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SGT Muehlberg was one of many
players from all over the country and
from New Zealand who descended
on Sydney for the ADF titles from
September 12 to 18.
He played for South Australia which
lost to NSW in the men's final, 54-33.
His fine performance, however,
won him selection in the men's All
Stars team to represent the ADF in the
Australian Men's and Mixed Netball
Association National Carnival in
Sydney from April 23 to May 1, which
is largely a civilian competition.
Plans are in train for the women's
All Stars team to take on a NZDF
team as a curtain-raiser to the ANZ
Championship games on the Anzac
By Scotty Tobias
AIR Force won the ADF championship
at this year's national lawn bowls cham-
pionships in a result that wasn't decided
until the final bowl came to rest.
Held at Swift Sports Club,
Brisbane, from September 20 to 24, it
was the closest series there has been.
Both Army and APS missed some
chances whereas the Air Force play-
ers took theirs.
The opening round pitted Air Force
against Army and APS against Navy.
It appeared to be Air Force's easiest
assignment, however, that was quickly
forgotten when Army exploded to a
20-1 lead which they held throughout.
It was a rude awakening for the
Air Force players and their task
appeared nearly out of reach after
hearing their next opponents, APS,
had easily disposed of Navy.
Bowlers seize chance
In round two, Air Force clawed
their way back against APS to gain
the lead with just two ends remaining
and followed up with a six and a three
to effectively end the match.
Army beat Navy in the other
match and headed into the final round
on 13 points followed by RAAF and
APS both on 8 ½ points.
The equation for Army was sim-
ple: beat APS and the title would be
theirs while Air Force and APS would
have to score handsomely to make up
The APS v Army contest finished
first with APS winning 92-64. The
overall standings were unclear as both
camps converged on the other match
to see three of the four rinks com-
pleted, all in Air Force's favour.
Word spread a draw on the last
rink would clinch the title for Air
Force, which trailed by a single shot.
Loud cheers went up from Army
and APS when Navy drew shot just
inches from the jack, however, Air
Force's CPL Rob Fitzgerald followed
up with a brilliant front toucher.
The game and the overall result was
in the balance with any slight contact on
to the shot bowl moving the jack back
to Navy's two bowls. If it moved more
than four feet Air Force hold shot.
Air Force skip CPL Michael
Petersen predicted his counterpart
would play weight and directed his
third, player of the series AC Roger
Ward, to position his bowls accordingly.
This made the Navy skip's task very
difficult and his final two attempts nar-
rowly missed their target. The game
One of SGT Muelhberg's team-
mates in the men's All Stars team will
be CPL Craig Taylor who captained
the South Australian men's team and
was awarded the men's competition
Most Valuable Player.
The NSW and ACT women's teams
provided the closest contest of the com-
petition with NSW scoring in the final
minute of the match to win 35-34.
ACT women's coach SQNLDR
Paul Fournier said his team performed
well with limited preparation.
"I am so proud of the ACT wom-
en's team," he said.
"The girls only started playing
together at the competition, learning
from every game and impressing eve-
ryone by being competitive against a
well-drilled NSW team."
SQNLDR Fournier played in the
mixed competition and was rewarded
with a call-up to the All Stars support
squad, from which players will be
selected for the All Stars bench.
The mixed competition at the
national titles was won by Victoria
which beat ACT 35-29 in the final.
SGT Muehlberg will not be lost to
basketball forever. In fact, at the time
of this paper being put together he was
heading off to Western Australian for
the university basketball titles in Perth.
Nor does he rule out having another
crack at netball. "It was fun and they're
a great bunch of people," he said.
South Australian netballers borrow a champ
Air Force players in ADF women's
All Stars: OFFCDT Amanda Varley,
CPL Rachael Hawcroft.
Women's squad (from which the
bench players will be selected or
players promoted to the starting
lineup should players become
unavailable): LACW Lisa Merriman,
FLGOFF Catherine Ferry.
Mixed All Stars: CPL Bec Kubitzky.
Squad: SQNLDR Paul Fournier,
ACW Christine Van De Werken
Men's All Stars: SGT Tim
Muehlberg, CPL Craig Taylor.
Squad: SQNLDR Peter Janssen,
LAC Nathan Unsworth
OUR ALL STARS
Ward, left, is
NO YOU DON'T: CPL Bec
Kubitzky, left, tries to block a shot ...
she was rewarded for her fine play
by being named for the Mixed All
Photo: ABIS Hayley Clarke
Air Force cricketers think pink again
ABOUT 30 Air Force cricketers are ex-
pected to converge on RAAF Base Rich-
mond for trials from October 27 to 29.
At stake will be selection for 15
berths in the Air Force team which will
contest the Defence Force's nation-
al cricket carnival in Canberra from
November 1 to 3.
The RAAF Cricket Association this
year has a new president, WGCDR
Grant Pinder, whose goal is to build
on the team's strengths, including
fundraising which has raised nearly
$25,000 for the McGrath Foundation
over the past three years.
The Air Force is providing pink
stumps that will be used in the one-day
the games at Chisholm.
For more information,
contact coach SGT Sean
Croker on (08) 9571 7289 or
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