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June 10, 2010
By Michael Brooke
THE Spikers from HMAS Darwin
thrashed the NEOC Newbies 28-12
to win the Oberon Shield Eastern
Australian Basketball Championship
at Sydney Olympic Park on May 26.
Darwin's Spikers won the prestig-
ious trophy for the first time, without
losing a match, scoring 181 points and
conceding only 87.
Darwin's heroes of the day includ-
ed LSPT Dusty Miller, LSET David
Gaylard and Gap Year sailor SMNGX
Tegan Parker, who were well supported
by more than a dozen unsung heroes
from the Sydney-based FFG.
LSPT Miller and LSET Gaylard
steered Darwin to a 17-5 lead at quar-
ter time, which was too big a deficit
for the underdog NEOC Newbies to
LSET Gaylard said his team played
very well in the short amount of time
they had to prepare for the champion-
"It was a great tournament and I
think everybody tried equally hard to
bring Darwin her first piece of sport-
ing silverware in quite some time," he
LSPT Miller played with such
courage and determination that he was
airborne several times and said Darwin
dominated the final from beginning
"Unlike most games, there was no
real critical turning-point in the decid-
er because Darwin simply dominated
play from the get-go," he said.
"We started so strongly that
the Newbies were never really in it;
although they deserve credit for get-
ting to the final."
SMNGX Parker said her experience
in the championship, where she slam
dunked a few 'baskets', and on duty
at sea, had convinced her she must
Spikers smash Newbies
in Oberon Shield final
By Michael Brooke
THE Navy's Sydney Dragon Boat
team is ready to breathe fire at
the Hong Kong Dragon Boat races
following success in the national
championships and a solid training
program in the gym and on Sydney
Male and female paddlers are
training in preparation to challenge
the best clubs in the world at the
Hong Kong Dragon Boat races from
Sydney Navy Dragon Boat team
manager, LCDR Peter Teichmann,
said the team recently captured a
swag of gold, silver and bronze med-
als at the national and state champi-
onships, which boosted their confi-
dence and commitment.
LCDR Teichmann told Navy
News the RAN would enter teams
in the Masters Mixed and the Opens
"The quality of Navy's paddlers
and their preparation for this champi-
onship has been fantastic," he said.
"Although the members of the
team heading to Hong Kong are
dispersed around Australia, forcing
many to work on their cardio-vascu-
lar and physical strength in the gym,
a core group of paddlers continue to
train regularly on Sydney Harbour
and at Manly to refine their consist-
ency of paddle stroke and timing."
LCDR Teichmann said dragon
boating was an ideal sport for the
Navy because it required strength,
flexibility, great endurance and team
spirit with no age or gender restric-
"There are no individual heroes
-- each paddler's contribution is essen-
tial," he said.
For more information check out www.
READY TO GO: A Navy dragon boat team trains on Sydney Harbour
with HMAS Sydney in the background.
Navy dragon boats
ready to breathe fire
answer the call of the sea and join the
"I want to be an aviator, which
probably explains why you saw me
flying around the goal-net today," she
said.Darwin's triumph denied the
Newbies from HMAS Creswell a fairy-
tale finish to their bold quest for glory.
The Newbies earned their place in
the final by beating Kuttabul Kings 13-
12, while Darwin flogged Kanimbla
Kuttabul's heart-breaking one-point
defeat to the Newbies denied them the
chance to score an Oberon Shield hat-
trick (they won the championship in
2009 and 2008).
The trophies and team prizes were
awarded by Kuttabul XO, LCDR Don
Draiden, who praised the competitors
for their sportsmanship and tenacity.
The championship served as a
selection for the Navy team to compete
in the tri-Service basketball champion-
ship later this year.
By CPL Zenith King
SERVICE personnel and the Defence
APS community will soon battle it
out at the Defence Road Cycling
Championships (DRCC) in a bid to
take home the title.
Road cyclists will compete in
Adelaide from September 13-15 in
the annual event organised by the
Australian Defence Cycling Club
On day one cyclists will compete
in time trials at Langhorne's state time
trial course. The following day they
will compete in the 12km state road
course at Williamstown followed by a
criterium on day three at Victoria Park.
LS Liam Sweeten from HMAS
Manoora competed in last year's com-
petition and said he was not worried
about the race.
"I have only competed in criteri-
um racing and have done okay," LS
"It's a really good event, a good
challenge and a tough competition."
LS Sweeten said he would pre-
pare for the event by training hard and
maintaining a good diet.
ADCC SA Regional Representative
FLTLT Drew Abbott said the event
would determine the ADCC national
"The grades on offer will allow
maximum participation for members
of varying ability," he said.
"Three great days of racing will
be experienced in an enjoyable club
Cyclists gear up for Defence cycling championships
ON TRACK: LS Liam Sweeten
is getting ready for the Defence
Road Cycling Championships in
FLYING: A Darwin Spiker shoots the ball up for a point in the semi-final
of the Oberon Shield.
Photo: ABIS Peter Thompson
Members are not required to hold
a road cycling license to participate in
With more than 300 members, the
ADCC conducts annual national cham-
pionships in both road and mountain
Further information is at www.adcc.asn.
au or contact FLTLT Drew Abbott at drew.
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