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September 16, 2010
EXERCISE Kakadu swung into
action on August 18 with the Kakadu
golf championship between visit-
ing ships HMA Ships Toowoomba,
Arunta, Collins, Dechaineux and
Warramunga, and local units from
HMAS Coonawarra and Darwin-based
But it was the visiting Japanese crew
from JDS Akebone who took the trophy
home, beating Coonawarra in the warm
and humid conditions.
Coonawarra gained the lead once the
net scores were tallied and they also won
nearest the pin on the 16th hole at the
Palmerston Golf and Country Club.
Longest drive went to John Matthews
of Toowoomba on the 2nd hole.
Into the swing of Ex Kakadu
FORE: LCDR Bryan Cook from Headquarters Northern Command tees off
at the Exercise Kakadu golf day, held at Palmerston Golf and Country Club.
Photo: LSIS Helen Frank
Leeuwin's soccer challenge
HOPING to go one better than
the Socceroos at the recent
World Cup, HS Red (CMDR
Philip Hiatt) embarked in
HMAS Leeuwin, took on a TNI-
AL team during a recent port
visit to Kendari in Indonesia.
The game started well with
both sides sussing out each others'
styles until the local team started
to break away and scored three
goals before half-time.
Fine tuning the tactics and
catching their breath during the
break helped HS Red recover
two goals, however, the reprieve
was short-lived and the TNI side
added another two goals to close
out the match 5-2.
Despite the loss, HS Red
players did themselves proud
and played out the game with
great sportsmanship and helped
strengthen ties between the RAN
By Bernard O'Connor and
ABCIS Melanie Schinkel
ALMOST 200 RAN and APS
personnel from HMAS Cairns
(CMDR Bob Heffey) raced
their way south along the Cairns
Esplanade on August 11 for the
second Renne Cup Fun Run.
The Cairns Fun Run was
renamed the Renne Cup Fun Run
in honour of CPONPC Russ Renne,
who passed away unexpectedly in
May last year.
LEUT Daniel Lucas from Fleet
Support Unit -- Cairns won the open
male category, crossing the 5km cir-
cuit's finish line in just 20 minutes.
He said he was honoured to be
involved in the event, which was a
great day for all Cairns personnel.
"I certainly didn't expect to win
and I'm already looking forward to
participating again next year," he
Many competitors brought their
pet 'pooches' along to get some
exercise and enjoy the fine winter
Much to their amusement,
LCDR Miles Dickson and his wife,
Susie, had to carry their puppy,
Astro, across the finish line because
he decided he had walked far
enough for one day.
POPT Roger Roy won the vet-
eran male category and placed fifth
overall, LSNPC Rachael Sawtell
won the veteran female category and
SMNMED Mikaela Picot won the
open female category.
At the awards ceremony, CMDR
Heffey introduced CPONPC
Renne's family to the weary com-
petitors, and widow, Deb Renne,
presented the winners with their
Hand and foot massages were on
offer to competitors after the event
as well as a relaxing BBQ.
Cairns runs for Renne
ALMOST THERE: ABMED Belinda Rickert and HMAS Cairns XO, LCDR Terry Garside, give it their all
as they approach the Russ Renne Fun Run finish line in Cairns.
IT DOESN'T seem that long ago
that people were wandering around
bleary-eyed after late nights and
early mornings watching the 2010
Soccer World Cup.
While the Aussies didn't quite
have the success in South Africa the
nation had hoped for, it has spurred
Navy football teams to try and claim
victory in their upcoming tour of
As ADF carnival winners from
2009, Navy football has been invited
by the New Zealand Defence Force
to join the NZ competition.
The team will be up against the
RNZN, RNZAF and a combined
team, and will be represented by
men's open and men's over-35
teams during the September tour.
Organised by LEUT Jim Ford --
both the Head Coach and President
of Navy Football Federation
Australia (NavyFFA) -- this tour is
seen as just one of the many great
opportunities for members of the
RAN to participate in both recrea-
tional and elite-level football com-
petitions within Defence and the
On return from the 2010 tour,
Navy Football will hold its annual
national carnival trials at HMAS
Albatross from October 22-29.
This will be followed by an ADF
Football national carnival week
from October 30 -- November 5 in
Sydney, with all games played at
Melita Stadium in Parramatta.
There are still places available
for this year's national trials and
carnival week if you are a football
player or enthusiast and think you
have what it takes.
These two weeks are the biggest
Navy football events in Australia for
Participation in this will mean
you could be selected for the over-
seas ADF tour, which is scheduled
for Singapore in 2011.
While there is currently no
female football team touring New
Zealand, NavyFFA is looking for
interested female players to join the
club, to win back the ADF ladies'
If New Zealand is too far for soc-
cer fans and supporters to go, they
are all welcome to come and sup-
port the team during the carnival at
If you would like to register your inter-
est with the team or want to join in this
year's trials and carnivals week, contact
NavyFFA or go to www.navyffa.com
for further information.
Footballers to tour New Zealand
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