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Army December 9, 2010
By Cpl Zenith King
ARMY reigned supreme after
winning all three events at the
annual interservice soccer com-
petition held at Melita Stadium in
Sydney from November 1-5.
Organised by the ADF Football
Association, the event featured
teams from Army, Navy, Air Force
and the APS competing in the
men's open, women's open and
men's over 35s.
The women accounted for
Navy 3-0 in the deciding game of
the tournament after drawing with
Navy 1-1 in its earlier match and
beating RAAF 8-0. In the men's
open division Army beat the APS
3-0, drew with Navy 1-1 and
accounted for RAAF 1-0 to take
Lt-Col Leonard Oei (who com-
peted in the men's over 35s) said
his team played four games during
"The first game was a trial
match against the North Epping
Rangers, which Army won 2-1,"
Lt-Col Oei said.
"This match was used by coach
Col Tony Anetts to choose his team
for the interservice competition."
Sgt Paul Dunn who has been
involved in soccer for more than
30 years said the team's first match
"The Army over 35s played
Navy first up," Sgt Dunn said.
"It was a very even match and
ended with a hard earned 0-0 draw.
"Next we played the Air Force
and for the first time in the competi-
tion's history we beat them 3 -2."
The last game played by the
over 35s was against the APS and,
after conceding two goals in the
first half for a 0-2 scoreline, Army
regrouped and ran out 6-2 winners.
Due to Exercise Hamel teams
were unable to prepare for the com-
petition with many coming together
the week before to select their final
Lt-Col Oei said despite the lack
of training, the over 35s only faced
"The prime difficulty for the
over 35s was to play a 90-minute
game every second day for a week
and a half."
"We don't recover as quickly
Lt-Col Oei who played right
midfield throughout the competi-
tion said he thoroughly enjoyed
the experience of playing and the
atmosphere at the event.
"It was great to see players' fam-
ilies attending the games and sup-
porting the team," Lt-Col Oei said.
"All competitors played with
good spirit, worked hard and played
fair and effective football.
"This was a fantastic result for
By Cpl Zenith King
3RAR secured the win at the
second annual Kapooka 9s
rugby league competi-
tion played at ARTC on
The hotly-contested grand
final match saw 3RAR beat
ALTC 28-0 in a competition
that drew teams from around
The first match between
host team ARTC No 1 and
the AFD demonstrated great
teamwork and individual bril-
liance and set the tone for the
remainder of the day's play.
The level of skill displayed
by all teams was incredible
with some enterprising foot-
ball the order of the day as
early favourites 3RAR dem-
onstrated how the game should
Not to be outdone, ALTC
showed why they won last
year's competition with a fast-
paced and disciplined game
plan that saw them vie for
the title against 3RAR in the
ARTC Barbarians five-
eighth Pte Michael Hamer,
said his team wasn't able to enjoy the
luxury of weeks of lead up training.
"Our side had players who had only
played a couple of games of rugby
league before and some of the guys came
in late, so no one thought we would be
able to compete with some of the better
teams," Pte Hamer said.
"We sure proved them wrong making
it all the way to the semi finals."
On the second day of competition
players participated in a 13-a-side match
between NSW and Qld, reminiscent of
the NRL State of Origin.
Throughout the match both teams
traded try for try until, with only two
minutes to go and NSW leading by two
points, NSW halfback, Cpl Chad Gill,
ARTC, spotted a gap in the defence and
accelerated to then offload to a sup-
port player who scored near the posts to
allow NSW to take the match 28-20.
Pte Hamer said both days of the com-
petition were enjoyed by all players.
"All games were played in high spir-
its and all teams proved tough and excel-
lent competition for each other," Pte
"It's a shame there can only be one
3RAR captain Pte Joven Clarke dedi-
cated their win to the late Pte Stephen
Blackburn who was tragically killed in a
vehicle accident on November 8.
Sgt Brian Jones, ALTC, was named
player of the tournament and Cfn Jesse
Jenkins, ALTC was named state-of
-enlistment man of the match.
Clean sweep as
Army nets titles
3RAR takes out
Kapooka 9s title
Big boot: WO2 Kevan Naughton looks to clear the ball against APS players during an over-35s match
in the interservice championships held at Melita Stadium.
Photo by LAC Michael Green
Flick pass: Pte Rory Thompson, ALTC, playing
for Qld, looks to offload as he breaks through
the NSW backline.
Photo by Sharpshot imagery
By Michael Brooke
THE ACT women's team featuring four players
each from Army and Air Force and two from
Navy ended the RAN's fairy-tale campaign to
win the ADF Women's Softball Championship.
The ACT women flogged Navy 15-1 in the final
after RAN's star-player and pitcher broke down with
muscle strain after pitching in five straight games.
The ACT victory in the final more than compen-
sated for their two run defeat to Navy in the round
robin competition the day before, which was their
only loss of the tournament.
ACT team captain, Sgt Tracey Mosley (RAAF)
was inspirational throughout the championship,
including the final where she smashed a home-run
in the first innings.
"We came here to compete as a team and to have
fun, so to win is really an added bonus," Sgt Mosley
After a slow start the Navy Men scratched out a
17-all draw with Qld who later beat NSW to win the
ADF Men's Softball Championship final.
The ADF Softball Championship was contested
by six teams at Randwick Barracks during 22-26
ACT wins softball
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