Soccer rivalry strong in Singapore

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Topic(s): HMAS Melbourne (F05), HMAS Sirius (A266), Football (Soccer), Indo-Pacific Endeavour

Soccer players from HMAS Sirius in a game against HMAS Melbourne in Singapore as part of IPE17. (photo: Unknown)
Soccer players from HMAS Sirius in a game against HMAS Melbourne in Singapore as part of IPE17.

The conditions could not have been better for a hotly contested game of soccer betwwen HMA Ship’s Melbourne and Sirius, during a recent port visit in Singapore.

Steaming in company as part of the Indo-Pacific Endeavour deployment, Melbourne and Sirius have been inseparable at sea.

However, not even this was enough to cool the rivalry between the two ships on the soccer field. With opportunities to exercise and promote healthy lifestyles and display team spirit, both teams took to the field to battle for bragging rights.

Melbourne led two goals to nil at half-time and in very humid conditions and aftaer a well earned water break, both teams scored early in the second half leaving spectators on the edge of their seats, the match was finally won by Melbourne, five goals to two.

Melbourne’s Commanding Officer, Commander Charles Bourne said that both teams displayed great skills.

“It is great to see that, even after a lengthy period at sea, both teams dug in and put on a true display of talent,” Commander Bourne said.

“You should be exceptionally proud of your efforts and the teamwork and mateship you have brought to this game.”

Keeping fit both at sea and when ashore is an important part of Navy life, helping build endurance for life at sea and encouraging better mental and physical health.

The team from Sirius brought their upbeat attitude and desire to win, whilst Melbourne boasted a loud cheer squad and displayed better skills on the day. 

However, the crew from Sirius were happy to meet face to face with Melbourne on the sporting field, having met many times at sea during the deployment to provide fuel and stores during replenishment at sea activities.

Melbourne and Sirius are due to return to Australia in November.