Stonehaven Cup returns to Albatross

Published on Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), ABIS Alan Lancaster (photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Albatross, NSW

Topic(s): HMAS Albatross, Sport

L-R: Petty Officer Physical Trainer Chris Vale; HMAS Albatross Ships Warrant Officer David Larter; Commanding Officer HMAS Albatross, Captain Gordon Andrew, RAN; and Leading Seaman Physical Trainer Ryan Eatt with the Stonehaven Cup. (photo: ABIS Alan Lancaster)
L-R: Petty Officer Physical Trainer Chris Vale; HMAS Albatross Ships Warrant Officer David Larter; Commanding Officer HMAS Albatross, Captain Gordon Andrew, RAN; and Leading Seaman Physical Trainer Ryan Eatt with the Stonehaven Cup.

The Stonehaven Cup was originally presented to HMAS Albatross in 1929 by John Lawrence Baird, 1st Viscount Shoalhaven, GCMG, DSO, eighth Governor-General of Australia, for an annual competition between Albatross units to develop teamwork, camaraderie and athleticism amongst both Defence and civilian personnel.

The competition languished for many years but was reinvigorated in 2013 with a monthly program of sporting events which kicked off in June with a game touch football, which attracted 80 participants from throughout HMAS Albatross.

Teams went on to compete in monthly games of badminton, basketball, cricket and soccer and the competition finished with the Albatross Carnival on 18 December.

There were 16 challenges across four events in a wide variety of activities which included Aquatics ( freestyle, tyre tube swim, underwater trek and medley relay), Athletics (7 legged race, leopard crawl, mop javelin and 4x100m dash), Strongman (keg toss, Hercules hold, trailer push) and Side Show Alley (rubbish bin duck dive, egg and spoon obstacle, rugby target throw).

At the end of the Carnival 808 Squadron were declared Stonehaven Cup winners.

Albatross Physical Training Instructor, Petty Officer Chris Vale said the carnival was a fantastic day.

“The variety of sports on offer meant that everyone had a chance to participate, the Aquatic section was particularly popular for both spectators and participants and the Strongman section was also a hit.”

“The main success of the competition was that it gave us the opportunity to reinvigorate sport at Albatross on an interdepartmental level and to also bring back a forgotten piece of history - the Stonehaven Cup was originally contested onboard HMAS Albatross in the 1920s and 1930s, and we’re really pleased to keep this tradition and sporting culture alive.”

Executive Officer HMAS Albatross, Commander Matt Bradley passes the ball before being touched during the Stonehaven Cup touch rugby match at HMAS Albatross.

Executive Officer HMAS Albatross, Commander Matt Bradley passes the ball before being touched during the Stonehaven Cup touch rugby match at HMAS Albatross.