Blayney High School PE teacher Tony Tilburg has always had huge success with the school’s rugby league sides, and now his expertise at getting the most from players has proven worthwhile with his NSW Combined High Schools (CHS) 18s side winning the Australian Schoolboys’ Championships.
The side smashed the NSW Combined Catholic Catholic (CCC) team 41-10 in the final. The team trained for one week in Mascot before heading west to St Mary’s for four games in six days.
The closest game they played was the competition’s own version of the ‘State of Origin’.
“The Queensland 18’s really talked their team up because eight of their kids were in the 18s origin team, so we were pretty happy about the 20-10 win we had against them,” he said.
The team had come up against CCC at their first match and defeated them 40-16 and also beat the Combined Affiliated States, a team made up of players from Victoria, Western Australia and the Northern Territory, 44-4.