Final Jervis Division victors in Pixley Cup

This article has photo gallery Published on SBLT Joshua Armstrong (author), LEUT Kasey Cox (photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Creswell, ACT

Topic(s): HMAS Creswell

Leading Seaman Physical Training Instructor Justin Bailey directs Phillip, Jervis and Flinders Divisions of New Entry Officers’ Course 49 during the Pixley Cup.         (photo: LEUT Kasey Cox)
Leading Seaman Physical Training Instructor Justin Bailey directs Phillip, Jervis and Flinders Divisions of New Entry Officers’ Course 49 during the Pixley Cup.

One week in the Navy culminated in victory for the members of Jervis Division, New Entry Officers’ Course (NEOC) 49, as the team snatched the honours in the historic Pixley Cup.

The highlight of the first week of initial training, the Pixley Cup has been run for over 40 years and emphasises teamwork, a core Navy attribute.

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 - staples of the first week of officer training.

The divisions are encouraged to compose team songs, daub ‘war’ paint and don fancy dress in the spirit of competition, with events replicating naval tasks such as transfer of stores, kit muster and evacuation of a casualty.

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 the instructions to the letter.

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 honours, with the Royal Australian Naval College divisions being renamed Clarkson, Moran, Getting, Rankin and Waller from January 2014.

The Cup is named after Sir Neville Pixley MBE GCStJ VRD, a Naval Officer of the Second World War.