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March 28, 2013
NAVY has won the Australian Defence Futsal
Federation Women’s Futsal Championship,
while the three-year dynasty of the men’s team
came to an end as a result of an unlucky goal
differential to arch-rival Army.
More than 50 players contested the futsal
carnival at Sydney University on March 14.
The Navy women blitzed their Army arch-
rivals 5-1 in the first match and lost the second
5-4, but carried off the winner’s trophy on goal
SBLT Mel Pring, of HMAS Watson, was
voted the most valuable player during the tour-
nament. Navy Women’s team coach LSCIS
Benjamin Sheard said SBLT Pring and the
Navy women were outstanding.
“Navy struggled to get a full team together
during pre-carnival training but they expe-
rienced a change in fortune in the matches
against Army,” he said.
“Navy smashed Army 5-1 in the first match
because the soldiers could only field four play-
ers, while the sailors had a full squad and a
few fresh reserves.”
ABCSO Julie Ann-Gordy suited up in
the goalkeeper role once again with ABCSO
Rebecca Stanley, ABATV Kimberley Gilbert,
ABCIS Kristy Clark, POCIS Vanessa Margi,
ABCSO Emma Searle and SBLT Pring rotat-
The second match was much more eventful
and the Navy women were pushed to the limit
by a full-strength Army team.
LS Sheard said the Navy girls went down
5-4 but won the title based on goal aggregate.
“A special mention must go out to ABCSO
Stanley who performed at pivot and was out-
standing in this role,” he said.
The Navy men’s team played brilliant foot-
ball but Army managed to snap their three-
championship winning streak on goal differ-
In their first match, Navy pipped Air Force
4-3 through good performances from goal-
keeper ABMT Justin Faint and ABET Scott
Hatfield, who was voted most valuable player
of the tournament.
In the second match, Navy came back
from 2-0 down to beat the APS 5-2, with out-
standing performances from team captain LS
Sheard and LEUT Geoffrey Crane.
In the decider, Navy drew 4-4 with Army,
which cost the sailors the championship due to
ABMT Justin Faint made some heart-stop-
ping saves in goal.
“There were also other very strong perfor-
mances throughout the tournament by ABBM
Luke Clare, POMW Jason Lockard, LSSN
Alexander Rossi, LSMED Danny Feeney,
ABET Nick Desilas and LSET Daniel Capilli,”
LS Sheard said.
Futsal is a format of five-a-side football
that is played extensively throughout the
Best futsal forward
PASSING TIME: Navy’s ABCSO Emma Searle gets a pass away in front of her Army opponent at the ADF National Futsal Carnival
at Sydney University.
Photo: ABIS Nicholas Gonzalez
NAVY Trident’s captain and halfback ABCSO Mitch
Morton tackled the first of three rugby league mile-
stones when the Patron’s Cup kicked off at Randwick
Barracks on March 20.
AB Morton has set his sights on the Patron’s Cup,
the Combined Australian Services Rugby League car-
nival and the Defence Rugby League World Cup in the
United Kingdom in June.
But the pressure of representing Navy and the ADF
was far from his thoughts when he lined up for HMAS
Success in the Patron’s Cup.
AB Morton said the Combined Australian Services
Rugby League carnival was an opportunity for Navy to
make amends for its disappointing season in 2012 and
for individual players to push for selection in the ADF
team to play in the Defence World Cup.
“The CASRL is a stepping stone to selection in
the ADF team to tour the UK, but it all starts with the
Patron’s Cup,” he said.
As far as halfbacks go, AB Morton is a giant at
181cm tall and weighing in at 100kg. He is also a goal-
kicking halfback who can organise the team’s attack as
well as its defence.
His skill and experience has already resulted in his
selection in the ADF train-on squad for the Defence
World Cup that will be played as curtain-raisers to
Rugby League World Cup matches.
Meanwhile, the Navy Tridents especially need new
players for the side that plays in the South Sydney
District A Grade competition.
All Sydney-based players interested in represent-
ing Navy are invited to participate in training sessions
at Randwick Barracks 4.30pm every Tuesday and
Further information at: www.ranrl.com.au
HIGH STAKES: Navy rugby league halfback AB
Mitch Morton in action for the Tridents.
May’s day at BMX titles
BMX rider PO Jason May, of HMAS Stirling, placed
a creditable third in the 40-44 years men’s final at the
Nerang International BMX event earlier this year.
Sponsored by the Australian Defence Cycling Club,
PO May rode against a competitive field from all over
Australia and New Zealand during three days of action
on a tricky and demanding course.
PO May was one of four ADF riders in the event.
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