Successeroos upset Singapore

Published on LCDR Alfonso Santos (author), LSMT Cameron Campbell (photographer)

Location(s): Sembawang, Singapore

Topic(s): Soccer, HMAS Success (OR 304), Indo-Pacific Endeavour

Members of HMAS Success compete against the Security Guards of Sembawang Naval Base in Singapore during a post visit as part of INDO-PACIFIC ENDEAVOUR 2019. (photo: LSMT Cameron Campbell)
Members of HMAS Success compete against the Security Guards of Sembawang Naval Base in Singapore during a post visit as part of INDO-PACIFIC ENDEAVOUR 2019.

Not many people know about the relationship the soccer players of HMAS Success have forged with members of the security police at Singapore’s Sembawang Wharves.

Over the past decade, the two teams have battled it out in what has mostly been a one-sided affair in favour of the Singaporeans’ Installations Auxiliary Police Force.

During the recent port visit by the INDO-PACIFIC ENDEAVOUR 2019 joint task group, the tables were turned by what can only be described as a formidable and passionate Success team.

The team, led by Petty Officer Shaun Taylor, pulled off a huge upset to beat the home side 4-3 in a hard-fought contest.

It was a welcome result for the Australians after last year’s 0-4 loss.

“Both teams played well but we were determined to win because this is the last game that we’ll play as Team Success, given the ship decommissions at the end of next month,” Petty Officer Taylor said.

Player of the Match was jointly awarded to Able Seaman Ricky Thompson – who scored a hat-trick – and Seaman Matthew Davies, who was outstanding in goals.

Leading Seaman Luke Cunningham, a long-time member of the team, said the game was played in great spirits.

“While we had a great win today, the best part was catching up with familiar faces who always make us feel welcome,” Leading Seaman Cunningham said.