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2RAR section proves top
The Townsville battalions were tough to beat in the
annual search for the RAR's best section.
Words and pictures by LS Paul Berry.
FRESH from operations in
Afghanistan, a section from
2RAR came out on top in the
Duke of Gloucester (DoG) Cup at
Singleton from April 13-19.
The Townsville battalion's eight-man sec-
tion took out the prestigious Cup, as well
as the Sir Arthur McDonald Trophy for best
night navigation/night firing and the Gurkha
Trophy for best overall shooting results.
The 2RAR section commander, Cpl Lee
Newham, said teamwork was paramount to
the section's success in the competition.
"The morale within the section was
always high, but when it came to crunch time
there was always that
motivation to keep
driving us along," he
"I know that we
have all put in our
maximum effort and
I believe we have
achieved an outstand-
ing result, and to be
rewarded for that is
The DoG Cup, first established in 1946,
brings together one section from each battal-
ion in the Royal Australian Regiment to com-
pete in a range of foundation war-fighting
activities designed to assess team dynamics
and individual soldier skills under mentally
and physically stressful conditions.
Detailed assessment is conducted at every
stage of the competition.
School of Inf CO Lt-Col Marcus
Constable said the Cup was designed to test
the sections' skills in a wide variety of physi-
cally tough and mentally demanding activi-
ties and scenarios.
In particular, this year's competition had
a focus on foundation war-fighting skills that
have been hard to maintain amid the high
operational tempo being experienced across
"There is pride and heritage attached to
the DoG Cup, and for unit prestige and esprit
de corps, it's an important activity," he said.
"It is a significant achievement for the
winning section and section commander,
who a lot of the pressure rests on, but the
whole unit assumes a level of prestige based
on their efforts."
The 2RAR section 2IC, LCpl Brian
Harvey, said the battalion's recent return
from operations in Afghanistan did not
directly affect their strong showing in the
"I don't think coming back from ops
helped; I think we just turned it on at the
right time," he said.
"Everyone had to
hook in the whole way
-- there is no room for
a weak man."
on behalf of the CDF,
Brig Michael Moon
emphasised the impor-
tance of the competi-
tion and the high value
of the infantry section.
"Our battalions, our battalion command-
ers and our platoons are only ever as strong
as their sections -- that was my lesson as a
platoon commander, a company commander
and as a battalion commander," he said.
"That's why this competition is so impor-
tant and why we continue the DoG Cup."
Plans are under way for the winning
2RAR section to meet with Prince Richard,
the Duke of Gloucester, after whom the Cup
is named, during his visit to Australia later
In October this year the DoG Cup cham-
pions will also fly to Wales to take part in
Exercise Cambrian Patrol, the premier infan-
try patrolling event of the British Army.
Last year's DoG Cup-winning section,
from 3RAR, picked up a silver medal in the
I don't think coming
back from ops
helped; I think we
just turned it on at
the right time.
-- LCpl Brian Harvey, 2RAR
Emergency: Ptes Ryan Joyce (left) and John Roberts, of 5RAR, apply emergency first aid to a
patient during the mass casualty phase of the Duke of Gloucester Cup.
The winners: The 2RAR Duke of Gloucester Cup
winners. Front row from left, Ptes Brent Rigoli and Tim
Weir and LCpl Brian Harvey. Back row from left, Ptes
Ryan Shaw, Daniel Halpin and Jarrad Roberts, Cpl
Lee Newham and Pte Rudi Volny. Inset, Cpl Newham
receives the DoG Cup from Brig Michael Moon.
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