The 22nd Father Mac Cup was won convincingly by the HMAS Albatross Australian Rules Team at Randwick Army Barracks in Sydney last week.
Three teams representing HMAS Albatross, HMAS Kuttabul and HMAS Waterhen played off in the Eastern Australian Area Father Macdonald Cup, Australian Rules Competition for the trophy named after a colourful former Navy Chaplain. Father Macdonald, whose passion for the game ensured that he was almost certainly the only priest who had to front a tribunal for his over enthusiastic barracking, would certainly have relished the commitment shown last week.
While the Kuttabul side performed admirably over the course of the day, it was Albatross and Waterhen who made it to the Grand Final of the round robin competition, overseen this year by Kuttabul Leading Seaman Physical Training Instructor Darin Trudgett.
Albatross went into the final as favourites after winning the trophy 21 times since the first one in 1976 - although some informed commentators may have fancied Waterhen’s chances after HMAS Penguin Dive School Clearance Diver Seaman Adrian Hewson took his place in the Waterhen side.
Albatross continued their winning streak, coming out eventual victors over Waterhen 38 to 26, with SMN Hewson winning the Best and Fairest Trophy named after another Chaplain and former President of the HMAS Cerberus Australian Rules Club, the Father Dempsey Trophy.