Kicking goals for Navy football

Published on LCDR Louisa Stodulka (author), LCDR Stephen Cole (photographer)

Location(s): Jamberoo

Topic(s): Sport, Soccer

Members of the Navy Veterans soccer team - (from left) LCDR Stephen Cole (HMAS Albatross); LEUT Ross Leembruggen (RAAF Williamtown); LCDR Jim Ford (HMAS Albatross); PO Nathan Little (Fleet Headquarters); PO Shaun Taylor (HMAS Success); LS Ricky Lea (Fleet Headquarters) and PO Phil Henshaw (HMAS Albatross). (photo: LCDR S Cole)
Members of the Navy Veterans soccer team - (from left) LCDR Stephen Cole (HMAS Albatross); LEUT Ross Leembruggen (RAAF Williamtown); LCDR Jim Ford (HMAS Albatross); PO Nathan Little (Fleet Headquarters); PO Shaun Taylor (HMAS Success); LS Ricky Lea (Fleet Headquarters) and PO Phil Henshaw (HMAS Albatross).
Navy has enjoyed a successful campaign at the Johnny Warren Cup football (soccer) tournament, with the women’s team taking home the first place trophy and the men’s veterans team progressing to the semi-finals.
 
The seven-a-side tournament was held at Jamberoo, New South Wales and hosted more than 750 players from the Central Coast, South Coast and Sydney.
 
Captain of the ladies team, Able Seaman Maritime Logistics-Supply Chain Amanda Carney of HMAS Albatross said Navy football teams have become a force to be reckoned with.
 
“We have had some success here over the past few years and the Navy ladies team is getting a reputation as the favourites in this competition.
 
“This makes us play even harder to ensure we do Navy proud,” she said.
 
The ladies team played free-flowing and skilful football against opposition from New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory before facing Kiama-based outfit Clydett FC in the final. 
 
A goal scored by Able Seaman Aviation Rhianna Lulitanond of HMAS Albatross late in the match secured the Johnny Warren Cup for Navy.
 
The men’s veterans side recorded a win, a loss and a draw for the tournament before being ousted in the semi-final.
 
Lieutenant Commander Stephen Cole of HMAS Albatross said the team enjoyed running onto the pitch for Navy and was unlucky not to progress further.
 
“It is always a great feeling to put on the Navy shirt and represent the service. This sort of competition is great experience and provides a good test for our players”.
 
Players represented Navy from a number of ships and establishments including HMAS Albatross, HMAS Anzac, RAAF Williamtown, HMAS Success and Fleet Headquarters.