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THE 2010 Defence Squash National
Tournament will be held at RAAF
Base Williamtown from August 1-6.
Defence squash is now in its 25th
year and counts more than 500 players
of all ranks and skill levels as registered
Defence Squash members.
The Defence Squash Nationals
Tournament is the one occasion in the
year where the best players from Defence
compete for the top ranking in their cho-
sen sport in the ADF.
In addition to open and graded singles
events, Defence Squash stages mas-
ters and doubles events, as well as the
National Inter-Service Challenge.
The Nationals is an excellent squash
carnival that promotes competitive inter-
action between the Services, encourages
team-building and fosters the fitness and
esprit de corps that keeps our members
sharp in their main Defence roles.
A Defence Squash team (six men
and four women) will tour the UK in
September and October to compete
against RN, RAF, Army and Combined
Final selection of the touring team
will take account of individual perfor-
mances at the Nationals -- so try your
All entries to SGT Melinda Boyd on (02)
6937 5012, fax (02) 6937 4359 or email
Entries close July 26.
THE ADO Mountain
will be run by the
ADCC at Stromlo
Forest Park, ACT
over the week of
ships are open to all
bike riders and will be
vice sport under DI(G)
will be released as
it becomes available
through the ADCC
website at www.adcc.
Reservist blitzes field
in Defence marathon
By Phil Mayne
ROWAN Walker proved that
names can be deceiving when
he blitzed the field in the annual
Defence Marathon on the Gold
Coast on July 4.
Forty-seven runners turned out
for the Defence event, which was
run in conjunction with the Gold
Coast Marathon and Queensland
Competing in the Defence vet-
erans category -- 35 to 45 years of
age -- the Navy reservist and pub-
lic servant was the first Defence
competitor across the line in a
time of 2:20:14.
He not only won his category
by almost 40 minutes and beat
the next fastest Defence competi-
tor by almost 20, he placed sixth
overall in the major event.
Rowan was the first Australian
over the line, behind four Kenyans
and one runner from Tanzania,
and finished less than seven min-
utes behind the winner.
He said that, while his time
wasn't world-class, he was happy
with the run, especially consider-
ing his restricted preparation.
"I didn't have a great lead-up
to the race," he said.
"I returned in April after
spending four-and-a-half months
in the Middle East Area of
Operations so it wasn't an ideal
"I managed to clock up about
100km a week while I was over
there and ramped up my training
to about 185km a week when I
came back. But I was happy with
Marathon organiser SGT Mat
Skate said Rowan's time was
"To put it into perspective, the
speed at which he ran the 42.2km
marathon was equivalent to run-
ning the 2.4km fitness assessment
in seven minutes 59 seconds."
Army won three of the five
categories to be crowned cham-
pions, ahead of RAAF, Navy and
the Australian Public Service.
Army SGT Wayne Heath ran
the 42.2km in a personal-best
time of 2:39:11, more than two
minutes better than his time in last
year's marathon, to take out the
premier event, the men's open.
SGT Heath was more than 16
minutes ahead of his nearest com-
petitor, CFN Rob Russell, who
came in at 2:55.40, also a person-
al best by more than 15 minutes.
CPO Peter Berry, from Fleet
Training Liaison Agency, finished
third in 2:59:24.
WO Wayne Asher, HMAS
Albatross, came third in the men's
veterans (45-plus) in a time of
Less than one minute sepa-
rated the first two Defence run-
ners in the women's open, with
Army OCDT Rhiannon Snipe
taking line honours in a time of
2:57:17, ahead of public servant
Jodie Barker in 2:58.04.
PHENOMENAL: Navy reservist and public servant, Rowan Walker, powers
home during the recent Defence Marathon on the Gold Coast. Competing in
the veterans' category, Rowan was the first Defence competitor over the line.
1 SGT Wayne Heath 2:39.11 Army
2 CFN Rob Russell 2:55.40 Army
3 CPO Peter Berry 2.59.24 Navy
OPEN -- MEN
Jodie Barker 2:58.04 APS
OPEN -- WOMEN
Rowan Walker 2:20.14 APS
2 SGT Lance Purdon 2:57.15 RAAF
3 WO Wayne Asher 3:46.46 Navy
VETERANS -- MEN
VETERANS -- WOMEN
MASTERS -- MEN
LSATA Thomas Giddings has won the
annual Navy lawn bowls champion-
ships held at Forster on June 5, hold-
ing off 35 challengers including past
champion POSTD Jason Cowley.
Consistency was the key for LS
Giddings and, despite several upsets
in the pool games, he managed to hold
on and join PO Cowley, ABMED Rob
Dixon, CPOSTD Noreen Brennan, POPT
Steve Adams and CPOMTSM Scott
McNally in the finals.
Both semi-finals were close affairs
with PO Cowley downing CPO Brennan
and PO Adams scraping home over CPO
McNally in the last ends of the game.
LS Giddings then played off against
final where he was met by PO Adams
who had another close game to beat AB
The final was set to be another close
affair with the consistent LS Giddings
playing the determined PO Adams, but
PO Adams' enthusiasm wasn't enough
to overcome the steady hand of LS
Giddings who took out the title 21 -- 7.
AB Dixon took out third place in the
playoff for the minor places beating PO
AB Dixon and LS Giddings faced
off against each other with their partners
POB Bruce Walsh and ABMT Andy
Peasley in the pairs final, with AB Dixon
and PO Walsh winning by seven shots
in what was a close game until the final
CPOCD William Taylor and LSBM
Craig Latta were relegated to third after
losing the preliminary final.
For the first time in the champion-
ship's history, a rookies' division was run
for players who had been rolling for less
than two years.
This gave the rookies a more level
playing field and closer competition,
making the tournament more enjoyable
Consistency key in lawn
SPORTS SHORTS and encouraging the newer players to
ABMT Matt Southey took out the
singles rookie title beating SMNCK
Daniel Walsh and then backed up his
win by joining CPOB Oby Obrien to
defeat SMNCK Harel and ABCSO Curtis
Beetham in the pairs rookie final.
It is hoped the rookies competition
will enhance the Navy Lawn Bowls
Association development program and
assist in retaining the club's 2009 nation-
al Defence title.
Defence squash titles set
for RAAF Williamtown
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