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ADF lawn bowlers will face their
greatest challenge when they take on
Australia's and some of the world's
best bowlers in the NSW Champions'
League, starting in August.
The nine-round event will show-
case a galaxy of stars and includes
world and Commonwealth champions
and has organisers very excited.
Champions' League Chairman
Michael Harvey said it was described
by many of the international legends
of the game as the best domestic com-
petition in the world.
"ADF will add another dimension
and their competitive spirit will kick
in early and they will love the game
and format," he said.
The driving force behind ADF
Thunder's entry to Champions'
League is Air Force's SGT Gerard
Harkins, Treasurer of the Australian
Services Bowls Association (ASBA).
"We're so excited to be given this
opportunity and the spotlight will be
on us as the only non-civilian team
and the new team on the block," he
"We like that and while we don't
have any world champions, the organ-
isers looked at our roster and thought
we'd be very competitive."
Among ADF Thunder's squad is
Navy's CPOET Murray Piggott, a pre-
vious winner of the ASBA's Player of
the Series award and advocate of pro-
moting the ADF bowls to the wider
"It is a wonderful opportunity to
showcase the sporting talent within
the Defence Force," CPOET Piggott
Despite becoming the first ADF
bowler to qualify for the Australian
Open, he was quick to downplay his
"It's not about me, it's about the
team, and as a team, Defence will
always excel," he said.
Navy will make up nearly half
the ADF Thunder squad as a show of
their dominance of Defence bowls in
Champions' League organisers
have introduced new rules and ini-
tiatives to keep the competition fresh
and exciting for both the players and
spectators and includes sets play
where a team wins under the game,
set and match concept.
ADF Thunder will use The Hills
Bowling Club in Sydney as their
home green and hope to get a big con-
tingent of Defence personnel along
to support them during their double-
header on September 15.
"There will be draws for the
Defence supporters with prizes donat-
ed from local businesses and we hope
to promote the game and let specta-
tors see our once docile game of lawn
bowls has been turned on its head,"
SGT Harkins said.
"At this level spectators aren't
expected to clap politely and they can
be as rowdy as they want; even some
of the players are showmen.
"Noise and team spirit are big
weapons in this game and that's where
ADF Thunder will have the edge."
Navy players: LSSN Andrew Batterham,
CPOET Phil Black, ABMED Robbie Dixon,
LSMT Steven Patterson, CPOET Murray
Piggott, LSBM Luke Piper, POCIS Jason
Smith, LSET Mark Wallace.
CrossFit to show
LSIS Helen Frank
THIS year's Kapooka Summer Series
will offer three different sports over
two days of competition in November.
For the first time, the series will
also host a CrossFit throwdown.
The throwdown is an exciting new
event and will be run over the two
Kapooka is a registered CrossFit
Affiliate and has the appropriate offi-
cials, experience and equipment to
make this a fantastic competition. The
competition is geared around team
events with more details being avail-
able on the ARTC intranet website.
Series organiser CAPT Ian
Marsden is hoping for competitors to
come from far and wide.
"The Kapooka Sports Series
encourages all services as well as
Defence APS staff to compete,"
CAPT Marsden said.
"We have previously had teams
from all over Australia competing.
"It is a great opportunity for teams
to bond off and on the field."
The other sports on show include
the rugby league nines, now in its
fourth year, and a golf tournament for
teams of four.
Great prizes are available for all
For more information contact CAPT Ian
Marston on 0429 202 453 or email ARTC.
Classic win for
From back page
LS Smith, who started at hooker
and scored a try, claimed: "I got lucky
-- I suppose some of the older guys
couldn't catch me.
"I've never played in front of a
crowd of that size before. Hearing that
roar was incredible. There was plenty
of action for the crowd to watch.
"Even the build-up to the game
was great. Just sitting in the chan-
gerooms before the game, listening to
the banter from the older guys."
The match was a result of some
hard work by MAJ Garrath Williams,
of HQ 1 Div at Gallipoli Barracks.
He said his service in Afghanistan
with MTF1 was a big driver for the
match but the catalyst was watch-
ing the 'Heroes' rugby game at
Twickenham in 2011 and wondering
why the same support couldn't be
shown in Australia for wounded mates.
From the first whistle some 8500
supporters, many proudly clad in
Wallaby, Lions and All Black colours,
enthusiastically watched forgotten
skills emerge and combine in a match
that gave no quarter.
"It was a great win for the Anzacs,
but I'll tell you what, the Brits played
pretty hard, it was a tough game,"
CPL Roberts-Smith said.
"But you know the bottom line
is we raised a lot of money for
Mates4Mates and we raised a lot of
awareness about the wounded guys
coming home, and, all in all, I'm
About $200,000 was raised for
distribution among Mates4Mates
(Aus), Help for Heroes (UK) and the
New Zealand Fallen Heroes Trust.
Mates4Mates is an RSL charity
aiding in the recovery of, and ongoing
care for, wounded Australians.
MAJ Williams said he was grate-
ful for the support given to the idea
and the match and would like to see it
"Perhaps even a 20-20 cricket
match," he said.
The final score was the least
important part of the night, but strictly
for the record, the Anzacs won 29-5.
Ch pions' honour
ADVOCATE: Experienced lawn bowler CPOET Murray Piggott will be
part of the ADF team to contest the NSW Champions' League.
Magnificent seven selected
FLTLT Gavin Briggs
SEVEN Navy players are in the UK
as part of the Combined Australian
Services Rugby League (CASRL)
squad for the 2013 Armed Forces
Rugby League World Cup tour.
The CASRL squad is made up of
23 players from across the ADF. The
squad gathered at Randwick Barracks
before flying to the UK to finalise
preparations for their attempt at win-
ning the Armed Forces World Cup at
Colchester Barracks in the from June
The World Cup is being hosted by
the UK's 16 Air Assault Brigade and
participating nations include current
champions Great Britain as well as
Australia, New Zealand and debutant
teams from Russia and Serbia.
Head coach WO2 Brian Jones put
the team through its paces to finetune
team plays and match strategies.
"We put the players through fitness
tests, individual skills sessions and full
team runs," WO2 Jones said.
"I have been pleased with the indi-
vidual preparations of each player and
the professional approach everyone
had taken before this lead-up camp."
In addition to the training program,
other activities were aimed at enhanc-
ing the team's overall preparedness.
Highlights of the preparation week
included a guided tour of the National
Rugby League Museum and a scrim-
mage session with the Cronulla Sharks
at their home ground, Shark Park.
Cronulla Sharks coach Shane
Flanagan said the CASRL team's
efforts in the scrimmage session
would hold them in good stead as they
take on the opposition in the UK.
Another team highlight before the
team departed was being addressed by
Tim Sheens, the Australian Kangaroos
coach. Sheens' address to the team
and knowledge of the game proved a
real hit with the players.
The first round match has the
CASRL team up against Serbia, fol-
lowed by games against New Zealand,
UK and then finals in early July.
Navy players: LS Daniel Capilli, AB Kerod
Andrensek, AB Samuel Peters, LS Damien
Rex, AB Phillip Samuelu, AB Veniasia
Turuva, AB Mitchell Morton.
READY: The Combined Australian Services Rugby League team poses for a team photo before heading to
the Armed Forces World Cup in the UK.
Photo courtesy of Sullivan Portraits
May has his day
at the Nationals
CPL Nick Wiseman
YEARS of experience, skill and
technique came down to the first
10 seconds of the final race for
BMX racer POCSS Jason May at
the National Championships in
Queensland from April 30-May 3.
Fierce rivalry and intense com-
petition spurred PO May to place
well in the qualifying rides before
he lined up for the final, but was
pushed out on a corner and lost that
PO May said he wasn't too upset
and had enjoyed the race meet.
"All my races I placed well and
I placed 3rd in my semi-final," he
"I got pushed to the top of the
first corner in the final and my race
was over in the first 10 seconds, but
Most riders were from
Queensland, which brought a friend-
ly rivalry between WA-based PO
May and many other racers.
"The best thing about this sport
is we're all best mates off the track,"
Impressed with the competition,
PO May said it also was a big week-
end with first-rate facilities.
"The track was one of the biggest
and fastest I have ridden on in a lot
of years," he said.
"Jumps were flowing and they
were large -- biggest jumping I have
done in years."
With a sea-posting on the cards,
PO May said he was keen to keep
riding as much as possible.
"I'll take my bike with me. These
bikes break up to fit in a bag similar
to a golf-bag for travelling," he said.
"Whenever we're alongside, I'll
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