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Army April 26, 2012
Capt Jillian Gaze
AFTER getting some world-class
advice from Australian netballer
Chelsea Pitman, the ADF's best
mixed and men's netballers took
on the top teams at the Australian
Championships at Runaway Bay
on the Gold Coast from April 7-15.
While the teams struggled
against their more experienced
opposition, Cfn Bradley Teale's
impressive performances earned
him runner-up Most Valuable
Player in the men's competition.
"I am amazed," Cfn Teale, of the
WO and NCO Academy Sth Qld
Wing, said. "I just played the best I
could and didn't expect this."
The ADF teams, which came
together for the first time only days
before the tournament at a train-
ing camp at RAAF Base Amberley,
displayed a great level of skill
throughout the competition despite
not taking home a title.
The mixed team played eight
gruelling games over the week and
team skipper, Capt Jillian Gaze, of
3 Bde, said despite not recording a
win the team improved throughout
"These teams play week in and
week out together for months in
advance," Capt Gaze said.
"We had four days' training
together and I could not be prouder
of the way we came together and
performed strongly throughout the
The men's team had a tougher
ask playing 12 games in five days.
Although the scoreboards did
not go the way of the team, vice-
captain Sgt Geoff Joyce, of the WO
and NCO Academy NT Wing, said
playing against much more experi-
enced players was a hard task.
"This team has so much poten-
tial. It's a really hard to match it
with these guys when some of us
only play netball at this tournament
and combined championships," Sgt
ADF players came from all
around Australia and all three ser-
vices as well as public service staff,
with Army having the highest level
of representation in the two teams.
During the training camp in
the week leading up to the tour-
nament the players were vis-
ited by Queensland Firebirds and
Australian wing attack Chelsea
The players will now pre-
pare for state-based selections for
the Combined Services Netball
Championships which will
see them along with their state
team mates return to Amberley
Competitive: Runner-up MVP Cfn Bradley Teale, of WO and NCO Academy, right, contests a ball at
the Australian Mixed and Men's Netball Championships.
Image by PowerShots Photography
Top advice: Sgt Matthew Scott with Australian
netballer Chelsea Pitman. Photo by CPL Glen McCarthy
Cpl Max Bree
A LOVE for paddling and running
helped Maj Gordon Wing, of 1RAR,
secure third place in the arduous
Adventurethon race at Magnetic Island
on March 31.
Maj Wing finished third in the
individual section of the Ultra
Adventurethon event behind world
champion Jarrod Kohler and a local
rival in a field of 12 competitors.
The Ultra event consisted of a 13km
open water paddle, 4.2km run over the
headlands, another 13km paddle, 29km
mountain bike ride from one side of the
island to the other and finished with a
18.4km trail and beach run.
Capt Linda Davis, of 141 Sig Sqn,
slugged it out to become the sole
woman to finish the Ultra event.
"That Ultra event scares most people
away," Maj Wing said. "For me it's just
a test to see how much you can get out
of your body."
Maj Wing finished the event in 6hr
43min and said the race was about
knowing when to keep the speed off.
"You need to time it to perfection
and not put a huge amount out at the
start," he said.
"I like paddling and running. It just
so happens this type of event has every-
thing I like to do for fun."
Fourteen Army and two RAAF per-
sonnel competed against almost 250
people across several different contests
in the Adventurethon.
Major wings third
place in challenge
Ultra hard: Maj Gordon
Wing, of 1RAR, hits the
beach (above) after one
of his 13km paddling legs
(inset) in the Magnetic Island
Photos courtesy of
Northern Services Courier
Teams face tough competition at Australian championships
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