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April 28, 2011
Vipers go for gold in the pool
THE Vipers are preparing to take on all chal-
lengers in the Australian Country Water Polo
Championships in Newcastle from May 11-14. The
Australian Defence Water Polo Association has
again entered the competition with both men's and
women's teams. Members from the three Services
will gather for a training camp from May 4-10 before
gearing up to compete in the water polo carnival.
In 2010 the women's team played off in the gold-
medal match for the first time but was beaten by
NSW, while the men's team placed fifth. For more
information about the Vipers, or to get involved,
contact WO2 Megan Webber at megan.webber@
THE Navy Tridents will play before
a crowd of up to 20,000 when they
tackle their rugby league archrival
Army in the curtain-raiser to the
Anzac Test match on the Gold
Coast on May 6.
The grudge match will be played
at Skilled Park, with the winner to
receive the prestigious Patrons Cup.
The chance to play the curtain-
raiser for the Anzac Test between
Australia and New Zealand marks a
milestone for Combined Australian
Services Rugby League (CASRL) as
well as Navy and Army.
The Tridents will be looking to
repeat their 38-36 victory over Army
in the CASRL competition in March.
Navy's forwards will again be
spearheaded by AB Damien Rex, LS
Daniel Capilli, AB Mathew Docker
and LS Kade Edwards, who ter-
rorised the opposing Army forwards
with huge tackles that often jolted the
ball free from their grasp.
THE TEAM: Kurt Smith, Drew Thornton,
Chris Tormay, Mark Lupton, Leeroy
Franklin, Daniel Struber, Mitch Morton,
Damien Rex, Bobbie Ashman, Kade
Edwards, Mathew Docker, Daniel Capilli,
Simon Hoare, Neil Stanley, Brendan
Meade, Zachary French, Damien Rex,
Kerod Andrensek, Samuel McGregor,
Jarryd O'Connell and Andrew Barnes.
Navy surfers rule the waves
NAVY is still king of the waves
after its surfers got the better of
Army and Air Force in the ADF
Teams Challenge in rough condi-
tions at the Inter-Service Surfing
Competition in late March.
Impressive performances by
LCDR Steve Johnson, LSAT Jordan
Dank and SMNCIS Kyla Hayes at
Bendalong Beach in southern NSW
helped Navy claim first place with
170 points, ahead of Air Force on 166
and Army on 114.
LCDR Johnson was champion
in the men's longboard event, while
LSAT Dank finished second in the
men's shortboard competition.
In the women's shortboard sec-
tion, SMNCIS Hayes was runner-up
to Army's CPL Jamie-Lee Britt.
Top efforts for Navy also came
from ABHSO Adrian Dale, who
rounded out the top three in the
men's shortboard event, CPOCD Tim
Hayes, who placed third in the men's
longboard championship, CMDR
Michael Maley, AB Peter Nagle and
SMN Mark Lupton.
Navy Surfing Association presi-
dent WO Ken McPherson said com-
petitors put in some gutsy efforts in
the solid 2.5m waves in the heats on
"The powerful waves for some
surfers were generating too much
speed, with the longboarders either
catching a rail or simply being spat
out by the wave," he said.
WO McPherson said on day two
the men's shortboarders charged the
heavier back beach of Bendalong,
while the longboarders enjoyed the
rolling waves of the inside points.
"The longboarders were able to
better display their craft with an array
of sweeping turns, nose riding and
more progressive manoeuvring on the
inside left-hander," he said.
"The longboard was also a tight
tussle at the top end with FSGT
Martin Johns and CPOCD Hayes
battling for supremacy, charging the
huge lefts with gusto. LCDR Johnson
was quietly attending to business lay-
ing down solid carves and scoring
consistently solid rides."
The final day of competition was
the hotly-contested shortboard final
which determined the outcome of the
"First in the water were AB Adrian
Dale, LS Jordan Dank and Air Force
SGT Murray Stabler, and they con-
sistently entertained the crowd with
opportune tube rides, slashing arcs
and plenty of solid re-entries," WO
"Navy got off to a strong start
but the buffer wasn't big enough and
we succumbed to Air Force by the
"The final heat and the spectacu-
lar surfing talents of SMN Lupton
ensured that the silverware remained
in Navy hands for yet another year."
Johnson tames rough sea
RIDING HIGH: LSAT Jordan Dank takes
out second place in the men's shortboard
event while, inset, longboard champion
LCDR Steve Johnson rides the wave.
Photos: ABIS Justin Brown
RARING TO GO: The
Tridents are ripe to
take on Army.
Tridents on centre stage in re-match
RAN Old Salts to take on ACT vets
THE RAN Rugby Union Old Salts will play the ACT
Veterans at Canberra Stadium on May 14 as a cur-
tain raiser for the Brumbies v Lions game. This is the
third year the teams have faced off for the iPAMM
Cup, with another highly competitive game expected.
For more information visit www.navyrugby.asn.au
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