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NETBALLERS from all over
the country and from across the
Tasman descended on Sydney for
the ADF netball national titles held
from September 12-18.
After a sizzling week of competi-
tion at Randwick Barracks, the NSW
and ACT women's teams provided
the closest contest of the competi-
tion with NSW scoring in the final
minute of the match to win by one
With the addition of a New
Zealand Navy women's team, the
competition was strong throughout
the week with the ACT and NSW
playing the semi-final and meeting
again in the grand final.
Both teams were keen for the win
and an ankle injury to NSW shooter
Cindy O'Mahoney in the first quarter
gave the ACT a slight edge and saw
it lead by two goals at quarter time.
An even second quarter saw
NSW close the gap by one with the
ACT taking a two-pointer buffer into
the final quarter through some excel-
lent defence and great rebounding by
AC Christine Vandewerken and Flg-
Off Belinda Riddle.
A couple of late crucial turnovers
in the centre court for NSW brought
the game back to a tie before NSW
scored and took the match in a one-
goal nail biter.
ACT women's coach Sqn-Ldr
Paul Fournier said his team per-
formed well with limited preparation.
"The girls only started playing
together at the competition, learn-
ing from every game and impress-
ing everyone by being competitive
against a well-drilled NSW team,"
Sqn-Ldr Fournier said.
The men also dished up some fast
and furious netball throughout the
NSW was looking good through-
out the tournament with its closest
rival being SA.
The two teams clashed in a grand
final match that could have been
mistaken for football or basketball
SA looked strong in the first
half with shooters Cpl Craig Taylor
(RAAF) and Sgt Tim Muehlburg
(RAAF) working hard to keep SA in
NSW dominated in the second
half after making some changes,
and with good control down the
court particularly by Cfn Michael
Fairhurst at centre and LCpl
Brychan Hawker at wing attack,
NSW ran away to win 54-33.
SA captain Cpl Craig Taylor said
despite the loss his team performed
"We worked hard all week to
get another shot at the NSW team
and we were hopeful of putting up
"The NSW boys had quality all
over the court and really showed us
how good they were."
NSW men's coach Sgt Wade
Phillips said the strength of his team
was evident throughout the tourna-
"SA had a lot of support coming
into the final as underdogs, however,
we flexed our muscles from the start
with a close first quarter and pro-
ceeded to outplay them
"Our solid defence was the plat-
form for the win."
The mixed competition this
year was also close. It was a three-
way fight between NSW, ACT and
Victoria before ACT and Victoria
played it out in the grand final.
The teams had clearly brought
height and determination to the
competition which was displayed in
some tight defence and close scoring
In the final match, Victorian
shooter Sig Matthew Gillet was
almost unstoppable with his height
and in defence Maj Lynne Oldfield
and Sig Andrew Nathan were a
tough combination to get past.
ACT's defensive end was equally
impressive with goal defence LS
James Lee getting some crucial turn-
Victoria got off to a flying start
and the game seemed all but over
by half-time with Victoria leading
18-9. Victoria extended that lead to
11 goals at three-quarter time but the
ACT was not done yet.
The ACT narrowed the lead
to just two points at one stage but
Victoria regained its composure in
the final minutes and powered home
to win 35-29.
Captain-coach for Victoria Sgt
Kristen Pickering said it was a great
"The lead-up to the final was
nerve-racking," she said.
"We lost to ACT by one goal in
our last round game so we knew we
were in for a hard final.
"All in all it was a great competi-
Captain of the ACT mixed team
WO2 Kylie Reynolds said it was one
of the strongest competitions she has
"NSW, ACT and Vic all won and
lost against each other in the round
games and the finals draw came
down to a percentage goal count-
"The Victorian team came out
fighting in the finals and this showed
in the scoring but the ACT team
fought till the end and came out with
their heads held high."
On target: Sig Andrew
Nathan scores a goal in
the mixed grand final.
Photo by AB Hayley Clarke
Close calls in
By Sub-Leut Jude Power
The Royal New Zealand
Navy (RNZN) competed
in the Australian Defence
tournament held in Sydney
from September 13-17.
The tour was a first
for a RNZN netball squad
Despite trailing for a
majority of the match, the
ADF was victorious 40-36.
missed a shot, while Lt
Sally Williamson, 10FSB,
and Cpl Joann Morgan-
French, 10FSB, harassed
the NZ attackers, helping
set up the ADF win.
New Zealand team
manager Debbie Wareham
noted the Australian style
of play was very different.
"The defence is a lot
more in your face, with
less zone play. Offence
relies on short, fast drives
by the attackers."
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