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International Defence Cricket Challenge Launches


International Defence Cricket Challenge Launches

The inaugural International Defence Cricket Challenge was launched at Manuka Oval today.

The tournament boasts a total of eight sides, including teams from the Australian Army, Navy and Air Force; the Australian Services Cricket Association President's XI; sides from the New Zealand Army and Air Force; and United Kingdom Adjunct General's Corps and Royal Engineers.

Australian Services Cricket Association President, Brigadier Stephen Dunn said, "This tournament provides an opportunity for the Defence Forces of Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom to enhance their partnerships through cricket.

"It also provides an opportunity for members of visiting teams to experience some Australian culture and gain an understanding of the Australian Defence Force."

The Challenge will take place on grounds around Canberra from 19-23 November.

The grand final will be held on Friday 23 November at Manuka Oval. It will also be the scene for a reunion of past and present Australian Services cricketers and officials, including the Commanding Officer of the 1945 Australian Services side.

The final has attracted a raft of dignitaries including His Excellency Major General Michael Jeffery, Governor-General of Australia; and Chief of Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston. A gold coin entry fee will be donated to Legacy.

Tournament Director, Lieutenant Colonel James Brownlie said, "Cricket is a game of fair play, teamwork, social interaction and fierce rivalry between nations - especially Australia, New Zealand and Great Britain. This tournament will be no exception."

ENDS

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