Victorian Under 15s Just Fall short in Final
By Matt Hughes (NRL Vic Media)
The Victorian under 15s schoolboys’ team has narrowly gone down to the ATSI Invitational Side this morning, in the final of the Pool B Under 15s ASSRL Championship.
The boys were aiming to take home the John Allen Trophy for the fourth consecutive year, but unfortunately lost 14 to 20. They fought right until the end, but even a last-minute try wasn’t enough to snatch the win. The ATSI side were well-deserved winners and showed immense improvement over the week.
During the week the 2018 champions won all three of their pool games
Day one saw the Victoria defeat the eventual champions (ATSI Invitational Side) 16 to 6 with Zinzan Kahu being awarded the Man of the Match.
On day two Victoria faced traditional rivals Western Australia, taking the points with a convincing 22 to 10 win. For the Vics Suliasi Prescott was most impressive.
After a day off on Tuesday, Victoria proved too good for Northern Territory on Wednesday, winning 54 to nil. William Afualo scored two tries and was awarded Man of the Match, in what was a real team performance.
Speaking before the final, NRL Pathways and Coaching Manager Tim Auremi was in Redcliffe and believed the side had steadily improved over the three games.
“In the first game we got off to a good start,” he said.
“In the second game we built from the first and in the third we put it all together for a convincing win.”
Auremi highlighted the one area the team needed to improve in if they were to take the title.
“We need to keep pushing and going together as a team,” he said.
Auremi mentioned Kahu, Afualo and Prescott as being the standout players for the side over their first three games.