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Army August 16, 2012
Cpl Mark Doran
THE Australian Defence Rowing Association has prov-
en itself with major victories in the Australian Masters
ADRA entered 18 athletes in 22 events at Lake
Wendouree, Ballarat, from May 24-27, with the major-
ity of crews making it to the finals, though weather
conditions forced the cancellation of most events on the
Association teams won Gold in the mixed A and B
double scull, the men's A coxed four and the mixed A
and B eight.
The Defence entry also won silver in the men's B
coxless pair and four ADRA members were members of
the ACT men's eight which won bronze in the interstate
race behind Victoria and Queensland.
Lt-Col Selina Rowland, of AHQ, also rowed in
the ACT Masters Women's Quad Scull to win a silver
ADRA's Patron, Brig Alison Creagh, competed as an
interstate representative in the ACT women's eight and
said what had started with a small number of enthusiasts
had grown to an association of more than 120 members
spread across Australia.
"We have had a lot of interest from people who are
not currently rowers, but one of ADRA's requirements
is that members also belong to a civilian club and com-
plete a rowing program," she said.
"This helps build their skills and the linkage to a
civilian club is about being part of the community as
well as being a part of the Defence rowing community.
"We are working towards a range of activities over
the next three to four years to give rowers the oppor-
tunity to compete in a variety of activities, including a
training camp each December leading into the competi-
tion during a Canberra regatta."
Competitors from ADRA are able to compete for
Defence and their civilian clubs at the same time and
competing in the regatta will give rowers the option to
register official times for future selection in national and
These events will include the Australian National
Rowing Championships at Penrith in March and the
Australian Masters Rowing Championships in April as
part of Canberra's centenary celebrations.
ADRA President Capt Charles Huxtable said ADRA
hoped to have a reasonable Defence presence at both
"We hope to eventually compete internationally at
the Henley Masters Regatta and associated joint services
rowing events in the UK," he said.
"The key for our success is building depth in our
junior rowers through ADFA boatshed and RMC-
Duntroon, and maintaining the depth in our masters
rowers around Australia as well as looking at how we
can support adaptive rowers within Defence."
The ADRA is holding its annual general meeting at the ADFA
boatshed in Canberra on September 4. More information will be
emailed to ADRA members.
Mixed A and B double scull
Lt-Col Selina Rowland, of AHQ, and Pte Ian
Mongan, of 23 Fd Regt.
Men's A coxed four
Maj Rob Curtin, of AHQ, Pte Mark Partridge, of 23
Fd Regt, and Pte Mongan.
Mixed A and B eight
Sarah Green, Lt-Col Rowland, Capt Charles
Huxtable, of RAN, Pte Partridge, Maj Rob Curtin, of
AHQ, Pte Mongan.
Men's B coxless pair
Pte Partridge and Pte Mongan.
ACT women's quad scull
Pte Partridge, Capt Huxtable, Geoff Brown, and Maj-
Gen Mike Clifford, of ARes.
ARMY beat Navy to win the
men's open in the triservice
Sydney metropolitan touch
football title competition at
RAAF Base Richmond on July
27.Army pipped Navy 5-3 in the
final after beating the sailors 7-6
and drawing 4-4 with Air Force
in the round-robin.
The competition served as
a selection trial for the com-
bined ADF zone teams that will
contest the ADF champion-
ship at Enoggera Barracks in
October. The president of the
Sydney Metro Defence Touch
Association, Flt-Lt Jamie Osborn,
said the results boded well.
"Sydney Metro has been one
of the best teams in recent years
and we will be a good chance
of winning the men's open and
over-30s titles as well as the
women's open in October," he
said.Army captain Cpl Terance
Kong, of 6ESR, said the team ran
the legs off Navy after battling
Air Force to a draw.
"We led Air Force 2-0 at half-
time, so after drawing 4-4 we
realised we needed to lift into a
higher gear to beat Navy and win
the title," he said.
In the final against Navy,
Army converted a 3-0 lead at
half-time into a decisive 5-3 vic-
tory after surviving a minor fight-
back from the sailors late in the
Army was well served
throughout the tournament by
Cpl Kong, Cfn Aaron Resch, of 6
Avn Regt, and Cfn Daniel Muller,
of 6 Avn Regt, who all scored in
Tpr Michael Crowley and Cpl
Cameron Scales, who play rugby
for Army, were also impressive.
Army won the title while
blooding new talent such as Cpl
Nunu Campos, of RTW, who was
"Nunu has a lot of raw talent
including electrifying speed that
we can exploit," Cpl Kong said.
A combined Army and Air
Force team was beaten by Navy
in two games, 6-3 and 5-2, in the
men's over-30s division, and Air
Force beat Navy to take out the
Quick thinking: PTI Cpl Cameron Scales makes a break for it during
one of the games (top) as Tpr Michael Crowley, of 6 Avn Regt, goes
close to scoring (above).
Photos by Cpl Amanda Campbell
Army team takes out men's title
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