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March 29, 2012
IT appeared nobody would be able
to stop big-serving SMN Keelan
Michelsons, of HMAS Cerberus,
from winning the Carr Cup sin-
gles tennis champion at Sydney's
Olympic Stadium on March 7.
But somebody forgot to tell
underdog ABMT Trent Russell that
as he took the championship four
games to one.
"Winning 4-1 against such a tal-
ented opponent is a big surprise,"
ABMT Russell said.
Backing up from almost single-
handedly winning the Burrell Cup
doubles competition a fortnight
before, SMN Michelsons was clear
favourite to add the Carr Cup to his
ABMT Russell, of HMAS
Penguin, greeted his intimidat-
ing opponent with a friendly smile
and then set about springing one
of the biggest upsets in the history
of Navy tennis as he broke SMN
Michelsons' service in the first
"Breaking his service was the
key to victory," ABMT Russell
said.SMN Michelsons' serves
either crashed into the net or were
returned with pin-point precision
to unreachable corners of the court.
With ABMT Russell holding
a 3-1 lead in the seven-match tie,
game four was critical for both
SMN Michelsons needed to win
to stay in the hunt while ABMT
Russell needed to win to secure
victory. But ABMT Russell again
broke his opponent's service game
to win the competition.
"I only lost two games all day,
but my success is still a surprise
because I haven't played much ten-
nis in the past four years," he said.
ABMT Russell qualified
for the final by beating LEUT
Andrew Mannion 3-1 while SMN
Michelsons pipped AB Kane Ryan
3-2, who surrendered his service
game after battling to deuce.
SMN Michelsons said he prob-
ably didn't deserve to win the semi-
final because of his opponent's
monster serve and was philosoph-
ical about his defeat in the final
"I faded a bit from fatigue but
that's no excuse," he said.
More than 20 players competed
in the Carr Cup singles tennis com-
petition, with special mention being
reserved for the sole female con-
testant, AB Roxy Starr, of HMAS
Kuttabul, who bowed out in the
his day in sun
LCDR Linton Lee
THE RAAF School Technical Training
(RAAFSTT) entered four rafts in the
Wagga Wagga 'Gumi' Raft Race on
The race, classified as the world
championships for Gumi (goom-
i is pidgin English for rubber), states
that the means of flotation must be
at least 80 per cent by inflated inner
tubes. The race is run annually on the
Murrumbidgee River and covers 7km of
winding river before ending on Wagga
The School of Technical Training,
home of the ADF's aviation technician
training, used this event to build team
skilling and esprit de corps.
The race is held to raise money for
Apex and more than 110 rafts entered in
a range of different "world champion-
The RAAFSTT entries comprised
one raft from each service built and
crewed by trainees and one raft crewed
The Navy, Army and Air Force train-
ees got right behind this worthy cause
and manufactured three unique rafts.
The Navy raft was built to withstand
rough seas; the Army raft was more
simplistic but functional as a river cross-
ing platform and the Air Force entry
comprised a raft built with a barbeque
and provided an excellent service to all
competitors by feeding them as they
floated down the river.
With all four craft from RAAFSTT
entered into the Defence Force
Challenge, a lot of friendly rivalry was
evident before the race.
Once the starter's gun fired, the
Army team leapt to the front followed
closely by Navy.
The support staff left the start point
and waited with mixed expectations to
see who would come around the last
bend of the river in first place and claim
world champion status.
After 1.5hrs, the Army team came
into sight, paddling strongly. The Army
had made great time and were deserved
Navy finished strongly and came
second with the Air Force staff entry a
The by now popular 'BBQ Boss' Air
Force trainee boat trailed in last.
CO RAAFSTT WG-CDR Neil
Armstrong said all involved contributed
to a wonderful effort in organising the
teams and he was looking forward to
excellent entries again next year.
Rafters lift spirits
and raise money
Navy trainees take
to the water in the
Gumi raft race in
(top) as the RAAF
trainees provide a
their entry in the
THE sailors of HMAS Kuttabul
dampened Army's birthday celebra-
tions by winning the Army birth-
day touch football competition
at Sydney's Victoria Barracks on
The soldiers of Forces
Command HQ fielded eight teams
but their expectations of holding
the trophy aloft in jubilation were
crushed by two Navy teams which
dominated the competition.
Such was Navy's domination
that both teams of sailors contested
the final, with Kuttabul trumping
The Divers from HMAS Waterhen
4-2.Kuttabul captain LSPT Darin
Trudgett said the sailors ran riot
against Army in all three round
"We celebrated Army's birth-
WINNING SMILE: LSPT Matthew Croese presents the Carr Cup to ABMT Trent Russell at Sydney
Photo: ABIS Dove Smithett
Touch of class spoils celebrations
day in grand style by winning their
competition," he said. "Our success
was quite a rude shock to Army's
hopes of victory on their special
Kuttabul's players, pictured
from left to right, were AB Chris
Hastings-Ison, SMN Roy 'Tiny'
Kimmel, LSPT Darin Trudgett,
LS Justin Howland, SMN Daniel
De Sousa, AB Jarryd O'Connell,
SMN Andrew Papaconstantinos and
SMN Frank Paranthoiene.
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