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July 21, 2011
THE brilliance of LSMT Scott
Bailey was not enough to lift the
RAN to a last-minute triumph
over the visiting US Navy in
a friendly basketball match at
Kuttabul on July 6.
LSMT Bailey, from HMAS
Success, went on a scoring spree
late in the game, but it was not
enough to save his team from losing
36-43 to the flashy USS Fitzgerald
The RAN players got their
campaign off to a good start by
thrashing the US sailors 48-17 in the
The RAN team booked its place
in the final by also crushing HMAS
Parramatta 57-28 in the second
The US sailors rebounded
from their opening loss to defeat
In the final against the RAN,
Fitzgerald took control as it skipped
away to an early lead.
Led by LSMT Bailey, the RAN
fought valiantly and reduced the dif-
ference with a late goal blitz. But it
was beaten by the clock.
LSMT Bailey said the match
against the US sailors was some-
thing to savour.
"They made a slow start but they
really turned on the razzle dazzle in
the final," he said.
USS Fitzgerald was one of two
Arleigh Burke-class guided missile
destroyers that berthed for a few
days 'R & R' at Kuttabul prior to its
participation in Ex Talisman Sabre
11. Among the other sports played,
the RAN went down fighting against
the visiting Canadian multi-role
frigate HMCS Ottawa in volleyball.
Navy scored wins over
Parramatta and Fitzgerald in the
play-offs but lost both sets to Ottawa
in the final, 22-25 and 21-25.
In the futsal final, HMAS Tobruk
recorded a 8-1 victory over HMAS
Navy women star in title win
HOOP TIME: AB Ben Wilkin looks to drive the ball to the ring and, inset, AB
Rhys Barton shoots.
US 'razzle dazzle' lights up court
By CPL Zenith King
SIX Navy players had a key hand
in guiding the Australian Services
Rugby Union (ASRU) women's
team to the Division 2 title in the
national championships in Brisbane
from July 1-5.
A week of training was perfect
preparation for the team which won
two matches and tied another before
walking away triumphant over South
Australia in the final.
The 24-3 grand final victory was a
fitting way to end the team's dominant
display during four days of competi-
tion at the West Brisbane Bulldogs
Half-back and recipient of best
team player PO Nicolle Palmer said
the team's performance was impres-
sive considering the high standard of
"We had to work really hard for
our results and in the end it paid off,"
"Winning the second division felt
"I feel honoured to be part of such
a great achievement and to go out
there and win against state teams was
The team's lead-up to the tourna-
ment was not ideal compared to oth-
ers, but PO Palmer said it was a credit
to the players for gelling so well in a
short space of time.
"To have our team come together
so close to nationals and perform well
just goes to show how much effort
we all put in and how much talent the
ADF does have," she said.
"We went into camp at RAAF
Amberley a week-and-a-half before
the carnival started.
"We were a little behind the eight
ball compared to the other state teams
who had trained and played together
on a weekly basis for months before
the carnival, but the girls really put in
a lot of effort and dedication to every
The ASRU team was sluggish early
in the final, but stepped up its intensity
to record a convincing win.
"We had a slow start in the grand
final, being up 5-3 at half time. But the
girls really picked up the pace and we
came away with a really impressive
win," PO Palmer said.
ABSN Saluluelanei Gray was rapt
with the team's performance..
"We were all there for one reason
and that was to play hard, have fun and
win -- and that was exactly what we
did," she said.
"We came out on top due to pas-
sion for the game and passion to win."
ABSN Gray said the level of com-
petition was especially high this year.
"The final against South Australia
was intense, as our semi-final game
was against them the day before, and
the game was a draw.
"In preparation we went back to
base, watched our DVD, and saw
where we went wrong and could
The team, picked following the
Services Rugby Championships in
May, also consisted of 12 Army and
six Air Force personnel.
WINNING FEELING: Navy's ASRU contingent, from back left, CMDR
Christine Clarke, AB Saluluelanei Gray, SMN Victoria Dewar, AB Tara
Longley, LEUT Rose Apikotoa and, from the front, AB Sarah Beard, PO
Photos: LACW Kylie Gibson
ASRU 22 d Victoria 14
ASRU 29 d Northern
ASRU 10 drew South
ASRU 24 d South
HIGH FLYER: An ASRU player launch-
es for the lineout.
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