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STATE OF ORIGIN WINNERS IN THE MEAO
IF ANYONE doubts that Air Force is
capable of fielding its own women's
rugby team, consider the meteoric rise
of LACW Brimlea Smyth.
After playing just FOUR games
of rugby, LACW Smyth -- BJ to
her teammates -- was chosen in the
Australian Services Rugby Union
(ASRU) team that finished second in
division two of the Australian wom-
en's championship in Canberra in
Impressive enough. But that's not
where her remarkable rise ended.
LACW Smyth played two full
games and one half-game in the
three-game championships and was
named the ASRU best back of the
series for her performances.
"It was a big surprise," she said.
Last year ASRU actually won
division two but coach WO2 Sean
Emmett was impressed with what he
sees as progress.
"As strange as it may sound, we
actually played better overall this
year than last year," he said.
"We only had to play two games
"We played exceptionally well in
the first game this year (beating NSW
Development 22-5), but we had some
distractions leading into the second
game and we were not in the right
headspace (losing to Victoria 29-5).
We got ourselves in the right frame
of mind for the last game (which
resulted in a 33-12 win against South
Victoria went on to win division
two, which came as no surprise. Last
year the Vics played in division one.
The ASRU team, which was
drawn from 15 Army players, seven
Navy players and four Air Force play-
ers, was selected after the tri-service
carnival in Canberra in May at which
Army beat a combined Navy/Air
Force team 29-13.
Four of the five Air Force players
in that game were chosen for rep-
resentative duties: LACW Smyth,
SQNLDR Mina Roberts, FLGOFF
Margie Quinn and FLGOFF Gabrielle
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Striking a blow for women's rugby
ANNOUNCING HER ARRIVAL: LACW Brimlea
Smyth passes the ball at the national women's
championships in Canberra where she was
judged Australian Services Rugby Union best
back of the series.
Photo: LAC Leigh Cameron
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