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AIR FORCE October 15, 2009
By FLTLT Greg Threlfall
THE 2009 RAAF Base Towns-
ville Charity Bike Ride has raised
$6300 for the Cancer Council of
Sixty eight cyclists and 18 sup-
port personnel made the 105km
journey from Harvey's Range near
Townsville back to the base.
The September 3 ride marked
three months of planning and prepa-
ration by a dedicated team of com-
mittee members and was conducted
in four stages along Harvey's Range
Road, south-west of Townsville.
It included a stop-off at the herit-
age tea rooms for lunch.
After a dash down Harvey's
Range, with riders easily reaching
speeds of 60km/h, the group pulled
into Dairy Farmers Stadium on the
outskirts of Townsville for the final
10km push into the base.
Under police escort, the group
-- consisting of Air Force and Army
members, as well as civilian person-
nel associated with the base -- snaked
its way through Townsville.
The event has been held for the
past three years and is growing in
magnitude each year.
A number of local businesses
donated prizes to contribute to a raf-
fle worth almost $4000.
FLTLT Shane Taylor from RAAF Base
Richmond proved Air Force's best with a
third in the 2009 Australian Defence Cycling
Club (ADCC) endurance mountain bik-
ing (MTB) championships on August 23 in
The top Defence places were taken by
Navy's PO Dion Blair and LS Darren Smith
with FLTLT Taylor, the 2008 champion, third
in 5:42, followed closely by CPL Michael
Crummy from RAAF Base Richmond less
than three minutes behind.
Held in conjunction with a civilian event,
more than 1000 riders took part, some of
whom took more than 9 hours to finish.
In A-grade, 15 Defence competitors tackled
the gruelling 105km Lockyer Valley course,
climbing a total of more than 2200m and cov-
ering a range of terrain from steep, technical
single track to flat, fast road and fire trail sec-
Temperatures soared above 30 degrees,
adding an additional degree of difficulty.
B-grade competitors completed a shorter
52km course and it was a tri-service affair,
with FLTLT Tim Smith from RAAF Base
Amberley taking the win ahead of Army's
WO1 Adrian South and Navy's LS Luke
SQNLDR Peter Tonkes from RAAF Base
Amberley was declared winner of the 'most
average rider' award by finishing with an indi-
vidual average speed closest to the overall
average for Defence riders.
ADCC intends to pair with a major civilian
race again for the 2010 championships, with
an announcement to be made later this year.
By Barry Rollings
AIR Force players came to the fore
at the Australian Defence Netball As-
sociation's (ADNA) championship
carnival in Townsville from September
The championships, with members of
all services lining up in their state teams,
finished with three hard-fought finals.
Northern Territory won the men's
final 26-22 against NSW; NSW edged
the previously undefeated ACT 17-13 in
the mixed competition; and South East
Queensland beat Western Australia 26-
10 for the women's title.
The men's final was a cracker with
Northern Territory coming from behind
to beat the previously unbeaten NSW.
With shooter AC Felix Bonomini fir-
ing up front, NSW led at quarter-time
With five minutes to go in the third
quarter, Northern Territory lifted, thanks
to several turnovers in the centre court
by player and coach, Air Force's CPL
Dean Burke. Scores were locked at 18-
all going into the last stanza.
It was a tense fourth quarter with both
sides fighting hard. Northern Territory
took the lead in the final minutes to win.
CPL Burke was elated.
"It was a great game," he said. "It
was a great effort by the boys to come
back from six goals down."
After the mixed competition final,
NSW coach and player WGCDR Nick
Osborne was thrilled with the win.
"This was the first time we had the
team together and it took until the finals
to get the right combination," WGCDR
"We worked hard at developing as
a team and not as individuals, and it
paid off. ACT showed a very resilient
defence, some of the best that I have
seen in the mixed competition and that
caused a rethink of our tactics."
Cracker games in
netball free for all
Townsville's easy riders
raise $6300 for charity
FUN: CPL Adam
and WOFF Ray
Eastham from 1
Squadron set a
as they head
the 105km from
to RAAF Base
money for the
fight on cancer.
Photo: LAC George
ON THE BALL: NSW's LAC Mike Gestrin (left) makes a move on goal as
ACT's SQNLDR Paul Fournie (right) attempts to block him in the mixed
competiton won by NSW 17-13.
Photo: CPL Kristen Pickering
finish as Air
rider in the
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