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January 31, 2013
THE 2012 Navy Surfing
Championships were held in the
Meroo National Park, Ulladulla, from
December 3-7, with 46 competitors
lining up in men’s shortboard, long-
board, women’s shortboard and stand-
up paddle (SUP) boarding.
Organiser WO Ken ‘Smiley’
McPherson said competition began at
a little known spot called Supertubes,
which was breaking left and right with
a nice 1m wave and a slight south-east
“The SUPs were busy surfing three
times during the day, while LS Chad
Poland was a standout on the long-
board,” WO McPherson said.
“The shortboard title was also
competitive with a host of new talent
showing their style and it looked like
the judges would have a tough time
of it, despite AB Genji Pitt displaying
some powerhouse surfing.”
Day two was blessed with mag-
nificent 2m waves at Dolphin Point,
with everyone charging. The women
also took to the challenge, with Natalie
Johnston the standout.
Finals day, December 6, saw
Dolphin Point with another half metre
in size and the swell was a little closer
It was decided that while the point
was great for shortboarders, the long-
boarders would compete in Gay Bay
and organisers would search for some-
thing a little more contestable for the
women and the teams’ challenge.
“The men’s final was all-time with
every competitor charging the barrel-
ling lefts. Similarly, the longboard-
ers were having a ball with a great
show surfing a longboard in big meaty
waves,” WO McPherson said.
LCDR Steve Johnson and LS Chad
Poland went a little bit further by per-
forming two of the most spectacular
wipeouts ever witnessed.
The crew then packed up and con-
voyed to Mollymook for the women’s
final. The swell was a little smaller
and straighter and so a number the
girls went over the falls, much to the
amusement of the crowd.
The last event was the teams’ chal-
lenge, which saw surfers running up
and down the beach, teams hooting
their surfers on, and so it was little
wonder a crowd had formed along the
beach, also laughing, cheering and
taking photographs and video of the
Results from this competition
will help formulate the team to com-
pete against Air Force and Army in
the 2013 Interservice Championship
at One Mile Beach, Port Stevens at a
time and date to be advised.
RESULTS: SUP: LCDR Steve Johnson; wom-
en’s shortboard: LSATV Jenny Cartledge;
men’s longboard: LSET Chad Poland;
men’s shortboard: ABCD Genji Pitt
Swell action for surfers
Tridents stand tall
in Hawaiian tour
THE Navy Tridents Rugby
League team is ready to tackle
the 2013 competition season
after a highly successful tour of
The Tridents defeated the
Hawaiian Rugby League team
14-10 and 30-10 during the tour
The team flew into Hawaii
on December 3 and within three
hours of landing hit the park for
the first training run under new
coach Danny Bucknell.
The first game on
December 5 saw the Tridents
play with great pride and passion
to overcome their much larger
“The RANRL team were
clearly undersized but that did not
stop the workhorses, ABMT Brendan
Mannings and ABSN Phillip Sameulu,
from matching it physically with the big
Hawaiians,” Mr Bucknell said.
The Hawaiians conceded several
turnovers in the first half which led to
tries by ABMT Jason Chambers and
ABCSOMW Luke McWhirter.
ABCD Luke Woodcroft converted
one of the tries for a 10-0 scoreline at
The Hawaiians played better in the
second half, and posted two quick tries
and a conversion to equalise with five
minutes to play.
ABMT Jason Chambers scored the
match winner and also secured his claim
to the man-of-the-match award.
Coach Bucknell said the Tridents
were equally impressive in the second
match, which they won 30-10.
The Tridents were electrifying in
attack and defence in the first stanza to
post a half-time lead of 24-0 through
tries by ABMT Chambers and LSMT
ABMT Tyrone Smith scored two
tries, which ABCD Woodcroft converted.
The Tridents weathered a fightback
by the huge Hawaiians, who posted two
quick tries and a conversion for a 24-10
score with 20 minutes to play.
The Tridents tackled the resurgent
Hawaiians to a standstill with ABCSO
Mitchell Morton, LSMT Michael Stead
and ABSN Aaron Robinson outstanding
in attack and defence.
LSMT Andrew Follan was rewarded
for his performance with a try in the last
five minutes which was converted for a
full-time score of 30-10. Inspirational
skipper AB Morton was named man-of-
the-match and player-of-the-series.
In late February and early March,
the Navy national side will tour Coffs
Harbour for an invitational competition
and then onto the Sunshine Coast to play
another representative match.
LEUT Garrett has issued a call to arms for
players to represent Navy in coming competi-
tions. For further information visit www.ranrl.
OUTSTANDING: Navy Trident ABSN Aaron
Robinson in action.
LAIDBACK: CPO Muz Green
shows his laidback style during
the longboard final at the 2012
Navy Surfing Championships at
SURFER GIRLS: Women’s
finalists in the Navy Surfing
Championships at Mollymook
(L-R): AB Kiri Summer-Hayes,
AB Doerke McKeown, AB
Jess Simpson and LS Jennifer
Cartledge. Photos: ABIS Dove Smithett
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