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April 28, 2011
By Michael Brooke
THE RAN's dominance of the ADF
10km road race run has destroyed
the belief that Navy athletes floun-
der like fish out of water against
Army and Air Force rivals.
Navy humiliated the "land-lubbers"
by winning four of five categories in
wet and windy conditions at Jervis
Bay Airfield on April 6.
The RAN's triumph reflected not
only the superiority and professional-
ism of its best athletes, but also the
fighting spirit of six rookie NEOCs
who won gold, silver and bronze.
LEUT Scott Baxter clocked 37
minutes 47 seconds to win gold in
the open men's event, a week after
graduating from the Junior Warfare
MIDN David Vaughan, a newcom-
er to the 10km road race, found time
out from his studies on the New Entry
Officer Course (NEOC) to win silver
with a time of 39:25.
LS Luke Heckenberg made it a
Navy trifecta with bronze in a time of
CPO Raimund Winkler (39:36)
was Navy's best performer in the vet-
eran men's field, but he was unable
to deliver Navy a clean sweep. WO1
Kevin Muller (38.13) won the veteran
NEOC 44 student SBLT Megan
Hoare shocked her rivals by winning
the open women's title in a time of
41:39 -- 90 seconds faster than Air
Force's CPL Jessica Robson.
CPOPT Anne-Maree Schofield
(50:36) and MIDN Kara Eaton (53:46)
gave Navy first and second place in
the veteran women's ahead of Air
Force's SGT Suzanne Scragg.
CAZALY: Navy's LS
Kim Thompson flies
in the ruck against
Army while, inset,
LEUT Joshua Sims
attempts to dodge
an Army opponent.
Photos: LSIS Paul
on in thriller
By Michael Weaver
IN A nail-biting finish to the
Australian Services Australian
Football Association (ASAFA)
women's national championship,
Navy players held their nerve for a
two-point victory against Army in
Melbourne in April.
With Navy leading by eight
points, Army players managed to
sneak a goal to bring the margin back
to two points with five minutes still
Navy's backline then withstood
more attacking raids by Army before
the final siren sounded with play-
ers contesting the ball in the mid-
field, and Navy holding on at 5.3 (33)
to 4.7 (31) to win the CDRE Geoff
Meanwhile, Army proved too
good for Navy in the men's competi-
tion, claiming back-to-back national
titles with a 12.7 (79) to 8.12 (60)
victory in the final.
The coach of Navy's victori-
ous women, CPO Brent Irving,
said his team was inspired by a pre-
match speech from retired CDRE
Geoff Ledger, who talked of the
significance of the trophy named in
"Army is our nemesis and always
has been, so it was great to have
Geoff there to tell the girls about
what they were playing for," CPO
Army began the women's carnival
by keeping Air Force scoreless in the
opening match, while Navy defeated
Air Force by an even bigger margin
in the second game, even though Air
Force managed to score a point.
CPO Irving said this year's Navy
team uncovered some talented pros-
pects for future carnivals that would
add to the nucleus of the side.
"Our rover and ruck-rover combi-
nation of LSPT Candice Freeman and
LSPT Trish Muller are what Navy
footy is all about. They are real team
players," CPO Irving said.
In the men's draw, Army had
three fewer shots on goal than Navy
yet still won the game by 19 points,
while their backline was stoic in
repelling numerous attacks by Navy
when the game was in the balance
during the second half.
Women's results: Army 14.7 (91) d Air
Force 0.0 (0); Navy 18.8 (116) d Air Force 0.1
(1); Navy 5.3 (33) d Army 4.7 (31).
Men's results: Army 12.15 (87) d Air Force
6.11 (47); Navy 14.18 (92) d Air Force 11.2
(68); Army 12.7 (79) d Navy 8.12 (60).
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