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By Capt Al McPherson
IT WAS a physical and fast-paced battle
when 7 Bde's two infantry battalions,
6RAR and 8/9RAR, went head to head
in their rugby union final late last month
at Gallipoli Barracks' Duncan Oval.
6RAR got the better of the contest in
the end, running off with the 7 Bde Rugby
Champion's Trophy, 22-10, after a second-
The first half was a tighter affair. After
6RAR scored a try in the opening 10 min-
utes, 8/9RAR replied shortly after. When
the half-time whistle blew, the teams were
locked at 10-apiece.
Whatever 6RAR took in at the break
worked wonders, however, as they left
A standout was 6RAR skipper Cpl
Danny Whitehead, who not only accepted
the champion's trophy from CO 8/9RAR
Lt-Col Simon Stuart (standing in for the
7 Bde Commander) on behalf of his team,
but walked away with the best-and-fairest
award on the day.
8/9RAR's part-time team coach, Maj
Dave Guthrie, said the game was played
in good spirit and he commended all the
players on their performances.
"Both sides played hard rugby and it
was physical, as should be expected from
two infantry battalions," he said.
"The lads played an exciting and enter-
taining game and I congratulate 6RAR on
Army September 17, 2009
Winners on a try high
Rising to the challenge: Cpl Danny Whitehead gets a lift from 6RAR teammates (left) and celebrates with his victorious
team (above, second from right in front).
Photos by Capt Al McPherson
remain a force in the
petition, the Army
Association has called
for fresh applications
for its senior men's and
women's coaching and
assistant coaching roles.
Among other things,
applicants, who need
to be members of the
ARA or ARes, must
have a strong playing or
and level-one coach-
ing accreditation. They
must also be able to
attend the national
championships and pre-
carnival training camp
(probably next April).
be for two years and
incumbent coaches can
Applications should be submit-
ted by October 30 to the AAFA
executive officer, Lt-Col Andy
Fidge, 9FSB , Vung Tau Avenue,
Amberley, Qld, 4306. For infor-
mation, phone Lt-Col Fidge on
0408 486 177 or email
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