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November 12, 2009
By CPL Brandon Arnold
JUST when you thought footy
season was over, someone takes
a screamer and brings it all back
into focus again.
In this case, it was CPL
Steven Byrne who took this
high mark over CPL Benjamin
Sweeney during the annual
10SQN v 11SQN footy match
at RAAF Base Edinburgh last
CPL Byrne, of 10SQN, might
have won the bragging rights for
mark of the year -- but 11SQN,
helped by a best-on-ground
performance by LAC Matt
Butcher, reclaimed the Sandy Tait
Memorial Trophy with an 8.4 (52)
to 4.4 (28) scoreline.
LAC Robert Bishop kicked
three goals in the third quarter,
with a dominant display across
the half-forward line.
Neither team was able to
score a goal in a fierce final term.
This victory now takes 11SQN
to five wins over 10SQN's two.
THE BIG MEN FLY: AC Glen
Mackie and WOFF Phillip
Davenport contest in the ruck
while LAC Dale Thatcher (far left)
awaits the crumbs and umpire
CPL Brett Harris officiates.
Photos: LAC Brenton Kwaterski
By John Martin
CPL Cassie Fien has returned
from her first taste of international
competition hoping to qualify for
next year's Commonwealth Games.
She concedes it is a long shot
because to get to India next October
she has to qualify for the 10km track
event, which is not her preferred dis-
"But I'm going to have a crack,"
CPL Fien, 24, a PTI at RAAF Base
East Sale, represented Australia last
month at the world
31st in 1hr 12min
55sec which was
not a personal best
but was not far off
CPL Fien wants to
build up to mara-
But not yet.
Fearing burn out, she does not want to
attempt her first marathon until she is
at least 26, and has her eye firmly on
the Commonwealth Games in 2016.
But having rubbed shoulders
with other international athletes in
Birmingham, she has the itch to get to
the Commonwealth Games next year,
too.Seeing as the marathon is out of
the question and the Commonwealth
Games does not have a half-mara-
thon event, the 10km is the next dis-
CPL Fien will begin her cam-
paign at the Zatopek 10km Classic
in Melbourne in December where
one of the other competitors will be
FLGOFF Lisa Flint, of RAAF Base
Also 24, FLGOFF Flint is already
making her mark on women's mara-
thons (as reported in the last edition
of AIR FORCE News).
While CPL Fien was running in
England, FLGOFF Flint was running
in the Melbourne marathon, which
also carried the Australian title.
FLGOFF Flint won in a time that
qualified her for the Commonwealth
The women have known each other
for about a year and, as often hap-
pens when two talented athletes come
along at the same time, provide each
other with an extra spur. "Sometimes
she wins, sometimes I win but we're
friends," CPL Fien said.
CPL Fien is not underestimating
the task ahead of her.
She has to record three A quali-
fying times at the 10km distance at
eligible events before next August to
make the team.
"I'm more of a distance runner
and I really haven't got that speed at
the moment," she said.
"I'll see how I go in the Zatopek.
If I'm close I'll push on."
Talking, living, breathing
running, Page 26
Fien, right, in
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