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April 29, 2010
By CMDR Glenn Green
THE pace was cracking and the rugby
dazzling but the demands of tradition
and protocol again produced the all-
too-predictable nine-all draw in the
annual charity match between the Navy
Old Salts and the ACT Veterans in
Canberra on April 10.
The "Golden Oldies" match was
played under lights in glorious conditions
at Canberra Stadium as a curtain-raiser to
the ACT Brumbies' runaway Super 14
win over the Cheetahs.
Veterans' rugby is for those 'expe-
rienced' players over 35 who still have
the urge to run around the paddock. The
game is played over three 20-minute seg-
ments until the now-compulsory "gentle-
men's agreement" draw ensues.
For the Old Salts, the dusting off of
their boots for this match marked the
beginning of their 2010 campaign.
Some entertaining rugby resulted.
Showing that age shall not weary them
- well not too much anyway - the Old
Salts played the game at a cracking pace,
with the forwards demonstrating some
excellent rucking and mauling skills, and
providing the backs with some great ball.
Pace and flair out wide was the order
of the night and a number of classy tries
On hand to witness the scintillating
display were Head of Navy People and
Reputation RADM Trevor Jones and
RANRU's President CDRE Bruce Kafer.
ACT Veterans' president John Hillier
and RADM Jones accepted the IPAMM
Cup as co-winners. The other winners
on the night were Legacy and the George
Gregan Foundation, who benefited from
the generous sponsorship of Server Racks
Australia and Xact Project Consultants.
CPOSTD Dan Carter did a great
job in organising the Old Salts, whose
next match is scheduled for May 22
during the Australian Services Rugby
Championships at Viking Park in
Any 'Old Salts' who are interested
in playing should contact Dan Carter
on 02 6265 4719 or email daniel.
Rugby Old Salts
draw with veterans
TRY TIME: LCDR Richard Austin scores
a try during the ACT Vets v RAN Old
Salts curtain raiser to the Brumbies v
Cheetahs Super 14 match.
Photo: LSIS Phillip Cullinan
for Navy footballers
SNAPSHOT: LSCSO Simon Horner takes a shot at goal (one of nine for the match) from the pocket in
the Navy's first round match against Air Force.
Photos: LSIS Paul McCallum
By LSIS Paul McCallum
BOTH men's and women's foot-
ball teams have lost to Army at
the Australian Services Australian
Football Association (ASAFA)
championships held in Melbourne
from April 14 - 18.
Early indications were good
for a title defence for both teams
but inaccurate kicking in front of
goal saw the Geoff Ledger Cup slip
through their fingers to stronger
First to defend their 2009 title,
the women's team led by LSPT
Candice Freeman began strongly
taking a nine-point lead into quarter
time (2.3.15 to 1.0.6).
Army came out firing in the sec-
ond quarter and held the girls to just
five behinds for the rest of the game
while running away with five goals
to win the game 2.8.20 to 6.9.45.
While the score blew out in the
end, the game was much closer than
the 25-point margin indicated.
The girls of pussers footy tried
everything they could and had some
outstanding players with LSPT Trish
Muller running free through the
midfield and LEUT Liz Quinn and
ABBM Kate Goggins commanding
Having beaten Air Force 6.2.38
to 2.3.15 just two days before, the
legs couldn't keep up with the Army
team who had four days break after
beating Air Force 10.10.70 to nil.
Team captain LS Freeman said
preparation was the key to the cham-
"We weren't as prepared this
year as we have been previously.
We didn't get our full team together
until the morning of our first game
so that affected our training and
team cohesion," LS Freeman said.
"We had 6 new girls this year
who's input to the team was invalu-
able. Three of them were selected
for the ADF team which is a huge
achievement for first years players.
"Our new recruits from this year
have enormous potential and really
did well for us on the field."
Testament to the efforts of the
women's team, 11 of the players
were named in the ASAFA All Stars
team which is scheduled to play a
NSW/ACT representative side in
June this year.
The men's grand final saw last
years champions Navy take on old
time rivals Army and having beaten
Air Force just two days earlier, spir-
its were high going into the match.
Navy forward LSCSO Simon
Horner was coming off a champion-
ship high nine goals against RAAF
and was targeted by the Army
defenders, holding him to just two
goals in the opening term and four
goals for the game.
Navy began strongly with good
run through the centre and were run-
ning in numbers to close out the first
quarter leading 6.5.41 to 4.2.26.
The second quarter was a com-
plete reversal with Army fighting
back to win the term by four goals
and go into the long break leading
8.7.55 to 10.7.67.
With blustery conditions, accura-
cy became a problem for Navy and
numerous attempts at goal pushed
wide. Navy recorded more scoring
shots than Army but the gap opened
up at the final change 9.13.67 to
Team captain LEUT Arron
Convery called on his chargers to up
the intensity for the final quarter and
not be intimidated by their bigger,
faster and stronger opponents and a
LS Horner led the forward charge
with his third and fourth goals while
AB Patrick Wilson chipped in with
two goals of his own but the clock
beat them and after the final siren
the difference was just nine points
13.16.94 to 15.13.103.
Key forward LS Horner said it
was fitness and accuracy that let
them down on the day.
"If we had kicked straighter or
had a better break between games,
we probably would have won," LS
"The Army turned up with a
much stronger team than last years
and we just couldn't back up from
last year. If we had just five more
minutes, I reckon we would have
The ASAFA All Stars team listed
10 players from Navy and will play
the emergency Services All Stars
team in the curtain raiser to the
Anzac Day match at AAMI Stadium
HARD RUNNING: LSPT
Trish Muller gets her kick
away before being tackled
during the ASAFA final.
Photo: LSIS Paul McCallum
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