A Birdie on ice

Published on CPO Anthony Martin (author), CPL Anthony Kunda (photographer)

Location(s): Adelaide, South Australia

Topic(s): HMAS Albatross, 725 Squadron, Ice Hockey

Leading Seaman Scott Tunnard holds the Adelaide Challenge Cup after a recent game at the Adelaide Ice Arena. (photo: CPL Anthony Kunda)
Leading Seaman Scott Tunnard holds the Adelaide Challenge Cup after a recent game at the Adelaide Ice Arena.

Enjoying the ice is a simple task for Leading Seaman Aviation Technician Avionics Scott Tunnard from HMAS Albatross

As one of the founders of the Australian Defence Force Ice Hockey Association and a key player in the tri-service team, he has been fortunate to represent Australia, the Australian Defence Force and Navy, both at home and overseas. 

Now Leading Seaman Tunnard’s representative resume is about to expand further as he prepares to depart as the sole Navy representative in the ADF STRIKE Ice Hockey Team tour of Canada.

“My Navy job is currently Trade Supervisor at 725 Squadron at Albatross,” said Leading Seaman Tunnard.

“My Unit has been incredibly supportive, allowing me to attend events and organise ‘Come and Try’ days for beginners at Albatross.

We recently stood up the first ever Unit ice hockey team, the Albatross Warbirds” he said.

Leading Seaman Tunnard started playing Ice Hockey ten years ago while serving in the Royal Navy. He transferred to the RAN in 2013 and worked diligently to help establish the ADF Ice Hockey Association.

This achievement culminated in the team embarking on the first overseas trip to compete in the Armed Services Ice Hockey Tournament in Las Vegas.

This year’s tour to Canada will see the team compete in many games and events throughout the tour, stopping in Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal.

“The level of competition will be the highest the ADF has faced in the four years of its existence,” said Leading Seaman Tunnard. 

“This tour promises to be a great learning experience for all players on the STRIKE team.” 

The ADF Ice Hockey Association is always looking for more players. Service members interested should contact ADFIHA at adficehockey@defence.gov.au.