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Army November 10, 2011
By Flt-Lt Sean Watson
SWEPT up by the East Timorese passion for
soccer, soldiers serving with the Australian-
led International Stabilisation Force (ISF) in
East Timor have donated a set of much-need-
ed football nets to a small village near Dili.
The nets were presented to the children of
Nikora Forma on October 12 by members of
GYRO 11 – the 11th rotation of New Zealand
Defence Force soldiers currently serving in
New Zealand Cpl Martyn Britt-Foy, who led
the ISF patrol tasked with delivering the nets,
said it was rewarding to do something for the
“Nikora Forma is a poor village,” he said.
“They have very little but are incredibly friend-
ly and welcoming.
“Their youngsters have great sporting talent
and we are glad to help them in this small way.”
Village elder Jose Pereira Oliviera wel-
comed the ISF assistance to his village.
“This is a welcome gift,” he said. “We have
many talented football players here who will
make good use of these nets.”
With the help of an “army” of eager young-
sters, the ISF soldiers had little trouble assem-
bling the nets in record time for the inaugural
With excitement at fever pitch, Jose Pereira
Oliviera took the first kick at goal with New
Zealand Private Sebastian Gibson defending.
Score 0-1 to Nikora Forma.
Next up was six-year-old Emanuel, who,
with practiced calm took aim at the hapless
Score 0-2 to Nikora Forma.
When asked if the New Zealanders and
Australians had ever won a football game at his
village, Jose Pereira Oliviera simply shrugged
“Maybe one day,” he said. “But not today.”
Sport aid brings smiles
AUSTRALIAN entertainers Jenny Morris,
India-Rose Madderom and Andy Bull braved
the heat of East Timor to perform a series of
concerts as part of the 22nd Tour de Force.
This was India-Rose Madderom’s first tour
supporting the troops and she said it wasn’t
something she would soon forget.
“It has been an amazing experience,” she
“It is so different from performing back home
– the soldiers’ enthusiasm really made for a great
atmosphere. It was such a privilege to be part of
The entertainers arrived in East Timor on
October 21 and over four days performed two
concerts for more than 400 ISF personnel.
On tour: Australian entertainer India-Rose
Madderom sings for ISF troops during her
visit to East Timor.
Photo by Cpl Janine Fabre
Happy to help: A smiling East Timorese
boy helps ISF soldiers Cpl John Grech,
left, and New Zealand Cpl Martyn Britt-Foy
set up new football nets at the village of
Nikora Forma near Dili. Inset, Cpl Grech
takes on the local kids in a soccer match.
Photos by Cpl Janine Fabre
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