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September 3, 2009
GOLF, squash, soccer and cricket
were all squeezed in to HMAS
Toowoomba's recent visit to
The sporting conditions were
excellent during the visit with the
annual monsoonal weather providing
a warm breeze and cloud cover to
take the edge off the heat where tem-
peratures sat in the early 30s.
The cricket was the most antici-
pated game of the visit with the
Pakistan Navy very keen to mirror the
success of their country's 20/20 side.
After Toowoomba's 30-minute
warm-up in the nets against a
Pakistani junior team, Toowoomba's
team caption, XO LCDR Simon
Howard, won the toss and elected to
Toowoomba batted to a respect-
able 117 runs from 20 overs. The
highest scoring batsman was LSCSO
Mathew Cooper, scoring 30 runs off
The ninth wicket finally fell in the
19th over, sending the Pakistan Navy
Pakistan started strong with 64
runs scored in the first five overs
with the only highlight being ABET
Kieran Buzza, whose sheer pace had
the batsman in a tangle -- he took the
middle stump and broke the bail.
Stand out fielder of the match was
SBLT Ken Brown who took two great
Pakistan reached their goal in the
After the friendly match, hands
were shaken, presentations exchanged
and discussions had.
The coach of the Pakistan team
said that, in his 25 years coaching
the Pakistan Naval Cricket Academy,
a foreign warship had never played
cricket with them and that HMAS
Toowoomba's cricket team would go
down in history.
On the last day of the visit
Toowoomba was challenged by the
Pakistan Navy to a game of soccer
that saw a competitive match with
both teams finding frequent opportu-
nities to score.
The Pakistan Navy team beat
Toowoomba 6-4 with LSET Kade
Edwards scoring a hat-trick.
DURING HMAS Toowoomba's sec-
ond day in Karachi, her visit to
Pakistan proved to be a very special
day for members of the ship's com-
pany and 40 local children from the
Karachi Deaf Reach School.
Under the guidance of Chaplain
Steve Gunther, 14 pirate-costumed
volunteers planned themed activities
including games, demonstrations and
provided an abundance of party food
for the visiting children to enjoy.
As the children crossed the gang-
way, eyes wide open, they were met
by "pirates" with pretend swords who
cheekily poked them as they came on
board -- it was the start of an after-
noon of smiles, fun and laughter.
Chaplain Gunther said the day
could not have been more rewarding.
"I was so proud of the way the
ship's volunteers showed genuine
care and commitment to this charity
event," he said.
"Many of them had no previous
experience with children or the deaf
and they came with a simple desire to
do something great for these kids."
The activities included dress-up
races with fire-fighting suits, fire-hose
drills, wrapping mummy races and
pretend sword fights with the swords
the ship's volunteers had made them-
"The children quickly formed
strong bonds with the pirates and
soon the children were showing them
the 'greeting' and 'I love you' sign
with their hands," Chaplain Gunther
Even though Toowoomba's volun-
teers could not sign back, the pirates
and children had no difficulty under-
standing each other.
Co-founder and director of Family
Educational Services Foundation,
Mary Paolo, commented on how
appreciative they were of the genuine
effort and willingness of the crew to
interact positively with the kids.
She said the kids could tell a lot
about a person from just looking in
When the crowd finished their
games on the flight deck, they made
their way down to the junior sailors'
café where they found a sea of donuts
and cupcakes of every colour, made
overnight by LSCK Scott Tysoe. The
ice-cream machine was also a big hit
with the kids.
The café was a hub of face paint-
ing, knot tying, bracelet making and
cylume stick swiping -- and eating of
To top the day off for the chil-
dren, Australian High Commissioner
for Pakistan Tim George gave each
child an Australian cricket set and
an Australian colouring book, pencils
When asked what the best part
of the day was, most of them signed
"everything". The fire-hose activ-
ity and ship's pirates were also firm
The Deaf Reach School in Karachi
is run by the Family Educational
Services Foundation and provides a
place of excellence where the deaf can
develop their full potential.
More information can be found at www.
Toowoomba attracted the atten-
national media during her visit
e first of two important ceremo-
presentatives from the ship visited
e-Quaid, a sacred site marking the
the "founding father" of Pakistan,
mad Ali Jinnah.
site, standing at the highest point
chi, is the most important and sym-
ace in Pakistan.
tate-sponsored visitors are obliged
to pay their respects by laying a wreath
when visiting Pakistan and large crowds
were gathered to witness the event, which
was also covered on national television
Toowoomba's CO CMDR Ivan Ingham
and his operations officer LCDR Ben
Dalton joined an official party of Pakistan
Navy personnel and slow marched into the
shrine to the sound of beating drums.
Once inside the impressive open-sided
memorial building, CMDR Ingham laid a
wreath on behalf of Toowoomba's ship's
A more informal ceremony fol-
lowed when 10 sailors visited the
Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery to
pay their respects to the Australians who
were killed in Pakistan during both world
The cemetery, which is looked after
by the Commonwealth War Graves
Commission, contains the graves or
memorials of 632 people -- nine of which
ailors pay respects in Pakistan
Purple pony pirates
the Deaf Reach
School in Karachi
sporting prowess no
match for Pakistan Navy
GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP: HMAS Toowoomba's XO LCDR Simon
Howard concedes the shield to Pakistan Navy after Toowoomba lost
the cricket match played in Karachi.
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