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May 12, 2011
CPL Rachael Gorton said she was
surprised to be awarded the runner-up
Most Valuable Player (MVP) after the
ADF beat the Royal New Zealand De-
fence Force (RNZDF) in a three-test
Anzac women's netball series.
The RNZDF's AWTR Shivonne
Kuita was named MVP.
"The girls I was playing with are
of a very high standard and every-
body played exceptionally well," CPL
Of RAAF Base Edinburgh,
CPL Gorton was one of four Air
Force players in the team. The oth-
ers were FLGOFF Catherine Ferry,
CPL Wendy Holt and LACW
Lisa Merriman, all of RAAF Base
Netball award surprise
First test at Randwick, April 18: ADF
46 lt NZDF 48.
Second test in Albury, April 21: ADF 51
d NZDF 43.
Third test in Adelaide, April 24: ADF 49
d NZDF 38.
Although the ADF and RNZDF
have not played each other for several
years, it was the first time the ADF
had won the Trans-Tasman trophy
After losing game one at Randwick
Barracks by two points, the ADF ral-
lied to post an eight-point victory in
Albury and a convincing 11-point
win for the final game in Adelaide.
The final match was played
as a curtain-raiser for the ANZ
Championship match between the
Adelaide Thunderbirds and Waikato
Bay of Plenty Magic at ESTA Park.
It was the first time the ANZ
Championship had had a curtain-
raiser match, with the ADF benefit-
ing from some vocal crowd support
as the stadium filled for the main
About 800 people, including
national players from the Australian
Diamonds and New Zealand Ferns,
watched the ADF win the final game
and the series trophy.
CPL Gorton, who has played ADF
netball on and off since 2004, was
"Having the deciding match in my
home town, on my home court and
before a televised Thunderbirds game
was a fantastic experience," she said.
"Not everyone gets the chance to
play internationally let alone play in
your home town where your friends
and family can come and watch."
ADF team captain LT Sally
Williamson said the matches were
very physical but good camaraderie
was built between the two sides after
travelling and spending Anzac Day
together in Adelaide.
"It was just a great opportunity
for us. We don't get to do this very
often and netball as a sport is growing
across Australia and across Defence
so we were very excited to have the
New Zealanders come over," she said.
NZDF captain WO2 Waiheke
Cross said the experience had been
great for the Kiwis.
"It was awesome," she said. "The
ADF girls were fantastic. The travel,
the uplifting; we had no problems at
"We are very friendly off the court,
but we get on the court and it's all
on."The two sides are looking forward
to facing off next year in NZ in what
they hope will be an annual event.
FSGT Tony Benfer hopes to mix it with
able-bodied skiers at the Air Force Al-
pine Snowsports Downhill Champion-
ships at Mt Hotham from July 31 to
FSGT Benfer, who won a gold medal
in downhill slalom at the Canadian
Soldier On competition in March, hopes
he and other members of the ADF
Paralympic team will be allowed to con-
test their respective service titles.
"We have to work out the fine
details," he said.
The Air Force championships will
be followed by the ADF inter-services
championships from August 7 to 12.
A PTI at RAAF Base Wagga, FSGT
Benfer, lost his lower right leg in a hit-
and-run accident in Queensland in 2007.
He got back on skis only last year
as part of an ADF Paralympic Sports
Program in the Snowy Mountains.
For more information about the Air Force
titles, email Katrina Babic at katrina.
Gearing up for alpine ski titles
RITUAL: The Royal
New Zealand Air
Force Rugby team
perform the haka
before taking on the
RAAF for the Burn-
Photo: LACW Rosaleen
THE Air Force Rugby team had a nice
little warm-up for the Australian Services
Rugby Championships (ASRC), which
starts in Canberra this week.
It played in the inaugural ANZUS
Trophy tournament in Brisbane in late
April against teams from the US Air
Force and the Royal New Zealand Air
The competition was won by the
Kiwis who returned home not just with
the ANZUS Trophy but also with the
Burn-Merz Cup for their 29-16 win
against the RAAF.
The tri-service championship in
Canberra will be conducted from May 15
to 21 at Viking Park, Wanniassa.
Men and women from the three ser-
vices will battle it out to claim the cham-
pionship trophy. Senior teams will also
be selected from serving members of the
Sunday, May 15: RANRU v AFRU, RANU
women v AFRU women (10s), RANRU Old
Salts v AFRU Veterans.
Wednesday, May 18: AARU v AFRU.
Saturday, May 21: AARU v RANRU, AARU
women v RANRU/AFRU women, AARU
AROBA v RANRU Old Salts.
For more information, visit www.
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