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November 8, 2012
Navy's golden touch
NAVY has won a gold and bronze medal
in touch football at the 2012 World
Firefighters' Games in Sydney.
The Navy entered two teams in the
event and won gold in the mixed com-
petition and bronze in the men's open
The Navy teams comprised sail-
ors from HMAS Kuttabul, Waterhen,
Penguin, Albatross, Brindabella and
HMAS Melbourne, who competed
against firemen from Australia, the
United Kingdom, Hong Kong, France,
New Zealand and South Korea.
The mixed team beat the NSW Fire
Rescue unit 6-3 to win the gold medal,
while the men's open team edged the
NSW South Coast Firefighters 4-2 in the
Mixed team coach LSPT Darin
Trudgett said the best player was a
toss-up between LSHSO Jade Paddison
of HMAS Penguin and LSPT Kerryn
Seaborn from HMAS Melbourne.
"Both scored some excellent solo tries
as well as setting up some very exciting
tries for their team mates," he said.
LSPT Trudgett said the try of the day
for the Navy team was a perfectly execut-
ed play finished off by ABWTR Gemma
Stratton from Defence Plaza Sydney.
"The games where all played in a
great spirit and were lots of fun," he said.
"The firefighters were very accommo-
dating and loved having us there as much
as we loved competing in the event."
The success experienced by the Navy
touch teams helped Australia to top the
overall medal tally with 209 gold, 101
silver and 61 bronze medals.
BEST EFFORT: LSHSO Jade Paddison shows the form from a recent touch football tournament that she
carried over for the Navy at the World Firefighter Games in Sydney.
IN the perfect prelude to the 2012
ADF Federation's National Carnival,
the Navy men's football team partici-
pated in the World Firefighters' Games
held from October 20-24 in Sydney.
This is an international event held
annually in a different country and is
open to all firefighters, aviation, para-
medics, military and State Emergency
Navy fielded a huge turnout of 30
players and was able to register two
teams, a Navy A team and a Navy B
Navy A won in style, downing
France 2-0, Liverpool (UK) 2-1 and
finished the grand final with a 1-0 win
over Hong Kong.
The Navy B team fought hard, win-
ning against South Africa 2-0, NSW
Fire-Fighters 5-0, but losing to Hong
Navy FFA President and head
coach, LEUT Jim Ford said the Games
were a great preparation for the Navy
men leading into the annual ADFF
national carnival, which began in
Sydney on November 2 (full details in
"The standard of opposition was
very high and the experience gained
from the international competition was
invaluable," LEUT Ford said.
"Selection for the Navy men this
year will be a headache as the stand-
ards of football on display during this
carnival have increased significantly
from previous years."
Suzie cycles to victory
LS SUZIE Peterson, of HMAS Kuttabul,
is the ADF women's criterium champion.
She won the title at the Defence moun-
tain biking and road cycling champion-
ships in Canberra from October 15-20.
This was the first time the Australian
Defence Cycling Club had run a com-
bined road race and mountain bike
championship and it pitched the event as
a carnival with the focus on participation.
In addition, the club ran other activi-
ties focusing on developing the skills of
It also included an excursion to the
Australian Institute of Sport where mem-
bers were invited to participate in a study
of post activity recovery methods.
In other cycling news, CPO Mark
Astley, of HMAS Albatross, was ninth
in the solo men's section at the Scott
24-hour race in Canberra on October
Reservist CPO Kevin Bristow was
fifth in the solo 40+ men's division.
including back issues
find form at
CRITERIUM CHAMPION: LSET Suzie Peterson won the
women's criterium at this year's ADF championships.
Photo: LSPH Nadia Monteith
THE Australian Defence
Softball Association National
Championships will be conducted
at RAAF Base Edinburgh from
Women's teams will compete
for the WO1 Dowsett Perpetual
Trophy and men will compete
for the Pat Rawlings Perpetual
This will be the final formal
Defence competition before
ADSA participates in the New
Zealand Defence Force National
championships in early March.
For more information, contact
either GPCAPT Peter Davis at
WO2 Virginia Morris at virginia.
Edinburgh to host softballers
EYES ON THE BALL: Softballers will
converge on RAAF Base Edinburgh for the
nationals in December.
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