Toowoomba rugby takes on the Orcas

This article has photo gallery Published on Department of Defence (author), CMDR Stuart Watters (photographer)

Location(s): Lumut, Malaysia

Topic(s): HMAS Toowoomba (F156), Rugby Union, Indo-Pacific Endeavour

HMAS Toowoomba players in the purple and yellow rugby shirts pose with their opponents from the Royal Malaysian Navy in a friendly match at Lumut, Malaysia. (photo: CMDR Stuart Watters)
HMAS Toowoomba players in the purple and yellow rugby shirts pose with their opponents from the Royal Malaysian Navy in a friendly match at Lumut, Malaysia.
In a sultry twilight rugby match held on Lumut Naval Base in Malaysia, HMAS Toowoomba’s rugby team took on the might of the Royal Malaysian Navy team, the ‘Orcas’.
 
Commanding Officer of HMAS Toowoomba, Commander Stuart Watters said it was a tightly-fought battle.
 
However, the Toowoomba team went down valiantly 15-14 to the better team on the night with ball retention the critical factor in the game.
 
“The rugby game provided a chance for Toowoomba sailors to stretch their legs before departing Lumut for their next port in the Indo-Pacific Endeavour deployment,” he said.
 
The game was held on the final day of MASTEX 17, a bilateral maritime exercise held between the Royal Australian Navy and Royal Malaysian Navy.
 
Petty Officer Combat Systems Supervisor - Underwater Mark Skinner the game was a reflection of the relationships being built on the trip.
 
“It was a really tough game against a very experienced opposition, but it was played in the right spirit,” Petty Officer Skinner said.
 
After the final whistle, the teams came together for a traditional BBQ and Toowoomba presented the Orcas with a rugby shirt to commemorate the game.
 
Earlier in the week, crew from Toowoomba had also competed against the Malaysian participating units in the coveted MASTEX Cup.
 
The events included a tug-of-war competition, volleyball game and a touch football match against the Royal Malaysian Navy.