Home' Navy News : May 26th 2011 Contents By CPL Zenith King
NAVY squash players enjoyed plen-
ty of success on the court at the
Arafura Games, and a narrow loss in
the men's finals failed to dampen the
team's high spirits.
CPOET David White placed sec-
ond in the men's competition while LS
Matthew Dinte won the plate final.
CPOET White narrowly missed
out on the gold in a gruelling five-
set match in the men's individual
final, played against a member of the
Northern Territory team.
"The young guys from the
Northern Territory team were our big-
gest competition throughout the tour-
nament. They are tough young guys
who can keep running all day long,"
CPOET White won the first two
sets but struggled to maintain his
"After winning the first two, I
going to struggle big time," he said.
"I just tried to play good, consist-
ent squash and keep my mind on the
game because as soon as I start mak-
ing mistakes its over.
"At the end of the day, he was just
too good and I was always half a step
CPOET White won the singles and
mixed doubles the previous week at
the Northern Territory Top End Open
(see other story on this page), and
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CPOET David White's red-hot
form streak began by dominating
the civilian Top End Open squash
tournament in Darwin on May 7-8,
taking out the open men's final in
CPOET White, of HMAS Stirling,
proved too good for APS player
Craig Ambler in the final, winning
11-1, 11-5, 11-2. He used the tourna-
ment as a warm-up for the Arafura
He also teamed up with the open
women's champion, APS employee
Vanessa Pickerd, to take out the
in Top End
KING OF THE COURT: CPOET
David White in action at the Arafura
Games in Darwin.
Photo: ABIS James Whittle
HAVING A BALL: LS Matthew
Dinte competing in the squad
at the Arafura Games.
Photo: CPL Zenith King
believed it had helped in his prepara-
tion for the Games.
"I felt pretty comfortable coming
into this competition. There were a
couple of countries that didn't enter
the Top End Open, so they were
unknown players," he said.
LS Dinte, who participated in the
Games for the first time, defeated
one of his main rivals, Rob Oliver, to
reach the final.
"I got narrowly beaten in the plate
final at the Top End Open by him, so
I was happy to face off against him in
the semi-finals and redeem myself,"
LS Dinte said it was tough jump-
ing from one competition to the other,
but believed he had performed well in
the plate final against Bastien Caisso
of New Caledonia.
"We played four tough sets and
throughout them all he ran me around
the court fairly well," he said.
"He was about 10 years younger
than me which benefited him, but in
the end I stuck it out and finally got
LS Dinte was pleased to finish
the competition with a win.
"We are both leaving here tired
and sore but happy and ready for a
Navy serves up success
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