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Army December 8, 2011
By LCpl Mark Doran
SLIPPERY and wet conditions set
the scene for the ADO Mountain
Bike Championships as more than
50 Defence riders hit the dirt at
Stromlo Forest Park in Canberra from
Competitors raced in cross country,
four-cross and downhill in age-based
events for men and women and the elite,
veterans' and masters' grades fought it
out to determine the ADO champion.
Maj David Wilson, RMC, won the
super masters' event in a time of 1hr 14
min for the three laps/21km.
As a member of the Canberra Off-
Road Cyclists, Maj Wilson said Stromlo
Forest Park was his local course so he
knew it well.
"We had done the course reconnais-
sance in dry conditions and it started
raining just before start time, which
was a challenge as it made the track
totally different," Maj Wilson said.
"What helped me out for the event
was the skill session held the day
before and learning some of the basic
technical proficiencies with more expe-
"I would encourage anyone to try
the sport as the skill level doesn't real-
ly matter, particularly when there is
coaching beforehand, as you can apply
the lessons learnt straight away."
Sgt Roger Derrick, RMC, was
one of the riders who competed in all
the codes and placed first in the mas-
ters' men's event by completing four
laps/28km in 1hr 45min.
Darwin-based BMX racer Cpl
Craig Anger, 1CER, placed second in
the Four Cross competition, which is
a combination of BMX and downhill
racing over a 400m course involving
Cpl Anger said he was surprised
by the competition and depth of skills
across the board in Defence at the
"We struggle in the north as there is
not a lot of mountain biking apart from
traditional cross-country, so my partner
and I travel a lot to get the gravity dis-
ciplines," Cpl Anger said.
"I came off three or four times in
the practice for the downhill and had a
stack in the seeding for the Four Cross
-- nothing major, just some bumps
Hitting the dirt
Stone's throw: Pte Russell Avery, RMC, strikes a rocky patch in the downhill race (above) as Maj David Wilson (right)
gets airborne in the cross country category of the ADO Mountain Bike Championships.
Photos by LAC Bill Solomou
By LCpl Mark Doran
AFTER co-coaching the North
Queensland open men's team to
unbeaten victory and also being
named player of the final in the
2011 Defence touch nationals, Cpl
Terence Kong, 5 Avn Regt, has dou-
ble cause for celebration.
Cpl Kong is one of 28 Army play-
ers named in the 2012 Defence teams
to tour New Zealand in January.
"Most of the North Queensland
team were selected to wear an
Australian jersey for the men's open
team," Cpl Kong said.
"The best thing was winning every
game of the tournament, but we were
also happy the weather held out for us."
It was a dramatic finish to the
women's competition at the titles
played at RAAF Base Williamtown
from October 4-7, as the unbeaten
South Queensland women played
ACT/Country and won 5-4 in a three-
on-three drop off.
The coach of the South
Queensland women's team, Lt
Stephen McIntyre, 6RAR, also played
in the men's 40s for South Queensland
and said the competition showcased
an excellent standard of touch in all
"The six ADF teams should be
very competitive in New Zealand and
the NTL Championships next year,"
Lt McIntyre said.
ACT/Country won the men's 30s
against Sydney Metro region team 6-4
with South Queensland's Cfn David
Krause being named player of the
The men's 40s was won by South
Queensland 5-3 in the final against
North Queensland, with ACT/
Country's John Samin named player
of the series.
South Queensland also won the
champion consitutional body for the
second year running.
Army players chosen for the New Zealand
series -- Mens: Cpl Mitchell Annetts, 1CSSB,
Gnr Jarred Basset, 4 Regt, Gnr Kye Claney, 16
AD Regt, Tpr David Delaney, 2 Cav, Pte Thomas
Edgword, 5RAR, Gnr Jake Gale, 16 AD Regt,
Spr Matt Griffiths, 35 Fd Sqn, Pte Dwayne
House, 4 Regt, Cfn Craig Irwin, 17 Sig Regt,
Cpl Byron Saul, SASR, Pte Josh McFarlane,
3CSSB, Cpl Justin Rogers, 1RSE, Lt Karl Turvey,
SME, Cpl Luke Von Walk, 2FSB. Womens: Sgt
Kylie Cullen, 6 Avn Regt, Pte Jamie-Lee Hayes,
2 Cav Regt, Lt Sarah Jaworski, 3CSSB, Pte
Kathryn Krosch, 7CSSB, Cpl Sara Wasson, 1
Sig Regt. Mens 30s: Maj Phil Corkeron, 2HSB,
Pte Mathew Hambridge, 5RAR, Pte Philip
Kong, 1RAR, Cpl Terence Kong, 5 Avn Regt,
WO1 Mick Patman, 1CER, Cpl Cameron Scales,
1HSB, Sgt Daniel Tattersall, Army School of
Logistics, Sgt David Walsh, 1HSB, Cfn Joshua
A touch of class from the Queenslanders
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