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December 9, 2010
Blair reflects on year
of highs and lows
By LSIS Paul McCallum
MOUNTAIN biking (MTB) has
been more rewarding than road rac-
ing for POET Dion Blair in a year
of frustration and injury.
His first win for the year came
in the eight-hour Australian Defence
Cycle Club (ADCC) National MTB
titles in Nowra where he held out
FLTLT Shane Taylor.
He finished the year with another
win on the mountain bike, this time
in the 55km Bundanoon Highland
Half-fling in the NSW Southern
Highlands on November 14.
"I had no real expectations going
into the Highland Half-fling but had
a really good day on the bike," POET
"I managed fourth overall behind
some quality riders who compete at
the national elite level and finished
first in my category."
The win was a surprise after fin-
ishing the race in second, only to
be told days after the event the first
rider home in his category had been
mistakenly classed as a veteran rider
instead of an open rider.
This meant POET Blair was
Victorian golfers drive titles
THE Victorian Navy golf team blew
the opposition out of the water in the
recent Victorian inter-Service golf
event held at Maffra Golf Club from
The annual event pitted teams from
Navy, Army, Air Force and APS in a non-
handicapped matchplay format consisting
of pairs and singles matches contested
over three days.
Navy golfers excelled in the windy
conditions, especially over the first two
days, laying the groundwork for a con-
vincing victory after three days of com-
Navy got off to a dream start on day
one, annihilating defending champions
Army 16-3 -- an effort that made the
other teams take notice.
Although Army had stronger players
on paper, they could not match Navy's
depth. LCDR Justin Mangan and CPO
James Bowden prevailed over their Army
opponents on the 19th hole.
Navy almost completed a clean sweep
in the foursomes, with Army's top pair
pushed to a second play off hole by a
determined LEUT Matt Klohs and AB
On day two, Navy continued on their
winning way with a 12.5-6.5 win over
a focused Air Force side, with many
tight matches going to the 18th hole and
WO Dale Grainger, who alongside
CPO Dave Houston contested a 26-hole
match in the morning, pushed his after-
noon singles match to the 19th hole -- a
total of 45 holes for the day.
Team captain WO Pete Leech won a
tight match on the 20th hole after a fantas-
tic recovery from the trees.
Despite a narrow 10-9 loss to a
strong APS team on day three, Navy had
secured enough points for the outright
win.CMDR Mark Muir and AB Russell
Ward held off a strong finishing APS pair
on the 18th hole to keep their undefeated
foursomes record intact, while LCDR
Matt Sekulitch played out of his skin to
tie his singles match with the APS's gun
player, a scratch marker.
Led by WO Leech and LCDR
Sekulitch, this year's Navy team was a
cohesive, focused unit with every indi-
vidual bringing valuable contributions
to the overall effort. Many Navy play-
ers contested the event for the first time
this year and are looking forward to the
chance to be part of the team for the title
defence in 2011.
WINNERS ARE GRINNERS: The Victorian Navy golf team (from left), LCDR
Justin Mangan, CPO Danny McCall, WO Ray Cooper, LCDR Matt Sekulitch,
CPO Paul Taylor, LEUT Matthew Klohs, CMDR Mark Muir, AB Andrew
Hansch, PO Jeff Dillon, AB Russell Ward, CPO Dave Houston, WO Dale
Granger, CPO Stu Bone and WO Pete Leech.
POET Dion Blair on his
way to first place in the
veteran's category of the
Half-fling in the NSW
Photo courtesy www.
"Taking out the
endurance title in
Nowra was definitely
the highlight of the
year for me."
-- POET Dion Blair
awarded the win once the first rider
Long distance MTB racing
seemed to suit POET Blair this
year with strong finishes in both
the Mont 24hr and Scott 24hr
events with his team, Hoax Racing
Australia (HRA), finishing second
at the Mont and teaming up with
CPL Jarrod Hughes for fifth at the
HRA and POET Blair took on
the Jetblack 12hr MTB race as a
four-man team to record the team's
first victory of the year.
As reported in the last edition
of Navy News, the ADCC MTB
championships were disappointing
for POET Blair with second place.
This year's road championships
were not as successful as last year
with the individual time trial get-
ting off to a poor start. The road
course looked more suited to POET
Blair and he pushed all the way to
the finish line but came in second
after sprinting to the line with two
Looking back on the 2010 sea-
son, POET Blair said there were
some definite highs and frustrating
"Taking out the endurance title in
Nowra was definitely the highlight
of the year for me and riding with
the HRA guys is always lots of fun,"
"But finishing second in the road
championships for the second year
running was the hardest loss of the
"I was a bit let down with my
performance in the ADCC MTB
championships but it was a good
dual with CPL Hughes who ended
up taking the win."
The final 2010 event for POET
Blair was the Tour of Bright from
December 4-5 when he again
teamed with CPL Hughes for the
annual road race series between
Bright and Mt Hotham (at the
time of printing the results were
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