Navy Football counts down to nationals

Published on LEUT Kellie Brown (author)

Topic(s): Soccer

Leading Seaman Sarah Hickling attempts to steal the ball from an Army player during a previous Australian Defence Force Football nationals carnival. This year's carnival will celebrate 20 years of women's involvement in ADF Football.  (photo: )
Leading Seaman Sarah Hickling attempts to steal the ball from an Army player during a previous Australian Defence Force Football nationals carnival. This year's carnival will celebrate 20 years of women's involvement in ADF Football.

It’s every Navy footballers favourite time of year…the countdown is finally on to the 2013 Australian Defence Force Football (soccer) Nationals, to be held from 1-9 November in Cromer, NSW.

With only two months to go, the gym has become a second home, the boots have seen a good amount of dirt and possibly scored a few goals, and the players are at their peaks in preparation for another fiercely contested ADF National Carnival. 

This year, the carnival will not only be contested by the Navy, Army, Air Force and APS, but also the New Zealand Defence Force.

The 2013 carnival will mark the 20th anniversary of women’s participation in ADF Football, and as such is shaping up to be one of the most memorable, heartfelt and passionate Nationals competitions of all time.

Everyone who takes to the field during the carnival will play in honour of all of the Women who are currently playing, who have played, and who have helped to shape the history of ADF Football and what it stands for.

To those involved, Navy Football is not just an association, and it is not just about the rigorous training or heart-felt matches that the players and support staff look forward to. It’s about spending two weeks every year with the like minded Navy people who make up the service's football family. Every player who has been to Nationals knows that the pride that is felt on game day is not just for wearing the Navy crest, but for what that represents to the people within the association.

AB Reece Veenhoven shields the ball from an Army player during an Australian Defence Force Football nationals carnival.

AB Reece Veenhoven shields the ball from an Army player during an Australian Defence Force Football nationals carnival.

Navy Football will hold a trials and development camp prior to the Nationals carnival from 24-31 October. Players are being sought for all teams - Over 35s, Open Mens and Open Womens. No-one will be turned away, new faces and new skills are welcome. 

The highly qualified coaching staff will provide positive and constructive feedback to help prospective players develop their skills.

Anyone who wants to be involved in this historical year of Navy Football should contact Lieutenant Jim Ford at james.ford3@defence.gov.au.

More information about the Nationals carnival can be found at www.navyffa.com