HMAS Toowoomba Returns from the Middle East Deployment

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today HMAS Toowoomba Returns from the Middle East Deployment View post tag: Frigate Authorities View post tag: Deployment June 14, 2013 View post tag: class View post tag: Minister HMAS Toowoomba was welcomed home today from a six-month deployment to the Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO).The homecoming ceremony was attended by Minister for Defence, the Honourable Stephen Smith MP, Shadow Minister for Defence and Senator for Western Australia, Senator the Honourable David Johnston, Senior Officer Commodore Peter Lockwood DSC, CSC, RAN, RTD, Commander Surface Force, Commodore Jonathan Mead AM RAN, and the family and friends of Toowoomba personnel.Minister Smith greeted the crew at her homeport Fleet Base West (HMAS Stirling), Rockingham, Western Australia and availed of the opportunity to congratulate the ship’s company on a challenging but successful operation.HMAS Toowoomba is an ANZAC Class Frigate with a crew of 191 men and women. As part of Operation SLIPPER, she provided essential naval support to International Maritime Security Operations in the Arabian Gulf.While deployed, HMAS Toowoomba participated in counter-terrorism operations in the Gulf of Oman and North Arabian Sea, and counter-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden and in the waters off the Horn of Africa and the Somali Basin.Toowoomba was replaced on station by HMAS Newcastle, which took over in late May. This marked the end of Toowoomba’s fourth rotation to the MEAO.This was the fifty-fourth rotation of a RAN ship to the MEAO since the commencement of the first Gulf War in 1990.The deployment made a significant contribution to maritime security and continued the longstanding tradition maintaining Australia’s high standing as a maritime security partner in the Middle East.[mappress]Press Release, June 14, 2013; Image: Australian Navy View post tag: Defence Share this article View post tag: News by topic View post tag: HMAS View post tag: Returns View post tag: Anzac View post tag: Middle View post tag: Naval View post tag: Smith View post tag: Toowoomba View post tag: Australia HMAS Toowoomba Returns from the Middle East Deployment View post tag: Stephen View post tag: East View post tag: Navylast_img read more

Bulldogs And Wildcats Participate At EC Invite

first_imgThe Franklin County boys cross country team had three top 15 finishers. Senior, Cody Moore was the top runner for Franklin County with a time of 18:40, which earned him 7th place. Even Apsley, a senior, placed 8th, with a time of 18:58. Freshman, Andrew Grant, placed 13th, with a time of 20:39. Senior, Hunter Mayfield, had a personal record. His time of 24:08 was 25 seconds faster than his previous record. The boys’ Wildcat cross country team is continuing to have consistent times, which are competitive and earning multiple awards at meets. It was a very pleasant night tonight, with actually a little bit of chill in the air as the Batesville Bulldog Cross Country team competed at the East Central 7-team invitational.  Although the meet was scored as a team with all 7 teams competing in one race, the individual awards were broken down in two divisions.  The top 15 in both “big” schools and “small” schools received awards.All of the Batesville runners were in the top 15 of their division and came home with an individual award.  Batesville’s Joshua Myers was the overall winner, just beating out East Central’s senior Andrew White by just 2 tenths of a second.  Joshua finished at 17:26 to Andrew’s 17:26.2.  Adam Moster  came through  3rd place overall, but 2nd in our division at 17:46. Dillon Murray was Batesville next finisher at 4th place (18:42) followed closely by teammates Christopher Laymon, 5th (18:51), and Quinten Gowdy, 7th (18:52).  Joseph Choi powered through in 8th (19:04) with John Thompson 4 seconds behind (19:08) claiming the 9th spot.  Overall The Dogs came up just short to the East Central trojans by 7 points.  East Central finished with 34 points to Batesville’s 41.  Greensburg finished out the top 3 at 116 points.On the girls side, Batesville came in 3rd place with 52 points, battling with East Central with 41 and Greensburg taking the championship at 37.  Individually for the girls, Liz Loichinger was the first Bulldogs to cross the finish line at 3rd overall and in our division (20:45) as both Brenner Hanna(1st) and Cathy Newhart(2nd) from Greensburg crossed before her. Next for the Bulldogs was Haylee Harmeyer, 4th (21:26) followed closely by Emma Gausman, 6th (21:47).  Next for the Bulldogs were Audrey Weigel, 11th, Trysta Vierling, 12th and Audrey Maupin, 13th (23:02), (23:03) and (23:16). Finishing out the top 7 for the Bulldogs and taking the last award spot was Cheyenne Laker in 15th at 23:54.The final race of the night was the JV race. Although it wasn’t team scored they did give awards to the top ten.  Batesville also was the overall winner in the JV boys race, as Nathan Ecktein finished the race over 40 seconds ahead the rest of the field (18:51).  In fact, Batesville claimed 6 out of the 10 award spots.  The other 5 Bulldogs to finish in the top ten were: Charlie Laymon, 2nd, Luke Esser, 3rd, Garrett Wagner, 4th, Adam Hollowell, 6th and Nathan Villani, 10th.  On the girls side Batesville claimed two of those top 10 spots.  Lexie Huber came in 2nd and Britany Venis 5th.Batesville did have 3 runners earn personal bests and they were: Luke Esser, Nathan Eckstein and Trysta Vierling.Congratulations to Everyone! Batesville travels Ben Davis in Indianapolis on Saturday morning.  First race is at 9:30!Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Lisa Gausman.The Franklin County Girls cross country team earned 5th place at the East Central Invitational. Sophomore, Katelyn Meyer, was the top finisher for Franklin County. Her time of 23:32 was a personal record and earned her 7th place. Junior, Taylor Stewart, won 10th place with a time of 24:38. Kairee Hodapp finished 12th with a time of 25:03. The Franklin County Wildcats runners were happy with three top 15 finishes. Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Stacey Nobbe.last_img read more

Syracuse anticipating strong effort from traditional rival Army in NCAA tournament opener

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse has seen Army before. Once this year and 56 times before that. The team knows the Carrier Dome well. Orange head coach John Desko has said that some teams come to the Dome and are in so much awe of the atmosphere that they struggle to focus on the field.But as evidenced by the Black Knights’ first trip to the Dome this year, it’s evident that won’t be a problem for Army come Sunday night.The matchup between the No. 2 seed Syracuse (13-1) and Army (10-5) at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in the first round of the NCAA tournament is just the latest game in a long line of familiarity for the two programs. The Black Knights are one of the few teams to hold an edge in their all-time series with the Orange, taking 38 of the 57 matchups. With the strong Central New York presence on the Black Knight roster, SU is anticipating that Army won’t feel out of place when it comes to Syracuse.‘I think that they’re comfortable with coming to the Dome,’ junior longstick midfielder Joel White said. ‘I think they have a lot of Central New York guys on their team. They’re going to get excited to play Syracuse.’When the two teams squared off on Feb. 28, Army hung with SU for most of the game. Poor Syracuse shooting and a strong performance by Army goalie Tom Palesky kept the Black Knights within striking distance in the first half.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThen came the Black Knights’ run.After being down 5-2 at halftime, Army stormed out of the break. Palesky repeatedly turned away the Orange attack, and junior attack Jeremy Boltus sparked a three-goal run with a goal and two assists to tie the score.But Syracuse finally solved Palesky and went on a four-goal run of its own. The Black Knights would never get closer than three goals after the Orange rally, as SU pulled away for a 12-7 win.‘They’re a good team,’ junior attack Stephen Keogh said. ‘They’ve got a good defense. From what I remember, their goalie stood on his head. We always seem to play a lot of good goaltenders. We just have to shoot smart.’Desko believes that because the two teams have played once already this season, it gives a slight advantage to the Black Knights if the Orange overlooks a team it has already beaten.‘I think it gives a little bit of an advantage to the team that lost the game the first time,’ he said. ‘On the other hand, our guys know we can beat them, but we’ve got to get into (our players’) heads and make sure we’re not going to take a team that we’ve beaten lightly.’In addition to the history and the rematch factor, the Black Knights also take away something that usually benefits the Orange, something Desko refers to as ‘the Dome bug.’Some of the Black Knights’ core players are from the Syracuse area. Boltus, the team’s leading scorer, went to Baldwinsville High School. Starting defender Bill Henderson, a Tully, N.Y., native, is second on the team in ground balls. His brother Tim leads the team in ground balls and has seen action in every game for the Black Knights this year.In addition to those key contributors, Army has four more Central New York natives on its roster.‘They have a lot of fans, they travel very well and there’s a lot of Central New York guys on their team,’ White said. ‘Those guys get hyped up to come to the Dome and play us, so it’s going to be a great atmosphere and a great game.’In Syracuse’s last two tournament runs — which ended in back-to-back national championships — the Orange dominated its first-round games in the Dome. It crushed Canisius 20-3 in 2008 and dominated Siena 11-4 last season.But this year, it may not be a waltz into the second round for the Orange.‘I think that playing Army, it’s not going to be easy,’ Desko said. ‘They’re a team that comes to the Carrier Dome every year. We’ve already played them once this year. … We’ve got to be ready for them this time around. We can’t take them lightly.’[email protected] Published on May 11, 2010 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Commentslast_img read more

Football Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina is competing for the UEFA Grassroots Awards

first_imgThis year, the Football Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina is competing for the UEFA Grassroots Awards in 4 categories, for the best Grassroots Leader, the best Grassroots Project, the best Grassroots Club and the Best football initiative for people with special needs.Grassroots LeaderVesna Njeguš was nominated for the best Grassroots Leader, and in the last three years she distinguished herself through volunteer work with national minorities (the OTAHARIN Project, which was awarded by UEFA last year), and in work with people with special needs. Her work with girls who want to have fun, play and compete through football should not be neglected, and in recent years she has participated in numerous Grassroots activities of the Football Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.This football player from Radnik Bijeljinais a former female junior national team member of our country, and today she also holds the position of assistant coach in the technical staff of the BH women’s futsal national team.Grassroots ProjectSFK 2000 Sarajevo was nominated for the best Grassroots Project. Enthusiasts from our most trophy-winning women’s football club designed and implemented a project based on working with girls from primary schools, first in the Municipality of Stari Grad and later in other Municipalities, to eventually cover the entire Sarajevo Canton.The first step of the project was to train girls who were interested in football, and the second was to organize tournaments in the municipalities, where the girls had the opportunity to play this game for the first time and to represent their school.Grassroots ClubThe Academy “ATLETICO 1919” – Orašje was nominated in this category, which brings together over 100 girls and boys aged 7 to 15, not only from Orašje, but also from Domaljevac, Odžak, Šamac, Brčko, Gradačac…The membership fee and equipment for the students of this Academy is free, and coaches, who have valid licenses, work with the youngest female and male players. In addition to training, the students of this school attend computer science and English language classes once a week.Best football initiative for people with special needsThe Association for Support of Citizens with Intellectual Disabilities OAZA was nominated for the best football initiative for people with special needs.For many years, this association has been working on the inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities through football. UG OAZA organizes a tournament and competition for associations of the same character every year at the cantonal and state level. In addition to football, this association also organizes competitions in basketball, table tennis and chess.last_img read more