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April 12, 2012
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"By that time the
Murrumbidgee River had peaked
and the immediate threat of the
levee breaking had passed, and the
water began to subside," FLGOFF
"On arrival at RAAF Base
Wagga there was a plan to send in
Air Force members from the RAAF
School of Technician Training
to assist with the clean-up so I
completed a risk assessment on the
task as a starting point; but it was
then decided that 5 Brigade would
come in and assist.
"I gave a safety brief about base
safety to the 5 Brigade members
once they arrived on base. As this
was the second year in a row Wagga
Wagga was affected by floods the
main priority to was gain an over-
view of the emergency response
FIVE Air Force players were named
in NSW state-of-origin squads after
the National Touch League (NTL) in
Port Macquarie, NSW, from March 8
They are FLGOFF Danny
Bretherton (men's 35s) SGT Michelle
Cronin (women's 35s), SQNLDR Brad
Squires (men's 40s), WOFF Mick
Lennon (men's 40s) and SQNLDR
Shane Cooper (men's 40s).
They were among 116 ADF per-
sonnel (including 45 RAAFies) who
contested the titles against players
and teams from throughout Australia.
There were 123 teams competing in
The Australian Defence Touch
Association fielded six teams in
women's open, men's open, men's
30s, men's 40s, men's 45s and senior
The best returns came in the men's
30s, the men's 40s and the senior mixed
teams, with all three finishing fifth.
FLTLT Derrick Cant was named
players' player in the men's 30s team
and FLTLT Jason Woodcoe won the
players' player in the men's 40s team.
The players in the women's open
went into their games lacking experi-
ence, with only three players having
experienced touch footy at the elite
level before. They did not win a game
in a division of 15 teams but improved
every time they played.
LACW Aby Murray, who never
Our bunch of five
stopped running and never gave up,
was named the players' player.
The men's 45s team finished sixth
of eight teams.
The men's open team -- with play-
ers from as far afield as Perth, Darwin,
Hobart, Brisbane, Adelaide, Townsville,
Sydney and Brisbane -- finished 13th
from 14 teams and CPL David Murray
won the players' players trophy.
CPL Murray is based at RAAF
Base Amberley as is LACW Murray,
who won the women's award -- but
they are not related.
"We did have a discussion at some
stage to see if there was a distant con-
nection but it couldn't find anything,"
he assured us.
He added: "Our team did not win
a lot of games but we definitely held
our own and I could not have played
with a better bunch of guys. The play-
ers worked hard for each other."
LACW Murray has been playing
touch football for a while -- at univer-
sity and for local teams -- but Defence
has given her a taste of playing at the
"Defence will be sending a
Women's 27 team next year which is
anticipated to be an extremely com-
petitive side. I am hoping to make the
team but it will be tough," she said
Most of the ADF players arrived
at Port Macquarie ahead of the actual
tournament and spent some days hon-
ing their skills in a training camp.
Three cooks -- CPL Mick
Johnston, LAC James Johnson and
LAC Ben Roberts, all from Amberley
-- provided an estimated 4000 meals
for them over 11 days.
Four Army players and one civil-
ian were also selected in the NSW
state-of-origin squad, and three
Army players were selected in the
The state-of-origin will be held
in September and the squads will be
culled at lead-up training camps.
For more information on touch football,
process. With no specific tasks I
was there to offer any assistance
where I could."
His attention turned back
to what was happening at Port
Macquarie and he was in daily
contact with his team's coach,
SGT Brendan Sargent, to see how
his teammates were going. They
Thirteen divisions will contest
the state-of-origin series against
Queensland at Port Macquarie
in September, at a date yet to be
State of surprise after origin call-up
centre, at the
Photo: Glen Eaton ,
Aisle 5 Photography
Footy nears its
RISING STAR: LACW
Grace MacPherson winning
the 20-24 female category
in the 70.3 half ironman
Championships in Phuket,
Thailand in December.
NINE RAAF triathletes will be
among the 1500 competitors in
the Sydney Olympic Triathlon on
April 14 and 15.
The triathlon follows the 2000
Olympic course. It will include
a 1.5km swim, 40km cycle
and 10km run and the Sydney
Harbour Bridge will be closed for
the duration of the race.
The RAAFies are part of
the Australian Defence Sports
Triathlon Association (ADSTA)
and will compete along with 28
Army triathletes, nine RAAF rep-
resentatives, 10 Navy competi-
tors and five Defence civilians.
ADSTA treasurer CAPT Peter
Howden said the course held its
own unique challenges.
"The most exciting part is we
get to swim with the sharks in
Sydney Harbour," he said.
"So there will be some fast
swim times with that in mind."
As part of the weekend
ADSTA will be holding its AGM at
For more information on the
sport of triathlon, contact adsta.
email@example.com or go to
SGT Mick Rush's debut as coach of the
Air Force Hawks is nearly here.
This year's Australian Services
Australian Football Association
(ASAFA) National Championship
will be held against Navy and Army in
Melbourne from April 17 to 21.
The Air Force men's and women's
sides were more than competitive last
year, however just fell short.
Army and Navy's men's and wom-
en's teams will kick off proceedings on
April 17, followed by Air Force versus
Navy on April 19 and Air Force tackling
Army on April 21.
A championship dinner and awards
ceremony will be held on April 21,
where the respective men's and women's
All-Stars teams will also be named.
For more information on the men's team, con-
tact SGT Rush at firstname.lastname@example.org.
au or or on (07) 5361 4942 or 0430 961940.
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