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DEFENCE squash is set to con-
tinue its "ashes" momentum from
the UK last year with a big year
of squash at the national level in
A Defence team of five men
and four women will take aim at
the Arafura Games in Darwin from
May 7-14. This follows immedi-
ately after the NT Top End Open
and marks the first big event for
The annual Defence Squash
National Championships will fol-
low Arafura in August 7-12 at
RAAF Base Williamtown.
Australian Defence Squash
Racquets Association (ADSRA)
spokesman Phil Whiteman empha-
sised that all squash players at all
levels were eligible to compete,
including Defence civilians.
The nationals would match
like players and ensure everyone
played plenty of games at the
appropriate competitive level.
"The emphasis this year is to
encourage as many women as
possible to compete and to devel-
op new players for the future of
Defence squash," Mr Whiteman
"A series of interservice squash
matches is also planned at state
level and a number of local squash
competitions are run at local base
Mr Whiteman said another ini-
tiative being pursued was the crea-
tion of a squash Facebook page for
Defence members only.
He said the intent was to
invite like-minded Defence
squash players to socialise and
spread the squash word out
Further information and details about com-
petitions are available at http://intranet.
Squashed out in UK tour
DURING October last year, ADSRA
formed a team of seven men and
two women to tour the UK to com-
pete against the British Combined
Service Squash (BCSS) organisa-
tion in a series of test matches from
Edinburgh, through London and end-
ing in Portsmouth.
The team's goal was to reclaim
the 'ashes' the Brits won in 2009.
The British Army was too strong
in the first test played in Edinburgh.
However, the visitors defeated the
RAF and RN and the match against
the BCSS went down to the wire with
the Australians losing narrowly.
Overall, this equated to a drawn
test series and, unfortunately, the
Brits retained the ashes.
There are now plans to play
another test series in 2013 involving
a tri-nations competition with the NZ
Defence Force and a touring team
In the swing: OCdt Elliot Geddes takes on the Brits during the
ADSRA's tour of the UK last year.
Cpl Zenith King
THE Interservice Tenpin Bowling
Championships drew ACT and
Southern NSW's best players to
Canberra on March 25 to compete
for a place on the ACT/SNSW com-
Held at Canberra's International
Bowl, each player bowled 10 games
with a maximum of 300 points achiev-
able during each.
Australian Defence Tenpin Bowling
Association President WO2 Steve
Ritchie, ARTC, who finished 9th with
a 184 average over 10 games, said he
looked forward to the competition
"Each year I make sure I qualify
for the combined service side so I can
compete at the Australian Defence
nationals," WO2 Ritchie said.
"This year the competition was
very competitive with four bowlers
averaging more than 200 over the
"After six games I had a 199 aver-
age, however, I had a couple of bad
games and ended up with a 184 aver-
Air Force was victorious on the day
with Sgt Keiran Wyllie, 462 Sqn, fin-
ishing on top with an average of 215.
WO2 Ritchie, who has been
involved in tenpin bowling in the ADF
since 1995, believed the ACT had a
strong team for this year's nationals.
"ACT/SNSW has won the ADF
nationals in the past three years with
a high number of team members mak-
ing the national team," he said.
"I think we will be very competitive
at the nationals."
The team comprises 12 members
(plus two reserves), with the top two
Air Force, Army, Navy and APS bowl-
ers gaining automatic selection.
The ACT/SNSW combined
services team will compete at the
ADO National Tenpin Bowling
Championships to be hosted in
Brisbane between June 20-24.
in bowling decider
Spare time: WO2 Steve Ritchie goes for a place in the ACT/SNSW Tenpin
Bowling Team at Canberra International Bowl.
Photo by LAC Bill Solomou
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