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April 6, 2017
Capt Anna-Lise Rosendahl
BRISBANE will have twice the chance for home
glory at the coming Inter-Brigade Rugby Carnival
(IBRC) with the introduction of a President’s 15
side taking in players from the wider Gallipoli
National Army Rugby Union Manager Lt-Col
Ashley Cootes said the extra team showed how popu-
lar rugby union had become.
“There’s a fair bit of interest and growth in rugby
at Gallipoli Barracks, which is fantastic to see and
has enabled us to put an eighth team into the competi-
tion,” he said.
The new team isn’t just for South-East Queensland
players, though, with other brigades encouraged to
bring any additional players to increase the talent
The best performing men and women will be
selected to represent Army against Navy and Air
Force sides in the ADF Rugby Union carnival in May.
“It’s all about involvement and getting more play-
ers in front of the selectors to get the best and strong-
est possible team for Army and to build depth for
future years,” Lt-Col Cootes said.
For the brigades, however, all eyes are on the tro-
phy with 3 Bde gunning for back-to-back victories in
the men’s competition and 16 Avn Bde for a double in
ADF and Army rugby coach Spr Keli Fukofuka
coaches three IBRC teams and said this year would be
the strongest competition yet.
“Everyone is investing a lot of time and effort to
put their strongest brigade side on the field, and I
think it will be the toughest competition we’ve had to
date,” Spr Fukofuka said.
“I think the President’s 15 will surprise a few peo-
ple. It’s not going to be a team just to make numbers.
I think they’ll go out and surprise some of the other
He said he admired the commitment from the
7 Bde teams, which had been training twice a week
for the past eight weeks, and believed that investment
would be reflected in strong performances during the
“We’ve been trying to emulate the type of condi-
tioning our players would receive if they were playing
civilian club rugby but can’t due to work constraints,”
Spr Fukofuka said.
The carnival will run at Ballymore Oval in Brisbane from April
18-21. Service members and their families are invited to attend.
New side in
There’s a fair bit of
interest and growth
in rugby at Gallipoli
Lt-Col Ashley Cootes,
National Army Rugby Union Manager
Cpl Max Bree
ARMY sides devastated
their opposition at the ADF
Australian rules national carni-
val, with the men and women
taking first place in Melbourne
from March 12-18.
The women were particularly
merciless, cleaning up in both
their games without a single point
scored against them.
Women’s coach WO2 Jorja
Jones said player attitudes were
the defining factor heading into
“I was confident in our cul-
ture, that we would work hard for
each other,” she said.
The side featured 18 new
players, 10 with two games or
less of Aussie rules experience
before the carnival.
Army soundly defeated the
Navy women, 10.13-73 to 0.0-0,
in the first game but had four of
its top players come off injured.
Fortunately the loss of its star
performers didn’t stop Army tak-
ing the Air Force side to pieces,
18.19-127 to 0.0-0.
WO2 Jones said her side
would have looked like a well-
gelled unit on field, but the key
to success was off-field cohesion.
“I think we were extremely
determined but it’s specifically
about our culture and willingness
to work together,” she said.
“In 11 years it was certainly
the best Air Force team, and it
was the best Navy team I’ve seen
for a while with their organisa-
tion and game play.
“For us it’s about preparation
and culture. We’re more like a
family. The difference isn’t the
teams, it’s the culture.”
WO2 Jones encouraged the
other teams to adopt Army’s win-
“Have a look at your values
and ethos,” she said.
“We use them as motivation
even when we don’t have the best
players. Our girls will do any-
thing for each other.
“We’ll always try and build
on that family and what it means
to be with each other. We’re like
The Army men’s side opened
its competition with a thumping
24.15-159 to 3.2.20 victory over
Midfielder Cpl Justin
Simmons was confident of pick-
ing up the early win but knew it
wouldn’t be easy as Air force had
something to prove.
“I think the training regime
implemented by the coaching
staff coming into the carnival
really helped with our fitness and
skills,” he said.
“Off the bat you could see the
boys were nervous but after 10
minutes or so they calmed and
we outran Air Force and they
Ruling the roost
Soldiers annihilate opposition at interservice carnival
couldn’t keep up with us. It was
good to work out our game plan
before we played Navy, because
they were going to be the hardest
“Fortunately we identified
a few problems during the Air
Force game that we sorted out.”
This paid off, with a convinc-
ing 13.12-90 to 7.3-45 win over
the Navy side.
“It was brutal and a lot harder
than the Air Force game because
the Navy always bring a good
side into the carnival and always
seem to put pressure on the
Army,” Cpl Simmons said.
“At the start they hit us pretty
hard. At the end of the first quar-
ter they were up.
“Even with a three-day turn
around from the Air Force game,
we always knew that we had our
fitness behind us and if we stuck
to our game plan, we knew we’d
Thompson (in red)
in the ruck against
Sig Daniel Russell takes
a mark against Navy.
Photos: Smn Jarrod Mulvihill
FOUR Defence touch football teams
went up against Australia’s best play-
ers at the National Touch League
(NTL) in Coffs Harbour from March
The ADF fielded teams that
included men’s 30s, 40s, 45s and
senior mixed, playing two or three
games a day.
Only the men’s 45s progressed to
play a semi-final, a first for any ADF
men’s 45s team. Unfortunately, they
lost their semi-final against a talent-
ed South Queensland Sharks side.
Capt Linda Davis, of 11 Bde,
once again worked tirelessly as the
physio/strapper/medic in keeping
all the players on the field. She was
assisted by OCdt Erica Eccleston, of
Sydney Uni Regt, who was attending
her first NTL.
Touchy lessons at Coffs
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