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October 10, 2013 www.defence.gov.au/news/NAVYNEWS
NAVY lawn bowls' stranglehold on the service
champions trophy will be challenged going into the
Australian Services Bowls Association National
Championships at Swifts Bowls Club, Boobal, near
Brisbane from October 14-18.
However, despite missing some key players, the
2009, 2011 and 2012 champions will still start favour-
ites.With a testing representative season with the
ADF's national squad just ended, Navy's best bowlers
will be primed.
The season culminated with ADF's baptism into
the NSW Champions League against Australia's and
some of the world's best players.
ADF Thunder won two of their nine matches but
gained experience and exposure at the highest level.
Despite managing just two wins there were some
minor battles won to instil confidence for next season.
These included rink-set victories against
Australia's world number one, Leif Selby, and New
Zealand's world champion, Ali Forsythe.
Hoping to crack the Navy team for the third time in
her career is AB Anita Jenkins who, earlier this year,
became the first female to win the Navy's Singles title.
With a gale of support behind every bowl during
those championships, AB Jenkins won the final 31-20
and along the way beat some of the cream of Navy
One of her wins was against Navy selector CPOET
"AB Jenkins has made the national team twice
previously but now all Navy bowlers will expect her to
make the Navy team," CPO Piggott said.
"I hope she is selected to play in my rink."
THE Australian Services Rugby
Union -- Women (ASRU-W) team
came of age when they com-
peted against the best players in
the country in the 2013 National
Women's Rugby Championship in
The Warriors gained plenty of
experience against the best state
teams in Australia and did the
ADF proud in all four round-robin
The Warriors saved the best for
last when they beat South Australia
17-7 in a match where the sideline
resembled a hospital ward, with
eight ASRU-W players nursing
broken bones, fractures or bruises
ASRU-W coach WO Jo
Downes said the game featured
courageous performances from all
"It was an outstanding effort on
the back of three very hard games
against bigger and better teams,"
"The 2013 National Women's
Rugby Championship was a big
step up for us, but we have a young
team and they will benefit from the
WO Downes said strong per-
formances by several ASRU-W
players had them in contention for
selection in the Australian team.
At the ASRU-W awards night
CPL Mollie Gray was recognised
as the player of the championship.
CPL Lucy Lockhart was the
best back, CPL Brooke Saunders
was named best forward and PTE
Georgie Smith was the players' play-
er for her performance at half-back.
Other outstanding players
included Air Force's CPL Rebekka
Allen, OCDT Rachel Crothers, PO
Nicolle Palmer and Army's CAPT
Caroline Vakalahi, who was select-
ed in the Wallaroos team last year.
The women's national team
will be named later this month.
Unfortunately for the ASRU-W,
they took a while to get into gear
and lost their first three matches,
22-11 to NSW Country, followed
by 27-5 to Western Australia and
19-7 to Queensland.
WO Downes said the players
went into the competition with great
confidence after their grand-slam tri-
umph in the UK Combined Services
Championships last year, but were in
the process of rebuilding.
"We have had some key play-
ers retire since the UK tour in
2012, but we have some new tal-
ent coming through who served us
well in this competition," she said.
Bowling into the national team
IN FORM: AB
Anita Jenkins is
hoping to make the
Navy team for the
Photo: LSIS Paul McCallum
Hockey players set
for UK tournament
PO DANIEL Knapp and
CPO William McConnell
will return to familiar
ground when the Australian
Defence Hockey Association
(ADHA) men's and wom-
en's teams play against their
British counterparts in a
three-test series in England.
In 2005 they toured
Britain as players. This time
they return in more senior
PO Knapp is men's
coach and CPO McConnell
is tour manager, though
both members look to get
some game time during the
They are among 12
Navy personnel in a
party of 46 ADF men and
women who left Sydney on
The tests against UK
Combined Service Hockey
are scheduled for October
14, 15 and 17, before which
the ADHA teams will play a
game against each service.
Between the single-
service games and the test
series, the ADF party will
also do a three-day bat-
tlefield tour of the Western
The squad will attend
an evening ceremony at the
Menin Gate in Ypres, where
players will lay a wreath
and one member will read
ADHA hosted the RAF
in 2010 and the RN in 2011,
with the ADF men and
women winning both series.
"But this will be a lot tough-
er on their home soil," CPO
The teams were selected
after the ADF combined
services championships in
Sydney in May and com-
peted in the Australian
Country Championships in
Navy players: Men: SMN Daniel
Sekulich, SBLT Kai Wakefield,
SMN Mitchell Waters, PO Daniel
Women: LEUT Christie
Underwood, LEUT Aditi Khanna,
LS Kirsten Wilson, LCDR Donna
Douglass, MIDN Grace Hunter,
CPO Damien Crick (coach).
Tour manager: CPO William
SKY HIGH: PO
number 18, lifts CPL
Brooke Saunders to
the ball during a line
out against the WA
Photo: CPL Amanda Campbell
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