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LCpl Mark Doran
HIGH batting averages helped
Army win the 50 overs compe-
tition of the Australian Services
Cricket Association (ASCA)
national carnival held in Canberra
from November 16-22.
Army's win over Air Force
in the final match to secure the
Lindsay Hassett Trophy may also
have been helped by the rain and
failing light. The difficult condi-
tions limited Air Force's innings to
15 overs in which they required 123
runs to win the match.
Army finished its 50 overs with
8/260 before rain postponed play
for more than three hours.
Air Force came out with tremen-
dous focus in the light drizzle and
its batsmen were scoring well above
the required run rate at 3/52 after
only six overs.
The pressure on Army's players
at that stage was at its peak, with
Air Force finding a way to score at
every turn. However, Army bowlers
Lt-Col Marty White, HQ Forcomd,
and team captain Sgt Ian Roberts,
ASEME, captured key wickets to
stem the chase.
After 11 overs the score was
7/103. In the fading light, Air Force
snapped off another 11 runs, but
lost their remaining three batsmen
to finish 10 runs short -- all out for
114 runs in the 12th over.
In the T20 matches, Air Force
was awarded the ACM Angus
Houston T20 Cup after beating
Army in the final. RAAF's tactics
and high run rate led to a win in
both its matches against Army and a
loss to Navy.
Sgt Marty Blackman, 136 Sig
Sqn, was one of Army's high scor-
ing batsmen with 76 in the T20
on Sunday and 115 in the 50-over
game on Tuesday. He was awarded
batsman of the tournament and best
player of the 50-over games, while
Sgt Roberts scored 80 in the T20.
Sgt Blackman said there was
great batting by all the teams in
the tournament with a lot of runs
scored. He particularly singled out
LAC Kaleb Tymko who scored cen-
turies in both matches against Army
on the same day.
"I bowled okay in the first T20
match, but was destroyed in the
second by LAC Kaleb Tymko. He
is just an incredible batsman," Sgt
"For the final 50-over match
we knew that if we had runs on
the board, we would have a good
chance against Air Force because
although they had good batsmen, we
have a good, long bowling attack.
"Army have a lot of new players
and there were some fantastic partner-
ships during the tournament, which
was great for the spirit of the team."
Vice President ASCA Lt-Col
James Brownlie, Infrastructure
Asset Development Branch, said
it was the first time for a number
of years where the bat had actually
won over the ball.
"The best thing about the com-
petition this year has been the bat-
ting by all teams as it was sensa-
tional," Lt-Col Brownlie said.
"Next November will be the
third iteration of the International
Defence Cricket Challenge (IDCC)
and there are other exciting cricket
events in the wind as next year will
be the 25th anniversary of ASCA.
"We also intend playing a World
Defence XI game in support of Post
Traumatic Stress Disorder as part
of the IDCC, where the best play-
ers of the tournament will test their
skills against former Australian Test
"Our three services teams, the
three New Zealand service teams
and the Royal Malaysian Air Force
have so far accepted our invitations,
while teams from countries includ-
ing Pakistan and India have also
Batting a hit
in Army haul
By Sgt Dave Morley
KAPOOKA's plan to become the
home of Defence sport came closer to
fruition with the successful comple-
tion of the Kapooka Summer Series,
Competitors from as far away as
Enoggera, Amberley and Townsville
participated in rugby league, golf and
a multi-sport endurance event over the
weekend of November 12-13.
K Series coordinator Capt Ian
Marston said everyone had enjoyed
themselves by the end of the weekend.
"They've already started planning
their teams and strategies for next year's
competition," he said.
Rugby league coordinator Maj Al
Lynch said the competition was run and
won in what could only be described as
a great weekend of rugby league.
"The games demonstrated that all
teams had come to Kapooka well pre-
pared and keen to take out the title," he
"The closeness of the competition
meant that the final eight for the finals
series was not really known until the last
match of the pool games."
In the end the ALTC Medics took the
title beating the ARTC Warriors 22-12.
3RAR finished third and Sgt Matt Percy,
ARTC, was named player of the tourna-
Maj Lynch said two female teams
took part in the competitions showing
many female members were keen to take
up the sport. Wagga ADF Ravens and
Southern Storm took to the field and fin-
ished even at 12-12.
"The girls aptly showed they were
more than capable of playing rugby
league in not only a competitive spirit,
but entertaining as well," he said.
"By the end of the match the crowd
were tumultuous in appreciation for
the game and it seemed only fitting the
game ended in a draw."
On Sunday selected players from the
9s competition suited up for the State of
Queensland went into the match keen
to avenge their narrow defeat last year
and the game produced some entertain-
ing and exciting rugby league.
However, Queensland managed to
edge out their NSW counterparts 26-16
with Cpl Pat Inskip, 3RAR, named man
of the match.
Development Wing WSM WO1
Carl Free oversaw the golf and said the
course was presented in a good condi-
tion, impressing the visitors to Kapooka.
"With handicaps ranging from sin-
gle-figure players to the other end of the
spectrum, it levelled the playing field for
all competitors," he said.
"This is hoped to encourage other
golfers to compete in the future."
of sport a winner
Maj Linda Rae, ARTC, took out first
spot with Mark Kells, ARTC, finishing
second. WO2 Graham Parker, ALTC,
came third and hit the longest drive and
Maj Kepa Buadromo, 1/19RNSWR, won
the closest to the pin.
PTI Cpl Matt Julian ran the maiden
Kapooka multi-sport endurance event
and said 15 competitors came from
Wagga Wagga, Sydney and Albury com-
prising six individuals and four teams.
"Following weeks of planning, the
2010 Adventure Race Kapooka was
redeveloped into the multi-sport endur-
ance event," he said.
"Although having only a small field
of competitors stemming from ADF and
APS staff, the event proved to be a suc-
cess in its debut in the K Series Sports."
WO2 Gavin Wickham, 1RTB PTI
Manager, and fastest overall male in the
competition, said the event was a must-
do for all in 2012.
"I was very impressed with the
unit competition, as the first unit team
walked away with $1000 for their unit
fund," he said.
Happy finisher: WO2 Gavin
Wickham crosses the finish line in
the multi-sport endurance event at
ARMY personnel should start
training now if they want to take on
the 'Mudder' of all challenges next
year. Organisers of 'Tough Mudder'
-- which they dub the world's most
extreme obstacle challenge -- are
urging ADF personnel to test their
level of physical endurance and
mental toughness when the event
arrives in Australia next year. A
'Tough Mudder' will be held at
Phillip Island, Victoria, on March
31-April 1 and another will take
place in Sydney in September. Will
Dean, developer of the concept,
said the endurance challenge was
designed by British Special Forces
and consisted of a 20km course
over rugged terrain, featuring steep
inclines, water hazards and mili-
tary-style obstacles. For more infor-
mation, visit www.ToughMudder.
Cats win paintball
PAINTBALLER LCpl Chris
Paulsen, RMC, was a member of
the Thundercats team that won
the semi-professional division at
the Super 7 series in Sydney on
November 26-27. This year teams
came from New Zealand, Western
Australia, Victoria, NSW, ACT and
Queensland. Adding to the inter-
national flavour, there were also
two American professional players
-- one of whom is considered to be
one of the best players in the world.
Volleying to NZ
FOURTEEN Army volleyball play-
ers were selected in the national
team scheduled to tour New
Zealand in June next year after
the Australian Defence Volleyball
Association's national tourna-
ment held at RAAF Amberley from
November 12-19. Navy was the
interservice champions. Players
selected: Men: Capt Nathan
Cooper, 1 Avn Regt, Capt Geoffrey
Orton, 1 Avn Regt, Capt Jason
Long, 1 Avn Regt, Pte Matthew
Russell, 1CER, Cfn Ben Sheehy,
5 Avn Regt, Pte Matthew Rule,
4 Regt, Cpl James Ashman,
1 Int Coy, Pte Kevin Clarke,
1CSSB. Women: Lt Catherine
Bartholomeusz, 10FSB, Cpl Aimee
Isbister, ALCP, Cpl Agnieszka
Sheey, 11CSB, Pte Nicola Emsley,
5 Avn Regt, Lt Jennifer O'Brien, 1
Avn Regt, Cpl Carrie-Anne Bishop,
Close call: Air
Force bowler LAC
attempts to run out
Army captain Sgt
Photo by LAC Bill Solomou
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