Jets struck by Thunder
29 May 2014
Army Thunder chose one of the biggest sporting stages in Australia to exact its rugby league revenge on the Air Force Jets.
Army Thunder, sporting from its loss to Air Force in the inter-services rugby league carnival in March, beat Air Force 28-6 with a display of power and dominance at Suncorp Stadium on May 28.
The match was held as a curtain raiser to the 100th State of Origin match at that hallowed ground, formerly known as Lang Park.
The occasion was not lost on the staff and players from both sides with Army team captain, Private Mahn Darley saying they were honoured to have been able to play there.
“It was unbelievable,” Private Darley said.
“To play on that kind of field with a crowd like that was a great opportunity.”
The game started as the gates opened and the first die-hard spectators saw Army and Air Force lock themselves into an arm wrestle for the first 17 minutes, with each side going from end to end.
That came to a halt when Army scored after an Air Force mistake on its own 20-metre line.
Private Darley then converted from the sideline.
The wrestle continued until half-time with Army up 6-nil.
Army came out hard in the second half, posting 16 more unanswered points.
Air Force responded in the 62nd minute to make it 22-6 but it was not enough, with Army’s bigger pack dominating all across the park.
In the last minute Private Darley posted a long range solo try and then converted.
Sergeant Danny Tavita was awarded Man of the Match.
Sergeant Geoff Britton said his charges were honoured to have been able to play at that revered ground.
“It was great to be there,” Sergeant Britton said.