VICTORIA won the under-17 national cricket championship in Hobart last month.
Outer East Eagles' players Sam Harper and Jack Blain were members of the side that claimed the Bushrangers' first under-17 title in nine years.
Victoria entered the final round knowing a win over Western Australia would assure it of victory and appeared well and truly on track to achieving that goal when it decimated its opponents to 7-39 in reply to 236.
Some stubborn lower-order partnerships put Western Australia within reach of an unlikely win before Gippsland's Taylor Tatterson took the final two wickets to secure the title.
Victorian coach Graeme Rummans said the win over WA was a fantastic result. "As far as the entire championship goes, the boys always stood up when we needed them to," he told Cricket Victoria media.
"Whether it was a fantastic catch or a key run-out, the guys had a knack of making the big plays under pressure.
"I think our bowlers were the strongest. Their ability to build pressure and take wickets really gave us a head start."
Central Highlands' Matt Short finished second on the run-scorers' list with 241 at an average of 40.17.
Outer East Eagles' Jack Blain was fourth with 212 at 42.40.