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October 10, 2013
WHEN LAC Aaron Fyfe
joined the Air Force in
2009, he was Australia's
squash player and travelled the world
as a professional player.
If his rivals did not know about his
prowess before the Defence Squash
carnival at RAAF Base Williamtown
from September 1-6, they certainly
Not only did LAC Fyfe easily win
the singles crown in his first turnout
for ADF squash, he also figured in
the four-man team, with CPL Craig
Baldwin, LAC Stephen Gailer and
FLTLT Ben Cosson, which won a cliff-
hanging final against Navy to take the
interservice title for the 19th time since
the perpetual shield began in 1986 --
and the 11th time in the past 12 years.
Underlining Air Force's dominance
over the other services this year was
SGT Melinda Boyd who won the
women's open championship.
CPL Trevor Austin also won the
C grade final, LAC Derryn Murphy
teamed with LEUT Vishal Bakhoo to
win the doubles and FLTLT Cossons
was runner-up in A grade.
Forty-one players from Air Force,
Navy and Army came from as far
as Western Australia and northern
Queensland to contest the champion-
ship and SGT Boyd, who is also sec-
retary of Defence Squash, was pleased
with the roll-up both on and off the
"Spectators were good," SGT Boyd
said. "We had quite a few non players
turning out to watch."
SGT Boyd, who works at
No. 1 Recruit Training Unit, was also
pleased to see LAC Fyfe play so well.
She plays pennant squash on
Thursday night with his mother,
SGT Boyd was not at Wagga when
LAC Fyfe started his training there
but, having an interest in the wellbeing
of squash in the services, she certainly
heard about it.
Air Force has continued its domination at the
ADF squash championships. John Martin and
Phil Whiteman report.
"I'd heard he was an excellent play-
er and when the news was out that he
was joining the Air Force it was a real
coup for us as it would surely tighten
our grip on the interservice trophy for
years to come," she said.
SGT Boyd's success in the service
titles has not come as quickly as LAC
Fyfe's. This was her ninth year com-
peting. She came close in 2009 when
she was runner up, but this was her
first women's singles title.
Not bad for a 36-year-old mum of
eight-year-old twin boys.
Her secret: "I have
to play smarter, not
harder, because I am not
a hard-hitting player.
My strength is my short
game. My drop shots are
very effective and often
catch people off guard."
LAC Fyfe is now
based at 3SQN at
He says he was
thrilled to finally compete
at ADF level and was
even happier to win.
He started his training
was too busy to compete
that year, the next year he
had a knee injury and last
year he had work com-
When LAC Fyfe was 17 and 18,
his squash career took him to England,
Scotland, Switzerland, France, the
Czech Republic and New Zealand.
But he came to a harsh reality.
"It got to the point where I won-
dered whether I was going to be able
to make a living from it," he said.
"The top 10 players in the world
are on a good wicket financially, but
it's hard for the rest."
So at 19 he made the decision to
join the Air Force.
Air Force's win in the interservice
competition was a close call against
Clay target top gun
CPL Chris Whyte won the Air Force title
at the Defence clay target interservice
carnival at Wagga from September
9-13. CPL Whyte, of 92WG, also
won a place on both skeet and down-
the-line trap teams to represent the
ADF at next year's Australian Skeet
Championships and the Australasian
Police and Services. Thirty shooters
from the three services contested the
competition. CPL Whyte won the 100
target skeet handicap, with 124/124.
Other fine efforts included grade wins
or placings in various events for FSGT
Bob Binstead, FLTLT Andrew Trott, LAC
Aaron Gill, GPCAPT Tobyn Bearman
and WOFF John Hennig.
Victorian golf crown
AIR Force went through undefeated to
win the Victorian ADF golf champion-
ship at Maffra Golf Club in Gippsland
from September 15-17. Among
the wins were victories against the
better-fancied Navy and defending
champion APS. The Air Force players
were: WGCDR Andy Martyn, WGCDR
Jason Lind, SQNLDR Sean Hurley,
SQNLDR Chuck Robinson, FLTLT
Rod Oudshoorn, FLTLT Joe Slater,
FLTLT Jen Slater, FLTLT Glenn Sullivan,
FLTLT Ben Cowan, FLGOFF Clinton
Glover, WOFF Daryl Bessell, FSGT Jeff
Peacock, FSGT Glenn Bennet, FSGT
Shane Woolley and CPL Symon Brady.
Heading towards Tonga
AN AUSTRALIAN Services Rugby
Union team will play three games at
home to prepare for its visit to Tonga in
November. Thirty-three players -- three
from Air Force, 15 from Army and 15
from Navy -- were chosen in the squad
after the Australian Services Carnival
in May. The lead-up games will be
against the Melbourne Barbarians in
Melbourne on Wednesday, October
23; the ACT Brumbies Provincial XV
at Viking Park, Canberra on Sunday,
October 27; and the Australian
Barbarians at Sydney University on
Friday, November 1. The team will then
travel to Tonga on November 2 to play
two matches against Tonga Defence
Service on November 6 and 9. The Air
Force players are LAC Jarred Playford,
LAC Tim Briggs and LAC Chris Tuttiett.
Mirages in action
THIS year's Mirages Air Force over-
35s rugby game will be played at
Portsea Field, Duntroon, on Sunday,
October 13 from 2.30pm. They will
play the ACT Vets for the Northrop
Grumman Cup, raising funds for
Legacy and the George Gregan
Seizing his chance
The entertaining contest ended up
all square on games, with 'for' and
'against' points average settling the
After all that tension, LAC Fyfe
said the Air Force players were elated
to get the verdict.
In the singles, LAC Fyfe and SGT
Boyd beat their respective Navy and
Army opponents 3-0.
Another highlight was an absorb-
ing exhibition match between
Matt Karwalski, Australia's num-
ber 4-ranked player and Aaron
Frankcomb, the NSW squash open
The Defence Sports Council also
sponsored Frankcomb to spend an
afternoon coaching all the ADF play-
ers at the carnival, with the aim of
sharpening the skills and advancing
the development of participants.
Three separate sessions were
tailored to meet the requirements of
beginner, intermediate and advanced
level players and were well received.
Defence Squash's acting president,
CMDR Nick Barker, said the carnival
was a great success and most notable
because of the number of novice play-
ers who had played at nationals for the
LAC Aaron Fyfe brings his
world-class skills to ADF
INTERSERVICE CHAMPIONS: LAC Aaron
Fyfe, CPL Craig Baldwin, LAC Stephen Gailer
and FLTLT Benjamin Cosson; top, LAC Fyfe in
his singles final.
Photo: LAC Craig Barrett
It got to the point
where I wondered
whether I was going
to be able to make
a living from it. The
top 10 players in the
world are on a good
wicket financially, but
it's hard for the rest."
-- LAC Aaron Fyfe
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