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Army February 2, 2012
Wg-Cdr Trevor Owens
A CRACKER first and last round by
Cpl Trent Fortescue saw him shoot
out for the crown of ADF champion
against Capt Jamie Pitt in the 27th
annual ADF Golf Championships in
Canberra in December.
Cpl Fortescue led the field with a
par round of 72 to put him two shots
ahead of Capt Pitt after day one, shot an
eight over par 80 on the second day and
bounced back with a par round 72 to fin-
ish level with Capt Pitt.
In a magnificent and controlled
display of golf in the final round, Cpl
Fortescue turned three under at the 9th
to lead by seven shots with nine holes to
play, and then finished the round at 70
(two under), which was the only sub-par
round of the tournament. He was sub-
sequently crowned ADF Champion by
five shots from Capt Pitt, who put in a
great effort to finish with a par round 72,
ahead of Sig Dave Sherlock (74).
One hundred and thirty six players
descended on Canberra's Federal Golf
Club in generally good conditions to
fight it out on a championship layout
which provided a tough, challenging but
fair test for all.
Another highlight of the event was
the hole-in one by WOFF John King
which set the scene for the event on day
one on the short 16th -- only the third
hole-in-one in the event's history.
In the single service categories, Capt
Pitt took out the Army Championship
from Sig Sherlock. Leut-Cmdr Darryl
Whitehead was a runaway winner for
Navy by 18 shots from Leut Matt Klohs.
For Air Force, Sgt Rod Smylie played
steady golf for his first championship
win by three shots from both Flt-Lt
Sam Harkiss and Cpl Brendan Creek.
Ex-WO1 Peter Hawken from Townsville
took out the APS title from Dave Elliott
and Michael Robertson.
In the women's championship, Leut-
Cmdr Joanne Fehrvari led from start
to finish with CPO Julie-Anne Cocks
a distant runner-up. AB Virginia Vale
continued to fly the flag for Navy by tak-
ing out the overall ADF nett champion-
ship with a start to finish win. Sgt Sharn
O'Connor was the fitting winner of the
WO2 Peter Medlicott Memorial Trophy
as the regional handicap winner in the
Last but not least in the "old war-
horse" category, Flt-Lt Daryl Bell
became the seniors champion with
WOFF Kent Scott winning the seniors
The 2012 ADF Championship is scheduled to be
held at Federal Golf Club from December 10-14.
Entry forms will be available from July.
TO ENHANCE their free-
falling skills, scores of Army
sports sky divers attended the
Australian Defence Parachuting
Association's (ADPA) five-day
sports parachuting skills camp in
Picton, NSW from December 19.
Representing both the ADF and
APS, 76 parachutists from across
Australia took part with Army hav-
ing the strongest presence.
Participant Cpl Andrew
Johnson, Proof and Experimental
Establishment, said the camp
exceeded his expectations as it
featured instruction from some of
Australia's best parachuting coaches
"I really enjoyed learning from
the coaches in all disciplines, espe-
cially the safety aspects of canopy
drills and how to improve my free
flying skills," Cpl Johnson said.
One of the camp's top parachut-
ing coaches, Cameron Jarrett, said
the ADPA skills camp was a great
success with no injuries or safety
"It was an absolute pleasure to
coach the Australian Defence mem-
bers," Mr Jarrett said.
"Their disciplined approach to
learning and dedication to safety
awareness and improving their can-
opy skills was excellent.
"It would be good to see more
opportunities for the members to
practise the skills they learned and
improved on during the camp."
Parachuting enthusiast Cpl Kyle
Chick, 6RAR, said that getting the
ADPA skills camp off the ground in
2011 was a significant achievement.
"The best thing for me was the
enthusiasm of Defence members
to get involved in Vertical Relative
Work (VRW) and free-flying and
expose so many Defence members
to this evolving new discipline," Cpl
"There is great potential for
us to enter ADPA VRW teams in
upcoming state and national com-
OC of Kapooka's Adventurous
Training Wing, Maj Rebecca
Lacey, said the ADPA committee
was always on the lookout for new
members and that a number of spe-
cific skills camps would be run in
the near future to prepare individu-
als and teams for national and inter-
"It's fantastic to see this sport
having such a positive influence on
so many Defence members," Maj
If you would like to join ADPA or would like
information about Sports Parachuting then
please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Floating on air: Pte
Simon Fox, 1CER, takes
part in head-down free
flying at the parachuting
Photo by Sgt R
Sky divers drop in on
parachuting skills camp
Leut Peter Bounty
With 10 seconds to go and scores level in the
final of the 29th National Defence Basketball
Championships, Pte Emmanuel Jacobs, 4
Manoeuvre Spt Sect-A Coy, hit a two-pointer to
give Qld a clean sweep at the tournament.
The women's final was just as exciting as Lt Erin
Mrnjavac, 3CSSB, led the Queenslanders to a four-
point win in the final minutes of the championships
held at RAAF Williamtown late last year.
In the men's competition, NSW dominated in the
qualifying games but just fell short in the final.
Qld was firing in the first quarter and quickly
grabbed a 10-point lead, but NSW regrouped after the
first break and it was anyone's game from there.
Qld coach WO2 Bruce Ferguson said his team con-
trolled the ball better in offence.
"Our passing was much better, we didn't turn the
ball over as we had in other games," he said.
Opposition coach Leut Scott Northey said the Qld
big men played well at both ends of the floor and, at
times, dominated inside.
"Overall it was won in the last seconds of a great
game played with spirit and heart, both teams had
plenty of opportunity to win the game," he said.
In the women's competition ACT/Wagga, SA and
Qld all finished with one loss leaving SA and Qld to
fight it out after percentage calculations left ACT/
Wagga in third place.
The Queenslanders came out strong with the game
under control until SA recovered from a 16-point defi-
cit to draw level at 29-29 at the end of third quarter,
nosing ahead in the final minutes of the fourth.
Led by point guard Lt Mrnjavac (women's Rookie
of the Year) Qld regrouped and got home with a thrill-
ing four-point win.
It was the first women's title for Qld since 1998 and
their ninth women's championship overall.
The SA women's team made their first finals
appearance since inception of ADBA in 1983 and WA
fielded a women's team for the first time in a decade.
More information and details of Australian team selections and
award winners can be found at www.adba.basketball.net.au
Titles in basket after close calls
Alley oop: Pte Zac Vey-Johnson throws down
a dunk during the men's final of the Australian
Defence Basketball National Championship at
RAAF Base Williamtown.
In the swing: Cpl Julie Lakotij, 2GHB,
chips on to the 10th green (above)
as Cpll Dean Cartwright, 3CSSB,
rues a missed putt during the ADF
Golf Championships in Canberra.
Photos by LAC Bill Solomou
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