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ARMY’S second placings behind Air
Force at the ACT ADF annual inter-
service netball carnival on August 14
gave five women and two men the plat-
form to force their way into the repre-
Air Force was undefeated in winning
both competitions, involving mixed and
women’s teams from the three services, at
the ADFA courts.
Selector Sgt Tanya Russell said the
competition was strong, “although small-
er than anticipated”.
The ACT Combined Services teams
will contest the Defence national titles in
Townsville from September 13-18.
“I was impressed with the quality of
players,” Sgt Russell said.
She said the teams were still look-
ing for coaches and managers. Interested
members should contact Flt-Lt Tanya
Evans at email@example.com .
The Army representatives are: Women – Capt
Mellisa Harries, Capt Lisa Cangiamila, OCdt Kaitlin
Gilbert, Maj Erica Rayward; Mixed – Pte Tanya
Butow, WO2 Kylie Reynolds, Rec Iain Rowley.
Nationals in their sights
AS SCENIC as the Tour de France
and the greatest challenge yet for con-
testants. That is the description of the
Australian Defence Cycling Club’s
(ADCC) national road championships
The course for the event, from
September 24-26 , is around the Royal
National Park south of Sydney and, like
the Tour de France, it will pass through
some spectacular scenery.
But the riders won’t have time to take
in the views on the tough 62km course.
An event organiser, Flt-Lt Matthew
Pinkstone, said the course was a departure
from the “far less vertically challenging”
nature of previous ADCC layouts.
“ The rolling course features wind-
swept ocean views in addition to three
major climbs and a hilltop finish,” he
said. “Although scenic, it will provide the
greatest challenge to Defence riders yet
seen at a national championship.”
He predicted the different terrain
would produce new men’s and women’s
Sgt Tim Grover, 2RAR , is a favourite
for the men’s category, and Capt Kirstan
Hoppitt (AFSU Tas Region) is a major
contender for the women’s race .
The championships won’t be all about
the tough elite races, however. A tamer
course will be set out for the non-elite
The criterium will be run at Sutherland
Shire Cycling Club’s criterium facility
and individual time-trials will be at the
Holsworthy facility, where last year’s
events were decided.
With a number of competitors from
Defence’s successful Arafura Games team
competing, the standard is expected to be
the best yet.
The winner of each discipline will
wear the ADCC national champion’s jer-
sey in all events in their discipline until
next year’s championships.
All events will feature a non-elite cat-
egory for members who want to compete
for fun, rather than for major prizes.
Organisers hope to exceed last year’s
entry of about 60.
Information on the championships is available at
Court in the act:
Pte Tanya Butow
(left) and Rec Iain
Rowley (below) in
action at the ACT
Photos by LS Paul
Army September 3, 2009
A RAEME major who
transferred to the ADF
from the British army
early last year has
won the B division of
the Melbourne Open
at the age of 50.
Maj Roger Peters
outlasted La Trobe
Govinden, 30 years his
junior, in a five-set final.
Maj Peters, who
swapped tennis for
squash in his mid-30s,
said he might have won
a couple of games in
the elite A grade, but
decided instead to try
his hand in the grade
for the “old and bold”.
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