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May 12, 2011
By CPL Zenith King
NAVY players had an important
hand in delivering the ADF women's
All Stars victory over the Victorian
Women's Football League in the
annual Anzac Cup on April 21.
For the first time in five years, the
ADF All Stars -- captained by LSPT
Candice Freeman -- claimed the
trophy after a hard-fought match in
Eleven Navy players joined nine
Army and four RAAF representatives
in the ADF team, which won 8.13 (61)
to 3.1 (19).
AB Hailey Merrick, who won the
coach's award, was rapt to be part of
the winning team.
"In my football career, there has
never been a greater moment than to
play for the Anzac Cup," she said.
"To be recognised as a valuable
player who contributed to a great win
makes me extremely happy. But credit
must be given to the Victorian side
because this was not an easy game."
AB Merrick, who has represented
the ADF team since 2007, said the
team took a few hard knocks.
"Across the board there were some
excellent passages of play, with both
teams finding it hard to get a score on
the board in the first half due to defen-
sive tactics," she said.
"We had to take each quarter as it
came as they were giving us a run for
our money across the midfield but our
back line was solid.
"The second half took a turn as the
rain came down and the Victorians
stepped up a notch. Unfortunately,
they couldn't hold us off."
The ADF All Stars team was
selected following the Australian
Services Football Association's nation-
al women's championship, which was
won by Navy last month.
Anzac Cup win
and respect were the hallmarks of
a 19-point victory to the Australian
Combined Emergency Services
(ACES) Australian football team in
the annual Anzac Challenge against
the ADF All Stars at AAMI Stadium
in Adelaide on April 23.
Played as a curtain-raiser to the
Gold Coast Suns' historic first AFL
victory against Port Adelaide, the
ADF All Stars put in a valiant effort
despite trailing narrowly against the
ADF tried gallantly, but failed to
bridge the gap as the ACES main-
tained a three-four goal advantage all
The final score was ADF 8.6 (54)
to ACES 11.7 (73).
The ADF team was selected
following the Australian Services
Football Association's national cham-
pionship in early April, in which Navy
finished second to Army.
The game was played hard and
fair, with opponents picking each
other up after contesting possession
and then going 100 per cent at the
LCPL Adam Stevenson, 8/9 RAR,
was the ADF's standout player, while
CPL Shannon Burke, 81 Wing, was
The Anzac Challenge was the third
straight victory for the ACES side,
however, the ADF All Stars are stead-
ily narrowing the margin.
-- Michael Weaver
ON THE BURST: LSPT Candice
Freeman, pictured in action for
Navy during last month's national
championships, captained the ADF
GREAT GRAB: LS Andrew Lee flies high for a spectacular mark during
the national championships in April.
Photos: LSIS Paul McCallum
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