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November 24, 2011
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They had reason to be happy. It
was Air Force's first Defence champi-
onship since 2006.
"The players over the week were
superb," SGT Gillard said.
"We went into the games with
a high-intensity game plan, and the
players worked their socks off to
accumulate three great results.
"There was a really good feeling
within the group before the competi-
tion and I believe that transferred into
our performances on the park.
"They were a great bunch of lads
to coach and they can be proud of
themselves and the way they repre-
sented the Air Force."
SGT Gillard, who works at
Victoria Barracks, figured in the 2006
win as a player.
But coaching is different. More
stressful. More demanding. More to
worry about than just yourself.
Soccer title is ours -- after five excruciating minutes
CAPTAIN FLTLT Matthew
Nunn and other members of the
new ADF team joined A-League
soccer team Brisbane Roar in
pausing for a minute's silence on
The Roar invited members of
the ADF football team to an on-field
Remembrance Day Ceremony at
Ballymore Stadium in Brisbane.
Roar coach Ange Postecoglou
said his players were thrilled to
meet such talented Defence Force
FLTLT Nunn, a Globemaster
pilot at 36SQN, RAAF Base
Amberley, was pleased to be
able to remember those who had
paid the supreme sacrifice.
"We are aiming to strengthen
ties with Football Federation
Australia and this is a positive
move in that direction," FLTLT
Sharing Roar's minute of silence
"When everyone is in having
lunch, I'm often outside watching
another game and working out how
we are going to beat them."
SGT Gillard first coached the team
in 2008. But despite the team going
through undefeated, it was pipped for
the title by Army, which had scored an
When SGT Gillard resumed as
coach this year, he told his charges
to take the goal tally out of play. "We
need three wins, nine points, no argu-
ment," he told them.
He had five first-year players in
his squad of 16. One notable absentee
was CPL Chris Speranza who won the
Air Force player's player award last
year, but this year was hampered by a
Nevertheless, he approached this
year's titles at Manly in late October
with some optimism.
"I'm looking to keep that unde-
feated run [from 2008] going this year
and if we can do that then we will
be right in the mix to win it," he said
after he was appointed coach.
There was no reason for anyone to
doubt his optimism.
In soccer circles, SGT Gillard has
walked the walk for a long time.
He has performed so many on-
field and off-field roles for Air
Force, last year he was honoured by
an award being named after him --
the Gillie Award, which goes to Air
Force's player's player.
This year it went to LAC Liam
Mercer, a striker who scored four
goals in this year's Defence titles --
including the first goal 15 minutes in
against Navy. That was not the only
accolade for LAC Mercer either. He
was leading goalscorer of the cham-
pionships and was named as Player of
SGT Gillard said it was a huge
effort. He said LAC Mercer's four
goals included the best goal of the
On top of this, LAC Mercer was
one of seven Air Force players select-
ed in the ADF side. The others are
FLTLT Matthew Nunn (captain), CPL
Jason Thomas, LAC Ben Robson,
LAC Brett Leddy, LAC Hassan
Arnout and LAC Joseph Crockett.
Men: Air Force 9 points, Navy 6,
Defence APS 3, Army 0.
Over-35s: Army 7, Navy 6, Air Force 4,
Defence APS 0.
Women: Navy 9 (winner on goal differ-
ences) , Army 9, Air Force 0.
Seat of wheelpower
PRACTICE MAKES, ER, PERFECT: Our photographer could hardly believe it. Downhiller
CPL Michael Neate blew a front tyre when he landed from this drop and ended up on the
ground. "He just picked himself up and continued riding," LAC Bill Solomou, the man with the
camera, said. Turns out CPL Neate was used to the rough and tumble. He had not one, not
two, but three falls on the practice day, one fall in which he broke a finger on his right hand.
UP AND OVER: CPL Jarrod
Hughes goes over a jump.
Photos: LAC Bill Solomou
ROCKY ROAD: LACW
Philippa Rostan in the downhill
HAVING missed this year's Defence
road racing titles because he was in
Europe mid-year, CPL Jarrod Hughes
made amends at the Defence mountain-
bike titles in Canberra.
CPL Hughes, of RAAF Base
Williamtown, won the cross-country
title for the second year in a row. FLTLT
Shane Taylor finished second place to
make it an Air Force quinella.
The mountainbike titles were held
at Mt Stromlo from November 7 to 10,
hampered by threatening weather and
Reservist LACW Philippa Rostan
contested all the events and was
rewarded with victory in the down-
hill women's race, second place in the
cross-country and leading female fin-
isher in the four-cross.
Last year's winner in both the male
four-cross and downhill, LAC Alex
Wruck, finished second in both events
CPL Hughes said one of his big
fears at Mt Stromlo was the weather.
"Although it was wet and muddy, I
didn't have any problems with my bike,
which was my main concern," he said.
CPL Hughes capped off the week
when he went to Bundanoon in the
Southern Highlands to race in the 112km
It was probably the best marathon
field ever seen in Australia and he fin-
"One of my goals for this season was
to do well there so I was really happy."
Defence titles results
Four-cross: MIDN James Bashford 1, LAC
Alex Wruck 2, CPL Craig Anger 3. Leading
woman: LACW Philippa Rostan (Air Force
reserve and also APS).
XC -- women: Dr Cath Kelaher 1:10:05, 1,
LACW Philippa Rostan 1:15:09 2, FLTLT Beth
Chaffers 1:16:22 3, Miss Georgina Davies
(APS) 1:32:33 4. Men: CPL Jarrod Hughes
1:22:12 1, FLTLT Shane Taylor 1:26:01 2, PO
Dion Blair 1:27:08 3.
Super Masters (50 years or older) category:
MAJ David Wilson 1:14:21 1, AIRCDRE Ian
Meyn 1:20:13 2, Harry Brown (APS) 1:27:44 3.
Downhill -- Women: LACW Philippa Rostan
1, Dr Cath Kelaher (APS) 2, AB Tenae Scott
3. Men: MIDN James Bashford 1, LAC Alex
Wruck 2, MIDN Daniel Williams 3, CPL Alex
Leech 4, LAC Allan Dawson 5.
UP AND OVER: CPL Jarrod
ROCKY ROAD: LACW
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