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January 31, 2013
GPCAPT Peter Davis will lead a contin-
gent of ADF men and women softballers
to take on New Zealand in March.
Participants from all three services
competed for team and individual honours
during the Australian Defence Softball
Championships held at RAAF Base
Edinburgh from December 2-7, where the
ADF teams were finalised for the NZ tour.
CPL Tony Chave was selected as
men's captain with AC James Matthews
also selected in the men's ADF team.
ACW Tanya McGregor will coach the
women's team alongside WO2 Virginia
Morris, with SQNLDR Trevor Murphy
joining the team as an umpire.
The ACT team won the women's final
at the championships beating the Southern
States 8-2. The result was reversed in the
men's final when Southern States defeated
GPCAPT Davis said the focus was on
the coming tour of New Zealand where
the ADF men's and women's teams would
compete in the NZ force nationals, involv-
ing the three NZ services and the NZ
The Trans Tasman Trophy will be con-
tested between the men's and women's
national teams from both countries.
"The two test matches are expected to
be played as curtain-raisers to the Softball
World Championships, which will be
held in Auckland across the same period,"
GPCAPT Davis said.
"Our women hold the Trans Tasman
trophy, but the Kiwis will be very keen
to take that honour off us in front of their
At the presentation dinner after the
championships, Alicia Matene was for-
mally farewelled after 21 years' devoted
service to Defence Softball as a commit-
tee person, statistician, player, coach and
Ms Matene left the ADF on December
18 and is a life member of the Australian
Defence Softball Association.
FLTLT (AAFC) Danny Salmon
THE Albury-Wodonga 412SQN
Australian Air Force Cadets (AAFC)
received the Mark Thornthwaite award
for best encapsulating the spirit of giving
and incredible effort at the Murray
Marathon in December.
The Mark Thornthwaite award is
highly regarded by the 500 paddlers who
take part, with nominations made by the
marathon community and judged by the
The award honours Mark
Thornthwaite, who started the Murray
Marathon when he led some friends
down the mighty Murray River in the
Six adults and 18 cadets, aged
between 14 and 19, kayaked 404km from
Yarrawonga to Swan Hill in the five-day
marathon from December 27-31.
412SQN had three relay teams and
three solo paddlers in the event.
Team organiser PLTOFF (AAFC)
Andrea Snoxall said the cadets were very
encouraging of other paddlers, helped
anyone who required ground crew assis-
tance with their boats and were great
ambassadors for the event.
"When we were leaving the marathon
we were stopped by so many people who
told us what a great job the cadets had
done and how they had helped people
during the whole marathon," he said.
Fellow team organiser CPL (AAFC)
John Schneider said it was the 11th con-
secutive year the AAFC had taken part in
the Murray Marathon.
"The Murray Marathon is a great
event for the AAFC because they gain
leadership, teamwork, camaraderie and a
huge sense of achievement," he said.
"They are encouraged to display good
sportsmanship and fair play. They realise
that this is more important than winning
and the new skills they learn enhances
their whole Air Force Cadet journey."
CPL (AAFC) Schneider said the
cadets were from around Albury,
Wodonga and outlying towns as far away
as Wangaratta, so it was good to know
the funds raised would be reinvested
back into the Murray region.
It was the third Murray Marathon
for 16-year-old cadet CPL (AAFC)
Madeline Hillas, of Wodonga.
"I really enjoy the physical challenge
of the lead-up training and the event
itself. There is nothing like the feeling
of going over the finishing line in Swan
Hill," she said.
The Murray Marathon is a fundraiser
for the YMCA and all funds raised are
invested back into Murray River region
through grants to address disadvantage.
For further information, contact CO FLTLT
(AAFC) Danny Salmon on 0427 414 894.
THE Williamtown White
Pointers Rugby Union
Club will host the second
rugby sevens com-
petition at RAAF Base
Williamtown on March 2.
The action kicks off from
9am and is open to all
Defence members. Teams
will consist of 12 players,
with an entry fee of $70
a team. Prize money will
then be divided between
the winners and runners-
up. Further details are
available from LAC Shaun
Connolly at shaun.con-
Cadets show Murray spirit
Kiwis on the radar
FINALISTS: Softballers from the ACT and Southern States teams after their final at the Australian Defence Softball
Photo: LAC Brenton Kwaterski
READY: Australian Air Force Cadets from 412SQN at the Murray Marathon.
Men's team: LS Christopher Murray, PO
David Williams, PO Linden Mooney, AB
Michael Taylor, SGT Nathan Sandow, LS
Brendan Chappell, CPO Adrian Trevis, CPL
Tony Chave (captain), LT Arron Kinleyside,
LCPL Corey Parkinson, AB Samuel Ryan,
PTE Casey Fenn, AB Joshua Falls, AC James
Mathews, CPL James Ashby.
Women's team: WO2 Virginia Morris, CPO
Donna Edge, SGT Amanda Elliott, SGT Jeniffer
Grosvenor, CPL Michelle Hiesley, LACW
Tanya Smiljanic, AB Julie Waller, SGT Rebecca
Wiggins, PTE Lisa Carlton, PTE Tracy Holding,
AB Kristal Moona, AB Joanne Russell, SGT
Belinda Larson, PTE Cassandra Rice, PTE
Officials: Contingent commander: GPCAPT
Peter Davis. Men's coach: CPO Justin Bayliff.
Women's coach: ACW Tanya McGregor/
WO2 Virginia Morris. Managers: LS Michelle
Powell and WOFF Georgia Cartwright.
Statistician: Alicia Matene. Umpire: SQNLDR
A CHARITY ice hockey
match will be held
between the Canberra
Knights ice hockey team
and the Soldier On organi-
sation. The event will take
place at Phillip Swimming
and Ice Skating Centre,
Phillip, ACT, on March 23
at 5.30pm with tickets
available on the night at
$20 a head. Proceeds will
go to Soldier On. Further
details from the Soldier
On website or 04785
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