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June 21, 2012
WO1 Phil Thamm
PO SAM Mehan, of HMAS Kuttabul,
was the only Navy representative at
the Australian Defence Parachute
Association (ADPA) canopy formation
camp at Nagambie, Victoria, on May 5-6.
The aim of the camp -- under the tui-
tion of coaches -- was to train skydivers
in this discipline and to build a base from
which to select representative teams.
After initial training on the camp,
the 12 skydivers exited a PAC XL air-
craft from 14,000 feet and immediately
opened their specialised canopies.
This early opening gave them more
than 10 minutes a jump to practise their
PO Mehan who has 100 skydives to
his credit said the camp was beneficial,
challenging and well-organised.
"The camp was excellent," he said.
"I had no experience in canopy for-
mation and only a very basic understand-
ing of this discipline beforehand.
"The coaches were very knowledge-
able and happy to pass that on and they
were in high demand.
"To take a bunch of skydivers with
little or no experience in canopy forma-
tion to the level achieved by the end of
the weekend definitely reflects the abil-
ity and quality of the coaches as well as
the enthusiasm of the students."
PO Mehan said his aim now was to
keep training and look to compete in the
"It was a great opportunity to work in
a team with old friends as well as mak-
ing new friends from all services across
"I would like to keep progressing my
skills and maybe one day I could be
the Navy's representative in the ADF's
canopy formation team."
ADPA will conduct its national
championships in December. During this
event, teams will be selected to represent
Defence nationally and internationally.
To register for a camp contact WO1 Phil
Thamm at email@example.com.
For more information on sports parachuting,
PO takes to skies
for canopy training
UP AND AWAY: PO Sam Mehan, of HMAS Kuttabul, docks on the bottom
of a canopy formation and (inset) readies himself for the jump in the plane.
Photos: MAJ Bec Lacey and Shane Sparks
THE Australian Services Rugby
Union Women's (ASRU-W) team
is hungry for revenge after losing
to the touring British Army wom-
en's team at Victoria Barracks,
Sydney on May 24.
The ASRU-W Warriors are
determined to avenge their 14-0
defeat when they tour the UK in
The atrocious conditions
restricted the speed and width of
attack of the Warriors, while mak-
ing ball handling a nightmare.
The Warriors had some early
scoring opportunities but lost pos-
session at critical times while the
Brits scored two converted tries
against the run of play.
Warriors coach WO1 Joe
McIvor said Navy's best was
LEUT Sara Mooney, who was
dynamic in attack and defence.
LEUT Mooney said the weath-
er made the pitch so bad the
ASRU-W forwards had to resort
to the traditional 'pick and drive'
tactic in an effort to break through
the British defence.
"Every member of the
ASRU-W team played their hearts
out, portraying true grit and
determination for their teammates
and their respective services," she
WO1 McIvor said the qual-
ity of the match boded well for the
ASRU-W's quest for glory in the
UK.Players in the training squad
will have to fight for their positions
as the 30-woman squad will be
reduced in the coming months.
Navy's representatives in the squad are:
LEUT Sara Mooney, LS Kim Thomson, LS
Renae Woodward, AB Lulu Gray, AB Sarah
Beard, SMN Naomi Curran, and SMN
UP AND AWAY: POS
ASRU Warriors down but not out
HARD HIT: LEUT Sara Mooney
tackles a British Army player
in the match played at Victoria
Barracks on May 24.
Photo: Michael Brooke
THE Kuttabul Kangaroos pulled off
a rousing one-point win against the
Albatross Bosses to win the Oberon
Shield Basketball Championship on
Twelve teams from the Sydney
region contested the eastern
Australian area states competition at
Sydney's Homebush Stadium, with
Kuttabul edging out its archrivals
11-10 in the final.
The competition's most valuable
player, LS Greg Lord, of 808SQN,
said the final was played at such a
fast tempo that it felt like it was over
in no time.
"There was no real turning point
because both teams went goal for
goal from the get go," he said.
"So, if there was a deciding fac-
tor, it was when we couldn't find
the basket when the game was dead-
locked at 10-10."
LS Lord, who plays point-guard,
said his team was not melancholy
after the loss because it lost to a
star-studded team that boasted many
Navy national team players.
"Overall we were pretty pleased
with our performance because we
survived some close matches," he
Kuttabul slaughtered the Boris
Gimps 24-8 to book its berth in the
final while Albatross beat Watson
9-4.The Oberon Shield helped
Navy to select teams for the NSW
Interservice Basketball competition
to be held at Randwick Barracks
from August 30 to September 2.
Players of all experience and
skill levels are highly encouraged
to participate. Interservice par-
ticipants may be considered for
representational selection in the
Combined Service squad to com-
pete at the 2012 ADBA National
Championships to be held at RAAF
Williams, Laverton Victoria, from
November 24 to December 2.
Interested participants should contact LS
Tarmity Flassman at Tarmity.Flassman@
defence.gov.au, or AB Daniel Matthews
on (02) 93592006 for more information.
Roos jump to
TALL ORDER: Navy
players take part in
the Oberon Shield at
Homebush, Sydney, on
June 6 (above).
valuable player, LS
Greg Lord, receives the
runners-up trophy from
CO HMAS Penguin
CMDR Paul Doble (left).
Photos: AB Dove Smithett
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