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October 27, 2011
A TEAM dominated by Air Force
players was too strong for their Army
and Navy counterparts at the NSW
inter-service basketball competition.
Held at Randwick Barracks over
two days in September, the Air Force
women took out all three games
against the Navy and Army combined
The winning team was made main-
ly of Air Force members, with one
Coach FLTLT Janeter Turnbull said
the competition was fierce.
"By mixing the teams up a little we
were able to raise the standard of the
women's games to a level I haven't seen
in inter-service [competition] for over a
decade," FLTLT Turnbull said.
Top scorer LACW Kate
Johnston's sharp shooting with
a total of 68 points helped the Air
Force team to overcome their rivals,
winning the first game 56-35, the
second game 40-30 and the third
"If player standards at inter-service
are anything to go by, NSW will defi-
nitely be championship contenders for
201," FLTLT Turnbull said.
They won't have to wait long to
test that theory, as the Australian
Defence Basketball Association
combined services national compe-
tition will be held at RAAF Base
Williamtown from November 26 to
The Williamtown Men's Air Force
Basketball team also walked away as
champions at the NSW inter-service
The men's division consist-
ed of Navy, Army, RAAF Bases
Williamtown and Richmond and
a pool team of both Air Force and
The top two teams in the round
robin comp, Williamtown and
Richmond, played each other in the
Williamtown won the final 43-30.
Richmond's LAC Ash Condon
and AC Adrian Duran were equal
top scorers with 14 points each and
Williamtown's SGT Glen Solomon
and LAC Kevin O'Sullivan scored 10
points each. LAC Condon top-scored
over the tournament with 71 points.
Air Force women (with a little help from a friend) tie up NSW basketball title
CPL Zenith King
FLTLT Georgina Lowe did
not rest on her laurels after
she led the women home
in the 1.17km HQJOC Ring
Road Challenge at Bungen-
dore on October 7.
Not long after finishing
the inner ring road race in
5 minutes and 11 seconds,
FLTLT Lowe lined up in the
4km outer road race.
"I decided to compete
in both, because it beats
sitting at a desk, and it gave
more points to the AOC
[her unit, the Air and Space
Operations Centre]," she
said.FLTLT Lowe was one
of more than 150 Defence
members who competed in
the annual challenge.
"It felt good to get the
first place for the AOC, and
I was surprised to win as
I thought LTCOL [Linda]
Meyer was definitely going
to catch me."
LTCOL Meyer finished
Although FLTLT Lowe
finished the outer ring road
race, she failed to figure in
Chipman, however, placed
second in the men's section
of the outer ring road chal-
GPCAPT Chipman said
he was exhausted at the fin-
"The third quarter
involved a long slog
uphill, which was hard work
and made the final part of
the run a challenge. I wasn't
really happy with my time
and would have liked to
have been about 30 sec-
onds faster," he said.
PLAYERS did not need a crystal football
early this year to know what lay ahead
for them if they wanted to make the cut
for the ASRU team for the IDRC.
They had months and months of
games and training ahead of them
just to make the final 30-man squad,
and then they had to win four games
against some of the finest military
teams in the world to qualify for the
final in Auckland.
Outside centre LAC Chris Tuttiet
was one who rose to the occasion.
"It's a massive year for ASRU and I
think everyone within Defence rugby is
looking forward to it," he said.
The thrust of that story was how the
meter was about to start ticking.
The ball would start rolling with the
Kiama sevens on February 26 and the
Kapooka 10s on March 19, leading into
the tri-service championships, after
which a 60-man training squad for the
IDRC was selected.
The members of that training squad
were subjected to tests and exposed to
specialist coaches who were brought
into camp by ASRU head coach CAPT
After a trial match between pos-
sible and probables in Canberra on
August 17, the squad was culled to
35. It was later cut to the final squad
of 30 and included six Air Force play-
ers; LAC Alex Chan, SGT Richard
Falkenmire, FLTLT Andre Holmes, CPL
Bodine Luscott, AC Tuttiet and CPL
Look at the records and you'll see
that FLTLT Holmes, CPL Luscott and
CPL Wallace were members of the
White Pointers who won the bowl final
at Kapooka. Obviously, they hit the
ground running, too.
LCPL Mark Doran
LAC Alex Chan was among a happy
band of players when the Australian Ser-
vices Rugby Union (ASRU) beat Samoa
Police 23-10 in the semi-finals of the In-
ternational Defence Rugby Competition
in Auckland on October 18.
"It was a good contest -- the
Samoans were tough and good in loose
play, but it was our structure which won
the game," LAC Chan said.
"We stuck the ball with the forwards
because of the wet conditions and drove
forward for the whole match and blew
over the Samoans in the mauls and
The win propelled ASRU into the
final of the competition, which started
in Canberra on October 1.
It was scheduled to play British
Army in Auckland on October 22 --
after this newspaper went to press.
Earlier, Australia beat both Tonga
Defence Force 21-17 and China --
People's Liberation Army 66-5 in its
pool games, and Royal Air Force 56-5
in its quarter final to book its place on
the aircraft to New Zealand.
The New Zealand Defence Force,
which had been tipped as almost a
certain final-four contender as the
sharp end of the competition shifted
to Auckland in the grip of World Cup
rugby fever, failed to qualify. The Kiwis
fell to Tonga in the quarter finals in
The locals did have a presence at
the Australia's semi final in Auckland,
In front of a crowd of nearly 600,
the New Zealand Army Band played the
ASRU coach CAPT Damien Cahill
said the game was tremendous.
"What held them together was
their intensity in defence, which took
the Samoans' ability to play the game
away," CAPT Cahill said.
"ASRU's line speed was great, they
stayed connected, they shut down the
dangerous Samoan ball-runners and got
them on to the ground, stopped their
offloads and beat them in the set pieces.
"The highlight of the game was the
defensive effort as they were sucking
the life out of the Samoans and refusing
to allow them to play the style of foot-
ball they wanted to play."
ASRU's win against the People's
Liberation Army team in Canberra on
October 9 was an eye-opener because
China is a relatively new player on the
international rugby field.
SGT Richard Falkenmire said ASRU
played well to their structures by setting
Cop that, Samoa
themselves small goals throughout the
game and then achieving them at every
"The Chinese are big. They weren't
as physical as we expected them to be,
but they were still fit and fast around
the paddock," SGT Falkenmire said.
"They were a challenge in the
scrums, they tackled hard and they gave
it everything they had.
"We were just sticking to what we
know and not trying to force anything."
For all of the results, including the final, go
Light at the end of the rugby tunnel
The Chinese are big. They weren't
as physical as we expected them
to be but they were still fit and fast
around the paddock.
-- SGT Richard Falkenmire
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