THE Royal Australian Air Force Mirages have taken the Telstra Security-Akamai Charity Cup and raised more than $4000 for Legacy during the annual match against ACT Veterans on 15 June 2019.
The Over 35s game was played at Portsea Oval, RMC-Duntroon as an annual event to promote mental health and wellbeing through Rugby Union as well as raise funds for charity.
The ACT Vets and Defence Rugby Union clubs have a strong connection and play regularly to enhance the support of rugby in Canberra, support local charities, develop support networks and provide an outlet for social rugby among personnel and the community.
Match organiser, Squadron Leader Matt King said the Air Force Mirages provide Air Force personnel over the age of 35 with the opportunity to play Rugby Union in a social environment.
“The matches are played in good spirit and despite the number of tries scored, the end result is always 9-all,” he said.
“We play the match annually but we are keen to build a stronger community of players so we can play extra fixtures throughout the year in order to increase the exposure of Rugby Union within the RAAF and ADF as well as raise more money for charity.
“The ACT Vets and Air Force would like to thank Telstra Security–Amakai for their generous sponsorship of the Charity Cup; and TAE Aerospace for their generous support to Air Force Rugby Union.”
The match marked the final as Air Commander Australia for Air Vice-Marshal (AVM) Steve Roberton, who encouraged more personnel to get involved in Defence sport.
“Sport is so people focused which makes it the perfect outlet to assist in building resilience and maintaining those support networks so we can be at our best at work and at home,” AVM Roberton said.
“I really enjoyed the run around with such a great bunch of people and to share a few laughs but I won’t be hanging the boots up just yet.
“To all the women and men out there I want to encourage you to get involved in the Defence sport teams no matter your age or skill level because you will get a lot out of it.”