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March 3, 2011
AIR FORCE open men's coach
FLTLT Ben Cowan is optimistic
about the future, despite his team
stumbling at last year's ADF soc-
cer titles in Sydney.
The Air Force team featured
a bunch of new players who all
The ADF titles this year will
be held in Sydney from October
31 to November 4.
"The new boys will certainly
be wiser for the experience and
should be keen for 2011," FLTLT
"Teams go through transi-
tional periods and providing we
can keep a similar squad over the
next couple of years, I expect Air
Force to be the dominant service
in ADF football again."
Navy won the title last year.
For Air Force, the tournament
was the culmination of intense
selection trials at RAAF Base
Richmond, a training camp and
four intense games. Players had
to get through six games plus
training in only 12 days.
Although the team had a less-
than-satisfying tournament, four
players were selected in the ADF
national team: FLTLT Ben Cowan,
CPL Michael Derricott, CPL Craig
Gallard and LAC Liam Mercer.
An injury-plagued women's
team also had a disappointing
tournament, despite the players
putting their heart and souls into
Three women were named
in the ADF team: CPL Aimee
Murphy, LACW Danielle Kemps,
and LACW Caroline Saville.
LACW Saville was named as
the player's player and CPL Amy
Lotts won the coach's award.
The disappointment continued
with the men's over-35s which
had won the division for the past
It only lost to Army -- and only
by one goal -- but that was enough
for the title to slip away.
The player's player award went
to SGT Nelson Aceituno.
This year's Air Force
national carnival will be held at
Hawkesbury from October 23 to
A team representing the
Australian Defence Football
Federation will tour New Zealand
from July 31 to August 9.
LEADING LIGHT: Over-35s player's player SGT
Nelson Aceituno, left, competes for possession of
the ball against Navy.
Photo: LAC David Said
Open soccer coach has reason for optimism
BACK WITH A
Far left, LAC
left, CPL Aiden
Burke gets a
RUGBY LEAGUE RETURNS WITH TRI-SERVICE CASRL
CPL Aaron Curran
AIR FORCE is pinning its hopes on
some tried-and-tested players and a few
new stars to propel it to success at the
Combined Australian Services Rugby
League (CASRL) Inter-service Carnival
Air Force kicks off the tournament
on March 7.
Air Force had a disappointing
CASRL last year, losing both games
against Navy and Army at Victoria
Barracks -- but Air Force coach SGT
Geoff Britton is upbeat this year.
"We are looking to improve in all
facets of the game," SGT Britton said.
"Our execution is something we
will work on in the lead-up to the first
He said he knew the playing group
were disappointed with the results from
last year and the players were keen on
"We have a good core of 40 players
who play at club level.
"The real improvement will come
with a better understanding of our game
plan and getting the guys to gel at train-
He blamed fatigue for Air Force
falling out of last year's contest against
He said he could depend on Air
Force's good depth of talent this year,
including LAC Jeff Moate, who he said
was a standout.
Air Force v Army on March 7 at 2.30pm
Air Force v Navy on March 9 at 2.30pm
Both games will be played at Norford
Park, Sefton, in Sydney.
"Another is LAC Pete Adam who
had a bumper year for his club side in
Canberra last year and we are expect-
ing big things from him in the next few
years," SGT Britton said.
"Our captain, CPL Aiden Burke,
turns 42 this year, and he is still going
really strong. He leads the playing
group from the front and is a real father
figure for the younger guys."
Hooker FSGT Adam Robinson
retired after last year and SGT Britton
said Air Force was looking for a new
player for that position.
In the lead-up to CASRL, Air
Force scheduled in a selection trial,
the Paul Mason Shield, at RAAF Base
Williamtown on March 1, where it
anticipated 40 players would try out
for the 25-man squad to compete in
Anyone interested in playing RAAF rugby
league should download a registration
form from http://intranet.defence.gov.au/
raafweb/sites/AFRLC and email it to SGT
WITH coach SGT Sean McGrath
at the helm again, Air Force will
defend its Kapooka 12s Australian
Football title at Wagga on March
12. The RAAF 2 team beat a Navy
team from HMAS Cerberus by
two points in the final last year.
Kapooka 12s games are played
on a full-sized oval with two
10-minute halves. Each team is
allowed 12 players on the oval and
six interchange players. Last year,
however, both the Air Force teams
started the day with only two
interchange players and come the
final six games later, RAAF 2 had
only 12 fit men. The Kapooka sev-
ens netball tournament will also
be played on March 12 and the
Kapooka 10s rugby union tourna-
ment on March 19.
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