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SPIT POLISHED PRESENTATIONS
April 14, 2011
THE name of the Air Force's only indig-
enous pilot in WWII has been perpetuat-
ed with an award to a young footballer in
the Northern Territory Football League.
On March 13, PTI CPL Damon
Currie of 13SQN presented the inaugu-
ral Len Waters' High Achiever Trophy
to Jed Anderson from the Darwin
Leonard Victor Waters (1924-1993)
was born at Euraba Mission between
Boomi and Garrah in NSW. He left
school when he was 13 and worked as a
shearer for four years.
In August 1942, he applied to join
the Air Force and was trained as an air-
craft mechanic. In 1943 he applied to do
a pilots' course and was one of the few
applicants chosen for training. He grad-
uated among the top five in his course.
In November 1944, he was posted
to 78SQN where he was allocated a
He flew more than 90 operation-
AN ACROBATIC display by women's
goalkeeper CPL Aimee Murphy, who
was called on to fill in for the men's
team, gave Air Force plenty to cheer
about at the ADF futsal indoor soccer
championship in Sydney last month.
CPL Murphy, a medical assistant
at RAAF Base Amberley's Security
and Fire School, not only saved more
than half a dozen goals for the wom-
en's team -- which lost 0-6 to Army
and 0-1 to Navy -- but also the men's
team, when she took the floor for Air
Force's final match against Army.
Air Force went down fighting 7-3
but the score could have been 14-3 if
not for CPL Murphy's acrobatic saves.
"Playing for the men went pretty
well, but I'm in the hurt locker at the
moment," she chuckled.
The men's team had mixed fortunes
at the National Centre of Indigenous
Excellence on March 5. Apart from
the loss to Army, it lost to Navy 10-4
but a hat-trick by LAC Billy Burnett
enabled Air Force to beat the APS 5-4.
LAC Burnett, a carpenter
with 381 Expeditionary Combat
Support Squadron at RAAF Base
Williamtown, was one of Air Force's
Captain SGT Nelson Aceituno, of
37SQN at RAAF Base Richmond,
said Air Force would have performed
better if they had more players. "We
did well all things considered, but
with only one substitute we failed to
match the stamina and endurance of
the other teams," he said.
CPL Murphy, who has been kick-
ing goals for 15 years, said Air Force
would benefit from the valuable
match experience "and we'll come
back stronger and harder in the ADF
tri-service soccer championship later
She said the Air Force women's
team was looking for more players
and would welcome new footballers
of any skill level who wanted to have
a crack at Army and Navy in August.
"We usually have a hard time scrap-
ing a team together but we hope the
futsal helps us to get our call to arms out
there to new players," she said.
Futsal is a relatively new ADF
sport that features similar rules to out-
door soccer but involves only five-a-
side who play two 20-minute halves.
Women's futsal goalkeeper saves the day
Indigenous pilot remembered
al sorties against the Japanese from
Noemfoor (West Irian, Indonesia),
Morotai (Indonesia) and Tarakan
(Borneo, Indonesia). On January 1,
1945, he was promoted to FSGT.
On January 18, 1946, the newly pro-
moted WOFF Waters was discharged.
He died at Cunnamulla, Queensland.
His war service has been commemo-
rated with the issue of both a stamp
and an aerogramme in Australia Post's
Australia Remembers series produced
THANK goodness for FLGOFF
If she had not broken the sym-
metry by winning the women's
section of the Australian Defence
Sports Triathlon Association's
(ADSTA) sprint triathlon cham-
pionship at Huskisson, NSW, the
Air Force contestants might have
thought they were caught up in a
rerun of Groundhog Day.
It was a two-day competition
held in conjunction with civilian
titles and part of the Jervis Bay
Triathlon and Multisport Festival.
On March 12, the sprint cham-
pionship was held. Well, they call
it a sprint, but actually it was a
750m swim, 20km bike ride and
The following day was the turn
for contestants in the long-course
titles (2km swim, 83km bike ride
and 20km run).
Fifteen personnel from the
ADF and APS competed.
But in a case of déjà vu, for the
second year running FLTLT Terry
Withers finished second and ACW
Grace MacPherson won the wom-
LS Andrew Wilkinson won
both the sprint and the long-
In fact, he won the long-course
title by more than 15 minutes.
FLTLT Withers, of RAAF
Base Williamtown, was not offer-
ing any excuses.
But give him a break; he turns
46 this year.
"It's just hard to race against a
guy 20-plus years my junior and
expect to keep up," he said.
Still, he was happy with his
time. He went in with low expec-
tations but in fact his time was a
1.30-minute improvement on his
effort last year.
In 2010, FLTLT Withers went
on to win the ADSTA ironman tri-
athlon, but that race is not on the
agenda this year.
He said he planned to contest
the ADF Olympic distance cham-
pionship in Sydney on April 10
but that would be it for the season.
ACW MacPherson, a reservist
at RAAF Base Williamtown who
is studying at the University of
Newcastle, also won bronze over-
all in the 20-24 age group.
She is a rising star in triathlon
ranks, having represented Australia
in the 2009 world championships
on the Gold Coast where she fin-
ished eighth in her division.
FLGOFF May, of the Multi
Role Helicopter Project Office in
Canberra, also finished second
overall in her age division.
She has graced Air Force News
pages before but as a netballer.
She is relatively new to triathlon,
having only started taking it seri-
ously in November while compet-
ing in multisport for fun while
"I have two more triathlons
this season, then I'll take a short
break and start training for a half
ironman (1.9km swim, 90km ride,
21km run) at the end of the year,"
she said. "A step up or many
steps, strokes and pedal revolu-
tions from the sprint."
STAR TURNS: FLTLT
Terry Withers, left,
and LACW Grace
Photos: LSIS Kelvin Hockey
Calling ACT golfers
MALE and female Air Force golfers are being
sought for the ACT inter-service golf tournament at
Mollymook Golf Club, NSW, from October 16 to 22.
A strong APS team won the title last year. Air Force
hopes to field a team of 12 with two reserves this
year. One selection trial has already been held at
Gold Creek Country Club and another one is planned
for May or June. If you are interested, contact
WGCDR Mark Wilkins on (02) 6128 7010 or mark.
email@example.com. For more information, visit
the ADF Golf Associaton website at www.adfga.com
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