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August 15, 2013
QUEENSLAND might rule the roost
in state of origin -- but at RAAF Base
Edinburgh, NSW is the undisputed
king.In touch football, anyway.
To coincide with this year's
rugby league state of origin between
Queensland and NSW, a state of origin
touch competition was played between
NSW, Queensland, a Rest of the World
team and South Australia.
They played each other three
times over a bit more than a month in
12-minute lunchtime games at the base
on Wednesdays, culminating on July
17 just hours before the final rugby
NSW won seven and drew two
of the nine games, Queensland was
second with three wins and two draws,
Rest of the World had two wins and
three draws and South Australia also
had two wins and one draw.
NSW turned up the intensity in its
last three games, only allowing in one
touchdown and scoring 11, to take the
title for the second year running.
The tournament only started last
year, according to organiser SGT Justin
Rogers, from the Edinburgh Touch
Club, who said the format had created
some spectator interest.
The games were played on the
Australian football oval on the base.
"We had quite a few spectators,
particularly on the first day," SGT
Each squad had about 12 players,
drawn mainly from Air Force but also
with players from APS and Army ranks.
To be eligible for a team they had to
have been born in that state.
The Rest of the World team includ-
ed players born as far afield as Vietnam
and Canada, as well as a sprinkling of
New Zealand-born players and a few
from Victoria and the ACT.
Among NSW's best players were
LAC Bradley Asher, WOFF Clark
Hancock and SGT Peter Owens.
The tournament was one of the last
on-field acts in South Australia for self-
confessed touch tragic WOFF Hancock
who is moving on from Edinburgh.
WOFF Hancock paid tribute to his
"The cool head of SGT Owens steer-
ing the guys around the park provided
opportunities for FLGOFF Jack Marshall
and CPL Neil Thompson to showcase
their speed and agility," he said.
WOFF Hancock also thanked referee
FSGT Craig Kennedy.
"He provided consistency through-
out the series by being available to ref-
eree the bulk of the 18 matches."
WOFF Hancock said the event was
excellent preparation for the upcoming
inter-unit and interservice champion-
ships on August 22 and 23.
"I will certainly miss the level of
commitment and enthusiasm that
the Edinburgh and South Australian
Defence touch community shows to
its events when I post out in October,"
WGCDR Kirrily Dearing
WHEN FLTLT Melissa Hill travels to New
Zealand this month to compete in an invi-
tational crossfit competition, she hopes to
have left her back injury far behind her.
A year ago she injured her back run-
ning a half-marathon and afterwards could
barely tie her shoelaces, let alone train.
"I had pre-existing back problems that
were on-again, off-again and were not a
problem at the time," FLTLT Hill said.
"By the end of the 21kms I was very
stiff. It turned out I tore one disc during the
run and two others were bulging.
"Since my injury though I have been
working really hard on improving my core
strength, my general fitness and my mental
game, learning how to pick up the bar and
do one more rep when I really don't want
to."Her months of training -- usually twice
a day along with a disciplined diet -- paid
dividends for her at the regional crossfit
games in Wollongong in late May.
FLTLT Hill, the Executive Officer of
the Combat Survival Training School in
Townsville, finished 14th of 47 Australian
and New Zealand women competing in the
open-age group over a three-day period of
pain and exhilaration.
She competed in seven events incor-
porating weightlifting movements such as
deadlifts, overhead squats and snatches,
bodyweight activities such as pull-ups and
hand-stand push-ups, and burpee muscle-
ups, rope climbs, box jumps and rowing.
FLTLT Hill recorded a number of per-
sonal bests, including lifting an overhead
squat of 77kg three times -- this is 11kg
more than her body weight.
The regional competition was part of
a world-wide contest involving more than
Crossfit is a strength and condition-
ing sport that concentrates on constantly
varied functional movements performed at
high intensity to achieve overall physical
fitness. It incorporates a mix of aerobic
exercise, body weight exercise, gymnas-
tics, and Olympic weight-lifting.
FLTLT Hill started her crossfit journey
in Newcastle in 2010 after a small stint in
"I found that I looked good but didn't
feel as fit as I looked," she said.
"A friend convinced me to try
crossfit and I was hooked from
the first session."
She started to make significant
gains after posting to Townsville
in 2011, where she joined Crossfit
After competing at the world
championships in California a
part of the Crossfit Townsvill
Tropic Thunder team in July las
year, FLTLT Hill decided to go
alone as an individual athlete i
She is now training for the mee
ing in Wellington on August 24-2
which will feature Kiwi and invite
LEUT Samantha Dudley
COACH FSGT Luke Stevens was upbeat
despite Air Force being soundly beaten
by Navy in the curtain-raiser to the West
Coast Eagles versus Sydney Swans AFL
"We were just happy to be there and
honour the memory of Sydney II," FSGT
Navy won 16.15 (111) to 2.2. (14) at
Paterson's Stadium at Subiaco on July 21.
The day was held in honour of the 645
men who perished in Australia's greatest
The Swans beat the Eagles by 34
points, taking home the HMAS Sydney II
commemorative trophy for the fourth time.
Spurred on by
FSGT Stevens said the Air Force play-
ers had a great day.
"We will definitely have to improve our
form for next year," he said.
Thirty-five Navy and Air Force mem-
bers rattled the tins and buckets at the gate
entrances, collecting $9866 for Legacy.
WORK TO DO: Members
of the Air Force side that
played in the curtain-
raiser at Pattersons
Stadium in WA.
Photo: CPO David Connolly
of the NSW
to evade a
he's going to
posts out in
Photo: LAC Brenton
NSW turns tables in state of origin touch football
Triumphing over injury
to tie her
Squash nationals coming
THE Defence Squash National
Carnival will be held at RAAF Base
Williamtown from September 1-6.
The Masters event will be held on
September 5 and 6 and all finals will
be held on September 6.
The carnival is open to players of
all skill and experience levels and is
aimed at encouraging participation
by those at grass roots level.
Organiser Phil Whiteman said the
event provided great playing opportu-
nities for the more seasoned players
to find out who this year's champion
is and which service rules the roost.
"The more experienced players
offer hints and tips on technique and
game strategies, while a profession-
al coach is being arranged to run a
coaching clinic," Mr Whiteman said.
The carnival will begin with
grading matches before round-robin
games that will be timed point-a-ral-
ly, averaging two to three games per
"Everyone is guaranteed at least
seven games over the week, more
if you progress to finals and/or play
in interservice, interstate, masters or
doubles," Mr Whiteman said.
Entry forms are available on Defence
Squash's DRN website, or contact the fol-
lowing: LAC Stephen Gailer (tournament
coordinator) at stephen.gailer@defence.
gov.au; SGT Anthony Griffin (assistant
tournament coordinator) at anthony.
email@example.com or phone 0440
349 312; SGT Melinda Boyd (secretary) at
firstname.lastname@example.org or phone
(02) 6937 5530.
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