NRL Victoria Completes Female CAS Championship Double
By Matt Hughes (NRL Vic Media)
Over the weekend, NRL Victoria’s two female sides were both crowned champions of the Combined Affiliated States (CAS) Championships in Sydney. On Sunday the under 16s girls’ team had a 20 to 10 win over Western Australia to take out their first title, whilst the women’s defeated Illawarra 14 to 10 to win their third consecutive championship.
A number of the players involved were also rewarded for their individual performances at the carnival, with selection in the CAS merit side. In the under 16s, six girls were selected - Summah Mauafu-Autalaga, Jade Te Aute, Koreti Leilua, Heavenly Kidwell, Hailee-Jay Ormond-Maunsell and Fahina Ofahengaue. Similarly, in the women’s six players were selected - Ngahuia Blair, Tulia Pula, Te Aroha Hapuku, Jayne Kareroa, Jean-Shannel Robati and Tasia Seumanufagai. These girls will contest the National Championships in June.
Although the two Victorian teams took home the silverware, they didn’t have it all their own way over the first two days. On Friday the under 16s defeated the NT 14 to 6, whilst the women drew with the Territorians 8 all.
Saturday resulted in a 20 to 12 loss for the under 16s against newcomers, the Illawarra Steelers. The women later that day flexed their muscles against 2018 runners up WA, beating them 26 to 12.
NRL Victoria Pathways and Coaching Manager Ryan Walker was at the final day of the championships and was happy to see the under 16s take out their first title.
“It was pleasing to see their hard work pay off,” he said.
“We lengthened their pre-season program to give themselves a better chance to perform.”
Walker was equally impressed by the women’s win.
“It was great to see the women win their third title,” he said.
“To put it all together against WA, a game that will be aired on Fox Sports later in the season, is a great promotion for rugby league in Victoria.”
“They (Victoria) led 26 nil at one stage.”