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SILVER EDGE: B Division men’s eight team stroked by LS Nathan White, with GNR Ian Mongan in seat
seven, GNR Mark Partridge in seat six and MAJ Rob Curtin in seat four with fellow local club members
on their way to a silver medal.
Photos by: Icon Photos (Peter Williams)
CAPT Felicity Hamblin
The ADF women’s Aussie rules players fired
their way to victory in the Anzac Day clash
beating the Victorian Women’s Football
League (VWFL) by more than three goals.
The first quarter saw the VWFL take a
three-point lead over the ADF, but the VWFL
was unable to keep the lead for the next three
The ADF took home the cup in a 22-point
win against the VWFL, 7.7 (49) to 4.3 (27).
Coach WO2 Kim Beasland said he was
impressed the ADF women were able to over-
come significant challenges to carry them
over the line in an impressive win.
“The team was nothing short of outstand-
ing,” WO2 Beasland said.
“Undermanned but certainly not lack-
ing endeavour, we stuck to our structures
throughout the entire game, which in my
mind was the main catalyst for our win.
“When we lost one of our key midfield-
ers, POPT Tricia Muller, through injury just
after half-time, the team didn’t miss a beat
and maintained the structures that we had
rehearsed so often during the week.”
Best on ground CPL Rhiannon Busch and
first-time ADF player OFFCDT Tiana Udycz
repelled the Victorian attack with pace and
calm for all four quarters.
The ADF rotations worked well with
great running performances from LSPT Amy
Carpenter, POPT Tricia Muller, PTE Jessica
Foster and two other newcomers to ADF foot-
ball, PTE Brittany Watt and OFFCDT Rachel
While the All Stars men looked impres-
sive on the field in their curtain-raiser before
the Port Adelaide versus West Coast game
in Adelaide, they couldn’t muster the goals
needed to overcome the Australian Combined
Emergency Services (ACES).
After kicking several goals in the first
quarter, the ACES team had control of the
match for the entire first half, and managed an
eight-goal lead by the half-time break.
The ADF men fired back in the third quar-
ter but weren’t a match for the ACES, who
stretched the lead by 12 goals at three-quarter
The ADF men began to dominate the last
quarter but a six-goal purple patch made little
difference in the end as they went down by 71
points 20.16 (136) to 10. 4 (65).
While the men couldn’t quite contain their
opposition, ADF captain LCPL Jae Butler-
Evans said he was impressed with his team’s
effort to reduce the margin after trailing by
more than 15 goals at one stage.
“Unfortunately the game didn’t go as we
planned; I guess they were just too strong for
us on the day,” LCPL Butler-Evans said.
“They’re very disciplined and well drilled
and have the quality that we lack in certain
“The last quarter we came back which was
a great effort by the team.”
Although the result wasn’t favourable for
the ADF team, the team-building activities
and Anzac service in Adelaide were a high-
light, with the ACES players joining the All
Stars for a commemoration at a nearby beach.
LCPL Butler-Evans said it was great to be
able to catch up with their opponents off the
field, and was surprised at the level of respect
shown to the ADF by the ACES players.
“They went out of their way to come and
share the Anzac ceremony with us,” he said.
“I was surprised at the speeches they were
giving that they had so much regard for what
“Even before the game they shook our
hands and thanked us, but I was in game
mode at the time and it wasn’t until I thought
about it later that I realised the respect they
had for us.”
He also explained how he and teammate
LS Adrian James had travelled to the home
of Port Adelaide to give the Port Power play-
ers a different perspective on the Anzac spirit
before a training session in the lead-up to
“It was surprising that they were actually
inquisitive about my job and you look at these
players in a different way and find yourself
on the other side of the fence where they’re
actually really inquisitive about you,” LCPL
MAJ Rob Curtin
LS NATHAN White won two gold
medals, three silvers and a bronze
to be one of the most success-
ful competitors at the Australian
Masters Rowing Championships.
LS White took out gold in the
men’s A division pairs with GNR
Ian Mongan and paired again with
GNR Mongan and GNR Mark
Patridge to win silver in the fours.
Another Defence crew of
LTCOL Chris McKay, MAJ Brett
Nelson, LCDR Andrew Willett and
CAPT Nicholas Williams finished
just outside of the medals in the
same race, coming in fourth.
A strong contingent of 30
Defence rowers marked Anzac
Day on the water this year on Lake
Burley Griffin from April 25-28.
Adding to the military flavour,
the Federation Guard provided
a catafalque party for the regatta
Anzac Day service on the first day
of racing and HMAS Harman con-
ducted a ceremonial sunset service
at the end of the third day of racing.
The championship involved
more than 1100 participants from
across Australia competing in
eights, fours, quads, pairs, doubles
and single sculls for the chance to
win a national title.
The regatta started with the
inaugural Anzac Challenge Cup,
which saw current and former mili-
tary personnel and Defence civil-
ians race in six eights competing
for the new trophy, with the Army
beating off the Navy and Air Force
eights at the finish-line in a closely
Defence rowers were also select-
ed as representatives in state crews
to compete in interstate races, with
MAJGEN Michael Clifford (retd)
and Geoff Brown selected in the
ACT men’s eight; and LCDR Kym
Fisher, CAPT Nicholas Williams,
CPO Andy Horsburgh selected in
the ACT men’s quadruple scull.
ADRA President LCDR Kym
Fisher said for a young organisation
the results were fantastic.
“It was an incredible effort,”
LCDR Fisher said.
“To get these results at a tough
regatta after only three years as an
association reflects the talent and
hard work of our members.”
Women shine in All Stars
WINNERS ARE SINGERS: The Australian Services Australian Football Association All Stars women’s
team sings the team song (above) after winning against the Victorian Women’s Football League and
(below) WO2 Kim Beasland, PO Kim Thomson and LS Amy Carpenter with the Anzac Cup.
Photos: ABIS Dove Smithett
Gold for White at masters
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