On the 21st of November, JDS Australia joined over 8,000 participants from 300 organisations in this year’s Australian Corporate Games. This year represented our strongest involvement yet, fielding a team of 23 employees. JDS competed in the 10km Run and the Open Men’s touch football.
The 10km run saw Steve Atwill bring home the glory for JDS with a staggering time of 41:52. Coming in second was Greg Farrelly with 47:17 and third on the podium, Trevor Murray with a time of 49:19. Out of the 16 participants many PB’s were broken which was a great cause for celebration.
After a few hours of recuperation, JDS ventured out onto the field in the Men’s Open Touch Football. Captain Daniel Tam revved up the troops prior to the first contest while giving the newer players a crash course in touch football. Eager to improve on last year’s effort of 4 matches without a victory, the JDS band of brothers proceeded to charge about the field with great enthusiasm.
In the opening match the opposition line was breached several times with a number of tries being disallowed as we managed to run out of the end zone before putting the ball down. One slick manoeuvre finally resulted in a try to Chris Younger and JDS looked poised to record an historic victory. Alas it was not to be as the opposition levelled the score and we were unable to break the deadlock by full-time. JDS had registered our first competition points with a hard fought draw.
Filled with confidence after our first effort, the second match saw us create numerous opportunities to score. Unfortunately we were unable to capitalise as five times we either ran out of the field of play or dived short of the line as we were somehow unable to see the field markings effectively. Yauseng Chew scored in the corner on a well worked move but it was not enough as JDS eventually went down.
The third match proved to be much of the same as we continued to struggle with the field markings. A huge roar went up as a JDS player dived for the line only to discover he had landed 5 metres short. Several tries went begging and though we finally managed to score we eventually lost the match in a tight finish.
Overall, a great day and several beers were had and the JDS team is already looking towards next year’s corporate games as training begins sometime soonish.