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ARMY dominated team selections
for the ADF water polo side after
the interservice championships at
Randwick Barracks from November
Sixteen soldiers (eight men and eight
women) will head to the Gold Coast
in May to represent the ADF at the
Australian Country Championships.
The selections came after a hard
fought interservice competition, where
the ACT women's team downed their
South East Queensland rivals in the
Both sides went nearly goal for goal
in the first three quarters with ACT
starting the fourth with a narrow 10-9
A quick goal to SE Queensland in
the opening minutes levelled the scores,
but a fired-up ACT team hit back, scor-
ing four unanswered points to finish the
OCdt Kelsey Hamsey, ADFA, said
the SE Queensland team was "fantastic"
to play against, but she was reluctant to
bask in her team's glory.
"This is my first tournament and it's
really good to come along and meet the
other girls," she said.
"But we were lucky to come away
with the win in the end."
OCdt Kate Bertwistle, QUR, put her
side's loss down to a late drop in form.
"We did really well in the first three
quarters but in the last they had their
momentum and we slowed down a little.
"The ACT had been really strong all
In the men's competition, NSW
demolished South East Queensland
The Queenslanders struggled for
traction as a talented NSW team ran
riot.NSW captain WO2 Adrian Luke, 6
Avn Regt, credited his side's rampant
victory with an influx of several experi-
enced players and pointed out the unu-
sual nature of the win.
"Sometimes it gets a bit one sided
but that's the first comp in a long while
that it's happened," he said.
"It's rarely as one sided as that."
The next ADF championships will
take place in Darwin in December.
For more information about ADF
Water Polo, visit www.adfwaterpolo.
ARMY REPRESENTATIVES -- Women: Spr Kim
Waterhouse, 8CER; OCdt Kate Bertwhistle,
QUR; Cpl W, IRR; Cpl Jemma Osmand, 20 STA;
Cpl Sarah Fisk, AFG; Capt Melissa Joy, 10FSB;
OCdt Kelsey Hamsey, ADFA; Cpl Kate Ryan,
JIO. Reserves: Pte Beth McLaughlin, 41 Bty;
Pte Lisa Carlton, 8/9RAR; Lt Wendy De Boer,
8 Close Health Coy; Sgt Belinda Watts, 3 CSR.
Men: Pte James Pettifer, 3RAR; OCdt Ben Scott,
ADFA; Tpr Brad Woodland, 4/19 PWLHR; Capt
Nick Whitehead, RMC; OCdt Codie Rowe, CTC;
Cfn Corey Polkinghorne, ALTC; LCpl Darren
Murphy, 9FSB; WO2 Adrian Luke, 6 Avn Regt;
Reserves: Sgt Brad Sanderson, 7CSSB; Sgt
Robert Ryan, 8/9RAR.
Army dominates selections
Cpl Max Bree
CYCLING in Holland and day trips
to Germany might seem like an ideal
holiday, but OCdt Ben Scott's tour of
the Netherlands with the Australian
country water polo team was
intermeshed with a hectic tournament
OCdt Scott's trip began at the end of
August last year with a week-long tour-
nament against local Dutch clubs.
The Australian Country team won
four out of five games in the series
but missed out on the finals due to the
points system being used.
The Australian team featured many
members OCdt Scott had played against
during his Sydney club days and was
coached by former Olympic water polo
player Tim Neesham who OCdt Scott
"idolised" while growing up.
"Tim Neesham was definitely one
of the better people I played against,"
Things quickly became serious for
OCdt Scott and the team during their
second tournament against several
champion European clubs.
The Australians started training
twice a day to give them the best chance
Trip of experiences
for OCdt Scott
against the Europeans, who had more to
prove after winning their own contests.
The Australians won two from five
games against the champion teams that
were playing to an "international stand-
ard", according to OCdt Scott.
"It was really eye opening and a
great experience," he said. "Teams over
there are a lot more physical and profes-
sional. It's almost a job for them.
"It's a much higher standard than
I've personally played before."
OCdt Scott's next stop is the
Australian Country Championships in
May on the Gold Coast.
Trip of lifetime: OCdt Ben Scott is
gearing up for another good year.
Splashing around: WO2 Megan Webber, 10FSB, green cap, takes on Pte Lisa Carlton, 8/9RAR, at the ADF
Water Polo Championships.
Photos by David Eason
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