Duo set sights on battle across the Tasman

By Lieutenant Kiz Burtenshaw. CAPT Alisha Hewett and Cpl Mollie Gray are so busy they don’t know what spare time is anymore. However, that is a sacrifice they are prepared to make to achieve their dreams of serving their country not only as members of the ADF, but also as part of the Australian Rugby Union Women’s team – the Wallaroos. Both are extremely talented individuals who form an integral part of the Army women’s team and the ADF Rugby Union women’s team. They were selected in the Wallaroo final train-on squad after stellar performances at the recent ARU Nationals in Sydney during which the ADF women’s team competed admirably. Later this month the squad will go into an intensive training camp at Bond University on the Gold Coast and Cpl Gray has no doubt it will require 100 per cent effort and an injury-free week to ensure she, Capt Hewett and their teammate Air Force Sgt Brooke Saunders come through the cull. “It is great to make the train-on squad, but having been in this position before I know that here is where the real work starts,” she said. “The camp will require so much of us physically and mentally. The three of us are just trying to prepare as best as possible and be there for each other. We are lucky to be all working for an organisation that has been so supportive of our aspirations.” The final squad of about 26 will then travel to Auckland to play one friendly match and two tests against the New Zealand women’s team – the Black Ferns – on the hallowed grounds of Eden Park. The first test on October 22 is the one that is exciting Capt Hewett, of 2GHB, and Cpl Gray, of Defence Force Recruiting – Parramatta, the most. “The first test will be played as a curtain raiser for the Wallaby vs All Black match,” Capt Hewett said. “It has been years since this has occurred and to be able to showcase the high quality of international women’s rugby at such a highly anticipated event is an amazing opportunity.” You can follow the Wallaroos on the ARU website and the ADF Rugby Union teams, including their ARU achievements, at facebook/ADFRugby
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