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September 15, 2011
IT APPEARS that our F-35 Joint Strike Fighter project office
is not quite as stealthy as the aircraft it is introducing.
In the first of a series of friendlies, the F-35 NACCers,
from New Air Combat Capability, were given a softball
lesson by the US Embassy at ADFA recently.
This was despite the NACCers calling on their secret
weapon, SGT Tracey Mosley, a dual Australian Olympian
and four-time world championship player over a 20-year
"We looked great warming up and I could see the
opposition was troubled," NACC team manager SQNLDR
Tony Goad said.
"I interpreted a shake of Tracey's head as a sign of
confidence; the opposition was definitely in for a surprise."
With the allure of the smoking barbecue and World
Series-like musical accompaniment, the modest (in fact,
very modest) crowd was in for a thriller. The scene was set.
But alas, despite some personal bests, the NACCers were
jumped from the start and never recovered.
"I can't tell you the final score, because, like the F-35, it's
classified," SQNLDR Goad said.
But, as AVM Kym Osley explained in offering his
congratulations to the Embassy team after the game,
"softball was the winner".
COL Christopher Stockton, of the US Embassy,
responded: "My team looks forward to next year when
I understand the Yanks will learn a thing or two about
cricket... the hard way."
The game was part of an ongoing series of NACC-
coordinated events, the proceeds from which go to the
Cancer Council of Australia.
SECRET WEAPON: Former
international softball player
Tracey Mosley batters up for
WATCH THE BALL:
looking like he knows
what he's doing.
It's back to the
drawing board for
DESPITE the disappointment of their nine-year winning
streak coming to an end at the Australian Defence squash
titles, Air Force players still had cause for celebration at
RAAF Base Williamtown from August 7 to 12.
WOFF Brett Parker, of Air Force Headquarters,
claimed the masters title and WGCDR Scott Parry, of
RAAF Base Williamtown, won the B grade competi-
Silver lining as our
squash reign ends
Army won the overall inter-ser-
vice competition in a heartbreaking
The Air Force team of CPL Craig
Baldwin, LAC Steve Gailer, WOFF
Parker and FLTLT Stuart McLean was
beaten on a points countback after the
matches were tied at two all.
The masters competition was a
knock-out format and WOFF Parker
said it was great to get over the line
and win some matches.
"The highlight of the nationals
for me was seeing the improvement
of the junior players during the com-
petition, going from dangerous peo-
ple with rackets and fur going eve-
rywhere to being competent players
using the basic tactics of the game,"
WOFF Parker said. "The open semi-final between CPL
Baldwin and OCDT Matthew Brunker was another
highlight and was the closest match of the tournament
which either player could have won."
OCDT Brunker won in five sets -- 15-6, 12-15, 8-15,
CPL Baldwin agreed with WOFF Parker about
the good young players coming through. "That will
most certainly be an huge advantage for any upcoming
tours," he said.
For more information, visit http://intranet.defence.gov.au/
pspg/sites/Squash or contact Australian Defence Squash
Racquets Association president LCDR Nick Barker, (02)
9359 4077, firstname.lastname@example.org or secretary
SGT Melanie Boyd, (02) 6937 5820, melinda.boyd@
PITCHER PERFECT: FLTLT
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