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June 23, 2011
Top players vie for selection
By Simon Gladman
NAVY rugby officials hope at least
six players will get a call-up into
the Australian Services Rugby
Union (ASRU) team to contest
the International Defence Rugby
Competition later this year.
Senior coach WO Tony Doherty
said the team's success this year in
ending Army's long-held dominance
of the inter-service championships
should help in Navy being well repre-
sented in the national team.
The ASRU team will be announced
in August for the 12-nation event to
be held in September and October in
Australia and New Zealand.
"Not wanting to pre-empt, the fact
that the boys got up over Army is a
good indication that we should at least
get half-a-dozen selected. But it's up
to the ASRU coaches who they decide
on," WO Doherty said.
RANRU players are recovering
from a big month of rugby, which
included the inter-service champion-
Paddison finds touch ahead of nationals
COMING THROUGH: LS Jade Paddison breaks through the defence of the Army-APS team at the inter-
service championships in May.
Photo: CPL Glen McCarthy
A FIVE-goal haul by midfield-
er ABSTD Sarah Beard lifted
HMAS Watson to victory over
HMAS Kuttabul in the inaugural
Oram-Taylor Cup soccer match
at Sydney's Victoria Barracks
on June 8.
Watson kicked 10 slick goals
to crush Kuttabul 10-6 in a game
contested by the male and female
cooks and stewards from both
ABSTD Beard was named as
the Most Valuable Player for her
performance as she was sensation-
al in both attack and defence.
ABSTD Beard, who represents
Navy in women's Aussie rules,
rugby union and soccer, said her
recipe for success was fitness and
exploiting the opportunities cre-
ated by her teammates.
"The entire team played really
well but I was particularly well
supported by ABCK Ashley
Hudson, who found the net twice
herself," she said.
ABSTD Beard said the match
was good preparation for the ADF
tri-service football championship
later this year.
Watson's triumph was all the
more impressive because the team
had to rally from a 0-2 deficit
after five minutes.
Watson battled to a 4-3 lead at
half-time and scored six goals in
the second stanza.
Captain-coach POCK Shaun
Taylor said his players showed
plenty of heart to come back after
conceding the early goals.
-- Michael Brooke
LS JADE Paddison is thriving on the
satisfaction of "giving back" to her
chosen sport, touch footy.
The 30-year-old from Defence
Force Recruiting in South Australia is
busy mentoring and preparing team-
mates ahead of the Australian Defence
Touch Association's national titles in
LS Paddison starred as Navy's
only representative in the victorious
women's RAAF-Navy team over
Army-APS at the inter-service cham-
pionships in South Australia in May.
She will be one of the leading
players in a southern women's team,
with players from South Australia,
Tasmania, Victoria and Western
Australia combining from across the
Services to line up at the nationals.
"The focus is on developing the
girls who want to come away to the
nationals. We're playing in a civilian
competition each week to train them
and teach them more about the game,
and hopefully they will come up to
speed," LS Paddison said.
"Relative to other states, it's a good
level of competition here in South
"South Queensland will be the
team to beat. They have a lot of good
players and they won the Defence
nationals last year."
LS Paddison is finding her form
again since returning to South
Australia after playing little touch
during almost six years on postings in
Cairns and Sydney.
"I started playing 10 years ago
when I was at university in Adelaide.
I've played at the nationals every year
since 2006, but that was pretty much
the only touch I played," she said.
"I'm playing all the time now. I
was a bit rusty when I started getting
back into it, but now I'm playing every
"I just love playing. It's exciting
and competitive. And I'm enjoying
giving back to the sport."
ships in mid-May and was followed by
a tour to New Zealand.
The senior men's team recorded
a 6-all draw against New Zealand's
Navy team, while the development
IN HEAVY TRAFFIC: Navy's best PO Damien Tanaka makes a pass.
squad was overrun in the second half,
losing 8-44 to the New Zealand Navy
Colts after being 8-15 behind at half-
The senior men's team dominat-
ed much of the play, but the wet and
windy conditions were not conducive
to running rugby.
WO Doherty said the trying weath-
er conditions took a toll on the players,
but he was impressed by the manner in
which his players pushed on.
"It showed the team's courage and
the determination to succeed for each
other this year in the way they con-
tinually mounted attacks for the full 80
minutes," he said.
"The wet conditions hampered our
quicker outside backs. Having said
that, the forward pack dominated and
set a good platform for the backs to
"The game plan worked well but
we were unable to capitalise on our
opportunities and dropped the ball
on several occasions with the try line
open. Hopefully, we will learn from
this as a team leading into next year."
Best players for Navy were PO
Damien Tanaka, AB James Smith, PO
Jason Harrington and SBLT James
RANRU is focused on develop-
ing its stars of the future in a effort to
replicate Army's success of previous
Breaking Army's dominance at the
inter-service championship was just
the first step in Navy's long-term plan-
"We've seen what Army has done
to us for the past few years and we
would like to ensure that we're not
one-year wonders. That's why we've
added extra emphasis on building the
development team, to make sure our
player base is large enough to cover
positions when players are unavailable
for games," WO Doherty said.
"With 2012 being the 100th year
of Navy Rugby, and hosting the
Commonwealth Navies Rugby Cup
later in the year, we would like to
continue the success that RANRU
has achieved and hopefully add to the
growing trophy case."
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