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25th at HMAS Albatross
Friday 12 Aug 11
to all current and
include a parachute
BBQ lunch and an
Please RSVP to:
MAJ M Ross
02 4424 2102
Ms Melissa Price
02 4424 1021
Bookings close 29 Jul 11
Army June 23, 2011
THE Army Australian Football
Association (AAFA) is seeking nomina-
tions from Army personnel interested in
filling the positions of male and female
senior coach. The appointment is for the
2012-2013 seasons, and will require the
individuals to identify and select players
from across Army and coordinate on-
field efforts during the annual national
interservice carnivals in Melbourne.
Civilian qualifications in coaching, expe-
rience in coaching senior football, and
an understanding of modern coaching
methods will be considered favourable.
Nominations should be forwarded to the
AAFA XO, Col Andrew Fidge by June
30. For more information, contact Capt
Rodney Davis on (02) 6268 9560.
DURING this winter, there are three
opportunities for ADF personnel to par-
ticipate in organised personal snowboard
training. It's a great opportunity to meet
fellow ADF snowboarders and prepare
for the upcoming Australian Defence
Alpine Snowsports Association (ADASA)
snowboarding competitions. Participants
do not need to be a member of any indi-
vidual service snowboarding team and it
Scott aims high
for world titles
By Cfn Max Bree
FROM humble beginnings play-
ing with a suburban water polo
team, one ADFA cadet will soon
test his skills on the world stage.
OCdt Ben Scott has been select-
ed for the Australian Country water
polo team following the ADF's
hard-fought sixth placing at the
Australian country championships
in Newcastle from May 11-14.
"I was a bit surprised. I didn't
think I played that well," OCdt
Scott said. "I think it's a reflection
on how the team played."
He will tour the Netherlands
with the Australian Country team at
the end of August.
"I've never been overseas before.
"Representing Australia would
be really cool."
The 20 year-old grew up in
Sydney and played water polo for
six years before joining the Army
earlier this year.
While playing for the
Drummoyne Devils in Sydney,
OCdt Scott said he trained often,
but his regime stopped when he
arrived at ADFA.
"I haven't really trained, I was a
bit shocked to be selected."
RAAF OCtd Carrie Fettes was
selected for the women's side that
will tour alongside the men, playing
against Dutch and other European
The team departs on August
21 and will play tournaments in
Amsterdam and Hengelo before
heading home on September 5.
ADF Water Polo President WO2
Meghan Webber said seeing young
members make the Australian team
was great for the future of water
polo in the ADF.
Sgt Luke Woodland and Capt
Nicholas Whitehead, RMC, also
made the Australian Country repre-
sentative list as reserves.
By Cpl Zenith King
IT WAS a black day all round on
Friday, May 13, when the Australian
Army Rugby Union Women
(AARU-W) took on the might of the
New Zealand Army team in the Lou
Gardner Cup in New Zealand.
An inexperienced Army team minus
many of its key players was soundly
beaten 64-0 by the Kiwis, but managed
to find some light in the dark scoreline.
The Aussies managed to keep the
Kiwis scoreless until the 20th minute but
limited opportunities and a poor start in
the second half let them down.
Sgt Ionie Jackson, Army School
of Health, said playing against the NZ
Army team was an amazing experience.
"Obviously it was going to be a
tough game for us, we had a huge turno-
ver of new players and four of our girls
had never played before," she said.
"For their first game of rugby to be
against arguably the best Defence wom-
en's rugby side in the world today is
Sgt Jackson said the depth of NZ
rugby union was something they
couldn't match at the moment.
"The NZ Army number 15 has been
playing since she was four years old,
she's 17 and has already trained for the
Black Ferns," she said.
The team was based out of Linton
Military Camp in Palmerston North for
their 12-day tour which aimed to devel-
Too strong: Army tries to stop the formidable Kiwis in the Lou Gardner Cup
played in New Zealand.
Photo by AC Alysha Nevard, NZDF
On target: OCdt Ben Scott takes aim at the Australian Country Water Polo Championships held in
Newcastle in May where he won inclusion in the Australian Country team.
Photo by Spr David Eason
Rugby women vet
new blood and
learn some lessons
can be classed as a simple free ride day.
The dates and location of the training
Perisher -- July 4.
Mt Buller -- July 15;
Falls Creek -- July 22;
There is no formal race coaching,
rather an invitation to ride with other ADF
boarders for the day. For information con-
tact Sgt Troy Radbone at troy.radbone@
defence.gov.au or go to the websites:
asp?page=41715 or http://intranet.
Snowboarding: Come and try days.
op new players and expose current play-
ers to a higher standard of rugby.
Lt Rheanna Vehlow, 6ESR, was one
of the players that had never played
rugby before the trip.
"I grew up an AFL girl, but some of
the players knew I could put a decent
tackle on, so I was asked to jump on
board," Lt Vehlow said.
Lt Vehlow said a key part of their
training was to understand the cultural
significance of the haka.
"I was touched by the emotional
connection the Kiwis share when they
come together to deliver a Haka, and the
pride they feel when they get the oppor-
tunity to do it is obvious.
While in NZ the Army team wore
pink training jerseys and linked their
pink attire to the McGrath Foundation
and raised more than $600 in the fight
against breast cancer.
TWELVE Army, six Navy and six RAAF
women rugby union players have been
selected in the Warriors squad to attend
a training camp at Amberley prior to the
national titles being played in Toowong
from July 1-5. The national titles will be
played at the West Brisbane Bulldogs
home ground and teams from Victoria,
South Australia and the Northern Territory
will be competing in the Warriors pool.
All players will be vying for a place in the
Australian Wallaroo team.
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