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November 26, 2009
THE annual NSW inter-Service golf cham-
pionships were conducted at the renowned
Tallwoods Resort Golf Course, located near
Forster-Tuncurry on the NSW mid-north
coast over the week of October 26-30.
The competition comprised four teams rep-
resenting the RAN, ARA, RAAF and APS.
The first two days of the inter-Service week
were used for all four teams to contest the
Cliff Morey Trophy as individuals, with their
scores used to assist the selectors in choosing
their best 13 for the team event.
Despite the extremely wet conditions, and
claims of an unfair advantage, the Navy play-
ers were able to navigate their way around the
course to claim many of the nearest the pin
and longest drive prizes on offer.
Over the two-day event, POET Tom Power
proved to be a force to be reckoned with by
winning the inaugural Geoff Frazer Memorial
Trophy with net rounds of 73 and 69.
POET Power said he was particularly
pleased to be the first recipient of the Geoff
Frazer Nett Trophy, which honours former
NSW inter-Service Golf President FLTLT
Geoff Frazer who recently passed away.
The next three days saw some fierce com-
petition on a very demanding course to deter-
mine the NSW inter-Service champion golf
team. On day one Navy got off to a good start
by defeating RAAF 10 games to three. This
was followed on day two by another convinc-
ing win over Army; again the margin was 10
This placed Navy in a dominant position
with 20 points with one team to play on day
three. The final day saw the Navy's number
one player PO Ike Bamford going down hard
with the flu and, in an inspired Nelson-like
manoeuvre, the team captain CPO Ian Rigby
elevated the drinks cart driver into the position
so the integrity of the winning partnerships
were not jeopardised. This clearly unsettled
the opposition resulting in victory against the
With three wins from three matches the
Navy team secured the trophy and, on the back
of the 2008 victory, cements Navy's position
as the premier NSW ADF golf team.
The 2009 Most Valuable Player prize was
awarded to LCDR John Starr. LCDR Starr was
awarded the honour in recognition of his golf-
ing prowess, coupled with his enormous con-
tribution behind the scenes in making the 2009
inter-Service series a tremendous success.
For more information about Navy golf go to www.
On par at Service titles
EYE ON THE BALL: A Navy player attempts a
long putt during the championship.
off at ADFA
By LSIS Paul McCallum
THE wiser heads of the ADFA staff rugby union
team have held off a late charge by the younger
exuberance of the students' team in a staff versus stu-
dents sporting challenge held at ADFA on November
12.With their secret weapon Vice Chief of the Defence
Force (VCDF) LTGEN David Hurley still on the bench,
the staff team scored early in the first third under the
posts and an easy conversion was completed.
LTGEN Hurley soon injected himself into the game
and, despite some heavy tackling by the students,
directed the back of the scrum during stoppages and
provided good support to the backs.
Not to be outdone, the students, under the leader-
ship of MIDN Jack Abbott, hit back soon after with
a try and conversion of their own and backed up their
efforts with a try and conversion out wide on the side-
line as the siren sounded.
The second term saw the staff score in the first
minute from a student fumble, but they failed to gain
the extra points. The student team was pushed hard
early and the relentless pressure allowed the staff to
once again break through the line and score under the
posts, leading to an easy kick for the conversion.
The second third saw skill and handling errors
on both sides, not always forced by opposition pres-
sure, and the students wasted several opportunities for
break-away tries with poor ball handling skills.
The staff took full advantage of the handling errors
and scored once more for the third but again allowed
the students to remain in the game by missing the con-
With the score close at 24-19, the staff began the
final term with confidence but tough defence saw the
ball swap between the two teams. It wasn't until late
in the term that the staff attacking pressure proved
too much for the students defence and another try was
With the lead out to 12 points, the staff eased off
to conserve their energy but the game wasn't over.
Students increased their pressure and managed to score
again and make a successful conversion to bring the
score back to a five-point margin.
The students continued to attack the staff line but
experience won the day with the staff holding on until
the final siren sounded, taking the win 31-26.
Flanker LEUT Ian Holmes, DO 1 Division, said it
was his first game of rugby.
"Having never played an official game of rugby
before this was a good chance to have a crack," he said.
"There was some lively banter before the match
and it was played in good spirit. Thankfully I didn't
disgrace myself too much."
off a hard
tackle from a
Photo: LSIS Paul
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