The 2016 Corps Week Rugby tournament included both men's 10s and ladies' 7s competition. The men's competition was held on 03 Nov 16 and saw teams from 1 CSR, 1 SIG REGT, 3 CSR, 7 CSR, 7 SIG REGT, 145 SIG SQN and DFSS, competing in what was hard fought and highly skilled rugby.
In a round-robin tournament, each team played two games, with the top two teams going through to the finals. 7 CSR, for the second year in a row, won the men's competition, defeating 7 SIG REGT 35 - 12, SIG Daniel Hoare from 7 CSR won player of the match.
This year was the first year that a ladies' 7's competition conducted. The competition received a lot of interest and support from all units. The teams entered into the competition were from 1 CSR, 3 CSR, 7 CSR and 7 SIG REGT, with 7 CSR winning the Cup against 7 SIG REGT in the final 17 - 5.
Despite it being the first game of rugby for many of the women, there were plenty of big hits, great runs and an overall outstanding display of talent. PTE Erin Buckingham from 7 CSR won player of the match. The ladies competition is something that will to continue in the years to come.
Overall, the Rugby was an outstanding success. All participants displayed an excellent level of sportsmanship and skill with dedicated support from the crowd. Based on the talent shown by both the men's and women's competitions, there may be plans to begin the forming an RA SIGS rugby team in the near future.
The aim is to promote Rugby throughout a Corps that has demonstrated the potential to develop and excel on the Rugby Field throughout both Defence in Australia and further afield. It will give individuals something to aim for, and more importantly be part of a successful and hopefully winning team.
On the morning of the 03 Nov 16 the Borneo Barracks Rugby Oval was a hive of activity as the gathered runners prepared for the start of the 2016 Corps Week running events. This year' s competition saw 10 Cad Cup teams, six Athena teams and five Grecian Teams participating, unfortunately the Reserve units were unable to enter a team, but we hope that they will be able to attend in 2017.
There was a strong smell of deep heat as the teams carried out final nervous stretches before the starter' s gun. The gods had blessed the day with overcast weather and a slight breeze and enough flies to make you question the integrity of your washing machine.
The race started at 0630 with the Caduceus Cup team starting first followed by the Athena and Grecian competitors. This years track was designed for speed while also maximising as much shade as possible with some lap speeds that resulting in personal best times being achieved.
For most teams the training for this day started months ago. "The struggle was definitely real in the first few weeks of training" said one participant. "We started after EX Hamel and I had a lot of work to do, however, looking back at all of the training we received we have all come a long way"
SGT Ange Coronakes explained "For 7 Sig, we were fortunate to have a fantastic Coach, WO2 Glenn Lamb, who developed a robust and at times punishing training program that was instrumental in the 7 Sig Regt team's running performances. I am very proud of all of our efforts, in particular the 7 Signal Regiment Athena team, who won the Athena event with an incredible time gap of 19 mins".
"I am so proud of these girls, who, like every participant here today, have just worked so hard and it is great to see the teams here competing and having a great time. I've run into people I haven't seen for years which is one of the best things about Corps Week. It' s a great opportunity for the Signals community to come together and reconnect".
The results are as follows:
Caduceus Cup -Wining team: DFSS A Team - 6:07:16
Athena Cup -Winning team: 7 Sig Regt - 3:58:046
Grecian's Cup -Winning team: 7CSR - 3:40:24
The fastest lap time achieved was by SIG Julian Badari from the DFSS A Team at 10:28 or to put that into perspective that is an average 5.1 meters per second for 628 seconds or a speed of 18 kph. Very impressive and congratulations.
With the Rugby and Caduceus Cup events being a massive success, we are now excitedly anticipating what is in store for 2017.