CAS Carnival Day One: Under 18s Prepare for WA
By Matt Hughes (NRL Vic Media)
This afternoon the Victorian under 18 schoolboys side kicks off their CAS Championship campaign against WA, in Darwin. A win will bring the side one step closer to winning their 11th consecutive title.
After a long flight yesterday, the boys this morning began preparing for their first game with a captain’s run.
“We trained well on the ground we are playing on today,” said Assistant Coach Janan Billings.
According to Billings there is good familiarity among the team, as a lot of the boys played for the Thunderbolts in the SG Ball competition this year.
The side also contains a lot of young talent, with five under 16s boys in the side. The last time Billings coached five or six years ago, there was only two.
WA who last year lead the Victorians at half time of their clash, will prove a tough test for the boys.
“We need to start strong and make sure we are very enthusiastic,” Billings said.
Not only will the Vics need to be at their best to take the win, they will also need to cope with Darwin’s winter weather.
“It’s supposed to get to 30 degrees today,” said Game Development Officer and Media Manager Conan Kang.
“It was 13 degrees this morning and all the locals thought it was cold.”
The game kicks off at 4.30 pm AEST and will be followed by the Victorian men’s game against the NT at 7 pm.