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Army April 14, 2011
DESPITE claiming victory at the 2010
International Defence Rugby Competition,
the Australian Services Rugby Union
(ASRU) chairman believes the coming sea-
son will be their biggest yet.
Cdre Roger Boyce said 2011 was full of
representative rugby union opportunities for
both men and women.
"The opportunities are across all three
services and also at the highest level if you're
good enough to be selected to compete during
the international Defence community's equiva-
lent of the Rugby World Cup," he said.
"Last year we unearthed some excellent
new talent during ASRU's two-match victory
over the US Combined Services.
"We also had two ASRU women's players,
Army Lt's Caroline Vakalahi and Kate Porter,
representing the Wallaroos at the Women's
Rugby World Cup."
Cdre Boyce said this year the spoils on
offer for rugby players across Defence would
be even bigger.
"I'm looking forward to the annual
Australian Services Rugby Championship
where Army will defend their crown," he said.
"I'm also delighted by the opportunity
to support the VCDF's initiative and co-host
the inaugural International Defence Rugby
Championship with the New Zealand Defence
"We want the best players available across
the ADF to put their hands up and vie for
selection, both at national Army, Navy and Air
Force level and at ASRU international level."
Information on the 2011 program is available at
April 25: Qld Army v Qld Country
May 1-8: Army development squad
May 1-14: Army women tour NZ
May 15-21: Annual Australian Services
July: ASRU women compete in women's
September: ASRU women tour North
September 7-30: ASRU men's training
camp and domestic matches
October 1-22: Inaugural international
Defence rugby competition
Month of net tests
By John Martin
SEVEN Army women will con-
tinue a great sporting rivalry when
the Australian Defence Netball
Team (ADNA) plays three tests
against the New Zealand Defence
Force this month.
Capt Hollie Cahill, Lt Sally
Williamson, Capt Emma Sheridan,
Capt Danielle Kearns, Cpl Sara
Wasson, Pte Tanya Butow and Pte
Kerrie Pettit will join four Air Force
colleagues for games at Randwick
Barracks in Sydney on April 18,
Latchford Barracks in Albury on
April 21, and as a curtain-raiser
to an ANZ Championship game
between Thunderbirds (Australia)
and Magic (NZ) at ETSA Park in
Adelaide on April 24.
Coach Cpl Mike Kiker said he
was excited to see the team go up
against their trans-Tasman rivals.
"If the Kiwis bring their best,
they will be very hard to beat, but I
have a few tricks up my sleeve and
the ADF girls are extremely keen,"
"The Kiwi team won the last
game we played about four years
ago and that was a very bitter pill to
Three Army players -- Sgt
Kristen Pickering, WO2 Kylie
Reynolds and Pte Iain Rowley -- will
feature in an ADF All Stars mixed
gender team to contest the Australian
titles at Penrith Sports Stadium in
Sydney from April 23 to May 1.
Coach Adele-Marie Caesar sees
a chance to catch the other teams
flat-footed, because the ADF has
not been able to field a team in the
competition for the past several
"The team is excited and posi-
tive," she said. "This is an elite
competition which provides some
"The players will need to har-
ness their energy and work together
to deliver championship-quality net-
ball and bring home the title."
A New Zealand Navy team
played an ADF team in Sydney
in September last year, where the
Australians regrouped from being
down by 10 at three-quarter time to
win by two goals.
"I expect the three tests will be
extremely tough, close encounters,"
Cpl Kiker said.
"I'm sure the Kiwis will have
a very strong team and I am sure
they will be going all out to knock
"There is great camaraderie and
friendship between the two nations
so this will give us a chance to show
the Kiwis a bit of Australia, but that
camaraderie and friendship always
ends when the teams cross the line
on to the court."
The ADNA women's team is due
to arrive in Randwick on April 15
and will have five two-hour training
sessions before the first test.
The mixed team will go
into a three-day training camp at
Randwick Barracks on April 20,
where they can expect full days of
training drills, practice and sessions
mapping out their strategy.
During the tournament they will
play at least two games a day and
then return to camp for game analy-
sis and team recovery.
Anzac spirit: Pte Tanya Butow and Lt Sally Williamson (inset) will be among ADF netballers taking on
NZ in a series of tests this month, culminating in the curtain raiser to the pre-Anzac Day game at ETSA
Park in Adelaide on April 24.
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