Navy women, men start ADF rugby championships on front foot

This article has photo gallery Published on WOMT Damien Clayton (author), Unknown (photographer)

Topic(s): Rugby Union

The Royal Australian Navy Women’s rugby team have emerged victorious from their first game of the ADF Rugby Championships. (photo: Unknown)
The Royal Australian Navy Women’s rugby team have emerged victorious from their first game of the ADF Rugby Championships.

After a three-day training camp and with just 13 players on hand, the Royal Australian Navy Women’s rugby team has joined the men’s line-up in a solid start to the ADF Rugby Championships on 2 May.

The Navy Women’s (RANRU-W) squad came into camp at Enoggera Barracks for the ADF Rugby Union Championship with a smaller squad than last year with many ships either deployed or preparing to deploy.

With only three days available for training and having eight new players among the selected squad, the team rose to the occasion and came away with an impressive 25-5 win over the Air Force (RAAFRU) women’s team at Ballymore.

Women’s Coach CPO Joey Cameron (RANTEWSS) said the RANRU-W team displayed impenetrable defence throughout the match that denied Air Force the tryline for all but the dying seconds of the 10s fixture.

“I was impressed with the way the squad demonstrated resilience and determination despite the short preparation period leading into the game,” CPO Cameron said.

“The only RAAFRU-W try came in the dying seconds of the 10s fixture, off a kick and chase behind play.

“I am confident that the squad can build on this victory in preparation of their next game against the Army women’s team on today at Ballymore stadium.”

The player of the match was awarded to AB Mahalia Ellis (HMAS Stirling) who was both superb in defence and running the ball off the ruck throughout the match.

Captain for the RANRU-W side AB Christine Fine (HMAS Coonawarra) said running on to the field was a case of getting ready for the unknown.

“With such little time to prepare and with so many new players I did not know what to expect,”AB  Fine said. 

“But as shown by our win, all the girls stepped up and I could not be prouder of their efforts.

“We had a motto of “train as we play” coming into camp and all players did just that. The Navy can be justifiably proud of what these women are achieving both on and off the field.”

RESULT:  RANRU-W 25 (Frankl (2 tries), AB Mahalia Ellis (2 tries) and  AB Debra Toby d Air Force 5.

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Navy men post try fest against Air Force

Fresh from their March tour of France and the UK, a largely unchanged men’s Navy rugby team emerged from a one-week camp to pile on the points in a 64-12 win over Air Force.

The men went into their match on the back of watching Air Force play the previous weekend against Army and scored 21 points in quick succession as they settled in to new plays and combinations.

Men’s coach, Warrant Officer Dave Carter, said Navy understood that beating Air Force with good structure, discipline and patience was paramount for preparations against Army today at Ballymore.

“Navy usually starts slowly against RAAFRU as they have a game under their belts, but we started quickly and were up 33-0 at halftime.

“I am pretty happy with their performance but there’s a few things to work including the need to address the penalty count.”

Able Seaman Tom Ketchell scored four tries with AB Corey Lee kicking seven conversions from nine attempts.

The Navy forward pack was dominant and well-led by the team Captain, Leading Seaman Alex Wilson with the backline firing under the guidance of LS Daryl Seden.

Best players for Navy on the day were, AB Dom Morris, Midshipman Jonte Heirdsfield, AB Justin McGarrity, AB Thomas Ketchell, AB Scott Hogan and LS Alex Wilson

RESULT - RANRU-M 64 (Tom Ketchell  4 tries; AB Corey Lee seven goals) d Air Force 12