Soccer brings Australian and Thai Navy teams together

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Anthony Martin (author), LSIS Tara Byrne (photographer)

Location(s): Phuket, Thailand

Topic(s): HMAS Toowoomba (F156), Soccer

Soccer teams from HMAS Toowoomba; the Third Naval Area Command Team; and HTMS Sriracha before a match at TK Stadium, Phuket, Thailand. (photo: LSIS Tara Byrne)
Soccer teams from HMAS Toowoomba; the Third Naval Area Command Team; and HTMS Sriracha before a match at TK Stadium, Phuket, Thailand.

The Royal Australian Navy Anzac class Frigate HMAS Toowoomba has conducted a port visit to Phuket, Thailand. During the visit a soccer team from the ship played a friendly match with a team from the Thai Navy.

The Toowoomba team was led onto the regional sports field at Phuket by Able Seaman Electronic Technician Blake Rookledge. Each team turned out in sporting attire, with the Purple Ship’s rig of the Toowoomba team adding a splash of colour to the game.

Both teams had plenty of determination on display. Through the heat and humidity, the game saw each side utilise skill to achieve a goal.

“The heat was a big factor in how we played today, but both sides have enjoyed the game and I am very proud of how every player performed considering the warm conditions,” Able Seaman Electronics Technician Rookledge said.

On completion of the game both teams exchanged gifts and reflected on how each side performed. Friendships were made and all of those involved looked forward to future opportunities to join in sporting activities.

HMAS Toowoomba visited Phuket as part of an East Asian Deployment that included a contribution to Exercise LA PEROUSE in the Indian Ocean, and conducting port visits in the region.

Imagery is available on the Defence Image Gallery:
http://images.defence.gov.au/ S20191403.