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September 29, 2011
ADF delivers a royal hiding
By CFN Max Bree
NAVY'S hockey stars have again led the
ADF women's team to victory, with a three-
nil whitewash of the Royal Navy (RN) at the
Sydney Olympic Park Hockey Centre from
Following their top performances against
the New Zealand Defence Force last month,
LEUT Christie Underwood and LS Talei Stoll
were again among the best as the side bamboo-
zled the RN with coordinated defensive plays.
Using a centre-field sliding defence play
known as a 'press', the ADF piled on the goals
in each contest, tearing through the RN 6-0 in
the fist game, 4-0 in the second and 5-0 in the
Prolific scorer LEUT Underwood lost
track of her total, claiming "about five" of the
ADF's goals for the tournament.
"We smashed them. But they were pretty
sly in defence and the goalkeeper was tough to
get around," LEUT Underwood said.
The RN coach continually called out to her
players not to let the ADF apply the 'press'.
Instead of marking individual opponents, a
press uses four players to deny the opposition
access to the centre-field and allows for the
team to slide left or right as needed.
The ADF men also dealt a blow to British
pride with a 2-0 win over the tourists in their
series deciding match.
Earlier in the week, the ADF men downed
the RN in the first game and a late RN goal
in the second levelled the series.
LS Steve McWilliams was happy to be
"It's been good to catch-up with the
guys from the other Services," he said.
"It's been a while since we'd all
played together at the Combined Services
The RN's hockey teams went home on
a high after defeating the RAN men's and
women's sides during a test in Sydney on
The RAN women led 1-0 at half time, but
were outscored 2-0 in the second half.
The RAN men put up a fight, but lost 2-0
SHOOTING STARS: (Main) LEUT
Christie Underwood takes on the RN's
defence, while (inset) LS Talei Stoll winds
up for a goal.
Photos: CFN Max Bree
Rivalry hardly mending fences
SWORDS will clash as fight-
ers battle on the piste during
the annual Australian Defence
Force Academy (ADFA) Fencing
Tournament involving universities
from the ACT, in Canberrra on
Seven Navy representatives are
part of the ADFA team of 20 which
will contest the tournament.
In one of the highlights, ADFA
and the Australian National
University (ANU) will renew their
10-year-long rivalry in a separate
ADFA will be out to win back
the perpetual trophy which has
remained in the ANU's possession
over the past three years.
MIDN Grant Moran, in his sec-
ond year of studying electrical engi-
neering, said he was excited about
ALL GEARED UP: From left, MIDN Joseph McCullagh, MIDN
James Stahlhut, MIDN Grant Moran, MIDN Fiona Pow, MIDN Mark
Lawley, MIDN James Ferrari and MIDN Edward Manfield.
Photo: LCPL Mark Doran
"It will be great to compete
against the other universities and
show off our capabilities," he said.
MIDN Moran said fencing was a
fantastic sport to be involved in.
"The discipline and other skills
learnt at ADFA cross over to fenc-
ing and vice-versa," he said.
"In fencing you observe your
opponent so you know how to react
and must think on the spot -- exactly
how you would on a warship.
"You might not have a lot of
time to assess a situation then deal
with the information you are given
before making a decision."
-- LCPL Mark Doran
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