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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)
Y VICTORIA BARRACKS
OOGEE OVAL, SYDNEY
ARMY vs N
Y vs AIR FORC
NAVY 'OLD SALTS'
CHAMPIONSHIPS 12-18 MAY
May 9, 2013 Prominent
MAJ Al Lynch
AIR Force rugby league players
were prominent in the Combined
Australian Services Rugby League
(CASRL) team's hit-out against their
police counterparts in a trial at St
Mary's Stadium in western Sydney
on April 17.
LACs Mitch Knowles and Sean
Colville were named among the best
players ahead of the CASRL tour
for the Police and Armed Services
Rugby League World Cup in the UK
in June and July.
Police held off a fast-finishing
CASRL team 20-16, however coach-
ing staff were provided with plenty
of opportunities to view players and
combinations prior to the UK tour.
CASRL coach WO2 Brian Jones
said his side performed superbly and
almost every player received points
in the players' player award.
"This game was extremely physi-
cal; in fact the tackles and defensive
collisions were some of the hardest I
have seen in any game," he said.
In perfect conditions, the open-
ing exchanges were physical with
numerous attacking raids being
repelled, highlighted by a superb
individual effort by LAC Sean
Colville in making a try-saving
Police opened the scoring after
an apparent knock-on was missed by
the referee and CASRL trailed 6-0.
That soon ballooned out to 12-0
after Police scored a soft try under
the posts and the CASRL side had
trouble holding possession.
Coach WO2 Jones stressed that
his players were well in the game at
This advice came to fruition after
just four minutes when a superb
cross field kick from LAC Mitch
Knowles saw LAC Colville tap the
ball back to SGT Zane Mitchell who
scored in the corner.
PTE Mahn Darley's conver-
sion attempt sailed just wide of the
uprights and the score became 12-4.
AB Phillip Samuelu was penal-
ised for a high shot and sent from the
field, leaving the CASRL team with
only 12 players.
For the next 15 minutes, both
teams attacked and defended with
In the 60th minute the CASRL
line cracked and the Police scored
for a 16-4 lead.
The send-off and try seemed to
galvanise the CASRL team and in
the 67th minute PTE Keith Eshman
broke through the Police line and
offloaded to BDR Jarred Bassett
who scored near the posts.
PTE Darley converted to make
the score 16-10.
Three minutes later, BDR Bassett
darted out from dummy half and
produced a sublime offload to TPR
Jack Blaine who scored.
The conversion by PTE Darley
was successful and the scores were
locked at 16-all with 10 minutes to
go. Once again the attack and
defence from both teams was at its
best, but only having 12 players took
its toll on the CASRL team and the
Police scored in the corner to take
the lead 20-16 with two minutes
SAFE HANDS: CPL Glenn Noye, of RAAF Base Williams, beats his Army
opponent to the mark during the national carnival in Melbourne.
Photo: LS Paul McCallum
Men taste victory
DETERMINED: LACW Rianna Purton busts through a wall of Navy defenders
during the ASAFA National Carnival in Melbourne. Photo: LS Paul McCallum
From back page
"We had a lot of new players
and our inexperience was probably
reflected on the scoreboard, but I
don't think the scoreboard reflected
how we played," LACW Pearce said.
"The girls' attitude towards footy
was brilliant. The way they trained
and played showed their good atti-
tude towards the footy and overall
they enjoyed themselves and are all
keen to come back next year,.
On day two, Army took on Air
Force with similar results for the
women and a margin of close to 25
goals for the men.
Solid defence by Army left Air
Force with little chance for scoring
Final scores were Army 25.11.161
to Air Force 2.1.13. The Army women
kicked 21.29.155 and kept Air Force
In the final day of play, Navy and
Army faced off for the coveted Jim
Smail Trophy for men and Geoff
Ledger Cup for women.
The Navy women's team started
strongly before Army came back in
the second quarter to lead by five
points at half-time.
Army stretched its lead to a goal
by three-quarter time and held on
to win by seven points, 6.12.48 to
Army men had control of their
match from start to finish with lots of
forward line opportunities resulting in
more than 35 scoring shots.
Although Navy had plenty of
opportunities, Army's defence was
too good, resulting in a final score of
22.13.145 to Navy's 4.9.33.
At the presentation dinner,
PLTOFF Sean McGrath won best Air
Force player for the men and CPL
Trudi Lines took out best player for
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