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October 29, 2009
By LCDR Mick Gallagher
NAVY Netball was launched aboard
HMAS Melbourne (CMDR Allison
Norris) at FBE on September 21
with retired Australian netball cap-
tain and Sydney World Masters
Games ambassador, Liz Ellis, on
board supporting the team.
Commanding Officer of
Melbourne and Patron of Navy
Netball, CMDR Allison Norris, wel-
comed Liz to the ship for the launch
of the season.
"Competing in the Masters
Games will be our lead up to the
Commonwealth Cup in New Zealand
scheduled for 2011," CMDR Norris
said.Liz was captain of the Australian
netball team when they won the world
championships in 2007.
"I hope this launch today gives
us the exposure to promote Navy
Netball," said Navy Netball member
and NSW combined Services repre-
sentative, ABDEN Rachelle Johnson.
The 2009 Masters Games net-
ball competition was held at the Anne
Clark Netball Stadium in Lidcombe,
Sydney, from 10-18 October where
Navy competed in 15 games over the
eight days of competition.
Although they did not walk away
with a medal, POWTR Liz Saunders
said the girls should be all very proud
of their achievments because they had
never played netball with each other
before and only met for the first time
on the first day of competition.
Navy Netball is also looking for
RAN Ski Club
digs deep for
THE RAN Ski Club has dug
deep to support Navy sport
in 2009. Financial sup-
port was provided for both
alpine skiing and the Navy
Nordic Skiing and Biathlon
Association and both teams
enjoyed a successful season.
The RAN Ski Club has
three lodges above the snow
line. The lodges are situated
at Perisher, Mt Buller and
Thredbo and all Navy person-
nel are welcome to join. For
more information go to www.
THE 25th annual ADF National
Golf Championships will be
held at Federal Golf Club
(Canberra) from December
7-11. An entry package can
be found at the ADFGA web-
site, www.adfga.com, on the
DRN golf folder, from region-
al golf reps, or by emailing
All enquiries can be
directed to WGCDR Trevor
Owens on (07) 5461 4502 or
via the ADFGA email address.
Entries close on November 2.
By Michael Brooke
NAVY squash players received
some very welcome tutelage during
their campaign in the World Masters
Games when five-time wom-
en's world open squash champion
Sarah Fitz-Gerald visited HMAS
Three of Navy's five World
Masters squash players and other
Navy and APS players benefitted
greatly from a two-hour coaching ses-
sion with the former world champion,
who passed on the tricks of the trade
that helped her dominate the sport for
more than a decade.
This was much firmer foot-
ing for Sarah who sailed in HMAS
Parramatta (CMDR Jonathan Sadleir)
from Sydney to Newcastle on October
10. She was joined by CPO Dave
White from Navy Squash.
Sarah said the coaching session
was a great opportunity for her.
"It's something I haven't experi-
enced before and I was glad to repay
the guys with some one-on-one coach-
ing tips," she said.
Sarah's tips and techniques were
just the tonic the Navy's squash play-
ers needed to help their campaign in
the World Masters Games.
LCDR Nick Barker, President of
the ADF Squash Association, said the
opportunity for the Navy squash team
to take advantage of Sarah's coaching
tips was fantastic.
"Sarah exposed us to many tricks
of the trade including positional play,
racquet use, shaping up for the shot
and all the refining techniques that
she has obviously employed for years
while she was at the top," he said.
LS Steve Henderson, Secretary of
Navy Squash, said the RAN players
were privileged to receive some qual-
ity coaching from Sarah, who is the
World Masters Games squash ambas-
The culminating highlight was the
opportunity for each of the players to
take Sarah on in a single game each.
"She generously allowed us each
to score a few points against her,
while playing us to all corners of the
court -- tiring, but an education and a
real privilege," LS Henderson said.
Netballers gear up for
Squash players learn
from world champ
Navy's squash play-
ers received some
from five-time wom-
en's world open
champion Sarah Fitz-
Gerald recently. Here,
AB Adrian James
competes at ADFA
Photo: LAC Aaron Curran
major sponsors to assist with the 2011
Commonwealth Cup Games.
"We are also currently looking for
anyone who is interested in becoming
involved with the committee and the
promotion of Navy Netball," POWTR
For more information about Navy Netball,
you can contact PO Saunders at elizabeth.
GOOD ADVICE: Australian net-
ball champion Liz Ellis with
(L-R) CPOCTS Karen Lewis,
CMDR Amanda Garlick, LCDR
Georgina Wadsley, CO HMAS
Melbourne CMDR Allison Norris,
Liz Ellis, POWTR Liz Saunders,
POWTR Terri aLangdon, ABDEN
Rachelle Johnson and ABBM Jada
Photos: ABIS David McMahon
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