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The Australian Services Rugby Union (ASRU) is about to commence a four-year campaign in
preparation for the next International Defence Rugby Competition, to be hosted in the UK in 2015.
The ASRU Committee invites interested Defence members to apply for the following
Positions are open to men and women from all three Services (full time and part time) and the
Australian Public Service.
Coach applicants will hold, at a minimum, an ARU Level 2 coaching qualification and have
recent experience coaching at senior representative level (e.g. single service or senior civilian grade
rugby). Superior planning, communication and leadership skills are paramount. Preference will be
shown to applicants with a record of success coaching teams at the senior/elite level.
Manager applicants will possess highly developed administrative skills (including budget
management) and superior initiative. Preference will be shown to applicants with experience in
successfully managing senior/elite sports teams.
ASRU also invites suitably qualified Defence members to submit an expression of interest to
participate in the new Australian Services Rugby Coach Development Program, which is open
to Foundation, Level 1 and Level 2 qualified coaches. This program is designed to identify, mentor
and develop future senior level men's and women's coaches across all three Single Service Unions.
Funding is available to assist participants progress their coaching qualifications and experience.
Applications are to be emailed to the ASRU Men's National Operations Manager,
Lieutenant Colonel Adam Boyd, firstname.lastname@example.org by 30 Mar 12.
An endorsement of support from the member's superior is required. Guidance on likely annual
commitments is available from the ASRU POC. Information is also available on the ASRU
Patron: Chief of the Defence Force,
General David Hurley, AC, DSC
• Men's Coach
• Men's Assistant Coach
• Men's Manager
• Men's Assistant Manager
• Women's Coach
• Women's Assistant Coach
• Women's Manager
• Women's Assistant Manager
• Assistant Secretary
• Events Manager
• Website Manager
Army March 1, 2012
THE Kapooka sports series kicks off
on March 10 with about 16 teams
fighting it out in the Kapooka 10s
rugby union competition.
Now in its 21st year, the 10s con-
tinues to attract a large number of
teams. Organiser Capt Ian Marston
said it would also be the first year two
women's teams would play an exhibi-
"We had an exhibition match for
the rugby league last November and
we are planning on playing the wom-
en's rugby union game either before
the finals or during the finals," Capt
After the success of last year's split
weekends, the Kapooka 7s (netball)
and 12s (AFL) will be played the fol-
lowing weekend on March 17.
"This just makes it easier all
round," Capt Martson said.
"We don't have to worry about
a lack of fields and having to take
down one set of goalposts and put up
another several times during the tour-
nament. We also have trouble with
catering and don't have enough freez-
ers and chillers if it's all held on the
About 15 teams are expected to
compete in the 12s with all three ser-
vices fielding teams in both the men's
and women's competitions.
"The service teams use this car-
nival to determine their service sides
and RAAF are sending two teams --
northern RAAF and southern RAAF
-- one taking in from the Queensland
border upwards and the other the
Queensland border downwards.
"The majority of the rugby teams
will be Army but there will be a bigger
mix in the AFL competition."
Both the 12s and 7s have been
going for more than 10 years and the
7s continues to attract a large number
of teams, with about 15 teams expect-
ed across the three services and public
service this year."
The Kapooka summer series,
which incorporates golf, rugby league
and a multi-endurance event, is sched-
uled for November 10.
More information on the Kapooka sports series
is available from Capt Marston on 0429 202 453
Kapooka gears up
for sports series
Footy for masters
THE Sydney Australian Rules Masters
Football Club is looking for over 35s play-
ers to play with or against. The club is
based at Rosedale Oval, Warwick Farm.
Contact Peter Kennedy on 0410 647 354
for more information.
THE NSW Interservice Tenpin Bowling
Tournament will be held at the
Campbelltown Tenpin Bowling Centre on
March 14-15. March 14 will be a practice
day with a nine-game tournament being
held on March 15. The NSW State ADF
team will be picked on March 15 with
the top 16 bowlers earning a place to
play in the ADF national tournament to
be held in Sydney later this year. More
information is available from Leut-Cmdr
Steven Reynolds at steven.reynolds@
defence.gov.au or (02) 9926 2555.
The ACT Interservice Tenpin Bowling
Tournament is scheduled for March 27
at Tuggeranong Tenpin Bowl starting at
9.30am. For more information contact
Mark Jordan on (02) 6266 1283 or mark.
You oar-to join the club
Cpl Mark Doran
THE newly formed Australian
Defence Rowing Association (ADRA)
is looking for members of all ages to
join the association as well as team
members to compete in the Australian
Masters Rowing Championships.
This year the Masters regatta will
be held from May 24-27 on Lake
Wendouree in Ballarat and is for com-
petitors in age groups from 27-80 plus.
Teams of rowers will compete in races
ADRA is looking for people who are
interested in rowing and is encouraging
members who competed at school or
university or who were with the junior
programs at ADFA or RMC, to get back
into the sport.
Rowing has been called the ulti-
mate sport for teamwork. Lt-Col Selina
Rowland, of AHQ, said rowing was
based on three facets -- technique, power
and mental approach.
"You aim to row perfect strokes
every time and the challenge and enjoy-
ment of rowing is in perfecting the tech-
nique," Lt-Col Rowland said.
"Power is about rowing effectively
and making it easier even though you
are gasping for breath at the end of a
"The mental approach is about how
you approach your race and your enjoy-
ment of the sport."
Rowing caters to all fitness levels
and racers compete in a range of boats
from single or double sculls, quad sculls
with four rowers through to eight-man
boats with a coxswain.
Masters rowers compete in 1000m
races and the juniors (under 27) com-
pete in races over 2000m with finish
times close to six minutes.
Most ADRA members have been
rowing at local clubs across Australia
and the Masters team will be selected
based mainly on results of club regattas
and interstate championships.
Lt-Col Rowland said she loved row-
ing because it gave her a work/life bal-
"Even though you have to get up at
5am to achieve that, I love the camara-
derie from the sport -- there are fantas-
tic people involved who you meet on a
daily basis and the teamwork aspect is
While encouraging both young and
old members to join, future plans for
ADRA include enabling Defence mem-
bers with disabilities to be involved in
the sport, especially for those with lim-
ited lower limb or torso movement.
For more information on ADRA contact
Recruitment drive for rowers of all ages
Hitting the water: Lt-Col Selina Rowland (inset) unpacks the oars
ahead of training as (above) Navy Capt Charles Huxtable, front,
Lt-Col Rowland, Brig Alison Creagh, and Kym Fisher practise on
Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra.
Photos by Cpl Mark Doran
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