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Army October 1, 2009
FOOTBALL fans have decided Geelong's Tom
Hawkins was the player who most epitomised the
spirit of Army in this year's AFL season.
Fans voted via the AFL website each week on
acts by players they felt best exhibited Army's core
values of courage, initiative and teamwork.
Representing the CA, Maj-Gen David Morrison,
Commander Forcom (above right), presented the
2009 AFL Army award to Hawkins (above, with
host Jason Dunstall on far left)) at the AFL All-
Australian Awards dinner in Melbourne.
He said Army's core values were evident in every
AFL match as players worked in a team, initiated
attack and defence, and put their bodies on the line.
Cat armed with Army spirit
Photo by AC Terry Hartin
By Barry Rollings
THE Australian Defence Netball Association's
championship carnival in Townsville last
month proved a sizzler, with three hard-
fought finals, including a come-from-behind
triumph for the Northern Territory.
NT won the men's final, 26-22, against
NSW, while NSW edged out the previously
undefeated ACT, 17-13, in the mixed and South-
East Queensland beat Western Australia, 26-10,
for the women's title.
The players, from all states and services,
were tested in the heat and rain but still pro-
duced a physical and skilful competition.
Association president Capt Paula Vetter was
impressed with the turn-out and quality.
"Given the difficulty for each state to have
players released, and given the operational
tempo and logistical difficulties of the location,
all states represented well and the carnival was
successful," she said.
Hard, fast netball in all games made for
some exciting finals, notably the men's decider.
It was a strong first quarter, with NT's Cpl
Ben Smith prominent in the goal circle. But the
equally accurate NSW shooters had their state
in front by a goal at the first change.
NSW capitalised on NT's mistakes to lead
by six at half-time, but NT began to limit their
opponents' opportunities in the second half and
tied things up at 18-all going into the final quar-
ter. In the end, NT controlled its game to take
and retain the lead in the final minutes.
Army's Cpl Ben Smith praised his NT team-
mates for a "great effort".
"NSW played well in the final but we man-
aged to get them," he said. "It is a great week
for ADF sport."
The mixed competition, which strengthens
every year, also produced a tight finish.
NSW led by five at the first change, but ACT
closed to within three goals by half-time and
two by the final change.
Every loose ball was chased down with
aggression and both teams pushed hard, but
NSW finally won the upper hand and the title.
WO2 Kylie Reynolds said ACT had only a
short lead-up to the carnival, with players com-
ing from Wagga Wagga, Nowra and Canberra.
Despite this, they had felt confident going
into the finals after finishing the minor rounds
Her team's centre-court players dominated
against NSW in the final, she said. But it had
not been quite enough to win.
South-East Queensland ruled the first half of
the women's final, rattling the West Australians,
who had been confident and hard at the ball all
WA fought back in the second half, but the
Queenslanders made sure their opponents fought
hard for every goal and paid for every miss.
South-East Queensland played its defensive
game in the mid-court, as it had done all week,
and, despite running hard in attack, WA could
not convert in the circle. The Queenslanders ran
away with the title in the final term.
States net a
mix of titles
Determined: South-East Queensland goal-defence Capt Sarah Weiss thwarts the West
Australian attack in the women's netball final.
Photo by Cpl Kristen Pickering
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