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March 3, 2011
By Michael Brooke
THE euphoria and elation of victory in the annual
2011 Canberra Women's Sevens rugby competition
has the RAN women's team pumped for a big sea-
son and on track to topple arch-rivals Army in the
tri-Service championships later this year.
The Navy women's team, aka 'Charlie's Angels',
won all five round-robin matches to claim the title in
the development division. They beat beat Penrith 26-5,
Waverly 25-10, Gungahlin 41-0, Narooma 21-10, and
Uni Norths 36-0 at Campese Field in Queanbeyan on
Their victories were so comprehensive they have
been invited to compete in the 2012 women's open divi-
sion next year.
Team Manager PO Renee Young said the team's
success would help Navy women's assault on several
civilian competitions and the tri-Service championships
later this year.
"We came together on the day of the competition
and all the players performed really well, in a variety of
positions," she said.
"We are looking for additional players who are fit,
have great heart and want to be part of a Navy team that
is dedicated to beating Army."
Leading the way for the Navy women was MVP
halfback LSCIS Nicole Palmer, AB Danielle Worthy
and LS Beth Keefe.
Further information is available from PO Young on
(02) 9359 2250 or LSPT Downey on (02) 9359 2403.
Opposition sees pink as
RAN women dominate
IN FORM: The RAN
rugby team (in pink)
on its way to easily
winning the Canberra
at Campese Field
in Queanbeyan on
By Michael Brooke
CMDR Michael Maley, HMAS
Waterhen, is riding high after winning
his first competition in Navy surfing,
taking out the long-board final in the
Navy Surfriders Association's (NSA)
first competition of the year.
CMDR Maley won the hotly con-
tested long-board final ahead of runner-
up LSPT Nathan Adamson, HMAS
Creswell, and LCDR Stephen Johnson,
Waterhen, in third place.
"I have been surfing since I was 12
and have been lucky enough to keep
surfing throughout most of my postings
-- even in obscure locations like Cairns,
Broome and Texas," CMDR Maley said.
"Surfers of all ages definitely have
a passion for their sport and the cama-
raderie among the NSA most certainly
aligns with COMAUSFLTs three 'Ps' for
'Passion, Performance and People'," he
King Neptune smiled on the NSA by
providing pumping surf and big waves at
'The Farm' at Shellharbour on the NSW
South Coast on February 9.
Navy surfers competed in a variety of
board-riding disciplines, including body-
boarding which will become a new chap-
ter in the NSA in 2011 when the number
of participants increases.
The competition featured raging surf
with 4-5ft waves, which made for some
great surfing and more than compen-
sated for the bleak overcast sky.
The short-board competition tested
the judges as it featured a strong field of
The surf was challenging with an
intense left-hander on the rip in front
of the judges and bigger sets walling up
off the same rip to form right-handers
freight-training down the beach.
In one of the closest results for
some time, LSATV Jordan Dank, 723
Squadron, captured first place, with
ABCSO Kurtis Beethan, HMAS Watson,
second, and LSET Tavita Vula, HMAS
LSPT Adamson said the stand-
ard of Navy's surfers was impressive,
which bode well for the RAN in the
Interservice Surfing Championships to
be held from March 21-25.
The competition will be hosted by the
Navy at Bendalong Beach in NSW, with
accommodation provided for all three
Services at HMAS Albatross.
The Navy team will consist of eight
male long-boarders, 12 male short-
boarders, and four female short-board-
ers. The selection trials were conducted
at The Farm on March 2.
Further information is available from
LSPT Nathan Adamson on (02) 4429 7904
or 0432 255 178.
Long ride to sweet success
WINNING RIDE: LSATV
Jordan Dank pulls into
a small barrell on his
way to winning the
short-board event at the
NSA's first competition
of the year.
Photo: ABIS Justin Brown
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