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Twenty Army personnel were part
of the Defence Hockey Association
squad of 46 ADF men and women who
left Sydney for Britain on September
30. They are players Cpl Ian Wassell,
Capt Richard Bremner, Cpl Phil
Dumpleton, Capt Glenn Miller,
OCdt Jack Grosskreutz, Capt Jesse
Newman, OCdt Joseph Huston, Cfn
Gareth Hoddinott, Pte Nicholas
Butturini, Pte Zoe Springate, Cpl
Amy Smith, Cfn Melissa Reeves,
Cpl Cayle Berman, Cpl Shayne
Buenaobra, Cpl Alice Burrell, OCdt
Emily Willis and Sgt Ceri-Ann
Shankster The officials were Brig
Bruce Cook (chef de mission), WO1
Leanne Iseppi (women's manager),
Lt Kerrie Tessier (physio) and Capt
Steven Fazel (women's assistant
The men's team won all four of
their lead-up games against individual
services. The women won two of their
three single-service games.
The squad then embarked on
a three-day battlefield tour of the
Western Front in France and Belgium,
which included the reading of The
Ode by Capt Glenn Miller, of 5 Avn
Regt, and the laying of a wreath at the
Team manager CPO William
McConnell said that was inspiring.
"It is something the men's ADF
hockey team did on its tour there in
2005," he said. "Three of us from that
tour were also on this tour, and felt
that with the breadth of experience and
age of the group that visiting the place
where our predecessors fell would help
bond the squad. This it did."
They returned to Britain for the
Test matches in mid-October, which
the men lost 2-1 and the women 3-0.
Cpl Amy Smith was named player
of the women's series.
Cpl Dumpleton, who was the equal
leading men's scorer with five goals,
started the trip with some niggling
injuries and they deteriorated towards
By that last game, he required a lot
of physio work down his right side.
Then his right ankle flared up and had
to be strapped and braced.
"Since returning I've had some
scans done on my ankle," Cpl
"I had intended to play for in the
off-season in Brisbane but I have had
to pull out of all teams.
"Whether I can play next year
depends on the result of the scans."
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 representatives. Sgt Rick Crowe
(Queensland), Sqn-Ldr Zalie Duffy (NSW),
Flt-Lt James Norman (ACT), Lt Lyn Adamson
(Victoria/Tasmania), Woff Lara McAuliffe
(South Australia), LCdr Brian Froome
(Western Australia) or PO Troy Juillerat
Army November 21, 2013
ADF hockey team
goes oh so close
WO2 Justin Smith adopted a tactic
not quite out of the mountain biker's
handbook in the Cape to Cape race. He
threw off his shoes and went barefoot
on the sand.
On October 24, he lined up with about
1400 other mountain-bike riders, includ-
ing Army riders WO2 Andrew Tabain,
Cpl Nathan Barton and Sgt Dale Collins
for the event in the south-west of Western
The first day threw up a challenge
you don't see every day in a mountain
bike race: a 2km beach leg.
WO2 Smith was struck by the beauty
of the scene in front of him as the riders
filed down to the beach -- so much so that
he whipped a camera out from his saddle-
bag and captured the moment.
The tide was high, making it near
impossible to ride on firm sand and stay
clear of the waves.
"Riders were forced to dismount and
push their bikes through deep, soft sand
higher up on the beach," WO2 Smith said.
"I removed my mountain bike shoes
and ran barefoot with my bike along the
"This allowed me to push ahead of
100 riders on the first day in an unseeded
At the end of the beach leg, he had to
sacrifice a bottle of fresh water to wash
the salt and sand from his bike and shortly
after he had the first of his four punctures.
But WO2 Smith, of A Sqn 10LH
(Recon) at Irwin Barracks, went on to fin-
ish the race in 11hr 48min, which made
him the leading ADF rider and the best
rider in the 30-40 age group. WO2 Tabain
finished in 12hr to win the 40-50 age
It did not all run to plan though for
WO2 Smith. He missed the start by
20 minutes on day two because of a
communication problem and when he
reached the end of day three north-east of
Margaret River township, he had to make
a quick trip back to Perth to attend the
Regimental Beersheba Dinner and carry
the unit's guidon.
This involved a 7½ hour return trip,
giving him 2½ hours' sleep before sad-
dling up again.
WO2 Smith also competed in the City
to Surf marathon in Perth in August, com-
pleting the 42km race in 3hr 25min.
In preparation for the Cape to Cape
race, he then started hitting Perth's cycle
paths at 4am each morning for a three-
hour ride before work.
Next year WO2 Smith will be post-
ing to the 2/14LHR(QMI) at Enoggera
and had hoped to run in the Gold Coast
Marathon in early July.
In fact, he had planned a novel twist
in his choice of attire -- wearing uniform,
webbing and Army-issued boots.
"I have read about British paratroop-
ers doing a marathon in full kit in the
UK," WO2 Smith said. "And in the City
to Surf marathon in Perth in August I saw
a miner in steel-capped boots compet-
ing. I thought, wow, I could do something
It is not going to happen now though.
At least for that race.
"Looks like I will stick to local
WO2 casts off shoes in mountain-bike event
WO2 Justin Smith
took this photo while
on at the beach in the
Below, in the City to
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