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December 6, 2012
THE Navy Titans rugby league team has been
approached to play in a charity rugby league match in
honour of fallen soldier SGT Matthew Locke, MG.
The match will be played on February 23 at
Bellingen Park in NSW. Organiser and Army Thunder
manager, MAJ Al Lynch, is confident of securing both
the Navy and Air Force rugby league teams.
The event is gaining momentum ahead of the
fifth annual contest between the Army Thunder and
Bellingen Magpies, who play in the Group 2 competi-
tion on the NSW mid north coast.
SGT Locke, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2007,
played junior rugby league with the Bellingen club. The
club now honours his sacrifice with the annual match,
while also raising money for worthwhile causes includ-
ing Legacy, the Grub Club and local children's sporting
and cultural organisations.
SGT Locke's sister Debbie said the exciting after-
noon of rugby league always attracted a large crowd,
not from just Bellingen, but from the whole north coast.
"This is a big event and we want to let the ADF
audience know about it so they might put it on their cal-
endar and perhaps even make the trip and support the
games," she said.
The Army Thunder will play in the main game
against Bellingen, while the Navy and Air Force teams
will be up against two representative teams from the
Group 2 competition.
There will also be plenty of raffles and auctions on
Debbie Locke is also keen to hear from any potential sponsors
who wish to support the event. She can be contacted by phon-
ing 0429 977 959, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
TOUCH football teams from South Queensland
made good on their home ground with an impressive
clean sweep of the tournament finals at the Australian
Defence Touch Association (ADTA) nationals champi-
onships at Gallipoli Barracks, Enoggera, from October
29 to November 2.
More than 200 players in teams from Northern
Territory, North Queensland, South Queensnlad, ACT /
Country, Sydney Metro, Southern States, as well as 45
players from the New Zealand Defence Force competed
in the week-long tournament.
In the age competitions, the South Queensland
men's 40s defeated ACT / Country 9-2, while the men's
30s had a much closer encounter with ACT / Country
with a 4-3 victory.
The South Queensland women's open team took on
North Queensland and proved too strong, winning 3-1.
Right from the first minute in the men's open final,
South Queensland made its intentions known, scoring
the first of seven tries in the corner.
ACT / Country defended courageously, throwing
plenty of attack at the locals, but only managed to score
three tries to give South Queensland the clean sweep.
After the national titles were decided, representa-
tive Australian teams in women's opens, men's 30s and
men's opens were selected to play the visiting Kiwis.
This was the first time for a Trans Tasman tourna-
ment in the past five years; the previous being held in
Australia started well, winning the men's 30s 4-1
and women's opens 6-5.
In the men's opens, New Zealand dominated the
first half, going into the break ahead five tries to two.
Australia fought back throughout the second period,
which saw the contest go down to the wire.
The Aussies outscored the Kiwis three to one and,
but for an attempted intercept in the final seconds, the
match would have gone into extra time.
The final score saw New Zealand winning 6-5.
ADTA President MAJ Norma Hughes said the tour-
nament was huge success and thanked the local com-
mittee for doing an excellent job coordinating resources
ADTA Patron, COMD FORCOM MAJGEN Mick
Slater, visited twice. He presented one Hall of Fame
award to WOFF Michael Lennon and two life member
awards to WO2 Renee Goninan (Treasurer NQ) and
MAJ Norma Hughes.
Clean sweep at
League team to
tackle charity game
CAPTAINS' CALL: Navy captain ABMT Al
Kristensen (back row, 3rd from left) with the
team captains and tournament director, LTCOL
James Brownlie (front, centre) before the IDCC
Photo: LSIS Paul Berry
A SENSATIONAL hat-trick by SWO Gary
Fuss, of Defence Plaza Sydney, proved a
memorable highlight for the Navy cricket
team during its eight matches in the 2012
International Defence Cricket Challenge
(IDCC) in Canberra from November 13-24.
The 23-year veteran of ADF cricket took
the tournament's first ever hat-trick during
Navy's round six match against Air Force.
WO Fuss finished with 6/28 off nine overs,
however, it wasn't enough to secure victory,
with Navy just missing out on a place in the
For his exceptionally long and dedicated
service to the game, WO Fuss was awarded
life membership of the Australian Services
Cricket Association on November 23. He is
one of only 16 life members in the 25-year
history of the association.
More than 200 cricketers from Australia,
New Zealand, Pakistan and Malaysia took
part in the third IDCC tournament since 2007.
The Pakistan Joint Services team remained
undefeated after a convincing win against the
Royal Malaysian Air Force in the grand final
on November 23.
Pakistan scored a seven-wicket victory
against the Malaysians, who batted first and
scored 9/171 from 50 overs, leaving Pakistan
little trouble in reaching the total in the 28th
over. Pakistan's opener Mir Azam scored 111
runs off 91 deliveries, which included eight 4s
and six 6s.
Navy's earlier round results saw it placed
into the Plate Final against the Royal New
Zealand Air Force.
Chasing a target of 277, Navy reached the
total in the 47th over for the loss of nine wick-
ets, in what proved a tense finish.
Navy reservist LEUT Clint Thomson found
the boundary 10 times in his top score of 75
runs, supported by PO Luke Grimmond, of
HMAS Kuttabul, who scored 47.
WO Fuss also proved his worth with the
bat by chiming in with a handy 31 runs from
Navy opened the tournament with a
10-wicket thumping by Pakistan in a practice
match, followed by 39-run win in a T20 match
against the Anzac Barbarians.
Navy got on a roll against the New Zealand
Army with a 23-run win during a 50-over
match where they scored 232 runs before
bowling the opposition out for 209 in the 48th
Against the Australian Army, Navy was
bowled out for 122 runs in the 43rd over. Navy
bowlers put up plenty of resistance in taking
seven wickets, but could not restrict Army in
chasing down the total in the 36th over.
Navy's next two games were T20 match-
es against the Air Force teams of Malaysia
and New Zealand. Navy lost the first game to
Malaysia by seven wickets, while both New
Zealand and Navy could not be split in the
second game when both teams scored 9/148
off their 20 overs.
Navy then faced the might of Pakistan's
team and put up a brave effort against a supe-
rior opponent, which scored 327 from its 50
overs. Navy was bowled out for 122 in the 35th
The final pool game against Air Force saw
Navy go down by 19 runs, with the highlight
being the hat-trick by WO Gary Fuss. For
his outstanding performances as one of the
best players at the tournament, WO Fuss was
selected in the World Defence XI that played
an Australian Cricketer's Association Masters
team that included six former Test players.
Full results can be found at www.ascacricket.com.
NEW friendships and international rela-
tions were top scorers during the successful
International Defence Cricket Championship
(IDCC) in Canberra from 13-24 November.
With a championship motto of 'defence
unity through cricket,' teams from Pakistan,
Malaysia and New Zealand joined ADF
Service sides for some tough competition on
the field and new friendships off.
Navy captain ABMT Al Kristensen said the
tournament had been a great experience.
"Pakistan is a good side, really competitive
but a great bunch of people with good spirit
and it's a good experience for the guys who
don't get to play a lot of high-class cricket,"
ABMT Kristensen said.
off the field
FORM BOWLER: WO Gary Fuss in
action for Navy during the IDCC.
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