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Army June 7, 2012
BONE-rattling tackles and slick tries
were the feature of Army's heart-breaking
loss to a combined Navy/Air Force team
in the ASRU carnival in Sydney.
The Army women went down fight-
ing 13-5 to the combined team at Victoria
Barracks on May 19.
Despite fielding a team of rookies and
having one player red-carded, the Army
girls came within a whisker of snatching
Army fullback Pte Emma-Lee Wood
scored a sensational solo try in the second
half to trigger her team's fight back from
Although the kicker missed the con-
version, Army rallied to the challenge and
came close to scoring three more tries.
Only Navy's desperate goal-line
defence denied Army the tries they need-
ed to avenge last year's loss.
"We are a team of rookies who dug
deep in search of victory because we
wanted to restore Army pride," Pte Wood
said.Army also battled a spate of scrum
infringement penalties late in the second-
half, which halted their momentum and
gave Navy/Air Force the respite they
needed to hold on.
"We are shattered by the loss but will
rebuild in preparation for next year's
ASRC," Pte Wood said.
Army had 15 players selected in the
ASRU women's team that lost 14-0 to
the touring British Army women's side at
Victoria Barracks on May 24. A full wrap
of that match will appear in the next edi-
tion of Army.
ASRU players: Capt Caroline Vakalahi, Lt
Alisha Hewett, Lt Stacey Eason, OCdt Sharyn
Laws, Cpl Fasheena Nevell, Cpl Annie Dufficy,
Cpl Kelly Boye, Cpl Emma-Lee Wood, Cpl Bridget
Beatson, Cpl Stacey Bolton, Sig Melissa Tuka, Pte
Courtney Kerr, Pte Brea Grant, Pte Najet El-Rahim,
Pte Hayley Sullivan.
Rookies rolled by
in rugby comp
ARMY poured cold water on
the Navy centenary of rugby
by edging out their arch rival
33-29 in the Australian Services
Rugby Union (ASRU) carnival
at Sydney's Victoria Barracks on
The win gave Army a measure
of revenge for their loss in the 2011
ASRU carnival, when Navy scored
the winning try in the last minute
Army not only won the ASRU
Wg-Cmdr John Caldwell Shield, but
had 11 players named in the ASRU
warriors representative team to face
Tasmania in Hobart on July 14.
They are Cfn Adam Nixon, Lt
Matthew Hamill, OCdt Hudson
Brown, Cpl Issac Harris, Cfn
Jeremy Nelson, Pte John Tanuvasa,
Cpl Narongchai Jindanapalai,
Cpl Harely Whaikawa, Maj Scott
Davidson, Lt Luke Ebneter and Sgt
The ASRU carnival was espe-
cially memorable for flanker OCdt
Brown, who was named ASRU
Rookie for 2012, and inside-cen-
tre Cfn Jeremy Nelson, who was
named ASRU Player of the Series.
Cfn Nelson's success can be
attributed to his blistering speed and
"I'm stoked to get the award
as this is my third year with Army
rugby and second year with the
ASRU Warriors," he said.
Cfn Nelson said he loved play-
ing rugby because he grew up in
New Zealand where rugby is second
only to religion.
OCdt Brown took pride in being
one of the smallest players on the
field who never failed to punch
above his weight.
"I like being the underdog as the
smallest forward on the field, which
always inspires me to produce a
non-stop effort," he said.
OCdt Hudson, who is also the
ADFA team captain, said the superior
fitness of the Army members helped
them hold off their opponents.
Coach Lt-Col Peter Conroy also
acknowledged Maj Scott Davidson's
effective leadership as team cap-
tain and Cpl Adrian Sutter's brave
efforts playing with a broken rib.
Lt-Col Conroy said discipline,
patience and aggression enabled
Army to turn a 19-18 half-time lead
into a 33-29 victory.
"Our reserves were key because
we knew the arm wrestle with Navy
would intensify in the last 20 min-
utes, when fatigue was taking its toll
on all the players," he said.
Lt-Col Conroy said patience and
discipline were crucial because in
2011 Army conceded 27 penalties
to Navy's 11, which contributed to
their heart-breaking two-point loss.
"We did a bit of soul-search-
ing after last year's loss and were
extremely well prepared this year,"
Army got their campaign under-
way with a 51-3 annihilation of Air
Force on May 13, which boosted
the soldiers' confidence to pull the
ASRU title from Navy's grasp.
On a roll: Smn
Sam Peters tries
to stop the run of
Cfn Jeremy Nelson
(above) in the men's
match during the
Carnival held at
Sydney. Army won
the game by four
points and regained
its mantle as ASRU
Nelson, of Rotary
School, was named
player of the series
and (above right)
OCdt Hudson Brown
was named 2012
Photos by LS Brenton Freind
Tough ask: Capt Caroline Vakalahi fends off her opposition during the
Australian Services Rugby Union carnival held at Victoria Barracks, Sydney.
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