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August 19, 2010
By LSIS Paul McCallum
KEEN golfers are invited to join
HMAS Harman (CMDR Andy
Schroder) for a four-person
Ambrose charity day on September
10.Up to 36 teams of four will play
in the inaugural Harman Charity
Golf Day at Vikings Golf Club in
Narrabundah to raise money for the
ship's charity, Queanbeyan Legacy.
Teams of four cost $100 and
prizes will be awarded for best gross
and net scores, longest drive, nearest
the pin and a novelty hole.
Registration fees cover the cost
of 18 holes of golf, a hat, water
bottle and sausage sizzle after the
Be sure to register early as
places are expected to fill quick-
ly. Registration is through the
Harman intranet site and closes on
For more information visit the
Harman sport and fitness site at
You can also contact LSPT Darren Smith
or POPT Andrew Corbett at andrew.
HMAS Harman charity golf day
By LSIS Paul McCallum
RUNNING a marathon in the
tropical heat and humidity of
Samoa would be challenging
enough for anyone, but the
ambient weather was the least
of their worries for Navy's advi-
sors posted to Samoa.
Starting in the dark of pre-
dawn, with traffic, pedestrians,
chooks, pigs and dogs underfoot,
alongside and overhead, three
of Navy's finest took on the
sauna-like conditions to run in the
Samoan marathon and half mara-
thon on June 5.
Technical advisor to the Pacific
Patrol Boat program, CPO Mick
Hosgood, said after running in
the half marathon last year, it was
time to challenge himself and run
the full marathon this year.
"I was always going to do the
half marathon again but I was
talked into doing the full race,"
CPO Hosgood said.
"I started a four-month train-
ing schedule with three smaller
runs and one long run each week.
I think I covered about 900km in
Such an intense train-
ing regime paid off with CPO
Hosgood finishing second in a
time of 3hr 57min.
Not be outdone, and encour-
aged by CPO Hosgood's wife,
Kelly, Maritime Surveillance
Samoan marathon no fun run
Officer LCDR Bruce Vandepeer
competed in the half marathon
and took to running up the daunt-
ing Mount Vaea for his training.
LCDR Vandepeer finished
the run in 2hr 28min, just eight
minutes behind Kelly -- not a bad
result for the oldest competitor in
Organised by the United States
Veterans' Association, the mara-
thons were run in conjunction
with shorter 10km and 3km races
and involved 60 competitors.
LCDR Vandepeer has since left
Samoa but his successor, LCDR
Matt Richardson, is keen for the
tradition to continue.
DETERMINATION: (From left) CPO Mick Hosgood, Kelly Hosgood
and LCDR Bruce Vandepeer competed in the Samoa Independence
By CPO Bryan Neal
THE RAN Lawn Bowls Association
(RANLBA) is going from strength to
strength having recently completed a
tour to the United Kingdom.
A squad of 12 bowlers from
RANLBA took part, with the aim of
enhancing the competitiveness of the
RAN at the Australian Services Bowling
Association national carnival.
The squad began the tour at Atherley
Bowling Club in Southampton. Playing
21 ends in a two bowls-fours format (a
team of four, each having two bowls),
it didn't allow much time for us to get
accustomed to the very slow greens.
The locals got the jump early. To our
credit we closed the margin late in the
afternoon but our run was a little late,
allowing the locals a narrow victory.
While in the area the squad took time
to take in famous sights like HM Ships
Victory and Warrior, and the Dockyard
Museum at Portsmouth.
Our next game was at the historic
Sir Frances Drake Bowing Club in
Plymouth. Again, the competition was
fierce and the home team was victorious.
After Plymouth the squad made
its way to the beautiful Welsh capital,
Cardiff, where we came up against the
famous combined sports club of Cardiff
We were competitive on the slow
green from start to finish. At the end of
the day's play we were invited back to
the rugby club for some warm ales and
Next the squad visited the World
Heritage City of Bath to take on the
respected Bath Bowling Club.
In perfect conditions and on a green
of a similar pace to those found at home,
RANLBA took the points before retiring
to the clubhouse for homemade pork pies
and scones with clotted cream.
HISTORIC NAVAL SITE: (Above) The RANLBA tour squad at the
famous Sir Francis Drake Bowling Club in Plymouth, UK.
THANKS FOR THE CONTEST: (Left) RANLBA Tour Manager,
CPOMTSM Scott McNally, presents London Metropolitan Police
Hayes Club captain, Jerry Sullivan, with a RANLBA team plaque
and tour t-shirt.
FINE JUDGMENT: (Far left) LEUT Stephen Miller rolls a bowl at the
Sir Francis Drake Bowling Club.
Navy bowlers make
their mark in UK
The final game of the tour was
against the Metropolitan Police in
London. The police fielded a strong side,
which defeated the tour squad, but a
most enjoyable afternoon was had by all.
The hospitality we received at all the
clubs was outstanding and squad mem-
bers said the tour was a great success.
Tour manager CPOMTSM Scott
McNally, RANLBA President LCDR
Mel DeLooze and Treasurer (me) pre-
sented each club captain and president
with a RANLBA tour shirt and a plaque,
which featured a coin bearing Navy's
The professionalism shown by all
squad members upheld the great rep-
utation and long-standing tradition of
all RAN touring squads that have gone
It is expected our team will use the
skills developed on this tour to suc-
ceed at the Australian Services Bowling
Association titles in Brisbane later this
To get involved in RAN Lawn Bowls, go to
Navy_ Lawn_Bowls_Association or email
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