Navy dominates Air Force in AFL curtain raiser

Published on LEUT Samantha Dudley (author), CPOIS David Connolly (photographer)

Location(s): Subiaco, Perth

Topic(s): Australian Rules Football

Members of the Air Force and Navy Australian Football League (AFL) sides that played in the curtain raiser match prior to the AFL Round 17 clash between the Sydney Swans and the West Coast Eagles. (photo: CPOIS David Connolly)
Members of the Air Force and Navy Australian Football League (AFL) sides that played in the curtain raiser match prior to the AFL Round 17 clash between the Sydney Swans and the West Coast Eagles.

Before the West Coast Eagles and Sydney Swans took to the field at Patersons Stadium for the HMAS Sydney (II) Memorial Match, Navy and Air Force enjoyed the opportunity of playing the curtain raiser.

Navy dominated Air Force 16.15 (111) to 2.2 (14).

Navy team Coach, Chief Petty Officer Brent Irving said that it was a genuine privilege for the ADF footballers to play at Patersons Stadium and an honour to be involved in a day that serves to remember fallen heroes.

“A number of the ADF players were involved in the 2012 curtain raiser to the Sydney (II) Memorial Match. To be involved two years running and play both years at Patersons Stadium is an incredible opportunity,” he said.

Despite the score line, Air Force team Coach, Flight Sergeant Luke Stevens said the Air Force players still had a great day.

Sailors from HMAS Stirling and Training Ship Cockburn at the front of Patersons Stadium in Subiaco collecting donations for Legacy prior to the clash between the Sydney Swans and the West Coast Eagles.

Sailors from HMAS Stirling and Training Ship Cockburn at the front of Patersons Stadium in Subiaco collecting donations for Legacy prior to the clash between the Sydney Swans and the West Coast Eagles.

“We will definitely have to improve our form for next year,” he said.

“But, at the end of the day, we were just happy to be there and honour the memory of Sydney (II).”

Able Seaman Matthew Kennewell was awarded best and fairest by the umpires and Leading Seaman Daniel Conlin, whose dominating performance saw him kick six goals, won Best on Ground.

Whilst Navy was dominating Air Force inside Patersons Stadium, the two services worked hand in hand outside the stadium to raise funds for Legacy.

35 Navy and Air Force members rattled the tins and buckets at the gate entrances, collecting $9866 for the charity.

The much needed funds will go towards caring for the families of deceased and incapacitated veterans.

Imagery is available on the Royal Australian Navy Media Library at http://images.navy.gov.au/S20130862.