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Army September 29, 2011
By Cfn Max Bree
ARMY women joined forces with the
best ADF hockey players to bring down
the New Zealand Defence Force and the
Royal Navy in tests held at the Sydney
Olympic Park Hockey Centre.
The ADF women destroyed their Kiwi
opponents 3-1 in a hard-fought series from
August 22-26 as CA and hockey patron Lt-Gen
David Morrison watched from the stands.
Centre forward Pte Ashlee Makim,
2/14LHR (QMI), gave credit to her team's
sharp plays and speed around the park.
"We played awesome. Everyone loved it,"
she said. "We moved the ball around and made
the plays work.
"The Kiwis put up a tough fight but in the
end we had more legs than them."
Newcomer Pte Alice Burrell, 142 Sig
Sqn, said it was fantastic meeting and playing
against her rivals from across the Tasman.
"They're a great bunch," she said. "Although
they do know how to put a shoulder in."
The ADF women were again unstoppable
as they decimated their British cousins with a
clean sweep in the three games played from
Using a defensive press across the centre-
field, the girls piled on the points in each con-
test, tearing through the RN to win 6-0 in the
fist game, 4-0 in the second and 5-0 in the third.
ADF striker Cpl Alison Rolles, AHQ, said
the press caused more than a few headaches for
the RN team.
"On Wednesday they were losing it and
swearing at each other on the field," she said.
"They were a good opposition and strong
competition but our midfield was just more
The ADF men's team made up for a poor
showing against the Kiwis when Pte Tristan
Barrett, 7RAR, staged a rampaging return to the
game, top-scoring in the win over the RN in the
final and deciding test on September 9.
After 18 months away from hockey, Pte
Barrett nailed both the ADF's goals to secure a
2-0 win over the English team.
After suffering a 4-0 whitewash at the hands
of the NZDF, the ADF men downed the RN in
the first game, but a goal in the dying seconds
of game two gave the RN a draw, making the
third game a must win for the ADF.
In his first appearance for the ADF, Pte
Barrett found the RN team tough but never a
"I think we had it covered," he said
Team mate Cfn Gareth Hoddinott said the
RN fielded a strong team that "came out firing"
after their surprise draw.
The RN tour marked the end of the
2011 ADF hockey season. Competition will
resume at next year's Combined Service
Focused: Pte Alice Burrell, 8 Sig
Regt, and a Royal Navy player vie
for the ball during the test series won
by the ADF (above) as Cfn Gareth
Hoddinott puts his body on the line
(inset) in the men's final and deciding
match, won by the ADF 2-0.
Photos by Cfn Max Bree
By LCpl Mark Doran
AFTER making the grand final of
the ACTAFL Division 3 competi-
tion for the second year in a row,
the ADFA Rams were no match
for Harman, going down by 28
Nearly 200 ADFA cadets and
staff supported the Rams at Football
Park in Phillip on September 10 as
they attempted to make up for last
year's grand final loss to Belconnen
in the dying minutes of the game.
A good result would have helped
the Rams celebrate their 25th anni-
versary season, though this year the
team trailed in all four quarters of
the final, going down 11.8 (74) to
Rams Captain OCdt Nick
Downward said the game was a
credit to the Rams, as they worked
hard for the whole match but things just
didn't go their way.
"The Harman boys came out and beat
us at our own game plan. They had a
good zone and we couldn't work through
it," OCdt Downward said.
"I thought OCdt Jack Lush has been
an absolute standout player for us all
year, he has been constantly putting his
body on the line along with the 'infamous
back six' as they call themselves."
The Rams lost just one game this year
in Round 3 and had beaten Harman three
times, including a 100-point (107 to 7)
victory in Round 16 and a 42-point vic-
tory in the semi final.
Rams coach Maj Mat Jones said
the team had a game plan that was well
rehearsed but they just didn't execute it
on the day.
"I thought our effort and commitment
were there, it never wavered, all the boys
tried their best, but we were just out-
played," Maj Jones said.
"We had the fitness and spirit, and our
strength is to get the ball into space out
on the wings and we just did not do that
well enough on the day.
"OCdt Danniel Lyon put in a consist-
ent effort for all four quarters. He was
always in through the middle, always
winning a lot of ball, so I thought he was
our best player."
Sig Daniel Kirby, Army HQ, was the
only ADF member on the Harman team
and said his team was both tentative and
"The ADFA Rams are very fit and
they are hard-bodied as well, they run the
ball really well and it has been hard for us
to shut that down all year but we played a
really good midfield press today."
Although the Rams did not win the
final, they raised $5100 for the Cancer
Council's Call to Arms Campaign.
Quarter by quarter: Harman 3.2 (20) to 1.4
(10); 6.6 (42) to 2.5 (17); 9.7 (61) to 4.8 (32);
11.8 (74) to 6.10 (46). ADFA best players: OCdt
Danniel Lyon, Capt Peter Prendergast, OCdt
Rams falter at
Quick step: OCdt Emmett Bourke tries
to evade his opponent in the grand final
Photo by LCpl Mark Doran
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