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April 12, 2012
Strong field for Aussie rules title
NAVY'S Australian footballers will
look to maintain the pressure on Army
and Air Force in this year's Australian
Services Australian Football Association
(ASAFA) National Championship.
The event is being held from April
17-21 in Melbourne, with the Navy
women's team out to defend its two-
point championship victory over Army
from last year's national carnival.
The Navy men's side will also look
to step up against its traditional rival,
Army, after the soldiers downed the
sailors by 19 points in the 2011 cham-
Army and Navy's men's and wom-
en's teams will kick off proceedings
on April 17, followed by Navy versus
Air Force on April 19. The carnival
concludes on April 21 with Army tack-
ling Air Force.
The champion service team will
be decided in the third games, with
the Jimmy Smail Cup up for grabs
in the men's competition and the
Commodore Geoff Ledger Cup in the
A championship dinner and awards
ceremony will be held following the
matches on April 21, where the respec-
tive men's and women's All Stars
teams will also be named.
The ADF women's All-Stars will
play against a Victorian representative
side on April 26, while the men's All
Stars will again take on the Australian
Combined Emergency Services team
at Adelaide Oval during Anzac week.
ASAFA chairman Brigadier
Matthew Hall said the national cham-
pionship was the pinnacle of service
representation for ADF footballers.
"The carnival provides a great
opportunity for players to represent
their respective service and the ADF,"
Brig Hall said.
"Spirited and fair competition is
the hallmark of the championship and
spectators are strongly encouraged to
witness the high-quality action."
Army versus Navy
Navy versus Air Force
Army versus Air Force
DYNAMIC duo POMT Ash Stoll and
his wife, LSCIS Talei Stoll will spear-
head the Australian Open Country
Hockey men's and women's tour of
Malaysia and Thailand from April 16-29.
The tour, which includes games
against the Malaysian Olympic sides and
top club teams, will challenge POMT
Stoll as the assistant coach of the men's
team and LSCIS Stoll as captain of the
Long-serving members of RAN and
ADF hockey, POMT Stoll, the Assistant
Regulator at FSU-Sydney, and LSCIS
Stoll, a member of HMAS Newcastle's
ship's company, have been granted per-
mission to join the two-week tour.
They are the first Navy couple, and
only the second ADF couple, to gain
selection with the Australian Open
Country hockey teams.
"It's a great milestone for a Navy
couple whose courtship began at HMAS
Cerberus hockey club," POMT Stoll
With a knee reconstruction in 2009
restricting POMT Stoll's game-time, the
former forward has used his leadership
and communication skills to coach the
Navy, ADF and now the Australian Open
Country hockey teams.
"It will be a really tough tour, par-
ticularly the match against the Malaysian
Olympic teams, which will test us to the
max," he said.
POMT Stoll has coached his wife in
the ADF and Australian Open Country
teams for the past two years, but now
finds himself assistant coach of the
LSCIS Stoll, the Australian Open
Country Hockey women's captain since
2009, said she had trained hard for the
tour and expected every game to be
Three matches in Thailand and then
three test matches in Malaysia pit her
against the best players in South East
LSCIS Stoll, who has represented
ADF Hockey since 2004 and achieved
elite sportsperson status in 2011, said the
match against the Malaysian women's
Olympic team would be the highlight of
"We will be playing against the
Malaysian women's Olympic team as
it prepares for the London Olympics,"
Dynamic duo at helms Patrons'
AFTER a disappointing
result in the Combined
Rugby League (CASRL)
interservice carnival last
month, Navy will begin
its rebuilding program
when the Patrons' Cup
Rugby League competi-
tion kicks off in May.
The Patrons' Cup
tion will be played at
Oval on May 9.
The Cup is expected
to help emerging Navy
strengthen their skills
and boost their confi-
dence for a Navy tour of
Hawaii in September and
also the 2013 CASRL,
which will serve as the
selection guide for the
ADF team to tour the
Navy RL Chairman
CMDR Glenn Ker said
the Patrons' Cup would
be contested by various
Navy ships and estab-
lishment teams with the
HMAS Kuttabul, seeking
to extend its domination
for another year.
Kuttabul held off a
thrilling fightback from
a combined team from
HMA Ships Parramatta
and Ballarat to win the
Patrons Cup 8-4 last year.
CMDR Ker said the
tournament would hope-
fully unearth some excit-
ing new talent for the
The Navy RL
Chairman issued a call to
arms in the countdown to
the Cup, as the Tridents
are keen for new players
and require more coach-
ing staff and spectators.
For more information contact
CPO Shane Dwyer, (02) 9359
5825 or email shane.dwyer@
LSCIS Stoll said. "Just to play against
such top opponents will be a great expe-
And with that knowledge, LSCIS
Stoll has set herself a tough training
"The Asian players are extremely fast
and very fit so I know I will have to
match them," she said.
"I have been training as hard as pos-
sible and am raring to go."
With the Australian Open Country
hockey teams selected from among
the best country players throughout
Australia, the teams boasts some serious
The nine-game tour will include an
Anzac Day ceremony at Hellfire Pass in
Thailand where 13,000 Australian and
Allied POWs died building the Death
Railway in World War II.
Husband and wife, POMT Ash Stoll and LSCIS Talei Stoll, to lead country hockey teams
LEADING THE CHARGE: LSCIS Talei Stoll, left, will again captain the Australian Open Country women's team on its
tour of Malaysia and Thailand this month.
Photo: ABIS Sarah Williams
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