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November 21, 2013
OFFCDT Rachel Crothers says
modestly that "it is a winger's job
to score tries".
No doubt then she lived up to
the job description playing for the
Australian Rugby Union women's
team in the 2013 Shanghai Sevens
Championship in China from
OFFCDT Crothers, 19, of
the Australian Defence Force
Academy, scored 10 tries.
"I only did my job as expected
by the team and the coach," she
Her selection in the national
team marked quite a meteoric
rise because she only played her
first three games for Air Force at
the interservice championships in
Sydney in May.
But she announced her arrival
emphatically, scoring five tries
against Navy, and was subse-
quently picked for the Australian
Services Rugby Union Women.
Her fine performances there led
to this chance.
OFFCDT Crothers, who is
170cm and 66kg, said she was
grateful for the opportunities Air
Force rugby and ASRU rugby had
created for her this year.
OFFCDT Crothers' try-scoring
feats helped the Australian women
to beat Samoa 19-5, Hong Kong
32-5, Papua New Guinea 31-7 and
Japan 29-12 at the Shanghai sev-
They lost 26-12 to eventual win-
ner China and 14-9 to Japan but
salvaged some pride by beating
Samoa 29-7 in the plate final.
OFFCDT Crothers said the
team performed fairly well, consid-
ering five players made their debut
in the Australian jersey.
The fleet-footed OFFCDT
Crothers, said she loved rugby the
more she played it.
"I still have so much to learn
and understand about the game, so
I'm just taking in every opportu-
nity I can."
She's learning on the job -- try, try and try again
THE Australian Services Rugby
Union (ASRU) men's team
returned triumphant from its
tour of Tonga, retaining the
Frewen 'Uta'atu Perpetual
Military Rugby Union Shield
against the Tongan Defence
ASRU played two Tests
against the Tongans, which
resulted in one win apiece, how-
ever ASRU retained the trophy as
the previous holder.
ASRU unveiled 15 new faces
in its 33-man squad, with many
making their debuts in game one
on November 6.
ASRU coach WO Doc Doherty
said he was over the moon with
how the debutants stepped up.
"Our main aim of the tour
was to get these guys playing an
international standard of rugby
and they certainly did that," he
EVEN though their teams lost, hockey
players OFFCDT Nick Hill and
FLTLT Lee Carruthers returned trium-
phant from the ADF tour of Britain.
They were among Air Force
personnel in the Defence Hockey
Association squad of 46 ADF men and
women which went to Britain.
OFFCDT Hill was named player of
the series for the men.
FLTLT Carruthers was named
coaches player for the women.
The men lost to British Combined
Services 2-1 in a three-Test series after
wins against four single-service teams
in mid October.
The understrength women's team
lost all three Tests against British
Combined Services after winning
two of its three single-service lead-up
Between the lead-up games and
the Tests, the squad also embarked
on a three-day battlefield tour of the
Western Front in France and Belgium.
ADF hockey's next major commit-
ment is the combined service champi-
onships in Sydney from May 17-23.
If you are interested in playing for your
service, contact the following state repre-
sentatives. SGT Rick Crowe (Qld), SQNLDR
Zalie Duffy (NSW), FLTLT James Norman
(ACT), LT Lyn Adamson (Vic/Tas), WOFF Lara
McAuliffe (SA), LCDR Brian Froome (WA) or
PO Troy Juillerat (NT).
COACHES' PLAYER: FLTLT Lee
Carruthers, right, in action in the
third Test against the Brits.
Liam Mercer is
tackled by LS
Photos: AB Chantell
On the way to title
MIDFIELDER CPL Jason Thomas beat
two defenders and the goalie with pace
and a precise kick to set Air Force on its
way to winning the ADF men's soccer
After wins against Army (2-1),
Defence APS (3-0) and the New Zealand
Defence Force (2-0), the only team that
stood in Air Force's way was Navy.
CPL Thomas's goal came in the 42nd
minute -- and coach FLTLT Ben Cowan
said it was crucial.
"It was a really important goal just
before half-time," he said.
"When the players trotted off at the
break we had a spring in our step while
Navy had their heads down."
Air Force scored two more goals in
the second half to clinch the match 3-0
and the title, with goals by winger CPL
Joey Crockett and midfielder CPL Craig
More than 60 players in three Air
Force teams competed in the Australian
Defence Football Federation (ADFF)
championships at Sydney's Cromer Park
from November 1-7.
CPL Thomas, of No. 3 Control and
Reporting Unit, was voted Most Valuable
Player by his peers.
Air Force was also well served by
CPL Crockett, CPL Chris Speranza,
CPL Gallard, LAC Andrew Tompkins,
LAC Kieran Kerr, LAC Hassen Arnaout
and FLGOFF Terence Taye, who were
selected in the men's open national team
which beat New Zealand 1-0 in a Test on
Air Force's championship triumph
provided a measure of redemption after
their heart-breaking 5-4 loss to Army in
the decider of the 2012 competition.
Air Force also played well in the
The men's over-35s team beat APS
4-3 but lost 3-1 to Navy, 4-1 to Army and
1-0 to the New Zealand Defence Force.
Air Force's best player was LAC
Chris Hendry, of No. 81 Wing, who was
voted Most Valuable Player and was
selected in the ADFF team.
Air Force was also well served by
FLTLT Cowan, SGT Brad Moore and
SGT Matthew Shepley, who were select-
ed in the national team.
Air Force only won one of its four
games in the women's open but a sur-
prised centre-midfielder LACW Rochelle
Hattam was named player of the tourna-
"I hadn't played a game of soccer for
10 years before participating in this tour-
nament," LACW Hattam said.
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