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SPIT POLISHED PRESENTATIONS
Man with all the moves
The coach of the anticipated Air Force women's cricket team gives some
real thought to his new role, John Martin reports.
sounds," FLTLT Quinn says. "But
the feeling of running on in your
own service colours definitely makes
all the hard work worth it."
This won't be SGT Smith's first
foray into women's cricket.
He was coach of the Cheltenham
women's team in Victoria for some
years before he landed at Richmond
He remembers being summoned
by a WOFF and informed that
he would be playing for the local
Windsor cricket team within the
"How he knew I even played
cricket I don't know."
He played for Windsor for the
next two seasons and would often
train with other ADF members at the
base cricket nets.
But something puzzled him.
"We would often look at the
RAAF Base Richmond cricket
oval and wonder why we were not
The base oval had a turf centre
square and the oval was well main-
tained but it was not used as a crick-
et oval. Mostly, it was used for PT.
"We discovered that RAAF
Richmond used to be a major com-
petitor within the local Hawkesbury
District Cricket Association but had
not fielded a side for more than 10
"Then, we discovered that back
in the 1940s Sir Don Bradman
scored centuries there while he
was helping to train the post-war
Australian services team.
"LAC Mark McGowan and
myself approached the base CO and
laid out our plans of re-forming the
RAAF Richmond Cricket Club.
"After a lot of work, many meet-
ings and drafting of constitutions,
the CO gave us the approval needed
to form the club and bring civilian
players on to the base on the week-
At first, the RAAFies combined
with the Windsor Cricket Club to
field a third-grade team, which, cap-
tained by LAC McGowan, won the
premiership at the first attempt.
In 2006 the RAAF Richmond
Cricket Club went solo, fielding
teams in third grade and fourth
"The club has gone from strength
to strength and still fields two sides
and supplies numerous players each
year for the ADF national and inter-
Next year SGT Smith will be
posted to RAAF Base Williamtown.
He is proud of the Richmond
club's achievement but shares the
"The club's success can be attrib-
uted to the fantastic work provided
by its former and current committee
members," he says.
That's the team thing coming to
the fore again.
In the 1960s, chess training was
incorporated into the training of the
entire Zurich soccer team.
Good chess players try to put
pieces in positions that maximise
Good cricket captains try to do
that same. Also, SGT Smith says the
bowlers try to out-think the batsmen
and the batsmen try to out-think the
bowlers and field placements.
And in case you did not know,
the queen, the only female in an
army of men, is the most powerful
piece on the chessboard.
Your move Army and Navy.
For more about the women's competition,
visit ascacricket.com.au or contact SGT Ian
Smith at RAAF.Cricket@defence.gov.au
ANOTHER ACHIEVEMENT: SGT Ian Smith is congratulated by
ACAUST AVM Mel Hupfeld.
Photo: WOFF Scott Biddell
WHEN SGT Ian Smith
takes charge of the
Air Force's inaugural
women's cricket team
this month, it is unlikely he'll bring
a chess board to training.
But that does not mean the game
does not figure in his philosophy.
"Cricket resembles the game of
chess," he says. "One player/piece
can have a major impact on how the
game unfolds but a unified team can
Some famous sportsmen have
embraced chess, including bas-
ketballer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar,
soccer player Ossie Ardiles, tennis
player Boris Becker and golfer Seve
Ballesteros. Oh, and cricketer
In October, SGT Smith, a No.
285 Squadron C-130J avionics
instructor, was commended by
ACAUST AVM Mel Hupfeld for his
"outstanding performance" as presi-
dent of the RAAF Richmond Cricket
Club from 2004 to 2012.
"Through exemplary enthusi-
asm, passion and drive, SGT Smith
transformed the Richmond Cricket
Club from a struggling non-entity to
a thriving, competitive club," AVM
Hupfeld said in his citation.
But there is more. Much more.
SGT Smith has been involved
with the RAAF cricket squad either
as a player, representative or assis-
tant manager. He has also been the
NSW representative for a few years
n ow.He has not played for the Air
Force for two years but still opens
the batting for Richmond. The team
started this season with three wins
in a row and SGT Smith contributed
56, 37 and 27.
His latest challenge will come
when players gather in Canberra
for the ADF cricket championships
where he will fill not one, not two,
but three roles.
The Australian Services Cricket
Association plans to introduce a
women's Twenty20 championship as
well as the men's tournament from
SGT Smith will be assistant
manager of the men's team but also
a manager and coach of the women's
SGT Smith says three or four
players have shown major inter-
est, another five or six have made
enquiries. But he's going to have to
wait and see who turns up.
He can take heart from FLTLT
Margie Quinn who went down the
same track assembling an Air Force
women's rugby team three years
ago. That team has become quite
"Getting the word out that these
teams do exist is harder than it
IT WAS not quite revenge for
Australia losing the Ashes this year,
but an ADF team containing eight
RAAFies gave a team from visiting
Royal Navy ship HMS Daring 'what
for'.The game was played at the Prince
Alfred cricket ground in Adelaide on
The South Australian ADF team
was captained by FLGOFF Shashank
Ramakrishna who said the pitch could
be compared to Lord's -- "slow, no
bounce and somehow green".
"HMS Daring took advantage of
the home-like conditions, with the
gloomy and wet weather, in winning the
toss and putting us into bat," FLGOFF
CPLs Brett Harris and Adam
Bosworth stood up with scores of more
than 30 and ADF scored 8/170 from 20
HMS Daring was 4/6 after just six
overs, with LAC Mitchell Condell snar-
ing two wickets. But ADF then took its
foot off the gas in the spirit of cricket
This allowed HMS Daring to get
"The game was played in the high-
est spirits, but there is no better feel-
ing than beating the Poms," FLGOFF
WINNING TEAM: Back row from left: CPL Michael Rutherford, CPL Adam
Bosworth, CPL Brett Harris, MIDN Lee Lawson, MAJ Darren Russell, MIDN
Justin Lesiuk. Front row: SGT Shawn Binnion, FSGT Jay Trevena, LEUT
William Thomas, FLGOFF Shashank Ramakrishna (captain), LAC Mitchell
Condell and SGT Paul Cronin.
Photo: LAC David Cotton
Striking back at the Empire
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