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June 24, 2010
Flint second in NZ
FLGOFF Lisa Flint, who has been chosen
to represent Australia in the marathon
in India in October, finished second in
the Christchurch half-marathon in New
Zealand on June 6. She was one of
nearly 6000 runners who contested the
marathon and half-marathon distances,
and set a cracking pace to take the lead
at the 1km mark in three minutes. New
Zealander Shireen Crumpton hit the lead
at 15km and won in 1hr 16min 9sec,
45sec clear of FLGOFF Flint.
THE ACT/Wagga Inter-service
Basketball competition will be held
at the Royal Military College courts
in Canberra on the weekend of June
26 and 27. Participants will be con-
sidered for the men's and women's
ACT Combined Services Team to
compete at the National Combined
Services Championships at RAAF Base
Williamtown in late November/early
December. Selection is open to all ADF
members (permanent and reservists).
For more information, contact FLTLT
Fiona Harris, email@example.com.
au or, at Wagga, WOFF Ken Robertson,
firstname.lastname@example.org. If you
are unable to make it and still wish to be
considered for selection, let them know.
Lawn bowlers set
AIR FORCE lawn bowlers will be desper-
ate to recapture their mantle as service
champions at this year's Australian
Services Bowls Association National
Championships at Booval Bowls Club,
Queensland, from September 20 to
24. For years, Air Force and Army have
shared the spoils, however, both teams
were so stunned by Navy's shock win at
last year's championships that the call
now has gone out to find their next gen-
eration of lawn bowlers. The National
Championships will include a state v
state and an inter-service competition.
NSW is conducting its state carnival at
Raymond Terrace from August 16 to
20. For enquiries for state and national
titles, contact SQNLDR Ian Lane (02)
6127 6241, email@example.com
or, APS, Ronald Kern (07) 3332 7707,
City to Surf call
THE Australian Defence Running and
Athletics Association hopes to field
teams for this year's 14km City to
Surf in Sydney on August 8. If you are
interested, send your name as soon as
possible (it's a popular event with about
75,000 participants and entries close
early) to firstname.lastname@example.org
FOR the third year running, SGT Mur-
ray Stabler has carried the Air Force
flag by winning the longboard title at
the NSW inter-service surfing carni-
val.It's a source of frustration though
that the coveted Grant Robinson per-
petual trophy for the best-performing
team at the titles eludes us.
Air Force surrendered an early lead
to be narrowly edged out by Navy
at the titles near Port Stephens from
May 25 to 27.
"We're getting closer," SGT
Navy won with 89 points, with Air
Force on 84 points.
"Last year we finished 22 points
behind, so we're closing in."
Air Force also tasted success in the
shortboard competition, with FSGT
Ricky Phieffer in second place.
The event this year was organ-
ised by the RAAF Base Williamtown
Boardriders Club and SGT Stabler,
aside from competing, took on the job
as one of the co-ordinators.
Air Force fielded a strong team
of 22 competitors against Army and
Surf's up again
AIRCDRE Rick Owen (JWDTC), longboard; SQNLDR Mark
Evans (3CRU), longboard; FLTLT Adam Carrol (81WG), man-
ager; FLTLT Ross Murray (SACTU), short; FLGOFF Samantha
Hearne (3SQN), female; FLGOFF Luke Shepherd (4SQN),
long; FSGT Martin Johns (SACTU), long; FSGT Ricky Pfieffer
(3CRU), short; SGT Stephen Medaris (77SQN), short; SGT
Murray Stabler (278SQN), long; CPL Simon Dodd (381ECSS),
short; CPL Richard Goldshaft (278SQN), short; CPL Russell
Huxley (2OCU), long; CPL Stuart Johnson (3SQN), long; CPL
Jamie Levin (381ECSS), short; CPL Stefan Mapleson (CFS),
marshal; CPL Benjamin Wilkie (36SQN), short; LACW Karen
Beveridge (3SQN), female; LAC David Bennett (77SQN), short;
LAC William Burnett (2SQN), short; LAC Danny Hawthorne
(36SQN), short; LAC Jarvis Lane (381ECSS), long.
THREE TIMES WINNER: SGT Murray Stabler turns off the top of the wave during the team challenge.
Photos: LAC Craig Barrett
ABOVE BOARD: FSGT Martin Johns
executes a bottom turn.
Air Force teams, but despite a push to
attract more female competitors, only
two of these were women, as opposed
to Navy's four women.
Conditions over the three competi-
tion days ranged from 1m to 3m swell
with north-west to south-east winds.
The teams event, which is much
sought after for its bragging rights, was
held at the end of the individual finals.
Air Force took a commanding lead
over Navy and Army in the first half
of the event -- only to see it eroded
during the afternoon.
Army put in a solid effort but
could not match it with the depth of
the Navy and Air Force teams and
slowly lost touch of the lead through-
out the day.
The remainder of the afternoon
saw the lead change between the
Navy and Air Force several times and
the final result was the closest margin
seen in recent years.
If the Air Force surfers thought
their work was done at the end of
competition, they had to think again.
The presentation was held at
Williamtown's Kittyhawk Club, which
started with a barbecue meal cooked
by the Air Force team.
The awards were presented by
AIRCDRE Rick Owen, himself one
of the surfers who put in a rock solid
performance in both the longboard
and the teams event.
OUR SURFERS BRIDGING THE GAP
FORMER WGCDR Matt Hall
was praised for his flying when
he regained control of his MXS-R
aircraft after skimming the Detroit
River in Canada in a Red Bull race.
He preferred to look at it differ-
"I feel like it was a terrible piece
of flying to get myself there. So it
depends how you look at it," he said.
"I did what I had to recover from
a situation that I put myself in. So I
guess it evens out. A slight bit of
damage but [I] walked away from
it." The incident happened dur-
ing the first qualifying session in
Windsor, Ontario, on June 5.
Hall was challenging for the lead
when he suffered an aerodynamic
wing stall. His left wing skimmed
the surface of the river that sepa-
rates the US and Canada. His right
wheel cover hit the water as well
but Hall was quickly able to regain
Hall talks about his Detroit River feat
control of his aircraft and climb up
away into the sky.
"I felt I was having a fairly
good run," Hall said. "I might have
skipped twice on the water. It's a
very disappointing result for me.
It's the motor racing equivalent of
touching the wall.
"I've never hit the surface of the
earth before unintentionally. But I
have had very close calls.
"There are a lot of risks and you
balance the risk and your safety
margins so that every now and then
if you do go across the line with
the safety margin you manage to
keep everything else under control,
then the odds are stacked in your
Hall's plane was inspected in
the air after his safety climb out by
another pilot who was flying in a
holding pattern. Hall then landed
safely back at the race airport.
"The main damage is on the
right aileron. I think the plane is not
that badly damaged. It is going to
be a matter of replacing parts."
Hall finished third in the Red
Bull series in his debut year last
year and finished second when
the event came to Perth, Western
Australia, in April.
CLOSE CALL: Matt Hall clips
the water on the Detroit River in
Photo: Getty Images for Red Bull Air Race
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