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Army February 17, 2011
By Michael Weaver
ARMY'S champion men's and wom-
en's Aussie rules teams will get the
chance to defend their 2010 national
championships from April 12-16.
The 2011 Australian Services
Australian Football Association (ASAFA)
National Championship will kick off on
April 12 at Whitten Oval in Melbourne.
The competition has been brought for-
ward a day from the original schedule.
The Army men's and women's teams
will kick off proceedings with matches
against Air Force.
Navy's representatives take to the field
on April 14 against the loser of game one.
The champion service team will be
decided in the third games on April 16,
with the Jimmy Smail Cup up for grabs
in the men's action and the Cdre Geoff
Ledger Cup for the women's national title.
New ASAFA chairman Brig Matthew
Hall said the national championship was
the major event for ADF footballers.
"The carnival provides an opportunity
for players to represent their respective
service and the ADF," Brig Hall said.
"Spirited and fair competition is the
hallmark of the championship and specta-
tors are strongly encouraged to witness
the high-quality action."
A championship dinner and awards
ceremony will be held after the matches
on April 16 and men's and women's "all-
stars" teams will also be named.
The ADF women's side will then take
on a Victorian Women's Football League
side in a night game at Casey Oval in
Melbourne on April 21.
The traditional men's All Stars match
against Australian Combined Emergency
Services will be held in Adelaide on April
23 as a curtain-raiser to the Port Adelaide
v Gold Coast Suns AFL match.
Further details are available in the admin instruc-
tion on the ASAFA website. Go to the Army home
page on the Intranet and type "ASAFA" into the
Season kicks off soon
By Cpl Aaron Curran
ARMY AFL coaching has received
a major boost with AFL legend
Stan Alves agreeing to mentor the
men's and women's sides.
Mr Alves played 283 games with
Melbourne and North Melbourne,
coached St Kilda and took them to
two final series after five years and
He became St Kilda's sec-
ond longest serving coach and was
rewarded with 1997 coach of the
all-Australian team and 1997 AFL
coach of the year.
Army has recruited Mr Alves
to mentor men's coach Sgt Wayne
Morley and women's coach WO1
Mr Alves is not coming into
Army AFL blind -- he played for
Army in the 1960s when he was on
"From 1966 to 1968 I was a
lance-corporal in the medical corps,"
"I was involved in AFL in the
Army and came to appreciate the
fierce interservice rivalry.
"When I was approached, I said
I would be absolutely rapt to be on
board and as a result I met the two
coaches for three hours."
In that session Mr Alves said he
gelled with them really well and
gave them a commitment to do what-
ever it took to help out.
"I asked them about the key
things that they really wanted and
one of the boys said he was keen on
getting up-to-date advice in terms
of warm ups and fitness programs,
because they don't get their players
for long," he said.
"So I went and spoke to the fit-
ness and conditioning coach from
Essendon and he said he would be
wrapped to help. I want to develop
a network which doesn't really just
rely on me."
He said he was aiming to make
Sgt Morley and WO1 Heywood self-
Sgt Morley said the mentoring
session with Mr Alves was "amaz-
ing" with a range of topics discussed.
"It's not every day you get to rub
shoulders with a legend of the game
and then have him provide timely
advice and guidance on the finer
details of coaching," Sgt Morley
"We have, for the first time,
ready access to a great football brain.
Knowledge and experience at the
highest level can't be bought, but it
can be shared and we plan to absorb
as much as we can when the oppor-
tunities present in the lead-up to this
year's national carnival."
Mr Alves said he would be a
resource for Army AFL as long as
they wanted him.
"I am happy to help in any way,"
"I had an uncle who was in
killed in World War II and my mum
and dad also served in the Army. I
believe a lot of the success I have
had in my life is because of what
they did, so if there is anything I can
The national carnival is from April 12-16
at Whitten Oval, Melbourne. The Army
Australian Football Association invites
Army's top AFL players to register their
details at www.armyfooty.org to be consid-
ered for the men's and women's squads.
a living legend
Army Aussie rules
Col Andrew Fidge,
coach WO1 Ashley
Alves and men's
coach Sgt Wayne
Morley get together
for a mentoring
Footy legend: Stan
Alves in his
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