The Victorians face Western Australia in their first match, before playing the Northern Territory and the Presidents XIII.