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Army July 5, 2012
Cpl Max Bree
WITH just seconds left on the clock,
Pte Joel Doig, of 3CSSB, nailed a
last-second goal to secure Queensland
a 3-2 victory over the ACT in the final
of the Australian Defence Hockey
Championships on June 22 in Sydney.
Things looked like going into extra-
time with both sides locked at 2-2 before
the Queensland team surged into ACT
territory in the dying seconds.
The first shot bounced off the goal-
post, leaving Pte Doig in a prime left-
field position with the keeper out of the
"I took my time, I saw a player at the
side [of the goal] all I hear is a 'ting' and
the ball coming straight in my vision,"
he said. "I saw a nice open box and felt
a 'slap' in the back for a winning goal."
The Army-dominated Queensland
side took the lead with two goals late in
the first half but ACT came out firing in
the second and levelled the scores with
15 minutes to go.
The win gave Queensland their sec-
ond series victory in a row and Pte Doig
dedicated the win to fallen Queensland
hockey player Cpl Ashley Birt who was
killed in Afghanistan in October 2011.
"We were going out there for one rea-
son," Pte Doig said. "To win the grand
final for Ashley."
With the ACT side put together at the
last minute, team captain Sgt Bill Russell
was happy they gave Queensland a tough
"For a bunch of old fellas and left-
overs, I'm really proud of the boys," he
said.Another Army-heavy Queensland
team upset a star-studded NSW line-up
with a 4-1 thumping in the women's final.
An icy wind swept the field but
couldn't cool the Queenslanders' form as
they nailed two unanswered goals in the
The Queenslanders then took the
score to 3-0, 15 minutes into the second
half.With about half the ADF hockey
side filling their ranks, the NSW women
finally put a point on the board with 13
Despite having two players out
through injury, the Queenslanders had
the final say with a goal in the last two
Pte Jackleene Macarthur, of 3RAR,
believed it was teamwork, not champion
players that made the difference.
"There were strong players in the
NSW side but for Queensland we don't
try to beat each other we try to work as a
team," she said.
NSW captain LS Talei Stoll said they
had a "communication breakdown".
"Just our basic passing was probably
where we were let down," she said.
"Queensland really worked together
as a team, they were looking to pass the
ball to each other and really just had it all
Qld sticks out to
take title again
hot form for
1st -- Queensland
2nd -- ACT
3rd -- NSW
4th -- Western Australia
5th -- South Australia/
6th -- Victoria
1st -- Queensland
2nd -- NSW
3rd -- ACT
dodges Flt Lt
at the Australian
Photo by Cpl Max Bree
SGT Penelope Holland contin-
ued her momentum towards the
Hawaiian Ironman when she won
the Defence triathlon national
70.3 women's half ironman.
Sgt Holland, of 9FSB, was
part of a dominant Army team at
the titles in Cairns on June 3.
WO2 Gavin Wickham
(pictured), of ALTC, won the
men's half-ironman, his third
Australian Defence Sports
Triathlon Association (ADSTA)
national title for the season.
Maj Del Madge
won the women's
ironman and WO2
place in the men's
In the finale to
the ADSTA sea-
son, 33 ADF
(1.9km swim, 90km
ride, 21.1km run)
and 10 in the ironman
(3.8km swim, 180km
ride, 42.2km run).
The races were run
in 28-degree heat, and far
north Queensland provided
a spectacular backdrop.
In the half event the
90km ride took competi-
tors up the Captain Cook
Highway towards Port
Douglas along the beautiful
Transition to the
run set competitors off
through the cane fields
north of the city before
finally running on to the
Esplanade for the finish in
front of a large crowd.
WO2 Wickham proved
too strong from the start, win-
ning in 4hr 30min 34sec.
Capt John Green, of DMO
Brisbane, was close behind in
4:35.30 and LS Justin Tranter
finished third. Army took first,
second and third in the women's
Sgt Holland was a clear
winner in 5:02.36. Maj Karina
Jones, of HQ Forcomd, was sec-
ond and Cfn Amy Pallentine, of
1CER, was third.
In the full event, the 180km
ride took competitors up the
Captain Cook Highway to Port
Douglas along the coast.
Transition to the run again
set competitors off through
the cane fields before finally
running on to the Esplanade
The heat made the
run very uncom-
fortable and Maj
Madge said it
to the line.
We were digging
very deep to keep
the legs rolling,
every step getting
closer to the fin-
ish," she said.
In the men's
race, WO2 Holland
crossed the line
in second place in
10:38.00, 10 minutes
behind CPO Shanon
Brig David Luhrs,
Commandant of RMC,
was on hand to see
some of the action.
competitors came up
with some amazing
results and showed
great team spirit to
drive each other
on to the fin-
ish line," Brig
Army-dominated sides push teams over the line
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