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July 5, 2012
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Air Force also had representatives
in the teams final in which NSW C
(CPL Jason Lindsay, Roma Cook, and
WO2 Stephen Harland) beat NSW B
(SGT Michael Linke, LCDR Steven
Reynolds and LS Francis Standen).
The doubles competition was won
by ACT F (Toni Hogan, and Kelly
Robinson), which beat Queensland
F (Melita Medrano, and CPL Robert
The championship started with
the election of Brett Kleidon (former
WOFF) to the ADTBA honour roll for
his continued effort behind the scenes
and overall standing in the world of
Players picked in the ADTBA national team
are: Mark Jordan, LAC James Wood, AC Dan
Soderman, MAJ Jamie Arnell, LS Francis Standen,
SGT Keiran Wyllie (RAAF), WO2 Rod Parker, SGT
Michael Linke (RAAF), Maria Haw, WO2 Stephen
Harland, Brett Kleidon, FSGT Brett Byers, SGT Paul
Verrall (RAAF), CPL Dave Hogan (RAAF), Brian
Elrick, PO Brendan Parr, WO2 Steve Ritchie, SMN
Chris Adams, CPL Jason Lindsay (RAAF).
KANGAROO Point in Brisbane
was the setting for members
of 382 Expeditionary Combat
Support Squadron's (382ECSS)
recent adventure training.
The training ran over three
days so that as many members
as possible could participate while
still maintaining day-to-day airbase
operations and support.
Each day was broken into two
parts, which included abseiling fol-
lowed by an urban assault activity
through the city centre and South
The outcomes of the adventure
training were specifically designed
to complement 382ECSS' mission
of providing combat support.
Adventure training activities
such as top rope climbing, cav-
ing and abseiling give members
knowledge in operating in unfamil-
iar situations to increase unit suc-
cess by improving its member's
ability to function in a stressful
These types of activities greatly
benefit the workplace by build-
ing individual and team skills
while developing self-confidence,
Long way to the top ... and bottom
KANGAROO POINT: WGCDR Marty Smith, left, and PTI CPL Russ
SEVEN RAAFies competed in the
finale to the Australian Defence
Sports Triathlon Association
(ADSTA) season on June 3. Thirty-
three ADF competitors took part in
the races, which were run in con-
junction with the Challenge Cairns
Festival -- 23 (three of them Air
Force) in the half-ironman (1.9km
swim, 90km ride, 21.1km run) and
10 (four Air Force) in the ironman
(3.8km swim, 180km ride, 42.2km
run). SGT Penelope Holland won
the women's half-ironman, WO2
Gavin Wickham won the men's
half event, MAJ Del Madge won
the women's full ironman and CPO
Shanon Purcell won the men's
THE NSW inter-service basketball
competition will be held at Randwick
Barracks from August 30 to Septem-
ber 2. Participants will be considered
to represent Air Force at the Austra-
lian Defence Basketball Association
championships at RAAF Williams
from November 24 to December 2.
For more information, contact LAC
Kevin O'Sullivan at Williamtown,
or LAC Ash Condon at Richmond,
1st -- Queensland
2nd -- ACT
3rd -- NSW
4th -- Western
5th -- South
6th -- Victoria
1st -- Queensland
2nd -- NSW
3rd -- ACT
CPL Max Bree
QUEENSLAND teams were victori-
ous at the Australian Defence hockey
championships in Sydney from June
10 to 22.
The Queensland women upset a
star-studded NSW 4-1 and the men
downed the ACT 3-2 with a goal in the
dying seconds of the respective finals.
Members of the three services
played in the tournament, representing
their states rather than Air Force, Army
The Queensland players wore black
armbands in memory of Queensland
hockey player CPL Ashley Birt who
was killed in Afghanistan last year.
With about half the ADF team fill-
ing their ranks, the NSW women were
looking strong going into the final
against an injury-racked Queensland
side-left with one reserve.
That did not stop the Maroon
women from smashing two unan-
swered goals in the first half and
an icy wind did not cool the
Queenslanders' form as they came up
with the first goal of the second half.
Maroons' double trouble
The NSW side scored with 13 min-
But the Queenslanders had the final
say, sealing the deal with a goal in the
last two minutes.
Queensland centre-half PLTOFF
Di Casey said the key to success was
being first to get points on the board.
"Not that I ever doubted the abil-
ity of our girls, but I knew it would be
difficult and I knew we had to score
first," she said.
"The hardest part was backing up
day after day (through the tourna-
ment); most of us play club hockey
but there you have the whole week to
The Queensland men got locked
in an arm wrestle through most of the
first half but slotted two goals before
half time in their final against ACT.
Then ACT hit back in the second
half and locked the scores 2-2 with 15
minutes to go.
Things looked like going into
extra-time until the Queenslanders
surged into ACT territory in the dying
Their first shot bounced off the
goalpost but the second slammed into
the back of the box, wrapping up the
The late ACT comeback did not
faze Queensland captain LAC Tommy
"They came at us pretty hard in the
last 15 minutes," he said.
"I wasn't worried about it.
"I knew our team was always going
to come through.
" ... we managed to stick it out."
PIECES OF THE ACTION: FSGT Neil Schiller, left, fails to stop Queensland captain LAC Tommy Miller. Top inset: AC Chris Crouch-Tinning takes a swing. Bottom inset: GPCAPT Leon
Phillips at the Australian Defence hockey championships.
Photos: CPL Max Bree
HEAD TO HEAD: PLTOFF Di Casey, left, and SIG Janika Armanno.
discipline, leadership, determina-
tion and teamwork.
Due to the overwhelming
positive feedback from all mem-
bers and the numerous benefits
382ECSS gained from this train-
ing, more activities are being
planned for the future.
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