Touch football brings shipmates together

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Ben Robinson (author), CPL Julia Whitwell (photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Harman

Topic(s): HMAS Harman, Touch football

Ms Kristy Ward from the Defence Force Recruiting team was named Most Valuable Player in the 2018 HMAS Harman Touch Football Championships. (photo: CPL Julia Whitwell)
Ms Kristy Ward from the Defence Force Recruiting team was named Most Valuable Player in the 2018 HMAS Harman Touch Football Championships.

Teamwork and esprit de corps were common themes during the annual Touch Football Championships at HMAS Harman recently.

Teams from across the Canberra region played it out for the title on the Harman sporting fields in perfect weather.

Competition organiser Petty Officer Physical Training Instructor Simon Horner said the day was about team-building, enjoying an opportunity to get out from behind the desk and take part in friendly competition. 

“The teams took this to heart and the friendly rivalry was apparent during pool matches where there was no clear-cut favourite. 

“The finals came down to the wire and a countback was needed to decide who would progress to the semi-finals,” Petty Officer Horner said.

HMAS Harman Commanding Officer, Commander David Luck said that sporting events, including touch football competitions and the recent Canberra-wide cricket match, are an important means of building a strong identity as ship’s company - reinvigorating a sense of mess life and building strong esprit de corps.

“In a region like Canberra where our ship’s company is spread far and wide, building and sustaining a sense of identity is critical,” he said.

“Navy success in capability development, in mission and in support relies upon teamwork - and teamwork is founded upon belonging, identity and contribution. 

“Through organised ‘sporties’, regular unit physical training, being active in the local mess and participating in the activity of ship’s company beyond the immediate Directorate, we are building a healthy and capable Navy. It was great to see the participation today,” Commander Luck said. 

The grand final was a spectator’s dream and came down to tactics and patience, as two Navy People Career Management Agency (NPCMA) teams put their trust in a solid defence. 

Bragging rights went to NPCMA Team One clinching the game with a try, one minute before the final siren.

The Physical Training Instructor Most Valuable Player Award went to Miss Kristy Ward from the Defence Force Recruiting Team.