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March 15, 2012
LSCIS Glen Gante
THE Navy Rugby Union men's and
women's teams competed in the
Queanbeyan 7s competition held on
The women's team, fresh from its
Jabiru Plate win at the Darwin 7s earlier
in the month, met some tough com-
petition against teams from Penrith to
Narooma, testing the skills and abilities
of the players.
The team finished second in its divi-
sion with a loss to Penrith and wins
against Uni Norths and Narooma high-
lighting the skills and talent coach Leut
Trish Williams, of HMAS Watson, hopes
will give the team the edge to successful-
ly defend its Australian Services Rugby
Union Championship title in May.
"It was a good result with the team
improving with each match," Leut
"We had some solid performances
from long-serving players and an
impressive start by several new players"
The men's team embarked on their its
first 7s competition against some strong
opposition from West Harbour (Sydney),
West's Wolfpack (eventual winners) and
Easts (Canberra) who all fielded premier
grade Sydney and Canberra players.
Although comprising a mixture
of seasoned players and those new to
RANRU, the men's team generated
momentum and confidence with each
Men's coach WO Anthony Doherty,
of NPCMA, said it was a great opportu-
nity for his players.
"The opportunity for Navy players
to participate against this class of oppo-
sition goes a long way in their rugby
development," WO Doherty said.
"We were pleased with the com-
mitment of all players and none took a
backward step in any of the games."
Despite neither team reaching
the finals, the coaches extended their
encouragement and congratulations to
"Their commitment in representing
Navy rugby was in the finest traditions
of sportsmanship and was to be com-
mended," WO Doherty said.
"The groundwork for a successful
centenary season for RANRU has been
"All players are encouraged to
remain committed to representing Navy
as it is shaping to be a cracker of a sea-
To keep up to date with all things Navy
Rugby, visit navyrugby.asn.au
THEY call themselves the "dynam-
ic duo" after winning the 2012
Burrell Cup doubles tennis compe-
tition at HMAS Kuttabul.
SMN Keelan Michelsons and
ABET Nick Desilas combined like
the famous 'Woodys' to win the
Cup, which was contested by 12
teams on February 22.
The duo cruised through seven
matches undefeated, including the
final which they won 4-2 against
CMDR Marc Pavillard and CMDR
ABET Desilas, who is posted
to the Defence Communications
Station, said the final was a thrilling
"It was a tough final that could
have gone either way, but in the end
we deserved it, being undefeated all
day," he said. "We look forward to
defending the trophy next year."
The turning point in the decider
was SMN Michelson's powerful
service game, which featured sev-
ABET Desilas said their semi-
final was against Sam Burrell, the
grandson of RADM Burrell, whom
the trophy is named after.
"After the game we looked at
each other and thought, 'were we
meant to win that one?'
The Burrell Cup triumph inspired
both players to test themselves in
the Navy Carr Cup Singles Tennis
Championship held at Sydney
Olympic Park on March 7.
After going in as favourite in
the title match against ABMT Trent
Russell, SMN Michelson fell well
short of the mark, beaten 4-1.
ABMT Russell broke SMN
Michelson's booming serve in the
first game giving him the confi-
dence to go on and soundly win the
"I faded a bit in the final from
fatigue but that's no excuse," he said.
SMN Michelson qualified for
the decider by pipping AB Kane
Ryan 3-2 in the semi-final, which
was deadlocked at 2-2 when the
Burrell's Cup winner broke AB
Ryan's service game.
"I probably didn't deserve to win
that one," SMN Michelson said.
A full wrap-up of the Carrs' Cup will
appear in the next edition of Navy.
by ace duo
STROKE OF GENIUS: SMN Keelan
Michelsons, of Fleet Support Unit,
serves it at the Burrell Cup Doubles
tennis competition at HMAS Kuttabul
(below) and afterwards, holds the
winning trophy with ABET Nick
Photos: ABBM Jesse Rhynard
Sevens sets scene
for centenary year
STORMING UPFIELD: SMN Alex Wilson fends of a player at the Queanbeyan
7s competition held on February 17.
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