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September 29, 2011
up for grabs
By Simon Gladman
NAVY cricket coach PO Mark Ham
hopes to have many hard choices to
make when it comes to finalising the
cricket team that will take on Army and
Air Force at the interservice carnival.
Such selection headaches would be
a measure of the team's strength going
into the National Defence Force Cricket
Carnival in Canberra from November
PO Ham is encouraging Navy's top
cricketers to stake their claim for a spot
in the starting eleven in trial matches dur-
ing October and early November.
"Navy has many fine cricketers but
due to operations they are not always
available. For those who are available, we
need these skilled players to be a part of
the squad," he said.
"I want it to be tough to get in. Even
for guys who have played for many years,
I want them to be busting a gut to play.
"If people don't get picked, I hope
they come back and try again next year."
Team hopefuls will have their chance
to impress selectors at an exhibition
match against Newington College's
Old Boys under-17 team on October 8
and in a four-day trial in Sydney from
As part of the trial period, Navy
will take on the under-17 NSW team in
an exhibition match -- a commemora-
tive match for Remembrance Day -- on
PO Ham said the heavy schedule of
trial matches was part of a new approach
to strengthen Navy cricket's chances at
the interservice carnival.
Navy is trying to build a strong team
ethic and a desire to succeed to replicate
Air Force's surprise achievement of last
"Air Force really showed what you
could do if you have teamwork and a
strong will to win," PO Ham said.
"Traditionally, it was a case of being
sabotaged by our own success. We could
turn up and no matter what we had we
could win. Now, we are at the stage
where we have to be more proactive.
"They're the title holders and, on
paper, are the ones to beat again. They
might think we're not as good, but I know
we'll give them a big surprise. We should
be very competitive or beyond competi-
Those selected to represent Navy at
the carnival will also vie for a spot in the
combined ADF team.
For more information about the team,
contact Navy Cricket Secretary LEUT Marty
Karow at firstname.lastname@example.org
BEST FOOT FORWARD:
LSPT Joe Rule, one of
the contenders push-
ing for selection into the
team, gets his 'eye in' at
training and, inset, selec-
tor LEUT Marty Karow
examines the batsman.
TWO spin-offs in an eventful final
stage of the Donnelly Rally on
September 17 ended the Navy Rally
Team's hopes of climbing the Western
Australia Rally Championship stand-
The husband-and-wife team of Justin
and Kristin White had showed plenty of
speed before a horror stage put them well
behind the pace.
They lost almost a minute when they
slid off and became stuck. Then, 3km
later, they fell a further seven minutes
behind when they clipped a tree in a
They limped their Corolla home with
engine and exhaust damage.
LSMTSM Justin White said there
were some positives to take into the next
event on October 15.
"If we keep positive and don't push it
when we don't have to, we're definitely
going to move up the standings," he said.
The team is fourth in the Sportsman
Series and 15th in the Clubman
Spin-offs cost rally team points
A NAVY cyclist claimed second and another had
his runner-up result disallowed at the Defence Road
Championships in Sydney from September 15-17.
PO Dion Blair took out second in the road race
behind FLTLT Damon Stefani, despite having a poor
"It was a challenging course and it was tough not
having enough training in the lead-up," he said.
PO Blair struggled toward the end of the road race
but was given a reprieve from his fellow riders.
"I started cramping on the second last climb, but the
guys eased off and I was able to hold on," he said.
"I was carrying a few extra kilos than I usually do,
so I wasn't going as quickly as usual."
Runner-up in the criterium, PO Brian Fish was dis-
qualified for allegedly cutting-off fellow riders during
the sprint to the line.
OPEN ROAD: PO Dion Blair (right), CPL Chris
Holbert and FLTLT Damon Stefani form the lead-
Photo: ABIS Sarah Williams
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