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September 13, 2012
LEUT Grant McDuling
AFTER a nail-biting AFL victory
against arch rival the Sydney Swans
in Sydney on August 25, players and
staff from the Hawthorn Football
Club visited HMAS Parramatta to
swap stories on overcoming adver-
sity.The team's psychologist decided
a motivational session from Navy
would be perfect training.
Arrangements were made and a
visit to Parramatta was conducted
alongside Fleet Base East, which
drew Hawks fans not only from
Parramatta, but from nearby ships
CO Parramatta CMDR Simon
Cannell said the two organisations
had much in common.
"Both organisations are easily dis-
tinguishable by their uniforms and are
vulnerable to adverse media attention
when we get it wrong," he said.
"With positive and proactive atti-
tudes and community-based values,
we can both be pillars within society."
When facing adversity, it was
agreed that training and regular drills
were fundamental in staying calm in
either big pressure games or dynamic
situations at sea.
"The Hawks players were amazed
at our boarding parties' ability to
function in trying conditions, while
ship staff asked many questions about
how to deal with the pressure of kick-
ing goals in front of 30,000 scream-
ing fans," CMDR Cannell said.
The 30-man Hawks visiting party
was given a tour of the ship and pre-
sented a signed jersey to the ship in
AN 816SQN Seahawk swooped in
on a crowd of 25,000 people while
the Navy Band played for a television
audience of almost a million viewers
at the ADF Challenge NRL match at
ANZ Stadiu m on August 28.
The match between the Par ramatta
Eels and the South Sydney Rabbitohs
enabled the Seahawk to demonstrate
its versatility while the Navy Band
showed why it is the premier military
band in Australia.
The Seahawk f lew from HMAS
Albatross at Nowra to ANZ Stadium
in Sydney to deliver the game ball to
VCDF AIRMSHL Mark Binskin who
is a keen Rabbitoh supporter.
AIRMSHL Binskin thanked the
NRL for its support and acknowl-
edgement of ADF personnel and their
"We are grateful for this gesture of
support because it thanks the men and
women of the ADF for their sacrifice
and honou rs their work at home and
overseas," he said.
Director of Music LCDR Paul
Cottier said the Navy Band was at
the frontline of the Navy community
"The musicians ref lect the quality of
Navy's people and the values for which
all members of Navy aspire," he said.
LCDR Cottier said band members
had worked hard to earn an enviable
reputation as a team of accomplished
musicians who gave the Navy the
ability to raise its public profile.
Gold coin donations were collected
by unifor med ADF person nel at the
match for the Australian Peacekeeping
on the field
WITH THANKS: Hawthorn captain Luke Hodge presents a signed
guernsey to CO Parramatta CMDR Simon Cannell.
Photos: LSIS Brenton Freind
ALL TOGETHER: Players from Hawthorn Football Club with CO
Parramatta CMDR Cannell and ship's company during the club's visit
to the ship.
WITH PRIDE: South Sydney Rabbitohs group as the Australian National Anthem is played by the Navy
ceremonial marching band at ANZ Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park.
Photos: ABIS Dove Smithett
KEY ROLE: PO Nathan Minett
delivers the game ball from the
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