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July 21, 2011
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This has been a personal best for me. I
exceeded my own expectations so this was
a massive confidence boost for me and my
Air Force missed out this year on the
singles crown. That went to AB Derek
But AC James Wood placed second in
the masters and was one of only two bowl-
ers who bowled 299/300. He also placed
third in the overall Defence championship.
"I played 36 games over three days
including 18 on the final day," he said.
Seven RAAFies were selected in
the Australian Defence Tenpin Bowling
Association national team.
They are AC Wood, CPL Kellett, FSGT
Brett Byers, SGT Kieran Wyllie, SGT Paul
Verrall, CPL Jason Lindsay and FSGT
Back in the fast lane
after motorcycle crash
ON A ROLL: AC James Wood, above,
and CPL Aaron Kellett, left.
BRICE Mitchell had a busy day
when the RAAF Edinburgh Touch
Club played its autumn grand finals.
Mitchell coached the Chicks Rule
Team in the C-grade final against
Chicks Strike Again on June 24.
Chicks Strike Again won 5-2.
Mitchell had better luck when
he put on his playing shoes for the
A-grade final later in the day.
He led his DSTO team Out
of Touch to a 5-4 victory against
Kamikaze Kangaroos from 1RSU.
He was named player of the
final, on top of his award of Most
Valuable Player (MVP) for A-grade
over the 18-game competition.
The B-grade final was won by
Speculators, 4-3, against Nearside.
The player of the B-grade
final was LAC Luke Doherty, of
Speculators' CPL Stephen Reed
and Nearside's LAC Chris Ash
shared the B-grade MVP award.
CPL Rachael Gorton, of Chicks
Strike Again, was the player of the
C-grade final as well as competition
The A-grade win topped off a
busy tournament for Mitchell.
Aside from serving as referee
throughout the tournament and assist-
ing as the competition coordinator, he
took on the coaching of the Chicks
Rule team with an eye to the future.
The team started as one team but
there were so many players it split
into two sides.
"The goal is for the SA Defence
Eagles to have a female side in the
state league competition, and for us
to have a majority of the Southern
States women's team going to
nationals," Mitchell said. "They
have come a long way in six months.
A lot had never played before the
start of the season, and most of them
are keen on continuing to play at
higher levels, which is great to see."
Getting the women up and running fast
GOING FORWARD LACW
Kayla Woods, of Chicks Rule, in
the final. Photo: CPL Rodney Welch
Photos: LAC Bill Solomou
THREE Air Force players were
part of the Australian team that
returned triumphant from the
touch football World Cup in Edin-
burgh, Scotland, in late June.
Australia won the World Cup,
claiming five of the seven divisions.
Australia won all three open
divisions in men's, women's and
mixed categories -- something that
has not been achieved since 2003.
The three Air Force players all
won silver medals.
FLTLT Brad Squires and reserv-
ist FSGT John Samin were in the
men's 40 team that lost to New
FSGT Danny Bretherton was in
the senior mixed team that went
down to New Zealand 6-7.
Two other Air Force mem-
bers, SQNLDR Cliff Winnett and
SQNLDR Ken Gilbert participated
in the World Cup as referees.
Three Army members were
also part of the 180-member
They are WO2 Michael Patman
and MAJ Philip Corkeron, who
were in the men's 35 team that
beat South Africa 11-6 and WO1
Greg Taylor who officiated as a
Silver at world
touch titles in
AFTER his gold medal in the half-
marathon at the Arafura Games in
May, SQNLDR Richard Gardiner
smashed his personnel best by almost
a minute to finish second in the ADF
marathon titles this month.
The titles were run in conjunc-
tion with the Gold Coast marathon
on July 4.
Thirty-five ADF runners were
among 5086 runners in the 42.2km
race between Burleigh Heads and
The ADF winner was LEUT
Rowan Walker in 2hr 20min 23sec.
SQNLDR Gardiner, of RAAF
Base Williamtown, came home in
2:28.57 -- and in 17th place overall.
"I'm very happy with the result,"
SQNLDR Gardiner said."I wasn't
sure what sort of form I was in com-
ing into the race as I hadn't done a
good marathon for a couple of years
so it was good to run a personal best.
"I felt reasonably prepared com-
ing into the race, having had no injury
problems in the lead-up, but I think
in the lead-up to any race you won-
der if you could have trained harder
or smarter, and you have some self
Competing for the fifth time in
the Gold Coast marathon, SQNLDR
Gardiner said he was surprised to find
imself struggling during the middle
f the race.
"I usually feel all right up to about
he 30km mark, and then start to find
tough," he said.
"This time I found myself strug-
ling from about 15km and didn't pull
hrough and start feeling good again
ntil around the 28km mark.
"During the tough bit I just
ounted off the kilometres one by
ne, focused on maintaining running
hythm and form and stuck with a few
ther runners to maintain pace."
SQNLDR Gardiner said the best
art of the day was the crowd.
"Crossing the finish line felt great
s the atmosphere was fantastic and
was relieved to have finished with
uch a good time.
"There were so many support-
rs out on the course and the crowd
oming into the finishing area was
SQNLDR Gardiner said racing
mong some high level Australian
nd international athletes was chal-
"Even though they are ahead, you
are able to see them several times dur-
ing the race and be amazed at how
fast they are running," he said.
"I wish I could learn how to run as
fast as them. I think one thing to take
away from them is how well they pace
themselves throughout the race and
are able to finish as strongly as they
The Gold Coast marathon attracts
some of the fastest runners from
around the world due to its flat course
and mild temperatures.
This year the 22-year-old
race record was beaten by Kenyan
Nicholas Manza Kamakya in a time
The next race on the Defence cal-
endar is the City2Surf in Sydney on
But you will not see SQNLDR
Gardiner there on Heartbreak Hill, not
as a competitor anyway.
"I was originally compet-
ing in another event which clashed
with City2Surf, but recently withdrew
from the other event.
"The entries for City2Surf are now
closed so I missed the boat with get-
ting my entry in."
For more information about the
City2Surf, email luke.Grattan@defence.
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