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ADF side goes down
fighting UK visitors
By LAC Vasillis Solomou
A GALLANT batting effort by
Defence civilian employee Matt
Donavan was not enough to save the
Australian Defence Presidents' XI
from the British Army Pilgrims.
The combined Australian side, made
up of APS, Navy, Air Force and Army
members, ultimately fell 42 runs short of
The Pilgrims, the current UK Major
Unit Champions, were on a two-week
tour in Australia playing three matches in
Sydney and one in Perth.
Pilgrims captain Harry Bartlett said
the Presidents' XI proved a serious chal-
lenge for the visitors.
"It was a dream-come-true fixture
and to win was the icing on the cake,"
The match was played under perfect
conditions at the picturesque Bradman
Oval in Bowral on March 8.
The Pilgrims made 5-233 in their
allotted 40 overs, with 'Kiwi' Scarecliff
making an impressive 76 runs.
The Australian service team was dis-
missed for 191, with Donavan scoring
Best bowler for the Presidents' XI
was Maj Nick Griffith, HQ Forcomd,
who took 2-31 runs off seven overs.
Defence Presidents' XI captain Maj
Nick Griffith said the Australians were
beaten by the better team.
"The game was a great opportunity
for Defence players to play on a beautiful
and traditional oval and against a quality
opposition," Maj Griffith said.
Both captains said they couldn't wait
for a rematch.
Need for speed: Australian Defence Presidents XI fast bowler WO2 Stephen
Moore sends one down in the match against the British Army Pilgrims.
Photo by LAC Vasilis Solomou
By Michael Brooke
ARMY Thunder surrendered a
36-12 lead with 20 minutes to play,
narrowly losing 38-36 to archrivals
Navy in the Combined Australian
Services Rugby League (CASRL)
championship on March 11.
The defeat ended Army's seven-
year reign as CASRL champion.
Army's best players included
five-eighth Cpl Shane Harden-
Parnell, Defence Force Correction
Establishment, and fullback Pte Mahn
Darley, 1 Pl-A Coy, who kicked six
from six in the final against Navy.
Army representative Maj Al
Lynch, 1RTB, said the match turned
against the soldiers, who looked set
for another big win in the early stages.
"The match was certainly there for
us to win but due to a number of fac-
tors we weren't able to capitalise and
complete the win," he said.
"The players and staff were cer-
tainly able to draw some positives
from the match and as a result we
will be a better team for it in future
Army fielded a strong team, but
training and operational commitments
sapped it of some key players.
Thunder defeated the Air Force
Jets 28-22 in their opening game at
Norford Oval in Sydney's western
suburbs on March 7.
Army and Air Force traded tries to
go to the break 12-all and the soldiers
only really hit top gear in the second
half, when they raced to a 28-12 lead.
Army then tackled themselves to
a standstill to survive a determined
CASRL officer Bruce Perry said
the competition continued to build
momentum for the Australians'
2013 tour of the UK, when the
Australians would try to win back the
"ashes" after their loss on home soil
Win streak ends
On a roll: Sgt Zane Mitchell, 6 Avn Regt, tries to break through the Navy defenders. Photo by LAC Vasilis Solomou
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