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February 17, 2011
By Michael Weaver
THE 2011 Australian Services
Australian Football Association
(ASAFA) National Championship
has been brought forward one day
from that originally notified, to take
place from April 12-16 at the home
of the Western Bulldogs AFL team at
Whitten Oval in Melbourne.
The defending champion Army
men's and women's teams will kick off
proceedings on April 12 with matches
against Air Force, while Navy's repre-
sentatives take to the field on April 14
against the loser of game one.
The champion Service team will
be decided in the third games on April
16, with the Jimmy Smail Cup up
for grabs in the men's action and the
CDRE Geoff Ledger Cup for the wom-
en's national title.
A championship dinner and awards
ceremony will be held following the
matches on April 16, where the respec-
tive men's and women's All-Stars
teams will also be named.
The ADF women's side will then
take on a Victorian Women's Football
League side in a night game at Casey
Oval in Melbourne on April 21.
The traditional men's All
Stars match against the Australian
Combined Emergency Services
(ACES) will again be held in Adelaide
on April 23 as a curtain-raiser to the
Port Adelaide v Gold Coast Suns AFL
match, preceding Anzac Day celebra-
ASAFA is also seeking nomina-
tions for the men's All Stars coach to
wrestle the Anzac Challenge trophy
back from the ACES side, which has
won the last two encounters.
Aussie rules footballers
gear up for busy year
The new ASAFA chairman, BRIG
Matthew Hall, said the national cham-
pionship was the major event for ADF
"The carnival provides an oppor-
tunity for players to represent their
respective Service and the ADF,"
BRIG Hall said.
"Spirited and fair competition is
the hallmark of the championship and
spectators are strongly encouraged to
witness the high quality action."
Further details are available in the
admin instruction on the ASAFA website
ON THE BALL: ABCSO Tash Wilson is tackled by her NSW opponent
during the ASAFA women's All-Stars invitational match against the NSW
women's team at Kingston Oval in Canberra last year. ASAFA is gearing
up for another busy year in 2011.
Photo: LSIS Paul McCallum
By Michael Brooke
NAVY will select its best play-
ers from the Patrons Cup Rugby
League tournament in prepara-
tion for the epic showdown with
archrivals Army in the Combined
Australian Services Rugby League
(CASRL) National Tournament.
The Navy players selected from
the 12 teams to contest the annual
Patrons Cup at Sydney's Leichhardt
Oval on February 23 will represent
the RAN in the CASRL tournament
at Norford Park, Sefton, from March
This year Navy tackles Air Force
on March 9 and Army on March 11,
both kicking off at 2.30pm.
Navy Rugby League President
CMDR Glenn Ker made a call to
arms, inviting new players and spec-
tators to attend the Patrons Cup in
the countdown to the CASRL and to
barrack for Navy during their games
against Army and Air Force.
"The Patrons Cup will be contest-
ed by as many as 12 teams from war-
ships and shore establishments based
on the east coast including HMA
Ships Albatross, Waterhen, Watson,
Kuttabul and Penguin," he said.
The defending champion,
Waterhen, is braced for a tough
match against Kuttabul, which boasts
several rough and tough Navy rugby
CMDR Ker said the Navy footy
season would kick-off early to give
RAN players more time to prepare
their campaign against Army and Air
Force in the CASRL national tourna-
In the 2010 competition, Navy
beat Air Force but their narrow defeat
at the hands of Army cost them
League players prepare for epic showdown
HEAT IS ON: The
ors from HMAS
Navy rugby league
history by winning
the Patrons Cup
for the third time
in succession last
year. Navy Rugby
CMDR Glenn Ker
has invited new
players and specta-
tors to attend the
Patrons Cup in the
countdown to the
CASRL and to bar-
rack for Navy during
their games against
Army and Air Force.
Photo: ABIS Hayley
By Michael Brooke
NAVY dragon boat teams are ready
to breathe fire in Hong Kong and
Malaysia where they will soon test
their strength and will to win against
paddlers from around the globe.
Navy's paddlers are brimming
with confidence but they need more
numbers and more muscle-power to
enhance their bid for victory in the
32nd Penang International Dragon
Boat Festival and the 2011 Hong
Kong International Dragon Boat
Races, both in June.
RAN Dragon Boat Association
(RANDBA) (Sydney) Secretary
POET Leonie Stengert said Navy
paddlers were in training but more
volunteers were required.
"On the back of a successful
domestic NSW dragon boat sports
paddling season for the RAN dragon
boat team, we are delighted to offer
personnel the opportunity to travel
and compete overseas," she said.
POET Stengert said the
RANDBA would welcome inexperi-
enced rowers, because the races were
still four months away, providing
enough time to get fit and build some
She said Navy hoped to enter
teams in the Premier Mixed, Open
(Men) and Women's events.
Male and female military pad-
dlers are currently training on Sydney
Harbour and around Australia in
preparation to challenge the best
clubs in the world at both racing fes-
Dragon boating is an ideal sport
for Navy because it requires strength,
flexibility, great endurance and
superb team spirit with no age or
For more details contact POET Stengert at
phone (02) 9359 3723.
ideal for sailors
IDEAL: Dragon boating
-- perfect for sailors.
Photo: ABIS Andrew Dakin
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