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Sgt Dave Morley
WOMEN graced Kapooka’s rugby
fields for the first time during the
K-Series Rugby 10s on March 19.
ADF Rugby Union (ADFRU)
player Cpl Mollie Gray, of DFR –
Parramatta, said women didn’t have a
strong presence at the Kapooka 10s,
but they were trying to change that.
“ADFA brought a women’s team
along to K10s and we hustled up
some extra women from Kapooka, the
School of Infantry (SOI) and a few
other units,” she said.
“They were all grouped together
and we split the teams evenly, making
sure there was a mixture of new and
“We held a quick training session
before the game and refreshed the
players on the basic rules of rugby.
“It’s fantastic how quickly new
players can pick up the rules of rugby.”
Cpl Gray said the most exciting
thing for her was watching new players
come along and get right into a sport
she loves so much.
“When we took to the field for a
game of sevens I was amazed at how
they performed,” she said.
“I took control of one team and
Capt Erica Hansch, of SOI, took con-
trol of the other team.
“The ADFA players were split
between both teams and the competi-
tiveness that came out between them
“The game was broken into two
seven-minute halves and it was on.”
Cpl Gray said having just come
back from an eight-month injury it was
a great game for her to ease herself
back onto the field.
“My fitness is definitely not what it
was before my injury, but it was such
a great feeling to get back out on the
park and do what I love,” she said.
“ARTC PTI Cpl Alicia Bloom
was awarded player of the match and
rightly so. She displayed huge potential
and is about to come away to the inter-
brigade rugby competition in May as
part of 16 Bde, which will give her a
chance to vie for a spot in the Army
“Every woman who took the field
that day played their absolute heart out
and put on a great show for the crowd.”
According to Cpl Gray, women’s
rugby is growing fast.
“It would be amazing to see a
sevens competition running alongside
the K10s series next year,” she said.
“Rugby season is the best time of
year and the more exposure women
get to it the more competitive selection
will be for Australian Army Rugby
Union and ADFRU,” she said.
Sgt Dave Morley
BOTH players and organisers
enjoyed a spirited day of Rugby
10s at the Kapooka K-Series on
March 19, with 6 Avn Regt defeat-
ing Socomd 17-10 in a hard-fought
game between two top sides.
In the Plate final CATC North
defeated the Pucka Boars 25-5, while
ADFA defeated the Riverina Army
Rugby Club 12-10 in the Bowl final.
K-Series organiser WO2 Mark
Fisher, of ARTC, said he was happy
with how the event ran.
“Some great rugby was played, and
in the right spirit of the game,” he said.
“The teams that got down for the
knockout did well to get their teams
together on short notice.
“Having the women there for the
first time was important so we could
promote the women’s rugby as well.”
Captain of the 6 Avn Regt team
Cfn Logan Chin said they were quietly
confident going into the weekend with
the game plan and the players they
“It was great to play Socomd in the
final again as I know there were a few
rivalries between friends from the dif-
ferent sides, plus they really wanted it
after we beat them last year,” he said.
“It was the most physical and fun
game for us and a great way to finish
Cfn Chin said despite winning on
the day his team could have done bet-
ter if their communication hadn’t occa-
sionally broken down leading to their
patterns losing shape and efficiency.
“Because of this I believe we could
have improved communication to
maintain our patterns, but this break-
down was expected due to the limited
time players had together practising
before playing. As the day went on
fatigue obviously played a factor,”
Cfn Marley Broad was 6 Avn
Regt’s best player for the series.
According to Cfn Chin, although
Cfn Broad had only been playing for
two years, he had managed to pick up
the skills really well.
“He’s reliable in making his tackles
as he puts his body on the line and
commits to each and every tackle,” he
“He played the majority of every
game and was in the right place at the
right time supporting his team mates,
which resulted in a few tries for him.”
WO2 Fisher said planning for next
year had already started and there
would be ample notice given for the
K10s in March 2017.
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Women take on rugby at Kapooka
LCpl Jake Cooper, of
6 Avn Regt, evades a
tackle by a member of
the Socomd side.
Photos by Sharp Shots Wagga
Cpl Mollie Gray
in action at
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