Friendship built through sport in Philippines

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Dhananjay Gangurde (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

Location(s): Subic Bay, Philippines

Topic(s): HMAS Arunta (F151)

A friendly sports day consisting of basketball and an introduction to cricket was held during a port visit by HMAS Arunta and Sirius to Subic Bay, Philippines. (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)
A friendly sports day consisting of basketball and an introduction to cricket was held during a port visit by HMAS Arunta and Sirius to Subic Bay, Philippines.

The ships' companies of HMAS Sirius and Arunta joined forces for a sports day with young trainees from the Philippine Naval Education and Training Centre during the ships' ongoing North East Asian deployment.

In what was to be a couple of exciting basketball matches, HMAS Arunta first lined up against the Philippine Navy.  The lead see-sawed throughout the entirety of the match before Seaman Daniel Carr of HMAS Arunta had the opportunity to level the scores right on the buzzer.  Unfortunately for Arunta the ball didn’t drop leaving the home side to escape with a narrow 50-48 victory.

 Seaman Boatswains Mate Daniel Carr goes for a basket in a friendly basketball game between the Australian and Philippine Navies during a port visit by HMAS Arunta and Sirius to Subic Bay, Philippines. HMAS Arunta and Sirius arrive at Subic Bay, Philippines for port visit during the ships North East Asian Deployment. During this deployment the Task Group will operate with various HMA Ships and foreign military units from India, Malaysia, South Korea, Japan, China and Indonesia.

Seaman Boatswains Mate Daniel Carr goes for a basket in a friendly basketball game between the Australian and Philippine Navies during a port visit by HMAS Arunta and Sirius to Subic Bay, Philippines.

After a short break the Philippine Navy was back on the court to take on the might of the tanker, HMAS Sirius.  As was the case with the first match, this match was also to be a close affair with the home side once again coming away with the spoils.

Sports Officer for Arunta, Lieutenant James Hill said the Filipino sailors were very enthusiastic about competing against the Australians.

"The games were played in great spirit with supporters from both navies cheering on their teams, unfortunately for the Aussie basketballers the skill level of the opposition was just too good on the day," Lieutenant Hill said.

In addition to the basketball match, members from both navies participated in some friendly games of touch football, soccer and cricket. Although cricket and touch football are not as common as basket ball and soccer in the Philippines, members of the Australian Navy showed great enthusiasm in coaching the local trainees in the basics, resulting in the hosts being able to enjoy the popular Aussie games.

Regardless of the result on and off the court, the Australian Navy definitely succeeded in their mission of winning friends and strengthening the relationship with the Philippine Navy.
 
The port visit in Subic Bay completed on 11 October.