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By CFN Max Bree
THE golden boot of AB Amanda
Aldridge has propelled the Navy
women's side to victory at the
Australian Defence Force Football
(ADFF) national carnival in Sydney
from October 29 to November 3.
Having finished the competition
equal with Army on four wins and one
loss, Navy claimed the title on a count-
back of goals.
Navy scored 11 goals for only
two conceded -- much better than the
Army's 10 goals for 5 conceded.
Army got the better of Navy in a
tight opening game, winning 1-0.
Navy bounced back with a 3-0 win
over Air Force, exacted 4-1 revenge on
Army and finished the competition by
thumping Air Force 4-0.
The Navy women's win brought
an end to Army's three-year winning
Sharpshooter AB Aldridge put five
behind the keeper to finish as the com-
petition's equal highest goal scorer.
But the HMAS Watson sailor was
quick to play down her part in the
"The girls got it up there, and I was
just lucky enough to take the penal-
ties," AB Aldridge said.
AB Aldridge singled out newcomer
SMN Shelby Fitzhardinge for praise.
"She came a long way over the
tournament. She was definitely the
most improved," AB Aldridge said.
In the men's competition, Navy
finished second after narrowly going
down to a physical and talented Air
The Navy men began the competi-
tion with a 2-1 win over Army before
the boys in blue lost to Air Force 1-2.
But Navy hit back with a 4-2 win
against the Australian Public Service
APS finished third in the men's
competition, while Army placed
Navy's impressive overall perfor-
mance continued with a second place
in the men's over 35s.
The team posted a 1-0 win over Air
Force and produced a dominant 3-0
effort against the APS.
However, Army ended Navy's run
with a 2-1 win.
Army finished top of the over 35s,
while Air Force came third and APS
Men's coach PO Barry Rice said
the tournament showed that Navy soc-
cer was strengthening on and off the
"Increased sponsorship, better
qualified coaches and a professional
set-up has seen the performances and
results steadily rise over the past few
years," he said.
"There is also a real family feel
among Navy football, with a fantastic
team spirit and motivation to succeed."
For more information about Navy soccer,
Take on the 'mudder'
of all challenges
NAVY personnel should start
training now if they want to take
on the 'mudder' of all challenges.
Organisers of 'Tough Mudder' --
dubbed the world's most extreme
obstacle challenge -- are urging
service personnel to test their
endurance and mental tough-
ness when the event arrives in
Australia next year. A 'Tough
Mudder' will be held at Phillip
Island in March-April and another
in Sydney in September. Will
Dean, developer of the concept,
said Tough Mudder events in the
US attracted more than 10,000
entrants, and he expected
likewise in Australia. The chal-
lenge consists of a 20km trail
over rugged terrain, featuring
steep inclines, water hazards
and military-style obstacles. For
more information, visit www.
HEAT OF BATTLE: (Above) AB
Ash Hudson and (right) Navy
defenders AB Liam Chandler,
SMN Jason Kingdon and AB Rick
Lea try to block an Army header.
GOING LONG: Men's team coach
PO Barry Rice looks up field for a
UNDER PRESSURE: AB Jules Gordy tries to control the ball and keep
it from an Army opponent in the opening match. Photos: POIS Rex Hunt
Atkins leads shooting
team to New Zealand
SHOOTER PO Steve Atkins will
lead the Defence team into battle
at the 2012 Australasian Police
and Service National Trap and
Skeet Championships in New
Zealand next year. PO Atkins,
of HMAS Albatross, secured a
place in the 'down the line' and
skeet Defence teams with his all-
conquering performance at the
Defence Clay Target Association
Inter-service Championships in
September. He was the cham-
pionship's overall winner with
a score of 683. Navy won the
Combined Service Team Shield
for the third consecutive year.
CPO Chris Nightingale will join
PO Atkins in the skeet team at
the New Zealand event starting
Sub group tees off for
some team bonding
A LARGE group of enthusiastic
golfers enjoyed a team-building
day on the fairways for the
Submarine Support Group's golf
day in Western Australia earlier
this month. The team of ABMT
Zachary George and SMNCIS
Chris Smith won the event with
38 strokes, just two over par, at
the Marri Park Golf Course near
Perth. Three teams tied for sec-
ond on 41. Twenty-four sports-
men teed off in a fully fledged
Ambrose competition. The event
was a team-building activity to
promote cohesiveness and effi-
ciency in the workforce.
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