Home' Air Force News : June 6th 2013 Contents OFFICER Cadet Rachel Crothers has impressed in
not just one but two football codes, but the modest
19-year-old from ADFA doesn't like to dwell on her
own standout performances -- she prefers to focus
on her teammates.
OFFCDT Crothers was recently selected along
with eight other Air Force players in the Australian
Services Rugby Union (ASRU) women's repre-
sentative team. They were: FLTLT Margie Quinn,
FLGOFF Caitlin Holcombe, CPL Rebekah Allen,
CPL Brooke Saunders, LACW Lorna Hill, CPL
Phoebe Hope, PLTOFF Elizabeth Von Fister and
LACW Lucinda Tomlinson.
AFRU-W manager FLGOFF Esther Suh
described the outcome as "amazing".
"We have never had such a high number of our
players selected to represent ASRU-W," she said.
"This is a major milestone and shows that all
their hard work, efforts and dedication to Air Force
Rugby have paid off."
OFFCDT Crothers gained selection after two
impressive performances in the ASRU carnival in
Sydney, where she made a stunning debut by scor-
ing five tries against Navy on May 12.
As the architect of Air Force's crushing 49-0 tri-
umph, OFFCDT Crothers set women's rugby alight
with her speed and skill.
"I've competed in a lot of athletics growing up,
particularly sprinting, and that helped me out when
I decided to give rugby a go this year," she said.
The rookie fullback was simply unstoppable
against the Navy girls who fielded a team of highly
Her five-try feat was all the more remarkable
because this was her first run in the 10-a-side game,
after only a handful of sevens matches to her credit.
OFFCDT Crothers came of age in the match
against Army on May 25, making three try-saving
tackles and a couple of line breaks that lifted the
morale of her team-mates in a very tough game,
won 19-8 by Army.
FLGOFF Suh said OFFCDT Crothers is being
considered for the Australian Women's sevens side.
"Selectors from the women's sevens attended the
match against Army, with the view of having talks
with OFFCDT Crothers about joining the team for
some training and further evaluation," FLGOFF
-- Continued page 27
June 6, 2013
Full rugby results
ALL STAR: Selected in
the Australian Services
Rugby Union women's
OFFCDT Rachel Crothers
also earnt inclusion in the
ADF's combined Aussie
rules unit. Photo: Michael Brooke
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