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September 30, 2010
Surfers defy 'little Wednesday'
By Michael Brooke
CULT surfing movie Big Wednesday
was on the minds of the 50 ADF
wave-riders who fronted up to 'The
Farm' on the NSW South Coast
for the Navy Surfing Association's
(NSA) September competition.
The significance of the event being
held on a Wednesday (September 1),
was not lost of the eager competitors,
all of whom had seen the cult-mov-
ie about three surfers coming of age
during the Vietnam War, while wait-
ing for Big Wednesday, the mythical
day when the greatest, cleanest, most
transcendent wave of all will come.
More than 50 Navy, Army and
APS personnel rocked up to the com-
petition, excitedly expecting to see
6-metre high roaring waves, but sadly
were confronted by waves that barely
rated as a ripple.
Shrieks of "what a gyp!" filled the
air as surfers voiced their deep dis-
appointment that 'little Wednesday'
had wiped out their monthly surfing
However, all was not lost. NSA
Secretary, LSPT Nathan Adamson,
identified a small clean wave suitable
for long boarders, which was excel-
lent for a lucky few who had never
surfed before and wanted to learn.
"Five personnel were treated to an
impromptu learn to surf lesson and all
were eventually standing up, giving
credibility to their claim to be surf-
ers," LSPT Adamson said.
"The NSA has 12 3-metre learn-
er boards and six stand-up paddle
boards, which are excellent to get per-
sonnel out there enjoying the waves."
Overall it was an impressive turn-
out and a great day, as well as a great
opportunity for the NSA President,
WOMT Kenneth McPherson, to dis-
cuss the current status of the NSA and
what the future held.
The NSA is still endeavouring to
have a body boarding competition as
well, but to date the numbers have
SURF'S UP...JUST: LSPT Nathan Adamson makes the most of
the small swell at 'The Farm' during the Navy Surfing Association's
Photo: ABIS Justin Brown
By Michael Brooke
A TEAM of underdog rookies from
HMAS Cerberus scored a thrill-
ing victory over HMAS Waterhen
in the grand final to win the EEA
Mixed Softball Championship on
Some 11 teams from warships and
stone frigates in NSW and Victoria
participated in the competition which,
apart from being a fun day for all
the competitors, supported the Fleet
Operating Concept's routine schedul-
ing of sport and team building ini-
tiatives to promote team culture and a
Cerberus was undefeated in the
tournament, beating Waterhen II 3-2
in the grand-final, FSU 8-7 in the
semi-final, and trouncing all opposi-
tion in the round-robin competition.
Cerberus' team captain and
pitcher, LEUT Lyall Read, said their
inaugural triumph was all the more
remarkable because their best play-
ers could not compete due to training
"It's a great achievement for us
because many of our best performers
today are Gap Year students or Rogers
Division sailors," he said.
"With only three training sessions
under our belt, today's triumph is a
really fantastic outcome for such a
team of rookies."
LEUT Read said the turning point
in the grand final was SMN Nelson
Light's game-busting double-play,
when Waterhen had the bases loaded
and were only a hit away from getting
two runners home.
Not surprisingly, SMN Nelson
Light received the MVP award, not
only for his double-play in the decider
but also his batting and fielding per-
formances in all the matches.
SMN Light's double-play saw
him take a great catch to dismiss the
batter, which he followed up with
a super throw to the catcher to oust
Waterhen's home-base runner.
LEUT Read, who pitched a strike
out against Waterhen's desperate last
batsman, praised SMN Light as an
all-round athlete whose mighty efforts
lifted the morale of his team-mates at
crucial stages of the semi- and grand-
SMN Light modestly shrugged off
the 'hoo-ha' about his double-play to
acknowledge the contribution of all
the team members.
"All our players did special things
Cerberus dogs win east
coast softball title
when we needed to, so we can all take
a victory bow and enjoy our success
as a team," he said.
The Cerberus team drove up
from Victoria in three vehicles and
all the players agreed the long drive
was worth the fun of participating in a
Navy sports day.
The EEA Mixed Softball
Championship helped the RAN
unearth new talent for the tri-Service
Softball Championships to be con-
tested in Sydney in November.
One of the new players unearthed
is Gap Year student, SMN Kristy
Allen, 18, a former SA state represent-
ative, who bewildered and humiliated
rival batsmen with fast-balls in excess
of 80-90 kph.
"I have been playing softball since
I was five years old so, through prac-
tice and hard work, I've developed
a bit of talent as a pitcher, which is
why I've been invited to represent
Navy in the Tri-Service Softball
Championships," she said.
Players interested in playing for Navy in
the Tri-Service Softball Championships
can contact CPO Donna Edge for further
details on (02) 9647 5274 or donna.
CONTACT: HMAS Waterhen came close to winning the EEA Mixed
Softball Championships but were beaten by an under-dog team from
Photo: LSIS Yuri Ramsey
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