Navy takes on Albany Sharks in AFL

Published on LEUT Mick Wheeler (author), LSIS Jayson Tufrey (author and photographer), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

Location(s): Albany, WA

Team Captains, (left) from Albany Football Club Jack Banks and Petty Officer Physical Trainer Alex Leahy before the Aussie Rules football match at Collingwood Park, Albany. (photo: LSIS Jayson Tufrey)
Team Captains, (left) from Albany Football Club Jack Banks and Petty Officer Physical Trainer Alex Leahy before the Aussie Rules football match at Collingwood Park, Albany.

As the weekend of Anzac commemorative activity in Albany drew towards a close, Navy put together a team of Aussie Rules players to take on the local Albany Sharks team at Collingwood Park in Albany.
 
In what was a fast-paced and a good game to watch, the locals won the day 13-9-87 to Navy's 7-7-49. Best on ground for Navy were Leading Seaman Simon Horner, Lieutenant Josh Sims and Petty Officer Alex Leahy.

Petty Officer Adam Bamford, Manager of the Navy team commented that the game was a fantastic way to complete the weekend in Albany for Navy.

As part of the Albany Convoy Commemorative Event, Director General Navy Communications and Co-ordination Captain Shane Craig, RAN tosses the coin at the Aussie Rules game Navy and the Albany Sharks.

As part of the Albany Convoy Commemorative Event, Director General Navy Communications and Co-ordination Captain Shane Craig, RAN tosses the coin at the Aussie Rules game Navy and the Albany Sharks.


“It’s great to be here in Albany playing footy for the 100th anniversary of the Anzacs leaving our shores.

“It’s unbelievable to be a part of these commemorations. The march yesterday was an amazing experience, and watching the ship sail-past yesterday with the locals was great to see too,” Petty Officer Bamford said.

The effort of the local team to get the game on the calendar was appreciated by the Navy team.

“The highlight here is definitely the coming together of Navy and the community, a lot of effort has gone into making this happen but it is very worthwhile,” Petty Officer Bamford said.

Petty Officer Josh Frazer who also assisted in managing the team felt that the Albany Sharks organized the day in a way that recognized the significance of the occasion.

Lieutenant Josh Sims, RAN signs a football after the game as part of the Albany Convoy Commemorative Event. A team comprising of Officers and sailors from the visiting Royal Australian Navy warships played a game of Aussie Rules against the Albany Sharks.

Lieutenant Josh Sims, RAN signs a football after the game as part of the Albany Convoy Commemorative Event. A team comprising of Officers and sailors from the visiting Royal Australian Navy warships played a game of Aussie Rules against the Albany Sharks.


“The Albany Sharks put on a fantastic day; they observed a minutes silence, played the national anthem and even supplied the jerseys.

The game was played in great spirits,” Petty Officer Frazer said.

Whilst it is always nice to win, Petty Officer Fraser acknowledged the determined effort that the Navy team put up.

Sharks Football team, Navy Team, Officials and Dignitaries prior to the Albany Convoy Commemorative Event Aussie Rules friendly game. As part of the Albany Convoy Commemorative Event a team comprising of Officers and sailors from the visiting Royal Australian Navy warships played a game of Aussie Rules against the Albany Sharks.

Sharks Football team, Navy Team, Officials and Dignitaries prior to the Albany Convoy Commemorative Event Aussie Rules friendly game. As part of the Albany Convoy Commemorative Event a team comprising of Officers and sailors from the visiting Royal Australian Navy warships played a game of Aussie Rules against the Albany Sharks.


“Our team had never played, or even trained together as we were made up from four ships - HMA Ships Arunta, Anzac, Stuart and Sirius who are currently visiting Albany for the Albany Convoy Commemorative Event,” said Petty Officer Fraser.

“With true Anzac grit and determination our boys battled through to the end, and unfortunately went down to a younger and more mobile side.”

Imagery is available on the Navy Image Library at http://images.navy.gov.au/S20143244.