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September 2, 2010
By Michael Brooke
Albatross Blue 2-0 to win the
Adelaide Cup/Benny Hill Plate
Eastern Area Association Touch
Football Championship at
Randwick Barracks on August 4.
FSU-Kuttabul's triumph denied
Albatross the opportunity to record
its third consecutive victory in the
competition, which traditionally
serves as a selection trial for the tri-
Service touch championship later in
Sixteen teams competed in the
competition, which was played at a
very high tempo and featured slick
passing, sensational attacking moves
and desperate defence.
FSU-Kuttabul's heroes of
the day were team captain POET
Damien Tanaka and AB Edward
Smith, who both scored touchdowns
in the final.
POET Tanaka posted the first
touchdown when he bamboozled
several defenders with flashy foot-
work early in the first half.
But the turning point in the
match came in the second stanza
when AB Smith intercepted a long
pass from Albatross Blue captain,
LSPT Darin Trudgett, to score the
POET Tanaka said the win
established FSU as the Navy sports
powerhouse, after victories in the
Patrons Cup and the Mons Cup ear-
lier this year.
He nominated LS Dan Capilli
as the man of the match, in trib-
ute to his speed and sidestep, which
saw him cross the try line for what
should have been touchdown num-
ber three, but in a moment of confu-
sion ran over the dead-ball line.
LS Chris Lewis, FSU-Kuttabul,
was crowned player of the tourna-
Speaking about the intercept
pass, LSPT Trudgett told Navy
News he gambled with a long pass
which, had it stuck, would have
allowed his winger to score the
"We didn't have all our best
League boys go
Kuttabul too good
in touch footy comp
players available for this competi-
tion, but nonetheless FSU were too
good for us on the day," he said.
LSPT Trudgett said the compe-
tition was a great success and the
Kuttabul PTs deserved praise for
organising the event.
FSU-Kuttabul and Albatross
Blue earned their berths in the final
courtesy of victories over their B
teams, with FSU-Kuttabul thumping
FSU-Sydney 5-0 and Albatross Blue
defeating Albatross White 4-1.
In the quarterfinals FSU-
Kuttabul beat Penguin 3-0, FSU-
Sydney defeated Success Roosters
4-1; Albatross White beat Manoora
7-3 and Albatross Blue thumped
DODGY: AB Mat Meier of the Albatross Blues dodges past Manoora players during an Adelaide Cup/
Benny Hill Plate touch football match held at Randwick Barracks.
Photos: ABIS Hayley Clarke
WINNERS!: FSU-Kuttabul's captain PO Damien Tanaka slips past
Albatross Blue player PO Ben Seaman to score the winning try in
the final game of the Adelaidee Cup/Benny Hill Plate. (Inset) The
winning FSU-Kuttabul players pose for a team photo.
By Michael Brooke
THE RAN beat the Royal Navy (RN)
20-12 but lost to arch-rival Royal New
Zealand Navy (RNZN) 38-12 to fin-
ish runner-up in the inaugural Tri-
Nations Navy Rugby League tourna-
While the RAN team did not win the
title, they certainly won the respect of
their opponents, with gritty performanc-
es that saw AB Simon Hoare voted the
players' player of the tournament and LS
Dan Capilli elected best player.
RAN tackled RNZN in the first
match with RNZN performing the haka
to let their opponents know they were in
for a hard game.
Despite many RAN players tackling
themselves to a standstill, the RNZN
team posted four converted tries for a
handy 24-0 lead at half-time.
The Kiwis were well served by sev-
eral big and powerful forwards who cre-
ated try-scoring opportunities for their
Second-half action was a different
story, however, thanks to a massive rev-
up from RAN coach Dave Kemp.
RAN posted two quick converted
tries in the second half, but their slow
start in the first half cost them any
chance of victory, with the final score
Bouncing back in the second match,
RAN defeated RN 20-14.
RAN played with great passion
against the old foe and raced to a 12-0
lead through converted tries to AB Matt
Docker and AB Bobby Ashman.
RN put on a late try in the first half
through an intercept against the run of
play, which saw RAN hold a handy 12-4
Second-half action saw AB
Christopher Hastings-Ison score near
the corner from a clever kick, but RN
hit back with two quick tries to make the
score 16-12 with 20 minutes to play.
RAN players repelled wave after
wave of attacking moves by RN and
were rewarded for their strong defence
when AB Docker put AB Edward Smith
over in the corner for a final score of
In the final match RNZN beat RN to
win the tournament.
RAN Rugby League President
CMDR Glenn Ker said the RAN team
played very well.
"There were some great displays of
football from all players, with some of
the standouts being LS Matt Docker and
LS Dan Struber, of HMAS Albatross,
while there were none better than AB
Hoare and LS Capilli."
RAN Rugby League has since moved
back into the local Cronulla, NSW, com-
petition, vying for a finals berth in prepa-
ration for the East Australian Area Sports
Challenge this month.
That is followed by the national inter-
Service tournament in the last week of
September in Townsville.
Navy needs to avenge its losses to
Army and RAAF last year and is calling
for all available A-grade or higher grade
players and support and management
staff to nominate for the national side,
which will enter a training camp this
Interested players should contact CMDR Ker
By SBLT Ashley Harris
HMAS Sirius (CMDR David
McDonald) played host to AFL foot-
ball stars Brent Guerra, Colin Silvia
and Brad Sewell during a port visit to
The CO, CMDR McDonald, hosted
the Hawthorn and Melbourne players for
dinner, afterwards providing a tour of the
ship which saw the stars visit the ward-
room and messes.
Sirius' AFL fans thoroughly enjoyed
the visit from the sportsmen with a large
proportion of the crew going on to attend
Sirius hosts AFL stars
AFL games at both Etihad Stadium and
the Melbourne Cricket Ground, mak-
ing the most of Melbourne's sporting
L-R: Brad Sewell, Colin Silvia, WO
Grant Leepere and Brent Guerra.
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