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July 4, 2013
A SMALL team of ADF runners have
returned from a successful visit to
Papeete, French Polynesia after compet-
ing in the Oceania Regional Athletics
Championships held from June 3-5.
The eight-strong team representing
the Australian Defence Running and
Athletics Association (ADRAA) compet-
ed in track events from 60m up to 10km.
Team leader FLTLT Spencer Cox,
a logistics officer at RAAF Base
Glenbrook, said the team performed well
despite humid conditions.
"A number of medal performances
were achieved with two firsts, four sec-
onds and a third," he said.
"But the dark horse award of the com-
petition went to OCDT Thomas Briggs
who finished third in the open men's
1500m, and produced a solid performance
in the open men's 5km, just an hour later,
coming in seventh."
Runners return successful
FLTLT Gavin Briggs
AIR FORCE is providing seven play-
ers towards the Combined Australian
Services Rugby League (CASRL)
squad's upcoming 2013 Armed Forces
Rugby League World Cup tour.
The CASRL squad is made up of
23 players from across the ADF.
The squad recently gathered at
Randwick Barracks, Sydney, to final-
ise preparations for their attempt at
winning the Armed Forces World Cup
at Colchester Barracks in the United
Kingdom from June 30 to July 13.
The event is being hosted by the
UK's 16 Air Assault Brigade and
participating nations include current
champions Great Britain as well as
Australia, New Zealand and debutant
teams from Russia and Serbia.
Head coach WO2 Brian Jones put
the team through its paces to fine tune
aspects of set plays and strategies.
In addition to the training program,
other activities were aimed at enhanc-
ing the team's overall preparedness.
LAC Daniel 'Doc' Halliday said
highlights of the CASRL preparation
week included a guided tour of the
National Rugby League Museum and
a scrimmage session with the Cronulla
Sharks at Shark Park.
"Just having the chance to see
these guys train is one thing but
being able to run against guys like
Todd Carney and Wade Graham was
awesome," LAC Halliday said.
Another team highlight was being
addressed by Australian Kangaroos
coach Tim Sheens at a barbecue
lunch that was attended by CASRL
President AVM Colin Thorne.
The first round match has the
CASRL team up against Serbia, fol-
lowed by games against New Zealand
and the UK, before finals in early
Air Force members selected:
SGT Troy Luke, CPL Anthony Hopkin,
LACs Sean Coleville, Daniel Halliday,
Daniel Holt, Mitchell Knowles and
Seven set for
READY: The Combined Australian Services Rugby League team ahead of their tour to the UK for the Armed
Forces Rugby League World Cup.
Photo: courtesy Sullivan Portraits
Rugby reps star
for classic Anzacs
PEACE reigned briefly over the bat-
tlefield that was Ballymore Stadium
while the Ode was recited and the
Last Post played, but at the blast of
the whistle, the long awaited charity
Classic Rugby clash began.
The Classic Anzacs, playing in a
strip which combined both Wallaby
and All Black colours, met the Classic
British and Irish XV, composed of for-
mer international players together with
members of the British Army team,
the Third Battalion of the Yorkshire
Regiment, currently touring Australia.
The Classic Anzacs were captained
by CPL Ben Roberts-Smith VC and
included Wallaby and All Black leg-
ends such as Steven Larkham, Chris
Latham, Ofisa Junior Ton'u, Matt
Dunning and Greg 'Marto' Martin.
Three Australian Services Rugby
Union (ASRU) players were on the
Classic Anzacs side, including CPL
Mick Wallace, an aircraft techni-
cian with 37SQN at RAAF Base
He and the other ASRU players
were joined by members of the New
Zealand Navy, Army and Air Force.
Playing outside back, CPL Wallace
described the match as one he will
simply never forget.
"It was a really amazing experience
to play alongside some of the legends
of the game," he said.
The match was the result of the
hard work by MAJ Garrath Williams,
a former member of the Duke of
Wellington Regiment and now at HQ
1st Division at Gallipoli Barracks.
He said his service in Afghanistan
with MTF-1 was a big driver for the
match, but the catalyst was watch-
ing the 'Heroes' rugby game at
Twickenham in 2011 and wondering
why the same support couldn't be
shown in Australia.
The RSL charity Mates4Mates, aid-
ing the recovery and ongoing care of
wounded Australians, supporting char-
ity rugby matches was a natural fit.
From the first whistle, the 8500
supporters, many proudly clad in
Wallaby, Lions and All Black colours,
watched forgotten skills emerge and
combine with impressive ability in a
match that gave no quarter.
"It was a great win for the Anzacs,
but I'll tell you what, the Brits played
pretty hard; it was a tough game," CPL
"But you know the bottom line
is we raised a lot of money for
Mates4Mates and we raised a lot of
awareness about the wounded guys
coming home. All in all, I'm really
About $200,000 was raised for dis-
tribution among Mates4Mates (Aus),
Help for Heroes (UK) and the New
Zealand Fallen Heroes Trust.
MAJ Williams said he was grateful
for the support given to the match and
would like to see it continue.
"Perhaps even a 20-20 cricket
match," he said.
He said the final score was the least
important part of the night, but strictly
for the record, the Anzacs won 29-5.
CrossFit to feature at Kapooka
A CROSSFIT throwdown will feature for
the first time at the Kapooka Summer
Series in November.
Kapooka is a registered CrossFit
Affiliate and the competition will be
geared around team events.
The Summer Series will also include
golf and a rugby league nines competi-
tion now in its fourth year.
Further details from CAPT Ian
Marston on 0429 202 453 or email
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