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May 4, 2012
Late burst downs Navy
CAPT Felicity Hamblin
A BRILLIANT final quarter by the
Army men's football team ended
Navy's hopes of taking back the
Geoff Ledger Cup in the Australian
Services Australian Football
Association (ASAFA) national
championships at Moorabbin Oval,
The first day's events on
April 17, both the men's and wom-
en's Navy teams were beaten by
Army despite brilliant efforts by
AB Patrick Wilson, of NHQ SA,
and PO Tricia Muller, of HMAS
Cerberus, who were named Navy's
SMN Joshua Heinrich whose
family was on hand to support him,
said the training camp the week
before was the highlight of the
ASAFA national carnival.
"We've been training really hard
getting to know the team, meeting
new people and making it one big
close unit," SMN Heinrich said.
"We lost last year to Army so
we hoped we could change things
around. Hopefully next time we
play we'll have a win."
In his debut role as men's coach,
LEUT Ken Meredith, of MEWSPO,
who played in 13 ADF football
championships, said the Navy team
took their football seriously.
"We're a side of champions
-- that's the Navy team's motto,"
LEUT Meredith said.
"It's our passion and the guys
put everything in to it. Footy's the
closest thing to war in peace time."
Although their defence was con-
sistent, the Navy men's team were
outdone 20.14 (134) to 12.5 (79).
Their next game proved a differ-
ent story, with a strong forward line
leading the team to a massive vic-
tory against Air Force, 17.12 (114)
to 9.11 (65).
The Navy women's team proved
tough competitors against a strong
Army side. Their scoring accura-
cy far outweighed the Army team,
but a last quarter rush for goals
by Army got them over the line,
7.11 (53) to 5.1 (31).
This defeat was forgotten when
Navy women took on Air Force, fin-
ishing off the championships with a
97-point margin, 15.9 (99) to 0.2 (2).
Ex-North Melbourne footballer
Glenn Archer, patron of ADF footy,
was impressed with the talent on
the field, especially the skills of the
"They're tough and not scared of
getting in there and going all-in for
the ball. That's what this game's all
about, and it's fantastic to watch,"
ASAFA Executive Officer MAJ
James Weaver said this year's carni-
val had been a great success.
"The games were hard fought
and played in true military tradition
and style," MAJ Weaver said.
Players have represented their
service at the highest level and to
the best of their abilities."
FAST BREAK: Navy
and All Stars best
player POPT Tricia
Muller, of HMAS
the ball and runs in
the match against
Army at the ASAFA
Photo: David Grant
All Star teams
put up good fight
AFTER taking out the best player for
Navy in the ASAFA carnival just days
before, POPT Tricia Muller, of HMAS
Cerberus, was named best on ground
for the ADF All Stars in its match
against the Victorian Women's Football
Three points are all that stood
between a back-to-back ADF victory
at La Trobe University's Main Oval
in Bundoora on April 26, with strong
teams on both sides determined to
take home the Cup.
The VWFL started strongly to take
a four-point lead into quarter time with
the All Stars working hard to move
the ball forward in the second term to
trail by just three points at the main
The VWFL team continued their
accuracy in the third quarter kicking
2.1 while the ADF weren't making the
most of their chances. They finished
with 1.3 for the quarter, giving the
VWFL a seven-point lead into the last
Inaccurate kicking continued to
hamper the All Stars, which featured
nine RAN players, as they only man-
aged to add four behinds in the final
term in the rain.
Despite having double the scoring
opportunities the All Stars went down
6.1 (37) to 4.10 (34).
All Stars captain PTE Jessica
Foster said the team had put in a great
effort but could not manage the final
scoring shot that would secure the
team its second win in a row.
"We didn't come away with the win
but definitely fought with the Anzac
spirit," Pte Foster said.
POPT Muller said she was proud
to represent the ADF.
"It was an absolute honour to
make the team and wear the All Stars
jersey," POPT Muller said.
"Playing for our fallen diggers and
everyone currently serving made it a
really special game, and the girls put
in everything they had.
"I'm a firm believer that the best on
ground really goes to the entire team
-- they deserve it," she said.
Meanwhile, the All Stars men's
team which included six RAN play-
ers, faced a tough opponent in the
Australian Combined Emergency
Services (ACES) at AAMI Stadium in
Adelaide on April 28.
ACES set the scene early in the
match as it dominated the centre
clearances and took control of the
ball.Despite strong defensive work and
a great last quarter, it was not enough
to overcome the polish and pace of
the ACES players who won comfort-
ably 14.16 (100) to 8.7 (55).
Best players for the All Stars
were OCDT Jack Lush, CPL Scott
Mcleod, AB Pat Wilson, of NHQ SA,
SPR Scott Males and OCDT Daniel
All Stars coach WO2 Wayne
Morley said the game might not have
ended in the ADF's favour, but les-
sons were learned for the next time
the ADF men came up against the
"Unfortunately the result didn't go
our way but it wasn't from a lack of
effort or commitment; we were simply
beaten by a better team on the day,"
WO2 Morley said.
"Sometimes we learn more about
ourselves in the way we handle
defeat, than we do in victory."
-- CAPT Felicity Hamblin
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