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Army November 26, 2009
PTE Kim Waterhouse let nothing
stand in her way as she led the
Army women's side to glory in
the ADF football championships
in Sydney this month.
To top off the victory, Pte
Waterhouse finished the competi-
tion as the women's highest goal
scorer and was voted the ADF's
best-and-fairest female player.
She then went on to help the
ADF women's side beat the New
Zealand Defence Force women's
team 2-1 in a test match at the end
of the championships.
WO2 Blaise Fagan, football
operations manager and direc-
tor of coaching for the Australian
Defence Football Federation, said
Pte Waterhouse's contribution was
"outstanding", especially since
deployments had left the side with-
out a handful of key players.
The Army men's team found
player unavailability to be more of
a struggle but, even with 10 debu-
tantes in the squad, were able to get
the better of Navy and APS.
The win against Navy was even
more creditable for the fact Navy
kicked on to win the men's cham-
"The Army men really had to
look to the few guys who had rep-
resented at this level before," WO2
Fagan said. "The result for them
was very respectable."
Among the best for the men was
midfielder Sgt Troy Perry, who was
chosen in the ADF side that drew
1-1 with New Zealand in the men's
test after the tournament.
WO2 Fagan also singled out Pte
Jeremiah Appleby, who carried an
injury through most of the tourna-
ment but still more than pulled his
WO2 Fagan said the inclusion
of the NZDF sides (which were not
eligible for the titles) gave the tour-
nament a boost.
Numbers were also up in the
over-35 division, with APS fielding
a complete team for the first time.
The ADF over-35 representative
team defeated New Zealand 2-0 in
the test match.
By Julia Boer
AN UNLIKELY pairing of Army
riders produced one of the high-
lights for ADF in the 2009 24-hour
mountain-bike championships in
Reigning Defence masters endur-
ance champion Sgt Roger Derrick
teamed with first-time mountain-bike
racer Maj Giles Pugh to finish sixth
out of 33 teams in the demanding open
But for untimely punctures in the
final two laps, the pair would probably
have taken fifth place after a gruel-
ling 20 laps (nearly 400km) of the Mt
Stromlo Forest mountain-bike facility.
Age on one hand and inexperience
on the other proved no obstacle for the
odd couple, who stormed into the top
10 in the early hours of the day after
the race started and held off most of
their rapidly fading challengers.
Sgt Derrick said he was pleased
with his strong ride, especially after
battling acclimatisation difficulties and
heat cramps during the recent Defence
"Despite having no sleep at all,
I felt really strong for the whole 24
hours and would have been up for
lap 21 had we not had those punctures
near the end," he said.
"It was my partner's effort in his
first race that was the real sensation
for me, though. Punching out 10 com-
petitive laps on that track with zero
sleep showed amazing skill and com-
mitment for a first-time racer. It was a
truly outstanding effort."
The pair were among more than
2400 riders to take up the challenge on
the tracks at Mt Stromlo.
ADF riders also featured in other
categories. Lt-Col Ian Hampson
shrugged off mechanical problems to
finish eighth, having completed 16
laps, in the masters solo class.
Meanwhile, Flt-Lt Shane Taylor
replicated last year's result in finishing
fourth, after completing 22 laps, in the
open solo category. Defence endur-
ance champion PO Dion Blair rode 19
laps to finish 10th.
All these individual riders qualified
for the Solo World Championships in
Canberra next year.
The event is a day-long mix of
sleep deprivation, heat, dust, sweat,
mud and cold. Liberal doses of adren-
aline and bone-jarring hits are thrown
in for good measure.
For more information on Defence mountain
biking go to adcc.asn.au.
A long day ends in smiles
Army has relinquished
its Australian Defence
interservice title to Air
Force at RAAF Base
Army knew its title
was in jeopardy when
Air Force side went
through the round-robin
Pte Tim Janke's
efforts on the hardcourt
and in the preceding
beach volleyball compe-
tition earned him ADVA
and one of the rookies of
Best foot forward:
Pte Kim Waterhouse
tackles a Navy opponent
during the ADF football
Photo by Peiyuan Cai
Wheeling away the
hours: Sgt Roger
Derrick rides through
the dawn shift of the
Photo by Sportograf.com
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