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CPL Trudi Lines felt especially
proud to be part of the ADF women's
All Stars Australian football team
which played in the Anzac Cup in Mel-
bourne on April 21.
It was a bonus that the ADF won the
game by seven goals. It was the team's
first win in five years.
"To be able to play was humbling
as I remember those who have served
our country in the past and are currently
serving overseas," CPL Lines said.
"Having served twice in Afghanistan
I know first-hand how important our
role is and the sacrifice that is involved."
It was a nice change for CPL Lines
who played for the heavily outnum-
bered Air Force team at the national
ADF titles and was soundly beaten by
both Army and Navy.
She said it was great to be part of a
winning team this time.
"It was a tough match, but I felt that
all of our girls really had that burning
desire to win. It showed that the ADF is
back and we will never give up," she said.
The men's ADF All Stars team
was not so lucky in its annual Anzac
Challenge against Australian Combined
Emergency Services team at AAMI
Stadium in Adelaide on April 23.
The men lost by 19 points in the
curtain-raiser to the Gold Coast Suns'
historic first AFL victory against Port
Adelaide. One of ADF's best players
was CPL Shannon Burke.
Footballer's sense of pride
TRY-OUTS for the NSW
combined services women's,
mixed and men's teams will
be held at the Moorebank
Sports Club Netball Courts
on July 10 and 24. For infor-
mation, contact SGT Wade
Phillips on wade.phillips@
CPL Craig Baldwin won
the Open Plate event and
LAC Brendon Munday was
runner-up in the men's A
Grade Special Plate at the
Northern Territory Top End
Open squash tournament on
THEY did not win a game in 13 en-
counters but the players in the ADF
men's team that contested the Austral-
ian netball titles can hold their heads
"They knew they were going to get
beaten and went out and did their best,"
captain SQNLDR Peter Janssen said.
SQNLDR Janssen was one of two
Air Force players in the team. The
other was FLTLT Tim White who was
bestowed with the coaches' award for
his team-orientated efforts.
It was the first time in seven years
the ADF team had participated in the
titles, which was held this year at the
Penrith Sports Stadium from April 23
to May 1.
Aside from the men's team, the
ADF also fielded a mixed team.
The results for the mixed team
were the same though -- no wins but a
whole lot of satisfaction for a job well
done against the odds.
Mixed team captain SGT Kristen
Pickering said her team was faced
with state teams which had been train-
ing together three nights a week for
up to eight months.
SQNLDR Janssen said the men's
team was up against well-drilled
open and under-23 teams from NSW,
Victoria and Queensland, and some
of his colleagues had only ever played
social indoor netball.
"We started with a group of guys
that had never played netball at the
level of competition we were going
into. We did a short but intense
training camp to give them some
team skills and worked on their indi-
vidual skills, and then armed them
with some simple rules and game
plan," he said.
"Over the week of the carnival
they experienced why some rules
were in place, learnt a style and meth-
od of play and individually and as a
team continued to improve.
"We enjoyed ourselves and we
were consistently told by other teams
that they were amazed at how well we
played given our experience, that we
came from all over Australia and only
had three days of training.
"Our best chance of a win was
against Suva but we lost by two
points, going down 37-39."
The mixed side was hindered
before competition even started, los-
ing LACW Jess Johnson on the last
day of training to a knee injury.
Air Force members of the mixed
team were SQNLDR Paul Fournier,
CPL Michael Gestrin, LACW
Kimberly Dutton and the luckless
SGT Pickering joined LACW
Johnson on the sidelines midway
through the tournament after damag-
ing ankle ligaments. But neither just
packed it in, much to coach Adele-
Marie Caesar's delight.
"Both Jess and Kristen provided val-
uable administrative support as scorers
and photographers but also became a
part of the coaching support staff, giv-
ing feedback to players and speaking
to coaching staff about what they learnt
from the sidelines," she said.
"Kristen remained the captain
throughout, talking to the team at the
huddles, which Jess participated in."
The team's most improved award
went to LACW Dutton.
"Kimberly was a late inclusion
and had a lot to prove," Ms Caesar
said. "By the end of the tournament
she showed a greater willingness to
contest the ball, navigate space and
play a tight defence in a highly physi-
The Australian Defence Netball
Association national carnival is planned
for Victoria from October 9 to 15.
Contact your state representatives or
email SGT Pickering at kpickering@dfr.
com.au for information.
won the most
award in the
for the men's
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