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SBLT Joshua Armstrong
ONE WEEK in the Navy cul-
minated in victory for members
of Jervis Division, New Entry
Officers' Course 49, as the team
snatched the honours in the his-
toric Pixley Cup.
The Pixley Cup has been run
for more than 40 years and empha-
sises teamwork, a core Navy attrib-
ute.The most recent competition
was held in perfect conditions
on the quarterdeck of HMAS
Creswell and allowed a break from
the regimented schedule of drill,
physical training and rounds -- sta-
ples of the first week of officer
The divisions are encouraged
to compose team songs, daub 'war'
paint and don fancy dress, with
events replicating naval tasks such
as transfer of stores, kit muster and
Jervis Division came out on
top, however the results of the day
were not determined by strength
and speed alone, but rather by
those who showed attention to
detail and followed instructions to
Jervis Division excelled and
their efforts will contribute towards
the overall Cockerel Trophy,
awarded to the best division of the
intake at graduation.
This was the last time that
Flinders, Jervis and Phillip
Divisions were in line for the hon-
ours, with the Royal Australian
Naval College divisions being
renamed Clarkson, Moran,
Getting, Rankin and Waller from
The Cup is named after Sir
Neville Pixley, a Naval officer of
PROUD AS PIXLEY: SBLT Christian Gonzalez, left, and SBLT Phillip Qin of Jervis Division, accept the Pixley Cup
from LCDR Luke Weston, Acting Head of Officers' Initial Training Faculty at HMAS Creswell.
Photo: LEUT Kasey Cox
Jervis Division starts life
in Navy with a big win
EYES ON THE PRIZE: ABATA Travis Chamberlin, of HMAS Albatross, keeps his eye on the
football during the Father Macdonald Cup at Randwick Army Barracks, Sydney.
Photo: ABIS Chantell Bianchi
Father Mac Cup at
home at Albatross
LEUT Tony White
HMAS Albatross could well start claiming par-
entage of the Father Macdonald Cup after win-
ning the annual Australian football competition
for the 22nd time.
HMAS Albatross won the final against
HMAS Waterhen at Randwick Barracks in
Sydney on July 24. It first won the Father Mac
Cup in 1976.
Three teams representing HMAS Albatross,
Kuttabul and Waterhen played off for the trophy,
named after a colourful former Navy chaplain.
Father Macdonald, whose passion for the
game ensured he was almost certainly the only
priest who had to front a tribunal for his over-
enthusiastic barracking, would certainly have
relished the commitment shown.
While Kuttabul performed admirably during
the course of the day, it was Albatross and
Waterhen who made it to the grand final of the
round robin competition, overseen this year by
LSPTI Darin Trudgett of HMAS Kuttabul.
Albatross went into the final as favourite,
although some informed commentators may
have fancied Waterhen's chances after SMNCD
Adrian Hewson, of HMAS Penguin, took his
place in the Waterhen side.
Albatross continued its winning streak,
however and came out eventual victors against
Waterhen 38 to 26.
SMN Hewson won the best and fairest Father
Dempsey trophy, named after another Chaplain
and former President of the HMAS Cerberus
Australian Rules Club.
SMN Hewson said it was still a great effort
for Waterhen to get to the final considering the
vast majority of the team comprised players with
a rugby league background.
"It was the first time I have played in the
Father Mac Cup and for Navy, so it was good to
be rewarded for my efforts," SMN Hewson said.
"I have trained with Navy footy down in
Cerberus, but due to training requirements I have
never actually played for Navy."
He regularly plays for the Manly-Warringah
Wolves on weekends and said that with
competitions such as the Father Mac Cup,
Navy would be in good stead to wrest the ADF
interservice trophy from Army next year.
win in WA
LEUT Samantha Dudley
BEFORE the West Coast
Eagles and Sydney Swans
took to the field at Patersons
Stadium for the HMAS Sydney
II Memorial Match on July 21,
Navy and Air Force enjoyed
the opportunity of playing the
Navy dominated Air Force
16.15 (111) to 2.2 (14).
Navy coach CPO Brent
Irving said it was a genuine
privilege to play at Patersons
Stadium and an honour to be
involved in a day that served to
remember fallen heroes.
"A number of the ADF play-
ers were involved in the 2012
curtain-raiser to the Sydney II
"To be involved two years
running and play both years at
Patersons Stadium is an incred-
ible opportunity," CPO Irving
said.Despite the score, Air Force
coach FSGT Luke Stevens said
the Air Force players still had a
"We will definitely have
to improve our form for next
year," he said.
"But, at the end of the day,
we were just happy to be there
and honour the memory of
AB Matthew Kennewell
was named best and fairest and
LS Daniel Conlin, whose domi-
nating performance saw him
kick six goals, was named best
The two services also
worked hand in hand outside
the stadium to raise funds for
Legacy. Thirty-five Navy and
Air Force members rattled
tins and buckets at the gate
entrances and collected $9866.
Funds will go towards caring
for the families of deceased and
TAP OUT: PO Sam Sheppard leaps high to contest the ball for Navy during the curtain-
raiser between Navy and Air Force at Patersons Stadium in Western Australia.
Photo: CPOIS David Connolly
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