The International Fleet Review Sports Carnival was contested on Thursday 10 October. 350 people turned up to Macquarie University sports ground to watch or participate in the coveted Mons Cup rugby union competition involving 10 Australian and international teams. In a well contested physical game HMAS Albatross won the Mons Cup against a combined HMAS Perth and HMAS Parramatta rugby team, 7-0.
Over at Randwick Barracks the IFR tug of war and soccer competitions got underway with 21 teams from 12 nations, totalling 500 people. HMAS Kuttabul came out the victor of the Albatross/Nirimba cup, winning the soccer final against HMAS Huon, 2-0.
The crew of Nigerian warship NNS Thunder overpowered HMS Daring in the IFR tug of war, accepting the Lockheed Martin sponsored trophy with a tribal war cry!
The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) team also polished off HMS Daring’s team in the netball with 39-16 goals at the final whistle blow. And to cap it off, the IFR ‘Ashes’ 20/20 match between the RAN and Royal Navy was taken out by the home side with a resounding 140-48 run victory.
Not all sporting endeavours however were held on land, with the RAN Sailing Association (RANSA) hosting the IFR Sailing Regatta the previous day. Over 70 boats vied to win the Sydney Harbour yacht race with Incognito crossing the line first. The inaugural Rear Admiral Nigel Coates AM memorial trophy, which had been specially crafted from salvaged timber from HMAS Penguin’s wharf by sailors from the Navy Sailing Association, was presented to the skipper by Mrs Vickie Coates. Catering was provided for the Sailing Regatta, Mons Cup rugby and soccer competitions by the Australian Defence Credit Union.
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