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Army October 11, 2012
A COMBINED Army/Navy team beat
Air Force to win the NSW interservice
women's basketball championships
at Sydney's Randwick Barracks on
Army/Navy and Air Force scored a
win each in two round-robin matches dur-
ing the four-day tournament before head-
ing into the final.
The Army/Navy team raced away to a
20-7 lead at quarter-time which they eas-
ily converted into a 13-point win.
The combined team had too much
firepower for the Air Force team, which
failed to match the tempo and stamina of
its rivals, going down 47-34.
Army's best players were Pte Amanda
Mitchell, of 176 AD Sqn, who was voted
most valuable player, and Pte Leah Toner,
"It was a lot of fun and great competi-
tion," Pte Mitchell said.
The championships served as a selec-
tion trial for the Defence national basket-
ball titles to be held in Laverton, Victoria,
from November 30 to December 2.
The NSW team will be named in early
November after tryouts.
Joint team nets a
convincing finals win
SEVEN Army representatives
have returned triumphant from
Auckland after helping ADF
beat the New Zealand Defence
Force in a nail-biting netball
game for the Anzac Cup.
Players Capt Joanna Halton,
LCpl Kerrie Pettit, WO2 Merryl
Pringle, Cpl Melinda Baldissera,
Lt Abbie Wright (team captain),
coach Cpl Michael Kiker and
medic Pte Sharon Howlett joined
their Navy and Air Force col-
leagues on the tour.
First the team contested the
NZ interservice championship
against teams from NZ Army,
Navy and Air Force at HMNZS
Then on August 30 the ADF
team narrowly beat NZDF 45-43
after a goal-for-goal last quarter.
The trans-Tasman rivalry in
civilian netball is well known and
the military rivalry is not much
NZDF visited Australia last
year and played a three-test series
with games in Sydney, Albury and
Australia won that series 2-1,
but previously New Zealand had
won six times in a row.
It was a new-look team that
came together before this year's
tour for training sessions in
There were only two players
from the 2011 team.
All did not go well at the out-
set. ADF lost five of its seven
games in the NZ titles.
But there was no panic as the
team learnt to work together and,
by the final game, everything
ADF was up 26-20 at half-time
and Lt Wright led the way in the
second half with eight individ-
ual turnovers out of the defence
At three-quarter time ADF was
leading 36-24. The Kiwis clawed
their way in front midway through
the last quarter but ADF steadied
in the last five minutes.
Cpl Kiker was stoked with the
"The improvement of the
group from our first time together
to the final NZDF game was out-
standing," he said.
Aussies score second series netball win in a row against NZ
Up in the air: LCpl Kerrie Pettit shoots for Army in the Anzac Cup
netball competition in New Zealand.
Think quick: Pte Amanda Mitchell makes a move on the Air Force team during
the interservice women's basketball championships in Sydney.
Photo by AB Dove Smithett
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