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A BRILLIANT last-quarter rush
sparked the Army women's team to vic-
tory against last year's winners, Navy,
to recapture the Geoff Ledger Cup
in the Australian Services Australian
Football Association (ASAFA) nation-
al championships at Moorabbin Oval,
Army players also dominated carnival
awards with Pte Jessica Foster and OCdt
Jack Lush named as overall best players
for the carnival.
Army played Navy on April 17, with
both the men's and women's Army teams
proving too good.
Army women's captain, Pte Foster, of
Operations Detachment Melbourne, said
her side's focus was on winning back the
cup. The final scoreline of 7.11 (53) to
5.1 (31) was testament to the team effort
on the day.
"We had two training sessions a day
for the past week, so we really put in to
make sure we gave it our best on the day,"
Pte Foster said.
"We're all pretty stoked that our hard
work paid off this year."
The Army women proved too good
again on the final day of play on April
21, beating Air Force by a huge mar-
gin, 14.16 (100) to 0.1 (1), thanks largely
to an excellent backline which hindered
many scoring opportunities by the Air
Ex-North Melbourne Kangaroos foot-
baller Glenn Archer, patron of ADF footy,
said he was impressed with the talent on
"Just watching the skills of these
women, you'd think you were watching a
[men's] VFL game," Mr Archer said.
"They're tough and not scared of get-
ting in there and going all-in for the ball.
"That's what this game's all about,
and it's fantastic to watch," he said.
For the Army men's team, a sensation-
al first half set them up for victory against
a talented Navy side.
Army continued to pull together and
scored some brilliant goals, helped by
Army managed a massive final result,
beating Navy 20.14 (134) to 12.5 (79).
The Army men's game against Air
Force on April 21 resulted in another
huge win, 18.22 (130) to 6.12 (48).
ASAFA Executive Officer Maj James
Weaver said this year's carnival had been
a great success, with the St Kilda Saints
coming on board marking a huge step in
"The games were played in the true
tradition of military ethos," he said.
Eyes on ball: Lt Rob
Frankland, of 8/9RAR, flies
for the mark with Spr Matt
Nichols going for the spoil
(above) as carnival best
player Pte Jessica Foster
evades her opposition
at the ASAFA national
championships in Melbourne.
Photos by David Grant
Daily double as men and women take titles
THREE points is all that stood between
back-to-back victories and a loss in the
ADF women's All Stars Anzac Day match
against the Victorian Women's Football
Inaccurate kicking in slippery condi-
tions proved costly for the All Stars team,
which included eight Army players in the
game played at La Trobe University's Main
Oval in Bundoora on April 26.
All Stars captain Pte Jessica Foster
said the team had put in a great effort but
wasn't able to manage the final scoring
shot that would see them run away with
their second win in a row.
"The ADF All Stars really appreciated
being able to play against such a strong
team for the Anzac clash. We didn't come
away with the win but definitely fought with
the Anzac spirit," Pte Foster said.
All Stars player PO Tricia Muller was
named best on the ground with a fantas-
tic four-quarter game in the 6.1 (37) to
4.10 (34) loss.
The men's All Stars team, which fielded
13 Army players, faced a tough opponent
in its Anzac Day clash against Australian
Combined Emergency Services (ACES) at
AAMI Stadium in Adelaide on April 28.
After steaming ahead and dominat-
ing the clearances in the first quarter, the
ACES ran away with a 45-point victory --
14.16 (100) to 8.7 (55).
OCdt Jack Lush, Cpl Scott Mcleod, Spr
Scott Males and OCdt Daniel McDonald
were among the best players.
All Stars put up a fight
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