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"As part of the Army team we
will meet people from different
IF YOU you have ever tried to fix a
broken bike chain with only a claw
hammer, perhaps you can understand
the anxiety of WO2 Andrew Tabain
during the Tour De Timor Mountain
It happened on day four of the
five-day 500km event in September.
WO2 Tabain, of 11/28RWAR,
was leading the Masters (45-55)
section by 50
minutes but 10
minutes into the
Same to Aileu leg
he broke his chain.
"About 50 riders
passed me," WO2
Tabain said. "I
had no repair gear
and made several
failed attempts to
join the chain. One
person came from a
local village with a
hammer to help."
Finally, friends at the rear of the
field stopped and gave WO2 Tabain a
chain breaker and joiner link, and he
was able to get moving again.
The breakdown cost him 25
minutes but he still went on to win
the Masters category and he was also
a team member in the team which
finished third in the elite section.
WO2 Tabain is no stranger to
Timor-Leste. He deployed there in
2003 and 2007 and his wife Grace is
also from the country.
But even though he has some
experience on a road bike, mountain
biking was a new experience for him.
He was the only ADF rider in a
field of more than 70.
"Some of the highlights were
two days of riding in the mountains,
passing through the highest mountain
range near Maubisse, and the
thousands of spectators that lined the
roads and tracks each day."
THREE officer cadets from ADFA
were members of the winning men's
coxed four at the Disher Cup Regatta in
Canberra on October 19.
OCdts Steve Bowles, Mitchell
Lindsay and James Colmer were in the
boat with two midshipmen.
Defence rowers from ADFA and RMC
competed against the Australian National
University on Lake Burley Griffin in near
First held in 1971, the regatta was
established as a long-distance rowing race
in the tradition of the boat race between
Oxford and Cambridge universities.
It now includes women's events and
racing in fours and single sculls, as well
as the blue ribbon men's eight.
This year the ANU students won all
but the men's four, which was taken by
the crew from the ADFA in 6min and
Australian Defence Rowing
Association vice-president Maj Rob Curtin
praised the efforts of all the Defence
"It's incredibly tough racing, particu-
larly the longer events where the crews
are racing for eight to nine minutes stroke
for stroke," he said.
ADFA coxed four comes to the fore
Oh, the pain of
a broken chain
THREE Army lawn bowl-
ers have been named in the
Australian Services Bowls
Association national team after
the ASBA Championships in
WO1 Mick Carley, Cpl
Kelvern Templeton and WO1
Steve Sobolewski were
delighted to be picked.
Army bowlers were
denied the national service
championship by just four shots
at Swifts Bowls Club, Booval,
from October 14--18.
Army opened with a win
against Air Force 71--64 but
lost to Navy, the tournament
Navy led by 12 before
Army surged back, thanks to
a five-shot gain by WO2 Sue
McManus's rink on the second-
Playing on that rink, in only
his second ASBA nationals,
was Cpl Templeton.
"To get into the national
squad in my second year took
me by surprise," Cpl Templeton
said. "Just utter disbelief."
Coming ASBA fixtures
November 8: National Training Centre
February: Australian Open pre-
qualifying in Melbourne.
February: National Training Centre in
July 28-31: Soldiers Point six-way
challenge versus NSW Police, NSW
Greenkeepers, NSW RSL, NSW
Railways, NSW Fire Fighters at a venue
to be confirmed.
August-September: NSW Champions
League, versus NSW clubs.
Suprised: Cpl Kelvern
Drawing a crowd: The ADFA men's coxed four, from left, Midn
Scott Percival, Midn Samuel Judd and OCdts Steve Bowles,
Mitchell Lindsay and James Colmer.
Photo by Icon Photo
corps and different trades and the
interservices competition also
enables you to get out there and
meet people from other services,"
"Cricket is a rank-neutral
environment and we've got
expressions of interest from diggers
to captains already."
WO2 Chattin grew up in
Queensland playing vigoro, a game
similar to cricket but played at a
much faster pace.
"Vigoro was my weekend sport,
but the backyard cricket between
my brothers and sisters was fierce,"
WO2 Chattin has played cricket
intermittently over the years and
now plays for the Melbourne Premier
Firsts team Plenty Valley.
She said it was her first
opportunity to be involved in
an interservice women's cricket
competition, although her husband
has been involved with the Army
men's cricket team for the past 11
"I can't wait to get there and
see what all the fuss is about; Ian
comes back each year full of stories
and already anticipating the next
competition," she said.
This tie into Army Cricket means
WO2 Chattin is best placed to pull
together the first Army women's
cricket team for the national inter-
Players interested in the women's
competition can get more information
at the ASCA website http://ascacricket.com.
au/index.php/nationals-w or email
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