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Army September 13, 2012
ARMY'S touch footballers
showed promise of things to come
when they contested the South
Australian interunit and interser-
vices championships at RAAF
Base Edinburgh on August 16-17.
Last year, Army only entered
two teams in the inter-unit competi-
tion. This year there were enough
players for four-and-a-half teams,
with 102 Bty (Edn) and 48 Bty
(Keswick) entering the fray.
The competition was held over
two days, with the first day being
the inter-unit and the 49 Army play-
ers made up more than half the total
number of players.
A team from DSTO beat
JEWOSU/92 Wg in the final.
Army played two games in the
men's interservice championship the
next day, losing to eventual cham-
pion Air Force, 9-1 and APS 10-5.
Cpl Mitch Annetts, of 1CSSB,
and Pte Gino Geracitano, of
9CSSB, were Army's best players.
"Although we were inexperi-
enced, the players adapted quickly
to each others' playing styles," Cpl
"With help from Capt Mick
Gray as coach, the team picked up
new skills quickly and improved
greatly from the first game."
Cpl Annetts was excited about
what he called the raw unsourced
talent in the South Australian
"Now that there are four new
units at Edinburgh, we can look for-
ward to seeing what the following
Capt Gray was also encouraged.
"The team became more com-
petitive over the day as cohesion
improved," he said.
Army also figured in the wom-
en's interservice championship, but
had to combine with APS in a team
against Air Force, which won 4-1.
The Southern States Defence Touch
Association, which is made up of members
from SA, Victoria, WA and Tasmania, will
send up to four teams to the nationals at
Enoggera Barracks from October 28 to
Touch players look forward to future
Cool results for biathletes
Maj Filip Likar leads Army to victory in the ADF Nordic Skiing and Biathlon championships
Lt-Col Nathan Crowley
and Lauren Harris
HAVING competed in every Nordic
interservice biathlon championship
since 2001, Maj Filip Likar knows
what it takes to win.
Maj Likar has won Army's over-
all male championship four times and
secured his second ADF male title for
the second year in a row at this year's
Held at Mt Hotham in Victoria
from August 3-15, the final race decid-
ed the service winner, with Army edg-
ing Navy out by just three points.
Maj Likar, who also claimed the
ADF champion shot title, was a full-
time soldier for 23 years and since
2006 has been in the reserves with
He attributed his win to his supe-
rior fitness, as he trains all year round
and is in training for the Toowoomba
half marathon in October and Ironman
"I am a repeat offender and after
the first year I was hooked," Maj Likar
"My main strength is my aerobic
base and mental focus. I try not to let
the white noise of the other competi-
tors interfere with my race strategy
and just do my own thing."
His nearest rivals in the interser-
vice championships were Leut Sven
Howorth and Leut-Cmdr Gary Lewis,
with the championship decided in the
final cross country ski race.
Twenty-six Army biathletes com-
peted in seven senior and five novice
Nordic skiing and biathlon competi-
tions against teams from Navy and Air
force, with many having never com-
First timer Lt Terence Harch, of
3CER, was awarded Army's most out-
standing novice for 2012. Lt Harch
and Lt Adrian Mong raced in the team
relay with Cpl Nathan Wood and Lt
William Miles. The team fell just short
of winning the overall novice competi-
tion by one point.
"I would like to compete again in
the next biathlon," Lt Harch said.
Best intermediate/novice: Navy
Best male track team: Army
Best female track team: Navy
Biathlon sprint: Navy
Biathlon patrol, male: Army
Biathlon patrol, female : Navy
Championship winner: Army
Male champion : Maj Filip Likar
Female champion: Leut-Cmdr
Champion shot: Maj Filip Likar
Points: Army 437.05, Navy 433.84,
Air Force, 373.15.
ADF NORDIC SKIING AND BIATHLON RESULTS
"It's a good sport and is definitely
an endurance sport."
He said he was surprised at being
the outstanding novice but said he
liked to keep fit.
"A particular highlight for me
was charging past the Air Force and
Navy -- it is a fun and healthy rival-
ry between the services and the sport
would benefit from new novices join-
ing the teams.
"It is a challenging sport, having
a weapon on your back and skiing,
and you're going downhill so fast in
Army was represented by a
small female team with Capt Danita
McGregor and Pte Claire Sandford
skiing strongly to keep the service
competitive for the overall victory.
Lt Harch said the sport was a great
way to involve military personnel, a
good workout and encouraged team-
work and good combat training.
"It's a good replication of the
stresses of an operation environment in
the fact that you are doing a half mara-
thon and shooting a weapon straight,"
Lt Harch said.
"You have to keep your heart rate
down and the weapon steady."
Maj Likar agreed the sport would
benefit from more people giving it a go.
"It would be nice to see more
beginners," Maj Likar said.
"Getting the support of the unit
commanders to give novices a chance
to participate would be great training."
If you are interested in compet-
ing in the biathlon, Lt Harch suggests
training in hill runs, bike riding and if
you are really keen, roller skis.
"If you like endurance sports and
shooting, then biathlon is the sport for
you," Lt Harch said.
Winter biathlon is open to all
Defence personnel, with instruction in
Nordic skiing and biathlon small bore
rifle shooting provided in the week
before the interservice competition.
Personnel interested in biathlon should con-
tact Lt-Col Nathan Crowley at
ON YOUR MARKS: Lt Terence Harch, left, and Sgt Stuart Jefferis line up on
the range in the biathlon (above) as Lt-Col Zac Zacharias, white hat, Cpl Sean
McGrath, black hat, and WO1 Mick Voss vie for position at the start of the
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