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Army October 27, 2011
By Scotty Tobias
THREE Army lawn bowlers were
selected in the 16-man Australian
Services Bowls Association nation-
al side to take on the South African
National Defence Force in South Africa
Cpl Dale Reeves, WO1 Mick Carley
and WO1 Steve Sobolewski were named
in the side with WO2 Wayne Southern,
WO1 Ian Groves and Cpl Dennis Roff
selected as reserves after competing in the
recent ASBA national championships in
Brisbane from September 19-23.
Although the scoreboard read one win
from three matches, Army lawn bowl-
ers came within a breath of claiming the
In what was the biggest national cham-
pionships in history, the sport also cele-
brated its roots with two of its co-founders
on hand to present awards.
WO2 Ian Johnson (retd) was part of a
trio of servicemen who conceived the idea
of Defence lawn bowls in 1985.
"I'm blown away by how much the
ASBA has grown and the number of
females participating," he said.
Navy made a clean sweep of the ser-
vice competition though scores were close
in all three matches.
Army's first match was against Air
Force with the lead see-sawing throughout.
It was a thrilling contest and after 84 ends
and 336 bowls, the two teams couldn't be
It was almost a similar story in the next
match against Navy, however, Navy man-
aged to snatch a 87-83 win.
In the final round, Army eas-
ily accounted for APS to finish third after
Navy edged out Air Force by just four
shots to claim the service trophy.
There was some superb shot-making
which didn't go unnoticed by co-founder
"The skill level was incredible. The
ASBA committee is to be congratulated
for doing a fantastic job," he said.
In the first half of the championships
NSW whitewashed the state competition.
ACT provided the toughest opposition but
NSW's depth was the deciding factor.
By Max Bree
ARMY'S cricket coach is keen to win the
interservice title back from RAAF in the nation-
al carnival in Canberra from November 17-22.
After losing to RAAF in the dying overs last
year, Army coach Maj Lindsay Holmes said he
wanted to win back glory.
"Army will do everything in its power to knock
RAAF off its perch," he said. "The aim of the game
is to get that trophy back in the Army cabinet.
Second best does not sit well with the red men."
This year's carnival will feature a twenty20
competition for the first time, alongside the regular
Teams from the three services will fight it out for
the new Angus Houston T20 cup in the twenty20
and the Stan Sisney cup for the best one-day team.
With competition between Army and RAAF
tipped to be intense, the Navy side is rumoured to
be fighting its recent form slump with some new
But Maj Holmes was reluctant to talk up any
teams' chances. "You can't go blowing your trum-
pet before the band plays," he said. "You can have
the best team on paper but that doesn't mean you
have the best team on the day.
"It's no good unless the team meshes together
and works as a unit."
Maj Holmes also warned that deployments and
other commitments would hit the Army team hard.
"With Army there are always a number of play-
ers overseas and we'll suffer for that on the day,"
he said. "So it's up to the new guys to step up and
stake a claim for the future."
During the competition an Australian Services
Cricket Association (ASCA) team will be selected
to take on the NSW Police and the ACT under 19s
ASCA Vice President Lt-Col James Brownlie
encouraged all ADF cricketers to get involved in
the national carnival.
"If you're interested, put your hand up and
come," he said. "We've had people who put it off
for years and years. When they do come, they're
THE extremely successful K
Series sporting competition held
annually in March has doubled
in size with the introduction of
the Kapooka Summer Series of
sports in November.
Three sports will compete in
the Summer Series scheduled for
November 12: rugby league (K9s),
golf (K4s) and the Kapooka multi-
sports endurance event.
The Kapooka Rugby League
nines enters its third year and with
it comes a growth in participation.
The interest shown in this
year's competition should make
for some cracking games, with
3RAR returning to defend its
Not to be outdone the host
team from ARTC have gone ago-
nisingly close each year and are
determined to take the cup, with
training already under way.
The second state of enlist-
ment match will be held between
Qld and NSW, with Qld keen to
avenge their narrow loss last year.
Preceding this match, two
women's rugby league teams,
the Wagga ADF Ravens and
Southern Storm, will take the
field and show ADF rugby league
selectors what they can do.
In its maiden year the
Kapooka multi-sport endurance
event is set to challenge the fittest
of competitors, while allowing all
Defence personnel to take part.
The event caters for individ-
uals in select fields, and teams
of two-to-five members muster
together to represent their units as
they compete over a 60km course
of trail running, mountain biking
and swim disciplines.
Golf (K4s) is also in its inau-
gural year of competition and
will have teams of four players of
varying handicaps competing for
Administration instructions and infor-
mation on how to enter can be
found on the ARTC website under
K Series and the competition is open to
all ADO members.
Series gets bigger
Bigger and better: From left: Cpl Nathan Meers, Capt Brett Precians, Cpl Chad Gill, Pte Clay Berryman, Cpl Jason Walker, Cpl
James DeBono and Cpl Sarah Wood gear up for the Kapooka series which has grown to incorporate summer sports.
Red men out
Bowlers named in national team
On target: WO1 Steve Sobolewski, School
of Inf, sends one down at the national
championships in Brisbane.
RAAF take basketball title
AIR Force women basketballers proved too strong
for their Army and Navy counterparts at the recent
NSW interservice basketball competition. Held at
Randwick Barracks over September 3-4, the RAAF
women took out all three games against the Navy and
Army combined team. Top scorer LAC Kate Johnston's
sharp shooting with a total of 68 points helped RAAF
overcome its rivals, winning the first game 56-35, the
second game 40-30 and the third game 30-28. RAAF
Williamtown men's team also walked away champions
after beating Richmond in the final 43-30. Navy finished
third with Army coming fifth. The ADBA combined ser-
vices national competition will be held at RAAF Base
Williamtown from November 26 to December 4.
Podium finish for bikers
CPL Michael Hernan, SME, joined forces with Flt-Lt
Shane Taylor to finish second in the male pairs category
at the Scott Australian 24-hour mountainbike champion-
ships held in Canberra on October 8-9. Both men are
better known as solo riders and it took them a while to
get used to riding together. Cpl Hernan and Flt-Lt Taylor
were the most successful of a big ADF roll-up at the
event, which attracted 2500 competitors to Mt Stromlo.
The ADF had riders in solo, teams in pairs, sporty 4s
through to teams of mixed 6s. Attention at Mt Stromlo
now turns to the ADF MTB Championships, which will be
held there from November 7-10.
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