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LSIS Helen Frank
WHEN Navy won the mixed competi-
tion at the interservice netball cham-
pionships in Canberra, it capped off a
memorable tournament for one player.
ABMT Ben Jay, of NUSHIP
Canberra, was one of more than 200
Defence personnel who gathered
at the Southern Cross Basketball
Stadium from August 26-30.
The competition started with the
state competition and ended with the
service championships on the last day
in men's, women's and mixed sections.
AB Jay played in the mixed team
for NSW, which went through the
whole competition unbeaten, beat-
ing ACT in the final by just one goal,
He was then selected to play in
the Navy mixed team, which was also
unbeaten in the competition, beating
Air Force 36-24 and Army 36-27.
AB Jay is normally a basketball
player but was asked to play netball.
He is 205cm and his height makes him
difficult to defend against.
"It was good to learn more about
netball," SMN Jay said.
"I played goal shooter so the rules
LSIS Helen Frank
FOR one day, teams in the ADF
netball championships turned
The day supported the
McGrath Foundation and was
organised in support of an
Australian Defence Netball
Association member who was
recently diagnosed with breast
ACT ADF Netball
Association members PO Liz
Saunders, LS Nick Miller and
fellow netballers organised
fundraising events during the
August 30 was dedicated to
the fundraising effort with play-
ers and supporters wearing pink
for a gold coin donation.
A knockout shooting com-
petition was held with first and
second place winners taking
home a cash prize.
A raffle was run with 100
prizes on offer.
Every ticket won a prize
and prizes included DVD and
Blu Ray packs, signed sporting
goods from the Cronulla Sharks
and Australian Diamonds player
Erin Bell and other donated
LS Miller was pleased.
"Along with the support of
local and interstate businesses
we were able to provide a great
day for players and spectators
alike," he said.
A total of $3500 was raised
for the McGrath Foundation.
THE Penguins pipped Albatross
23-17 in the final to win the 2013
Oberon Shield basketball cham-
pionship at the Sydney Olympic
Park Sports Centre at Homebush
on August 28.
Penguins captain ABCD
Thomas Adams said the victory
marked a measure of revenge for
the combined team from HMA
Ships Penguin and Watson.
"They beat us earlier in the day,
so to topple them in the final was a
real thrill," he said.
AB Adams, who is posted to
the RAN Dive School, said the
scores were tied at half-time, but
the Penguins rallied in the last
stanza to record a well-deserved
"We all played consistently
which helped us to gradually gain
a points lead," he said.
AB Adams said the Penguins'
most valuable player was ABCD
Corey Wilkop, who is 191cm
and plays centre for Navy in
The Penguins progressed to the
final after beating the Canberra
Six teams contested the
tournament: the Wharfie Warriors
from Port Services HMAS
Kuttabul, HMAS Albatross, the
Penguins, Canberra Tropics from
NUSHIP Canberra, Watson
Warthogs from HMAS Watson and
the Kuttabul Clippers from HMAS
The Oberon Shield served as a
warmup for the Navy teams that
will compete in the interservice
competition at Randwick Barracks
from November 24-30.
Sailors interested in playing can con-
tact LS Lindsay Russell at lindsay.rus-
firstname.lastname@example.org or AB Benjamin
Wilkin at benjamin.wilkin@defence.
State grand finals -- Men: ACT b SE
Queensland 34-28. Mixed: NSW b
ACT 28-27. Women: NSW b North
Interservice -- Mixed: Navy b Air
Force 36-24, Navy b Army 36-27,
Army b Air Force 23-17. Winner:
Navy. Men: Navy b Air Force 30-24,
Army b Air Force 29-14, Army b
Navy 37-19. Winner: Army. Women:
Navy b Air Force 31-17, Army b
Navy 44-22, Air Force 40 drew with
Army 40-40. Winner: Army.
didn't trip me up too much as I played
mostly in the goal area."
Australian Defence Netball
Association president WGCDR Nick
Osborne said netball was a great sport
to bring everyone together.
"It's an excellent event to get men
and women away playing sport togeth-
er," WGCDR Osborne said.
"We have quite a lot of men play-
ing here, which makes a great change
from civilian competitions where net-
ball is mostly a women's game."
Army won the men's and the wom-
pink for a
CONVERT'S TRIUMPH: AB Ben Jay, from the mixed Navy team, takes a
shot at a goal against Air Force.
Photo: LSIS Helen Frank
Penguins return fire to win basketball shield
FORWARD PUSH: Most Valuable Player AB Corey Wilkop
plays offence in the grand final.
THE SPOILS: Penguins captain ABCD Thomas
Adams, left, is presented with the Oberon Shield
by AB Ben Wilkin.
Photos: ABIS Cassie McBride
Eight-hour effort for Legacy
WO2 Andrew Hetherington
A TRISERVICE team from Australia's
Federation Guard pedalled, ran and
walked their way through an eight-hour
event to raise funds for Legacy.
The 22 personnel travelled from
Canberra to the Army Logistics Training
Centre at Albury-Wodonga on August 30
to compete against other ADF and APS
AFG entered one walking, two run-
ning and three mountain-biking teams in
the gruelling event.
Assistant team manager and winning
mountain-bike team member POMT Don
Blackley praised the teams.
"Their efforts were extraordinary. We
won the team mountain-biking event and
came third in the team walking event,"
POMT Blackley said.
"AB George Bryan ran 45km by him-
self during the day."
The combined AFG team's contribu-
tion to Legacy was $600, which was paid
as an entry fee to the events. A total of
$10,000 was raised for Legacy.
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