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July 14, 2016
TOUGH guy and reserve Pte Chris
Webb seems like your everyday work-
er but this driver from 2FSB regularly
takes on some of Australia’s best judo
Pte Webb set out to conquer the
Australian National Judo Championships
in Geelong, Victoria, in June.
The championship hosts some of
the country’s best judo fighters and Pte
Webb was a force to be reckoned with
after finishing second in the men’s open
weight at the Devonport competition in
“I was fairly confident leading into
the championships,” Pte Webb said.
“A special no-carb diet with lots of
greens was put on me; it’s something I
stick to leading up to an event.”
Pte Webb had a strong showing this
year, making it to the bronze medal
fight, only to be out-muscled by his
“It was a fairly evenly matched fight
but he managed to get the better of me in
the end,” Pte Webb said.
In preparation for the championships,
Pte Webb managed a full-time civilian
job and a packed six-month training
This meant countless hours not only
in the ring but also in the weights room
to ensure his strength would be up to
scratch before the fights.
To get Pte Webb through this busy
stage, he relied on his coaching team for
“They’re confident in their skill and
have an ethos to train hard. They give it
their best shot and never underestimate
themselves,” he said.
OPSO 44 Tpt Sqn Capt Mark
Williamson, of 2FSB, said the unit was
proud of Pte Webb’s achievements.
“We’re constantly impressed with
his ability to manage a full-time civilian
job, be one of the most regular parading
members and compete in judo at such a
high level,” Capt Williamson said.
Pte Webb said judo was great for
self-defence and helped in his civilian
job as a security guard.
“It’s definitely a good skill to have.
My judo has helped me get out of
trouble a few times at work,” he said.
THE ADF Ice Hockey Association
(ADFIHA) has proven older play-
ers can learn new tricks following
a recent masters tournament in
The ADFIHA made its debut
appearance from June 10-12 at the
Old-Timer Ice Hockey Association
(OiHAN) tournament, fielding a
team of players aged between 35
ADFIHA team captain Wg-Cdr
Christian Martin said all three ser-
vices were represented in the side.
“The ADFIHA secured a posi-
tion in the over 35 category – a
significant challenge considering
the maturity of our organisation
and skills of several of our players,”
Wg-Cdr Martin said.
“There were eight teams in the
over 35 division, which meant the
division was split into two groups
based on skill and experience.”
The ADFIHA side went to the
tournament with the intention of
representing Defence and exposing
its players to a different calibre and
style of play.
“The idea is to promote a fair
and enjoyable hockey atmosphere,
and with representation from the
Army, Navy and Air Force, the
ADF team played the tournament
in the true spirit of the masters.”
The ADFIHA side faced off
against teams from Tasmania, South
Australia and Victoria.
“Never having played together,
it took the team a few games to
adjust to the style of play and to
find ourselves on the ice,” Wg-Cdr
For the final match – the bronze
medal game – the ADFIHA made
several changes to its line-up,
returning to face the Tasmanian
Those changes provided scoring
opportunities and a solid defensive
posture for the ADFIHA team that
led them to a 3-2 victory.
The debut of the master’s
ADFIHA team should lead to future
appearances, with OiHAN holding
three tournaments across Australia
The Australian Army Ice Hockey
Association (AAIHA) was recently
established and is open to all Army
The association will conduct a
number of activities each year, both
independently and in conjunction
with the ADFIHA.
For more information, email
sets the standard
Golfers face gusty winds in interservice comp
ARMY came away with a
resounding win at the 2016 South-
East Queensland Interservice Golf
Championships at Bribie Island
Golf Club from June 20-23.
Teams of 12 players from Army
and Air Force competed to deter-
mine the champion service for 2016.
Navy was unable to field a side this
Day one saw spirited competi-
tion for the F 111 Shield. The top
10 individual Stableford scores
from each team were combined to
determine the result. Army came
away with the win in a close-fought
Day two was an American four-
some matchplay event, where each
service fielded a scratch team of
six players and a net team of six
Each scratch and net team was
then split into three pairings, result-
ing in six matches being played.
Army won the day 5-1/2 matches
Day three saw a new format in
a 4BBB matchplay event. The team
compositions were the same as day
two. Air Force put up a good fight
and won the event 3-1/2 matches to
2-1/2. At the end of day three, Army
was leading eight matches to four.
On day four, both services’
scratch and net teams competed
in an individual matchplay event.
Despite the close competition, Army
won 9-1/2 matches to 2-1/2 and
took out the overall championships
17-1/2 matches to 6-1/2 .
Army team captain Maj Paul
Henry said he was happy with the
performance of the team.
“Players were not only tested by
their opponents but also by strong
gusty winds, which made the course
more difficult to play,” he said.
The team comprised: Maj Darryl
Burley; Maj Paul Henry; Maj Nick
Panter; Capt Rick Lockwood; WO1
Steve Ditullio; WO1 Mal Greber;
WO1 John Heffernan; WO2 Kim
Johansen; Sgt Caleb Zagami;
Cpl Terry Flaherty; Cpl Stewart
Maclean; and Cpl Ian Wilson. Each
man played their games in a com-
petitive and friendly spirit.
The South-East Queensland
Singles Golf Championships will be
held in August or September.
For more information or to get involved
with South-East Queensland Army golf,
email Maj Paul Henry at paul.henry@
New tricks on the ice
Army golfers pose for a team photo after their win at the 2016 South-East Queensland Interservice
Golf Championships at Bribie Island.
Judo fighter Pte Chris
Webb, of 2FSB, shows
off his silver medal won
at a Tasmanian event.
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