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THEY say it is the horse race that stops
a nation -- but this November 1 the Mel-
bourne Cup will stop two nations at the
Australian national softball champion-
ships in Victoria.
More than 100 men and women
representing the Royal New Zealand
Air Force, the Royal New Zealand
Navy and the New Zealand Army will
contest the titles alongside about 150
ADF players at Werribee, near RAAF
But they will not be playing on
Tuesday, November 1 (which falls
smack in the middle of the titles)
because that is a designated rest day.
Very conveniently, Flemington
racecourse is only 20km or so away, so
you can expect the race crowd of more
than more than 100,000 to include
more than the odd military softballer in
need of R&R.
It's a big year for the Australian
Defence Softball Association (ADSA),
which will be celebrating its 25th anni-
versary with the titles.
ADSA president WGCDR Peter
Davis is chuffed the Kiwis are coming.
Since the inception of the titles in
1987, the New Zealanders have been
regular visitors here -- their navy once,
air force thrice and army four times --
but this will be the first time they have
all been here at the same time.
"The lure of the Melbourne Cup
might have helped," WGCDR Davis
said with a smile.
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Melbourne Cup, race that stops a softball tournament
THE fairytale has
continued for Air Force
women's rugby union.
Last year the women
did not have enough
players to form a team
in their own right.
This year, however,
they mustered enough
players to form a 10s
team for the Australian
Services Rugby Union
(ASRU) carnival in
Canberra -- with instant
success. Seven of
the Air Force players
and their coach were
for the ARU team to
play in the national
Brisbane this month.
Imagine how happy
they were when the
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CPL Zenith King
TWO years after breaking his right
wrist in a motorcycle accident, CPL
Aaron Kellett has returned to the top
level of tenpin bowling with a venge-
CPL Kellett, of Navy's 723SQN,
won two titles at the combined ser-
vices championships in Brisbane late
"Winning the double and triples
was something I didn't expect at all,"
"The calibre of the bowling this
year was a lot higher than I antici-
pated but my doubles partner, WO2
Steve Ritchie, bowled exceptional-
ly well and we complemented each
other in the doubles.
"In the triples [where he partnered
Air Force SGT Adrian Bennett and
MAJ Toni Hogan], I didn't know my
team had won until the presentation
night, so it was quite a shock."
CPL Kellett broke his right wrist
-- on his delivery hand -- in the acci-
dent two years ago so he was espe-
cially pleased that his hard work had
"Having two years off and hav-
ing surgery to rebuild my wrist, I
have sought guidance and coaching
along my road to recovery and feel
my game and technique is changing
and becoming more consistent and
CPL Kellett said he had worked
hard throughout the week to stay
focused and maintain his average.
"I entered the tournament with a
182 average and finished with a 209
average over 18 games," he said.
Continued, Page 23
RUGBY UNION'S BIG YEAR
AIR FORCE PLAYERS WIN WORLD CUP TOUCH MEDALS -- PAGE 23
MAKING IT HAPPEN: Air Force team member CPL Brooke
Saunders dives for a loose ball as teammates PO Nikki Palmer
(grey headgear) and CAPT Kate Porter (black headgear) bring
up the rear.
Photo: LACW Kylie Gibson
MARATHON MAN'S PERSONAL BEST -- PAGE 23
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