Home' Air Force News : September 1st 2011 Contents Salary package your next car and take
advantage of our
September 1, 2011
LCPL Mark Doran
HOCKEY player LACW Megan
MacAuslan has been chosen to play
in the Oceania Pacific Cup in Fiji in
LACW MacAuslan, of 1EHS
at RAAF Base Amberley, was
chosen in the women’s under-21
team after the Australian Country
Championships in Port Lincoln
from July 30 to August 6.
LACW MacAuslan said she felt
very proud to be selected.
“I hope to improve my hockey
skills, increase my fitness levels
and try to be a member of the
Australian open team next year,”
LACW MacAuslan said.
“The best thing about this has
been getting the jersey with my
name on it.”
LACW MacAuslan’s selection
was one of the highlights of the
tournament for the Defence men’s
and women’s teams.
Four other ADF players were
selected for Hockey Australia’s
Country representative senior
teams which will tour Thailand and
They are MAJ Amanda Meech,
CPL Jessica Antonovich, CFN
Gareth Hoddinott and LS Talei
The women’s team lost the
play-off for bronze in South
Australia and the men’s team fin-
FLTLT Peter Nugent received
his 50th cap for ADF hockey during
ADO personnel who wish to get
in touch with the ADF Hockey
Association should email defence.
Fiji trip for our hockey star
PROUD: LACW Megan
Photo: CPL Aaron Curran
Photo: LAC Bill
Left, LAC Chris
a strong tackle
on LAC Alex
Photo: LAC Bill
MY BALL: Above, FLGOFF Andre
Holmes negotiates some heavy
Photo: LAC Bill Solomou
FROM THE ARCHIVES: No,
pegging out the washing isn’t
a new training drill. This is CPL
Michael Wallace on a short-term
deployment to Papua New Guinea
Photo: SGT Bill Guthrie
LCPL Mark Doran
SIX Air Force players have been named
in the Australian Services Rugby Un-
ion squad of 35 training for the Inter-
national Defence Rugby Competition
(IDRC) in Australia and New Zealand
They are LAC Alex Chan (for-
ward), of 10SQN; CPL Richard
Falkenmire (forward), of 37SQN;
FLGOFF Andre Holmes (forward),
of 76SQN; LAC Bodine Luscott (for-
ward), of 81WG; AC Chris Tuttiet
(back), of 2OCU; and, CPL Michael
Wallace (back), of 37SQN.
The squad was named after 60
players took part in a possibles versus
probables in cold and wet conditions
at ADFA in Canberra on August 17.
This is not the final cut though.
The players in the squad have three
more trial matches in September to
impress the selectors before the final
squad of 27 is announced for the tour-
And still in with a chance are two
Air Force players who are among
reserves on call if needed to cover for
injured or unavailable players.
These reserves are AC Adam
Dahmer (forward), of 2AFDS, and
LAC Shaun Connelly (forward), of
In addition, two other Air Force
people have been chosen for off-field
roles. They are team managers FLTLT
Kris Scott (Air Lift SPO, DMO), and
physio FLTLT Anna Lewis (HMAS
ASRU coach CAPT Damien Cahill
said the watchlist of 60 players had
been running for seven months and the
trial in Canberra gave the selectors an
opportunity to see the players in their
primary and secondary positions and
judge their individual skill levels.
“I couldn’t have been happier with
the weather we had,” he said.
“We will most likely encounter
similar spring/wet conditions when
we play in October, especially if we
are good enough to play in the finals
in New Zealand. We now move into
the domestic tour phase for ASRU
which will provide us with an excel-
lent opportunity to be physically and
mentally prepared for the IDRC.
“Three solid games, each harder
than the previous one, will see us in
a really good position for the opening
ASRU is one of 12 teams contest-
ing the competition from October 1 to
October 22, with games in Canberra,
Sydney and New Zealand.
IDRC patron CDF GEN David
Hurley launched the competition on
He said the IDRC was the result
of two years’ work – from an idea
to fruition – which extended beyond
rugby. “We have the Tongan Defence
Services playing, and they will
be hard, and having the People’s
Liberation Army team playing is
extraordinary and we are delighted
they have taken up the challenge,”
GEN Hurley said.
“The Royal Navy and British Army
teams are very strong and both have
been beaten by the French team who
will be a very strong team as well.
“The IDRC will be a fantastic
occasion, not only for us as spectators,
but for the soldiers, sailors and airmen
who will be participating in the com-
Bill blogs on ... fun runs
Six in ASRU squad
READING a health article in
the previous edition of Air
Force News on fun run
training has inspired me to
participate in the Canberra
Times Fun Run and Family
Walk on September 11.
This will be my first fun run,
so information from the article is
going to help my preparation.
The challenge has come at the right
time of my fitness campaign – the ‘Join
Over the past few weeks I have
extended my running routine and have
incorporated an overload element.
I might be slow – well, you could say
I have adopted the ‘Cliff Young shuffle’. –
but as long as I keep up the momentum,
then I will be fine.
Since its inception in 1975, the
event has raised more than
$900,000 for the Heart
Foundation, ACT Division.
You can enter the 10km run
or the 5km family walk/run.
I will be joined by fam-
ily and colleagues, so once
again I put out the challenge to
local Canberra-based service
personnel to join.
The Canberra Times is offering
Defence News readers late registrations
until September 4.
If you plan on joining, please contact
me at vasilis.solomou@defencenews.
gov.au. We may be able to put together a
For more information about the event, visit
Links Archive August 18th 2011 September 15th 2011 Navigation Previous Page Next Page