Ice Hockey lesson at Penrith

Published on LCPL Sebastian Beurich (author), SGT Ricky Fuller (photographer)

Location(s): Penrith, New South Wales

Lieutenant Benjamin Hanson-Murphy (black jersey) back checks the Bears attack during a friendly match against Sydney Bears. (photo: SGT Ricky Fuller)
Lieutenant Benjamin Hanson-Murphy (black jersey) back checks the Bears attack during a friendly match against Sydney Bears.

The New South Wales contingent of the Australian Defence Force Ice Hockey team took to the rink against the Sydney Bears on 17 July at the Penrith Ice Palace.

Battling against the more experienced and established Bears team, in their first competitive game, the Defence team fought valiantly, only be to be beaten 10-0.

The Bears scored the first goal in the opening minutes of the match prompting the Defence team to go on the defensive to try and shut down their opponents' attack.

Centre player Leading Seaman Aviation Technican Aircraft Scott Tunnard, of Nowra's 725 Squadron, said his team rallied in the third period to get on the offensive and created some great scoring opportunities late in the game.

“The team didn’t let up for three periods of play and did themselves proud,” Leading Seaman Tunnard said.

“It was an extremely valuable training game for possible matches later this year.

“It was clear to see this was the first time the team had played together.

“The outcome was inevitable given the Bears were a well-drilled team.”

Assistant Australian Defence Force team captain Flight Sargeant Darren Lampard said the team was developing well.

“We’re trying to play at least one game a month to keep all of the players on the ice,” Flight Sargeant Lampard said.

“Our training opportunities are limited due to where everyone in the team is located, so we’re using these games as a part of our training.”

Flight Sargeant Lampard is looking forward to being a part of the Defence team going to Las Vegas in November to compete in the 2015 Armed Services Hockey Tournament against 30 other teams from the United States, Canada and Germany.

“We’ve put together a strong side to compete in the tournament,” he said.

“We selected the team for the tournament from the ADF Ice Hockey Association training camp held in April this year.”