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December 10, 2009
FOLLOWING a lean period for
Navy volleyball over the past few
years, interest in the sport has seen
a recent resurrection.
The Navy Volleyball Player
Development database now has the
names of more than 60 Navy mem-
bers who are either active in volley-
ball or are interested in participating.
As well, the Navy Sports Council
is actively supporting and funding
development of the sport.
The Red Anchor competition,
held at the Sydney Olympic Park
sports hall on July 29, saw 12 teams
enter and, under the direction of the
FBE PT staff and the nationally rec-
ognised referees, there was some
excellent volleyball from all teams.
In this competition the youth and
vitality of HMAS Kanimbla was
narrowly edged out by the experi-
ence of the HMAS Waterhen team.
Navy players from Victoria
were also active on that day in the
Victoria inter-Service competition,
with a number of players making the
Victorian Combined Service squad.
The employment of a civilian
coach and regular coaching sessions
paid off at the NSW inter-Service
competition held at HMAS Albatross
in August, where Navy prevailed
over the RAAF and Army taking the
men's and mixed trophies, as well as
the male and female most valuable
player awards and most improved
All 12 Navy representatives were
selected for training with the NSW
Combined Service squad in prepa-
ration for the ADVA nationals and
Masters lead Navy
MASTERS OF THE GAME: The Navy masters volleyball team played well at the recent Masters
Games in Sydney, gaining a silver medal. Back row from L-R: CPO Graeme Cruikshank, CPOPT Ray
Bell, LCDR Richard Bean and SBLT Rhys Cowling. Front row from L-R: LCDR Les Crawford, CPOET
Michael Mackenzie, CPOPT Gary Ward and CMDR Danny Durward.
By LEUT David Kingdom
RECOGNISING the importance of
sailors' personal safety, Navy physical
trainers will now have to pass a mili-
tary self defence (MSD) component of
training at HMAS Cerberus.
All Army physical trainers have been
directed to become MSD instructors and
the Navy and RAAF are following the
MSD is now a component of the ADF
physical training curriculum and all phys-
ical trainers will be certified instructors.
Graduates of the MSD course become
MSD exponents with selected personnel
going on to gain instructor accreditation.
A MSD exponent is an expert in a
variety of techniques including kicking,
striking, restraining and pain compliance
techniques, ground fighting, handling and
escorting of prisoners, and weapon reten-
tion and weapon disarming techniques
(knife, pistol and rifle).
Exponents who complete MSD train-
ing will not only gain physical fitness
and confidence, but will gain skills that
may prevent injury in the event of a con-
frontational situation or serious assault.
Those personnel who are trained in MSD
can also be utilised in a variety of opera-
All ADF personnel can apply to be
trained in MSD, as long as they are phys-
ically fit and free from any serious inju-
ries or medical conditions that could be
aggravated by the training. (If you have
any concerns, you should consult your
doctor before starting the training).
For more information and to nominate for a
course, contact the PTs at your local gym or
contact the MSD cell at the Army Logistics
Training Centre, North Bandiana, on (02)
Protect Australia and yourself
ON GUARD: LEUT David
Kingdom conducts a self
defence class at the HMAS
Photo: ABIS Justin Brown
"Navy volleyball is
keen to hear from
members of any
age and skill level
who would like to
get involved in the
-- LCDR Les Crawford,
Navy Volleyball President
national inter-Service competitions,
which were held in Townsville in
Navy volleyball president LCDR
Les Crawford said he was confident
that a significant number of Navy
players would go on to be selected
for the ADVA squad to tour the USA
That confidence was reflect-
ed with five members selected
on completion of the National
Combined Service competition.
Congratulations to: SMN Rebecca
Kuenster, LEUT Bianca Letuzzi,
LEUT Helen Anderson, AB Simon
Scarlett and LEUT Tracy Berllerby
Despite this, results in the nation-
al inter-Service competition did not
go Navy's way. The team finished
third behind RAAF and Army with
the APS team trailing in fourth -- the
consolation being the selections for
the ADVA national teams.
A highlight of the year was the
opportunity for the Navy Masters
+35 squad to mix with some of the
28,000 participants in the World
Masters Games held in Sydney in
Despite some last minute with-
drawals from sea-going players, a
small squad of seven players met for
the first time only two days before
the competition at a training session
Following five pool and cross-
over games, Navy was well placed
to enter the medal play offs. A 2-0
win against Hills Dragons and a nar-
row 2-1 loss to Canadian team -- The
Piranha Brothers -- set the team up
for a gold medal play off against the
more youthful Canadian visitors.
In a hard-fought and spirited
match Navy went down 3-0 but
could hold their heads high as they
collected their silver medals. The
team has resolved to fit in more
training before the next Masters
Games in Torino in 2013.
Navy volleyball is keen to hear
from members of any age and skill
level who would like to get involved
in the sport.
For further information contact LCDR
les Crawford (leslie.crawford1@defence.
gov.au), LEUT Tracy Bellerby (tracy.
firstname.lastname@example.org) or POET
Michael Mackenzie (michael.
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