AUSTRALIAN ARMY FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION
COURAGE - RESPECT - INITIATIVE - TEAMWORK
MAJGEN Marcus Thompson
MAJGEN Marcus Thompson spent his early years playing football in Horsham, Western Victoria. In his formative years playing he was a promising forward and occasional on-baller. He is lifelong Western Bulldogs supporter, who is his own words, is still 'living in the glow of 2016'.
MAJGEN Thompson is a strong advocate for Army AFL, and can be found on the sidelines during football season when work commitments allow it. He has been President of the Committee since 2019.
Brigadier Ash Collingburn was born and bred in country SA and has always been a passionate and loyal Essendon supporter. Throughout his playing career, he spent most of his time in the midfield and still pulls the boots on occasionally to represent the 'Old Boys'.
As Commander 1st Brigade, he is particularly focused on maximising human performance through developing the Mind, Body and Team, and he considers the Army Football Club to represent the pinnacle of high performance sport in the ADF.
COL Damian Hill
Colonel Damian Hill grew up in Devonport and Melbourne He has been involved with Army AFL since 2002 and fulfilled many different roles over his time. He is has been a player at unit level, he has also been heavily involved in ADF umpiring as well as Umpiring director in Townsville and Canberra. He is a one eyed Hawthorn Hawks supporter, he has been known to sit on the cold grass in the snow to watch his beloved Hawks play.
COL Fiona Curtis
Colonel Fiona Curtis grew up in Victoria. She was appointed Sponsorship officer in 2017. She is extremely passionate about Army AFL and in particular the fantastic education opportunity the game provides the next generation of soldiers in their holistic growth as current or future leaders. She is a committed Carlton Blues supporter/member.
Lieutenant Colonel Wade Cooper grew up in rural Western Australia. He spent a lot of his younger life playing football. He is an AFL tragic, he can still be found from time-to-time pulling the boots on, predominately playing in the forward line. However due to his busy schedule, he looks to give back to the Army football community. He was appointed the Army AFL Operations Officer in October 2019 for Army Football. He is a passionate West Coast Eagles supporter.
Since the first recorded game of Australian Rules Football in 1858, the Australian Army and the Australian game have been intrinsically linked. Victorian Football League (VFL) players served in the Boer War and both World Wars, with 2 VFL players killed in the Boer war, 89 killed in WW1 and 49 in WWII. One VFL umpire was killed in WWI, whilst another VFL umpire served in the Boer War and both World Wars.
The game has been played around the globe by servicemen in all major conflicts as a means of recreation and friendly rivalry. It’s a great game, and the Australian Army is a great national institution, the two are a natural fit together.
The Army values of Courage, Initiative, Respect and Teamwork are readily applied when playing Aussie Rules, and are demanded on the battle and playing field. The Army has a great tradition of playing and winning the Australian game, including a magnificent streak of eighteen consecutive national championships.
This web-site is designed to provide players and officials, both past and present, as well as those passionate about their Army and Aussie Rules information regarding the Australian Army National Teams. I commend this site to all who take pride in their game and Army.
Lieutenant General (retired) Brian Ashley (Ash) Power, AO, CSC
Army asks a lot of its soldiers, and over a career, sacrifice becomes second nature. For the Australian Rules footballers amongst us, postings and field commitments commonly results in never finding a ‘home’ senior football club, never playing 100 or even 50 games for a single club, and probably never playing at the level we might once have aspired to.
Army AFL offers a balance to this sacrifice. It provides an enduring sense of belonging to a football club, provides exciting year-round football-based opportunities, focuses training and enables elite competition. Army AFL builds teamwork, encourages pursuit of excellence and returns soldiers to units better for the experience. Soldiers stay in Army longer because of Army AFL.
Army AFL links male and female soldiers with elite football opportunities and is a genuine element of Army’s Indigenous & International Engagement Strategies. Through the success of the National Army AFL program and the concerted conduct of the sport at all levels, Australian Rules Football becomes regarded as the most professional, most successful & most prominent sport in Army.