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Friday 12 Aug 11
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MAJ M Ross
02 4424 2102
Ms Melissa Price
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Army July 7, 2011
ANTICIPATION is mounting in the
lead up to the lawn bowls national
championships after a tightly contest-
ed match last year in which Air Force
beat Army by half a point.
The Australian Services Bowls
Association (ASBA) national champion-
ships will be held at Swifts Bowls Club,
Booval, from September 19-23.
Army's team manager, WO1 Ian
Groves, believed his team was well pre-
pared for the championships.
"In recent years Army was unbeat-
able, winning the interservice competi-
tion six years in a row from 2002-2007,"
"Our players pride themselves on
their abilities to stand up to the challenge
when required and have the never-say-
die attitude that has brought us success
in the past."
An ASBA national team of 16 play-
ers will be selected after the champion-
ships to represent Defence next year.
The team will tour South Africa to take
on the South African National Defence
ASBA Secretary WO1 Mick Carley
said lawn bowls was strong within the
SANDF as well as in South Africa itself.
"This tour will provide a fantastic
opportunity to showcase the talent with-
in the Australian Defence lawn bowling
ranks," WO1 Carley said.
"The tour will consist of playing
against the SANDF's four services plus
a three-test series against the SANDF.
"The three-day test series will
coincide with two special days for the
respective countries. The first test will
commence on Anzac Day with the third
test to be played on South Africa's
RAAF won the title last year in what
was the closest ever three-way finish.
The result was not decided until the last
bowl of the tournament came to rest.
For more information go to
Coming events: July 8-18 -- Sunshine
Coast winter carnival; July 25-28 -- Soldiers
Point six-way challenge; August 1-2 -- NSW
interservice lawn bowls championships;
September 19-23 -- Australian Services
Bowls Association national championships.
Time to polish the bowls
ARMY biathletes will return
to Mt Hotham to defend their
title at the Interservice Cross
Country Skiing and Biathlon
Championships from July
The Army Nordic Skiing and
Biathlon Association (ANSA)
will train a biathlon squad and
select a team of 24 to compete
against Navy and Air Force in the
Maj Chris Reeves said Ex
Cool Shot was about good train-
ing, teamwork, courage and
having a go, while enjoying the
simple pleasure of testing oneself
in what could be a very challeng-
"Biathlon and the triservice
cross country skiing and biathlon
championships provides par-
ticipants with the opportunity
to operate outside their comfort
zones and to challenge them-
selves both mentally and physi-
cally," he said.
"Where else can you throw
yourself down a hill at high
speed, carrying a rifle, while
balancing on two, thin, flexible
planks, negotiating obstacles.
"We are part of a four-man
team with the sole intent of getting
to the finish line before Navy and
Air Force, with enough energy and
breath left to successfully achieve
five bullseyes on the range."
Originally designed as a keep-
fit exercise for the Norwegian
Army, biathlon is a demanding
and technical activity that brings
together the diverse sports of
cross-country skiing and marks-
Maj Reeves said biathlon
trained soldiers to shoot well
under conditions of physical and
The interservice cross-country
skiing competition has been
run continuously since 1977.
Biathlon was incorporated into
the competition in 1993.
Applications close July 8.
For more information contact Maj
title at Mt
100 cheers for RMC
By LAC Bill Solomou
THE Royal Military College's
(RMC) first XV claimed victory
against rival Officer Cadet School
(OCS) New Zealand, at its Centenary
Rugby Carnival on June 18.
In front of an impressive crowd
and on a beautifully prepared ground
at RMC, the Kiwis put on a ferocious
haka before kick off and a great display
of running rugby, but RMC were too
strong, taking the inaugural Bridges
RMC scored the first try after a
magnificent run by winger SCdt Luke
Turley and continued to pressure the
visitors by kicking for territory and
points. However, the tenacious Kiwi
defence foiled RMC attempts several
times to limit the score to 14-3 at half-
In the second half the OCS team
was relentless in its attack. Game refer-
ee Damien MacLachlan awarded close
to 13 straight penalties against RMC
while defending a fired up OCS intent
on a try.
RMC club patron and rugby hall
of famer Bob Dwyer said RMC was a
team to be reckoned with.
"They ran good lines and the score
would have been greater had they not
gone to sleep midway through the first
half," he said.
RMC Rugby Club's supervising
officer, Capt Dayton McCarthy, said
the camaraderie shown between the two
service colleges would live long in the
memory of all cadets.
"Not only was it a good game of
rugby, but it was played in good spirits
and the skills displayed by both teams
at times was very high."
RMC team members voted inside
centre SCdt Mitchl Picker as best on
field for RMC and OCS recognised
flanker SCdt Cheyne Allen.
Later that evening OCS sang a tradi-
tional song on the Mess stairs to RMC
cadets and the assembled crowd and
received a massive cheer.
The Bridges Cup is named after the
first commandant of RMC, General
William Throsby Bridges, and reflects
the fact he visited the institutions of
West Point, Sandhurst and RMC-
Kingston before establishing Duntroon
The Bridges Cup will be contest-
ed whenever Duntroon visits or hosts
cadets from New Zealand, West Point,
Sandhurst or Kingston.
In celebration of the centenary
games, RMC old boys and the first XV
teams wore a replica 1911 jersey.
Too strong: SCdt Matthew
Jones (above) and SCdt
James Easton (left) try to
break through the New
Zealand Defence during
the Bridges Cup held at
RMC on June 18. RMC
won the match 22-6.
Photos by LAC Bill Solomou
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