The Kompong Speu Global Giving Scorpions took home the coveted CNVLD-ADF Volleyball Trophy yesterday after stinging a team from HMAS Darwin in the Annual CNVLD – ADF Volleyball Match.
The CNVLD was honoured again to be invited to the Royal Cambodian Navy – Australian Defence Forces Sports Afternoon at Ream Naval Base on 22nd September continuing a tradition that began in 2005 with the first ever match against the crew from the HMAS Adelaide. For the last two matches, the CNVLD has been represented by the Kompong Speu Global Giving Scorpions.
The Royal Cambodian Navy – Australian Defence Sports afternoon is an event in the greatest tradition of affirming bonds of friendship and solidarity between nations through the unique power of sport. Attended by the Admiral of the Royal Cambodian Navy and his senior officers, the Commander of the HMAS Darwin, the Australian Ambassador to Cambodia and the Australian Military Attaches to Cambodia Office, the event is nonetheless an opportunity for everyone to enjoy the sea air.
he HMAS Darwin team arrived on the court looking the business resplendent in their official team uniforms with at least three players over 6 feet and a healthy row of substitutes. Never a team to buckle to nerves or appearance, the Scorpions quickly set about dissecting the HMAS Darwin crew with a rapid succession of bullet velocity spikes.
Before HMAS Darwin could blink the first match was crisply concluded 25-5. The Scorpions refused to let up on the esteemed visitors however and swiped the second match 25-09. After a quick refreshment break and a healthy rotation of substitutes, the Aussies gelled and threatened to take the initiative as the early stages of the third match stayed neck and neck. But the Scorpions aren’t the currently ranked #2 team in the 2009 Cellcard National Volleyball League for nothing and Sarath’s domination at the net ably assisted by veteran Phat Yoy saw the Cambodians cruise through to victory 25-15.
The Cambodian Navy also fielded a volleyball team for the first time this year and all were eager to test their skills against the mighty Scorpions. After their comprehensive defeat at the hands of Scorpions the HMAS Darwin team quickly recruited Pin Sarath, Phat Yoy and Im Phiream to join their team for their match against the Cambodian Navy. The Navy team were determined to put up a spirited fight against the ‘chunpikar’ outsiders and displayed great tenacity though to little avail as the joint CNVLD-ADF team won the match 25-23 to the huge delight of team and supporters alike.
Later in the afternoon, the HMAS Darwin football team ground out a 2-1 victory over the Cambodian Navy team to take home the Cambodian – ADF Football trophy for the first time in the 5 year history of the event.
Scorpions Coach Pin Sarath was presented the unique Armed Art trophy manufactured from destroyed weapons by Australian Ambassador to Cambodia Margaret Adamson and Australian Defence Attache Alan Davies and was also presented an honorary HMAS Darwin sports kit by the crew.
The event garnered considerable local media coverage with TV crews from CTN, TV5, Bayon TV and TVK all in attendance. The CNVLD was also accompanied by a Finnish documentary film crew from Finland who are making a 30 minute film on the CNVLD focusing on the lives and athletic endeavours of the Kompong Speu Global Giving Scorpions.
The CNVLD wishes to express its gratitude to the Australian Defence Forces and the Commander and Crew of HMAS Darwin, the Royal Cambodian Navy and Australian Ambassador to Cambodia Margaret Adamson for their continued support and friendship to the Athletes with a Disability of Cambodia.
So until next year………………………