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Army October 11, 2012
MAJ Jamie Arnell is representing Army in the six-man
ADF team contesting a showcase event at the national
tenpin titles that began on October 6. The team, which
also includes one Navy and four Air Force players, will
play New Zealand and state teams on October 23-25 in
the Walter Rachuig Trophy interstate teams tournament.
ADF in tenpin titles
SGT Hugh MacMillan was not daunted when he
played the Tea Tree Gully Golf Club for the first
time -- he played well enough to win both the South
Australian Defence gross championship and the South
Australian Army title.
"It's always a bit of a challenge when you play a
course for the first time sight unseen," Sgt MacMillan,
of 7RAR, said. "Luckily my putter was behaving itself
and that saved me a few strokes."
Thirty players from Army, Air Force, Navy and the
Australian Public Service contested the championships
from September 9-11.
Air Force, the defending champion, also won the
interservice competition, which was a scratch stabl-
eford held in conjunction with the individual event, but
it was close.
In fact the Army team -- Sgt MacMillan, WO2 Roy
Harrison, WO2 Dave Newstead and Bdr Todd Makin --
led after the first day.
"I was a happily surprised that we were leading,"
Sgt MacMillan said. "The stronger team just managed
to pip us in what was a close run thing."
just short of
So close: Bdr Todd Makin putts his ball during the
SA Interservice Golf Championships at the Tea
Tree Gully Golf Club.
Photo by Cpl Rodney Welch
ARMY'S cricketers will get
another crack at the Royal
Malaysian Air Force (RMAF)
when the third International
Defence Cricket Challenge
(IDCC) is held in Canberra in
Malaysia does not figure in the
upper echelon of senior interna-
tional cricket -- but in 2009 RMAF
was a convincing winner in the
IDCC, beating then-defending
champion Army in the final by 65
The IDCC will start in
Canberra on November 12 with
a series of Twenty20 games and
50-over one-day games, and cul-
minate in the IDCC grand final at
Manuka Oval on November 23.
Army will be among eight
teams competing, along with
RMAF, RAAF, RAN, Royal New
Zealand Air Force, New Zealand
Army, Pakistan Defence team
and an Anzac Barbarians team
which will comprise players from
the Australian and New Zealand
at the helm
of the team
when it won
IDCC in 2007
and he also
to victory at
"It is Army's intent to field a
very strong team again this year,"
Maj Holmes said.
"We look forward to the
challenge of renewing old battles
with those teams from the past and
engaging with the new teams that
have entered the competition this
"Although a number of our top-
line players are
at the end
of last year
a number of
Army cricket, which has strength-
ened our depth of talent."
A World Defence XI will be
selected to play a match against
former test and first-class cricket-
ers from the Australian Cricketers'
Association Masters at Manuka on
November 24. The Twenty20 game
will be known as the International
Challenge Shield and will coincide
with the launch of the of the Stand
Tall (for Post Traumatic Stress
Disorder) awareness campaign.
PTSD Limited is headed by
Vietnam War veteran Tony Dell,
who was the ADF's last service-
man to play test cricket (he was a
seam bowler who played two tests
in the early '70s).
Mr Dell has suffered for more
than 40 years with PTSD and this
campaign aims to put the focus
back on this battle so others can
The ASCA patron is CDF Gen
The Army team will hold a
training and coaching camp in
Canberra from November 5 to 11.
For more information, email
We look forward
to the challenge
of renewing old
battles with teams
from the past.
-- Maj Lindsay Holmes,
Army Cricket coach
Cricketers aim to
take back the title
International defence cricket teams to face off in Canberra challenge
Good sport: Maj Nic Griffith faces off against the Malaysian team during the 2009 IDCC.
Photo by LS Phillip Cullinan
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