Canberran Cricket hits off a successful match

This article has photo gallery Published on SBLT Samuel Penfold (author), POIS Phil Cullinan (photographer)

Location(s): Sir Victor Smith Oval

Topic(s): HMAS Harman, Cricket

Winning team of the HMAS Harman Commanding Officer's cricket team after receiving the trophy on completion of the annual cricket match. (photo: POIS Phil Cullinan)
Winning team of the HMAS Harman Commanding Officer's cricket team after receiving the trophy on completion of the annual cricket match.

Every year in Canberra, Navy officers and sailors from the region test their mettle competing for victory in the HMAS Harman Commanding Officer’s versus Executive Officer’s cricket match.

On 22 February members had the chance to take some respite from the demanding first few weeks of the year, with each team allocated 20 overs to score as many runs as possible.

The officers from Canberra played in one side, with the sailors playing for the other, and the Physical Training Staff from Harman coordinating proceedings for the day.

The Commanding Officer’s 11, managed by Chaplain David Thiem, denied the Executive Officer’s team, managed by Chief Petty Officer Marine Technician Darren Tobler, a second straight victory winning with just three balls to spare at the base's Sir Victor Smith Oval. 

The Executive 11 set a solid 131 for victory off 20 overs on what was a very slow wicket. The Commanding 11 started strong belting the ball into all corners of the park, but as the temperature rose the runs began to dry up. 

Wides and no-balls were the greatest enemy for the Executive side as this only assisted the Commanding side in the run chase. 

Commander Jenny Macklin hit the winning runs to steer the Commander's 11 to a jubilant victory and secure the trophy for 2017 with the Executive side taking home the battered ball. 

A great day was had by all and marked another successful event on the Harman sporting calendar, with the Best and Fairest being awarded to Lieutenant Commander Scott Northey, scoring the mandatory retirement of 31 runs, and bowling 0/13 off two overs.

The match is held at such a time in the year that new joiners to the different establishments throughout Canberra can bond with the members posted prior to their arrival.

Aside from giving Harman’s crew a day of relaxation and enjoyment, this and similar activities that occur throughout Navy’s shore establishments and fleet promote an ethos of fitness, teamwork and resilience.

This translates to the workplace and enhances the capability within Navy. 

Fitness is a key part of any establishment or ship within Navy, as it enhances the wellbeing and development individually and of the team, to create a workforce motivated and proficient at working together.