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March 4, 2010
By Wayne Sullivan
THE boys from HMAS Albatross didn't let
a 5am departure time and three hour bus
trip to Sydney bother them as they went
through the 12-a-side Father MacDonald
Albatross kept their cool in the hot condi-
tions to come out winners over defending
champions HMAS Waterhen in a close and
well contested final at Macquarie University
on February 11.
Waterhen fought valiantly in the second
half and even came within five points with
just a couple of minutes to go.
But it wasn't enough as ABATV Liam
Carruthers stepped up for Albatross by taking
a mark deep in the forward line and play-
ing on to kick the goal that sealed the result
4.1.25 to 2.2.14.
Needing to overcome HMAS Darwin in
the semi final, Albatross drew on the experi-
ence of their local competition players to win
by a comfortable four goal margin.
In the other semi final Waterhen over-
came a combined Ballarat/Success team in
the highest scoring game of the day, 5.3.33
The plate final was contested by the
Ballarat/Success team and HMAS Arunta in a
replay of their first match with the combined
side again taking the honours.
It didn't come easily though, as the com-
bined team struggled to finish Arunta with
many missed opportunities in front of goal to
finish with 2.7.19 to 1.1.7.
Ballarat/Success made their way through
to the plate final, overcoming a combined
HMAS Kanimbla/Kuttabul side with many
players without prior experience, but plenty
That enthusiasm even had them in front at
Albatross boys blitz Aussie
rules comp in Sydney
Navy on target at clay shooting championships
CPO Michael Bryan has won the AA
Grade title at the 29th Australasian Police
and Services Clay Target Shooting
Championships, held from November 26-
29 last year.
CPO Bryan scored a total of 442 from a
possible 455 to finish just six points behind
overall champion Peter Kenyon of the
Department of Corrections after the four-day,
Teammate PO Steve Atkins placed 15th in
B Grade with a total of 413 from a possible
455.Day one of the championships comprised
a team-based 50 target skeet shoot where the
ADF team of CPO Bryan, PO Atkins, CPL
Tim Braybon, SGT Rob Binstead and SPR
James Pearse placed fifth.
The second day of competition began with
all 171 competitors taking part in a 25 target
eye opener. CPO Bryan was on the mark with
a perfect score while PO Atkins missed just
three targets to score 22.
With everyone tuned into the day's condi-
tions, a 50 target single barrel championship
began. After accurate shooting, CPO Bryan
scored equal second which lead to a sudden
After an extra 35 targets, CPO Bryan took
second outright in AA Grade after his com-
petitors missed crucial targets.
The final event for the day was a 30 target
continental championship where CPO Bryan
remained in fine touch hitting 29 targets while
PO Atkins hit 26.
After the second day of competition, CPO
Bryan was sitting in equal third, just three
points behind the leader, with PO Atkins a
further nine points behind.
Day three of competition began with the
50 target handicap championship with both
Navy shooters missing just three targets each.
Round two for the day saw another 50 tar-
get championship, this time with the double
CPO Bryan excelled with a perfect 50 but
was unlucky to miss his 44th shot of the sud-
den death playoff and placed second in AA
With the last day of competition, CPO
Bryan stepped up to the mark again and, in a
50 target points championship, scored a huge
147 from a possible 150 points. PO Atkins
did well to take 139 points.
Entering yet another sudden death shoot-
off, CPO Bryan secured second place again
in just five extra targets with his competitors
again missing vital targets.
Both shooters are looking at taking the
experience gained from the championships
into the Australian National Championships
in April this year.
By SGT Dave Morley
A SHIFT in focus for this year's Kapooka Sports
Series has paid dividends with numbers up on
previous years. It has also seen the hasty erection
of netball courts to cater for the 10 teams already
Coordinator of the series CAPT Ian Marston, S31
Ops at the Army Recruit Training Centre (ARTC), said
the netball courts were demolished as part of the base
"We had to quickly build a couple of temporary
courts in the transport supply company car park,"
CAPT Marston said.
Holding the event over one weekend instead of two
had been positively received by COs.
But time is running out to register for this year's
series to be held over the weekend of March 13-14.
"It's by far the biggest team competition in the ADF
and we are expecting 200-plus campers here over the
weekend," CAPT Marston said.
There are already 17 Aussie rules teams, 14 rugby
and about 10 netball teams registered.
Managers of ADF rugby, Aussie rules and netball
teams have until March 5 to register with the ARTC
All events will be played at ARTC facilities with
the Riverina Umpires Association providing umpires
for the Aussie rules and netball.
Team managers should contact the ARTC Ops Cell on (02)
6933 8363 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for details on
rationing, accommodation and registration.
THE TEAM WORKS: The ADF clay target team at
the 29th Australasian Police and Services Clay
Target Shooting Championships.
Players from the
fight it out with
in the Father
Photo: ABIS Sarah
the half-time break but a devastating second
half from ABMT Rawson Kirkhope paved the
way for Ballarat/Success to steam roll their
way into the final, getting home by two goals.
CO of HMAS Kuttabul CMDR Christine
Clarke was on hand to present the cup to the
winning captain, LSATV Matthew Polman,
who was a key forward target for Albatross
CMDR Clarke also presented the Lyons
plate to Ballarat/Success captain, LSBM
Aaron Smits, and the Father Dempsey Trophy
to the player judged best and fairest for the
day, HMAS Waterhen's SMNCD Christopher
RANAFA vice president, CAPT Jeff
Goedecke, spoke briefly before presentations
mentioning the possibility of the RAN Aussie
rules men's side conducting a playing tour
mid-year, which would be coached by national
men's coach POCIS John Tootell.
"It was a good standard; there are a lot of
new faces around, which is pretty positive and
is good for navy footy," PO Tootell said.
TOUGH GAME: Players
put their bodies on the
line at the Kapooka 12s.
out to register
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