A spirited effort from Navy’s Tiger Sharks ice hockey team was not enough to overcome Army and Air Force in the rink at this year’s annual Defence tournament.
The carnival, at Penrith Ice Palace in Sydney from November 18-24, was the fourth for the ADF Ice Hockey Association (ADFIHA).
Incoming ADFIHA President, Captain Matt Doornbos said Navy was affected by a high operational tempo this year.
“With a large number of our regular team deployed in support of Operation APEC 2018 ASSIST, the Tiger Sharks had plenty of ice time due to a short bench,” CAPT Doornbos said.
“Despite the high workload, fantastic camaraderie was displayed by our players with a standout performance by the team’s goalkeeper, Lead Seaman Michael Riley, of HMAS Toowoomba.”
The Tiger Sharks were unable to keep pace with bigger teams from the other services, losing 3-0 to the Army Knights and 5-2 to the Air Force Eagles.
Army shut down Air Force 6-1 in the grand final to claim the trophy for the fourth consecutive year.
LS Riley was not the only Tiger Shark to make the long trip from the west for the tournament. Shipmates Able Seaman Gavin Smith and Lieutenant Commander Fil Hernandez also took part.
“The support we receive from around the fleet through the work release of players is absolutely appreciated,” CAPT Doornbos said.
“We look forward to fielding a full strength team in 2019 and taking home some silverware for Navy.”