Day 1 of the National Youth Championships 2018 signals big things to come for elite touch in Australia, with a decent spread of talent on display from around the country. The undefeated NSWCHS had the biggest 18s Boys win of the day – with 19-1 against the SA Roosters. Which helped them finish Day 1 top of their pool’s ladder, though with tournament favourites QSST pretty much neck and neck. QSST continued their extraordinary winning streak, not having lost a game in two years at NYC – will they soon make it three?
The undefeated SQ Sharks won 17-2 against the NT, and 7-5 against NSWCCC, to finish top of the ladder in their pool, though with the CQ Bulls, NSWTA Dev and NSWCCC close on the Sharks’ tail.
NSWCCC had a strong 13-4 win against fellow NSW team NSWCIS.
The pineapple juice stand at the stadium was going off but the local Sunshine Coast Pineapples Boys team experienced two losses during the day – 4-9 to the SWQ Swans, and 2-13 to NSWCHS. Yet they managed a win, 7-2, over Victorian Storm.
NZ also triumphed over Vic Storm (4-14), but experienced a 4-10 loss against the favourites, QSST.
In the Girls 18s, QSST is also looking strong, topping the ladder in their pool after a convincing win against the Cyclones, 13-1, and the biggest winning margin in the Girls tournament on Day 1 – 22 tries against Tasmania’s 3. Not surprising since the team contains more than half a dozen athletes who just brought home the Youth World Cup and played in the NRL Touch Premiership, including Australian 18s Girls captain Leesa Mi Mi and fellow Cowboy Premiership player Indianna Tillett.
But Tasmania showed their grit in a 7-5 win against the Vic Storm.
Though NSWCHS, including YWC champions Faith Nathan and Andi Law, also remained undefeated after a day’s play, finishing top of the ladder in their pool. They didn’t let ACT Raiders score, finishing a game 13-0.
NSWCCC won 7-3 against CQ Bulls but lost 9-4 to fellow NSW team NSWCHS.
Sharks can survive cyclones, according to South Queensland’s performance against North Queensland, 8-2, while the Swans also went down to the Sharks, 9-3. Leaving the Sharks undefeated and second on the ladder in their pool.
The SWQ Swans had a convincing win against the Vic Storm, 9-3.
The SA Roosters Girls fought hard all day, winning 10-9 against the CQ Bulls and losing by just two points (8-6) to NSWTA Dev – before going down to NZ 11-4. NZ also took down NT in an 11-nil whitewash.
The Brisbane City Cobras clocked one win on the board (10-6 against NSWCIS) but lost two games (1-12 to QSST and 4-6 to the SQ Sharks). It’ll be interesting to see how much a second day of play changes the ladders.
In the National Schools Cup, the Helensvale 7/8 Girls finished Day 1 top of the ladder, followed by All Hallows School.
Helensvale also finished top of the ladder in their 9/10 Girls pool, closely followed by Cavendish Road State High School and Saint Joseph’s Regional College. While in the other 9/10 Girls pool, the Cathedral College dominated.
In the 7/8 Boys, Cavendish Road State High School prevailed. And in the 9/10 Boys, Coombabah State High finished above them in one pool, and Iona College topped the other.
Looking forward to Day 2!