Sharks victorious

Published on LS Gerry Kyan (author), ABIS Kayla Hayes (photographer)

2014 Oberon Shield Basketball Champions HMAS Kuttabul (grey) team with the Runner Up team, HMAS Albatross after the championship game, Sydney. (photo: ABIS Kayla Hayes)
2014 Oberon Shield Basketball Champions HMAS Kuttabul (grey) team with the Runner Up team, HMAS Albatross after the championship game, Sydney.

The action was fast and furious at the 2014 EAA Oberon Shield Basketball tournament, held at the All Sorts Fitness and Well Being Centre on 22 October.

Teams from across the Navy competed at a frantic pace with seven minutes per half, and very tight scorelines.

Royal Australian Navy Basketball Association member and HMAS Kuttabul Shark, Leading Seaman Maritime Logistics-Steward Lindsay Russell said it was an intense day of basketball.

"I’m sure there will be a few sore bodies tomorrow," he said.

HMAS Kuttabul player Chief Petty Officer Michael Bidell jumps to the ball before HMAS Waterhen player Able Seaman Marty Reay during the Oberon Shield competition.

HMAS Kuttabul player Chief Petty Officer Michael Bidell jumps to the ball before HMAS Waterhen player Able Seaman Marty Reay during the Oberon Shield competition.

The competition was instigated Leading Seaman Physical Trainer Peter Rode in1987 at HMAS Platypus. The base was the home of the submarine squadron at the time and was named the Oberon Shield. The focus was to invigorate basketball at unit level for Navy personnel which gave greater opportunity for sailors to be selected for inter-service and national basketball competitions.

The final was a closely fought battle between HMAS Albatross and the Kuttabul Sharks, with the Sharks coming from behind in the second half to clinch it 17 to 15.

Commanding Officer HMAS Penguin, Commander Paul Gall, presented the finalists with their medals and awarded the Most Valuable Player for the day to Seaman Maritime Logistics - Supply Chain Lara Pilton.

Leading Seaman Holly Bradshaw and the Penguin PT staff organised the event on behalf of the Royal Australian Navy Basketball Association with the help of the staff at the All Sorts Fitness and Well Being Centre.

The Royal Australian Navy Basketball Association will be hosting the Kings Cup against the RAAF/Army as a pre-game event for the Sydney Kings versus Melbourne United on 20 February 2015 at the Qantas Credit Union Arena.

Commanding Officer HMAS Penguin, Commander Paul Gaul, RAN, presents HMAS Kuttabul team captain Chief Petty Officer Michael Bidell with the Oberon Shield.

Commanding Officer HMAS Penguin, Commander Paul Gaul, RAN, presents HMAS Kuttabul team captain Chief Petty Officer Michael Bidell with the Oberon Shield.

Additional imagery is available at: http://images.navy.gov.au/S20143242.