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March 18, 2010
FOR more than 20 years the ADF has
been competing in the Australian
Country Waterpolo Championships
against teams from all over Australia.
This year the ADF will be hosting
the championships for only the second
time -- the first was in 1988 at Randwick
Men's and women's team from the
ACT, WA, SA, QLD, VIC, NSW and the ADF
will compete at the championships to
be held at the Albury Swim Centre from
March 31 to April 4.
President of the Australian Defence
Waterpolo Association WO2 Megan
Webber said it was a great honour to be
hosting the event.
"It's a great opportunity to promote
the ADF and, after years of just rocking
up to compete in the championships, it's
our turn to do something.
"Last year Defence was asked if we
would like to host it and we jumped at
While the ADF does not have a great
track record at these championships,
WO2 Webber said the women did well
last year, until the finals.
"We finished second at the end of
the rounds but we bombed out in the
finals and finished fourth," she said.
The best the ADF has achieved at the
championships is a bronze medal in the
men's in 2006 and a bronze in the wom-
en's in 2002.
WO2 Webber said the availability of
players often let them down and the pro-
file of the sport needed lifting.
"There are some really good players
out there but, as with all sports, they are
not always available at the time we need
them," she said.
"ADFA is particularly strong and have
a good competition.
"We have had trouble getting players
released from ADFA, but we had a couple
play in last year's event and should have
a few this year too."
A training camp will be held the
week before the championships starting
on March 26.
Anyone interested in playing water-
polo can contact WO2 Megan Webber at
email@example.com or call
(07) 4411 8727.
THE Navy Tridents Rugby League
team are seeking new players to fill the
ranks as it competes in this years A-
grade and A-grade Reserves Cronulla-
Sutherland weekend competition.
After a great first year in 2009 finish-
ing fourth overall, 2010 promises to be
even better with two teams being entered.
RANRL president CMDR Glen Ker
said now was the perfect time to get
"The Tridents welcome additional
players, especially rugged forwards, and
spectators at its weekend matches," he
Time is running out to register your
interest with the first round beginning on
March 20 when the Tridents take on the
Anyone can play for the Tridents
including Army, RAAF and APS person-
Visit the Navy Titan's website at www.ranrl.
com.au for further information, season pro-
gram and Navy points of contact for interest-
ed players and support staff. All are welcome
to make this a great year of Navy footy in
what is recognised as one of the higher qual-
ity A-grade competitions in the country.
Do you have what it takes?
PO PETER Bevin has proven age doesn't have
to slow you down by winning the 30-49-year-
old Masters division of the 100m sprint at the
Gold Coast Masters Athletics Championships from
With a time of 12.87 seconds, PO Bevin was just
three seconds off the pace set by world record holder
Usain Bolt at the Beijing Olympics two years ago.
The Gold Coast attracted many other athletes
with the concurrent running of the Queensland
Team Challenge, the Gold Coast Masters Athletics
Championships and the Defence Athletics
The weekend began with the Teams Challenge on
Friday night at the University of QLD athletics facil-
ity, held in conjunction with the Defence and QLD
state 3km and 5km championships.
Army's SGT Wayne Heath edged out fellow SGT
Matt Skate in 16:19.73 to SGT Skate's 16:23.59 in
the 5km race, with AB Daniel Horsfall a gallant third
for Defence in 17:42.94 -- not bad after three hours
of sleep and having stepped off HMAS Ballarat that
Sunday night was the showdown with the running
of the 100m sprint across all championships.
SMN Gary Niemeier crossed the line in just 11.53
seconds to finish second to FLTLT Spencer Cox, who
clocked the fastest time of 11.34 seconds.
Backing up for the 200m, the last race of the
event, a close battle was fought with FLTLT Cox tak-
ing the win in 22.72, edging out BDR Sean Smith in
second with 23.23, and SMN Gary Niemeier in third
This was the fastest 200m race for Defence since
2006, and a good sign of the young, and not so
young, talent coming through.
The next event for the Australian Defence Running
and Athletics Association is the 10km championship
to be held at Holsworthy Barracks later this month.
There is also a possible UK tour in September.
Performances for 5km up to marathon distances in
the last 12 months will be required for selection con-
Any interested parties can contact FLTLT Spencer Cox at
firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
Up to speed on
the Gold Coast
LONG WEEKEND: AB
Danial Horsfall had just
arrived alongside on
board HMAS Ballarat
before departing for the
THE first RANRU rugby development camp for
the 2010 season was held at HMAS Albatross
from February 5-7 and Navy is on the hunt for
some big wins this year.
In the lead up to the U/21 Men's tour to New
Zealand this month and the Inter Command Challenge
on March 25, the Nowra RAN rugby union camp
was very successful in identifying new players with
varied skill levels that will be vital for these upcoming
HMAS Cerberus then hosted the next rugby devel-
opment camp over the weekend of February 26-28.
More camps will be held throughout Australia this
year for Navy personnel.
RANRU encourages anyone interested in playing
and/or supporting Navy Rugby Union to come along
and learn new skills and meet new friends. The devel-
opment camps are open to all members of the RAN
and focus on player safety and skill development at
Details of the upcoming camps and how to apply are avail-
able at www.navyrugby.asn.au
RANRU hunting for
big wins this year
Waterpolo might just be your thing!
ON THE RUN:
Navy runs through
a tackle by Army
during the ASRU
Photo: LSPH Phillip
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