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Army April 29, 2010
By Cpl Zenith King
THE Riverina ADF Rugby Club
(RARC) dominated the Wagga 15s
pre-season tournament at Kapooka
Army Base on March 27.
Despite playing in sweltering
conditions the team cleaned up, win-
ning three pool matches and the cup
final without conceding a point.
As part of the Southern Inland
Rugby Union (SIRU) pre-season
tournament, the RARC competed
against local Wagga Wagga teams
and surrounding country areas.
RARC's five-eighth Cpl Chad
Gill, ARTC, said the tournament
was a huge success.
"Determination and fitness in
the line of defence proved to be too
much for the Griffith side," he said.
"This result holds RARC in very
good stead for the coming season in
the SIRU comp."
Defence was key to RARC's
12-0 cup final win against Griffith.
RARC were tested early in the
first half after they gave away a few
penalties on their line. The defence
worked overtime and did not let the
Griffith team cross.
Griffith, playing solid and dis-
ciplined rugby, spent the majority
of the first half camped within the
RARC defensive zone. The RARC
players rallied to repel the offensive
pressure taking a 5-0 half-time lead.
In the second half, RARC's
defence remained resilient leading
to further scoring opportunities. Off
the back of some good forward play
Cpl Gill's kick and chase resulted in
a try. The defence did the rest and
held Griffith out for the game.
Player of the day went to the
RARC teams lock and skipper Sgt
Sgt Jolley first played for RARC
in 2008 and said the team performed
well for a pre-season competition.
"We had a few issues with ball
control but as the day went on we
sorted these small issues out and I
thought discipline was well main-
tained for all of our games," Sgt
"Defensively the team performed
very well and hopefully this is a
good sign for the season ahead."
Sgt Jolley said the plan was to
play a basic, well-disciplined game
not only at the breakdown but also
in general play.
"The aim was to not give away
penalties in vulnerable positions and
to give some good attacking phase
play in the opposition half," he said.
"It's a good indication of what
we will have to work on before the
commencement of the season."
The pre-season games gave
coaches WO2 Simon Thompson and
WO2 Mark Fisher the chance to take
risks they would not be inclined to
take during the season, such as play-
ing personnel out of position and
looking at combinations.
WO2 Simon Thompson said he
was happy with the team's perform-
ance over the competition.
"To have gone through the tour-
nament without conceding a point
has been the highlight well beyond
our offensive success," he said.
"Success during this tournament
aids in building the team dynamic
from a club level. Given the combi-
nation of service personnel and civil-
ians it is critical the team bonds."
The pool match results were:
RARC 28 beat Rivcoll 2s 0; RARC
7 beat Wagga City 0; RARC 22 beat
Rivcoll 1s 0.
RARC continued its impressive
early season form with a solid 33-20
win over Cootamundra at Kapooka
in the first round of the SIRU on
April 10, but failed to capitalise
on its chances in the second round
going down to Tumut 26-22 on April
17 at Jarrah Park, Tumut.
up at Wagga
THE sounds of a
Maori Haka and the
smell of liniment will
form the background
for the upcoming clash
between New Zealand
Army Rugby Union
and the Australian
Army Rugby Union
team at Portsea Oval
3pm. The New Zealand
team will also play a
training match against
Vikings at the Vikings
home ground on May
11 at 7pm. Admittance
to both games is free.
By Mark Elliott
IT IS interesting to note history
remembers great battles, epic chal-
lenges and even sporting events by
location rather than the units or par-
So too will the weekend of March
27-28 be remembered -- not for those
who competed but for the terrain itself
On an unexpectedly warm autumn
day in Canberra more than 50 ADF
mountain bikers rode alongside more
than 3600 other riders in the Mont 24-
hour enduro race.
In an unprecedented show of sup-
port by the mountain biking commu-
nity, Defence riders joined the rest of
the field for the first hour of the race
in an 'honour roll' paying tribute to
World Champion Canberra local James
Williamson who died while competing
in the Cape Epic ride in South Africa on
Starting on Saturday at 1pm riders
threw themselves around a 19km single
track course at speeds that would make
some road cyclists cringe in fear for the
next 23 hours.
A newcomer to the sport, Lt-Col
Mike Harris, HQJOC, at the close of his
fourth and final lap said, "it was a great
experience and the courtesy shown by
the professionals was exemplary".
Both he and Lt-Col Geoff Thompson,
HQJOC, competed in the Honest 40s
mixed fours category.
Army mountain-bikers were at it
again in the Australian Solo 24-hour
mountain biking championships in
Canberra over the Easter long weekend.
Cpl Michael Hernan, 1HSB, and Sgt
Timothy Grover, RMC, battled a hilly,
technical course and more than 120
other male riders at Majura Pines.
Cpl Hernan finished 21st outright
and was sixth in the 30-34 age group.
Sgt Grover was 46th outright and 17th
in the 30-34 age group.
Cast of thousands
Night rider: Lt-Col Mick Harris, HQJOC, in action at the Mont 24-hour
enduro mountain bike race.
Photo courtesy of Auroa Images
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