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Gold, silver and bronze returns from tournament on Gold Coast
A CHARITY rugby league match in honour of fallen
soldier Sgt Matthew Locke is gaining momentum
ahead of the fifth annual contest between the Army
Thunder and Bellingen Magpies, who play in the
Group 2 competition on the NSW mid-north coast.
The match will be played on February 23 at
Bellingen Park. Organiser and Army Thunder manager
Maj Al Lynch is confident of securing the Navy and
Air Force rugby league teams as well.
Sgt Locke, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2007,
played junior rugby league with the Bellingen club.
The club now honours his sacrifice with the annual
match, while also raising money for worthwhile caus-
es, including Legacy.
Sgt Locke's sister Debbie said the Army Thunder
team had been amazing in its support of the event.
"It should be an exciting afternoon of rugby league
which always attracts a large crowd, not from just
Bellingen, but from the whole north coast," she said.
"This is a big event and we want to let the ADF audi-
ence know about it so they might put it on their cal-
endar and perhaps even make the trip and support the
The Army Thunder will play in the main game
against Bellingen, while the Navy and Air Force teams
will be up against two representative teams from the
Group 2 competition.
Debbie Locke is also keen to hear from any potential sponsors
who wish to support the event. She can be contacted on by email
TOUCH football teams from South Queensland made
good on their home ground with a clean sweep of the
tournament finals at the Australian Defence Touch
Association national championships at Gallipoli
Barracks, Enoggera, from October 29 to November 2.
More than 200 players in triservice teams from
Northern Territory, North Queensland, South
Queensland, ACT/Country, Sydney Metro and
Southern States competed in the tournament.
They were joined by 45 players from the New
Zealand Defence Force.
South Queensland beat ACT/Country 7-3 in the
men's open, ACT/Country 9-2 in the men's 40s, ACT/
Country 4-3 in the men's 30s and North Queensland
3-1 in the women's open.
After the national titles, representative Australian
teams in women's open, men's 30s and men's open
were selected to play the Kiwis.
This was the first time a trans-Tasman tournament
had been played in five years.
Australia started well, winning the men's 30s 4-1
and women's open 6-5 but lost the men's open 6-5.
WO2 Renee Goninan (Treasurer NQ) and Maj
Norma Hughes were both made life members of the
association at the tournament.
THE three Defence hockey
teams won a full set of med-
als at the Pan Pacific Masters
Games on the Gold Coast from
The 30+ men's team won
gold, the 30+ women's team
silver and the 40+ men's team
The teams were made up of
members from all three services
and the public service.
The women's team also
included a few civilians because
it was struggling to make num-
bers two weeks before the start
of the competition.
Only seven teams contested
the men's competition, which
was played as a round robin --
until the finals when each age
group played off for medals.
This meant the Old Warriors
(40+) played the Young Warriors
(30+) -- and as usual it was a
hard-fought game for bragging
rights between the two Defence
Both teams were tireless in
attack and defence with age,
cunning and experience trying
to overcome youth, speed and
The Young Warriors won
2-0, gaining momentum that
took them all the way to the 30+
grand final where they beat Coast
The Princess Warriors (30+
women) had a tough week.
By the elimination game the
women's team had one major
injury (broken hand in three
places) and minor injuries (torn
The two goal keepers took it
in turns to play on the field dur-
ing the week to help out.
But this did not stop the
Princess Warriors from beat-
ing a local team, Clickety Click
Tigerstix, 3-2 to progress to the
grand final the next day.
The final game was against
another local team, Bulimba
A lucky goal by the Bulimba
Pioneers in the first half was the
only score for the game. Both
teams played determined hockey
but Bulimba Pioneers won 1-0.
Defence hockey masters coor-
dinator Maj Fiona Davis said it
was a great week of hockey with
each team bringing home a medal.
"Hopefully we'll see the play-
ers returning for the next masters
competition in 2013 at Geelong
for the Australian Masters Games,"
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