Sirius’ soccer stars marvel in Malaysia

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Theresa Swift (author), POML-C William Millward (photographer)

Location(s): Kuantan, Malaysia

Topic(s): HMAS Sirius (A266), Soccer, Indo-Pacific Endeavour

Soccer players from HMAS Sirius and the Royal Malaysian Navy after a friendly match in Kuantan, Malaysia. (photo: POML-C William Millward)
Soccer players from HMAS Sirius and the Royal Malaysian Navy after a friendly match in Kuantan, Malaysia.

HMAS Sirius arrived in Kuantan, Malaysia recently to conduct a port visit as part of the Indo-Pacific Endeavour task group deployment.

Commanding Officer Sirius, Commander Michael Oborn said a highlight of the visit kicked off with a very successful and friendly soccer match between Sirius and the Royal Malaysian Navy.

“The entire ship’s company were transported to the local base and hosted by the Chief of Staff, Captain Anuar and his team,” Commander Oborn said.

“The soccer spectacle was enlivened at half time with an aerobics style dance exhibition run by the Malaysian Navy Physical Trainer accompanied by both Malaysian and Sirius personnel.”

Sirius also put on a display of Australian Rules Football for the assembled personnel which was met with much interest.

After going into half-time 1-0 down, Sirius successfully levelled the scores in the second half, with the end result being a hard fought 1-1 draw.

“While the soccer, dancing and Aussie Rules were fun, the most important and satisfying opportunity was getting to meet our Malaysian counterparts and to build our camaraderie,” Commander Oborn said.

Australian Navy ships routinely operate with other navies to build relationships and develop compatible procedures.