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November 7, 2013
TEN Air Force players were named in the 24-person
Australian Services Bowls Association squad after the
ASBA national championships in Brisbane.
Air Force started well by beating APS 94-68 but lost
to Army 71--64 and eventual champion Navy 85-67 at
Swifts Bowls Club, Booval, from October 14-18.
There was some better news, though.
LAC Phil's Brown rink of CPL Rob Fitzgerald, SGT
Luke Stubbs and FSGT Scotty Bourne went though
through the competition undefeated.
They were one of only two rinks across the entire
16-rink competition to achieve this feat.
FSGT Bourne was the tournament's best-performed
lead and WGCDR Bruce Murray was the best-performed
"After our great win over APS the spirit was high and
to win the service comp we only had one more hurdle
but that hurdle was just too high," FSGT Bourne said.
"The front end had to perform right from the start
which did not happen; the cream from the Navy team
rose and we could not go with them," he said.
National squad members
FSGT Scott Bourne, LAC Phil Brown, CPL Rob Fitzgerald, SGT
Gerry Harkins, SGT Wayne Jones, FSGT Shaun Keitel, SQNLDR
Ian Lane, WGCDR Bruce Murray, SGT Geoff Page and SGT Tony
Coming ASBA fixtures
November 8: National Training Centre in Sydney.
February: Australian Open pre-qualifying in Melbourne.
February: National Training Centre in Sydney.
July 28-31: Soldiers Point six-way challenge versus NSW
Police, NSW Greenkeepers, NSW RSL, NSW Railways, NSW Fire
Fighters at a venue to be confirmed.
August-September: NSW Champions League, versus NSW clubs.
AFTER two years out after shoul-
der surgery, CPL Adrian dA Pozzo
returned with a vengeance at the
NSW indoor archery champion-
ships in Canberra on October 19
and 20. He finished second overall
in a competition involving about
50 archers from NSW. Day one
consisted of shooting 60 arrows
18 metres on a 40cm target face.
On day two, they shot 30 arrows
at 25 metres on a 60cm face, then
30 arrows at 18 metres on a 40cm
92WG Techos win
WITH LAC James Rowden scoring
40 points in the final against 7RAR,
92WG Techos won the South
Australian interservice basketball.
Despite having a depleted team
of just six players and no coach,
92WG went through the two-day
tournament undefeated in late
September -- leaving a combined
Air Force team, APS, 9th Brigade
and 7RAR in their wake at RAAF
Base Edinburgh gym. The team
won the final 72-64, with LAC
Rowden winning the Most Valuable
THE ADF tenpin bowling team
finished sixth in a field of 10 in the
Walter Rachuig Trophy Tournament
in Townsville at Kirwan Tenpin Bowl
on October 25. Queensland won the
SHARPSHOOTER: CPL Adrian
dA Pozzo. Photo: CPL Aaaron Curran
10 picked in ASBA squad
LEADING THE WAY: FSGT Scotty Bourne.
comes as surprise
RUGBY players CPL Brooke
Saunders and OFFCDT Rachel
Crothers have been selected to repre-
CPL Saunders, of No. 1 Squadron,
was selected for the Wallaroos training
squad to compete in the 2014 World
Cup in France.
OFFCDT Crothers, of the
Australian Defence Force Academy,
was called up to the Australian Sevens
development team for the Shanghai
Sevens from October 25-27.
CPL Saunders, 180cms and 76kg,
is one of five ADF women selected for
the Wallaroos 15s training squad after
outstanding performances in the 2013
national women's rugby championship
in Sydney in September.
The others are from Army -- CAPTs
Caroline Vakalahi and Alisha Hewett,
CPL Mollie Gray and PTE Hayley
The selection came as a surprise
to CPL Saunders who will make her
debut with the national team in France
next August if she impresses during the
trial matches against New Zealand and
Canada early next year.
In fact, she was away from home
on exercise at RAAF Base Tindal and
did not even receive a letter from the
Australian Rugby Union as did most of
It was only when she saw on
Facebook that one of those teammates
had got the call-up she checked with
home and found that she, too, had been
"I was proud to be selected,
because of my limited experience and
being relatively new to rugby," she
said.CPL Saunders previously played
fullback but has become a second-row
forward this year.
She played in the forwards for
ASRU-W at women's national cham-
pionships in Sydney in September --
and received the award for ASRU's
best forward after repeatedly breaking
defence with hard runs, then nailing
opposing players with hard tackles.
Fleet-footed OFFCDT Crothers,
170cm and 66kg, was thrilled to be
called up for Shanghai for the fifth
annual Asia-Pacific Women's Sevens
Australia was one of six teams,
along with Samoa and Papua New
Guinea and Asia's top three sides.
China won the final against Japan,
which had earlier staged an upset in the
semi-finals by knocking out defending
This was a reversal of their pool
game, when OFFCDT Crothers scored
a try to help put the Japanese away.
OFFCDT Crothers has made a
rapid rise in ADF, having played only
three games each for Air Force and
ASRU. She announced her arrival with
some try-scoring feats in the interser-
vice championships in Sydney in May.
Learning to talk the
talk for Tonga tests
GO ON, test them.
Rugby players LAC Chris
Tuttiet and Jarred Playford,
team physiotherapist FLTLT
Anna Lewis and assistant
coach CPL Bryan Hudson
had the benefit of Tongan
language lessons ahead of the
Australian Services Rugby
Union (ASRU) two-Test trip
to the Pacific nation.
The lessons came from
one of their ADF colleagues
too -- Tongan-born SPR Keli
"I've been teaching gen-
eral greetings, trying to teach
them how to say goodbye,
simple things to help them get
around once we get to Tonga,"
SPR Fukofuka said.
He said the players were
quick to start throwing
Tongan terms around during
their training camp.
"They're doing all right
with it," he said. "At training
they muck around with it say-
ing stuff in Tongan."
ASRU is due to play the
Tongan Defence Services on
November 6 and 9.
REPEAT AFTER ME: SPR Keli Fukofuka gets his teammates' attention.
Photo: CPL Max Bree
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