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April 6, 2017
Sgt Dave Morley
THE inclusion of invitational civilian
teams not only boosted the standard of
competition in the Kapooka K-Series
on March 11 but built ties with the
local sporting community.
Series organiser Maj Jon Morgan said
all teams in the featured sports – men’s
and women’s rugby, Aussie rules and
golf – “played in the spirit of the day,
providing strong and spirited competi-
“The civilian teams certainly
enhanced the competition and provided
an opportunity for those teams about to
start their competition with a good hit-
out,” he said.
The home team from Kapooka won
the inaugural K4s golf tournament and
civilian teams won the other competi-
The Leeton Phantoms took out the
men’s rugby in a hard-fought game
against Charles Sturt University, which
evened the score by winning the wom-
Holbrook won the K12s Australian
football with a strong 48-12 win over
The Rock-Yerong Creek (TRYC) club in
the 30-minute final.
Army found itself heavily outnum-
bered by the four civilian teams, from the
Hume and Farrer leagues, in the Aussie
Kapooka lost its four games, to TRYC
(45-12), Holbrook (58-1), East Wagga-
Kooringal (46-6) and Charles Sturt
1RTB PTI and K12s organiser Sgt
Matt Julian said Kapooka found the
going tough against the well-drilled civil-
“While there were great performances
by individuals in the Kapooka team, Sgt
Cameron Stewart was a standout,” he
“Sgt Stewart’s on-field performance
was further highlighted through his lead-
ership role as the Kapooka captain.”
Sgt Julian said the inclusion of local
teams improved Kapooka’s relationship
with the community.
“Local teams also offer up the chance
for a larger and more competitive com-
petition for Defence teams who travel to
Kapooka for the K12s,” he said.
“The primary focus for Kapooka was
to provide recruit instructors, and also
every staff member and their families,
with an event that is not military specific.
“It was also an opportunity
for Defence families to engage with one
another and connect with members of the
In golf ’s K-Series debut, a Kapooka-
based team scored 3195 points (based on
the FedEx Cup points-scoring format)
after one round of foursomes and one
individual round to finish first ahead of a
School of Armour team.
K4s golf organiser WO1 Peter Coles,
of HQ ARTC, said the 10 teams in the
competition included four from Army
and one from Air Force, along with two
ex-service teams, one civilian women’s
team and two civilian men’s teams.
He said the day went well despite four
teams pulling out at the last minute for
service- and duty-related reasons.
WO2 Casey Bourke, of SME, said
although the greens and surrounds were
good, conditions were fairly dry.
The competition was also “a good
opportunity to catch up with quite a few
mates from around the place”.
Maj Morgan said he was pleased to
see ADF members and civilians building
“It’s about coming together to play
sport, about us integrating with the com-
munity,” he said.
“We pushed this as a family day so
lots of Defence families came together to
enjoy a day of sport.”
This year’s spring series will be held
at Kapooka on November 4 and will
include mixed netball, touch football,
water polo, rugby league and, for the first
time, mountain biking.
Sgt Dave Morley
VISITORS to Kapooka were
treated to some exceptional
rugby during the K-Series K7s on
Civilian teams invited to the
event added to the quality of play
with the Leeton Phantoms defeat-
ing Charles Sturt University (CSU)
24-5 in the men’s cup final.
In the plate final 6 Avn Regt
defeated ADFA(3), 39-0, while
ADFA(1) defeated SME, 15-7, in
the Bowl final.
In the women’s K7s final CSU
defeated Wagga Waratahs, 59-0.
Chief clerk at 1RTB and K7s
co-organiser WO2 Andy Garrard
said the first leg of the 2017
K-Series was a success.
“The expanded competition
proved to enhance the quality of
rugby showcased at Kapooka and
was also a great spectacle for our
visitors, families and recruits,” he
“We look forward to increased
participation from across the com-
bat brigades, along with the Navy
and Air Force, in 2018.”
CO 1RTB Lt-Col Liz Stephens
said the women’s K7s allowed
staff to showcase their courage and
teamwork in front of their families,
the community and some of the
“The support of the community
to our staff and families is impor-
tant to our ongoing mission suc-
cess. The majority of
the civilian partici-
pants had not been to
Kapooka before so
it provided a chance
to break down some
of the mystique that
training,” she said.
“It also pro-
vided some talented
competition for us
to pitch ourselves
team put up a brave
fight, it was sur-
passed by both local
said the players
had not trained as a
full team before the
of the tempo of
“However, throughout the day
we saw ourselves really come
together as a team,” she said.
“This has already prompted a
groundswell of members seeking to
train in their own time for an even
stronger team next year.”
Team manager Chap Philip
Riley said the Kapooka team
played exceptionally well with a
great deal of enthusiasm.
“Most had never played rugby
union before but stepped up to
give it a go and they all improved
remarkably throughout the day,”
“Cpl Gabs Hammond was our
best player on the day. Having
never played rugby before, she
really put her body on the line for
the rest of the team and gave every
play her 100 per cent effort.
“Special mention must also go
to Lt Sharyn Laws, an ADFRU
player, who joined our team from
SME just for the K7s.”
step it up
Rugby teams rise to
the bigger occasion
The ASEME (blue and green) and the
School of Infantry Rugby 7s teams contest
a lineout during the K-Series.
Lt Sharyn Laws, of SME, scores a try for Kapooka
despite OCdt Ellen Little’s best efforts for ADFA.
Photos: Sgt Dave Morley
WO2 Joey Passmore,
of the School of
Armour, putts during
the K-Series golf
Lt Rob Cameron,
of ARTC, takes his
kick during in the
K-Series Aussie rules
Hive of activity at Kapooka
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