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October 24, 2013
FORGIVE LACW Kathryn Asher
if she feels a little out of sorts when
women's cricket makes its debut at the
ADF championships in Canberra in
That's because for the past six sea-
sons she has played alongside men in the
Parramatta District competition.
Not just against men. Every one of
her teammates ARE men.
And guess who is captain?
Yes, captain Kat.
"Everyone calls me Kat," she said.
"The boys all voted me as captain
as I was the only one who knew all the
rules and fielding positions when they
This does not mean LACW Asher,
of 84WG at RAAF Base Richmond,
is volunteering for captaincy duties in
"I am by no means the best player,
love the game.
"I was so excited to hear that Air
Force was forming a women's team and
put my hand up straight away."
The Australian Services Cricket
Association (ASCA) hopes to introduce
the women's championship in conjunc-
tion with the men's tournament from
November 22-27, with possible repre-
sentative games through to November
30. The competition will include a
skills development day led by former
Australian Test and first-class player
Lisa Sthalekar and it is hoped to pit
Army, Navy and Air Force women
against each other in a round-robin
Twenty20 competition, with the final
being played just before the men's
Twenty20 final on November 26.
"I encourage more ladies to get
involved," LACW Asher said.
She remembers being indoctrinated
from an early age.
Saturday with my mum to watch my two
older brothers play cricket," she said.
"Cricket was always on TV during
the summer and backyard cricket is a
Christmas Day tradition in my family.
I started playing when I was in high
"I had a few years off when I left
school then signed up with Cessnock
Cricket Club with a mate of mine and
played in the men's competition for two
"Again, I had a few years off, and
one day all of my hubby Michael's soc-
cer mates were talking about playing
cricket in the off-season so I organised
that and have been playing with the boys
in Parramatta District since."
The team made the semi-finals each
year until last year when it finished fifth
-- but only by a narrow margin.
"It's only low B grade but they don't
hold back against me," LACW Asher
"The bowlers bowl just as fast as they
do against the men."
For more information about the women's
competition, visit www.ascacricket.com.au
Taking strike for women
CPL Nick Wiseman
A TEAM of eight from 36SQN
raised $11,500 for the Cancer
Council Queensland when they
ran 500km from Bundaberg to
RAAF Base Amberley in just five
The event, known as the
Back2Base run, was held from
September 16-20 and involved run-
ners doing 5km relay bursts.
Aircraft Technician SGT Richie
O'Connell came up with the idea
after a family member was diag-
nosed with cancer.
"Four of us did a charity run in
Adelaide originally and I decided to
keep it going when I was posted to
Brisbane," SGT O'Connell said.
The team stopped at night at
Biggenden, Maryborough, Gympie
and Strathpine, where they
received encouragement and sup-
port from locals before arriving at
their base on the final day.
SGT O'Connell said there was
no shortage of volunteers wanting
to be part of the challenge.
"The majority of those lining
up to take part have had a family
member or friend go through the
battle and experience cancer," he
The run was designed from the
beginning to be both a mental and
"You need to dig deep, get the
job done and battle on," SGT
"Like battling cancer, you can't
just turn around and go back."
He encouraged others to be part
of the run next year.
"It may be mentally and physi-
cally exhausting at times, but you
get a great sense of achievement
when you get to the end."
For more information, visit www.back-
End of the road
WELCOME HOME: Crowds applaud as the
Back2Base runners, led by LACW Cassie
Collins and SGT Richie O'Connell, reach their
final destination at the Ipswich Mall; right, the
36SQN team with sponsors and Cancer Council
Queensland representatives.Photos: CPL Glen McCarthy
CHIEF of Air Force
AIRMSHL Geoff Brown
has expressed his con-
dolences to the family of
CPO Kane Vandenberg
who died of chest inju-
ries after an accident
on October 11 at the
Australian Defence Cycle
Club 2013 Carnival at
Mount Stromlo, ACT.
The carnival was
cancelled after CPO
Halt called to cycling after tragic death
Asher and her son.
SADLY MISSED: CPO
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