Home' Army News : September 1st 2011 Contents READING a health article in the
previous edition of the service
newspapers on fun run training
has inspired me to participate in
The Canberra Times Fun Run and
Family Walk on September 11.
This will be my first fun run, so
information from the article is going
to help my preparation.
The challenge has come at the
right time of my fitness campaign --
the Join Bill Campaign.
Over the past few weeks I have
extended my running routine and
have incorporated an overload ele-
ment. I might be slow -- well, you
could say I have adopted the "Cliff
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Army September 1, 2011
By Scotty Tobias
ARMY'S march towards NSW lawn
bowls supremacy continued to gain
momentum after a strong performance
at the NSW Interservice Lawn Bowls
Championships held at Newcastle on
Despite finishing third behind Air
Force and Navy, the margins between
the three teams suggests it won't be long
before Army's recruiting drive pays off.
Among the action was Defence lawn
bowls debutante Maj Noel McCrossan,
HQ Forcomd, whose rink was skippered
by services national team member WO1
Steve Sobolewski, School of Inf.
Maj McCrossan's baptism to Defence
lawn bowls made him realise how much
he had underestimated the sport.
"It looked a lot easier than it actu-
ally was to play and there is definitely
more teamwork, tactics and competitive
spirit in the game, contrary to my initial
impressions," he said.
A former Army rugby union player, as
well as a downhill skier, scuba diver and
alpine trekker, Maj McCrossan was qui-
etly surprised by how much environmen-
tal awareness was required in the game.
"Knowing the ground and how
it changes throughout the day and its
effects on the trajectory of the bowl
requires a continual and adaptive
approach. Judging distances and balanc-
ing the pace required were also essential
elements," he said.
Maj McCrossan was one of 16 players
for Army across four rinks with his rink
managing a win against Air Force and
a loss, by just one shot on the last end,
All up, Army won two rinks and lost
four rinks by three shots or less, with the
remaining two rinks going down by big
enough margins to decide the results.
In both matches Army was almost
level on the all-important master boards
with one third of the respective games
remaining, however, it was not to be.
With NSW being the stronghold of
lawn bowls in Defence, the rise of Army
lawn bowls was demonstrated when six
Army players were chosen to represent
NSW at the National Championships in
Brisbane this September.
• Players selected for NSW team: WO1 Steve
Sobolewski, School of Inf, Cpl Dale Reeves,
Special Op Logistics Sqn, Sgt Brian Tisdell,
S7 Trg and Doctrine, Lt-Col Murray Lott, HQ
Forcomd, WO1 Tony Finneran, Defence Res Spt,
Cpl Dennis Roff, School of Inf
• More details on lawn bowls can be found at
Six players picked
to represent NSW
By LCpl Mark Doran
SHARP shooter Cpl David
Mickel, 1 Armd Regt, will be rep-
resenting the Northern Territory
in the 2011 Provincial Teams
Match at the Belmont Shooting
Complex in Brisbane from
The Army medic will be joining
shooters from 15 countries includ-
ing Australia, New Zealand, United
States, Canada and South Africa
competing in the World Long
Range Individual Championship
and the National Queen's Prize.
World long range shoot-
ing began in the 1850s with the
production of the Minie and
Enfield rifles, which were used
effectively at ranges out to "800
paces"against Russian artillery in
the Crimean War.
Cpl David Mickel said he has
been shooting all his life though
only became involved in competi-
tion shooting four years ago.
"We fire a single-shot rifle
with open sights, as scopes aren't
allowed in my discipline. We use a
sling and wear a shooting jacket at
ranges from 300m to 900m," Cpl
"Last year I won a silver medal
at the Northern Territory Queens
Prize at the 700m range and was
second in my grade on the inter-
Cpl Mickel fires an Australian-
made .308 calibre Omark Model
44 with a 40-year-old action and
said he had so far introduced four
soldiers to the sport of full bore
"Obviously if you are good
enough you could be selected for
the Commonwealth Games team
and represent Australia internation-
ally," he said.
Sights set on
Sharp shooter: Cpl David Mickel checks for wind changes between shots with his Omark Model 44 on
the rifle range.
Learning the ropes: Bowls debutante Maj Noel McCrossan, HQ Forcomd,
rolls one down at the NSW Interservice Lawn Bowls Championships.
Bill blogs on ... it's all about fun
Young shuffle" but as long as I keep
up the momentum, I will be fine.
Since its inception in 1975,
the event has raised more than
$900,000 for the Heart Foundation.
You can enter the 10km run or the
5km family walk/run.
I will be joined by family and
colleagues, so once again I put out
the challenge to local Canberra-
based service personnel to join.
The Canberra Times has been
kind enough to offer Army readers
late registrations until September 4.
If you plan on joining, please
contact me at vasilis.solomou@
defencenews.gov.au. We may be
able to put together a team entry.
And just remember, potato
farmer Cliff Young won the hearts
and admiration of a nation in 1983
when, at the age of 61, he won the
first Westfield Sydney to Melbourne
For more information about the event, visit
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