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June 23, 2011
By LCPL Mark Doran
CPO Mick Bryan, of 816
Squadron, was one of five com-
petitors to achieve a perfect
score in the individual 50-target,
double-barrel event at the annual
Australasian Police and Services
Clay Target Championships, held
in Adelaide from May 19-22.
However, CPO Bryan missed a
crucial target during a sudden-death
shoot-off, relegating him to second
position in AA-grade.
He was part of a five-mem-
ber Defence team that competed
under the Defence Clay Target
Association banner against 85
police and services members at
the South Australian International
The Defence team won the
50-target, double-barrel team event
by outperforming the Australian
Federal Police and Victorian Police.
CPO Bryan said it was a good
performance by the team.
"This year was the first time the
Defence team has won the teams
event," CPO Bryan said.
"Clay-target shooting is a chal-
lenging sport for individuals and
"It would be great to see
more Defence members become
In the B-grade 50 target, single-
barrel competition, CPO Bryan
placed third for AA-grade while
CPL Chris Whyte, of 11 Squadron,
APS employee Noel Cleal
scored a respectable 97/100 in the
60-target Champion of Champions
to win the event, also taking out the
High Gun for A-grade to qualify
third for the combined police and
WOFF John Hennig, of HMAS
Albatross, was the outright winner
of the 50-target handicap event for
the second successive year.
In the skeet team event, CPO
Bryan, CPL Chris Whyte and Mr
Cleal scored 126/150 to finish third
behind Queensland Police Service
and Victorian Police.
By CFN Max Bree
SMN Ivan Crinall steered Queensland
to glory in the men's competition
of the Australian Defence Hockey
Championships, held at Crest Hockey
Field in Bankstown, Sydney, from May
28 to June 3.
SMN Crinall was the tournament's
top scorer, with seven goals.
He also played a vital role in
Queensland's 2-1 victory in the final
against NSW, scoring what turned out to
be the deciding goal soon after NSW tied
scores in the first half.
The Maroons also reigned supreme in
the women's draw, beating NSW 3-1 in
With state pride on the line as
combined-service teams from across
Australia lined up in the week-long
event, the Queensland teams entered as
the ones to beat, and they lived up to all
LEUT Ben Powers was a solid per-
former as goalkeeper, while AB Jarrad
Taylor also played an important role for
The Maroons made an early statement
with LAC Chris Fazel scoring the open-
ing goal within three minutes of play.
SMN Crinall's quick reply within
five minutes of NSW's only goal, which
came 18 minutes into the first half, put
the Maroons 2-1 up and was enough to
secure the championship.
Queensland captain LAC Tommy
Miller was ecstatic about his team's per-
"NSW put it to us at the start but we
toughed it out as Queensland always
does," he said.
Among the best players for NSW
were CPO William McConnell and AB
In the battle for third place, ACT
cruised to a 3-0 victory over Victoria.
ACT also finished third in the women's
In the women's final, midfielder LS
Zoe Kellermeyer was a key playmak-
er for the Maroons, while AB Kirsten
Wilson gave her best for NSW.
Queensland dominated possession
and kept NSW firmly in its own territory
through most of the first half.
Centre-striker PLTOFF Di Casey
nailed two close-range goals in the 10th
and 21st minutes, putting NSW on the
NSW hit back with an early goal in
the second half to ACW Tanya Smiljanic.
But a botched corner shot led to a runa-
way Queensland goal by SGT Megan
Clarke, sealing the deal with seven min-
LS Kellermeyer was disappointed
there were only two other teams to play
against in the women's competition, but
she was happy with her team's perfor-
"The girls gelled well together
straight away. We played really well
but there were a couple of chances we
missed," she said.
NSW captain SGT Trish Barnsley
said the team struggled with a constantly
changing line-up but she was impressed
by the team's performance throughout
THICK OF THE ACTION: Key NSW playmaker CPO Will McConnell
tries to set up a teammate in the final.
Qld shines in titles
LS Zoe Kellermeyer
flicks a pass to PLTOFF
Di Casey before LCDR
Barbra Parker (NSW)
closes in during the
Photos: CFN Max Bree
at Cairns on June 5
was a valuable learning
experience for LSATA
Luke Heckenberg, of
HMAS Albatross. Navy's
only representative, he
finished in 12 hours,
21 minutes and three
seconds -- two hours
behind the winner. It was
his first attempt at the
distance, consisting of a
3.8km swim, 180km ride
and 42.2km run.
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