Western Australia regained the Combined Affiliated States rugby league championship on Sunday as North Beach Sea Eagles winger Ryan Woolley scored a hat-trick to help them to a 24-6 win over Victoria on the Gold Coast.
Woolley scored 20 of the 24 points in what coach Darren Shaw said was an outstanding performance.
“Ryan’s an amazing young talent, he made the team of the championships – and deservedly so.
“It was a hot day – 30 degrees – and we were playing in the middle of the day so you have manage your players accordingly.
“We started the tournament slowly and didn’t get much ball control yesterday. We spoke about it on the bus to today’s game and our ball control and execution was much, much better.
“We started both games really well, controlled the ruck and punished them with some good, smart ball play. That set the platform for both wins.”
WA, who last won the CAS Championships in 2018, dominated both games of the 40-minute game format on the final day of the three-day event at Burleigh, comfortably winning their first game against the Northern Territory 24-4.
A double from Joondalup Giants’ forward Payden Porter and tries from Woolley, Rockingham’s Tyler Hunt and Fremantle Rooster’s rising star Tuakana Rangihaeata saw off the Titans to set up the winner-take-all clash with Victoria.
And they got off to a blistering start with tries from Woolley and Jesse Day in the first 10 minutes.
Woolley crossed again after a clever Eddie Proudler kick as Victoria fought back to score a consolation through halfback Marcus Kaponga, but it was all black and gold as a hungry and well-drilled WA team were too quick for their opponents.
Woolley added his third three minutes from time, again after quick interplay between Proudler and Delane Edwards to wrap up a successful tournament.
The under-18s championships didn’t go WA’s way, as Victoria emerged champions, beating NT 20-0 and then WA 26-0 on the final day.