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February 9, 2017
In the swing
and on song
Pte Renee Breeze
WINNING golfer Cpl Malina
Rumble swung – and sung –
her way to success at the ADF
Golf Association (ADFGA)
Championship at the Federal
Golf Course in Canberra from
Cpl Rumble won the women’s
competition while LACW Bronwyn
Mullins beat Navy champion AB
Derrin Morgan by one stroke to bag
the overall title, placing the Defence
women in the top two spots this
Cpl Rumble said it was always
a pleasure to compete against her
long-time nemesis, LACW Mullins.
“It was just a matter of whether
or not she took out overall,” she
“It was sensational to watch her.
Every shot was fantastic.”
Having won the women’s com-
petition in 2013 and 2014, Cpl
Rumble returned to take the podium
once more after being unable to
attend due to work commitments
Although the players dealt with
extremes of hot weather and icy
gusts on the last day, Cpl Rumble
said the competition was a lot of
A minor injury was no impedi-
ment to Cpl Rumble, who said she
preferred ice and rest to painkillers.
“The boys were laughing at me
because I had the ice out after every
shot,” she said.
The veteran of the ADFGA
championship said music was her
secret to keeping focus.
“Regardless of what I’m doing
head that I sing,” she said.
“I’m not thinking about the shot
at all because I know exactly what
I’m going to do before I go up to the
ball. That way it doesn’t matter what
I did the hole or the shot before,
because all I’m doing is singing.”
In the Army competition, Pte
Joshua Evers won in a playoff
against SCdt Craig Whitehead,
whose father was the reigning
champion last year.
Cpl Max Bree
THE annual clash between the Army
Thunder and Bellingen Magpies will
be held in Bellingen on February 25.
The match, held in memory of
fallen soldier and local Sgt Matt Locke,
started in 2009 with a victory to the
Army has won every other year
except 2013, when the game was can-
celled due to flooding.
Sgt Locke’s sister Debbie blamed
the Magpies’ lack of victories on a lack
of pre-season training.
“It’s always a close game but Army
always manages to beat us,” she said.
“They seem to be fitter than us
because our guys are only just getting
into training at that time of year.”
Though Sgt Locke played junior
rugby league in the area, Ms Locke
said her brother would be shocked to
see an event named in his honour.
“He’d be horrified. He’s never put
his name forward for anything like this.
But he’d be absolutely chuffed we’re
raising money for Soldier On,” she said.
“He wasn’t a showy guy. He was
very humble. He wouldn’t have done
anything like this himself.”
Ms Locke said Victoria Cross recip-
ients Cpl Mark Donaldson and Ben
Roberts-Smith were planning to attend
the game along with NSW Governor
Gen David Hurley (retd).
Worthy show for
THE recognition process for the ADF
Archery Association (ADFAA) is well
under way and organisers are seeking
expressions of interest for general mem-
bers and committee members in order to
have a ready-to-go association to present
to the ADF Sports Council.
The ADFAA will seek to provide a
place for new and experienced archers to
shoot in both social and competitive envi-
ronments at the local and national levels.
Regular postal shoots and develop-
ment courses will pave the way for ADF
national and international competitions.
The aim is to also involve ex-serving and
adaptive sport members training for the
Invictus Games and other competitions.
So if you enjoy Archery and would
like to see it recognised as an ADF sport,
email expressions of interest to Cpl Astin
On target for recognition
“It’s a big deal for our family,” Ms
“Before this started, we’d never been
involved in anything like it.”
A charity golf day will also be held at
Bellingen golf course on February 24 and
the Army Band will perform a concert in
Coffs Harbour on February 26.
Sgt Locke was awarded a Medal of
Gallantry for his actions in defence of his
patrol’s observation post in Afghanistan
in late 2006. He was fatally wounded by
Taliban small arms fire during a patrol on
October 25, 2007.
Cpl Max Bree
ARMY’S women have continued
to dominate the ADF Football
Federation National Carnival,
winning the competition for the
fifth year in a row.
The side vanquished Navy
and Air Force teams in match-ups
at Cromer Park in Sydney, from
Army team captain Pte Kate
Sherratt, of 9FSB, said the girls in
red had no doubt about their chanc-
es heading in.
“We were still appreciative of
all the other teams and what they
had to offer, but we were confident
we would keep the trophy to our-
selves,” she said.
Air Force managed some resist-
ance before Army steamrolled the
girls in blue 8-0.
“They put up a great fight in the
first half,” Pte Sherratt said.
“But they couldn’t keep up in
the second half and we ran away
Next was Army’s much-antic-
ipated contest with a determined
“We’ve both got a lot of pride
and we both wanted to win that
trophy,” Pte Sherratt said.
“It was a big mental game about
who was going to win it. Usually
Pte Courtney Holmwood, right, fends off her Air Force opponent
during the ADF Football Federation National Carnival.
we’re a lot better at soccer but they
have the better mental game.”
Army went on to defeat Navy
2-0 but Pte Sherratt was slightly
disappointed her team didn’t run
away with this game too.
“We were pretty confident after
the second goal,” she said.
“We had it in the second half;
they gave up because they knew we
had the win.
“The second half was the easi-
est and we probably should have
put a few more goals away.
“We had the fitness over them
and better skills so we had them
running in the end.”
All teams were forced to bat-
tle through difficult conditions
throughout the tournament.
“It was really hot. Boots were
melting and we had to tape them
up,” Pte Sherratt said.
Sgt Caleb Zagami makes
his final shot at the
Photo: Cpl Max Bree
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