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July 21, 2011
Adams bowls 'em over
By CPL Zenith King
A STEELY focus on taking each frame at a time
guided AB Derek Adams to the ultimate success
in the singles and masters sections of the Tenpin
Bowling Combined Services Championships
held at Aspley from June 20-24.
AB Adams was Navy's top performer as Navy
placed second overall to APS at the Australian
Defence Tenpin Bowling Association's (ADTBA)
annual inter-service tournament.
AB Derek Adams won the singles title with an
average of 224.7 before moving onto the masters
where he continued his campaign in a nail-biting
He was selected as one of two Navy bowlers
in the national squad to represent the ADTBA
at the Tenpin Bowling Australia Nationals in
PO Brad Fullerton also made the national
team, having finished among the top 20 bowlers
across the sections at the tournament.
Controlling his nerves was a key factor to
success for AB Adams.
"These competitions can be stressful but I just
tried to break each game down to one frame at
a time, which helps when you are bowling four
days straight," he said.
The tournament consisted of 10 singles games,
four doubles and four team games, from which
the top 16 players competed in a 15-game match-
play for the ADTBA masters title.
Despite losing his first match 225-254 to AC
James Woods in the masters battle, AB Adams
claimed his right to repechage and went on to win
AB Adams said he felt confident heading into
the event and was pleased with his form.
"The level of ADF bowling is getting higher
and higher each year. Everyone there wanted to
win -- either for their state or for themselves -- in
singles and masters, which made a healthy com-
petitive edge," he said.
"The lanes were great to bowl on and the oil
pattern held up pretty well, but you had to be con-
sistent in your hand and follow-through to carry
the corner pins."
"I really enjoyed myself and had a lot of fun
with the guys on the lanes and hope I'll be able to
make it again next year."
ADTBA President WO2 Brett Thomas said
his intention was to raise the profile of tenpin
bowling within Defence.
"We already have over ten bowlers in Defence
who have rolled the perfect game of 300 and
three of our members are in the ACT Rachuig
team," WO2 Thomas said.
"We can hold our heads up high at any level of
STRIKE FORCE: Navy's tenpin bowling team, from back left, AB Jamie Martin, LEUT
Damon Craig, AB Brad Carter and PO Brad Fullerton, and, from front left, LCDR Tracey
Petrass, AB Derek Adams, CPO Brian Robinson.
AB Derek Adams shows
his style on the laneway
earlier this year.
Rivarly at fever pitch
AUSTRALIAN-New Zealand rivalry
will re-ignite when defence personnel
from both countries contest the
National Softball Championships
in Victoria from October 31 to
November 4. Navy players will be
among about 150 from across the
ADF representing. More than 100
men and women representing the
New Zealand Defence Force will also
take part in the Australian Defence
Softball Association (ADSA) event.
ADF men's and women's teams of 15
in-form players will be named for test
matches against New Zealand on
Runner bounces back
PO BRADLEY Hertharia overcame
a bike accident in the lead-up to
the July 3 Gold Coast Marathon to
finish second for Navy. Injured in the
accident 10 weeks ago, he finished
fourth in the ADF, 12th in the male
35-39 years category and 43rd
overall with a time of 2hr, 44min and
37sec. On top of that, he suffered a
lack of sustenance during the race.
"By about the 34km mark I started
to fade and had to mentally push
through to the end," he said. Navy's
top performer was LEUT Rowan
Walker, whose time of 2hr, 20min
and 23sec placed him first in the
ADF, first in the male 40-44 years
category and seventh overall.
TWO spectacular goals from lofty
ruckman ABBM Caleb De Munck
lifted HMAS Kuttabul to a crush-
ing grand final victory over HMAS
Parramatta in the Father McDonald
Cup RAN Eastern Australian Area
Aussie rules competition.
Kuttabul trounced Parramatta 10.2
(62) to 1.3 (9) in the final at Pioneer
Park in Sydney on July 6.
ABBM De Munck was awarded
the Father Dempsey Trophy for his
man-of-the-match performance which
featured two flashy goals, two behinds
and high-flying marks and many
assists to team-mates.
"It was a real tough match and the
big margin reflects our superior use
of the strong wind in the first half,"
ABBM De Munck, who stands
190cm and weighs 94kg, was one of
several Navy Aussie rules representa-
tives in the Kuttabul team who stood
head and shoulders over their oppo-
Kuttabul captain ABSMN Joel
Minichiello said his team exploited the
strong breeze in the first half to build
up a huge lead over Parramatta.
"We attacked brilliantly in the first
half and defended valiantly in the last
stanza, when the wind was against us,"
Kuttabul booked their place in the
final by accounting for Waterhen by
eight points in the semi-final, while
Parramatta crushed Success by 56
-- Michael Brooke
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