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Army July 7, 2011
Old Faithful top DoG
By Cfn Max Bree
A SECTION from 3RAR beat out
strong competition to win the Duke
of Gloucester Cup for the second year
in a row at the School of Infantry in
Singleton from June 17-24.
Infantry sections from each battal-
ion competed for a series of trophies,
including the prestigious cup, which
dates back to 1947 and is awarded to
the Royal Australian Regiment's best
The event put a rifle section from
each battalion through bayonet assault
courses, live-fire exercises, navigation
tests and marksmanship challenges to
determine the winner.
The average overall score confirmed
3RAR as the victors, ahead of 6RAR in
second and 1RAR in third place.
Winning section commander Cpl
David New said his team was under
specific instructions to win the cup.
"The CO made it quite clear he
wanted us to win," he said. "If we didn't
deliver, there were threats of postings or
positions we didn't want, all in jest of
Old Faithful put together a dream
team of its best infantrymen through
an internal six-day competition, but the
troops were caught short with only two
weeks to train.
"I didn't think two weeks was going
to be enough," Cpl New said. "But the
boys put in some long hours."
Pte Joel Erhard, 6RAR, won the
Individual Soldier Award given to the
soldier who stood out during the com-
petition in terms of initiative, teamwork,
fitness and skill.
"You couldn't wipe the grin off my
face," Pte Erhard said. "The boys gave
me a big pat on the back; they thought it
was a good laugh."
After almost three months of lead-up
training, waiting in the cold proved the
most challenging for Pte Erhard.
"The hardest part was lying in
ambush at one in the morning and all I
had was a Gortex jacket," he said.
This year's event was more scenario
based than previous years, with compet-
ing sections heading out on challeng-
es from Singleton's forward operating
"The comp was based on opera-
tions in Afghanistan," Cpl New said. "It
was very pertinent to what's going on
Crossing icy waters at 7am proved
the toughest part of the event for Cpl
New, who said his section gave their all
at every challenge
"They were very professional," he
said. "Having boys like that made my
job much easier.
"We didn't want to let our unit
down, but the other battalions wanted it
just as much as we did."
CO 3RAR Lt-Col Trent Scott said
the back-to-back wins were an outstand-
ing outcome and a testament to the ded-
ication of his soldiers.
"It reminds the wider RAR that 3rd
Battalion remains combat capable,"
Lt-Col Scott said. "And it reminds peo-
ple we have been the ready battalion
group for the past 27 months."
As well as trophies, winning and
placing sections also received prizes
donated by commercial military equip-
Duke of Gloucester Cup
For the section that scores high-
est overall throughout the week of
Sir Arthur MacDonald Trophy
For the best results in night navi-
gation and night shooting -- 6RAR
For the best shooting results
For the section that conducts the
best urban assault
Falling Plate Trophy
For best result during the falling
'They were very
like that made
-- Cpl David New,
En garde: A soldier emerges from thick smoke during the bayonet assault course as part of the Duke of
Gloucester Cup in Singleton.
Photo by Cpl Marshall Ryan
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