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Army April 29, 2010
By Sharon Palmer
THE Australian Defence Vipers
women sunk their teeth into a sil-
ver medal at the Australian Country
Water Polo Championships held in
Albury from March 31-April 5.
After finishing third at the end of
the round games and accounting for
Queensland 9-7 in the semi-final, the
women managed to achieve what no
other defence team has achieved in the
championships before, making it to the
final, against NSW.
The Vipers had convincing wins
in the pool matches against Western
Australia 9-3, Queensland B 9-3, and
Victoria 11-4 and lost narrowly to
Queensland 5-4 and to NSW 9-5.
Going into the final as underdogs,
the Vipers started strongly to be 4-4
at quarter-time and trailed by just one
goal at half-time 6-5.
Player and president of the
Australian Defence Water Polo
Association WO2 Megan Webber,
10FSB, said they let themselves down
in the second half.
"We started getting into foul trou-
ble which meant players were being
ejected from the game," she said.
"The third quarter was telling and
we managed to only score once, while
they put five goals away to be leading
11-6 at three-quarter time."
With two players out of the pool at
the end of the game, the Vipers failed
to add to the score and went down
Coach Sgt Luke Woodland, ALTC,
said the team had come a long way.
"It was an enormous effort by the
Australian Defence women to be in
the gold medal match," he said.
"They are getting stronger each
year and have become a force to be
OCdt Emma Polkinghorne (RAAF)
was awarded most valuable team play-
er with OCdt Carrie Fettes (RAAF)
selected in the Australian country water
polo team to tour Hawaii in August.
Cpl Camille Woodland, ALTC and Pte
Kim Waterhouse, 8CER, were selected
as reserves for the Australian country
water polo team to tour Hawaii.
Based on umpires' votes over the
course of the championships, three
ADF players made the All Star Team:
Pte Waterhouse, OCdt Polkinghorne
and OCdt Fettes.
The men's team finished sixth after
the round games, losing to NSW 11-6,
WA 4-3, Victoria 10-3, Queensland 9-3
and ACT 11-6.
However, they got some redemp-
tion in the final game (5v6) against
WA with the score locked at 4-4 at full
The Vipers scored twice in extra
time to take the game 6-4. Tpr Brad
Woodland scored four of the six goals
and was awarded man of the match by
coach WO2 Adrian Luke, 6 Avn Regt.
Most valuable player for the cham-
pionships was awarded to Sgt Luke
Woodland who was also selected in
the Australian country water polo team
to tour Hawaii in August. Leut Daniel
Lister made the All Star team.
The ADF has been competing in
the championships for more than 20
years and this year, for only the sec-
ond time, hosted the event. Men's and
women's teams from ACT, WA, SA,
Queensland, Victoria, NSW and the
ADF competed at the championships.
The best the ADF had done in pre-
vious championships was a bronze
medal to the men in 2006 and women
Anyone interested in playing water
polo should contact WO2 Megan
Webber at megan.webber@defence.
gov.au or call (07) 4411 8727.
Closing in: Pte Jemma
Osmand, 20STA Regt,
looks to pass the ball
during a match at the
Australian Country Water
(above) while Sgt Luke
Woodland, ALTC, powers
towards goal (right).
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