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November 10, 2011
IF FLTLT Andre Holmes and CPL
Bodine Luscott thought they could
rest their weary bones after playing
for the Australian Services Rugby
Union (ASRU) team in the Interna-
tional Defence Rugby Competiton,
they can think again.
The two players are members
of the Williamtown White Pointers
Rugby Club which is planning to
hold a 10-a-side game for char-
ity Movember on the rugby field
at RAAF Base Williamtown from
11.30am on November 18.
FLTLT Holmes and CPL Luscott
got into the spirit by donning false
moustaches for the pre-publicity
photo left, along with Air Force
women's team captain FLTLT
Margaret Quinn and Air Force
men's player LAC Shaun Connolly.
FLTLT Quinn, who will be
taking part in the game as a "mo-
sister", said the participants would
be mainly White Pointers Club
"However, we are still looking
for anyone who would like to par-
ticipate on the day -- whether that
be through spectating or playing,"
There will be sausages on the
For the record, LAC Connolly
didn't have to don a fake moustache
for the photo because apparently
he is already growing a real one.
We believe this will become more
apparent with time.
For more information, contact CPL
Hamish Spence, alan.spence@defence.
Bristling to get growing at Williamtown
Falling at last hurdle
From left, FLTLT
and CPL Bodine
it up for their
Photo: CPL David
IN HOT PURSUIT:
Left, LAC Alex
Chan tries to break
free of a tackle;
CAPT DJ Cahill
players at half-time.
Photo: AB Lee-Anne
POOL GAMES: beat Tonga Defence
Services 21-17, beat China -- People's
Liberation Army 66-5.
QUARTER FINAL: beat Royal Air Force
SEMI-FINAL: beat Samoa Police 23-10.
FINAL: lost to British Army 62-17.
THE ASRU RUN
SPR Nick Wiseman
INJURIES in the first half to three key
defenders dashed any chance the Aus-
tralian Services Rugby Union (ASRU)
team had of winning the International
Defence Rugby Competition (IDRC).
After brushing aside four teams
to qualify for the final in Auckland,
ASRU was soundly beaten by British
Army (BA) 62-17 in the final on
Heineken Cup player LCPL Chris
Budgen was tremendous up front for
the visitors, as was their all-inter-
national back row of Fijians GNR
Iremaia Boladau, LCPL Joe Kava and
Scotsman CAPT Mark Lee.
ASRU coach CAPT DJ Cahill said it
was a disappointing way to finish.
"The boys achieved a tremendous
feat in reaching the final, including
victories over both the third (Samoa)
and fourth (Tonga) placed teams, both
of which had numerous internationals
in their squads," CAPT Cahill said.
"Unfortunately, we started slowly,
[were] decimated by injury and ran
into a red-hot BA side."
Despite not initially playing to the
best of their abilities throughout the
tournament, BA fought back in the
final, proving the might and capacity
of their players.
CAPT Cahill said he could not
fault the efforts of his team.
"It wasn't their day, but to be
p roved to be the second best
Defence Force rugby union side in
the world is something to be justifi-
ably proud of -- especially as rugby
union is so highly regarded by the
defence forces globally."
One of the six Air Force players
in the ASRU squad, FLTLT Andre
Holmes said it was quite a challenging
match though obviously not the result
he was hoping for.
"For a lot of us, it was the high-
est calibre game of rugby we've ever
played," FLTLT Holmes said. "We
grew a lot as rugby players because of
After early games in Sydney
and Canberra, the team travelled
to New Zealand for the climax of
the tournament, spending 10 days
training and preparing for the
semi-final match against Samoa
Police and then the final against
BA which was played in front of
more than 1000 spectators.
The next IDRC is scheduled to be
held in England in 2015.
FOOTY NOTE: Britsh Army distributed
its own souvenir handbook during
the IDRC. Aside from profiles of its
players, there was a Q&A with coach
CAPT Andy Sanger who was asked,
among other things, about music.
"Cannot beat the Rhondda Male Voice
Choir and our Fijians are pretty good,"
he answered. Hmm, it seems they can
play the game of rugby a bit, too.
For all of the results of the IDRC, see
Bill blogs on ... riding the lows
as well as the highs
HAVING experienced the highs of
the past few months, with losing
weight and increasing my fitness
level, it was inevitable that the
tempo was going to change.
I will not bore you with the
detail. However, it was interesting
to see how my mental thought and
motivation had changed and how
common it is to correlate weight
gain or loss with people affected
by bereavement, stress, personal
and mental health issues.
Over a stressful period you
either lose heaps of weight or,
for some in my situation, you
Understandably my mindset
was not on the task, and training
had to take second place.
However, talking to people
and spreading the burden had
eased some of my concerns.
After a tough week, I am
partially back on track. My spirit
has lifted and I am now looking
forward to participating in another
If you find yourself in situa-
tions where you are under stress
or not coping with mental health
issues, please speak to someone.
Help is only a phone call away.
ADF members can access mental
health care by talking to their CO
or supervisor, presenting to the
health facility on their base or
contacting their Mental Health and
Twenty-four-hour assistance is
available on the All Hours Support
Line on 1800 628 036, which
offers 24/7 access to crisis coun-
selling and referral for treatment and
As we come into the last few
weeks of the 'Join Bill Challenge',
I encourage those members
undertaking weight loss cam-
paigns to email and tell us on
how they are going.
I still have a long way to go,
but the journey continues.
Email Bill at vasilis.solomou@
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