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March 29, 2012
DEVASTATED by deployments and
work ups for operations, an under-
strength Navy Tridents Rugby League
team won the respect of their opponents
but lost their matches in the Combined
Australian Services Rugby League
The Tridents, featuring many rookie
players, went down fighting 50-6 to the
Air Force and 38-6 against tournament
winners Army Thunder at Port Stephens
from March 11-16.
Defeat was a bitter pill to swallow
for the Navy team which won the 2011
competition by toppling Army in an
Vice President Navy Rugby League
LEUT Martin Garrett said despite the
two losses the players who emerged
from the competition boded well for the
future of RAN Rugby League.
"Our operational commitments
meant we were not at full strength,
but the new players we have coming
through are very encouraging," he said.
"Navy can be proud of its perfor-
mance against two very slick teams."
The Tridents were right in the game
against Army until half-time when the
score was 16-6.
The Tridents loss to Air Force can
be attributed to a horror first half in
which the team was almost never in
possession of the ball. The RAAFies
also fielded their best team in years.
Leading the way for Navy was rug-
ged second-rower LSPT Damien Rex,
HMAS Harman, who has lifted kamika-
ze-style tackling and running with the
ball to whole new level.
LSPT Rex's bone-crunching tackles
served to lift the morale of the rookie
players in the Navy team.
Navy's other outstanding play-
ers included SMNCD Sam Peters
and SMNCD Mitchell Emmerson, of
HMAS Waterhen, while the newcomers
who will serve the Tridents well in the
future include SMNSN Phillip Samuelu,
of HMAS Waterhen, and ABCSO Drew
Thornton, of HMAS Kuttabul.
The busy operational tempo only
permitted one warm-up match against
the NSW Fire Brigade, which the
Tridents won 24-21.
LEUT Garrett issued a call for more
players, coaching staff and spectators to
support the Tridents.
"The Tridents especially need new
assistant coaches and a new head coach
for the Navy side playing in the South
Sydney District A Grade competition,"
All Sydney-based players and inter-
ested personnel are invited to join in
training sessions at Randwick Barracks
at 5pm every Tuesday and Thursday for
a chance to represent Navy at national
level and at the A grade level through-
out the 2012 season.
Players and staff will have
the opportunity to tour Hawaii in
For coaching and player nominations, con-
tact CPO Shane Dwyer, (02) 9359 3607 or
email email@example.com. Future
information on Navy rugby league will be
posted at www.ranrl.com.au
IT WAS life at sea, but not as
we know it for an intrepid Navy
sea kayaker tackling the rugged
Tasmanian coastline earlier this
ABMUSN Penny Charles was
Navy's representative among 15
ADF participants in the annual
Exercise Tasman Advance con-
ducted by the Army White Water
Led by experienced Sea
Kayaking Unit Adventurous
Training Leaders, the novice group
completed a number of paddles on
the Tasman Peninsula and Bruny
Island over 10 days in January.
AB Charles said despite some
adverse weather, the physical chal-
lenges and facing her fears provid-
ed her with some career highlights.
She said paddling through spec-
tacular sea caves, the giant kelp
forest at Bruny Island and close
encounters with wildlife were just
some of the memorable experi-
"We went through what was
called 'the needles,' which was
probably the most terrifying day
because it was really rough weath-
er," AB Charles said.
"The open ocean was horren-
dous, so we popped into a bay and
there were seals everywhere.
"I was in a cranky mood
because of the weather and then
there were all these seals frolicking
with our boats, so I couldn't stay
The adverse sea conditions
saw the group take to the Huon
and Derwent Estuaries and tackle
a chilly 20km alpine bushwalk in
Mount Field National Park.
"I really like the concept of
being out of your comfort zone,
because we rarely are and it's inter-
esting to see how you deal with it
-- you sort of surprise yourself," AB
"My look of absolute terror
apparently looks like I was smiling,
so everyone thought I was brave,
but I wasn't."
Other highlights included pad-
dling past the Isle of the Dead at
Port Arthur, exploring Constitution
Dock in Hobart and paddling the
Tasman Arch and the Candlestick
on the spectacular Tasman
"I absolutely recommend it to
other Navy people; it was just an
awesome experience and prob-
ably the highlight of my time in the
Navy, which is nearly 12 years,"
Expressions of interest to attend
Exercise Tasman Advance 13, 3-13 Jan
2013 can be sent to peter.amaricai@
a sight to sea
to make the grade
HARD ASK: AB Benjamin Keith tries to charge through the RAAF line in the
Combined Services Rugby League competition.
Photo: CPL David Gibbs
SIGHTSEEING: ADF kayakers explore the Candlestick at Fortescue Bay as part of Exercise Tasman
Advance held in January.
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