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June 24, 2010
Navy's queen of hearts
also a heart starter
By Michael Brooke
ABBM Tracey Moore is not only
Navy's 'Queen of Hearts' poker
champion but a real life-saver who
received a commendation from the
Melbourne Ambulance Service for
saving a heart-attack victim.
ABBM Moore, who is posted
to Fleet Support Unit at HMAS
Coonawarra (CMDR Richard
Donnelly), is such a card shark that
she has won the right to fly to Las
Vegas on July 1 to contest the 2010
World Series of Poker, where she
could win up to $10 million prize
ABBM Moore, 32, won the right
to compete in the World Series of
Poker by defeating 300 poker play-
ers at Darwin Casino recently.
ABBM Moore is taking leave
from the Navy for a short period
of time to put her skills to the test
against the world's best poker play-
ers who will gather at the Rio All-
Suite Hotel and Casino.
idea how strong their cards are or if
they are nervous about their hand."
ABBM Moore said she wasn't
particularly lucky, although she had
had two royal flushes in the time
she'd been playing poker.
"Luck doesn't always have a
great deal to do with it," she said.
"Sometimes I might have a gut-
feeling about the cards I have been
dealt and, although they aren't great
starting cards, my gut instinct tells
me to play them -- I'm
right about 60 per cent of
Navy's queen of hearts
said she started playing
poker because she was
bored at home and discov-
ered it on the internet.
"I picked it up really
easily," she said.
ABBM Moore said
winning the $10 million
prize for the 2010 World
Series of Poker would be
fantastic, but not as thrill-
ing as saving the life of a
heart attack victim earlier
"I was at Melbourne
airport when suddenly
someone needed my
assistance, which is when
my Navy training kicked
in and I provided life-sav-
ing CPR," she said.
ABBM Moore's life-
saving efforts were rec-
ognised by the Melbourne
which awarded her a com-
"I can read the people
I'm playing against just
bad starting hand into
a winning one."
-- ABBM Tracey Moore
ABBM Moore has enjoyed
impressive success in the four years
she has been playing poker.
In her only professional tour-
nament so far, she came 122nd
among a field of 748 participants
in the 2007 Aussie Millions Poker
"I have been pretty focused
on consolidating my Navy career
but am now taking a shot at a new
challenge, before returning to my
extended family in the RAN," she
said.ABBM Moore said her secret of
success was that most male poker
players underestimated her skills
because she was a woman.
"I can read the people I'm play-
ing against just as well as I can turn
a bad starting hand into a winning
one," she said.
"Sometimes it doesn't matter
what cards you have, but what posi-
tion you're in on the table and the
way other players bet, gives you an
By CHAP Jason Wright
DURING HMAS Parramatta III's
(CMDR Heath Robertson) passage
through the Red Sea, the ship's compa-
ny scattered the ashes of a distinguished
sailor, who sailed in Parramatta II dur-
ing World War II.
LEUT Jeremy Richardson said the
scattering of ashes ceremony was a proud
tradition among navies worldwide and
a fitting tribute for sailor Edward (Ted)
"Today we say goodbye to one of our
own. A sailor whose sacrifice inspires us,
and someone who sailed under the same
name as we do -- in the very same water,"
LEUT Richardson said.
Ted Fryer died on January 7, 2010
and was one of the 23 sailors who sur-
vived the German U559's torpedo attack,
which sunk sloop HMAS Parramatta II
on November 27, 1941.
Ted's personal account of the attack,
which he wrote later in life, was read at
Then a seaman, Ted was at the
helm when the U559's torpedo struck
Parramatta II on her starboard side,
astern of the bridge.
In the midst of darkness and alarms,
Ted heard his captain order the crew not
to go aft and to abandon ship.
As he tumbled into the ocean, Ted
became tangled in halyards, which
dragged him underwater. He managed to
free himself and climbed aboard a nearby
In the pre-dawn light, Ted, his ship-
mate Harold Ross and 21 other survivors
were rescued by Hunt class destroyer
Two weeks later, Ted was posted
to destroyer HMAS Nestor but, short-
ly after, she too was badly damaged by
German bombers in the Mediterranean
Sea and had to be scuttled.
Throughout the war, Ted served in
several other ships, and was on board
HMAS Battan when the Japanese signed
the peace treaty in 1945.
In 1948, Ted retired from the Navy
and led a fulfilling life with his wife Jean
and their family.
FAREWELL: The ashes of Seaman Edward (Ted) Fryer of HMAS
Parramatta ready to be scattered over the Red Sea.
Photo: CPOCIS Leo Vredenbregt
PICK A CARD: ABBM Tracey Moore shows the skills that will be
taking her to Las Vegas to compete against some of the best poker
players in the world.
Photo: ABIS James Whittle
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