Sydney team battles the heat to tackle the Wombats

Published on LSIS Dove Smithett (author and photographer)

Location(s): Singapore

Topic(s): Australian Rules Football, Exercise BERSAMA SHIELD, HMAS Sydney (IV)

HMAS Sydney and Singapore Wombats Australian Rules teams compete for the ball during a friendly game played at Singapore. (photo: LSIS Dove Smithett)
HMAS Sydney and Singapore Wombats Australian Rules teams compete for the ball during a friendly game played at Singapore.

HMAS Sydney’s Australian Rules Football team battled it out with the Singapore Wombats on a whopping 34 degree day in 80 percent humidity in Singapore on 24 May, during the shore phase of Exercise BERSAMA SHIELD 2014.

Sydney’s squad of 14 men and 1 woman was led by Petty Officer Maritime Logistics - Chef Linden Mooney.

Sydney came together as a team today, against a well drilled Wombats outfit,” said the team captain.

The Singapore Wombats were established 21 years ago and comprises of 25 expat Australians that have a great love of the game.

“It is always a pleasure to have a friendly match with the Navy when they come to town. HMAS Sydney played a hard fought game,” said Wombats Captain, Ben Hart.

Petty Officer Mooney agreed with Hart’s assessment.

Sydney met the Wombats with courage and finished with superb integrity,” Petty Officer Mooney said.

While the end score will be kept as a closely held secret, it was unfortunately clear that the Singapore Wombats had the locals’ advantage.

Imagery is available on the Royal Australian Navy Image Library at http://images.navy.gov.au/S20141482.

HMAS Sydney and Singapore Wombats Australian Rules teams before they battle it out on the football oval in Singapore.

HMAS Sydney and Singapore Wombats Australian Rules teams before they battle it out on the football oval in Singapore.