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Army January 31, 2013
THE President of Army Rugby, Maj-
Gen John Caligari, announced that a
new inter-brigade rugby union competi-
tion will begin in 2013.
"Rugby union has been a popular
sport in the Army since its incep-
tion and the Australian Army Rugby
Union's mission is to promote and
develop rugby union throughout the
Australian Army," he said.
The inter-brigade competition will
be held in Brisbane between April 29
and May 3.
Teams will come from 1 Bde, 3 Bde,
7 Bde and a combined 6 Bde/16 Bde/17
Army Rugby's Vice President
Operations, Col Clay Sutton, said the
competition would involve both men's
and women's teams.
"The men's competition will be
15-a-side and the women's competition
Army Rugby will sponsor the event,
which, 7 Bde will host the competition.
Interested players should seek fur-
ther information from their brigade
Maj-Gen Caligari also called for
suggestions for the naming of the cup
to be awarded to the champion team on
"I think the name of the cup needs
to reflect the history of rugby union in
the Army and perhaps the contribution
it has made in creating smart and tough
soldiers," he said.
Entries for the competition can be submitted to
the Secretary of Army Rugby at:
New comp for
Golfers strokes ahead
Cpl Trent Fortescue streets field at national championships in Canberra
Wg-Cmdr Craig Stallard
ARMY once again proved it had
the cream of the sporting crop by
securing the ADF Golf Association
National individual and team titles
Cpl Trent Fortescue won the title of
champion Defence golfer for the sec-
ond year in a row, eclipsing the field by
eight shots, which in golfing terms is a
Army took four out the top five
places with WO2 Steve Rotherham
taking the runner-up spot and Army
champion title, and Sig David Sherlock
securing third place.
Cpl Fortescue said being the
defending champion brought an entire-
ly different outlook going into the
"I didn't have my ideal ball flight
all week so I was never totally comfort-
able with my game, which put more
importance on my course management
and I believe this is the key to playing
Federal Golf Course," Cpl Fortescue
"Coming down the stretch with a
quality player like Steve Rotherham hot
on my tail, I needed to remain focused
for the entire 18 holes.
"I was very happy with how I han-
dled myself throughout the week and to
win back-to-back titles is pretty special.
"Golf is a funny game and you can
Army champion: WO2 Steve
Rotherham tees off during the
ADF Golf Association National
Championships at Federal Golf
Course in Canberra. Inset, Defence
champion Cpl Trent Fortescue
pulled out an eight-shot lead in the
tournament. Photo by Wg-Cmdr Trevor Owens
Most valuable softballer
BEING named the most valuable play-
er at the Australian Defence Softball
Championships held at RAAF Base
Edinburgh from December 2-7 last
year was an added bonus for Pte Lisa
Carlton, of 7 Fd Regt.
Pte Carlton also secured her spot on
the ADF team to tour New Zealand in
All three services competed for team
and individual honours during the cham-
pionships, with Lt Arron Kinleyside, of
17 CSS Bde, taking out the men's batting
award. Pte Cassandra Rice, of Combat
Training Centre, won the rookie award.
Both players were also selected in
ADF teams. Four other Army men and
eight other Army women players are also
part of the ADF teams.
ACT won the women's final, beat-
ing Southern States 8-2, with the
result reversed in the men's final when
Southern States defeated ACT 13-9.
Defence Softball President Gp-Capt
Peter Davis said the focus was now on
the coming tour of New Zealand where
the ADF men's and women's teams
would compete in the New Zealand
Defence Force Nationals involving the
three New Zealand Services and the New
Zealand Police Force.
The Trans-Tasman Trophy will be
contested between the men's and wom-
en's national teams from both countries.
"The two test matches are expect-
ed to be played as curtain raisers to the
Softball World Championships, which
Men's team: LS Christopher Murray, PO
David Williams, PO Linden Mooney, AB
Michael Taylor, Sgt Nathan Sandow, LS
Brendan Chappell, CPO Adrian Trevis, Cpl Tony
Chave (captain), Lt Arron Kinleyside, LCpl
Corey Parkinson, AB Samuel Ryan, Pte Casey
Fenn, AB Joshua Falls, AC James Mathews, Cpl
Women's team: WO2 Virginia Morris, CPO
Donna Edge, Sgt Amanda Elliott, Sgt Jeniffer
Grosvenor, Cpl Michelle Hiesley, LACW
Tanya Smiljanic, AB Julie Waller, Sgt Rebecca
Wiggins, Pte Lisa Carlton, Pte Tracy Holding,
AB Kristal Moona, AB Joanne Russell, Sgt
Belinda Larson, Pte Cassandra Rice, Pte
Officials: Contingent commander: Gp-Capt
Peter Davis. Men's coach: CPO Justin Bayliff.
Women's coach: ACW Tanya McGregor/
WO2 Virginia Morris. Managers: LS Michelle
Powell and WOFF Georgia Cartwright.
Statistician: Alicia Matene. Umpire: Sqn-Ldr
Finalists: Players from the men's final between ACT and Southern States at
the national championships.
Photo by LAC Brenton Kwaterski
will be held in Auckland across the same
period," Gp-Capt Davis said.
"Our women hold the Trans-Tasman
trophy, but the Kiwis will be very keen
to take that honour off us in front of their
At the presentation dinner after the
championships, Alicia Matene was for-
mally farewelled after 21 years' devoted
service to Defence Softball as a commit-
tee person, statistician player, coach and
learn a lot about yourself in a week-
Canberra's Federal Golf Course
again hosted the event and although the
course played friendlier than past years,
it more than lived up to its reputation as
a course that can break the spirit of the
Three putts were all too frequent
with just one golfer able to play better
than his handicap across the event.
In a tournament boasting a field of
more than 130 golfers, with at least 70
playing off single figure handicaps, Cpl
Fortescue beat the best the ADF could
offer, shooting just two over par during
the four rounds.
Cpl Fortescue went into the final
round with a five-shot lead and resist-
ed the charge from the chasing pack
to shoot par for the last 18 holes and
retain his national title.
The quality of play by Army golfers
ensured they were able to secure the
team event from Air Force, Navy and
Air Force's FSgt Fred Semmler
achieved the golfers' holy grail on the
practice day when he hit a hole-in-one
on the 16th, one of only four in the
event's 28-year history.
Given that golf has now achieved
Defence Sports Council recogni-
tion as a Tier 1 sport, the ADF Golf
Association Committee will continue
to encourage all three services and APS
golfers to get involved in golf at every
Golfers can contact their local regional repre-
sentative for details via the ADFGA website
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