POWER LIFTS NSW TO VICTORY
League teams look to take next step at carnival
Army Barrack has hosted the 20th Australian Defence Force Basketball
Championships with teams of Navy, Army and Air Force personnel combining
to slug it out in the state versus state competition.
Australiaís Flight Lieutenant John Van Den Hurk attempts
to pass around Queenslander Sapper Matty Hines.
Australiaís Squadron Leader Chris Robson makes the leap
towards the basket over ACT players Leading Seaman Davids
by WOFF Ray Bennell
With many hard fought games it was not suprising that the level
of competition was of a very high standard, but the honours finally
went to NSW in both the menís and womenís competition.
The NSW menís side had a good mixture of youth and experience and
went through the competition undefeated because of the efforts of
some key Air Force personnel including Corporals Andy Peate, Ken
Robertson and Aaron Hampshire and Leading Aicraftman Ben Angliss.
In the final, the NSW men raised the effort levels and were comfortable
winners against an experienced Western Australia side who battled
hard but just fell short at the fi nal hurdle.
CPL Peate and Leading Aircraftsman Dean Hill from the ACT were voted
joint Most Valuable Players for the tournament in an Air Force clean
sweep of the highest individual award at the carnival.
In the womenís competition, NSW had a side blessed with the talents
of many experienced basketballers. Air Force personnel such as Leading
Aircraftwoman Heather Edwards, Sergeant Janeter Turnball and Flying
Officer Claire Ingham helped ensure that the trophy headed back
The final was a hard fought affair with the NSW women turning the
heat up in the second half and winning comfortably against a Western
Australia side that never gave up.
Air Force personnel selected to the National ADF side to tour New
Zealand next June were; Warrant Officer Michael Kearney, Flight
Lieutenant John Tauschke, Flight Lieutenant John Vandenhurk, Flight
Sergeant Donna Puglisi, Warrant Officer Ian Wheatley, Corporals
Andrew Peate and Ken Robertson, Leading Aircraftman Dean Hill, Sergeant
Janeter Turnball, Flying Officer Claire Ingham, Leading Aircraftwomen
Heather Edwards and Bree Griffiths, Flight Lieutenant Tina Stelzer
and Corporal Gillian Rutledge.
In addition to naming both menís and womenís Australian teams, an
All-Star side of the past 20 years was named in honour of the great
players past and present who have contributed to the promotion of
Selected to these sides were Flight Sergeants Graham Joce and Greg
Smith, Sergeant Gary Browning, Wing Commander Terry Fisk, Flight
Lieutenants John Tauschke, John Vandenhurk and Tina Stelzer.