Navy Aussie Rules team visits Carlton for inspiration

Published on LEUT Ben Willee (author)

Location(s): Carlton Football Club

Topic(s): Australian Rules Football

This week the Australian Defence Force Aussie Rules National Carnival and National Wheelchair AFL Competition returns to Melbourne. (photo: Unknown)
This week the Australian Defence Force Aussie Rules National Carnival and National Wheelchair AFL Competition returns to Melbourne.

This week the Australian Defence Force Aussie Rules National Carnival and National Wheelchair AFL Competition returns to Melbourne. 

Looking for inspiration, the Navy teams visited the Carlton Football Club and enjoyed a strength and conditioning session including briefings from the coach and operations manager. 
 
The day enabled the players and coaching staff to compare insights on high performance environments.
 
Both the men’s and women’s teams will be looking to stop Army going back to back and claim the title of Australian Defence Force All Stars. The All stars will then play in a curtain raiser prior to the Anzac Day football game at the Adelaide Oval.
 
Able Seaman Communication and Information Systems Brad Harricks said there were similarities between an Australian Rules Football club and the Navy with both having high performance cultures.

“Our trip to the Carlton Football Club provided a fantastic insight into how full time professional footballers go about their daily lives,” he said. 

“It also gave us some great ideas for our own training and how hard we need to work.”
 
The women’s team were also able to enjoy some inspiration and advice from two of Carlton’s marquee women’s players Rebecca Privitelli and Brianna Davey. 

Both spoke about the challenges and excitement of playing in the first season of the very successful AFL Women’s League.

The best of Defence women will play against a Victorian Women’s representative team prior to an AFL fixture in Melbourne over the Anzac weekend.
 
Australian Defence Force Australian Rules Chairman, Major General Matthew Hall said the event highlights the importance of elite sport in Defence.
 
“The standard of competition for AFL in Defence is very high and our women’s achievements at the national level point to exciting opportunities for pursuing both a professional career and sport,” he said.
 
“I am also proud to be part of an organisation that promotes such a high calibre competition. The nature of Australian Defence Force Australian Rules reflects our values and spirit.”
 
For more details on game times and locations visit adfar.org