Shooting for the top in basketball championships

Published on CPL Bill Solomou (author), CPL Bill Solomou (photographer)

Location(s): ADFA

Topic(s): Sport, Basketball, Australian Defence Force Academy

Australian Navy sailor ABCTL Jadine Adams shoots a basket during the ACT/Wagga Defence Interservice basketball Competition grand final game at ADFA from July 29-30. (photo: CPL Bill Solomou)
Australian Navy sailor ABCTL Jadine Adams shoots a basket during the ACT/Wagga Defence Interservice basketball Competition grand final game at ADFA from July 29-30.

Australian Defence Force personnel were inspired to reach great heights competing in the ACT/Wagga Defence Interservice Basketball Competition at the Australian Defence Force Academy in late July.

More than 40 personnel were fast-breaking across the court to showcase their skills.

The aim of the tournament was to select players for the men’s and women’s teams to represent the region at the Australian Defence Force Basketball Association championships.

The championships are scheduled to be played at RAAF Base Edinburgh, South Australia, in December.

The women’s final was played between Navy and a combined Air Force and Army team.

The combined team dominated the first half, with the Navy girls putting up a late challenge to lose by three points, 24-21.

Air Force coach, Squadron Leader Janeter Turnbull said she thought her team went brilliantly considering the short lead-up to the event.

“Everyone performed better each game they played and in the end it was a really close competition,” Squadron Leader Turnbull said.

The much-anticipated men’s final between Army and the young Academy team saw a rough, tough and entertaining game.

Army went into the final undefeated and maintained that winning streak by taking out the final by five points, 24-19.

Army playing-coach Warrant Officer Class 2 Chris Grant said their tactic was to go hard at the ball.

“We tried to get physical early and to dominate the rebounds,” Warrant Officer Grant said.

“To their credit they had the edge on us early in the game, but we dug deep, refocused and we came out with the game. It was a great team effort.”