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make the cut
By Barry Rollings
NAVY did not overcome the might
and power of Air Force and Army at
the ACT ADF annual inter-Service
netball carnival on August 14 but
still figured prominently in the rep-
Air Force won both competitions
undefeated at the ADFA courts, with
Army second in both the women's and
Players travelled from Nowra and
Wagga Wagga to Canberra for the
Independent selector SGT Tanya
Russell said although smaller than
anticipated, the competition was
strong with Army, Navy and Air Force
submitting mixed and women's teams.
Navy had four men and two
women selected in the two teams, with
two Navy players named as reserves.
The ACT Combined Services
teams will contest the Defence nation-
al titles in Townsville from September
"I was impressed with the quality
of players," SGT Russell said.
"We are still on the lookout for
coaches and managers, so if you are
interested in either of these positions,
please contact FLTLT Tanya Evans
The Navy players selected are
ABWTR Kristy Shakespeare,
SMNMED Emelia Mysko for the
women's team; MIDN Michelle Orr,
LSCTL James Lee, MIDN William
Tuckerman, LEUT David Jarrett
for the mixed team and MIDN Alex
Buchanan and MIDN Nicole Ward
named as reserves.
to pass the
ball (left) while
a pass during
the trial match-
es at ADFA.
Photos: LSPH Paul
By Barry Rollings
THEY didn't win a game at the
2009 Victorian Defence inter-
Service volleyball championships
but, with the team on a steep learn-
ing curve, Navy has taken an opti-
mistic approach that it is the "end
of the beginning" rather than the
"beginning of the end".
ADF and APS players contested
the titles at RAAF Williams, Laverton,
on July 29-30. This year marked the
first year the three Services and the
APS were able to field teams in their
After the late withdrawal of
CPOPT Gary Ward with a dislo-
cated shoulder, CPO Robert Taylor,
PO Gavin Rose, SBLT Mark Packer,
SBLT Morgan Carter, LCDR Craig
Deboos and LEUT Emma McDonald-
Kerr came together to represent Navy.
They had never played together as
a team but CPO Taylor quickly had
them working together to put up a
strong fight over the two days.
The improvement was such
that, although it lost three games in
straight sets, Navy improved to push
its opponents and made it well into
double digits in its final three sets of
Now in its 42nd year, players
assembled for two days of competi-
tion against each other and an invi-
tational team from Victoria Police.
After the first day's competition,
which incorporated the Victorian
ADF-Emergency Services Volleyball
Tournament, Navy, Army, Air Force
and APS were ready to get down to
End of the beginning
the serious end of winning the inter-
All matches were closely contested
but the big hitting from key Army play-
ers was too much for Navy, Air Force
and the APS as Army went through
undefeated to retain the trophy.
All the Victorian players are
now in training as they prepare for
the Australian Defence Volleyball
Association's (ADVA) 2009 nation-
al tournament in Townsville from
Results: APS def RAAF 25-22,
20-25, 15-13; Army def Navy 25-10,
25-8; RAAF def Navy 25-7, 25-15;
Army def APS 25-20, 25-20; RAAF
lost to Army 26-24, 10-25, 9-15; APS
def Navy 25-17, 25-20.
Further details can be found at the ADVA
website -- www.adfva.org
VALIANT EFFORT: No 27 LCDR Craig DeBoos and No 28 SBLT Mark
Packer block a shot by their Army opponent during the tournament.
Photo: WGCDR Anthony Wennerbom
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