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Army October 15, 2009
THE Australian Defence Touch Association
(ADTA) national championships will be held at
RAAF Base Williams at Laverton from October
Men's and women's open events will be con-
tested, along with men's over-30 and over-40 divi-
"Touch continues to be the largest growth sport
in the ADF and the annual championship provides
an opportunity for the 'best of the best' to display
their skills in an atmosphere of competitive spirit,"
one of the organisers, Sqn-Ldr Cliff Winnett said.
"Considerable planning has gone into acquir-
ing resources to support the tournament which is
expected to attract more than 300 players and offi-
cials from all parts of the Australia.
"The president of ADF Touch, Maj Norma
Hughes, has said as the ADF ramps up its training
programs it is becoming more difficult for person-
nel to be released to attend.
"Equally difficult was locating a Defence estab-
lishment with sufficient infrastructure to support a
competition of this size."
Fortunately, RAAF Williams was able to pro-
vide the essential infrastructure, playing fields,
accommodation and messing.
Earlier this year the three services conducted
their trials to select ADF state teams.
The national titles are a prelude to the selection
of ADF teams to participate at the National Touch
League (NTL) Championship in Queensland in
MEMBERS of FSU 2 in the MEAO
finished second in coalition games
held partly to celebrate the 62nd birth-
day of the USAF.
Apart from the ADF, other servic-
es represented were the USAF, the US
Army and US Navy Seabees.
A weekend of events was held start-
ing with a 5km team run, followed by
events such as Walleyball (a form of
volleyball played indoors), dodge-ball,
basketball, soccer and a boat-building
and racing competition.
The FSU 2 team was beaten by a
USAF team that outnumbered the
Aussie contingent by 20 to one.
Australian team captain and PTI
Sgt Dan Ferguson, who finished first
in the 5km run and was on the winning
dodge-ball side, said the games were "an
excellent opportunity to network with
our coalition partner and to enhance the
teamwork and fitness skills of the unit".
FSU 2 CO Lt-Col Craig Dobson
praised the team members for their
enthusiasm, which continued the rela-
tionship building already established
between US and Australian forces.
FSU 2 dodges balls
and a third place
Where's Walley: Members of FSU 2 enjoy
the new experience of "Walleyball" during the
Coalition Games held in the MEAO. From left
to right Cpl Zoe Doherty, LACW Nicki Helbig,
LSWTR Tanya Wood, Sgt Jennifer Mugridge and
Sgt Carly Baxter.
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