Navy Tridents on fire

This article has photo gallery Published on SGT Dave Morley (author), LACW Jacqueline Forrester (photographer), LCPL Brodie Cross (photographer)

Location(s): North Sydney, NSW

Topic(s): Rugby League

Royal Australian Navy Tridents team members, from left, AB Emily Xar, AB Morgan Wilson-Ward, AB Jahna Smyth, AB Caroline Sabasio and AB Grace Waters celebrate their victory against the Fire and Rescue NSW team at North Sydney Oval, NSW. (photo: LACW Jacqueline Forrester)
Royal Australian Navy Tridents team members, from left, AB Emily Xar, AB Morgan Wilson-Ward, AB Jahna Smyth, AB Caroline Sabasio and AB Grace Waters celebrate their victory against the Fire and Rescue NSW team at North Sydney Oval, NSW.

The Navy Tridents were too strong for Fire and Rescue New South Wales in the annual Community Cup women’s rugby league game, played in the lead-up to the North Sydney Bears games at North Sydney Oval on 25 August.

The Tridents’ Coach, Chief Petty Officer Neil Stanley said the team performed exceptionally well, winning 26-0, considering it had nine debutantes.

“With a reduced training camp of only four days leading in, I was impressed with their ability to come together in a short period and produce a dominant team performance.

“They really bought into the core message of controlling the controllables - our effort, attitude and actions,” he said.

Chief Petty Officer Stanley said Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Renee Mason was the team’s most valuable player.

“Renee was one of the debutantes for the game and, having not played a lot of rugby league, was extremely impressive with how she adapted to her role within the team.

Her maturity and tenacity in pivotal moments in the game were a standout and a big contribution to the team’s success.

“Renee is a talented footballer and we look forward to seeing her grow with further involvement in Royal Australian Navy Rugby League,” he said.

He added that there was always room for improvement, even after a strong win.

“A dominant win like this does tend to mask the little effort areas we need to improve on, like communication, structure and game management.

“We’ve been building to something great since our inception in 2017 and I’m confident, with the foundation set and the current core group of players, we’ll be competitive leading into the inter-service competition early next year to really make a charge for the title,” he said.

Imagery is available on the Navy Image Gallery: https://images.navy.gov.au/S20192048.

The Royal Australian Navy Tridents team at North Sydney Oval. Back row, L-R: AB Mardi Longford, AB Renee Mason, LS Jasmine Buttler, AB Demi McLennan, AB Cheever Hamilton, AB Emily Xar, AB Kirsten Wilson. Middle row, L-R: LEUT Amy Browns, AB Madeline Woolmer, AB Caroline Sabasio, AB Jahna Smyth, AB Vanesa Lee Cheu. Front row, L-R: LS Gabi Bryan, AB Morgan Wilson-Ward, LS Jenna Shiel, AB Tayla Stark, AB Michelle Vocea, AB Grace Waters, SMN Cayla Barrow.

The Royal Australian Navy Tridents team at North Sydney Oval. Back row, L-R: AB Mardi Longford, AB Renee Mason, LS Jasmine Buttler, AB Demi McLennan, AB Cheever Hamilton, AB Emily Xar, AB Kirsten Wilson. Middle row, L-R: LEUT Amy Browns, AB Madeline Woolmer, AB Caroline Sabasio, AB Jahna Smyth, AB Vanesa Lee Cheu. Front row, L-R: LS Gabi Bryan, AB Morgan Wilson-Ward, LS Jenna Shiel, AB Tayla Stark, AB Michelle Vocea, AB Grace Waters, SMN Cayla Barrow.