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March 31, 2011
ADFA had cause for a dual celebra-
tion after the Kapooka sports series
at Wagga, winning trophies for both
the men's Australian football and the
Air Force players figured in both
teams on March 12.
The netballers, who have now
won the Kapooka 7s for three
years in a row, were represented
by OFFCDT Amanda Varley (goal
attack), OFFCDT Steph Power (cen-
tre), OFFCDT Kirstie Marconi (wing
defence), OFFCDT Laura Whitfield
(goal keeper) and OFFCDT Ellen
The Air Force footballers in the
ADFA Rams team, which won the
Kapooka 12s, included OFFCDT
Cameron King, OFFCDT Nick
Downward, OFFCDT Nick Brun,
OFFCDT Jack Timperon and
OFFCDT Ramy Fathelbab.
They beat ARTC in a display of
speed and skill.
OFFCDT King was judged the
ADFA player of the series and coach
CAPT Mat Jones was thrilled with
"He kicked 12 goals during the
tournament running through the mid-
SGT Kristen Pickering
AIR Force players were pitted against
each other in a thrilling final of the mixed
netball at Kapooka.
In a goal-for-goal game that went
to two periods of extra time, NSW beat
last year's winner ACT 17-15.
Both teams were tri-service outfits.
Playing for NSW were CPL Mick
Gestrin (goal attack), CPL Anthony
Doherty (wing attack) and FLTLT
Timothy White (goal defence).
Playing for ACT were SQNLDR
Paul Fournier (centre), FLTLT Tanya
Evans (goal shooter), LACW Kim
Dutton (goal keeper) and FLTLT
Georgina Lowe (wing attack).
NSW AB Katie Cox ran between the
Navy Australian rules football and the
netball all day, playing centre in both
sports. Luck was on NSW's side when
the mixed netball final was brought for-
ward, allowing AB Cox to play in the
netball final before having to run over
to the football and play in the Navy ver-
sus Army final.
The high-leaping CPL Gestrin was
thrilled with the way the NSW netball
"Prior to Kapooka 7s we hadn't
played as a team, but we have trained
together for other comps, so we knew
each other well and how each played so
it didn't take long to form a bond as a
team," he said.
The game was hard and tough from
the start, with the scores tied up at 6-all
going into the second half.
Nothing changed in the second half,
with the score 13-all at full-time.
The game went into three minutes of
extra time. Still the scores were locked.
In the second period of extra time,
NSW was able to capitalise on a couple
of turnovers and take the lead.
The centre court was fierce.
ACT pressed hard but NSW defenders
ADFA's success in the Kapooka 12s
Australian rules competition has provid-
ed a real bonus for the Air Force Hawks
team heading into the ADF national ti-
tles.Air Force coach SGT Sean McGrath
hopes to draft at least three of the young
Air Force players into his team for
Melbourne from April 12-16.
"I only got to see the ADFA guys
play one game at Kapooka; the RAAF
guys that I saw were quite good," he
"Not only that, we also had 12 new
guys turn up to our training camp, so
there will be quite a lot of new faces
turning up in Melbourne, which will be
"This could quite possibly the
youngest squad we have put together to
attend the carnival."
SGT McGrath guided the Air Force
team to victory at Kapooka last year so
he is understandably happy about the
new talent coming through as is club
president FLTLT Justin Taylor who was
a player in that 2010 team.
"It is great that ADFA got up, show-
ing that Aussie rules in the Defence
Force is being renewed with more
young talent," he said.
Air Force entered one and a half
teams at Kapooka, the half team com-
bining with some Navy players to form
a Barabarians side that was knocked out
in the first round of finals.
The Air Force side finished third,
running out of legs in the knockout final
Air Force's final squad for the ADF
titles will be finalised soon and will
head to Melbourne for the carnival on
April 8. Its first game will be against
Army on April 12.
LEAP FOR THE NET: CPL Mick
Gestrin. Photo: SGT Kristen Pickering
made some crucial intercepts and allowed
their shooters the opportunity to take the
lead, winning the game by two goals.
CPL Gestrin has been named in the
ADF All Stars which will contest the
national titles in Sydney in April.
The organiser of the Kapooka net-
ball, CAPT Aimee de Pass, was heart-
ened that the Kapooka 7s had gone
from strength-to-strength since their
inception in 2003.
"It is exciting to see that there is still
an enthusiastic response to the K7s nine
years on," she said.
Twelve teams -- five mixed and seven
women's teams -- competed this year.
field and was a major ball winner
for us in every game of the series,"
The ADFA netball team beat
10FSB Townsville 24-17 in their
Injuries took their toll on
10FSB which had only six players
for the game and played without a
10FSB took a three-goal lead but
ADFA managed to steal the goals
back in the final stages of the half
and went into half-time with scores
tied. By game's end, it was seven
ADFA filed two teams in the
Australian football at Kapooka.
OFFCDT Craig Peterson, who
played in the ADFA seconds side,
was one of the stand-out players of
Fourteen teams from throughout
Australia contested the K12s in hot
and trying conditions.
About 300 players, officials,
administrators and spectators attend-
ed. The competition is similar to the
NAB Cup, with teams being broken
into divisions and playing off against
Major winners in each division
play for the Defcredit Shield and
minor teams play for the Defcredit
Teams interested in competing in next
year's competition should contact WO2
Garry Fairbank on 0409 656 460 or
Division 1 : ADFA
Division 2: HMAS
Injection of youth welcomed
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