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Army November 12, 2009
By Michael Brooke
IN A near-fairytale finish, the Defence
Hockey underdogs defied the odds win
gold and silver medals at the World
Masters Games in Sydney.
The men's team won gold in the over-
35B category and silver in the over-40s
against tough international fields.
The Defence women's team battled
hard but failed to match the men's results.
The over-35B team, calling themselves
the Old Warriors, beat Manly Magic 1-0
in a thriller to claim the gold medal, while
the over-40 Older Warriors had to settle
for silver after losing 1-3 to the Tassie
The teams were made up of more than
50 Army, Navy, Air Force and APS per-
sonnel, who danced the night away in
celebration after their triumphs.
Leut Stuart Cayzer, from Defence
Hockey, said the Warriors were on the
warpath during the games and their medal
achievements would live on in Defence
Victory was especially sweet for the
Old Warriors, who seemed to lose their
way in the middle of the round-robin
competition after the two A-category
grand-finalists both flogged them by
But they rallied in the play-offs to get
the golden result in the B-category.
The Older Warriors fancied their
chances in the gold-medal showdown
against the Tassie Old Boys, after holding
them to a 2-2 draw in their earlier round-
robin match. But injuries to several key
players diluted their firepower on the day
of the final.
The Defence Warriors had many
heroes, who played crucial roles in help-
ing their teams to snatch victory from
apparent defeat throughout their matches.
Many injured players courageously put
their bodies on the line.
Army's heroes during the games
included WO2 Scott Downs, AATC
Oakey, who was solid in defence and
repeatedly routed the opposition with
darting runs down the sideline that bewil-
dered even the spectators.
WO2 Downs said that after a week of
hard competition the Warriors were teams
of walking wounded, and yet all players
still put in for their teammates.
"Many players were on the pitch with
hamstrings that were close to snapping --
or that did during the final -- and feet that
were permanently blistered and bleeding,"
WO2 Downs said the way the teams
"gelled" spoke volumes for Defence
Hockey's combined-service culture.
The women struggled early and were
forced into the middle rounds of the
finals. They closed the week strongly,
though, winning their last two games,
including the play-off for 10th-best team
in the world.
Among the best for the women
Warriors was Capt Cath Kelaher, who
performed strongly throughout the tourna-
ment and was voted most valuable player
in the final game.
The three teams were a mix of former
national Defence representatives as well
as players who had competed only at club
level. Several Defence Hockey life mem-
bers and honour-roll inductees showed
how committed they still are to the sport.
The teams were recognised as punch-
ing above their weight. Many players had
not met before the registration day or had
not played together for five to 10 years.
Sticking with it: WO1 Shane
White (above right) and WO1 Pip
Iseppi (left) copy each other's
manoeuvres in the men's over-
35B and women's categories
during the World Masters Games.
Photos by Bill Cunneen
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