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November 21, 2013
RAAF's players could be forgiven if
they felt a tad daunted when they saw
Royal Air Force (RAF) rack up six
wins in a row at the ADF combined
services volleyball championships in
Not so, according to RAAF coach
WGCDR Tony Wennerbom who pre-
pared his team for the first formal vol-
leyball game between two teams.
"I saw chinks in their armour in that
they didn't have the depth of attack
RAAF did," he said.
More than 70 players from the three
services took part in the championships
at the Lavarack Barracks gymnasium
from October 25 to November 3.
Special entrants this year were the
men from the RAF, who spent time
honing their skills at the Australian
Institute of Sport in Canberra before
participating in the three volleyball com-
petitions played in Townsville as part
of the Australian Defence Volleyball
Association's annual tournament.
RAF was invited to play in all
three competitions: beach volleyball,
an indoor combined services competi-
tion in which players lined up for their
states rather than their service, and the
national interservice indoor champion-
ship against RAAF, Army and Navy.
The combined services competition
paused after the first round of matches
to allow the interservice championship
to be played.
By this time, RAF had played six
games and won every one.
"None of the combined state teams
had been able to match their consistency
and well-drilled performance," WGCDR
To add to the tall order against them,
the RAAF men had not played together
"We only get together once a year
at the national tournament, so there
is no opportunity to train," WGCDR
"I look at who is available on the
day, what their skills are like, then I pick
a team with the help of RAAF captain
WGCDR James Rogers."
RAAF dominated the contest at the
the RAF in
net from the outset -- setting up a strong
defence, with passes coming back into
the centre of the court. This allowed
CPL Byron Helfrich to set the ball to
a number of powerful spikers, includ-
ing AC Scott Roberts, FLGOFF Adam
Borgh and OFFCDT Josh Suh.
From here, the RAAF men estab-
lished a strong block and attack
from their middle court specialists
CPL Trevor Connell, CPL Brendon
Denholm and FLTLT Simon Gale.
The final score of the three-set
thriller was 25-23, 25-22, 25-23.
RAAF led throughout the first
and second set. RAF led in the third
set until they reached 14 points, then
RAAF caught up and passed them.
RAF regrouped after the loss to win
its next five games. It went on to beat
ACT in the men's final of the state-
Army won the interservice title
and LCPL Nicole Genrich and PTE
Matt Rule won the women's and
men's beach volleyball titles. WGCDR
Rogers was named the men's Most
Valuable Player for the tournament.
For more information on Defence volleyball,
ON A balmy Saturday
morning in the United Arab
Emirates, two men set off at
3.30am to help raise funds
and awareness for research
into Sudden Infant Death
The event was the
Marathon in the MEAO.
SQNLDR James Badgery and
SQNLDR Jeroen Ruardij, who
nominated for the full 42km
distance, were joined by
nearly 120 other airmen,
sailors and soldiers who tack-
led either half marathons or
team relay events over 10km
The event was staged
simultaneously with the
Melbourne Marathon, and the
Run for the Rowe family on
Competitors and support-
ers wore specially designed
t-shirts to commemorate the
day, which also contributed to
Aside from the runners,
40 volunteers helped make
the day a success by estab-
lishing drink stations and
assisting with time keeping
and course marking.
SQNLDRs Badgery and
Ruardij both finished in 4hr
The event raised $8231.
Last day but not least for crossfitter
OF THE LONG-
Ruardij, left, and
the Marathon in
the MEAO, which
for research into
Photo: SGT Joel Graham
SGT Dave Morley
A NO. 1 Recruit Training Unit
corporal ended her PAF career
on a high by winning the inau-
gural K Series open female
crossfit throwdown on her last
day in the Air Force.
Crossfit was one of three
sports which drew Air Force and
Army competitors to the Kapooka
sports on November 8-9. The oth-
ers were golf and rugby league.
PTI CPL Maz Dobe, who won
the women's crossfit, is opening
a crossfit gym in Albury with her
partner shortly but she antici-
pates returning to the Air Force
as a reservist.
She did not train for this event
"I just did general training
every day on different things,"
CPL Ryan Cooper, an Airfield
Defence Guard and another
1RTU recruit instructor, won the
open male crossfit throwdown.
They both donated their win-
nings to the Australian Hero
An Air Force team, call-
ing themselves Air Force Won,
cleaned up the Army in the golf
Air Force Won comprised
FSGT Jason Bryce and SGT Paul
Carter, LAC Peter Hall and CPL
Wagga Wagga Legacy was the
recipient of $2285, raised during
the golf day.
Army teams won the rugby
Heat on for marathon
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