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April 29, 2010
Life in the NT
By Simona Di Toro-Bell
TAKING time out from testing
and training is rare in motor
sport, but that is exactly what
the riders in the Australian
Superbike Championship did
to show their appreciation to
the ADF in the lead up to
round two of the champion-
ship in Darwin.
HMAS Coonawarra mem-
bers AB Ryan Barry, LSWTR
Jane Dakin, POMT Matthew
Bobbin and CMDR Richard
Donnelly all tasted the speed
and adrenalin that a 1000cc
motorbike produces when being
piloted by the best in Australia.
Glenn Allerton took Coonawarra
CO CMDR Donnelly for his hot
lap and left a new found respect
for the riders.
"That was just a mind
BETTER THAN A DAY IN
THE OFFICE: AB Ryan
Barry poses for a photo with
the current Australian Super
Bike Champion Joshua
Waters before setting out on
a hot lap at Hidden Valley
Photo: ABIS James Whittle
By Sharon Palmer
THE Australian Defence Vipers sunk their
teeth into a silver medal at the Australian
Country Water Polo Championships held in
Albury from March 31-April 5.
After finishing third at the end of the round
games and accounting for Qld 9-7 in the semi-
final, the women managed to achieve what
no other Defence team has achieved in the
championships before and made it to the final
The Vipers had convincing wins in the
pool matches against Western Australia (9-
3), Queensland B (9-3), and Victoria (11-4)
and lost narrowly to Queensland (5-4) and to
Going into the final as underdogs, the
Vipers started strongly to be 4-4 at quarter-
time and trailed by just one goal at half-time
Player and president of the Australian
Defence Water Polo Association WO2 Megan
Webber said they let themselves down in the
"We started getting into foul trouble which
meant players were being ejected from the
game," she said.
"The third quarter was telling and we only
managed to score once while they put five
goals away to be leading 11-6 at three-quarter
With two players short in the pool at the
end of the game, the Vipers failed to add to the
score and went down 14-6.
Coach Sgt Luke Woodland said the team
had come a long way.
"It was an enormous effort by the
Australian Defence women to be in the gold
medal match," he said.
"They are getting stronger each year and
have become a force to be reckoned with."
The men's team finished 6th after the
round games with losses to NSW (11-6), WA
(4-3), Vic (10-3), Qld (9-3) and ACT (11-6).
However, they got some redemption in the
final game (5-6) against WA with the score
locked at 4-4 at full time. The Vipers scored
twice in extra time to take the game 6-4.
Vipers strike at water polo titles
ON THE MOVE: Viper LEUT Daniel Lister
looks to pass the ball.
The Harman Hogs
Australian football team
is planning a family
day at Morgan Dunbar
Oval at HMAS Harman
on Saturday, May 8 to
raise money for breast
in the first-grade game
will include Auskick,
and there will be a
jumping castle and
games for kids all day.
The first grade game
starts at 2pm and the
reserves game, also
starts at noon.
The day will be part of
celebrations that week-
end for the Harman
1985, 1986 and 1995
blowing experience," CMDR
"You have to walk away with
respect for the riders who are
actually controlling and mak-
ing the judgement, rather than
hanging on for their life. Some
great values have been shown by
Evolution Sports Group's
Brett Lloyd said the superbikes
always receive so much attention
wherever they go, it is nice to say
thank you for that support and
to also give people access to the
bikes and riders.
"Defence personnel are
always there to lend a helping
hand anyway they can," Brett
"It is a pleasure for us to say
thank you for all their commu-
nity support without waiting for
a specific reason to do so".
With the difficulty of decid-
lap, HMAS Coonawarra at
Larrakeyah Barracks decided to
raffle off the superbike oppor-
Money raised was equal-
ly donated to the Leukaemia
Foundation and the RSPCA.
The hot lap raffle was
extremely popular and raised
fun day at
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