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IF THE Navy cricket team needs any more inspiration
leading into the third International Defence Cricket
Challenge (IDCC12) in Canberra in November, it does
not need to look far.
Team coach PO Mark Ham said the team had
forged strong links with the NSW cricket team.
On July 20, the entire Blues squad and coaches --
including Australian representatives Doug Bollinger
and teenage fast bowling sensation Pat Cummins -- vis-
ited HMAS Choules at Fleet Base East.
The visit was arranged by New Generation Navy
and among the people there to greet the cricketers was
the president of Navy Cricket, WO Gary Fuss, an all-
rounder who played for Western
Australia in the early 90s and is
still playing for Navy. He hopes
he'll be out in the middle again
Likewise, PO Mark Ham is
still playing as well as coaching.
PO Ham missed the last
IDCC in 2009 because he was
at sea, so he is keen to front up
This year, the Navy will be
up against defending champion
Royal Malaysian Air Force,
RAAF, Australia Army, Royal
New Zealand Air Force, New Zealand Army, Pakistan
Defence team and a Barbarians team which will com-
prise players from Australian Army and New Zealand
The Malaysians were the surprise packet last time,
beating Army by 65 runs in the final of the 50-over
"Navy Cricket has a strong and proud tradition in
national carnivals," PO Ham said. "Last IDCC this
tradition continued with strong performances that were
only set back due to bad weather.
"Navy Cricket is going through a rebuilding stage
and fortunately we have been able to uncover some
real talent over the last couple of years. We feel confi-
dent these recruits and others in the fleet will be able
to boost our results in this year's IDCC."
IDCC12 will start in Canberra on November 12
with a series of Twenty20 games and 50-over one-day
games, culminating in the IDCC grand final at Manuka
Oval on November 23.
A World Defence XI will then be selected to play
a match against former Test and first-class cricketers
from the Australian Cricketer's Association Masters at
Manuka on November 24 in a Twenty20 game to be
known as the International Challenge Shield to coin-
cide with the launch of the Stand Tall (for post trau-
matic stress disorder) awareness campaign.
PTSD Limited is headed by Vietnam veteran Tony
Dell, who was the ADF's last serviceman to play Test
cricket (he was a seam bowler who played two Tests in
the early 70s).
Navy Cricket will hold an IDCC selection trial at
Randwick from November 5-11 which will include
games against NSW under-17s and grade representa-
tive sides as well as internal trials.
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2-10 November 2012
Cromer Park, Cromer, NSW
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October 11, 2012
IT'S been a busy time in rugby circles as
players prepared for the start of the
Commonwealth Navies Rugby Union
Championships in Sydney.
At a training camp at Harman in Canberra
on September 27 the team was given an inspi-
rational address by ACT Brumbies forwards
coach Laurie Fisher who encouraged the play-
ers to stay focused and give 100 per cent com-
mitment each time they played.
From there the team attended the official
launch of the competition on the flight deck of
HMAS Choules on October 2 which coincid-
ed with the launch of a book capturing the 100
years of Navy rugby. From Whites to Muddies
was written by James Keehoe.
RAN then faced a tough New Zealand
team on October 3 in the opening game of the
championships going down 36-13.
Despite the loss, human dreadnought and
team captain PO Jason Harrington continues
to spearhead the RAN Breakers' quest for
glory in the championships which concludes
on October 13.
The tough tackling second-row forward,
who stands at 195cm and weighs 115kg, said
the Breakers had the players with the right
skills and attitude and the coaching staff with
the right experience and tactics to be competi-
tive in the CNRU.
"The Breakers have been building momen-
tum for the past two years and we can see no
better way of celebrating 100 years of RAN
rugby than being a major player in the prestig-
ious CNRU," he said.
PO Harrington said the players were well
prepared after a challenging training camp and
Free entry to Qbn Cup
ADF members and their families will be of-
fered free entry to the Defence Force Cup at
the Queanbeyan Racing Club on October 28.
The day will include seven races, including the
Air Force Handicap, the Army Handicap and
HMAS Harman Handicap. People with a current
Defence or Defence contractor's pass will be
admitted free, along with their families.
Ten-pin bowlers in action
PO Francis Standen will represent Navy in the
six-man ADF team that will contest one of the
showcase events at the national tenpin titles that
began in Sydney on October 6. The team, which
also includes one Army player and four from
RAAF, will play New Zealand and state teams
on October 23-25 in the Walter Rachuig Trophy
interstate teams tournament. The women's team
also has a Navy member: LCDR Tracey Petrass.
Navy cup beckons
bat for IDCC
He identified the Breakers most talented
players as prop AB James Smith, hooker AB
Tait O'Sullivan and flashy fullback AB Darryl
Seden, who was voted most valuable player in
the Mons Cup recently.
PO Harrington said the Breakers were a
perfect balance of youth and experience.
While AB Seden is young, fit, fast and wise
beyond his years, PO Harrington can call upon
15 years experience, having made his debut
with the Breakers as an 18-year-old in 1997.
The rugby warhorse said although the
Breakers were confident they were not under-
estimating their opponents.
"I have played both teams many times in
the past and know their styles of rugby but
what we don't know yet is what new talent
they have unearthed recently that could tip the
balance in their favour," he said.
Games still to be played at time of print:
October 11, New Zealand Navy v NSW Navy
at 12.45pm, RAN v Royal Navy at 2.30pm;
October 13, CNRS 7s comp at midday and
CNRS Barbarians v Sydney Uni at 2.30pm.
Full coverage of the CNRU will appear in the next
edition of Navy
READY TO ROLL: ACT Brumbies rugby
union forwards coach Laurie Fisher, centre,
forms a scrum with AB James Smith and
AB Alex Wilson.
Photo: LAC Bill Solomou
PLAYING FOR KEEPS: New Zealand Navy rugby union team captain, Leading Diver
Trevor Strickland, left, RAN team captain, PO Jason Harrington and Royal Navy team
captain PO Dave Pascor with the championship trophy and the cover of the book
celebrating 100 years of RAN rugby (right).
Photos: LSIS Jo Dilerenzo
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