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May 4, 2012
DESPITE losing both men's games
at the Australian football tri-service
carnival in Melbourne, first-year Air
Force coach SGT Mick Rush sees
positives for the team.
The Air Force Hawks blooded 14
new players in its first game and SGT
Rush said if they returned next year they
would benefit from the experience.
Army won the Geoff Ledger Cup,
beating both Air Force and Navy.
SGT Rush had hoped to use this
year's Kapooka 12s championship on
March 17 as a springboard into the tri-
service carnival in April.
Two Air Force teams -- northern
RAAF and southern RAAF -- were
scheduled to play, which would have
given SGT Rush a chance to see all the
players in game situations and given
new teammates a chance to gel.
But the plan was wrecked by wet
weather at Wagga, which forced the
postponement of the Kapooka games.
"It wasn't ideal, for sure, but the
other services were in the same boat,"
SGT Rush said.
Other bright spots in Melbourne:
Tireless veteran ruckman CPL Gene
Wills won the Australian Services
Australian Football Association best
Air Force player of the carnival.
CPL Joshua Barton won the Air
Force Football Club (AFFC) best
player award and the men's players'
LAC Dale Knight was awarded the
men's best first-year player award.
Five Air Force players were named
in the ADF All Stars team: CPL
WOMEN: Army 7.11 (53) d Navy 5.1
(31), Navy 15.9 (99) d Air Force 0.2 (2),
Army 14.16 (100) d Air Force 0.1 (1).
MEN: Army 20.14 (134) d Navy 12.5
(79), Navy 17.12 (114) d Air Force 9.11
(65), Army 8.22 (130) d Air Force 6.12
ASAFA awards -- Best Air Force female
player of carnival: CPL Rebekah Allen.
Best male Air Force player: CPL Gene
AFFC awards -- Men's best player: CPL
Joshua Barton. Women's best player:
FLGOFF Liz Buffet. Men's players' play-
er: CPL Joshua Barton. Women's play-
ers' player: CPL Rebekah Allen. Men's
best first-year player: LAC Dale Knight.
Women's best first year player: LACW
Jessica Nicholson. Best clubperson 2012
joint winners: AC Chris Maddson and
FSGT Matt Cribbes.
Women, April 26: Victorian Women's
Football League 6.1 (37) d ADF 4.10
Men, April 28: Australian Combined
Emergency Services 14.16 (100) d ADF
All Stars 8.7 (55).
Wills, LAC Knight, OFFDT
Cameron King, LAC Shard
Malchow and CPL Matt Butcher.
The All Stars played an Australian
Combined Emergency Services team
in Adelaide on April 28, losing by 45
points after a slow start. OFFCDT
King was among the best players.
FSGT Matt Cribes, who was
named joint winner of the best AFFC
clubperson award, is optimistic about
the future for the Air Force Hawks.
"We did the best with what we
had [at this year's titles]. For us to get
more competitive we need new faces
into the team and around the club," he
"The Air Force has a lot of quality
footballers out there. We just need to
get smarter at trying to get them all
out on the paddock at the same time.
"The AFFC will be having its annual
general meeting soon and all positions
on the committee will be vacant for
those who may be interested in nominat-
ing and I would encourage all person-
nel who are interested in Australian
football to get involved. So, if people
know someone who can play and/or
can take on a committee role then we
encourage them to contact us, and we
can start to build now for next year."
Army also won the women's com-
petition at the tri-service carnival.
Air Force, although spirited, was
desperately short of firepower.
FLGOFF Liz Buffet, CPL Rebekah
Allen and LACW Shannan Turley
were three of the team's prime movers.
Two of the team, CPL Kate
Mahoney and LACW Jessica
Hawks see positives
the ball out of
Army at the tri-
before, she was
named in the
Photo: LAC Chris
in the All
Stars game in
Photo: LAC Glynn
Nicholson, had never played
Australian football before but per-
formed strongly in both games.
In fact, LACW Nicholson played
so well that she was one of six Air
Force players selected in an ADF team
to play a Victorian Women's Football
League team for the Anzac Cup in
Melbourne on April 26.
The other representatives chosen
were FLTLT Justine Ferris, FLGOFF
Lauren Darcy, SGT Tracey Mosley,
ACW Kaitlyn Peters and ACW Andrea
The ADF team lost by four points
-- 6.1 (37) to 4.10 (33), frustratingly
kicking four points in the last quarter.
For more AFFC information, contact FSGT
Matt Cribbes at firstname.lastname@example.org
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