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June 9, 2011
WINNING the mind game was
just as important as the physical
one for CMDR Dave Graham
in the NorthFace 100 Marathon,
held over 100km in the Blue
Mountains on May 14.
CMDR Graham, of HMAS
Creswell, was one of three Navy
personnel who participated in the
gruelling event regarded as one
of the toughest trial events in the
Returning in the team event
were CAPT Peter Scott and LEUT
Jeff Rayner, who were unable to
improve on the second placing last
year, finishing fourth.
Picturesque Leura was the per-
fect starting point for this year's
marathon, which challenged a field
of 800 runners.
CMDR Graham said he went
into the event physically prepared,
but staying mentally strong was
the key challenge. He placed 203rd
overall in a time of 16 hours and
"While distance training was
important, the mental aspects were
just as fundamental," he said.
"When you're 75km into a race
like this and it's cold and dark, your
mind and attitude is that single
thing that keeps you pushing on."
CAPT Scott and LEUT Rayner
improved their performance by one
hour on the previous year, but it did
not translate into a higher placing.
Navy breaks rival's supremacy
Men: RANRU 32 d AFRU 0
Women 10s: AFRU 17 d
Men: AARU 74 d AFRU 0
Men: RANRU 25 d AARU 22
Women: RANRU/AFRU 10 d
FLYING HIGH: LS Shaun
Megahey takes the ball from the
lineout in front of Army's SGT
Dean King in the deciding clash
of the Australian Services Rugby
Championship in Canberra.
Photos: LCPL Mark Doran
COMING THROUGH: ABSN Saluluelanei Gray breaks through a sea of red.
ON THE ATTACK: ABCK Sarah
Beard in action.
RUNAWAY SUCCESS: POCIS Nicolle Palmer
scores the final try in combined Navy/Air Force
team's win over Army.
By LCPL Mark Doran
A TRY and successful conversion
to LS Adam Powell in the dying
minutes of the deciding match ended
Army's domination of inter-ser-
vice rugby at the annual Australian
Services Rugby Championship in
Canberra on May 21.
The 25-22 result was a fitting end
for Navy's men, having dominated
much of the play against their Army
Navy controlled possession and
territory for much of the first half and
made the most of its opportunities by
scoring the first two tries.
Army showed patches of poten-
cy, mainly through its outside backs,
and responded by scoring two tries to
close the gap to three points at half
Navy captain PO Jason Harrington
said winning the match was the culmi-
nation of five years of hard work.
"We concentrated on finishing our
game and playing hard for the whole
80 minutes," PO Harrington said.
"Our forwards were our strong
point; we spent a lot of time trying to
keep the play in the forward-line and
we dominated their pack. I think we
wore them down and we proved our
domination by scoring a try with three
minutes to go."
Chief of Navy VADM Russ Crane,
who joined Chief of Army LTGEN
Ken Gillespie in watching the game,
said it was a spectacular win.
"I thought it was a gutsy effort
from both sides. They played well and
we are now well positioned for the
ASRU games," VADM Crane said.
ASRU men's national operations
manager LTCOL Adam Boyd said the
result was not unexpected as the Navy
forwards had out-muscled and out-
manoeuvred their counterparts.
"We have the top players in the
ADF on the ASRU watch-list and have
seen the calibre of the players from
this year's Navy team and knew the
Army men's team would have their
hands full in a tough encounter,"
LTCOL Boyd said.
"Navy came in with the right game
plan -- they dictated play for the major-
ity of the match and it paid dividends."
The ASRU representative team
will be announced in August before
the International Defence Rugby
Competition, scheduled for September
Navy/Air Force women's team,
with a squad of 16 Navy and eight Air
Force players, proved too strong in a
Captain POCIS Nadine Block was
impressed with how her players gelled.
"We all pulled together; our cama-
raderie was outstanding and that's
what got us over the line," she said.
"We just wanted to get to the
breakdown, have everyone clean out
and just follow the plan from training
-- which was exactly what we did.
"ABSN Saluluelanei Gray put
some big hits on the key Army play-
ers and our halfback, POCIS Nicolle
Palmer, was always in position to
clean the ball out of the pack. Inside-
centre CPL Rebekah Allen was pilfer-
ing at every breakdown."
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Mental toughness tested
BIG EFFORT: CMDR Dave
Graham pushes himself to the limit
in the NorthFace 100 Marathon.
Photo: Aurora Images
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