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May 26, 2011
IT IS hard to say who was the
most distracted. Members of the
Air Force rugby league team or
Dr Chris Brown, one of the stars
of Channel 10 TV show Bondi Vet.
It happened during the ANZUS
Trophy tournament in Brisbane last
After one of the games, players
from the RAAF team, the Royal
New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF)
and the US Air Force (USAF)
travelled to Suncorp Stadium to
watch the Super 15 game between
the Queensland Reds and NSW
The Air Force team took along
their team mascot, a stuffed pink
toy with a curly tail dubbed Her
Majesty. Team captain FLGOFF
Andre Holmes can't enlighten us
on this beastie, other than to say it's
part of a very old Air Force Rugby
Union (AFRU) tradition.
"We aren't at liberty to discuss
her, or to eat meat products that
originate from her relatives," he
The person in charge of Her
Majesty at Suncorp was the team's
sheriff for the night, CPL Dan
Baxter -- that's another team tradi-
tion: the position of sheriff rotates
from player to player every 24
hours and whoever has it is respon-
sible for keeping the players in line
and looking after Her Majesty.
When someone spotted Dr
Brown sitting two rows back from
the playing group, a sporting
maxim -- never miss an opportunity
-- was seized upon. Well, a photo
Dr Brown has no doubt seen an
array of colourful animals but what
he thought about posing with Her
Majesty (and CPL Baxter) nobody
knows but him.
Let's get serious
LAC Jarred Playford won
the Jason Bastaja award for best
newcomer at the ANZUS Trophy
Air Force lost both its games
-- 27-13 against USAF and 29-16
against RNZAF (for the Burn-Merz
Trophy) -- and RNZAF beat USAF
29-0 to win the ANZUS Cup.
The standout players for
AFRU during the tournament were
FLGOFF Holmes, CPL Michael
Godfrey, CPL Bodine Luscott and
AC Darren Bruce.
Despite losing, FLGOFF
Holmes saw real positives for the
team, which was coached by a
civilian, Stu Lundie. He is the set
piece coach for Norths Rugby Club,
which competes in the Sydney
premier-grade Shute Shield.
"Stu provided all players with
a depth of rugby knowledge and
experience far superior to prior
campaigns," FLGOFF Holmes said.
"On Burn-Merz game day,
the traditional haka was met with
steadfast resolve by the Air Force
players and from the first whistle, it
was apparent that it was going to be
a close-fought game."
Despite a number of penalty
goals against them (and a yellow
card), AFRU lost a very passionate
"The looks from the RNZAF
team after the final whistle were
acknowledgement of just how
close we had come, and the shak-
ing of hands and tunnelling off
of the respective teams could not
have been more sincere."
Look who we met
at the rugby game
EVASIVE: Above, LAC
heads for the line.
Photo: LACW Rosaleen
VETTED: Right, Bondi
Vet star Dr Chris Brown
with CPL Dan Baxter
and the Air Force team
mascot in the spotlight at
ON THE CHARGE: Above, CPL Bodine Luscott charges towards the goal post
during the Burn-Merz rugby cup game against RNZAF. Photo: ACW Joanne Larsen
TRI-SERVICE CARNIVAL: AC Darren Bruce in action against
Navy at the Australian Services Rugby Union carnival in Canberra.
The tournament was still in progress after we went to press but
we'll run full coverage in the next edition. Photo: LAC Bill Solomou
year, five Air Force
players figured in
a combined Navy-
Air Force team at
the ASRU carnival.
This year Air Force
players for a 10s
team that beat Navy
on the opening day
of the carnival.
Photo: LAC Bill Solomou
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