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July 5, 2012
SAILORS from Fleet Base East
and HMAS Kuttabul tackled their
counterparts from the Chilean Navy
in rugby and soccer on June 20,
but found the foreigners too hot to
The RAN sailors drew 1-1 in
the soccer but surprisingly lost the
rugby 29-15 in a match dominated
by the sailors from the Esmeralda
Esmeralda berthed in Sydney for
a five-day port call and playing the
RAN in rugby and soccer was at the
top of the wish list for the visiting
In rugby the RAN opened the
scoring early in the first half, but
ran out of steam in the second half
after an even half-time score-line
LS Lyle Smith, of Fleet Support
Unit Sydney, scored two great tries
but even his attacking brilliance
wasn't enough to keep the RAN in
the hunt in the second half.
Team captain, LEUT Haydn
Jenkins, said his squad played
extremely well considering it
included five Australian Rules
players from HMA Ships Sydney,
Parramatta, Tobruk and Choules,
who had not played rugby before.
"It was a fun game, with no
injuries, that achieved the aim of
strengthening bonds between the
RAN and the Chilean Navy," he said.
The Chileans were helped along
by a New Zealand exchange stu-
dent and four ring-ins from HMAS
Sydney and Fleet Support Unit
The soccer match was a thrilling
encounter with both goals coming
late in the second-half.
RAN captain LS Alex Rossi said
the squad comprised players from
HMA Ships Tobruk and Choules,
who did much to restore Navy pride
after the shock loss in the rugby.
LS Rossi said all the players
were exceptional but none better
than goal-keeper LS John Lockett
who pulled off three crucial saves.
AB David Norena, of HMAS
Choules, scored the goal that gave
the RAN the lead until the last five
minutes when the visitors slotted
home a penalty.
LS Lockett's finger-tip deflec-
tion wasn't enough to stop the ball
going into the net for the equaliser.
"The match against such a tal-
ented team was further prepara-
tion for us for the triservice foot-
ball championship in Sydney in
November," LS Rossi said.
penalty to win
SPORTS DAY: LS Lyle Smith, of HMAS Watson,
runs the ball up against the Chilean team from
Esmeralda (above) as AB David Norena, HMAS
Choules, kicks the ball in the soccer match
against the visitors.
Photos : Michael Brooke
Skydivers jump at
chance for crests
TEN enthusiastic ADF skydivers
launched themselves from a plane at
14,000ft, during a free-flying skills
camp at Picton.
The Australian Defence
Parachuting Association (ADPA) sky-
divers hurtled at 250km/hr on June
9-10 to enhance their skills of belly-to-
earth skydiving and vertical flight.
LS Glenn Hoyes, HMAS
Albatross, has been parachuting since
2005. Free-flying is a challenging
skydiving discipline requiring hours
of freefall experience to master the
required flying skills and he was
delighted to take part in the camp to
achieve his full free-fly crest. He is
now eligible for selection to represent
Defence as a Navy member in an ADF
vertical formation skydiving team.
Experienced free-flyers, ADPA
President CAPT Fransisca Molnar and
CPL Kyle Chick, of 6RAR, teamed up
with three of Australia's elite civilian
free-flyers to help the skydivers com-
plete their 12 jumps. The other partici-
pants were also awarded the Australian
Parachute Federation (APF) free-fly
crests, with two jumpers bringing
home the goods in both vertical and
A free-fly crest is the civilian
Australian parachuting regulatory
authority qualification allowing sky-
divers to free-fly with others who are
not qualified vertical flight tutors,
and the teams now hope to represent
Defence in national and international
events and also the Defence National
Sports Parachute Championships in
Australian free-flying skydiving
tutor Erica Tadokoro coached at the
camp and said, "I enjoyed watching
everyone's skills develop throughout
the weekend. Keep up the good work!"
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"If it wasn't for the pain of 10
and a half hours out on course it
would have been enjoyable and
some of the race was bordering
on enjoyable, like seeing other
ADF guys and friends achieve
their challenges in competing."
In regards to his success this
year, CPO Purcell said he hadn't
really done anything different but
had competed more this year than
he had in the past couple of years.
"I was deployed last year so
couldn't compete and my latest
posting has probably enabled me
to enter more competitions and
each race I just concentrate on
competing against myself and not
others which is really what the
sport is all about to me anyway."
In the finale to the Australian
Capping off season with a win
Defence Sports Triathlon
Association (ADSTA) season, 33
ADF competitors competed in
the half-ironman and ironman
races which were run in conjunc-
tion with the Challenge Cairns
Festival -- 23 in the half marathon
(1.9km swim, 90km ride, 21.1km
run) and 10 in the marathon.
In both events, the ride took
competitors up the Captain
Cook Highway towards Port
Douglas along the beautiful coast-
line with the run taking com-
petitors through the canefields
before finally running on to the
Esplanade back in Cairns.
CPO Purcell said the triath-
lon season would start again in
October but his next challenge
would be the 100km Oxfan run in
Sydney in August.
"I didn't qualify for Hawaii
unfortunately but I wish all the
guys going the best.
"It's certainly something to
aim for in the future."
I just concentrate on competing against
myself and not others.
- CPO Shanon Purcell
completes a jump
over Picton in a
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