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LSIS Helen Frank
THE ADF men’s and women’s teams
both finished sixth when they contested
the Australian Country Water Polo
Championships against hot competition
at the Australian Institute of Sport in
Canberra from May 13-17.
The ADF has a standing invitation
to play in the championships each year
along with teams from each state and
The teams comprised ADF members
from all around the country and only had
two days to train together before the com-
Team manager CAPT Jonas Price
said he was proud of both sides, which
recorded results that could easily have
gone either way.
“Both teams just missed out on win-
ning their final game by just one goal,”
CAPT Price said.
“The women went down 9-8 in their
final game and the men were just pipped
8-7 in the last few seconds of the game.
“It was disappointing to miss out on
the medals but I am proud of the effort that
both the men’s and women’s teams put in
over a very tough week of competition.”
Long-time water polo player LSET
Richard Gregory, of HMAS Stirling, said
as the sport grew throughout Australia’s
regional areas the teams were becoming
harder to beat.
“The Australian country competition
seems to get stronger every year,” LS
“The ADF men’s team came very close
to being in the bronze medal play off, but
QLD 6–ADF 2
ACT(1) 17 – ADF 1
ACT(2) 8–ADF 6
ACT(2) 8–ADF 7
unfortunately didn’t get over the line
with two draws and a narrow loss.”
Two players were selected in the
Australian Country Water Polo team
to play in the 45th annual Hawaiian
invitational water polo tournament in
Honolulu in August.
FLGOFF Carrie Fettes and SGT
Luke Woodland were selected in
the teams with team manager SGT
Camille Reed also selected.
The ADF players will next compete
against each other at the ADF interser-
vice championships in Canberra in
December and are hoping to organise
an overseas trip for March next year.
Close but not close
enough for ADF
TALL ORDER: The ADF men’s water polo team came close to the finals in
the Australian Country Water Polo championships.
Photo: LSIS Helen Frank
THE Navy Breakers won a tough
battle against a much improved Air
Force team 27-13, but lost 29-22
to archrivals Army in the 2013
Australian Services Rugby (ASRC)
Championships at Sydney’s Victoria
One of the biggest Navy crowds
on record watched the Breakers come
within a whisker of victory against
Army in the decider on May 18.
Navy held a 15-14 lead at half-
time, but missed at least two penalty
shots and two scoring opportunities
in the second half that cost them
the ASRU WGCDR John Caldwell
Unfortunately, the Navy wom-
en’s team had a less successful
campaign. While blooding many
new players in the tournament, the
team crashed 49-0 to Air Force in
their opening match and a combined
Navy/Air Force team lost 19-8 to
Army in the Margie Quinn Cup.
Navy men’s coach WO Dave
Carter said the Breakers slow start
saw them concede two converted
tries in the opening 10 minutes.
“It was a great effort by the play-
ers to come back and lead at half
time, but we let ourselves down with
little mistakes in defence and our
kicking that ultimately cost us the
win,” he said.
Navy surrendered the lead early
in the second half when SBLT Jared
Burton was sin-binned for impeding
the ruck area, which gifted a penalty
goal to Army’s sharp-shooting 9.
With flanker SBLT Burton off
the field, Army scored another try to
race to a comfortable 22-15 lead.
But when SBLT Burton returned
to the field he inspired Navy’s
comeback and they surged in attack,
but they could not convert their scor-
ing opportunities into points.
SBLT Burton was named by WO
Carter as the Navy’s most valuable
player for his herculean effort in
attack and defence.
The HMAS Albatross trainee
pilot was also awarded the ‘Sooty
Hanson’ prize as the best Navy
player at the ASRU carnival.
Other notable efforts were from
the Front Rowers Club, LS Shayne
O’Reilly, AB Tait O’Sullivan and LS
Brad Thomas, whose performance
in both games was outstanding. In
the backline LS Dwight Shepherd
was Navy’s best.
“We were pretty solid in
defence at the ruck and in the
midfield, but Army have some fast
players in the backline and they
got the better of us out wide with
as chances slip
TWO rookies made impressive debuts at the Australian
Services Rugby Championships with AB Rhiannon Horne
earning the nickname ‘juke box’ because of her big hits
and winger AB Emma Henderson proving that wingers
AB Henderson, pictured, pulled off several try-saving
tackles against Army and AB Horne produced a number of
block-busting tackles that had players thinking twice before
taking her on again. She also scored a try in only her sec-
ond game to keep the combined team in contention.
Both said it was a great experience. “I have never
been so tired in my life,” AB Horne said. “I have enjoyed
it so I’m pretty keen to keep going.”
AB Henderson said: “Every tackle a winger makes
is important. I got smashed a few times but I got up as
quick as I could.”
Rookies’ impressive debut
CRUNCH TIME: ABMT Daryl Seden goes to ground amidst strong defence from Army in the Australian
Services Rugby Championships.
Photo: ABIS Chantell Bianchi
RANRU players selected for the
ASRU squad were: LS Thomas, LS
Shayne O’Reilly, AB James Smith,
AB O’Sullivan, PO Jason Harrington,
SMN Aaron Loudon, AB Adam
Sargent, SMN Jacob Morel, SMN
Alex Brown, AB Veniasi Turuva, LS
Shepherd, AB Damien House, AB
Daryl Seden and AB Chris Bradshaw.
SBLT Burton was also selected but
was not available due to pilot training.
quick recycled ball from the ruck,”
WO Carter said the close game
was a credit to his team, which
almost snatched victory in the dying
minutes but was denied a try by des-
perate Army cover defence.
RANRU had 15 players selected
in the ASRU 40-man squad.
WO Carter said the RANRU
rookie of the year, SMN Jacob
Morel who is currently under
training at HMAS Cerberus, also
received the ASRU Rookie of the
RANRU will now focus on the
Shelford-Stokes Shield to be played
between RANRU and the RNZN in
Players interested in becoming a part of
RANRU can contact WO Dave Carter at
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