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October 27, 2011
CPO Mark Astley was
Navy's best in the
Canberra on October
8-9. He finished 10th
in the open men's solo
category. CPO Astley
was supported by one
of the Air Force's best
endurance riders, CPL
Michael Crummey, who
did not compete due to
his focus on a 24-hour
ride in December. CPL
Crummy lent his experi-
ence in the technical,
tional and physiological
aspects of endurance
cycling. The ADF
championships will be
held at Mt Stromlo from
A 20-STRONG Navy team got
right into the community spirit at
the Nowra Waterdragons' Dragon
Boat Regatta on September 18 on
the Shoalhaven River in New South
The 'Win with Navy' team was one
of more than 30 crews which took part
in the event, watched by thousands
of people who enjoyed the glorious
spring sunshine on the riverbank.
The Navy paddlers got off to a
wobbly start, having to overcome
swell, windy conditions and a near
collision in the first race.
But the team recovered well, due
no doubt to the thought of the embar-
rassment the Win with Navy team
would face if it capsized in front of
such a big crowd.
CPO Annie Schofield, who put the
team together, said she was attracted
by the opportunity it provided to par-
ticipate as a Navy team in such a pop-
ular community event.
The Navy crew was made up of
paddlers of all ages and ranks, includ-
ing HMAS Albatross Executive
Officer CMDR Carl Capper and Gap
Year and Navy Domestic Engagement
The competition attracted teams
from every part of the community,
with teams from Lifeline, local banks
and schools, prostrate cancer survivor
support groups and Defence.
CPO Schofield said the crew mem-
bers enjoyed the community spirt and
team camaraderie, especially in mak-
ing their voices heard in chanting for
"Not only was it great fun, but
we also got to showcase our colours
and demonstrate that Navy supports
healthy lifestyles and activities," CPO
-- Dallas McMaugh
SHARING THE LOAD: The 'Win with Navy' team enjoy the community
atmosphere at the Nowra Waterdragons' Dragon Boat Regatta.
Navy's paddle power on display
GIVING IT A TWEAK: Team manager PO Mark Ham shows his spin-
ning style in the friendly match against Newington College as part of
Navy's build up to the tri-service carnival.
Photo: Michael Brooke
By Michael Brooke
THE Navy Cricket team survived
a full-blooded pace attack from a
former Australian Test player to win
an exciting 35-over friendly match in
Sydney on October 8.
Navy was cruising to victory
with 10 overs remaining when for-
mer Test player Matt Nicholson cap-
tured two quick wick-
ets to give Newington
College a sniff of
took 3/56 in a Test
against England in
1998, carved up Navy's
battling line up.
team captain, LEUT
Shane Wallace, showed
his class by hitting the
winning runs with just
three balls remaining.
The match was part of Navy's
preparation for November's National
Defence Force Cricket Carnival in
LEUT Wallace, a former under-
19 Australian representative, lifted
the RAN to 6/190 to beat Newington
Navy's other top scorer was PO
Luke Grimmond, who smashed
44 runs before being dismissed by
While LEUT Wallace and PO
Grimmond were the heroes of the day,
Navy's bowlers were also very impres-
sive.PO Glenn Cleary, a left-arm pace-
man, claimed a hat-trick.
He was well supported by SMN
Bilawal Chandio, who is a newcomer
to Navy cricket but appears to have a
big future ahead of him.
RAN team manager PO Mark Ham
said the match provided a great oppor-
tunity for the players to
have their first hit out
together and 'gel' as a
PO Ham said prepa-
ration for the tri-service
carnival had been good,
with several new and
exciting players push-
ing for selection.
He was particularly
pleased with slash-
ing batsman SMN Al
"The warm-up matches, as well
as the mentoring sessions we have
planned with ex-Australian Test play-
ers, will have us perfectly positioned
to challenge for the tri-services cham-
pionship," he said.
WO Ham said Navy would be gun-
ning for glory in the 50-over com-
petition in Canberra from November
Navy will also take on Army and
Air Force in a Twenty20 champion-
ship, which will be a new addition to
have us perfectly
-- WO Mark Ham,
NAVY'S top soccer players will
push their case for selection into
the Service team at a week-long
development camp ahead of the
The Navy Football Federation
Australia (Navy FFA) is hosting
a player development camp from
October 21-28 at HMAS Albatross
before competing against Army, Air
Force and APS soccer teams.
The 2011 Australian Defence
Football Federation National
Carnival will be held from October
28 to November 4 at Manly.
Navy has plenty of outstanding
players pushing for selection who
have already proven their worth in
their success at the 2009 national
carnival, the successful New
Zealand tour in 2010 and this year's
Forster Gardens tournament.
Teams will represent Navy in
the men's open, women's open, and
men's over-35 sections.
For more information, visit www.navyffa.
com or email LEUT Stephan Immerz at ste-
IN THE MIX: HMAS Tobruk and
HMAS Waterhen players battle it
out last month.
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