HMAS Launceston and members of the Philippine Navy’s Western Command have enjoyed a sports day to celebrating the fifth PN-RAN Combined Maritime Training Activity at Naval Station Apolinario Jalan.
The sports day was preceded by a ‘Boodle Fight’, a traditional Filipino meal served on banana leaves and eaten without cutlery. Upon completion of lunch, Launceston took to the basketball court up against the well-drilled opposition.
Launceston started strong in the first quarter, firing a number of three pointers in quick succession and gaining a comfortable lead. The Filipino side regrouped in the second and third quarters, taking advantage of lacklustre defence and scoring a number of layups on the fast break.
The Philippine Navy’s team held the lead coming into the last quarter, but Seaman Joshua Kelly’s hat-trick of three pointers saw Launceston regain the lead, coming away with a 76-72 victory. Special mention goes to Able Seaman Marko Martino and Scott Hogan for their sharp shooting in attack and LEUT Justin Mellross for his hard work in defence.
After close competition in the basketball, the two sides came head to head in five sets of volleyball. The Filipino side came out strong and won the first two sets with ease. However the Launceston side finally came together gaining much-needed points due to the athleticism and skill of Petty Officer Carl Levinge and Leading Seaman Christine Fine. In the end Launceston managed to edge a 3-2 win.
The sports day was a great success both sides enjoying the afternoon and making new friends.