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Army October 1, 2009
CPL Adriana Krommenhoek has
won the women's crown at the 2009
Australian Defence Cycling Club endur-
ance mountain biking championships.
The Defence titles were held in
Queensland recently in conjunction with a
Cpl Krommenhoek, Defence Force
School of Signals, completed the course in
In A-grade, 15 Defence competitors
tackled the gruelling 105km Lockyer
Valley course, climbing a total of more
than 2200m. The terrain ranged from
steep single tracks to flat, fast road and
Unusually warm temperatures, above
30C, added an additional degree of dif-
The top Army finisher in the men's
event was Cpl Jamie Bailey, who came in
fifth in 6hr 8min. Seven minutes behind
him, in sixth, was Cpl Michael Hernan,
1HSB. The top men's places were filled
by Navy's PO Dion Blair and LS Darren
Smith, and Air Force's Flt-Lt Shane
It was a tri-service affair in the
shorter B-grade competition, held over
52km. WO1 Adrian South, RAAF Base
Richmond, was second to Air Force's Flt-
Lt Tim Smith. Navy's LS Luke Hansen
Cfn Hien Hoang, RAAF Base
Amberley, put in a gutsy effort to win the
event's encouragement award. With only
minimal experience in the sport, he was
able to complete three stages before miss-
ing the time cut-off at stage four.
Queen of the long haul
Happy trails: Cpl Adriana Krommenhoek in action.
Go, you good thing:
Front rower Pte Rhys Neil
leads the way for 3RAR
against Navy (above),
and the team celebrates
its overall victory in the
Photos by Bill Cunneen
3RAR stepped into the breach in mid-
September when Army was unable to
field a full representative side for the
2009 Combined Australian Services
Rugby League Championship in
Sydney and proceeded to win the title.
They first survived a scare from Air
Force before making sure of the title by
beating Navy, 28-10, in the final game of
the three-cornered contest.
After running in six tries to lead 34-0 at
the break against Air Force, 3RAR held on
for a 40-34 victory in the opening game.
Shrugging off the hot conditions at
Randwick Barracks, 3RAR fired up with
the help of a vocal support base.
The attacking play of Cpl Brad Jones
gave 3RAR its first-half impetus, while
skipper and second-rower LCpl Patrick
Inskip was inspiring in the forwards.
Full-back Pte Joven Clarke proved
elusive every time he touched the ball
and half-back Pte Zac Dawes topped off
his constructive service to the team with
Winger Pte Nick Espie converted five
of the six first-half tries.
Determined to make amends for a
lackadaisical first half, Air Force domi-
nated the second.
They ran hard at the line, tackled tire-
lessly and took advantages of the errors
creeping into 3RAR's game to storm
home with six tries.
Only a second try to Pte Clarke gave
3RAR the win.
3RAR coach Sgt Ray Dietz was
chuffed at his team's results, given it was
a "battalion-strength" side taking on full
representations from the other services.
"Because of operational deploy-
ments Army-wide, it could not get a team
together," he said.
"It was suggested to Army's rugby
league representative, Capt Al Lynch,
that 3RAR might fill the breach well,
having played and trounced the British
Parachute Regiment, 54-6, in a match at
"I expected us to be competitive but
the result was definitely far greater than I
thought it would be."
Sgt Dietz said Army's general fitness
and the fact Air Force might have under-
estimated his side's strength contributed
to its tearaway first half. "But our match
fitness and straying from the match plan
cost us in the second half."
The 28-10 result against Navy in
Army's second game came as no surprise
even though Navy had gone down 0-56 to
Air Force a couple of days earlier.
"Our boys stuck to their game plan
most of the day but Navy began in much
stronger fashion than Air Force," Sgt
"We strayed in the first 10 to 15 min-
utes of the second half, which is probably
why the score did not blow out."
He singled out LCpl Inskip, Pte Espie
and centre Pte Kaine Edwards as key con-
tributors in the Navy game.
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