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Army June 9, 2011
By LCpl Mark Doran
A CONVERTED try three minutes
before the end of the game sank the
hearts and hopes of a gallant Army
men's team as they surrendered a six-
year domination of interservice rugby
to Navy at Viking Park in Canberra on
In a complete turnaround, Navy's
forwards dominated play and used their
strength to win the match 25-22.
The sailors dominated possession and
territory for much of the first half and
made the most of their opportunities by
scoring the first two tries of the match.
Army showed patches of potency
mainly through its outside backs and
responded by scoring two tries which had
the soldiers trailing 15-12 at half-time.
For most of the second half the match
was balanced, but the Army attacks
encountered strong Navy defence. Army
scored a converted try to lead 22-18 late
in the second half. A try in the corner
and successful conversion by LS Adam
Powell close to the end of the game ended
any hope of making it seven in a row.
Assistant coach Maj Peter Conroy
said the Army men's team tried to play
an expansive game and the backs demon-
strated plenty of attacking flair.
"Unfortunately they were not well
supported by the forwards which allowed
Navy to successfully slow their attack and
minimise their opportunities," he said.
"Navy had done their homework on
Army's defence and were quite enterpris-
ing in their attack."
A combined Navy/Air Force women's
team defeated Army 10-5. The teams
traded blows for most of the match -- one
minute Navy/Air Force was on the attack
only for Army to respond by launching a
The Navy/Air Force team scored the
first and last tries of the match with the
final strike being delivered with a try
close to full-time.
The Army women's team had just fin-
ished its tour of New Zealand before the
Services Rugby Championship. This was
the first tour made by the women's team
in six years.
Openside flanker Capt Kate Porter
said the Army women were hoping to use
their fitness against Navy/Air Force by
controlling the ball within the forward
pack before spreading it out wide.
"During the game we realised our set-
piece play was considerably more reliable
than the opposition's, although an attempt
was made to take advantage of that, we
were unfortunately unable to capitalise and
the ball was often lost," Capt Porter said.
Army women's coach Maj Stan
Carnes said the team's best players on the
day were Cpls Penny Dukes, Mollie Gray,
and Kelly Boye.
"Cpl Gray and Cpl Boye played at a
high standard and received points in this
game the games we played on the NZ
tour," Maj Carnes said
The ASRU men's team will be
announced in August before the
International Defence Rugby Competition
More information on ASRU is available at
rugby win streak ends
Tough games: Capt Kate Porter fights through the Navy line in the interservice
rugby at Viking Park in Canberra.
Photo by LCpl Mark Doran
By Cpl Zenith King
PICTURESQUE Leura was the
perfect starting point for this
year's Northface 100km ultramar-
athon, which challenged a field
of 800 runners through arduous
terrain in the Blue Mountains on
One such competitor was RMC
PTI Cpl Aaron Rawnsley, who com-
pleted his first ever ultramarathon in
13hr 41min 22sec and achieved the
goal he set some 10 months earlier.
Despite placing an impressive
78th in a field of 800, Cpl Rawnsley
was most satisfied at seeing his
training and preparation pay off.
"The race itself was good but it
validates the research, training and
nutrition I conducted beforehand,"
he said. "Because this was my first
ultramarathon I had a lot of prepara-
tion to do, which was a lot more time
consuming than the actual race."
Cpl Rawnsley said from the
moment he found out about the race
he was totally focused on competing
and finishing it.
"Midway through last year I
decided to do it, but in July I frac-
tured my foot so I couldn't train for
a while," he said.
"I decided to take this time to
sort out my training program which I
commenced on January 1.
"At no stage during my training
or the race did it cross my mind to
quit, this was my goal and nothing
was going to get in the way of it."
He said although he ran a lot as a
PTI it was nothing compared to what
he had to train for in this race.
"Before [training for] this com-
petition, the longest I had run was
about 10km and I didn't have to
worry about trailing foods and mak-
ing sure the body could digest them
during running," he said.
"For my first training session
I decided to go for a 10km run at
night, which was the first step in the
long-term goal of being ready for the
race come May.
"I used the natural surrounds of
Canberra and also headed down to
Mt Kosciusko to conduct runs at ele-
vation and found the key was keep-
ing up electrolytes during the race."
Cpl Rawnsley's longest run dur-
ing this training period was 50km,
for which he spent five hours tra-
versing the summit of Mt Kosciusko.
"I decided 50km would be my
longest because I was concerned
about exposing myself to injury. If
you are running any further than that
your recovery time starts impacting
on your ability to progress with your
He felt confident leading up to
the race but said mental strength
brought him home.
"I scaled some fairly difficult
mountains around Canberra in prep-
aration for this event but the terrain
faced in the Blue Mountains was
challenging," he said.
"Everyone was hurting from
about 30km onward but your men-
tal toughness and tenacity take over
from that point in.
"Around the five-hour mark I hit
a mental low and asked myself how
I was going to get through to the
finish with 60km to go. I knew we
still faced the most significant eleva-
tion climb at the 80km mark, which
saw us climb 750m in vertical ascent
over a distance of 7km.
"The sixth and final leg was my
strongest as I felt the sub-14-hour
time pulling me in. By this stage
it was dark and cold and like most
competitors I was looking forward to
crossing the finish line."
Cpl Rawnsley will next compete
in a triple triathlon with two other
PTIs in Canberra on November 20.
One long run
Goat track: PTI Cpl Aaron Rawnsley, RMC, scales a mountain track near Leura during the Northface
Photo provided by Aurora Images
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