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August 2, 2012
SBLT Sarah West
AUSTRALIA'S greatest naval trag-
edy was remembered in the Australian
Football League on July 15 when
the Sydney Swans became the first
winners of the HMAS Sydney II
The Swans beat West Coast Eagles
by 52 points at Patersons Stadium in
The trophy was donated by the
Finding Sydney Foundation and will
be presented at a memorial match
each season to honour the 645 sailors
and airmen who lost their lives when
Sydney II was sunk by the German
raider Kormoran in 1941.
In a curtain-raiser to the main
game, the RAN beat a Combined
Services team 8.10 (58) to 3.2 (20).
The clash presented an exciting
opportunity for the ADF footballers to
play on a premium field, which holds
the title of the largest ground in the
SMN Aaron Wheeler, of HMAS
Stirling, showed flair in front of goal
and was crowned best on ground.
PO Kieren Lamond, of HMAS
Stirling, also proved a formida-
ble strength in the forward line and
bagged three goals.
"It was a great experience, and
very humbling to have the opportunity
to represent Sydney II and everything
her memory stands for," PO Lamond
Team manager PO Adam Bamford,
of HMAS Cerberus, said it was an
experience the players would never
"A lot of these guys have dreamt
of playing at a venue like Patersons
Stadium since they were boys," he
It wasn't just the players who real-
ised childhood dreams.
One of the Navy's trainers, LS
Tanya Wood, of HMAS Stirling, said
it was more than just a football game.
"It didn't matter if you were a
player, coach, trainer or support staff,
we all wanted to be there to honour
the memory of Sydney's fallen sail-
ors," she said.
While Navy was kicking goals
inside Patersons Stadium, volunteers
from Stirling were also kicking goals
at gate entrances. Thirty-four sailors
and five Navy family members took
part in a 'tin-shake' outside the sta-
dium, and raised $13,700 for Legacy.
The funds will go towards caring
for the families of deceased and inca-
The AFL match will be played
annually between the Swans and
the Eagles, representing the city the
Australian warship called home and
her final resting place -- off the coast
of Geraldton, Western Australia.
BIG MEN FLY: POCIS
contests the ruck
(above) and (left)
gets in the heat of
the action as he and
ABET Al Kristensen,
tackle an opponent.
Photos: ABIS Jayson Tufrey
among 39 sailors
Photo: LSIS Nina
WITH CPO Tony Doherty tak-
ing the helm as coach, a new-look
Australian Services Rugby Union
(ASRU) team ran in nine tries to
one to beat the Tasmanian state side
57-8 in Hobart on July 14.
"It was an impressive perfor-
mance, especially from our 15 new
caps," CPO Doherty said.
"We gained the ascendency
early and never gave them the
opportunity to get back in the con-
The ASRU forwards, led by AB
Tait O'Sullivan at hooker, dominat-
ed for most of the match and SMN
Alex Brown was prominent in the
Not to be outdone by the ASRU
forwards, the backline set about
converting attacking pressure into
points, resulting in five tries to
backline players, and six conver-
sions from nine attempts by MIDN
Line breaks were commonplace
and backline cohesion was effec-
tive, considering the team's limited
time in camp.
AB Trevor Collett was one of
the backline standouts.
ASRU men's national operations
manager, LTCOL Adam Boyd, was
"We are all looking forward to
next year's Pacific Nations Military
Cup in New Zealand, and the
next International Defence Rugby
Competition, which will be hosted
by the UK Combined Services in
2015," he said.
"This short tour to Tasmania
was our first step."
BACKLINE BLITZ: AB Trevor
Collett makes a run for it.
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