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, 12 MAY (Victoria Barracks)
NEWCASTLE (Women, 1215)
CE (Women 1345, Men 1500)
DAY, 15 MAY (Coogee Oval)
vs AIR FORCE (Men, 1500)
8 MAY (Victoria Barracks)
ARMY 'OLD BOYS' (1200)
IR FORCE (Women, 1330)
MY vs NAVY (Men, 1500)
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OOGEE OVAL, SYDNEY
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CHAMPIONSHIPS 12-18 MAY
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ARMY has again proven its might in
Aussie rules with victories over Navy
and Air Force for both men's and
women's teams in 2013.
The Army teams took out both the Jim
Smail trophy and Geoff Ledger cup in the
Australian Services Australian Football
Association National Championships
played in Melbourne from April 14-20.
Navy took on Air Force in the first
round of play, with a close match for the
men ending in RAAF taking out victory
by less than a goal.
The Navy women were too good for
their Air Force opponents, resulting in a
27-goal margin. Several attempts at goal
by the RAAF women were met with a
strong back line that thwarted the scoring
opportunities, leaving them scoreless at
The Army sides defeated Air Force in
the second day of play with a whitewash
for the women and a margin of 23 goals
for the men.
The strong forward line on the men's
team was too good for Air Force, and
good defending left few scoring opportu-
nities. Final scores were Army 25.11(161)
to Air Force 2.1(13). The Army women
obliterated their opponents with 21.29.155
to Air Force 0.0(00) at the final siren.
The final day of play saw the two
strongest sides, Army and Navy, face
off for the coveted Jim Smail trophy and
Geoff Ledger cup.
For the women, the Navy team started
off strong, kicking three goals in the first
quarter to Army's three behinds.
The Army team came back in the sec-
ond quarter to lead Navy by five points at
half-time. They stretched their lead to a
goal by three-quarter time and held on to
finish up by seven points at the final siren
winning 6.12(48) to Navy's 6.2(38).
Ten-year veteran Army women's play-
er Cpl Alex Shain, better known as Pauly
among the team, said it was an emotional
win for her as it was her final year of play-
ing before discharge.
"It was mixed emotions among the
team," she said. "What else can you ask
for but to go out with a win?
"I've been involved with women's
footy every year since I joined the Army
and it's been a big part of my life so it
was pretty emotional playing in my final
The Army men controlled the match
from start to finish with a strong forward
line having more than 35 successful scor-
Although the Navy men had plenty of
opportunities to score, the Army defence
Clean sweep for soldiers
Army men's and women's teams dominate national Aussie rules competition with big wins in all games
was too good, leading to fumbling and
rushed play for a final score of 22.13(145)
to Navy's 4.9(33).
Army men's captain Lt Robert
Frankland applauded the other teams but
said his side worked well together and
hung in for the victory in both games.
"We won by a fairly big margin, how-
ever the effort put in by the other teams
wasn't really consistent with the score,
"We had really hard games and put in
a lot of effort right to the end but we were
too good, strong and skilled on the day
and managed to take the win."
Best player for the Army men, as voted
by the umpires, was Cfn Mark Hamilton,
who also took out overall best player for
For the women, best Army player
LCpl Kylie Guarino also took out the best
women's player of the carnival.
The best available players of the carni-
val joined together for the All Stars com-
petition in Adelaide against the Australian
Combined Services for the men and in
Melbourne for the women against the
Victorian Women's Football League. Full
report next edition.
Winning form: Sgt Jorga
Jones outpaces Air Force in the
women's Aussie rules National
Championships. Inset, Cfn Mark
Hamilton soars above Air Force in
the men's competition.
Photos by LS Paul McCallum
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