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HMAS Kuttabul emerged unbeat-
en after six matches to win the IFR
Football trophy and the Albatross-
Nirimba Cup football competition at
Randwick Barracks on October 10.
Kuttabul beat HMAS Huon 2-0
in the final to win the tournament
contested by 24 teams from the RAN
units and international warships
involved in the IFR.
The radar-guided boot of PO Josh
Greenwood helped Kuttabul stamp
its authority on the match with a fan-
tastic goal right on half-time.
PO Greenwood's goal at such a
crucial stage marked a turning point,
which Kuttabul converted into a
sweet victory in the dying minutes
of play when PO Dane Clarke slotted
home a midfield cross-kick.
PO Greenwood received the
most valuable player award for his
goal in the final, in addition to being
acknowledged as the best and fairest
throughout the tournament.
"My goal gave us an
important lead, but PO
Clarke's goal wrapped
up the match for us," PO Greenwood
said.PO Greenwood said he took a
corner kick that surprisingly came
straight back to him, but this time he
was close enough to chip in the ball
from 15m out.
"I aimed for the high right-hand
side of the net and to my surprise it
went in, right on the buzzer," he said.
CO Huon LCDR Jace Hutchison
said PO Greenwood's goal made it
hard for them in the second half.
"It was a really good goal," he
"In the end we ran out of energy
on a hot day, but I couldn't be more
proud of my team for their efforts in
winning four matches, drawing one
and losing only the final."
Kuttabul booked its berth in the
final with a hard-fought 2-1 triumph
over HMAS Waterhen, while Huon
edged out the Indonesian warship Kri
This year was the 42nd anniver-
sary of the Albatross-Nirimba Cup
football tournament, which also
served as a selection trial for Navy
for the triservice football champion-
ships in Sydney in November.
A BONE-JARRING tackle from
SMN Brad Roberts in the final
helped HMAS Albatross recapture its
momentum and win the Mons Cup and
IFR Combined Navies rugby union
championship at Macquarie University
on October 11.
HMAS Parramatta/Perth opened
the day with a grinding 5-0 win over
the PNG Barbarians, with ADFA
and HMA Ships Albatross, Kuttabul
and Waterhen also winning their first
In the second round, Albatross
came up against a very well prepared
ADFA outfit, which had been training
for the event for the past two months.
Seasoned Albatross veteran PO
Jason Cook used the strong breeze to
wear down the enthusiastic cadets for
Albatross to win 5-0.
USS Chosin improved with each
game and had some exciting periods
of play with speedsters E4 Demetrius
Terrell and E3 Terrone Outlaw making
many breaks in attack.
After the 20 lead-up games in
the pool stages, the final was played
between Albatross and Parra/Perth.
The first half was gruelling with
both sides excellent in defence. Parra/
Perth looked like they might produce
an upset, however SMN Roberts' tack-
le lifted the morale of his teammates
and enabled Albatross to grind out a
The heavy tackle marked a turn-
ing point in the match because soon
after Albatross' AB Dylan Marshall,
of 808SQN, posted the winning try
after he collected a neat pass from LS
Dominic Whittingham, of 816SQN,
who created the line-break.
Albatross won the four matches
it played that day to secure the IFR
Mons Cup Trophy, which was contest-
ed by 10 teams from RAN and inter-
national warships involved in the IFR.
Notable efforts were produced
from MIDN Zeb Learoyd, of ADFA,
SMN Will Solway, of Parramatta, and
E3 Outlaw, of Chosin.
LSATV James Smith, of 816SQN,
was awarded the Ron Griveen Trophy
as the most valuable player during the
The hard-hitting prop, who stands
180cm tall and weighs in at 115kg,
was humble about receiving the award.
"There were a lot of players who
also deserved the trophy, especially a
couple from the Parra/Perth team who
played really well," he said.
LS Smith said his experience play-
ing Navy rugby for the last eight years,
SAILORS from NNS Thunder pulled
with plenty of muscle and determi-
nation to win the IFR Tug-of-War
Ten RAN and international navy
teams contested the championship at
Randwick Barracks on October 10.
Thunder crushed the Royal Navy's
HMS Daring 2-0 in the best of three
finals to take out the title.
The Nigerians had too much power
for their opponents, including the
New Zealanders and the Aussies, who
seemed to equal the winners in size but
Thunder beat HMNZS Te Mana
2-0 in the semi-final after crushing the
challenges of HMA Ships Huon and
LSPTI Corey Short, of HMAS
Kuttabul, said the Nigerian sailors had
as much firepower as their warship,
which is a former US Hamilton-class
high endurance cutter armed with
Otobreda 76mm automatic guns.
"The Nigerians are worthy winners
of the trophy," he said."They had mus-
cles on their muscles."
The secret weapon for Thunder
appeared to be the wearing of their
navy boots, which provided enhanced
grip on the slippery grass surface.
from ship NNS
their strength to
win the tug-of-war.
Photos: ABIS Sarah
The crew of
start to finish
TAKE FLIGHT: A Malaysian
player from KD Jebat
contests a save by the
goalkeeper of HMAS Stuart.
Photo: LSIS Peter Thompson
REACH FOR IT: LSATV Adam
Sargent, of HMAS Albatross, right,
and ABMT Jack Clifton, of HMAS
Parramatta, leap for the ball in a
PUSH THROUGH: LSATV
James Smith, of HMAS
Albatross, tries to charge
through two sailors from
HMAS Parramatta during
the Combined Navies rugby
Photo: LSIS Andrew Dakin
as well as playing for Shoalhaven in
the Illawarra rugby competition, ena-
bled him to play a key role in the final
against the combined team.
"It was a really great game to win
and a fantastic tournament overall,"
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