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Army August 2, 2012
Remodelled ASRU fires up
Fifteen new caps impress coach as team dismantles Tasmanian state side in Hobart return game
TEN ADF skydivers launched them-
selves from a plane at 14,000ft during
a free-flying skills camp at Picton to
gain their free-flying crests.
The Australian Defence
Parachuting Association (ADPA) sky-
divers gathered on June 9-10 to prac-
tise their free flying -- an expansion of
traditional belly-to-earth skydiving,
extending skills into vertical flight.
Parachutists fly their bodies verti-
cally at about 250km/h in an upright
position, falling feet first or inverted
falling head first.
LCpl Roslyn Booker, of 176 AD
Sqn, who did her first jump in 2007,
A NEW-LOOK Australian Services
Rugby Union (ASRU) team ran
in nine tries to one to beat the
Tasmanian state side 57-8 in Hobart
on July 14.
New captain Lt Tony Luxford, of
17 Sig Regt, led from the front, scor-
ing two tries.
ASRU coach CPO Tony Doherty
had reason to be pleased.
"It was an impressive perfor-
mance, especially from our 15 new
caps," he said.
"We gained the ascendency early
and never gave them the opportunity
to get back in the contest."
This was ASRU's second victory
said achieving her free-fly crest was a
highlight of the camp.
"It was such a great weekend," she
said. "I can't believe so many of us got
our crests signed off."
A free-fly crest is the civilian
Australian parachuting regulatory
authority qualification allowing sky-
divers to free-fly with others who are
not qualified vertical flight tutors,
and the teams now hope to represent
Defence in national and international
events and also the Defence National
Sports Parachute Championships in
Sgt R, of 2 Cdo Regt, said it was
fantastic ADPA was able to put on
such an event to allow skydivers from
around the country to come together
and work on their skills.
"Being able to receive top quality
coaching and jump with other experi-
enced skydivers is invaluable to com-
peting in the future," he said.
Experienced free-flyers, ADPA
President Capt Fransisca Molnar and
Cpl Kyle Chick, of 6RAR, teamed up
with three of Australia's elite civilian
free-flyers to help the skydivers com-
plete their 12 jumps.
Sgt Jason Lane, of 3/4 Cav Regt,
also achieved both vertical and invert-
ed competencies to get his head up and
head down crest.
Australian free-flying skydiving
tutor Erica Tadokoro coached at the
camp and was pleased with the par-
"I enjoyed watching everyone's
skills develop throughout the week-
end," Ms Tadokoro said.
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to the sky.
Free-flying at 250km/h, skydivers hone their skills at Picton camp
in two matches against Tasmania,
having defeated the islanders in
Wagga last year, 17-9.
The ASRU forwards dominated
and the Tasmanian scrum was con-
Cfn Adam Nixon, of ALTC, Maj
Scott Davidson, of Army HQ, and
Smn Alex Brown were prominent in
the close contest.
ASRU's two flankers, Lt Matt
Hamill, of 2RAR, and OCdt Hudson
Brown worked tirelessly on and off
the ball to maintain and recycle pos-
Lt Hamill received ASRU's best
Not to be outdone by the for-
wards, the backline set about con-
verting attacking pressure into points,
resulting in five tries to backline play-
ers and six conversions from nine
attempts by Midn Chris Liszka.
Standout performances in the
backline were Lt Luxford, AB Trevor
Collett and Cpl Mick Wallace from
ASRU men's national operations
manager, Lt-Col Adam Boyd, said Lt
Luxford's overall game control and
speed and accuracy of ball delivery at
half back were outstanding.
"Overall, it was a good outcome
for a new ASRU outfit," he said.
"The young guys coming through
recognise the tremendous effort of
last year's ASRU team and know they
have big shoes to fill.
"We are all looking forward to
next year's Pacific Nations Military
Cup in New Zealand, and the next
International Defence Rugby
Competition, which will be hosted by
the UK Combined Services in 2015.
"I was really surprised by how
well we played and didn't expect to
win by that much with so many new
"The cohesion of the team was
good considering the players only had
two training sessions."
Both teams observed a minute's
silence before the first whistle to pay
tribute to fallen SASR member Sgt
Blaine Diddams, whose funeral was
the same day as the match.
In the lead-up to the game in
Hobart, ASRU ran a rugby skills
clinic for the boys from the Hutchins
School rugby program on July 11.
After the clinic, the two sides
played a game of touch football. It
did not go well for ASRU.
"The fact that they had about 50
players on the field during the friend-
ly game of touch footy was probably
the telling factor in their victory,"
Lt-Col Boyd said.
Hutchins also played in the cur-
tain-raiser at Rugby Park on July 14,
and defeated an opposition it hadn't
beaten all season.
Game on: Front rowers Cfn Adam Nixon, left, AB Tait O'Sullivan and
LAC Jarred Playford line up for a scrum (left) s Maj Scott Davidson takes
up the ball (above).
Photos by Richard Mitchell, Jump Shots Photography
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