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November 12, 2009
By Michael Brooke
NAVY pride has been restored fol-
lowing LSPT Alex Minney's gutsy
triumph over the reigning champion
from Thales to win the 2009 ship-
to-shore 5km fun run at HMAS
Kuttabul (CMDR Christine Clarke).
The Navy spectators cheered them-
selves hoarse as LSPT Minney out-
paced Thales' Pete Conway over the
last 100m after racing neck-and-neck
for most of the race.
Kuttabul's hero of the day said he
was honoured to restore Navy's pride
following Mr Conway's stranglehold
on the race for the past two years.
"This triumph provides me with
extra motivation to do better in the
upcoming gate-to-gate fun run at
HMAS Penguin," he said.
Mr Conway praised LSPT Minney
for his well deserved victory.
"He was the best man on the day
-- I just couldn't stay with him on the
home stretch," he said.
SMN Renee Adams won the wom-
en's category in a time of 25-minutes
-- her goal given all the training she
"I'm happy with the result and it
has inspired me to compete in more
Navy running competitions," she said.
More than 120 Navy personnel and
Thales employees participated in the
fun run and the walk, which started
at NISC, followed the wharf down
to Harry's Caffee de Wheels before
looping back to the RAN Heritage
Centre and finishing back at NISC.
The 2009 ship-to-shore run was
hailed as a great success by the com-
petitors who praised the Kuttabul PTs
for organising the event, the BBQ and
for obtaining sponsorship for prizes.
By Michael Brooke
IN THE annals of rugby league
folklore, the 2009 Patrons' Cup
contested by RAN ship and shore
establishments will be remembered
as a brutal war of attrition waged by
kamikaze-style players prepared to
sacrifice everything for victory.
In a competition that spoke vol-
umes of the toughness and determi-
nation of Navy personnel to excel on
the sports-field and in all their under-
takings, HMAS Waterhen retained
the Patrons' Cup with a 12-12 draw
against HMAS Albatross.
Although the final ended in a
draw, Waterhen was declared the
winner courtesy of being the first to
Waterhen opened the scoring
through their captain, LSPT Ben
Knight, but found themselves staring
defeat in the face with five minutes to
go, until Man of the Match SMNCD
Matt Docker scored a brilliant indi-
vidual try under the posts, which was
Not surprisingly SMNCD Docker
received the 'Dixie-Ford' Guts Award
for his fine performance throughout
the competition and his match-win-
ning efforts in the final.
SMNCD Docker said "the painful
thought of losing" inspired him to
produce dazzling footwork to weave
his way around five defenders to
score a remarkable try.
LSPT Knight dedicated
Navy pride restored
at HMAS Kuttabul
SERVICE PRIDE ON
THE LINE: (Above) Pete
Conway (left) and LSPT
Alex Minney follow the
course along the FBE
wharf as they participate in
the HMAS Kuttabul/Thales
ship-to-shore fun run.
INSET: SMN Elise Fisher
enjoys her power walk.
Photos: LSIS Brenton Freind
Waterhen 9 v Melbourne/Watson
0Manoora 4 v Success 0
Albatross 4 v Kuttabul (Corrosion
Harman 15 v Kuttabul (FSU) 6
Round 2 Patrons' Shield
Success 10 v Melbourne/Watson
4Kuttabul (Corrosion Control) 22 v
Kuttabul (FSU) 0
Round 2 Patrons' Cup
Waterhen 11 v Manoora 4
Albatross 10 v Harman 0
Round 3 Patrons' Shield 3rd
Melbourne/Watson 30 v Kuttabul
Round 3 Patrons' Cup 3rd &4th
Harman 7 v Manoora 0
Patrons' Shield Final
Kuttabul (Corrosion Control) 36
vs Success 0
Patrons' Cup Final
Waterhen 12 v Albatross 12
2009 Patrons' Cup results
Waterhen's victory to teammate, LSPT
James 'Dusty' Miller, who was taken
to hospital after running into the goal-
post in a round robin match.
The Na Cagilaba team from HMAS
Kuttabul and FSU won the Patrons'
Shield with an easy 36-0 thrashing of
the Roosters from HMAS Success,
who had two key players stretchered
off from shoulder-charges in the first
With only 11 players left standing,
not even the valiant efforts of wily
hooker SBLT Keiran Bitossi could
inspire the Roosters to score a solitary
try.A feature of the competition was
the ferocious tackling that was high-
lighted by more than a dozen bone-
crunching shoulder-charges that left
many players seeing stars.
The best of the day was during the
clash between HMAS Manoora and
Corrosion (FSU-Corrosion Control)
when LSATV Andrew Smitts hit his
opposite number in an absolute bell-
Some eight teams contested the
2009 Patrons Cup that was played at
Leichardt Oval in Sydney on October
19. The success of the competition was
due to the big turn out and the planning
of the event by LSPT Alex Minney and
the Kuttabul PTs.
MORE than 60 people traipsed their
way over the HMAS Stirling cause-
way on October 2 for the annual
Causeway Classic fun run, which
for the past four years has been held
in conjunction with the national
Walk to Work Day.
This year's Causeway Classic
comprised four classes and covered
6.5km starting at the boom gate
entrance and finishing at the sports
In keeping with last year's results,
ABCD Alex Stuart won the male
open class with a smashing time of
23:23, while Chantel Dyball won the
female open with a time of 31:57.
These were excellent back-to-back
wins for both participants who held
off fast finishers to cross the line
ahead of their respective fields.
Back-to-back wins at Stirling
In the senior class, CPOCIS Shane
Klopper took home the trophy in the
male 35+ category with a time of 25:26
and was in the top five overall, while
POET Rita Connelly was the female
35+ winner clocking an impressive
time of 33:10.
The event was a great success with
mother nature providing an excel-
lent Spring day, while a few potential
champions were identified to represent
the Navy Running Association at 2010
GOOD RUN: HMAS Stirling's CO
CAPT Brett Dowsing presents
ABCD Alex Stuart (right) with the
male open Causeway Classic tro-
Photos: ABIS Dove Smithett
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