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June 23, 2011
LAST month CPL Rachael Gorton graced the pages
of Air Force News as a star member of the ADF
netball team which beat New Zealand. This time her
feats on the touch football ground have brought her
CPL Gorton was one of the standout players in
the combined Air Force/Navy women's team that
beat Army/APS in a three-game series final in the
South Australian inter-service touch championship at
RAAF Base Edinburgh on May 27.
She was one of nine Air Force players in the team.
The Air Force men's team came close, too, but
not close enough. It lost to APS 7-5 with SGT Peter
Owens, CPL Justin Rogers, LAC Bradley Asher and
CPL Daniel Hickey excelling.
The inter-service titles followed two other impor-
tant events on the South Australian calendar in May:
the South Australian Police and Emergency Services
Games and the South Australian Inter-Unit Cup.
RESULTS -- South Australian Police and Emergency Services
Games, May 13: DSTO/Navy 6 b RAAF/Army 2. South Australian
Inter-Unit Cup, May 26 -- Semi -finals: 1RSU 4 b JEWOSU 2, DSTO 3
b 16AD MO 1. Grand final: DSTO 3 b 1RSU 0. South Australian Inter-
Service, May 27 -- Men's Open semi-finals: RAAF b Army 1-1, APS b
Army 10-3. Grand final: APS b RAAF 7-5. Women's Open -- Game 1:
RAAF/Navy drew with Army/APS 2-2; game 2: RAAF/Navy drew with
Army/APS 3-3; game 3: RAAF/Navy b Army/APS 3-1.
FIVE Air Force personnel have
been chosen to represent Australia
at the touch football World Cup in
Edinburgh, Scotland, from June 22
They are part of a 180-mem-
ber Australian contingent that
will contest the titles against
teams from Austria, Belgium,
Catalonia, Cook Islands,
England, Fiji, France, Germany,
Guernsey, Hungary, Ireland, Italy,
Japan, Jersey, Luxembourg,
Netherlands, New Zealand, Niue,
Papua New Guinea, Scotland,
Singapore, South Africa, Spain,
Switzerland, the US and Wales.
The Air Force representa-
tives are players FLTLT Brad
Squires (men's 40), FSGT Danny
Bretherton (senior mixed), reservist
FSGT John Samin (men's 40), and
referees SQNLDR Cliff Winnett and
SQNLDR Ken Gilbert.
They will be joined by fellow
ADF representative players WO2
Mick Patman (men's 35), MAJ Phil
Corkeron (men's 35) and referee
WO1 Greg Taylor.
The competition will be played
over five days at the University
of Edinburgh playing fields at
For SQNLDR Gilbert it's going
to feel a bit strange being in a place
called Edinburgh where they speak
with Scottish accents.
He's based at RAAF Base
CFN Max Bree
AIR Force players were to the fore when Queensland
won both the men's and women's titles at the Australian
Defence Hockey Championships in Sydney.
Queensland women beat NSW 3-1 in their final and
Queensland men downed NSW 2-1.
In the women's final, Queensland centre-striker
PLTOFF Di Casey nailed two close-range goals in the
10th and 21st minutes.
NSW hit back early in the second half with a goal to
ACW Tanya Smiljanic but a botched corner shot from
NSW led to a runaway Queensland goal by SGT Megan
Clarke that sealed the deal with seven minutes to go.
PLTOFF Casey was modest about the win.
"We did it tough," she said. "We're all getting a bit
old and it gets harder every year."
In the men's final, LAC Chris Fazel opened the scor-
ing for Queensland three minutes in.
NSW responded with dominant ball possession that
led to CPL Keith McManemin smashing a goal in the
But the Maroons hit back five minutes later with a
goal from SMN Ivan Crinall, giving Queensland a 2-1
lead that it held through a hard-fought but scoreless
Queensland captain LAC Tommy Miller was ecstatic
about his team's performance.
"We dominated," he said. "NSW put it to us at the
start but we nutted it out as Queensland always does."
VERSATILITY: CPL Rachael Gorton in action in the finals. Left: flashback to May when
she also starred as a netballer for the ADF.
Photos: CPL Glen McCarthy and LS Paul Berry
Finding touch in two sports
GOAL SCORER: LAC Chris Fazel takes the ball
up for Queensland bypassing NSW player AB
Photo: CFN Max Bree
World at their feet
LCPL Mark Doran
WOFF John Hennig led a five-man Defence
team to glory at the Australasian Police and Ser-
vices Clay Target Championships in Adelaide
from May 19 to 22.
For the second year in a row, WOFF
Hennig, from HMAS Albatross, won the 50-tar-
get handicap outright.
WOFF Hennig was also part of a
five-man Defence team which won the
50-target double-barrel team event by
outshooting the Australian Federal
Police and the Victorian Police.
The team, competing under the
Defence Clay Target Association
banner, also included another Air
Force member, CPL Chris Whyte, of
This was the fourth year running
Defence was represented in this competition
but the first time it had captured the team event.
CPL Whyte was also second in the B grade
50-target single-barrel event.
Shooting stars in Adelaide
TOP GUN AGAIN: WOFF
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