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December 8, 2011
By LCPL Mark Doran
NAVY started off in winning style
but could not sustain the form
against some top-class competi-
tion in the Australian Services
Cricket Association (ASCA)
National Carnival in Canberra from
In the first T20 game, opener
SMN Al Kristensen from HMAS
Stirling struck 66 to help guide his
team to a win against Air Force.
The next T20 match unfortunate-
ly resulted in a convincing win by
Navy's coach PO Mark Ham said
the tournament was both good and
bad for Navy.
"Air Force played Army the next
day but our low run rate caused us
to miss out on the final, which was
disappointing," PO Ham said.
"But we did beat Air Force, who
then went on to win the T20 final."
In the 50-overs competition, the
first game against Air Force was
washed out then Navy suffered a big
loss to Army, 220 runs to 333.
Army's win over Air Force in
the final 50-over match secured the
Lindsay Hassett Trophy.
With seven new players in the
squad, one of Navy's fresh stars
was SMNET Bilawal Chandio from
SMNET Chandio won the trophy
for the Bowler of the Tournament
and said it was his first experience
playing at such a high level and he
loved playing with the team and for
"We needed a lot of training for
the carnival to boost our standards in
fielding," SMNET Chandio said.
"I am also looking forward to
the Remembrance Day Cup match
in March 2012 against the Gordon
Cricket Club in Sydney."
Coach PO Ham said the T20 and
50-overs competitions provided a
great cricketing experience.
"These players will be able to
go back to their units and tell oth-
ers what it is like to represent your
Service and play cricket at a higher
ASCA vice president LTCOL
James Brownlie said it was the first
time during an ASCA tournament
for a number of years where the bat
had actually won over the ball.
"The best thing about the compe-
tition this year has been the batting
by all teams -- it was sensational,"
LTCOL Brownlie said.
"Next November will be the third
iteration of the International Defence
Cricket Challenge (IDCC) and there
are other exciting cricket events cur-
rently in the wind as next year will
be the 25th anniversary of ASCA.
"We also intend to play a World
Defence XI game in support of Post
Traumatic Stress Disorder as part
of the IDCC, where the best play-
ers of the tournament will test their
skills against former Australian Test
"Our three Service teams, the
three New Zealand Service teams
and the Royal Malaysian Air Force
have accepted our invitations, while
teams from countries including
Pakistan and India have also been
Batting sensational but
still room to improve
"These players will
be able to go back
to their units and tell
others what it is like to
represent your Service
and play cricket at a
-- PO Mark Ham,
HOW'S THAT?! Fast
bowler PO Glen
Cleary (left) and
AB Matthew Lyons
celebrate a wicket.
Photos: LAC Bill Solomou
By LEUT Todd Austin
HISTORY was made at the recent
RAN Rugby Union (RANRU)
Annual General Meeting with the
election of the first female presi-
dent of the executive committee.
Director General of Health
Capability and Navy Health
Service, CDRE Liz Rushbrook,
was voted in at the meeting held at
HMAS Kuttabul on November 25.
She succeeds CDRE Bruce
Kafer, who has been RANRU presi-
dent for the past six years.
CDRE Rushbrook, who has
held the position of vice president
since 2009, said she was excited
about the opportunities to work
with the newly elected committee
to promote and support the game of
rugby, especially with the centenary
of Navy rugby about to occur in
CDRE Rushbrook is an avid and
longstanding fan and supporter of
rugby -- often seen on the sidelines
or in the medical room examining
injured players since her early days
as a junior medical officer.
"It's always a privilege to be
elected to any position on the com-
mittee, but to be the president is
quite an honour," she said.
"It is even more pleasing to take
the reins from CDRE Kafer who is
handing RANRU over in an excel-
New era in rugby union
"We have some very talented
people playing, coaching and sup-
porting all areas of Navy rugby and
I am excited about our future."
CDRE Kafer said CDRE
Rushbrook would ensure that
RANRU would celebrate its cente-
nary year in style.
"We have some fantastic events
and marquee competitions planned
for 2012, and I know Liz will lead
our committee members, play-
ers, coaching and support staff in
achieving some amazing results for
Navy rugby in our centenary year,"
The RANRU teams are already preparing
for the centenary events next year. For
more information log on to the official
RANRU website at www.navyrugby.
IN GOOD HANDS: Outgoing RANRU president CDRE Bruce Kafer
hands over leadership to CDRE Liz Rushbrook.
Photo: LSIS Brenton Freind
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