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Army May 26, 2011
By Cpl Zenith King
AFTER beating the Malaysian cricket team by
10 wickets, the Australian Defence Organisation
(ADO) cricket team presented their opponents with
thigh pads as a symbol of good sportsmanship at the
Arafura Games held in Darwin from May 7-14.
With an average age of 18, the Malaysian team
struggled against all teams at the games.
Lt-Col James Brownlie, DSG, said the Malaysian
team, as a very young side, were early in their develop-
"It was obvious we would have little trouble win-
ning our game against them, so to make the game a
memorable and mutually beneficial activity we under-
took a couple of training activities," he said.
"Before, during and after the game, PO Mark Ham,
a qualified Level 2 Cricket Australia Coach, provided
coaching to the Malaysians.
"Also when the Malaysians were batting, instead of
smashing the young men, our players took the oppor-
tunity to advise and assist each batsman during their
Lt-Col Brownlie said during the game they noticed
the Malaysian team did not have all the basic batting
protective equipment used by modern cricketers; spe-
cifically batting thigh pads.
"Our team coach speared off to the local sports store
and bought the team four thigh pads as a gesture of
goodwill and encouragement to continue on with their
cricket," he said.
"We felt doing so would be in the true spirit of
cricket and meet the Australian Services Cricket
Association's goals of achieving understanding through
The ADO team went on to finish fourth at the games
after the round-robin component of the tournament,
losing its semi-final and a chance at the gold medal
playoff against the Australian Indigenous Development
"Finishing fourth was a little disappointing given
the fantastic level of cricket the team had displayed
during the tournament," Lt-Col Brownlie said.
"Our heart and soul went into the semi-final play-
off but unfortunately the team came up 14 runs short,
just failing to have a shot at the gold.
"With the enormous effort of the morning game,
we were quite fatigued in the afternoon bronze medal
play-off, but we were also the victims of a red hot PNG
number two team that deserved the medal."
For more details on the Arafura Games, check out the special lift-
out in this edition.
Helping out: Defence cricketer Lt-Col James
Brownlie rests after the match against Malaysia and
(inset) presents new gear to the Malaysian team.
Photos by AB James Whittle
Army May 2
By Cfn Max Bree
ADF water polo teams fought
hard at the Australian Country
Championships in Newcastle
between May 11-14 but found the
competition too good.
The women's team placed fifth in the
field of seven teams while the men's team
finished sixth out of seven.
The best ADF water polo players
fought hard against determined state rep-
resentative teams from country Australia
in the four-day event.
Women's goalkeeper Spr Kim
Waterhouse, 8CER, said despite the final
placing, the women's team achieved some
good results in a tough but even field.
"All the teams were very close, it was
an open comp," Spr Waterhouse said.
"We worked really well and really
bonded as a team."
Despite the disappointing result,
ADFA's OCdt Ben Scott was selected
for the Australian country team that will
compete in Eastern Europe at the end of
Sgt Luke Woodland and Capt
Nicholas Whitehead, RMC, also made
the Australian country representative list
Spr Waterhouse was undergoing pre-
deployment training for East Timor at the
time and thanked 8CER for the opportu-
nity to compete.
"It was an honour and achievement to
represent not only the ADF but 8CER as
well," she said.
Think quick: Capt Nicholas Whitehead, RMC, looks for a passing opportunity against tough competition in the Australian Country
Water Polo Championships in Newcastle.
Photos by Spr David Eason
Swamped: Spr Kim Waterhouse, 8CER, defends
the goal against committed rivals.
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