Navy netball reaches for the double

Published on LS Nicholas Miller (author)

Location(s): Southern Cross Stadium, ACT

Topic(s): Netball

Leading Seaman Mel Lavelle defends for the NSW Ladies' team against a Queensland goal shooter at the 2012 Combined Services Competition at Amberley Air Force Base.
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Leading Seaman Mel Lavelle defends for the NSW Ladies' team against a Queensland goal shooter at the 2012 Combined Services Competition at Amberley Air Force Base.

The 2013 Combined Services Netball Championships will see players from all over Australia coming together for a week of intense competition. Each state selects their squads in the hope to dominate play. Rivalry between the services is evident with only the most competitive players selected.

During the week long carnival, players will be selected to represent their service in the McGrath National Services Netball Championships on Friday 30 August.

In last year's Inaugural championships, the Navy Women’s team were undefeated against the Army and Airforce. Both the Men’s and Mixed teams came in a close second. This year Navy hopes to be victorious in all three divisions.

Leading Seaman Dentist Mel Lavelle, who was a key player in the Navy Women’s winning team in 2012, said she is keen to defend the title.

“It was good to come away undefeated at last year’s championships and we look forward to defending our title. We hope to go back to back,” she said.

Lavelle was a standout defender in 2012, and was, as a result, selected in the Australian Defence Force Ladies Representative Team for the third time.

This year’s final competition will have a new focus and theme. On Friday players and spectators will all wear pink to raise funds for the McGrath Foundation.

The McGrath Foundation raises money to place Breast Care Nurses in communities right across Australia, and to increase breast awareness in young Australian women.

As the Navy team prepares to battle the other services on the courts, they are asking the wider Defence community to show its support by attending the finals event and enjoying the camaraderie, competition and festivities that inter-service netball has to offer.

With the diversity and rivalry between teams at an all time high, it is expected to be an exciting week of competitive netball.

The carnival commences Monday 26 August at the ACT Southern Cross Stadium, Tuggeranong.