Team of underdogs slam dunks Oberon Shield

This article has photo gallery Published on ABML-C Steven Bruni (author), ABML-C Benjamin Marshall (photographer), ABIS Bonny Gassner (photographer)

Location(s): Sydney

HMAS Harman, Winners of the 2016 Oberon Shield Basketball competition held at the All Sort Fitness and Wellbeing Centre, Alexandria, Sydney.  (photo: ABIS Bonny Gassner)
HMAS Harman, Winners of the 2016 Oberon Shield Basketball competition held at the All Sort Fitness and Wellbeing Centre, Alexandria, Sydney.

A hastily put-together team of underdogs has won the 2016 Oberon Shield basketball competition, held at All Sorts Fitness and Wellbeing Centre in Alexandria, Sydney, recently.
 
In a thrilling final, HMAS Harman from Canberra beat Sydney rivals HMAS Choules, 19-11.
 
Harman
 star player, Petty Officer Physical Trainer Shane Murphy, admitted the victory had come as a surprise. 

“It was a massive surprise to win this competition after initially scratching around for people to play. But I am very proud of the Harman team and look forward to returning next year to defend our title,” Petty Officer Murphy said.

This year’s competition was one of the most eagerly contested Navy sporting events in recent years, with 18 sides participating from bases all over Australia.
 
And with only seven minutes per game, teams competed at a vigorous pace.
 
Harman
 lost only one game on the way to the final but remained firm underdogs in the final. 
 
The crowd expected a Choules’ victory and the warship’s team fought until the final siren, shooting a two pointer in the last seconds. 
 
But it was not enough and Choules succumbed to the skill and fitness of Harman.
 

HMAS Watson player Seaman Combat Systems Operator Monifah See Kee summed up the day.
 
“It was an amazing opportunity to represent my base. I had a lot of fun and met some amazing people from other ships and establishments around the fleet and I am looking forward to the many more opportunities I get to represent Navy in future sporting events,” Seaman See Kee said.
 
Leading Seaman Physical Trainer Peter Rode started the Oberon Shield in 1987 at HMAS Platypus, a former Naval base in Sydney which housed the Oberon Class submarine squadron. 
 
His focus was to invigorate basketball at unit level for Navy personnel and provide greater opportunities for sailors to be selected for inter-service and national basketball competitions.