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August 16, 2012
ROVING ruckman AB Travis
Chamberlain kicked the win-
ning goal in the last minute of
play to lift 816SQN to victory
over NUSQN808 in the Father
McDonald Cup RAN Eastern
Australian Area Australian
Football competition at
Randwick Barracks on July 25.
816SQN trailed by just one
point with 60 seconds on the
clock when AB Chamberlain
leapt into action in an epic final
billed as 'mate versus mate'
from HMAS Albatross.
"I knew time was running
out and that someone had to do
something miraculous real fast,"
AB Chamberlain said.
NUSQN808 appeared to
have the match in hand when
a series of excellent marks put
816SQN within range of the
From a wild melee in thick
mud NUSQN808 attempted to
clear the ball from the danger
zone but AB Chamberlain leapt
high to take an excellent mark.
While in mid air, AB
Chamberlain was tackled around
the neck by a desperate defend-
er, which resulted in a penalty
only 25m from the goals.
"I was thinking that even one
point would send the match into
extra time. but when I got the
penalty I knew we would win
the game because I couldn't
miss from such close range," he
said.AB Chamberlain's goal made
the final score 3.0.18 to 2.1.13.
AB Chamberlain was selected
as the MVP for his match-win-
ning kick and never-say-die atti-
tude throughout the tournament,
which was contested by seven
teams from the Sydney region.
816SQN team captain
POATA Nathan Smith praised
his players for their discipline
"More than the penalty, I
think our experience playing
together in a league on the south
coast really paved the way for
our success throughout the tour-
nament," he said.
POATA Smith said
816SQN's success and the high
standard of competition boded
well for the Navy campaign in
the triservice competition later
this year when they will clash
with archrivals Army and also
816SQN booked its berth
in the final with victories over
Parramatta and Waterhen while
NUSQN808 qualified for the
decider with triumphs against
HMA Ships Tobruk, Ballarat
The competition was a huge
success thanks to the efforts
of the Kuttabul PTIs including
LSPT Darin Trudgett and AB
Callan McDonald who was hos-
pitalised with a broken leg.
Ruckman saves day
CLOSE CALL: ABATA Corey Warrington centre, tries to maintain possession of
the ball as LSATA Michael Nowill tries to punch the ball away in the Father Mac
Cup final at Randwick Barracks, Sydney.
Photo: LSIS Brenton Freind
Free league tix
SOUTH Sydney and Parramatta have come
together to dedicate their round 25 NRL
match to Australian peacekeepers and
the ADF. The match will be played at ANZ
Stadium on August 26 with South Sydney
offering free tickets to all ADF personnel
and their families. This offer has also been
extended to ex-serving personnel. ADF
personnel will need to show their military
identificaton passes at Gate E to obtain free
entry for them and their immediate families.
A Defgram will be released with more infor-
mation. Match-day events will include a Navy
Seahawk delivering the match ball and a per-
formance by the Navy Band. More informa-
tion on the memorial is at www.peacekeep-
ingmemorial.org.au or like the Peacekeeping
Memorial Project on Facebook.
Media on the run
THE Navy Running Club and volunteers
from HMAS Stirling hit the beach with
Western Australian media personalities to
promote the Perth City2Surf running event.
Sports presenter Mark Readings, and sports
editor Glen Quartermain joined some of
Stirling's fittest in a PT session. Navy has
entered a team into the Perth City2Surf
on August 26 and more than 30 personnel
have registered to participate in the various
distance categories which range from a full
42km marathon, to a 4km dash.
Charity golf day
THE Navy Golf Association (NGA) will
host the 22nd Sir David Martin Foundation
Charity Golf Day on August 27 at the Coast
Golf Club, Little Bay, NSW. The day is a
warm-up for the NSW interservice cham-
pionship from October 21-26 and the ADF
nationals from December 3-7. For informa-
tion, contact NGA captain Alan Hart at alan.
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