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Army July 21, 2011
By Cpl Zenith King
THE Australian Services Rugby Union Women
Warriors smashed the competition to take out
Division 2 of the national championships held at the
West Brisbane Bulldogs Rugby Club from July 1-5.
After a week of training and four days of competi-
tion, the women took two matches and tie one before
walking away victorious by beating South Australia
24-3 in the final.
Blindside flanker Cpl Mollie Gray, HQ 7 Bde,
played in the nationals for the first time and was sur-
prised by the calibre of the competition. She also rated
a mention at the national presentations held afterwards.
"Nationals were a tough tournament but we really
stepped up and took it to the field," she said.
"We knew our main strength was in our fitness,
speed and ability to spread the ball wide.
"We played three hard games against Victoria,
Northern Territory and SA but by the time we made
the finals and had to play SA again, we knew what we
had to do to win.
"It was a tough game but we knew that as long
as we got the ball wide we could use our fitness and
strength to push their lines and score some tries.
"We worked hard to make it to the finals and to
take away a win shows how determined we were."
The team was picked after the Services Rugby
Championships in May and comprised 12 Army, six
Air Force and six Navy players.
They came together in Brisbane on June 21 to
begin training and played their first trial game against
a local rugby side, Sunny Bank, on June 23.
"It was a tough game. It really gave us the oppor-
tunity to see what our weaknesses and strengths were
and what we needed to work on for the nationals," Cpl
"Another trial game was played against Sunny
Bank a week later. It was fantastic to see how far we
had come in just a week and we could really see a
solid structure forming on the field."
For Cpl Gray, winning was a great feeling but she
said seeing the progress made by the team was the most
rewarding part of the tournament.
"I think it's amazing to see how far we came in two
weeks. It's hard playing with a new team but we came
together with the same goal and to take away first
place was an amazing feeling," she said. "We are all
very proud of our efforts and the outcome. We worked
really hard and deserved to take away the trophy."
RESULTS: ASRU 22 b Victoria 14, ASRU 29 b Northern
Territory 17, ASRU 10 drew with South Australia 10. Final -- ASRU
24 b South Australia 3. Division 1 -- Queensland 5 b Brumbies 0.
ARMY PLAYERS: Capt Kate Porter, 11CSSB, Lt Caroline
Vakalahi, JMCO, Capt Jasmin Diab, IRR, Lt Stacey Eason, 3HSB, Lt
Rheanna Vehlow, 6ESR, Sgt Ionie Jackson, Army School of Heatlh
LCpl Fasheena Nevell, 1HSB, LCpl Emma-Lee Wood, 6RAR, Cpl
Jessica Clifford, 3CSR, Cpl Penny Dukes, 3CSSB, Cpl Mollie Gray,
HQ 7 Bde, Cpl Kelly Boye, 3CER.
AWARDS: ASRU-W player of the tournament -- halfback PO
Nicolle Palmer. Best and fairest -- number 8 AB Sarah Beard. Best
forward -- second rower Off-Cdt Kate O'Brien. Best back -- winger
LCpl Emma-Lee Wood.
Warriors take out title
On the attack: Lt
Caroline Vakalah, JMCO,
breaks away with the ball
(left) in the Division 2
grand final match against
South Australia at the
2011 National Women's
ASRU won 24-3.
Making a break:
Wallaroo player, and
team skipper Capt
Kate Porter, 11CSSB,
attempts to break a
tackle (below left).
Winners: The Army
contingent of the
Warriors team: back row
from left, Lt Rheanna
Vehlow, Sgt Ionie
Jackson, Cpl Mollie
Gray, Capt Kate Porter
and WO2 Greg Ralph
(medic). Middle: WO1
Joe McIvor, (coach)
LCpl Fasheena Neville,
Cpl Penny Dukes, Cpl
Jessica Clifford, Lt
Caroline Vakalahi and
LCpl Emma-Lee Wood.
Front: Lt Stacey Eason,
Capt Jasmin Diab and
Cpl Kelly Boye.
Photos by LAC Kylie Gibson
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