Kuttabul anchors the win

Published on CPL Mark Doran (author), ABIS Chantell Brown (photographer)

Location(s): Alexandria, NSW

Petty Officer Mark Honey and Chief Petty Officer Michael Mackenzie from HMAS Kuttabul prepare to block a shot from HMAS Albatross at the annual Red Anchor volleyball competition.


 (photo: ABIS Chantell Brown)
Petty Officer Mark Honey and Chief Petty Officer Michael Mackenzie from HMAS Kuttabul prepare to block a shot from HMAS Albatross at the annual Red Anchor volleyball competition.

HMAS Kuttabul dominated the annual Red Anchor volleyball competition in Sydney in mid August.

Nearly 140 sailors from ships and bases across New South Wales formed 16 teams to compete for the prestigious trophy.

Kuttabul defeated HMAS Watson 25-10 in the final while HMAS Success placed third.

Kuttabul team captain Chief Petty Officer Michael Mackenzie said the competition was tough and the biggest threat to their team was HMAS Albatross.

“If we hadn’t managed to beat them we would have not made it to the finals,” Chief Petty Officer Mackenzie said.

“We were mucking around and were beaten by the other Kuttabul team which meant we had to get our points back.”

The round robin tournament held at the All Sort Fitness and Wellbeing Centre was organised with two pools and games of six minutes designed to keep it fast paced.

Chief Petty Officer Mackenzie said he had been playing volleyball with Navy since 1991.

“The standard of many players was high and I could have easily put together an interservice team with the available talent,” he said.

“Able Seaman Nick Rusling, Leading Seaman Owen Huth, Petty Officer Mark Honey, Leading Seaman Paul Brown and I have the experience of playing together before, so we combined well to win the competition.”

Watson team manager Able Seaman Corey Evans said there was a vibrant atmosphere through to the last a game of the competition.

“The Red Anchor competition is fantastic because it gets all the players together,” Able Seaman Evans said.

“Our team had a lot of fun, and we surprised ourselves by making it to the finals.

“We didn’t do any practice, we just showed up on the day and everyone in the team put in their best effort.

“Seaman Jack Scott is a former state player so he ran the show on the court and stood out for the skills he displayed.”

Imagery is available on the Navy Image Library at http://images.navy.gov.au/S20152237.