Navy Football Federation Australia continued its commitment to forge stronger ties with the broader Australian football community by participating in the 2019 Johnny Warren Cup last weekend.
Seventy-seven teams took part in the cup in five separate divisions, with three men’s and two women's leagues.
The tournament, in its 22nd consecutive year, is run by the Johnny Warren Football Foundation in the New South Wales town of Jamberoo - a place that was close to the heart of the former Socceroos captain Johnny Warren.
The Navy Ladies went into the seven-a-side tournament as hot favourites, having won the hotly-contested event in 2018, but were unable to defend the title against some very strong opposition.
The Ladies won two games and lost two, but couldn’t save themselves from being knocked out before the final rounds, despite a 7-0 win in their last game.
Despite the team’s loss, Seaman Madi Warren was a standout on the pitch, demonstrating outstanding skill in her first small-sided tournament for the Navy Ladies.
The stand out player for the Navy Veterans (men's) team was Lieutenant Tim Baillie, but like their teammates on the ladies side, the vets were knocked out before the finals with a draw, a loss and a win recorded on their team sheet.
Veteran Navy Ladies player Chief Petty Officer Dani Williams said the Navy footballers loved playing in tournaments like the Johnny Warren Cup.
“While the results didn’t play in our favour today, it is always a pleasure participating in these community tournaments and representing Navy,” Chief Petty Officer Williams said.
She said the Navy teams would now set their sights on preparing for upcoming tournaments.
“The next events we work towards are the Australian Defence Force Futsal carnival in mid-February and the Forster Vikings six-a-side Challenge in early March.”
Serving members of the navy who are interested in playing for Navy at these upcoming tournaments should register their interest at firstname.lastname@example.org.