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October 28, 2010
By ABCIS Melanie Schinkel
DURING their port visit to
Makassar, Indonesia, the ships'
companies of HMA Ships Success
(CMDR Anthony Raynor) and
Arunta (CMDR John Stavridis)
participated in a friendly game
of soccer with members of the
Part of the ships' South East
Asian Deployment, the port visit to
Indonesia was significant because it
had been more than 10 years since a
RAN task group had visited its neigh-
Arunta's Supply Officer, LCDR
Cameron McGregor, said soccer was
one of Indonesia's favourite sports
and the soccer match was held on
September 26 to engage and foster
good relationships between the two
"Both teams were extremely eager
to test their sporting skills against a
foreign opponent, so the day proved
to be a big hit for everyone involved,"
LCDR McGregor said.
"Unfortunately we lost the game
to the Indonesian Navy 5-2, but this
didn't dampen the spirits of the par-
ticipants, who thoroughly enjoyed
the competition and friendly nature
of the Indonesian team and their sup-
Success and Arunta have since
continued with their deployment
and are hoping to host similar sport-
ing events with the Malaysian and
Singaporean navies during their next
Albatross takes fourth
in dragon boat titles
HMAS Albatross (CAPT Stefan
King) took fourth place in the
annual Shoalhaven Dragon Boat
Regatta on September 19 with a
throw-together team of first tim-
ers.In a three-race qualifying format,
the paddlers were up against it from
the start with many of them not hav-
ing been in a dragon boat before, let
alone racing one.
Team organiser, CPOPT Annie
Schofield, said it was a gutsy effort.
"Noting this is the first time
these guys have been in a dragon
boat, making the final and achieving
fourth place was an absolutely fan-
tastic result," she said.
"I was delighted with the
response from Albatross members
when the idea came up to enter a
team in the event and even more
excited when 'Win with Navy'
agreed to support the team as its
major sponsor for the event."
All paddlers have already signed
up to race again next year and hope
to improve on their result.
By CPL Zenith King
THE Pakistan Military defeated
the Australian Medical Task Force
(AMTF) 2-0 in their first compet-
itive 'backyard' cricket match on
More than 20 personnel deployed
on Op Pakistan Assist II signed up to
represent AMTF in the match, which
took place on the oval at Kot Addu.
Pakistan batted first and made 79
runs off eight overs with a loss of four
wickets. Australia battled it out in an
attempt to take the lead but fell short,
only making 71 runs.
SPR Branko Sola, 2CER, said
although it was a close first match, it
took a while to understand the rules.
"The first match was a little con-
fusing because we didn't establish the
rules before we started," SPR Sola
"By the second one we knew what
was going on and did everything we
could to try and even the score."
There were more than 40 spectators
by the second match, eager to see if
Australia could level the playing field.
But after only 30 minutes Pakistan
took the lead winning by two overs
and five runs.
SPR Sola also played in the second
match and said it was a great experi-
"Playing against the Pakistan mili-
tary was brilliant," he said.
"It was a good way to relax and
interact with each other away from our
normal work environment," he said.
Air Force chaplain, WGCDR Mark
Willis, organised the event and said
it had been on the cards since AMTF
deployed in August.
"Ever since we got here there has
been a lot of interest from the Pakistan
military to have a game of cricket,"
WGCDR Willis said.
"It was something the guys at
Camp Cockatoo were keen to do as
"We had a big response and ended
up with two teams -- we had 22 play-
ers."WGCDR Willis said the match
allowed deployed personnel to do
something a little different.
"We are doing it pretty tough out
here. We are working with people who
are sick and not doing so well and that
can get people down," he said.
"This was a way to lift their spir-
its."SPR Sola said he was not con-
cerned about losing.
"Regardless of the result I felt like I
Cricket a big hit on
Op Pakistan Assist
MULTI-SKILLED: Not content with saving people's lives, medical officer LEUT Joel Hissink tries to save the
AMTF innings with some aggressive batting against the local Pakistani military side.
Photo: CPL Zenith King
THE Defence Forces National
Cricket Carnival will be held in
Canberra from November 1-5.
Before the National Cricket
Carnival starts, Navy will be con-
Calling all cricketers
HOW'S THAT?!: Navy takes a
wicket at last year's champion-
SPORTSMANSHIP: The ships' companies of HMA Ships Success
and Arunta enjoyed the soccer match against the Indonesian Navy,
posing with their opponents after the game.
Task group goes down
to Indonesian Navy
ducting a selection trial in Sydney
from October 25-29.
The Navy Cricket administrative
instruction 01/10 contains the Navy
cricket trial nomination process, a pro-
gram of the trials, and details of the
2010 National Cricket Carnival.
To receive a copy of the Navy Cricket
adminstrative instruction and to be added
to the Navy Cricket email database, email
the Navy Cricket Secretary at marty.
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