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"Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of ADFF Women's Football"
1-9 November 2013
Cromer Park, Cromer, NSW (30 Mins North of Sydney)
Player Nominations Required for:
Men's Veterans (Over 35s)
A Player Development Camp will precede the Carnival and be held for all teams
24-31 Oct 13 at HMAS CRESWELL
Further details on the requirements to nominate as a player or support staff are
contained in the NAVYFFA ADMIN INST located under the ADFF Nationals table at
All personnel are encouraged to read and comply with all requirements contained in the
ADMIN INST prior to nomination
ADFF Carnival Coordinator for Navy is LEUT Kellie Brown
September 12, 2013 www.defence.gov.au/news/NAVYNEWS
"IF YOU can't beat them join them"
is not a phrase often associated
with sport -- but when it's a tussle
between allies and you're leading by
nearly 50 points, then why not?
In a rugby match at Randwick
Barracks on August 19, RANRU
took an early 40-0 lead against a
team made up of personnel from the
1st Marine Expeditionary Unit and
USS Bonhomme Richard.
In a sporting gesture that speaks
volumes about the strong bond
between our countries, after 40 min-
utes with the score at 52-5 the teams
swapped half their players.
The match was played during a
port visit to Sydney by the US Navy
Wasp-class LHD after its participa-
tion in Exercise Talisman Saber 13.
RANRU head coach WO Dave
Carter fielded a development team
from the Sydney and Nowra area,
which demonstrated great flair and
creativity in attack and defence.
The game was played in three
stanzas, with the RANRU scoring in
the first two minutes and piling on
five more tries and a conversion to
race to a 32-0 lead.
The try-scorers were LS
Shannon McGowan, LS Daniel
Capilli, AB Anthony Howes, CPO
Jason Rowe, AB Bryson Madigan
and AB John Deckart.
Team captain LS James Smith
missed five conversion attempts in
the first stanza but AB Jarius Koroi
managed to slot one in blustery con-
The RANRU's less-experienced
players took the field in the second
stanza and showed plenty of grit
and flair as the team raced to a 52-0
But such a scoreline was not in
the spirit of this game and it was
agreed to allow the US to score a
WO Carter said most of the US
team were marines playing rugby
for the first time, and so they were
gifted a try.
Then, with the score at 52-5 at
the end of the second stanza, players
were swapped around to make the
teams more balanced.
"The excitement shown by the
American players when I handed
them a RANRU jersey and told
them they were playing for us made
the whole day even more memora-
ble," WO Carter said.
Both teams played entertaining
rugby in the last stanza, with the
final score finishing at 67-25.
AB Ben Hunter, AB Karoi,
SMN Ryan Hendrick and AB
Daniel Kamali scored tries for the
Australians, while AB Will Solway,
AB Adam Sargent and AB Kain
Curtain scored tries while donning
the Bonhomme Richard jersey.
WO Carter said the RANRU's
best players were fleet-footed prop
LS Smith, AB Adam Sargent, LS
McGowan, AB Eddie Smith and
AB Howes, having his first run in a
Navy halfback jumper.
"The most valuable player was
AB Josh Deckart, who was quick
in both decision-making and speed
which gave our outside backs space
to make many line-breaks," he said.
Extending a sporting hand
SGT Paul Robbins (US)
THE fields on which the US
marines and sailors fought the RAN
were nearly identical, but the con-
tests were drastically different.
One field featured brutal colli-
sions in a continuous struggle for
ground, while the other featured
complicated manoeuvring to gain
advantage for a rare offensive strike.
On both fields, the teams of
the RAN handily beat the com-
bined teams of the 31st Marine
Expeditionary Unit and USS
Bonhomme Richard in matches of
rugby and soccer on August 19.
The games were played simul-
taneously on parallel fields, pitting
the newly assembled teams of US
marines and sailors against the offi-
cial teams of the RAN.
The rugby and soccer teams
fielded by the Americans were
formed less than three weeks before
the games, with many of the players
having little experience.
The Americans began the soccer
game strongly, keeping the score at
0-0 through most of the first half.
However, inexperience and a
lack of substitutes overcame the
marines and sailors who were beat-
en by the Australians 6-0.
The Americans' assistant team
leader, SGT Aquiles Ruiz, said the
team's start was better than its finish.
"It wasn't too bad in the begin-
ning, because we were able to coor-
dinate and fill gaps by using our
experienced players in key spots,"
SGT Ruiz said.
"But they were good, some of
the best I've played against, and we
Despite the disparity in scores,
the play on the field remained spir-
ited throughout with some furious
exchanges in front of the net.
What the Americans lacked in
experience, cohesion and knowl-
edge of the game, they replaced
with fitness, aggression and deter-
Both games ended within min-
utes of each other, allowing the
players to gather for presentations.
Coaches and captains from each
team exchanged plaques, hats and
t-shirts after expressing gratitude for
the opportunity to play.
For most players, both US and
Australian, the international com-
petition against one another was the
"That's why I came out to play,"
SGT Ruiz said.
"I figured I'd never have a
chance like this again."
Every US service member left
with the memory of participating
in an international "friendly" and
some left with a newfound love for
RAN soccer and rugby players gave the visiting US marines and
sailors lessons in winning at Randwick Barracks.
Soccer provides contrast
ONE OF SIX: A RAN player beats the keeper to extend the soccer lead.
Photo: ABIS Chantell Bianchi
ABMT Daniel Kamali
tries to shrug off a
tackle. Left, the blue
and white try to hold
up an opponent on
the try line.
Photos: ABIS Sarah Ebsworth
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