NRL Victoria Men’s CAS Carnival Preview
By Matt Hughes (NRL Vic Media)
The NRL Victoria men’s side will take part in the Combined Affiliated States Carnival from June 7 to 9, in Darwin.
The side will be looking to win their first championship since 2009. To do so they will have to knock-off WA who have won the last nine titles and thirteen since 2005.
Victorian coach Phil Pese is looking forward to the tournament.
“If we perform well the results will come,” he said.
“We’ve got a good group of guys.”
Unfortunately, some of the Victorian’s have been injured while playing club footy, however Pese is hopeful that all his players will be right to make the flight to Darwin.
According to the coach the team will look different to what the state has produced in the past.
“The Vics traditionally have a big forward pack, but this year we have a more mobile pack,” he said.
“We also have a lot of new players to the tournament, so opposition teams might not know how to prepare.”
The side has been training for a few months now which is really starting to show. Pese says “a strong brotherhood” has been formed amongst the boys.
This year the Vics will have an added advantage when they take on reigning champions WA in the form of two players – Jordan Stringer and James Aspden. The two men have both represented WA in the past and will have some knowledge as to how the Westerners prepare.
“They’ve (Stringer and Aspden) been contributing and helping out at training. They know WA,” Pese said.
“It’s lifted all the players expectations, so fingers crossed we can take home the trophy.”
The team will fly to Darwin on June 6 and play their first of three games the following day.