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SPIT POLISHED PRESENTATIONS
LS Helen Frank
AN AIR Force member has been
selected to play in the Australian
Country Water Polo team fol-
lowing the Australian Country
Championships held at the Australian
Institute of Sport in Canberra from
FLGOFF Carrie Fettes, of 1AOSS,
was not only named in the Australian
team for the sixth time, but was also
selected by the referees as one of the
best seven female players in the com-
petition and named in the "Golden
FLGOFF Fettes said while she was
a veteran of the team, she was still
excited to be heading overseas to play
her favourite sport.
"It is a dream to wear the green
and gold and play the sport I love with
a team of some amazing water polo
players." FLGOFF Fettes said.
"I feel privileged and even though
it is my sixth year in the team, it is
still a great honour."
The ADF has a standing invita-
tion to play in the Australian champi-
onships each year along with teams
from each state and territory. Both the
men's and women's teams finished
sixth in the competition but had some
close calls along the way.
Team manager CAPT Jonas Price
said the men's team was unlucky not
to make the bronze medal playoff
but said he was proud of both teams'
"A couple of draws and a narrow
loss to one of the Canberra teams,
put the men out of contention and the
women lost their last game against
WA by only one point," CAPT Price
said.Other ADF representatives select-
ed in the Australian team included
Army's SGT Luke Woodland in the
men's team and team manager SGT
The Australian Country team will
play at the 45th annual Hawaiian
Invitational Water Polo Tournament in
Honolulu in August.
The tournament attracts more than
100 teams from around the world
including teams from New Zealand,
Italy, England, Brazil, Canada and
THE Air Force women's 49-0 tri-
umph over Navy in the opening game
of the Australian Services Rugby
Competition (ASRC) will go down in
The Air Force women crushed their
Navy counterparts at Victoria Barracks
on May 12 before a crowd of 300
The game featured the debut of
fullback OFFCDT Rachel Crothers,
who scored five brilliant tries.
After beating Navy, the Air Force
women took aim at Army at Sydney's
Victoria Barracks on May 18.
The nucleus of the Air Force side
teamed up with Navy to play Army,
but lost 19-8 in an entertaining match.
The combined team, called the Two
Blues, was for the first time captained
by an Air Force player -- CPL Rebekah
The Two Blues held a 3-0 lead at
half-time but conceded three tries to
one in the second half.
Women's manager FLGOFF Esther
Suh, of 285SQN, said the players real-
ly came of age in the carnival.
"It was a great on-field perfor-
mance by all the players and reflects
all the hard work they put into their
training leading up to the match," she
said.FLGOFF Suh said the team fielded
a number of impressive new players.
"Air Force Rugby Union women's
team is developing strongly, but this
couldn't have happened without the
support of the men's team manage-
CAPT Felicity Hamblin
THE ADF women's Aussie rules
players fired their way to vic-
tory in the Anzac Day clash in
Melbourne, beating the Victorian
Women's Football League by
more than three goals.
The VWFL led early before
the ADF won 7.7 (49) to 4.3
Coach WO2 Kim Beasland
said he was impressed the ADF
women overcame significant
challenges to carry them over the
"The team was nothing short
of outstanding," WO2 Beasland
"Undermanned but certainly
not lacking endeavour, we stuck
to our structures throughout the
entire game, which in my mind
was the main catalyst for our
The All Stars men looked
impressive in their curtain-rais-
er to the Port Adelaide versus
West Coast game in Adelaide,
but went down to the Australian
Combined Emergency Services
by 71 points, 20.16 (136) to 10.
Rugby's force to
be reckoned with
HEAVY TRAFFIC: The Navy women's rugby team found the Air Force team more than a handful at the Australian Services Rugby Championship
held at Victoria Barracks, Sydney. Air Force won 49-0.
Photo: AB Cassie McBride
ment and players."
She said this relationship showed
Air Force Rugby Union is a combined
institution where both men and women
are equals, "which is great to see in
this day and age".
The Air Force men's team had
less luck in the ASRU carnival, los-
ing 27-13 to Navy and 50-12 against
Meanwhile, Air Force performed
well enough for seven players to gain
selection in the ASRU men's team.
They are FLTLT Robbie Harlow,
LAC Laurence Burdekin, LAC
Zachary Studders, LAC Chris Schulz,
FLTLT Andre Holmes, LAC Jarred
Playford and LAC Zane Puna.
Team captain LAC Studders said
Air Force's campaign in the 2013
ASRU carnival marked a significant
improvement over previous years.
LAC Studders, of 37SQN, said
each year Air Force moves closer to
defeating either Navy or Army.
"We came close to beating Navy in
our opening game this year," he said.
"The score was 10-8 with 20 min-
utes remaining, but we made some
silly mistakes that gifted points to
The blind-side flanker was proud
of the courage and determination of all
"In our second game Army bolted
to a three-try lead but right on half-
time we scored a slick try through our
backline," he said.
LAC Studders said the team was
well served by fullback LAC Jeff
Gavidi, of 382ECSS, and halfback
FLTLT Robbie Harlow, of 87SQN.
LAC Studders said the Air Force
backline played extremely well in
both games, while the forwards need-
ed some bigger players in order to be
more competitive against the behe-
moths in the Army and Navy teams.
"We need to improve on our scrim-
mage and line-outs, and would wel-
come more players of any experience
level to bolster our team," he said.
Women triumph in Anzac Day clash
IMPACT: Air Force men's rugby
lock LAC Zane Puna, left, wraps
up Army hooker, CFN Tim Wikaira,
during the Australian Services
Rugby Championship at Coogee
Oval, Sydney. Photo: AB Sarah Ebsworth
ATTACK: The ADF team looks to
press forward against WA at the
Australian Country Water Polo
Championships In Canberra.
Photo: LS Helen Frank
VICTORY SONG: The ADF All
Stars women's team celebrate
after beating the Victorian
Women's Football League for the
Anzac Cup. Photo: AB Dove Smithett
Rugby union is not the only
sport OFFCDT Crothers excels
at -- the second-year ADFA
Cadet recently shone in the
Aussie rules Anzac Day clash
against the Victorian Women's
While OFFCDT Crothers
put on an impressive running
performance, the fleet-footed
athlete said her decision to play
Aussie rules was made at the
"The major reason I played
was because Air Force was
short on numbers," she said.
"It was really good though,
getting to know people in the
wider Air Force. I found that
everyone was really easygoing,
and I made some friends I will
keep for life."
Crothers represents Air Force
in both football codes next
year will depend on her uni-
versity studies -- she is halfway
through a business degree.
In the meantime, she is
looking forward to the ASRU
national championships in
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