If im honest I think everyone in the Cranbrook program would be all for a 2 round CAS comp after many years of Cranbrook 1sts teams having wonderful starts in the first half of games I can remember them getting to a two try lead against Waverley in 2019 as well as leading for a fair chunk of the first half against Waverley last year. Even this year the boys in white were leading against Knox at half time sadly, ending up losing all of these games. So if they were to reinstitute the 2 round CAS comp i could see Cranbrook being quite successful next year with returning CAS representatives Noah Jackson (8) Tom Girle (5) Lance Tovio (12/13) Jaxson Allen (11) Kaleb Ah-Colt (3) Joe Rouse (1 Shadow Squad) and a-lot of boys from the Seconds premiership team making a push to play 1sts this year.
Hi Rugby League,
I am a big fan of Cranbrook rugby, see lots of mates in our local derby, and YES Cranbrook always lift for the local derby.
I don't recall brook ever leading Waves last year, it was close at half time, then in 10 minutes it was pretty much over.
I was also under the impression that the half time score this year v Knox was 24 all, so think you are being a bit too enthusiastic in your recollections.
BUT next year Cranbrook are looking very solid for the reasons you mentioned.
The problem with returning to a home & Away system is that Cranbrook might be very competitive next year in the 1s but what after that, such a change has a long term implication and to be fair the Age teams generally get hammered by the stronger 3 CAS Rugby schools, and Cranbrook wins the 1sts comp about once every 20 years.
In fact it's not Cranbrook that concerns Knox, Barker and Waves so much it's Trinity and Aloys, with such few teams, teams that don't match up eg Bs v Cs etc, which often includes Cranbrook, so more than half the games are a complete mismatch all day.
Many of us can only see this getting worse, given the weakening number of players every year.
Many would prefer a larger and more constantly even comp for all schools which may result in a 2 tier division comp with a promotion and relegation system. If a CAS team/s was in a different division then I am sure provision could be made to play either in the holidays, or a suitable time, so that the CAS comp would still be in play.
All the best!