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September 15, 2011
By LCPL Mark Doran
NAVY lawn bowlers will be
among more than 100 from across
the country donning their whites
for the Australian Services Bowls
Association (ASBA) National
Championships in Queensland from
The championships at Ipswich will
begin with a round-robin state-versus-
state competition, with bowlers from
Western Australia, South Australia and
the Northern Territory to form a team
known as the 'Barbarians'.
Following the state competition,
the top 16 players from each ser-
vice will be selected for competition
between Navy, Army, Air Force and
APS during the National Interservice
The ASBA will then select a
national team of bowlers for events
including a tour of South Africa to
challenge the South African National
Defence Force Bowling Association,
and the Soldiers Point Six-way
Challenge (NSW) in 2012.
Although Navy bowlers finished
second at the NSW Interservice Lawn
Bowls Championships in August,
five members of that Navy team were
selected to play for the NSW state
Representing the state team and
pushing for a spot in the national Navy
team will be LS Andrew Batterham,
LS Luke Piper, CPO Wade Vidulich,
LS Mark Wallace and CPO Ralph
More than half of the Victorian
team is made up of sailors, with AB
Justin Bell, CPO Brad Bessell, WO
Robert Bohm, AB Robert Dixon,
PO Ricky Fenn, AB Anita Jenkins,
WO Vaughan King, CPO Gregory
McClelland, CPO Robert O'Brien and
AB Andre Peasley all from HMAS
Three Navy bowlers will repre-
sent Western Australia -- CPO Murray
Piggott and PO Steven Adams from
HMAS Stirling, and CPO Paul Lamont
from Anzac Ship Project Office.
Queensland's only Navy team
member is WO Shakey Lake.
In other bowls news, Stirling con-
ducted an open day at the Safety Bay
Lawn Bowls club on August 10.
The event, funded by the Royal
Australian Navy Lawn Bowls
Association and attended by almost
90 people, gave ADF personnel and
civilians a chance to get involved in
the team sport.
Bowling for state pride
TRYING HIS HAND: LSET
Janarthan Sri Kantha gives bowls
a go at the open day.
Photo: ABIS Morgana Ramsey
PO Scott Allen
fires off a drive
Golf Day and,
inset, LS Tamasin
Fengler lines up
a long putt.
Photos: LSIS Paul
MORE than 100 ADF and
APS personnel hit the
fairways at Fairbairn's
ADF Golf Club for HMAS
Harman's Legacy Charity
Golf Day in Canberra on
September 2. The event
raised more than $2000 for
Queanbeyan Legacy -- which
is Harman's nominated
Push for paintball
IF ALL goes to plan, Navy per-
sonnel will be putting their fine
shooting skills to the test in
the first Defence Interser vice
Paintball Championships next year.
Organiser LAC Stephen Wadwell
hopes to win approval for the
event. "We are about to submit all
our paperwork to the Australian
Defence Sports Council," he said.
Up to 60 people from the Navy,
Air Force, Army and APS have
responded positively to a paintball
page on the Defence intranet.
Paintball tournaments can involve
teams of three, five, seven or 10
players. Players aim to eliminate
opponents by tagging them with
paint-filled capsules made up from
food colouring and gelatin. The
game is played on a small sym-
metrical field filled with artificial
terrain such as bunkers. For more
information, contact LAC Wadwell
by email at stephen.wadwell@
HMAS Kuttabul showed plenty
of spirit in launching a fightback
to claim the title as the top touch
footy outfit within Navy.
Kuttabul won the grand final of
the all-Navy touch footy competition
against HMAS Success in August,
taking out the Adelaide Cup and
Benny Hill Plate.
With LSATV Justin Howland and
ABBM Amy Carpenter leading the
way, Kuttabul responded to its oppo-
nent's early scoring to run away with
a 5-3 victory.
It was a vast improvement by
Success, which had lost to Kuttabul
0-8 in the round matches.
LSATV Howland and ABBM
Carpenter were named the male
and female most valuable players,
More than 220 players in 23
teams took part in the event held at
HMAS Albatross finished sixth,
despite having been the traditional
touch footy powerhouse.
Albatross has won the event 12
times since Navy teams first began
competing for the Adelaide Cup/
Benny Hill Plate in 1989.
Mountain of a test
THE 2011 Australian Defence
Mountain Running Championships
will be held in conjunction with the
Mt Majura Vineyard Two Peaks
event in Canberra on October 22.
The 20km event course is over
Mt Majura and Mt Ainslie and is
open to all ADF personnel in the
open, veteran and masters cat-
egories. For more information, visit
the Australian Defence Running
and Athletic Association website
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