NUSHIP Brisbane takes out Eastern Australian Area European Handball title

Published on LCDR Warren Lynch (author), LSPTI Jarryd Boyd (photographer)

Location(s): Fleet Base East, Sydney

Topic(s): Fleet Base East, European Handball, HMAS Brisbane (D41)

The NUSHIP Brisbane Winning Team for EAA European Handball 2018. (photo: LSPTI Jarryd Boyd)
The NUSHIP Brisbane Winning Team for EAA European Handball 2018.

Esprit de corps and teamwork were common themes during the annual European Handball Championship held at the Fleet Base East Gym recently. Teams from across the Sydney region played it out for the Eastern Australia Area (EAA) European Handball Champion for 2018.

Competition organiser Leading Seaman Physical Training Instructor James Farquhar said the day was about team-building and enjoying an opportunity to get out from behind the desk and take part in the friendly competition. 

“Twelve teams took part in the event and everyone displayed friendly rivalry. This was apparent during pool matches where there was no clear-cut favourite,” Leading Seaman Farquhar said. 

“The pool games showed excellent skill level with a number of close contests that went down to the wire.”

NUSHIP Brisbane Commanding Officer, Commander Josh Wilson said “the EAA sporting events are a great opportunity to build resilience, demonstrate pride in our ship and build our identity as we work towards Commissioning Brisbane later this year.

“The drive, commitment and determination displayed on the court are the attributes we will take into the ship as we work to bring her into the fleet and commence operating.

“Navy’s success in introducing a complex platform like the Air Warfare Destroyer relies upon teamwork - and teamwork is founded upon belonging, identity and contribution. 

“Through regular unit physical training and the EAA sports program, along with Adventure Training, we are building a capable Navy that is fit to fight. It was great to see the participation today,” Commander Wilson said. 

The grand final was a spectator’s dream and came down to tactics and patience, and was won by the ‘Steel Cats’ from NUSHIP Brisbane defeating HMAS Darwin in the hard fought final, 8-3. Going through undefeated, the Steel Cats showed their prowess on the court.

The Most Valuable Player Award went to ABBM Corey Dyson from the NUSHIP Brisbane team.