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November 24, 2011
party ends on
a NZ winner
THE 25th anniversary of the Austral-
ian Defence Softball Championships
was capped off when the ADF wom-
en's team beat a highly-fancied New
Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) team
in a Test match in Werribee on Novem-
The ADF team, coached by ACW
Tanya McGregor and with three co-
captains, dual Olympian SGT Tracey
Mosley, WO2 Virginia Morris and
CPO Donna Edge, won 10-5.
The Kiwis had plenty of sup-
port because more than 100 men and
women from the Royal New Zealand
Air Force, Navy and Army contested
the titles alongside about 100 ADF
players from October 29.
But the ADF women, sticking to a
structured game plan, were not put off
by the vocal supporters.
It was a different story in the
men's Test that followed. The ADF
men's team, which has only beaten
New Zealand once in a number of
encounters, continued its run of outs
with a 5-14 loss.
Led by captain CPL Tony Chave
and coached by PO Justin Bayliff,
ADF took the early lead.
But NZDF drew on its depth and
experience to claw back the lead.
The Test matches were the culmi-
nation of a memorable tournament
that began with duelling cultural cere-
monies. First, a traditional Aboriginal
smoking ceremony was conducted by
elders of the Wurundjeri people to
bless and formally welcome all the
participants. Then Maori elders from
the Melbourne community respond-
ed with a traditional Maori welcome
which featured some songs and a
Haka performed by all members of
the visiting NZDF contingent.
Then followed the games, broken
by a rest day on November 1 to coin-
cide with the Melbourne Cup (some
of the Kiwis got lucky backing a
French horse with a name similar to
won both Australian men's and wom-
en's finals, beating NSW and ACT
respectively in tough, close encoun-
ters.On the night before the Tests,
a packed dinner was held at the
Hideaway Club at RAAF Laverton,
at which the 25th Anniversary Journal
of the Australian Defence Softball
Association was launched.
The 112-page booklet provides
a detailed coverage of Australian
Defence Softball from its beginnings
in 1986 to the present day.
Copies are available by contacting
The ADF now hopes to partici-
pate in the NZDF Championships in
Auckland in 2013.
Individual award winners from the
Men -- best batter: CPL Tony
Most valuable player: SBLT Jude
Women -- best batter: PTE
Most valuable player: PTE Lisa
Rookie of the competition: TPR
President's award: Mrs Alicia
WO Sharon Campbell and WO1
(ret'd) Dizzy Dowsett were both
awarded life memberships of
Air Force's representatives select-
ed in ADF national squads 2012s:
Women -- ACW Tanya McGregor
(coach), SGT Tracey Mosley (co-
captain), CPL Michelle Hiesley,
LACW Tanya Smiljanic, CPL
Bailey Baker, FSGT Georgia
Cartwright and SGT Cath Kelly.
Men -- CPL Tony Chave (captain).
ADF's women's co-captain and
catcher SGT Tracey Mosley.
WINDING UP: ADF men's captain and pitcher CPL Tony Chave lets
fly in the match against NZDF. He was named best batter for the
tournament and that's him in the inset batting for NSW against the
Royal New Zealand Air Force.
Photos: SGT Belinda Larson
LCPL Mark Doran
IN A FLURRY of fast-moving du-
els, OFFCDT Blaise Walker won
the men's open competition in the
2011 ADFA fencing tournament.
Eleven members of the ADFA
Fencing Club joined 35 fencers
from the ACT and NSW sword-
fighting community at the ADFA
Indoor Sports Centre.
There was also no foil-
ing around for academy fencers
OFFCDT Walker, OCDT Nick
Tonkin and Edmund Goldrick as
they attacked and defeated the
ANU open team 45-41 to reclaim
the grudge match trophy last held
by ADFA in 2007.
This has placed the fenc-
ers in a strong position for the
Australasia Open Fencing
Championships in Sydney on
Duel in the crown: OFFCDT wins fencing title
OFFCDT Walker won all his
matches in the ADFA tourna-
ment on October 15 and said
he was impressed by the turn-
out, the venue and the cadets'
"The best thing about this
tournament was the group envi-
ronment because the entire
ADFA fencing team was
there which strengthened us,"
OFFCDT Walker said.
"One of the best things
about fencing is that it trains
you to remain calm and relaxed
"It's no good losing your
cool and rushing in as you will
just be hit. You have to think, be
methodical, watch your oppo-
nent's body language and be
aware of your surroundings."
OFFCDT Kyna Vandenbeld's
speed and style placed her third
in the women's novice competi-
tion.Team captain OCDT James
Shelton said the standard of the
fencers in the tournament was
high and the competition was
fierce even among the novices.
"A lot of the novices were
fencing well above what I
thought was their normal level,"
OCDT Shelton said.
"There was definitely a lot
of enthusiasm in our team, we
did well with the two place
getters and it was fantastic to
win the ADF/ANU trophy back
after three years."
CUT AND THRUST: OFFCDT Blaise Walker, left, on his way
Photo: LCPL Mark Doran
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