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For a couple of years leading into
last year's title win, pickings were slim.
There were some promising signs but
Air Force was no match for Army in
FLGOFF Lee was a first-year play-
er in 2010. He was the team's desig-
nated wicketkeeper but even though he
batted high up in the order for RAAF
Base Richmond, his batting prowess was
untested at this level and he found him-
self coming in at No. 9.
Let's be realistic. Most teams don't
expect their No. 9 batsman to make many
runs. It's getting close to bunny territory
that low in the order.
And FLGOFF Lee had every right to
feel like a bunny in the headlights as he
sat and watched his team falling to pieces
as they tried to chase down a modest total
of 141 in the 50-over match.
The team was well short when
FLGOFF Lee strode to the wicket and
the situation looked even more dire when
another wicket fell and fast bowler LAC
Aaron Goodwin at No. 10 entered the
fray, with Air Force still needing 44 runs.
FLGOFF Lee said he was a bit nerv-
ous at first but said he settled down after
a couple of overs when he realised the
ball wasn't doing much.
With the calmness under pressure that
is probably a necessary trait when he's
on his job as an air traffic control officer,
FLGOFF Lee methodically scored the
bulk of the runs needed as LAC Goodwin
held up his end, knowing that a wicket
loss would spell the end of the game and
With just two runs to get, FLGOFF
Lee went for a big, satisfying finish.
He hit the ball over mid-on and the
leather went crashing to the boundary.
Coach SGT Croker said some of the
key performers from last year will be
unavailable this year due to service com-
SO WHO'S the Air Force rugby league
player tackling at the bottom of the
photo at left?
Full marks if you think it's tough
prop CPL Jimmy Galbraith, who
received the players' player Gary J.
Smith Award in the Air Force's 20-12
win over the South Australian Rugby
league team in Adelaide on October 8.
How tough? Well, he left the
ground early in the game with a
popped shoulder and was back 10
minutes later after it popped back in.
And if you are not in the know,
you might wonder if he wandered into
the wrong game.
CPL Galbraith, of 81WG, is a
rugby union convert. Before this year
his only season of rugby league was in
2007. "So I'm still on a steep learning
curve which the RAAF rugby league
guys have been helping me with a lot,"
South Australia started the first
half strongly and Air Force did well to
hold them out on numerous occasions.
Despite conceding the first try, Air
Force led 14-6 at half-time.
The second half was a dogged
affair, with both teams belting each
other in defence. Air Force lost four
players to injury and centre Sean
Colville suffered a broken hand but
was able to play on.
With 13 minutes to go, South
Australia scored a converted try, clos-
ing the gap to 14-12.
But halfback LAC Pete Adam,
who had already scored a try in the
first half, clinched the game with just
a minute left on the clock.
He showed some Mark Gasnier-like
footwork to beat three defenders and
CPL Galbraith stood out for con-
tinually taking the ball to the line at
speed and defending strongly.
He wasn't the only top performer
though. Aside from Colville and LAC
Adam, several other Air Force players
also deserve mention for their strong
efforts, including team captain CPL
Ben Johns, hooker CPL Kieran Staub
and winger AC Carlos Partland.
The president of the Air Force
Rugby League, AIRCDRE Bob
Rodgers, watched the game and was
impressed by the effort and commit-
ment of the players and coaching staff.
"This game, which I hope will
become an annual fixture, has helped
to promote the healthy relationship
between Air Force people and the wider
South Australian community," he said.
The 2012 Air Force inter-service
Rugby League selections and the
Combined Australian Services Rugby
League competition will be held early
For more information, contact coach
SGT Geoff Britton at geoffrey.britton@
defence.gov.au or assistant coach/
captain CPL Aiden Burke at aiden.
In a different league
NO QUARTER GIVEN: CPL
Jimmy Galbraith makes a tackle
with assistance from halfback LAC
Pete Adam, LAC Zac Studders
and AC Adam Dahmer.
title once more
mitments. These include captain CPL
Aaron Noffke, FLGOFF Jarrod Moxey,
vice-captain FLTLT Leo Lochran and
On the positive side, SGT Croker
is upbeat about some of the new and
returning faces in the team, including
CPL Adam Bosworth, CPL Michael
Gunn, CPL Brett Harris and CPL Matty
"And yes," he admits, "Jimmy Lee
could have possibly justified a promotion
in the batting order after his performance
FOOTNOTE: For the record, FLGOFF Lee said
we definitely will not see him bowling his
"left-arm rubbish" at the championships
in Canberra. He had a trundle against the
Malaysians at Arafura but plans to keep on
the keeper's gloves this time.
HIS OTHER ROLE: FLGOFF Jimmy
Lee gets in some wicketkeeping
Photo: LAC Chris Hall
GOOD THINGS HAPPEN TO THOSE WHO WEIGHT:
CPL Leanna Craig was all smiles at the ACT weightlifting
Photos: CPL Christopher Dickson
TOP LIFT: LACW Alana
Dickson, of 34SQN, puts
everything into a lift.
in the ACT
TWO women are flying the flag for the
Air Force in a newly invigorated ACT
weightlifting club competition.
CPL Leanna Craig and LACW Alana
Dickson, both of 34SQN, competed
in their first club round in Canberra
on October 14, with two more rounds
remaining in November and December.
The club matches are manda-
tory if they are to qualify for the ACT
state competition in early 2012 but at
this stage both women are aiming to
improve their technique and concen-
trate on increasing their personal lifts.
TOP LIFT: LACW Alana
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