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October 13, 2011
LCPL Mark Doran
EVEN though the team was bol-
stered by a Navy ring-in and an ex-
change airman from the Royal New
Zealand Air Force (RNZAF), Air
Force went down in the grand final
of the South Australian inter-service
It lost to Army's 9 Bde 67-55.
Men's teams represent-
ing 11SQN, the APS, Air Force,
7RAR and 16 AD and 9 Bde com-
peted in the tournament in the new
two-court facility at RAAF Base
Edinburgh on September 18 and 19.
Air Force shot to a 20-14 lead in
the first quarter of the grand final.
LS Nick Clancey, playing in an
Air Force singlet, amassed 18 first
half points while LAC Tom Amos,
RNZAF, used his agility around the
basket to keep the Army defence
9 Bde consolidated to win the
second quarter by one point and
dominated both ends in the fourth
Although disappointed, captain
of the Air Force team SGT Tim
Muehlberg welcomed the boost in
competition with the addition of
"LAC Amos was, without a
doubt, one of our best players. We
are lucky to have him on exchange
from the RNZAF as he is a quality
inside player," he said.
THREE Air Force players -- SGT Tony
Tapper, CPL Jim Dwyer and FSGT
Shaun Keitel -- were named in the 16-
man Australian Services Bowls Asso-
ciation (ASBA) national team which
will go to South Africa in April.
The team was named after the
ASBA national championships in
Brisbane from September 19 to 23,
where Air Force failed by just four shots
to defend the Defence champions title it
won last year.
Three Air Force players were
named as reserves for the ASBA team
which will play the South African
National Defence Force.
They are CPL Wayne Jones,
LAC Phil Brown and SGT Michael
SGT Tapper was named player of
the series in Brisbane.
The scoreboard might read one
win out of three matches but Air
Force lawn bowlers can be proud of
their efforts, coming within a breath
of claiming the champions trophy.
Navy made a clean sweep of the
service competition though scores
were close in all three matches.
Air Force's first match was against
Army with the lead see-sawing
throughout. It was a thrilling contest
and after 84 ends and 336 bowls the
two teams couldn't be separated.
In the second round, Air Force
accounted for APS and Navy beat
Army to set up the title decider.
Navy led by 18 shots with a third
of the match to go when Air Force
began their comeback only to fail by
Team manager SQNLDR Ian
Lane was delighted with his charges.
"Couldn't ask for anything more, the
boys were great," he said.
In the first half of the champion-
ships, NSW whitewashed the state
MORE than 110 members
from Joint Task Force 633,
based at Al Minhad Air Base in
the United Arab Emirates, have
raised more than $3700 for
Legacy from their own version
of the Bridge to Brisbane char-
ity run. The run began at 6am
in order to avoid the blistering
heat which results in average
temperatures exceeding 35
degrees during September.
"Even though we were 11,000
kilometres away, we tried
to replicate the spirit of the
event by using a mock-up of
the Sydney Harbour Bridge
as the starting line, while the
block was used as the finishing
point," event organiser MAJ
Wayne Bullock said.
BLUES ON GREEN: SGT Michael Petersen, who has been named
as a reserve for the ASBA team, checks the head at the national
championships. Inset, LAC Phil Brown, who has also been named as a
reserve for the team.
"Missing two of our centres for
the tournament was a loss because
they would have helped us match
up to Army's frontline."
The tournament's most valuable
player honours were shared by PTE
Jason Morton and LS Nick Clancey.
SA basketballers will be select-
ed from training sessions begin-
ning in October for the Australian
Defence Basketball Association
national championships which will
be held at RAAF Base Williamtown
from November 26 to December 4.
For more information, visit www.
sadb.basketball.net.au or www.adba.
Bolstered team fails to
turn tables on Army
Al Minhad run
GOLF TROPHY: Winners of the
2011 South Australian Defence
golf regional championships from
September 11 to 13, from left,
FLTLT Craig Gee, FLTLT Michael
Bogan, CPL Mark Patton and FLTLT
Sam Harkiss. Photo: LACW Nicci Freeman
ON THE ATTACK: LAC Andrew
Mattner drives the ball down the
Photo: LAC David Cotton
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