Inaugural cup remembers a shipmate

Published on CPO Rohan Jennings (author), ABIS James McDougall (photographer)

From the left, Warrant Officer Dale Grainger, Christine Von Senden, HMAS Cerberus Ship's Warrant Officer, Warrant Officer Brendan Woodsell, OAM, Warrant Officer Robert Bohm and Mr Col Dowd at the Warrant Officer and Senior Sailors Mess golf day at the HMAS Cerberus Golf Club, Victoria. (photo: ABIS James McDougall)
From the left, Warrant Officer Dale Grainger, Christine Von Senden, HMAS Cerberus Ship's Warrant Officer, Warrant Officer Brendan Woodsell, OAM, Warrant Officer Robert Bohm and Mr Col Dowd at the Warrant Officer and Senior Sailors Mess golf day at the HMAS Cerberus Golf Club, Victoria.

The annual Warrant Officer and Senior Sailors' Mess Golf Day held at the HMAS Cerberus Golf Club, is a long standing tradition among current and ex-serving members having been established in 1953. 

For many, the most recent competition held a special significance as the existing ‘Chief’s Mess’ trophy was replaced by the Allan Von Senden Memorial Cup. 

Lieutenant Commander Allan Von Senden passed away in June 2014 after battling cancer. During his 38 years service he was posted to Cerberus for 12 and had been both a member of the mess and president of the golf club. As a Physical Trainer, Lieutenant Commander Von Senden enjoyed all sports, but golf was his passion.

Allan's wife, Mrs Christine Von Senden, who also spent many years working at Cerberus as the Executive Officer’s Assistant, travelled from Western Australia to present the inaugural Allan Von Senden Cup.

“As Allan had won the event several times, it was voted that the cup should be renamed in his honour and I think he would have been proud to know he meant so much to his friends and the community here,” Mrs Von Senden said.

The tournament winner, Warrant Officer Musician Dale Granger, came in with 43 stableford points, just tipping out Chief Petty Officer Communications Information Systems Mark Baker with 42 points.  

The other major award of the day was the Col Dowd Shield.  Warrant Officer Quarter Master Gunner Colin Dowd donated this trophy when he retired in 1999 and was the outgoing Mess President at the time. The Shield was won by Warrant Officer Maritime Logistics - Chef Robert Bohm, with 41 points.

Lieutenant Commander Von Senden was admired by many throughout the Navy community and through the Allan Von Senden Memorial Cup will continue to be part of the Cerberus family for years to come.

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