Bledisloe with a dash of Navy in Perth

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Gary McHugh (author), LSIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Location(s): Perth, WA

Topic(s): Rugby Union

Officers and sailors from HMAS Stirling and attached units hold banners for the teams of the Bledisloe Cup at Optus Stadium in Perth. (photo: LSIS Richard Cordell)
Officers and sailors from HMAS Stirling and attached units hold banners for the teams of the Bledisloe Cup at Optus Stadium in Perth.

Navy was well represented at the recent Bledisloe Cup encounter between Australia and New Zealand, with sixty uniformed members taking to the field before the big game.

Taking centre stage during the team announcements and two national anthems, the Navy members were tasked with holding the teams’ banners in this first of the Bledisloe Cup matches.

The packed Optus Stadium was testimony to the fact that Perth is the world’s most isolated continental city and suffers from an extreme lack of Rugby Union test matches.

Deprived Western Australian rugby union fans were given a fortuitous respite with the first Bledisloe match of 2019 being held at the new Optus Stadium.

To the disappointment of the New Zealand fans in the crowd and in Navy itself, the evening turned out to be a spectacle of Wallaby brilliance with Australia running out 47-26 winners.

Unfortunately for Australia, the Kiwi’s win at Eden Park in the follow-up match meant New Zealand hold onto the Cup for at least another year.

Imagery is available on the Navy Image Gallery: https://images.navy.gov.au/S20191935.