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OFFICERS and soldiers from 25/49RQR
took to the field in atrocious conditions on
August 27 to contest the inaugural Khaki
Scarlet (KS) Cup in a city v country rugby
league match at Downlands College,
The players, all members of the
Queensland-based reserve unit, were not per-
turbed by the conditions, with city taking the
honours with a 18-6 win over country.
The KS Cup was part of a series of events
dedicated to the memory of the Battle of Milne
Bay in which the 25 Bn played an integral part.
The match was the idea of RSM WO1
Andrew Stuart who said he wanted to develop
some pride and team spirit among the bat-
"Given the large turnout of soldiers and
their families, the concept could only be
described as mission success," WO1 Stuart
said.Teams wore the lanyard colours of the orig-
inal battalion locations before being linked as
the 25/49RQR. Khaki for 49 Bn (the city side)
and scarlet for 25 Bn, the country side.
The city team, comprising officers and
soldiers who attend Brisbane and Gold Coast-
based depots was too strong on the day for the
country team, which comprised members from
depots from Toowoomba to Roma and south to
CO Lt-Col Allan Rathjen, said the game
was played at an excellent standard, under-
pinned by passion and commitment.
The battalion intends to continue the tradi-
tion, with the game to be played in Brisbane
Bear hug: Country
forward Sgt Kevin
Neal gets wrapped
up by city defenders,
Pte Daniel Maloney
and Pte Kyle Everett
in the inaugural
cup played at
Photo by Pte Jack Stone
By LCpl Mark Doran
THE Sydney Running Festival attracted ADFA'S
marathon and distance running (MADR) club to
compete on September 18, with 29 members enter-
ing the half marathon and 42 entering the marathon.
OCdt Joseph Thomas had the fastest time of the
ADFA students in the marathon and placed 20th with
a time of 2hr 53min 2sec and ADFA PTI Cpl Matthew
Ewing placed 31st in 2:56.23.
More than 3600 competitors joined the marathon,
which took participants over the Sydney Harbour
Bridge to finish at the Sydney Opera House.
The MADR team raised $13,577 for the Cure
Cancer Australia Foundation.
With a time of 1:25.36, OCdt Ryan Gittens was the
fastest ADFA student in the half marathon and placed
90th out of the 8525 entrants.
OCdt Gittens said the marathon runners had
devoted themselves to training for the event for nearly
six months and the running club had created a bit of a
buzz around the academy.
"Most of the runners did two organised runs
each week with more runs in their spare time," OCdt
Gittens said. "Considering the club is only just start-
ing, it already has a good culture and we have a great
"The crew used bikes during the run to keep the
runners supplied with water and sugar and they pro-
vided banter and encouragement to keep up our cheer
and keep us going."
hard yards in
Top effort: OCdt Joseph Thomas on his way to
finishing 20th overall in the Sydney marathon. He
was the fastest placed ADFA cadet.
M athon: OCdt
2:53.02, 20th; Cpl
155th; OCdt Xavier
OCdt Ryan Gittens
125th; OCdt Zach
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