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To celebrate 25 great years of rambling, we invite all
ex-Rams for a reunion in Canberra:
Fri: 2011 Presentation evening at Manuka Oval, $70pp
Sat: Past v Present exhibition match at ADFA at 1330h
followed by a reunion in the Cadets' mess
Sun: Lunch at Olims Hotel
Any questions and RSVPs please contact Matt at
ADFA Rams 25th
21-23 October 2011
RSVP AND PAYMENT BY 10 OCT
September 29, 2011
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Both teams have been grouped
in Pool A with the People's
Liberation Army from China.
Tonga will play China in the
opening day of the competition at
Viking Park in Canberra on October
1. ASRU plays Tonga in Sydney
on October 5 and then plays China
in Canberra on October 9.
TDS played a match on August
20 against the kingdom's national
team and learned useful techniques
for scrums, line outs and defence in
Despite a small playing pool,
only having about 600 members in
its defence service, Tongans' natural
ability combined with their ferocity
make them formidable opponents.
Tonga holds the 12th position in
the international rankings.
TDS's public affairs officer
LCDR Solomone Savelio said four
members of the team had interna-
tional experience beyond military
Flanker PTE Falengame'esi
Tuone To'a and prop PTE Ofa
Ki Muli Foki Kovi Lolohea have
played on the under-21 rugby
league tour of New Zealand. No.
8 PTE Vivili He Lotu Iongi has
played for a Japanese club and
flanker PTE Sosaia Tuipulotu Tapa
played for a New Zealand club.
"The TDS team started when the
first Pacific Military Cup started,"
LCDR Savelio said in an email.
"It was a good thing for us as our
rugby was banned for almost 20
years due to a player injury (paraly-
sis) and the starting of the Pacific
Military Rugby Cup was an excuse
for us to ask the government to
change their policy," he said.
"We really appreciate Australia's
invitation as it fosters great friend-
ship and develops closer relation-
ships between countries.
"This competition means a lot
to us as we have to show the public
that Defence can do anything and
also that our team can bring happi-
ness to our people."
See the Sipu Tau performed at www.
Now, listen up to Tongans' Sipi Tau cry
CFN Max Bree
SHH, don't tell anyone but the word
in ADF hockey circles is that FLTLT
Peter Nugent is pretty good.
FLTLT Nugent, of RAAF Base
Edinburgh, was a strong force during
the ADF's 2-0 win over the Royal
Navy (RN) in a series-deciding match
at the Sydney Olympic Park Hockey
Centre on September 9. Earlier in the
week the ADF men downed the RN
in the first game but a goal in dying
seconds of game two snatched the
Poms a draw, making the third game
a "must win" for the ADF men's
Afraid of inflating FLTLT
Nugent's ego, teammate CFN Gareth
Hoddinott gave a cautious assessment
of his performance.
"I hate to say it but he's pretty
solid out there," CFN Hoddinott said.
"But I'm only going to say that once."
Team captain LAC Tommy Miller
was happy all his players could make
it to the game and was impressed with
the RN's in-field performance.
"They really did put it to us out
there," he said.
"But we played the game plan very
well and came out on top."
In the women's competition an
unstoppable ADF side beat the British
team three games to nil.
Using a centre-field sliding
defence play know as a press, the
women piled on the points in each
contest, tearing through the visitors
to win 6-0 in the first game, 4-0 in
the second and 5-0 in the third.
The RN women's coach continu-
ally screamed "Don't let 'em set a
press!" from the dugout, while their
men's coach took photos from high
in the grandstand to try and under-
stand the Australians' tactics.
Instead of marking opponents
individually, a press uses four players
to deny the opposition access to the
centre-field and can slide left or right
The RN tour marked the end of the
2011 ADF hockey season.
FLTLT Nugent helps sink Royal Navy at hockey
After a superb season,
Rams fall at last hurdle
ON THE BURST: Above, OFFCDT
Ramy Fathelbab leads the race
or the ball. Left, OFFCDT Jack
Timperon looks for an option.
Photos: LCPL Mark Doran
LCPL Mark Doran
AFTER making the grand final of the
ACTAFL Division 3 competition for the
second year in a row, the ADFA Rams
were no match for Harman, going down
by 28 points.
Nearly 200 ADFA cadets and staff
supported the Rams at Football Park
in Woden on September 10 as they
attempted to make up for last year's
grand final loss to Belconnen in the
dying minutes of the game.
A good result would have helped the
Rams celebrate their 25th anniversary
season, though this year the team trailed
in all four quarters of the final, going
down 11.8 (74) to 6.10 (46).
ADFA Rams captain OFFCDT
Nick Downward said the game was
a credit to the Rams as they worked
hard for the whole match but things
just did not go our way.
"The Harman boys came out and
beat us at our own game plan.
"They had a good zone and we
couldn't work through it," OFFCDT
The Rams lost just one game this
year, in Round 3, and had beaten
Harman three times during the season
including a 100-point (107 to 7) victory
in Round 16 and a 42-point victory in
ADFA Rams head coach MAJ Mat
Jones said the team had a game plan that
was well rehearsed but they just didn't
execute it on the day.
in the trial
LCPL Mark Doran
SIX RAAFies have made the final
cut for the Australian Service Rug-
by Union (ASRU) Warriors squad
to play in the International Defence
Rugby Competition (IDRC) in Oc-
After the final trial game,
five players were culled from the
35-man ASRU squad named in late
The Air Force players in the final
squad of 30 are: LAC Alex Chan
(forward) of 10SQN; CPL Richard
Falkenmire (forward) of 37SQN;
FLGOFF Andre Holmes (forward) of
76SQN; LAC Bodine Luscott (for-
ward) of 81WG; LAC Chris Tuttiet
(back) of 2OCU; and, CPL Michael
Wallace (back) of 37SQN.
ASRU coach CAPT Damien
Cahill said he thought the team was
nearly ready after playing the high-
est standard of opposition ASRU
had played for many years.
"Physically and in set-piece we
are getting there -- our defensive sys-
tems are starting to work well, but we
still have a bit to go in terms of our
attack," CAPT Cahill said.
"We can only control what we
can control -- we can't control the
on-field management -- we can only
do our best to ensure we are in situ-
ations where it doesn't impact upon
us."During September, ASRU
faced Tasmania Rugby Union and
Victorian State teams in Wagga
and the Victorians -- again in
ASRU will play two pool
games in the IDRC -- against Tonga
Defence Services in Sydney on
October 5 and against People's
Liberation Army (China) in
Canberra on October 9.
ASRU beat the Tasmanians but
lost to the Victorians both games --
albeit only by two points second time
"The Victorian players were
well-drilled and have been play-
ing together all season. The players
were mostly big Polynesians," CAPT
"This was exactly what the team
needed to face as a prelude to chal-
"We learnt we have to lift our
intensity in order to win the contact
"We need to work on gaining
greater penetration in our attack
and developing the ability to
change our point of attack."
A surprise selection in the
squad was Army CPL Ricky
Dumigan, who captained ASRU in
2006 but was originally selected
this time as team trainer.
CAPT Cahill said CPL
Dumigan, the development offic-
er with the ACT Brumbies, was
exceptionally fit. "He is filling an
awkward space for us as he is our
strength and conditioning trainer,
but he is still one of the best half-
backs in Defence," he said.
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