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Game day 1 -- Saturday, October 1 at
Vikings Park, Wanniassa, Canberra.
Game day 2 -- Wednesday, October
5 at T.G. Millner Field, Eastwood,
Game day 3 -- Sunday, October 9 at
Viking Park, Wanniassa, Canberra.
Quarter finals -- Thursday, October
13 at T.G. Millner Field, Eastwood,
Pools plate competition semi-finals
-- Thursday, October 13 at Victoria
Pools plate competition finals --
Sunday, October 16 at Vikings Park,
IDRC semi finals -- Tuesday, October
18 at North Shore Rugby Football
Club, New Zealand.
IDRC finals -- Saturday, October 22
at Auckland University Oval, New
By LCpl Mark Doran
IT LOOKED like the University of New
South Wales Academy Racing Team was
on track to finish in the top 15 when it
competed in the Formula Student UK 2011
from July 14-17.
There were only six laps to go in the final
endurance event when suspected engine or
gearbox failure forced the team to park the
car and withdraw for safety reasons.
Academy Racing placed 30th in the larg-
est student motorsport competition in the
world, which was attended by about 2300
students in 125 teams from 34 countries.
Formula Student UK challenges univer-
sity students from around the world to design
and build a single-seat F1-style racing car,
which is then put to the test at the famous
The cars are judged on speed, accelera-
tion, handling and endurance, while the teams
are tested on design, costing and business
The team comprised Capt Matthew
Grieshaber, ADFA, Flt-Lt Michael Olsen,
Dr Warren Smith (faculty adviser) Plt-Off
Alistair Weir, Plt-Off Paul Gardner, OCdt
Ben Bonnell, OCdt Brodie Kilkenny, OCdt
Max Jeffries, OCdt Piotr Gluchowski, OCdt
Ash Waight, Lorin Coutts-Smith.
Plt-Off Alistair Weir, Academy Racing
team captain, said the team did well and the
car placed well in the static events.
"We didn't have any problems with the
technical aspects of the car. We made the
finals for the design event and were sixth
overall, 25th for the cost event, 35th in the
business event and in the top 20 for the pres-
entation event," Plt-Off Weir said.
"The endurance event was for 22 laps
of 1km with 11 laps for each driver in typi-
cally English pouring rain, which limited how
competitive we could be.
"It was disappointing when the car failed
because we did not score points for the
endurance and fuel economy events, though
we did finish the skid pad with 16th, accel-
eration 17th and autocross 26th.
"Competing at an international level gave
us experiences which should carry over and
help us with our future results in Australia
and we will also be able to share that knowl-
edge with the rest of the team."
Academy Racing will now dismantle the
car and find out what went wrong before
preparing for the Australian competition at
Victoria University in December.
The University of Stuttgart won Formula
Student UK 2011.
By LCpl Mark Doran
THE International Defence Rugby
Competition (IDRC) 2011 will
kick-off with its official opening
at the Sydney Cricket Ground on
The ADF will host this inaugural
event in Canberra and Sydney and,
in partnership with the New Zealand
Defence Force, in Auckland.
Celebrating the rich history
of rugby union within many of the
world's defence forces, 12 teams will
battle it out in an action packed month
of gala game days involving four
matches a day.
Competition Director Glenn
Crosland said the IDRC was CDF Gen
David Hurley's idea and planning of
the event started in 2009.
"The intention is to hold a com-
plementary IDRC hosted by that
country's defence force every time a
Rugby World Cup is held in the same
place," Mr Crosland said.
"Australian Services Rugby Union
(ASRU) is taking the IDRC seriously
and is already in training preparing
the best team possible to run on to the
Samoa was invited to enter a gov-
ernment team, as their defence is the
responsibility of New Zealand, and
they entered their Samoa Police team.
The US was originally in the com-
petition but unfortunately had to with-
draw from the event. The Australian
Federal Police (AFP) agreed to enter,
giving the IDRC the 12 teams needed
for the competition.
Mr Crosland said the People's
Liberation Army (PLA) had embraced
rugby union in the past six to seven
"Having China onboard is a mas-
sive coup as it gives the ADF the
chance to engage more closely with
the PLA and one of the best ways to
do that is through sport," he said.
"I expect the Chinese team will be
big and strong but their technical com-
petence is unknown."
Head Coach ASRU Capt Damien
Cahill also rates the Chinese team.
"A number of their squad recently
played in the Asian championships
and the feedback we have received is
their backline is quick and technically
proficient," Capt Cahill said.
He said the Tongans and Kiwis
were other teams to watch out for.
"The Tongans will be physically
tough and the Kiwis play with a com-
bination of physicality and technical
All international teams are respon-
sible for flying themselves to Sydney
and the ADF will then become their
hosts and provide them with accom-
modation, food and transport.
Corporate sponsorship will cover
the majority of costs involved in the
competition and at this stage IDRC
has received $400,000 from sponsors.
Teams will start arriving in
Australia from September 24 and will
be staying on Defence bases between
Sydney and Canberra, including
RAAF Base Glenbrook, RAAF Base
Richmond, Liverpool Military Area,
Randwick Barracks, HMAS Harman
and RMC Duntroon.
Mr Crosland said most of the
teams were unknown factors.
"We don't have their seeding, but
what we do know is that the annual
British Army and Royal Navy match
at Twickenham had a crowd of 63,000
watching the game," he said.
"As far as France and South Africa
are concerned, we really don't know.
We know how good ASRU, New
Zealand and Tonga are in the Pacific
region, but are we as good as the
British Army or the Royal Navy?"
Hiccup costs Academy racing team
IRDC draws closer
Contenders: Lt Luke Ebneter, left, Sgt Ben Jones and Cfn Jeremy Nelson are three contenders for final selection in the Australian Services Rugby
team that will play in the International Defence Rugby Competition starting on September 29. A squad of 60 players has been training for some
months now and it will be pruned to 35 in the coming weeks.
Photos by LCpl Mark Doran
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