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June 15, 2017
Sgt Dave Morley
KAPOOKA threw open its rugby
grounds to the public on May 20,
hosting four well-fought char-
ity games between a combined
Riverina ADF Rugby Club (RARC)
and Wagga team and the Griffith
Family was the theme and $18,000
was the figure as the RARC teamed
with the Wagga Waratahs, who play
in the Southern Inland Rugby Union
Waratahs first-grader and RARC
veteran ARTC DComdt Lt-Col Sean
Kearns said the RARC and Waratahs
were proud of their combined efforts.
“This really was a rugby com-
munity project and it’s fantastic the
recruits, our sponsors and supporters
could all get involved,” he said.
Donning an RARC retro com-
memorative strip for the occasion,
the RARC/Waratahs played in front
of a crowd of more than 1000,
including recruits, staff and Riverina
Lt-Col Kearns said the activity
attracted overwhelming interest.
“As servicemen, as a rugby com-
munity, as Australians, we have all
been touched by families that des-
perately need community support,”
“This RARC initiative is aimed
at raising funds and awareness for
Kurrajong Therapy Plus, which deliv-
ers a critical service to transient ADF
families posting to the Riverina.
“The event was further evidence
that bush footy is alive and well.
“It’s a privilege to play alongside
our recruit instructors, exemplifying
Army’s values of courage, initiative,
respect and teamwork in front of their
1RTB PTI Cpl Alicia Bloom
played for the Waratahs in the
Her side went down 17-12 to
the Griffith Blacks Women’s 7s, but
she said they could have done better
if they’d had a bit more peripheral
vision and gone deeper on their own
“We should have also set our line
of defence up hard and fast so others
weren’t taking the brunt,” she said.
Sgt Beau Cox, Cpl Jeff Cummings
and Cpl Paul Ferguson, all of 1RTB,
played for the Waratahs against
Griffith Blacks in the second-grade
game and won 15-7.
The Waratah seconds took an early
lead before the Blacks caught up in
the second half.
Sgt Cox said they were going well
in the first half, but then got over-
excited and lost their composure.
“We could have done a lot better
by playing our game for the full 80
minutes,” he said.
The large crowd was treated to
some exciting running rugby and
some shattering defence during
Leut Ben Willee
A SMALL group of ADF Indigenous
Aussie Rules players participated in
Indigenous community activities dur-
ing the AFL Sir Douglas Nicholls
Dreamtime round in Melbourne in late
The ADF Australian Rules Football
(ADFAR) Indigenous development pro-
gram, in its third year, uses sport to pro-
mote personal development and diversity
within Defence and as a recruitment tool.
The Melbourne activities included
working with KPMG Indigenous recon-
ciliation partners, Defence’s Directorate
of Indigenous Affairs, AFL Victoria and
the Richmond Football Club.
The ADF players took part in The
Long Walk at the MCG and watched the
Dreamtime game between Richmond
Sgt Rhiannon Busch, of 10FSB,
said the activities were important to her
because she often had to put her job
first, which meant she missed significant
events within her community.
“Reconciliation Week and the AFL
Dreamtime events are historical events
that mean so much to our people,”
Sgt Busch said.
“An opportunity to represent the ADF
while being able to celebrate with our
mob is important.
“I love that the ADF is striving
in its reconciliation plan and moving
even further in developing our very
own Indigenous ADF AFL program.”
It was also an opportunity for
Indigenous players from other teams to
gain insights about life in the military.
ADFAR Chairman Maj-Gen Matthew
Hall said the plan was to expand the pro-
gram, including establishing a women’s
Indigenous football program similar to
the men’s and conducting a mentoring
program for young Indigenous women.
For more information on ADF Aussie Rules visit
Rules of reconciliation
Bush footy steps up
Sgt Beau Cox, of
ARTC, makes a dash
in the rugby union
between the Wagga
Waratahs and the
Photos: Sgt Dave Morley
ARTC DComdt Lt-Col Sean Kearns helps a Wagga Waratahs teammate
up in the first-grade game against Griffith Blacks.
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