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Army September 1, 2011
By LCpl Mark Doran
FIVE ADF members were selected
for Hockey Australia's Country rep-
resentative senior and under 21
teams at the 2011 Australian Country
Championships held in Port Lincoln
from July 30 to August 6.
Maj Amanda Meech, 1 MP Bn, Cpl
Jessica Antonovich, 16RWAR, Cfn
Gareth Hoddinott, ALTC (NQ), and LS
Talei Stoll, HMAS Sydney, were select-
ed for senior honours while LAC Megan
Macauslan was selected for the under-21
The under-21 men's and wom-
en's teams will represent Australia at
the Oceania Pacific Cup in Fiji during
The senior teams will participate
in a tour planned to include Thailand
and Malaysia, where they will compete
against national representative teams.
Maj Meech was surprised to be
selected for the national team and said
when she first started representing the
ADF in hockey it was something she was
working her way to, but not expecting.
"I am looking forward to the chal-
lenges and the opportunity of playing at
the next level of this sport," Maj Meech
said.Disappointing results for Defence
Hockey in the championships left the
men's and women's teams low on the
ladder but the scores were not indicative
of the closeness of the competition.
The ADF women won their first
match against Western Australia 3-1 by
holding on to their first-half advantage to
take the points. A strong first half again
gave them a 3-2 win against SA. But
losses against NSW 4-0 and Victoria 3-1,
followed by a semi-final loss against
Queensland 9-1, and in the bronze medal
game against Victoria 6-1, left the ADF
women fourth on the ladder.
Coach CPO Damian Crick said the
team was a fresh and enthusiastic group
who came together well and overcame
the loss of several experienced players.
"They should be proud of their
achievements in the competition, as they
stood at second at one point before suc-
cumbing to the high tempo of this drain-
ing tournament," CPO Crick said.
Maj Meech said the ADF women's
side was a relatively new team with new
"Last year we were third so we still
finished in a similar place on the lad-
der. We just couldn't pull it together in
the couple of games we needed to place
The ADF men's team tied against
Victoria 6-6 and lost all other matches
during the pool competition. It lost a
hard-fought game for sixth place against
Victoria 4-0, giving the ADF the wooden
spoon for the championships.
Coach Leut Andy Bewick said it was
a rebuilding year for the team, having
lost several senior players from the back-
line after last year.
"We had no problem scoring and our
attack was one of the most feared in the
competition, but the constant errors in
defence prevented the ADF from placing
themselves into the semis and the pos-
sibility of higher honours," Leut Bewick
said.The ADF men farewelled their popu-
lar veteran team manager, WO2 Scott
Downs, Museum of Australian Army
Flying, who has held the job since 2003.
WO2 Downs said the greatest pleas-
ure he had in his Army career was to
take charge of the ADF men's hockey
side and listed highlights as winning the
three-Test match series against the Royal
Air Force in 2010 and the men's grand
final against Queensland at the 2007
Australian Country Championships.
"I will certainly miss the contact of
working with the ADF team this time
next year," WO2 Downs said.
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Association at firstname.lastname@example.org
RAAF streak squashed
Desperate times: Cfn Gareth Hoddinott, ALTC, takes on his Victorian
opponent in the country championships.
Photos by PO Danny Harber
gained selection in the
Australian country team.
NINE years of RAAF domination came to an end
at the 2011 Australian Defence Squash Nationals
at RAAF Base Williamtown from August 7-12. A
countback gave Army a six-point advantage and the
OCdt Elliot Geddes beat fellow ADFA student
OCdt Matthew Brunker with a score of 3-0 for the
men's open championship, though APS member Julie
Medway beat Pte Leesa Rowan, School of Inf, 3-0 in
the women's open event.
Army's team of OCdt Elliot Geddes, OCdt Matthew
Brunker, LCpl Steve Gill, 9FSB, and Cpl David
Monaghan, 8/12 Med Regt, beat the Air Force team on
a points countback after the matches were tied at 2-2.
OCdt Geddes is in his third year of studying aero-
nautical engineering and won the Australian Defence
Squash Nationals in 2009. He played number one in
the Australian Defence team in the UK tour last year
as well as playing division one for the Woden Squash
He said it was great to get the title back from the
"I couldn't make it last year as I couldn't get time
off and I hope there will be opportunities to play the
sport in overseas competitions in the future," he said.
"A highlight of the nationals was meeting people
from the wider ADF environment who I wouldn't nor-
mally get to meet, which is great for my professional
development and I had a good match in the final with
OCdt Brunker, who also plays in the Canberra league."
OCdt Brunker is in his second year at ADFA major-
ing in business and said it was fantastic to take the
squash title away from the Air Froce.
"The nationals was a well-run event in a good
location with a diverse group of competitors," OCdt
Army also showed strong form in the individual
events, with an all-Army final in both the men's open
and A grade events.
More information is available at
Boilover: OCdt Matt Brunker (top) takes on Air
Force's Cpl Craig Baldwin during the Australian
Defence Force squash titles at RAAF Base
Williamtown and OCdt Elliot Geddes (above)
receives his winner's trophy from Leut-Cmdr
Photos by LAC Mark Friend
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