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May 27, 2010
CPO Mick Bryan flew the
flag high for Navy at the
Australian National Trap
Championships at Wagga
on April 12.
CPO Bryan, of
816SQN, teamed with
LAC Matthew Stokes to
finish second against 105
other combinations in the
Five ADF shooters were
among the more than 500
shooters who contested
seven events over an eight-
day period at the titles.
Focus now switches
to the Defence national
skeet championships at the
Wagga Clay Target Club
from June 29 to July 1.
ON TARGET: CPO Mick Bryan finished sec-
ond in the teams event while LAC Matthew
Stokes scored 64 from 65 targets.
SUTHERLAND Shire put on a spec-
tacular day for the first round of the
Cronulla Sutherland Junior Rugby
League competition at Kareela Oval.
The Navy Tridents (formerly Navy
Titans) were joined by Navy's Variety
Bash car modified to look like a ship.
Even with the 'ship' horn sounding
after each try, the Tridents failed to capi-
talise on their home ground advantage
with the Reserve team drawing 10-all
with Kurnell Stingrays and the A Grade
team losing by a nail-biting 31 to 30
against the Menai Roosters.
A disappointing start to what will be
a challenging year for the Tridents.
Round details for each week can be found at
www.ranrl.com.au. Please come along and
support your Navy team mates.
BUILDING for a successful tilt at
the 2010 ADF national netball titles
begins for NSW on June 6.
The ADF NSW Netball Association's
selection trials will be held on that day
at Moorebank netball courts, Heathcote
Road, Holsworthy, between 10am and
NSW netball representative SGT
Megan Walker expects 40-80 people to
contest the trials, which will help select
the NSW women's, men's and mixed
teams for the ADF national champion-
ships in Sydney from September 10-18.
Players are advised to bring their hats
and water bottles.
For more information contact SGT Megan
Walker on (02) 8782 1132 or email megan.
Navy Tridents first hit-out
NSW netball trials coming up
By Barry Rollings
A CLEAN sweep by the men and a
drawn series by the women against
the visiting Royal Air Force (RAF)
hockey teams have given the ADF
the ideal workout for the Australian
The ADF men and women
each played three Tests against the
Britons at the Olympic hockey pitch
in Sydney and Albion Park field in
The RAF were fresh from win-
ning the British inter-Service com-
petitions and were confident of a
With the ADF set to stage the
Australian Country titles in Canberra
from August 7 to 14, the hosts were
determined to give good accounts of
The men's Test matches were
fast, energetic contests characterised
by both sides giving their all across
The ADF men tried to stamp
their dominance on the series early
with a 2-0 lead in the first 20 min-
utes of the first Test, but this prod-
ded the RAF team into action and
it was fairly even until six minutes
from the end. Brilliant goalkeeping
for the visitors kept the competition
alive but they still lost 2-1.
The RAF gained the early
ascendancy in the second Test with
some dynamic attacking aerial play
before being overrun by a rampant
ADF side for another 2-1 win.
Despite being a dead rubber,
the final Test match still produced
attacking play by both as the ADF
wrapped up the series clean sweep
with a 4-1 win.
The women's Tests were close
and even, with a win apiece and
an extra-time draw that not even a
golden goal could decide.
The visitors opened with a
Men sweep hockey
series, women draw
1-0 win before the ADF came back
strongly in the rematch with a 3-0
victory that had them thinking they
now had the will, confidence and
attack that could win the series.
The third match was an extreme-
ly even affair and it remained score-
less after regulation time.
Despite many opportunities for
both sides to seal victory, 10 min-
utes each-way of extra time failed
to produce a decisive golden goal. It
was decided to declare the women's
series a draw with one win apiece.
WO2 Scott Downs said it was
very satisfying as men's coach to
sweep the series, especially com-
ing from behind in two of the three
"We selected the strongest side
we could, based on availability due
to operational requirements, WO2
"The third game was probably
a fair indication of the real differ-
ence between the two. In the first
two games we were trying to set up
some new structures.
"The series stands us in great
stead for our Australian Country
Women's coach AC Nate Ball
was heartened by the fact the women
brought into his squad all stepped up
to the mark after about six players
were unavailable because of opera-
"The depth of ADF women's
hockey is fantastic and something
we have not seen for a while," AC
"We expected a tough series from
the RAF, especially after we discov-
ered they had recruited six PTs who
were all playing at high-level grades
"The second game showed the
standard we are capable of and was
probably our best."
AC Ball paid special tribute to
LS Talei Stoll who had just returned
from captaining the Australian
Country women's side in a series
against Hong Kong, Malaysia and
Singapore. Arriving the night before
the opening game, she won the ADF
Players' Player Award and was also
the RAF players' choice.
RUNNING HOT: LSCIS
Talei Stoll (inset) strikes the
ball as her RAF opponent
attempts a spoil.
Photos: LA A J MacLeod
LCDR Steve Reynolds and WO Ray
Cooper are likely to be Navy's best
chances to win the Defence tenpin
national championships in Adelaide
from June 8-10.
They face an uphill battle though.
The top qualifiers from the state com-
petitions comprise three members of the
APS and two Air Force bowlers.
About 60 bowlers are expected to
compete this year, with full squads of 12
from most states.
The championships will be held at
AMF Village Bowl, Golden Grove.
For more information about Defence Tenpin
The 2010 Australian Defence
National Squash (Defence Squash)
Championships will be held at RAAF
Base Williamtown from August 1-6.
This year the championships will
begin on the Sunday with the tourna-
ment brief at 11am on August 1 at the
WLM Gymnasium. Entries close on
July 26. There will be a free t-shirt for
Enquiries and entries to SGT Melinda
Boyd on (02) 6937 5012 or melinda.
email@example.com or visit http://
2010 Australian Defence national squash titles
National tenpin championships
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