Home' Air Force News : April 29th 2010 Contents Centre half-forward CPL Josh Barton
was named the Air Force's Players'
CPL Nigel Peacock, the team captain
and playing in his eighth ADF carnival,
took the ASAFA award as Air Force's
Most Valuable Player.
The club's Football Operations
Manager and life member FSGT Matt
Cribbes was awarded the AC David
Hudson Memorial Trophy as best club-
man across the three services.
SGT McGrath said that the team was
full of confidence going into the tourna-
turned up in Canberra for the
pre-season selection camp
in March. Unfortunately,
only 24 players made it to
Melbourne -- nine of them
couldn't because of work
For the record, Army
beat Air Force 19.8 (122) to
9.9 (63), and Navy beat Air
Force 20.15 (145) to 8.12
(60). Army went on to beat
Navy by nine points in the
grand final to win the Jim
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MATT Hall scored a career-best
second-place finish in front of
140,000 spectators at the Red Bull
Air Race in Perth on April 18.
Hall, a former WGCDR in
the Air Force, beat everyone but
Austria's Hannes Arch in an excit-
ing final over the Swan River.
Hall's time was 1:26.51min, just
0.48sec behind Arch. It lifted him
to fourth place in the overall cham-
"I've been saying that the home-
town advantage can go both ways,"
Hall said. "But I deliberately used
that, that energy. I had a few peo-
ple saying 'ignore the crowd, don't
worry about the crowd.' But I was
feeling upbeat -- and wanted to use
"As I was walking out to the plane
that last time, there was a big crowd
of people just lined up near the start-
ing area, and they were all cheering
and screaming. So I thought to myself
'there's only one solution here'. I
turned around and put my hands in
the air before I flew and went off and
thought: 'Yep, I'm gonna do this'. So
I managed to harness the energy as
opposed to letting it be converted to
stress. So it worked out."
Hall had been struggling through
several of the training sessions as the
weight of his country's great expecta-
tions was clearly draining on him.
His voice was hoarse the day before
the final after showing some 5000
Australian fans his plane and team
"This is what I have been look-
ing forward to and aiming for since
I started in the Red Bull Air Race
-- a great performance in front of
my home crowd in Australia.
"My goal is always to improve
in everything I do and here at this
race I improved almost every run.
Hopefully when I come back to
Perth next year I can improve again
and go one better."
Hall comes second in Perth
TWO Air Force OFFCDTs have
been selected in the Australian
country water polo team to tour
Hawaii in August.
They are OFFCDT Emma
Polkinghorne and OFFCDT Carrie
Fettes who were star players for the
Australian Defence Vipers, which
won a silver medal at the Australian
Country Water Polo Championships
in Albury from March 31 to April
5. After finishing third at the end of
the round games and accounting for
Queensland 9-7 in the semi-final, the
women managed to achieve what no
other defence team has achieved in
the championships before and made
it to the final against NSW. OFFCDT
Polkinghorne was awarded most val-
uable team player.
The men's team won the play-
off against Western Australia for
The ADF has been competing in
the championships for more than 20
years and played host to the event
for only the second time.
Anyone interested in playing water
polo should contact WO2 Megan
gov.au or call (07) 4411 8727.
OFFCDTs picked for water polo tour
WHEN CPL Shannon Molloy won a 50-metre pen-
alty against Navy in the Australian Football services
carnival in Melbourne, the players and supporters of
the Air Force women's team must have been mightily
The free kick came in the second quarter of the
game and brought her right in front of goal, just 10
metres out. She couldn't miss from there, could she?
Two days earlier, Air Force failed to bother the
scoreboard at all against Army in a 70-point drub-
bing, 10.10 (70) to 0.0 (0).
The team did not score in the first quarter of the
game against Navy either, so, close to goal or not,
there was a huge amount of pressure on CPL Molloy.
From her view on the half-back flank, FLTLT
Claire Hill said she was greatly relieved when her
teammate kicked the goal.
Air Force kicked another goal for the game but
still went down 6.2 (38) to 2.3 (15), completing
what FLTLT Hill, also the secretary for the Air
Force Football Club, termed a frustrating tourna-
There were positives. Six players were selected
in a the ADF All Stars team -- CPLs Molloy (reserve)
and Debbie Grylls, SGT Katie Staines (reserve),
ACW Christine Van De Werken and OFFCDTs
Bayleigh Potter and Gabriella Szekely.
CPL Grylls was named Most Valuable Player for
both the Air Force and the carnival.
ACW Van De Werken, a strapping ruckman, was
named best first-year player for the Air Force club
-- from men and women.
Only 16 female players were available for Air
Force which was an improvement on last year when
only 11 players turned up.
The difference was that last year Army agreed to
play a 12-a-side game -- and Air Force, one player
down, came out and beat them.
This year, a plea to play a game with reduced
players fell on deaf ears.
Air Force, with 16 players, took the field against
and Army team, once bitten and twice shy, with 18
players and four interchange players on the bench.
FLTLT Hill saw much more of the ball than
she wanted in defence. "We were flat-strapped,"
Army went on to beat Navy by 25 points in the
grand final to win the Geoff Ledger Cup.
WITH 10 new players blooded at the
Australian Services Australian Football
Association (ASAFA) championships in
Melbourne, Air Force can take some heart
from its performances.
True, Air Force did crash out with
losses to both Army and Navy at Whitten
Oval in mid-April.
But coach SGT Sean McGrath, who
has been in charge of the team now for
three years, said that although he had
a more talented pool at players at his
disposal in the past, he had never had
a bunch of players who gelled together
"They never gave in," he said.
At the end of the tournament, individ-
ual players were honoured and Air Force
had its share of accolades.
Three Air Force players -- onballers
FLGOFF Neville Moyle and LAC
Shannon Burke and speedy young wing-
man/forward AC George Marshall -- were
selected in a combined ADF team to
play Australian Combined Emergency
Services in the curtain-raiser to the Port
Adelaide-St Kilda AFL game in Adelaide
on April 24.
Ending the drought
away with the
Photos: LSIS Paul
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