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May 26, 2011
Navy's best find greens of gold
By CPL Zenith King
AFTER four long days of competition
on the greens of Darwin, Navy won two
individual and four team medals in the
golf tournament at the Arafura Games.
LEUT Darryl Whitehead joined the
service champions in men's golf to com-
pete at the Games, winning a bronze in
the individual section and gold and sil-
ver medals in his team's nett and gross
Having started the week with a round
of 71, LEUT Whitehead averaged 75
"My week continued with 83, 75 and
73, which wasn't too bad, but there was
one bad round in there which was disap-
pointing," he said.
"I'm not used to playing over so many
days. Ordinarily, we might play two
rounds of 18 holes over the weekend,
but the big competitions tend to be four
LEUT Whitehead said playing golf
at the Darwin Golf Club had been chal-
"The greens are very grainy -- they
are different because they have different
grasses up here," he said.
"The ball accelerates and decelerates
differently so you have to be able to read
LS Lorna Brew, of HMAS
Coonawarra, also gave Navy a taste of
She won silver in the women's team
nett event, bronze for the women's team
gross event and the gold for the individual
women's nett event.
LS Brew said she thoroughly enjoyed
the week and was pleased with the
"I played consistently throughout the
week but found I had to concentrate hard
to maintain it and not worry if I had a bad
shot or a bad day, and just keep going,"
"I felt really good going into the final
day and I just tried to stay confident and
positive, which paid off.
"Coming into the event, I didn't really
expect anything so I'm excited to be leav-
ing here with such a good result."
LS Brew said the most challenging
part of the competition was adjusting to
"I usually play at RAAF Darwin, so
it took a while to get used to the different
course and adjust to the condition," she
"The course was really good but the
bunkers were quite challenging; I haven't
played on a course with bunkers before,
so it was a big learning curve."
Spending time with senior golfers was
also a valuable learning experience.
"Our men's team is great and has been
able to offer advice and share ideas," she
"I have been watching them and talk-
ing to them all week trying to get ideas as
to how I can improve my game."
AFTER defeating a young
Malaysian cricket team, 0-72 to
10-67, members of the Australian
Defence Organisation Cricket
gave their opponents equipment in
a sign of good sportsmanship.
The Defence team, which fin-
ished fourth overall, decided to help
the Malaysian players who had an
average age of 18 and no personal
Australian coach PO Mark
Ham, of HMAS Kuttabul, said the
Malaysian team was made up of
very inexperienced junior cricketers
with poor equipment and low skills.
"We quickly made the decision
to go easy on the Malaysian boys
and give them every opportunity to
have a positive experience as some
of the other sides had just smashed
them," said PO Ham, who also held
an impromptu clinic for the boys.
"I have plenty of experience
coaching juniors, and the boys were
extremely enthusiastic and grate-
ful for the techniques I could show
them," he said.
A WINLESS campaign might not
usually be considered anything too
special, but the Arafura Games were
memorable for volleyballer LCDR
LCDR Anderson, of HMAS
Albatross, said the Australian Defence
Organisation's volleyball team was
highly competitive, if not successful, in
losing all of its six games.
"All of our matches were really close
and, at the end of the day, we had a great
time," she said.
LCDR Anderson, making her Arafura
debut, had not been sure what to expect.
"The atmosphere was really good
which was a surprise. I have never played
with that many spectators before," she
said.The men's team won two of seven
matches, but placed sixth.
NICE REWARD: LS Lorna
Brew and LEUT Darryl
Whitehead proudly show
off their medals.
Photo: CPL Zenith King
PAD UP LADS: LTCOL James Brownlie presents the Malaysian
cricket team with equipment.
Photo: ABIS James Whittle
Anderson sees bright side
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