Barker held off a determined Knox outfit on Saturday to claim a 38-32 victory and secure back to back CAS premierships for the fourth time in the schools history.
Needing to win to secure the outright title and complete an undefeated CAS season, Barker produced a typically consistent performance against their closest rivals and have now lost just one match (by a point) in their past three CAS seasons.
“It was a real contest between two really determined teams. We jumped ahead a little bit but to Knox’s credit, they kept coming at us and our guys had to keep finding answers,” coach Dean Hargreaves said.
“Fortunately for us, we were able to do that but it was a really exciting game, probably more so for the spectators than the nervous coaches.”
Most pundits expected Barker to struggle slightly in 2019 after a number of key players graduated following the 2018 premiership, but Hargreaves said the current group had different ideas from day one.
“I was quietly con