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Army November 24, 2011
ARMY and ADF women domi-
nated the diamonds at the 25th
anniversary of the Australian
Defence softball championships
played in Werribee from October
29 to November 4.
Pte Lyndsey Campbell, 8/9RAR,
took out the best batter award with
Pte Lisa Carlton, 8/9RAR, voted
most valuable player and Tpr Corey
Parkinson, 1 Armd Regt, the rookie
of the competition.
The ADF women's team also
beat a highly fancied New Zealand
team in a test match at the end of
The ADF team, coached by AC
Tanya McGregor and with three co-
captains -- dual Olympian RAAF Sgt
Tracey Mosley, WO2 Virginia Morris
and CPO Donna Edge -- won 10-5.
The Kiwis had plenty of support
as more than 100 men and women
from the Royal New Zealand Air
Force, Royal New Zealand Navy
and New Zealand Army contested
the titles alongside about 100 ADF
But the ADF women, sticking
to a structured game plan, were not
put off by the vocal supporters.
It was a different story in the
men's test. The ADF men's team,
which has only beaten New
Zealand once, continued its run of
outs with a 14-5 loss.
The men, however, surprised the
strong NZDF lineup by taking an
early lead. But the depth and expe-
WOMEN: AC Tanya McGregor -- coach.
Army: WO2 Virginia Morris -- co-
captain, Pte Lyndsay Campbell, LCpl
Tracy Holding, Sgt Amanda Elliott, Pte
Lisa Carlton, Cpl Ellen Greig, Sgt Jeni
Grosvenor, Cpl Kelly Toomer, Pte Lucy
Lockhart. RAAF: Sgt Tracey Mosley--
co-captain, Cpl Michelle Hiesley, LAC
Tanya Smiljanic, Cpl Bailey Baker, Flt-
Sgt Georgia Cartwright, Sgt Cath Kelly.
Navy: CPO Donna Edge -- co-captain,
AB Jo Russell, LS Michelle Powell, AB
Julie Waller, LS Candice Freeman, AB
MEN: PO Justin Bayliff -- coach.
Army: Lt Arron Kinleyside, LCpl Corey
Parkinson, Sgt Paul Newton, Pte Josh
Shears, Sgt Jason Peterson, Sgt Aaron
Dries, Pte Paul Tracey, Sgt Nathan
Sandow. RAAF: Cpl Tony Chave -- cap-
tain, Sgt Josh Page. Navy: LS Brendan
Chappell, LS Chris Murray, AB Rowan
Davies, AB Evan Horvat, AB Michael
Taylor, PO David Williams, PO Linden
Mooney, Sub-Leut Jude Power, PO
Adrian Trevis, AB Daniel Green, Midn
in for test win
Batter up: Sgt Jenny Grosvenor gets a piece of the action for Southern States against NZ Air Force.
Photo by Sgt Belinda Larson
2012 national squad
rience of the NZDF team allowed it
to claw back the lead.
The test matches were the cul-
mination of a memorable champi-
onship that began with duelling cul-
First, a traditional Aboriginal
smoking ceremony was conducted
by elders of the Wurundjeri peo-
ple to bless and formally welcome
all participants. Then local Maori
elders from the Melbourne com-
munity responded with a traditional
Maori welcome, which featured
some songs and a haka performed
by all members of the visiting
Then followed the games, bro-
ken by a rest day on November 1 to
coincide with the Melbourne Cup.
The Australians and New
Zealanders both played in a prelim-
inary round competition, with the
top two teams from each country
playing in their respective national
won both Australian men's and
women's finals, beating NSW and
ACT respectively in tough, close
In the New Zealand finals, Air
Force beat Army in the men's final
and Army downed Air Force in the
A 112-page journal on the Australian
Defence Softball Association was launched
as part of the 25th anniversay and pro-
vides detailed coverage from 1986 to
today. Copies are available by contacting
By Cfn Max Bree
SOME fancy footwork by 3CER's
WO2 Kevan Naughton and SCMA's
Capt Steven McNaughton helped the
Army team romp to victory in the
over-35 division of the ADF foot-
ball national carnival in Sydney from
October 29 to November 3.
The Army women's team also fared
well in the carnival finishing equal first
with Navy, but was relegated to runners
up after a countback of goals scored for
The men's open team was not so for-
tunate and failed to win any of its games.
The over 35s side fought hard to
overcome the Navy 2-1, thumped APS
6-1 and secured a 1-1 draw after trailing
the RAAF for most of the game.
Four goals off the boot of Capt
McNaughton made him over-35s top
goal scorer while WO2 Naughton's
flashy footwork earned him the title of
over-35s player of the tournament.
With an average age of 43, WO2
Naughton said his side's experience and
background gave them an edge over the
"We really had a bit more game
sense," he said. "We were the better side
throughout the tournament."
"We had quite a few Poms in the
team, about six or seven who had grown
up playing football in the UK, com-
bined with the Aussie grit, it gave us a
WO2 John Plackett, 5 Bde, emerged
from an injury cloud to score the "fluki-
est" competition goal against Navy.
On his first touch, WO2 Plackett
nailed the ball past a bemused Navy
keeper and into the top corner of the
"He made a cameo five-minute
appearance, scored the goal of the tour-
nament and came straight off again,"
WO2 Naughton said.
"He has a calf strain he calls a life-
The Army women finished equal
with Navy on four wins and one loss
but Navy's 11 goals for, 2 against over-
came Army's 10 for, 5 against.
Army destroyed the RAAF in the
opening match 4-0, downed Navy 1-0
and flogged the RAAF again 4-1.
A resurgent Navy came back in the
final game to down Army 4-1.
Spr Kim Waterhouse, 8CE, put five
into the net to finish equal top goal
scorer while the quick feet of Pte Teome
Matamua, 2AD, made her female player
of the tournament.
Spr Waterhouse was glad the RAAF
had fielded a competitive team but said
the Navy side continued to give them
"They were more aggressive and a
lot harder on the ball," she said.
Old heads and legs
combine for victory
Hitting the turf: Over 35s player of the tournament WO2 Kevan Naughton
tears up the park at the ADF football national carnival. Photo by Cfn Max Bree
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