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By Barry Rollings
NAVY produced two grade winners and
had two representatives finish second in
their events at the Australian Defence
Squash's national championships at
RAAF Base Williamtown recently.
The new president of Australian
Defence Squash LCDR Nick Barker
added playing expertise to his adminis-
trative acumen by winning B-grade.
The patron of ADF squash CDRE Ian
Middleton followed suit with a win in C-
Grade, turning back the clock and defy-
ing the naysayers.
LS John Lockett, who was runner-up
in A-grade behind Army's LAC Brendon
Munday, also teamed with Army's
OFFCDT Elliott Geddes to win the dou-
bles and was a member of Queensland's
winning State cup team.
WO Roy Brandner was runner-up in
D-grade after a tough fight and his first
appearance at the nationals and Navy
finished third in the inter-Service after
losing its semi-final to Army.
Players attended from the ACT, VIC,
the NT, QLD, SA and many parts of
NSW to contest the men's and women's
open, A-D mixed grades, Masters mixed,
doubles, State Cup and inter-Service.
Navy was represented in four of the
five grand finals.
The 12-strong ADFA contingent that
attended with instructor LEUT Daniel
Kropp included Navy representative,
MIDN Simon Abley.
Navy Squash secretary LS Steven
Henderson said all of the cadets showed
commendable enthusiasm, sportsmanship
and potential both on and off the court.
"Navy Squash will continue to run
various State-based tournaments through-
out the year," he said
For further information or to join Navy
Squash, contact LS Steve Henderson
on (02) 9359 4696 or email steven.
email@example.com or navysport.
Team takes squash titles
WINNERS ARE GRINNERS: Navy members who competed in the ADF
Squash Championship held at RAAF Base Williamtown.
Photo: ACW Katharine Pearson
By WO2 Scott Downs
PO DEREK Bunt had three
good reasons to celebrate after
his achievements at the 2009
Australian National Country
Hockey Championships in
PO Bunt and GNR Gareth
Hoddinott were selected for the
Australian Pacific Cup team to
play against teams from NZ, Fiji,
Singapore, Malaysia and a NZ
Maori representative team in Fiji
from December 7-13.
PO Bunt obviously impressed
selectors with more than just his
individual play. He was chosen as
one of the older members called
upon to act as mentors to the young-
er players in the under 21s side.
When Australian Defence
Hockey (ADH) awards were pre-
sented at the end of the tournament,
PO Bunt was the most valuable
player and GNR Hoddinott the play-
ers' player. CPL Kent Moores took
the men's coaches' award.
LS Talei Stoll kept Navy women
to the fore when she took both the
players' player and best and fairest
awards. CFN Deb Kerr was judged
the most valuable.
The ADH women's team pro-
duced its best result yet in finishing
third to NSW and Victoria at the
titles, with the men also faring well
in finishing fourth to NSW, Western
Australia and Victoria.
This was seen as a building year
by ADH, with the men's and wom-
en's teams blooding large numbers
In the men's team, nine of the 18
players had stepped up to the higher
level for the first time.
The women had a comparative
number of rookies, and operation-
al constraints restricted them from
putting their entire squad on the
ground in Tamworth before the third
day of competition.
This meant the newcomers had
to take even more responsibility and
all were equal to the occasion.
Both sides had a great prepara-
tion in Sydney and were looking to
improve their final standings from
Both teams achieved this goal
and coaches AC Nate Ball (women)
and WO2 Ron Fairhall (men) were
satisfied with the results, particu-
larly the development of some of the
younger members of ADH.
AC Ball was particularly pleased
with the women's drive to succeed.
"We came from behind twice to
September 3, 2009
Navy impressive at
DESPERATE LUNGE: LS Zoe Kellermeyer escapes a desperate
attack by a Queensland opponent as the team went on to finish
third in the overall standings behind NSW and VIC.
Photo: C&C Images
win during the rounds, and then to
keep firing in the second half of the
NSW semi was just a delight to see
from a young squad," he said.
Men's coach WO2 Fairhall said
it stood them in good stead for next
year's championships, which the
ADF would play host to in Canberra
"We now have 25 to 30 players
in ADF men's hockey who can eas-
ily play at this level," he said.
Players who really came of age
were GNR Hoddinott, FLGOFF
Shaun Buckett, and for the women
LS Zoe Kellermeyer.
For the first time, both the ADF
teams made the semi-finals in the
same year but both came away with-
out a win.
uine arm-wrestle and the women to
eventual champion, NSW 5-1.
The men were unlucky all week
and the semi was no exception, with
goals going begging because of the
bounce of the ball, right up to the
The women were shellshocked
by a NSW juggernaut that had them
on the ropes at 5-0 at half time. To
their credit, they scored in the sec-
ond half and held the opposition
scoreless in a gritty display.
In the matches that decided the
final classifications, the women won
handsomely 3-0 against WA. The
men, who had beaten Victoria in the
earlier rounds 2-1, led 2-0 in the first
half before eventually losing 4-3.
Overall, officials said it a suc-
cessful week for ADH, with an eye
to the future.
THE ROYAL New Zealand Air Force will add an extra
level of intensity to the 2009 Australian Defence Softball
Association's annual tournament when it competes at RAAF
Base Williamtown near Newcastle from December 7-11. As
well as participating in the competition, the RNZAF will play
a Test match for the Trans Tasman Trophy. Military and APS
members are welcome and the Australian Defence Softball
Association is looking for players, coaches, umpires and scor-
ers. This year's tournament will be used to select teams to
represent the ADSA in New Zealand in late 2010. For further
information email firstname.lastname@example.org
WAGGA teams made it a double by winning both the men's
and women's grand finals at the annual ACT/Wagga ADF
inter-Service Basketball Tournament at RAAF Base Wagga
on July 25-26. Fifty players comprising four men's and two
women's teams contested the titles and produced a strong
level of competition. The Australian Defence Basketball
Association Championships will be held in Albury-Wodonga
from November 27 to December 6 and the final training and
selection trials for the ACT teams will begin soon. For further
information, contact PO Glyn Hunter on 0417 970 490 or
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