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April 12, 2012
NAVY players were among 116 ADF
personnel who converged on Port
Macquarie, NSW, from March 8-11
for the National Touch League.
The Australian Defence Touch
Association fielded six teams in
women's open, men's open, men's
30s, men's 40s, men's 45s and senior
mixed divisions. All up, there were
123 teams competing in 14 divisions.
The best returns for the Defence
teams came in the men's 30s, the
men's 40s and the senior mixed
teams, with all three teams finishing
Despite having seven past or cur-
rent Australian representatives, three
past or current state-of-origin repre-
sentatives and three Defence Touch
Hall of Famers in the side, the men's
40s team just failed to make the semi-
finals in a tough division.
The players in the women's open
went into their games lacking experi-
ence, with only three players hav-
ing experienced touch footy at the
elite level before. They did not win
a game in a division of 15 teams but
improved every time they played,
developing skills as they went.
For the first time in a number
of years, the men's 45s Defence
Warriors touch football team started
the National Touch League with a
full squad of 14 players and were
aided by a non-playing coach. The
Warriors finished sixth of eight
The men's open team was truly
a national outfit with players com-
ing from Perth, Darwin, Hobart,
Brisbane, Adelaide, Townsville,
Sydney and Brisbane.
The team finished 13th from 14
Most of the ADF players arrived
at Port Macquarie ahead of the actu-
al tournament and spent some days
honing their skills in a training camp.
Three cooks from Amberley
382ECSS provided an estimated 4000
meals over 11 days.
After the National Touch League,
five Air Force players, four Army
players and one from Defence Signals
Directorate were selected in the NSW
state-of-origin squad, and three
Army players were selected in the
The squads will be culled at a
number of training camps between
now and the state-of-origin competi-
tion which will be played at Port
Macquarie on September 21 and 22.
For more information on touch football
in Defence, contact Jeremy.armstrong@
Out of touch in
from February 26
The Navy sharp shooter was part
of a team of nine ADF and APS per-
sonnel who represented the Defence
Clay Target Association (DCTA) in
the five-day event held at the North
Canterbury Clay Target Club near
More than 115 shooters from
Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and
Noumea who work in govern-
ment and emergency services such
as defence, customs and the police
force participated in the two com-
petitions that made up the overall
The DCTA members were divid-
ed into three teams of three for the
first skeet and down the line shoot-
ing events, which were followed by
individual down the line events and
a 50 target sporting clay shoot on the
DCTA Treasurer CPO
Nightingale took out second place in
the B grade double barrel and points
score events and placed third in the B
grade champion of champions event.
"The competition was quite diffi-
cult because the strong winds severe-
ly affected the flight of the targets,"
CPO Nightingale said.
"On one of my better days, I shot
my best score for the week with
49/50 targets hit and a point score
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Double Barrel Team
First: MAJ Peter Simmons, Chris
Carrol and Noel Cleal
Double Barrel A Grade
Second: Noel Cleal
Double Barrel B Grade
Second: CPO Chris Nightingale
First: Chris Carrol
Second: CPO Chris Nightingale
Second: George Bailey
Champion of champions
Third: CPO Chris Nightingale
First: George Bailey
Tournament veteran overall
First: Chris Carrol
value of 142/150. I was pretty happy
when I counted back the scores for
the day and realised I had shot 68
targets in a row -- that's a new per-
He said he was also part of the
skeet team that placed second after
losing by just one target to the New
Zealand Police Force.
"We were beaten by the police
on their turf, but I'm happy with the
team's overall performance.
"We'll be training hard to take
the skeet team shield off them
next year on our home ground in
Not to be outdone by their fellow
ADF and Australian Public Service
teammates, Army's MAJ Peter
Simmons, of 8CSSB, annihilated 46
targets in the 50 target skeet event,
while WO1 Darren Parsons, of
6ESR, finished second in the 50-tar-
get single barrel event.
MAJ Simmons was also part of
the down-the-line team that for its
third consecutive year won the dou-
ble barrel event.
"It was a great trip and the team
did extremely well considering the
adverse weather, which made it very
difficult to shoot consistent scores,"
MAJ Simmons said.
"Highlights for me include
George Bailey winning the overall
handicap event, the trap team win-
ning the team event and the skeet
team placing second in the team
event against the New Zealand
The shooters are now preparing
for the Skeet Nationals in Wagga
Wagga in May and the DCTA
Nationals in September.
Next year the Australasian Police
and Services National Trap and
Skeet Championships are set to be
held at the Canberra International
Clay Target Club.
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Championships held iin Ne
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Second: WO1 D
S eet Team
Murphy and CPOO
d Noel Clea
Nightingale on song
ON TARGET: CPO Chris Nightngale, of DMO, competes at the Australasian
Police and Services National Trap and Skeet Championships in Christchurch.
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