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October 15, 2009
THE Australian Defence Netball
Association's (ADNA) championship
carnival in Townsville from September
13-18 proved a sizzler this year with
three hard-fought finals, including
a come-from-behind triumph by the
NT won the men's final 26-22 against
NSW, NSW edged the previously-unde-
feated ACT 17-13 in the mixed and
SEQLD beat WA 26-10 for the women's
title after a tight first half.
All states and Services were repre-
sented in a physical and skilful contest,
as evidenced by the finals. The week's
competition tested the players in the heat
and the rain.
Competition throughout the week was
strong and the fight for championship
glory was no exception from the standard
of netball played throughout the week.
Hard, fast netball in all games made for
some exciting finals.
The mixed competition this year was
extremely strong and is improving every
year. NSW led 7-2 at the end of the first
quarter, containing the ACT attack. ACT
defended strongly in the second quarter
to close within three goals but paid for
turnovers in the NSW defensive end to
trail 7-10 at half-time.
ACT fought hard in the third quar-
ter to close within two goals in a tight
defensive game, which limited scoring
opportunities. NSW led 13-11 going into
the fourth quarter, when every loose ball
was chased down with aggression and
both teams pushed hard for victory. ACT
couldn't close the gap and NSW man-
aged to score several more for a 17-13
win.LSCSO Stacey Audehm, who played
strongly in defending down the court,
said NSW pushed through and came
away with a win as the underdogs.
"ACT were a strong team and we
came out knowing that," she said.
"They had beaten us by 12 during the
week, so we knew we were going to have
to be strong if we were going to take out
LSWTR Amy Francis said it was
a well-organised carnival that allowed
members to socialise and get the oppor-
tunity to play netball at a very competi-
Titles shared around
at netball comp
TOO STRONG: QLD defenders were too strong for WA -- in action here
are SEQLD GD CAPT Sarah Weiss, WA GA LS Zanda Furnell-Hall and
SEQLD GK ACW Lisa Merriman.
By Michael Brooke
THE ability of the RAN to punch
above its weight was illustrated
again recently when sailors from
HMAS Kuttabul torpedoed their US
Navy counterparts from USS Blue
Ridge in a game of soccer.
The Bulls thrashed the visitors
6-1 in a highly entertaining match
played at Randwick Barracks on
Punters had tipped a US tri-
umph but the Bulls stormed to vic-
tory thanks to their fierce national
pride and the fact they were playing
for selection in the ADF tri-Service
football championships later this
The man of the match, FSU's
LS Nathan Terry, scored the first
of his two goals at the 10th minute
after receiving a perfectly weighted
cross-kick from midfielder SBLT
LS Terry said he was motivated
for a man-of-the-match performance
by the 'David and Goliath' show-
down with the USS Blue Ridge.
"We knew it was pretty impor-
tant to win today," he said.
USS Blue Ridge
The Blue Ridge team had
numerous scoring opportunities
but couldn't get the ball past Bulls'
goalie, AB Linsey Cody, until mid-
way through the second half when
the score was already 4-0.
In addition to LS Terry's two
goal haul, midfielder LS Brian
Compagnoni and striker LS Matt
Harper also found the net twice each
to account for the Bulls' six goals.
Navy FFA vice president, LEUT
Jason Grinnell, said the 6-1 victory
"bodes well for the development of
the Navy teams to contest the ADF
tri-Service championships in Sydney
later this month".
"It's looking very encouraging to
see that we have some great talent to
work with," he said.
LEUT Grinnell said Navy was
looking for more players for the
men's open, men's over-35s and
women's open teams, with all the
players vying for selection in the
Test match against New Zealand
later in the year.
For further information visit the Navy
FFA website at www.navyffa.com
AUSSIE TALENT: HMAS Kuttabul
sailors thrashed their US Navy
counterparts from USS Blue
Ridge 6-1 in a soccer match.
Photo: ABIS Andrew Black
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