Home' Air Force News : February 17th 2010 Contents April 11 to 25: Burn Merz Cup (RAAF, NZAF, USAF
and RMAF) at RAAF Base Amberley.
May 15 to 21: Annual Australian Services Rugby
Championship in Canberra.
Sunday, May 15: Navy v Air Force, Navy women v Air
Force women 10s, Navy Old Salts v Air Force veterans.
Wednesday, May 18: Army v Air Force. Saturday, May 21:
Army v Navy, Army women v Navy/Air Force women, Army
Rugby Old Boys Association v Navy Old Salts.
July: ASRU women compete in women's nationals.
September: ASRU women tour of North America.
September 7 to 30: ASRU men's training camp and
October 1 to 22: Inaugural International Defence
Rugby Competition in Canberra, Sydney and
Detailed information on this year's program is available
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February 17, 2011
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Catherine Hill Bay offers a couple
of different beach breaks.
The aim of the trial will be to select
the best possible team for the NSW tri-
service event likely to be held near the
end of March.
There will be 24 spots on the team
up for grabs -- 12 shortboarders, eight
longboarders and four female surfers.
Last year about 30 personnel turned up
for the trials.
One of the organisers, SGT Murray
Stabler, encourages surfers of all stand-
ards to participate.
Getting back on board
For more information, contact SGT
Stabler on (02) 403 45322 or murray.
touch again in 2011
April 11 to 25: Burn Mer z Cup (RAAF NZAF USAF
KEY RUGBY DATES
"Certainly, the player base is there
within the RAAF, and with some
modifications they are primed for a
big year," he said.
Outside centre LAC Chris Tuttiet
scored tries in three of the Pacific
Military Cup games and has his
sights on making the ASRU team.
"It's a massive year for ASRU
and I think everyone within Defence
rugby is looking forward to it," he
"In terms of Air Force rugby, I
don't think we are too far off being a
competitive side and Air Force being
competitive is obviously a benefit for
When players shake the cobwebs
off for Kiama and Kapooka, it will
give selectors some insight into how
players are going and what work they
need to do.
But the first real look at the Air
Force player base will occur in April
when AFRU prepares for and com-
petes in the Burns Merz competition
at RAAF Base Amberley.
That will be between AFRU, the US
Air Force, the Royal New Zealand Air
Force and the Malaysian Air Force from
April 11 to 25.
From May 15 to 21, the best avail-
able players (men and women) from
each service will play in the ADF
titles in Canberra.
ASRU chairman CDRE Roger
Boyce said he could not wait for the
chill of winter.
"We want the best players avail-
able across the ADF to put their
hands up and vie for selection, both
at national Navy, Army and Air
Force level and at ASRU interna-
tional level," CDRE Boyce said.
ASRU finished third in the Pacific
Nations Military Cup last year, after
drawing with New Zealand and los-
ing by a heart-breaking one point to
New Zealand went on to win the
tournament, so the Australians might
feel they have a score to settle this
Twelve teams will contest the
tournament, including teams from
Britain, the US, New Zealand, South
Africa, Tonga and Papua New Guinea.
The final will be held at Ponsonby
Stadium in Auckland on October 22.
CDRE Boyce has reason to be
optimistic about ASRU's chances.
"Last year, we unearthed some
excellent new talent during Emerging
ASRU's two-match victory over the
US Combined Services, and the sen-
ior ASRU Men's team performed
very strongly at the biennial Pacific
Nations Military Cup."
Women players are not left out in
ASRU'S 2011 scheduling.
Women's teams will contest the
ADF titles, ASRU will participate
in the annual Australian National
Women's Championships in July
and ASRU is planning a women's
tour to North America in September.
BOTH the Air Force men's and women's
teams will have tough first-up games
at the Australian Services Australian
Football Association (ASAFA) national
championships in Melbourne in April.
They will play Army teams, which
hold the titles in both divisions.
The national championship will be
held at Whitten Oval from April 12 to 16.
At the end of the championship the
men's and women's All-Stars teams
will be named.
The ADF women's side will take on
a Victorian Women's Football League
side in Melbourne on April 21.
The men's All Stars will play the
Australian Combined Emergency
Services in Adelaide on April 23.
Tough openers for Air Force teams
PROMINENT: LAC Brian
White in action during the
Australian Services Rugby
Championships last year.
Photo: LS Paul McCallum
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