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Australian Army Team

BY WILL EVANS
at Skilled Park

Army Thunder retained the Pa- trons Cup with a resounding 52-6 victory over fierce rivals Navy Tridents at Skilled Park in the curtain-raiser to the Trans-Tasman Test match.
  Former Rabbitoh flyer Joven Clarke starred with a hat-trick of tries, while ex-Balmain Tigers Pre- mier League five-eighth Keith Eshman toyed with the Navy Titans defence as Army reversed recent shock loss to their seafaring counterparts.
  Danger signs emerged early for the Tridents as tries to Eshman and winger Mick Harmer opened up a 12-0 lead for Army before the quarter mark.
  Eshman stamped his class further by providing a brilliant offload for second-rower Chad Jenson to score, before slicing through flimsy Navy defence to send Clarke over under the posts for his first try.
  The Tridents finally opened their account in the 31st minute. Quick hands following an Army fumble
saw lighweight lock Simon Hoare cross in the corner, and Chris Tor- may's sideline conversion gave Navy a glimmer of hope heading to the sheds at 24-6 down.
  But Navy's fate was effectively sealed eight minutes after the break. Interchange forward Damien Rex ironed out diminutive Thunder winger Joven Clarke, sparking a melee, and was promptly sent off by referee Daniel Gigliotti.
  Clarke's reprisal came in the form of a weaving run to lay on a try for a hard-running second rower Jesse Jenkins as the Thunder immediatly took advantage of Trident's 12- man defensive line.
  Army claimed their sixth try with their next possession, centre Zane Mitchell climbimg high to reel in a cross-kick and score, opening up a 34-6 scoreline.
  The highlight of the match ar- rived in the 60th minute. Clarke, who made his NRL debut for Souths as a teenager in 2002, scooped up a loose ball from an- other Navy turnover and scorched 80 metres for a spectacular try, denying  the   valiant chase of
Tridents winger Drew Thornton.
  The Thunder finished the com- prehensive victory in style; fullback Mahn Darley toed the ball through and capitalised on a mix-up at the back to score under the posts, before Clarke was gifted his hat-trick courtesy of another handling error. Darley capped a superb night with the boot by converting Clarke's third try from the sideline, giving him a personal haul of 22 points.
  "We took some hard lessons on board from a couple of weels ago, and the boys got the win today," Thunder skipper Pat Inskip said. after accepting the coverted Patrons Cup. Inskip dedicated the victory to the 24 Australian sevicemen to have lost their lives in the Afghanistan conflict.
  Army's pack, led up front by Inskip and Paul Ferguson, laid a superb foundation for Eshman, Clarke and co. to wreak havoc, while Darley shone at fullback.
  Hard running center Matt Docker, try scoring Hoare and powerful bench forward Kerrod Adrensek were Navy's   best  in a spirited  but

well-beaten side.
  Army Thunder 52 (Joven Clarke 3, Mick Hamer, Keith Eshman, Chad Jensen, Jesse Jenkins, Zane Mitchell, Mahn Darley Tries; Makn Darley 8 goals) d Navy Tridents 6   (Simon Hoare try;
  Chris Tormay goal) at Skilled Park, Gold Coast, May 6th. Referee: Daniel Gigliotti. Halftime: Army 24-6. Goal-Kickers: Mahn Darley (Army) 8 from 9, Chris Tormay (Navy) 1 from 1.

  ARMY THUNDER
  1   PTE Mahn Darley
  2   LCPL Joven Clarke
  3   CPL Zane Mitchell
  4   CFN Aaron Resch
  5   CPL Mick Hamer
  6   PTE Keith Eshman
  7   LCPL Kevin Ashby
  8   CFN Paul Ferguson
  9   PTE Buddy James
  10   CPL Pat Inskip
  11   GNR Chad Jensen
  12   CFN Jesse Jenkins
  13   PTE Adam Fisher
  Interchange
  14   CPL Bruce Gleeson
  15   CFN Dan Muller
  16   SGT Marty McCulloch
  17   CPL Chad Gill
  18   CPL Leaon Abdul-Rahmann
  19   SPR Scott Ragan
  21   CPL Dean Cannon
  22   BDR Danny Tavita
  Coach: SGT Scott Clarke

  PTE - Private
  CFN- Craftsman
  SPR-Sapper
  LCPL-Lance Corporal
  CPL-Corporal
  BDR-Bombarier

NAVY TRIDENTS
1   LS Kurt Smith
2   AB Drew Thornton
3   AB Chris Tormay
4   AB Matt Docker
5   AB Mark Lupton
6   AB Leroy Franklin
7   AB Mitch Norton
8   LS Kade Edwards
9   AB Bobby Ashman
10   PO Ryan Brook
11   LS Dan Capilli
12   AB Zac French
13   AB Somon Hoare
Interchange
14   AB Brendan Meade
15   SMN Kerrod Adrensek
16   AB Damien Rex
17   PO Neil Stanley
18   AB Daniel Harris
19   PO Samuel McGreggor
20   AB Luke Woodcroft

Coach: David Kemp


SGT-Sargent
PO-Petty Officer
LS-Leading Seaman
AB-Able Seaman
SMN-Seaman

With thanks
Rugby League Review
June 2011

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