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By Cpl Jane Ashby-Cliffe
THE Australian Army cricket team were quietly
confident of defending their title as they prepared
for the International Defence Cricket Challenge,
presently being held in Canberra.
Teams from the Royal Malaysian Air Force, the
New Zealand Defence Force and the ADF are com-
peting in a series of Twenty20 and one-day limited-
The grand final will be held at Manuka Oval on
November 26 with the winning team crowned the
2009 International Defence Champions.
Australian Army coach Capt Lindsay Holmes was
wary of being over-confident.
"As reigning champions, it is only natural for
other teams to want to knock us off our pedestal.
Traditionally, it is always a hard-fought game against
any of the New Zealand teams but it is always Army
and Navy who put on a show," Capt Holmes said.
The Army team congregated in Canberra before
the tournament for a week-long training camp to form
strategies and game plans and iron out any wrinkles.
The training schedule included a practice match
against St Edmund's College.
Army's skipper Capt Matt Suen said the other
teams would be "gunning for us". "Having won the
inaugural championship, we are the team to beat."
A World Defence XI team will be selected from
this competition to play the Australian Cricketer's
Association masters team in a Twenty20 match on
geared up for
ARMY players featured heavily
in last month's Australian Defence
Touch Association national cham-
pionships in Laverton, and prob-
ably none more so than North
Queensland's WO2 Teena Jennings.
WO2 Jennings was the both the
player of the series and the player of
the final in the women's open divi-
sion, as she led her team through the
Army's Cpl Terence Kong, also
representing North Queensland,
was the player of the series in the
men's open division, as was Maj Phil
Corkeron in the men's over-30s.
Defence teams from the Northern
Territory, North Queensland, South
Queensland, Sydney, ACT/NSW
Country and Victoria/South Australia
contested the championships at
RAAF base Williams. There were
open categories for both men and
women, along with men's over-30
and over-40 divisions.
Thanks mainly to the combined
efforts of WO2 Jennings, Cpl Kong
and their respective teammates, as
well as a late scramble into the grand
final by the over-30 men, North
Queensland won the coveted title of
champion constituent body.
North Queensland's Capt Michael
Adams said the region's teams had
been delighted to reclaim the overall
title after a couple of years, especially
since their numbers had been depleted
by operational commitments.
In other touch news, the Defence-
based Once Were Warriors team
members are still coming back down
to earth after winning the men's over-
40 division at the World Masters
Games in Sydney.
The idea to form a Defence re-
union team to play in the games
was conceived on a fishing trip. The
dream came to fruition in a thrilling
5-4 win over a strong Manly team,
packed with state and national repre-
sentatives, in the grand final.
Days before, Once Were Warriors
had featured in -- and won -- a tel-
evised game, played in front of a
large crowd, against a side including
former rugby league star Mark Geyer
and NRL referee Shayne Hayne.
Finding touch at
the right time
Touch down: North Queensland's LCpl Russell Gurkin scores at the national championships.
Delivering the goods: Cpl Don Mander warms up for the practice match
against St Edmund's College.
Photo by Cpl Jane Ashby-Cliffe
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