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April 25, 2013
THE Establishments crushed Fleet
4-1 to win the Fleet Commander’s
Challenge Trophy in rainy and windy
conditions at Sydney’s Randwick
Barracks on April 4.
Establishments won the soccer 4-1,
rugby union 22-17, netball 28-17 and
the nautical mile event through the indi-
vidual effort of LSPT Alex Minney.
Fleet’s only success was in the golf,
which they won 111 strokes to 124.
Establishments victory marks their
fourth title success since the sports
challenge began in 2004.
The nautical mile only attracted a
field of five competitors, largely due
to the downpour that turned the sports-
field into a quagmire.
However, had there been 100 com-
petitors the nautical mile would still
have been a one-horse race, with four-
time champion LS Minney cantering to
an easy victory in a time of 6min 10sec.
LS Minney’s closest rival was more
than a minute behind him.
“I came all the way from HMAS
Creswell in the driving rain to reclaim
my title,” he said.
LS Minney missed the 2012 event,
but won the 2011 title in 5.52 and the
2010 and 2008 races in 5.57.
“I have started training hard only
very recently, in the countdown to a
very busy running calendar this year,”
Establishments LEUT Greer Hase,
of HMAS Kuttabul, was the only
female competitor and finished in a
time of 9.37.
“I got really fit during HMAS
Anzac’s Op Slipper deployment, so I
decided to compete today, which result-
ed in an unexpected victory,” she said.
Fleet came within a whisker of vic-
tory in the rugby, but bombed two cer-
tain tries in the second half.
Fleet opened the scoring in the
first stanza and held a 15-10 lead until
Establishments posted two quick tries
and a conversion in the last 10 minutes.
Establishments half-back AB Veniasi
Turuva, of HMAS Kuttabul, edged
FSU’s LS Dan Capilli for the MVP
Establishments dominated the soc-
cer with slick attack and smothering
ABET Scott Hatfield, of HMAS
Sydney, was named the most valuable
player because of his creativity with the
ball in the mid-field.
The netball was also a shut-out,
with Establishments too strong for their
rivals. ABCSO Sarah Burton, of HMAS
Darwin, received the most valuable
COMAUSFLT RADM Tim Barrett
presented the trophies to the winning
teams and thanked all the competitors
for their sportsmanship and for braving
“I know that the weather has no
doubt put a lot of people off from com-
peting today, but the fact that you all did
in less than ideal conditions is a credit
to you,” he said.
A STRONG batting performance
by CPOPT Donna Edge, of HMAS
Coonawarra, and a brave display by
pitcher WO2 Virginia Morris helped
the women’s ADF softball team win
the Trans Tasman Trophy by two
runs against the NZ Defence Force.
The Australian Defence wom-
en’s softball team downed the Kiwis
12-10 on March 9 at Rose Park
Stadium in Auckland.
CPO Edge said without the
efforts of captain-coach WO2
Morris the team would not have
“She pitched the entire seven
innings over two-and-a-half hours
with a leg injury,” CPO Edge said.
WO2 Morris said she strained
her quad muscle but, “didn’t want to
let the team down.”
“There is a lot of tradition with
the test match, I think it was just
sheer determination and the use of
a runner that got me to complete the
seven innings,” she said.
WO2 Morris said CPO Edge’s
experience and consistency helped
the team achieve as well as it did.
“Donna batted consistently
throughout the week,” she said.
“Her leadership and experience
assisted the team and helped achieve
the results we did.”
CPO Edge, who plays centre-
field, said despite a tough lead-up
to the test, the team gelled well and
performed outstandingly on the day.
“I have been playing with the
ADF since 1995 and we have had
some good teams over the years.
This team was no different,” she
“The good thing with RAN soft-
ball is we seem to be getting some
good players coming through and
AB Julie Waller played really well
at second base and batted consist-
ently well too.”
In hot and dry conditions the
women began their successful cam-
paign with a 6-5 win in the final
against the NZ Army in the NZ
After losing in the rounds and
semi-final to NZ Army, the ADF
team showed their wares in the final
to take the championship.
GPCAPT Peter Davis said the play-
ers managed to not only impress
themselves but their opposition.
“Despite a gruelling schedule
and obvious home turf and crowd
support for the Kiwis, our teams
played some fantastic softball and
earned the admiration of the NZDF
services and the NZDF Police for
the manner in which they played the
game and contributed to the tourna-
ment as a whole,” GPCAPT Davis
Such was the admiration for the
ADF men’s and women’s teams,
they were awarded the Spirit of
Softball Trophy, which is usually
awarded to an individual.
“That’s the first time I have seen
the award go to a team,” CPO Edge
“We are a visiting team so we
tend to be a bit outgoing and friend-
ly and we’re not afraid to have a
chat to anyone so I guess we proved
to be popular.”
She said playing the curtain rais-
er for the World Men’s semi-finals
only added to the momentum.
“There was a lot more hype
around because it was the world
championships so we fed off that,”
“The atmosphere was fantastic.”
While the ADF men were not
successful, they proved competitive
against more experienced and sea-
They lost the test game 9-2 and
narrowly missed out on a win in the
interservice competition against Air
Force, going down 6-5 .
The ADF men’s team was
well represented with coach CPO
Justin Bayliff and Navy softballers
LS Brendan Chappell, PO Linden
Mooney, LS Chris Murray, LS
Michael Taylor, PO David Williams,
CPO Adrian Trevis and LS Josh
“Injuries took their toll on our
men’s team who faced a much more
experienced NZDF team in the test
match,” GPCAPT Davis said.
“The Kiwi team included some
international players who had
played in the World Championships
during the week.”
Navy women’s players: CPO Edge,
AB Julie Waller, AB Kristal Moona, AB
Joanne Russell. Manager: LS Michelle
Brave win by
CAUGHT OUT: ADF softball team pitcher WO2 Virginia Morris throws the ball to AB Julie Waller to catch
a New Zealand batter out at second base in the NZDF Softball Championships.
ON THE BALL: PO Linden Mooney takes a spectacular diving catch in the outfield during the test match
(above left) as LACW Tanya Smiljanic crosses home plate to put ASDA back in front (above right).
strong for Fleet
WINNING RUN: LSPT Alex Minney on his way to winning the nautical
mile run (above left) as Establishments goal-attack LS Zander Furnell-Hall
shoots for goal in the netball (above right).
Photos: ABIS Sarah Ebsworth
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