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October 28, 2010
A SMALL group of shooters gathered
at the Mornington Clay Target Club to
do battle in the annual Defence Clay
Target Association Championships
with Navy's CPO Mick Bryan defend-
ing his 2009 championship.
Day one saw CPO Bryan win the
25 pair double rise in a sudden death
shootout and he was tied with three
other shooters at the end of the 50 tar-
get Handicap. RAAF SGT Rob Binstead
took the win after just three targets.
Poor weather hampered performances
on day two with wind and rain affecting
the shooters and their scores. CPO Bryan
shone through the conditions to record
a score of 48/50 in the 50 target double
barrel, but was outdone by RAAF CPL
Christopher Whyte in the 50 target point
Navy also retained the inter-Ser-
vice team shield, run concurrently with
the point score event, with a score of
407/450, just three shots clear of RAAF
and 16 clear of Army.
CPO Bryan continued his dominance
of the event on the final day despite
persistent wind and rain. He recorded a
respectable 44/50 in the 50 target sin-
gle barrel opener, but all shooters strug-
gled in the final Champion of Champions
The first wave of 40
targets was comprehen-
sively won by CPO Bryan
again but the second wave
of 20 saw him struggle.
At the end of the
event, with all scores tal-
lied, CPO Bryan proved
the sharpest shooter in
Defence with a total of
87/100 for the Champion
of Champions and the high
gun overall with an aggre-
gate of 412/450 for the
All members enjoyed
themselves and are looking
forward to the next event
in September 2011 sched-
uled for Wagga Wagga.
ON TARGET: CPO
Mick Bryan success-
fuly defended his 2009
Defence Clay Target
By Michael Brooke
THE Navy 'Old Salts' turned
back the clock to their glory days
when they competed in the Golden
Oldies World Rugby Festival at
Sydney's Centennial park from
September 27 to October 1.
The 20-man squad competed
in the elite Division 1, where they
scored moral victories in the battle
for respect but lost in the battle for
points on the scoreboard.
The 'Old Salts' showed great
courage and commitment to rise
to the challenge of competing in
CMDR Mike Hogan told Navy
News the 'Old Salts' distinguished
themselves as gentlemen on the
playing field, despite being out of
their league in terms of ability and a
depth of playing talent.
In their opening game the Old
Salts went down fighting 2-9 against
the Bowral Wilted Tulips.
The Old Salts started slow
against the Elecolites but fought
back in the second game to make
the score more respectable.
In Navy's third and last match of
the tournament they were narrowly
beaten by Old Iggies Raw Prawns to
the tune of four tries to two.
PUSHING ON: CPO Mick Dunne
takes the ball up against the
Elecolites in game two of the
All the Old Salts played with
pride and determination and some of
the most inspirational players were
CPO Dan Carter and CMDR Hogan.
Old Salts still have spirit -- if not the legs
ASRU begins PACMIL Cup campaign
TOO CLOSE TO CALL: AB James Smith pushes his way through the NZ defence during the PACMIL
tournament. The game ended in a 29-all draw.
Photo: LAC Aaron Curran
By SGT Andrew Hetherington
TRANS-TASMAN military rugby
foes Australia and New Zealand
met in the first round of the Pacific
Nations Military (PACMIL) rugby
union tournament in Canberra on
The result of a 29-29 draw
reflected the hard effort put in by
both sides who didn't want to give
up an inch of ground.
New Zealand began the first half
by scoring a try and converting in
the 11th minute to go 7-0 up. ASRU
responded quickly with a converted
try to level the scores at 7-7.
The remainder of the half was
all New Zealand's, as they scored
tries in the 26th and 29th minutes with
a converted try and penalty goal in
the 34th minute to lead 22-12 at half
time after ASRU scored a desperate
try in the last 30 seconds.
After the break ASRU scored a
converted try in the eighth minute
to make it 22-19. New Zealand
responded seven minutes later scor-
ing a try and converting to further
pull away 29-19.
In the 26th minute ASRU wres-
tled on their line with New Zealand
to score a penalty try and conversion
to close the gap to 29-26.
With five minutes to go in the
match ASRU scored with a penalty
kick to level at 29-29.
ASRU coach CAPT Damien
Cahill said his team performed well
considering they'd come together
only two days before the match.
"We were patchy today, but that
was to be expected," CAPT Cahill
said.Navy hooker AB Tait O'Sullivan
said he and his team played well
against a tough New Zealand side.
"It was looking pretty dodgy
towards the end of the first half, but
we came back in the second," AB
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