A first-game loss against Army dashed Navy’s lawn bowlers the chance to contest the champion service trophy at the Australian Defence Force bowls championships, held in Sydney, in September.
Navy Team representative and championships player Warrant Officer Marine Technician Eric Lane said the team was close to winning against Army in the opening round.
“We fielded a smaller team that needed to be fully competitive, with only 12 players of the required 16,” Warrant Officer Lane said.
“All four rinks against Army were closely contested, and to Navy’s credit, the never-say-die attitude was evident, with all members contributing.
“The final result was two rinks all, although Army received an overall win, with plus-14 shots up across the four rinks.”
The team’s second game was against the 2016 champions, Air Force.
However, Air Force were eventual winners across all four rinks with a winning aggregate of 19.
Navy’s most valuable player was Able Seaman Medic Andrew Batterham.
“I didn’t have an ideal preparation leading up to the comp, as I’m aboard HMAS Canberra, although it was great for the ship to release me to play,” Able Seaman Batterham said.
For the first three days of the competition, he played bowls for the New South Wales service side, winning four from four games.
“During the interservice games, I had one win against Army and one loss against Air Force. All of them were close and enjoyable matches,” he said.
Able Seaman Radio Operator Anita Jenkins played in her ninth Australian Defence Force championships despite an injury.
During the first two-and-a-half days, she played state matches for Victoria in a triples team, with mixed results.
“We never gave up, although we didn’t fare too well, finishing at the bottom of the table,” she said.
Able Seaman Jenkins finally had some success for Navy in the interservice games.
“Playing with Warrant Officer Lane we had a great win first up on our rink against Army,” she said.
“The second game against RAAF, while not being a win, was well fought and overall we were not total pushovers and were proud of our fighting efforts.”
Navy winners from the championships were best lead Leading Seaman Aviation Technician Aircraft Aaron Lever and most valuable player, was Able Seaman Batterham.
Seven Navy representatives were selected for the national squad of 16.
They are Chief Petty Officer Musician Sharon Jarvis, Petty Officer Physical Training Instructor Steven Adams, Able Seaman Hydrographic Systems Operator Justin Bell,
Able Seaman Jenkins, Able Seaman Batterham, Petty Officer Boatswain Luke Piper and Warrant Officer Lane.