Members of Real Property Operations Section Esquimalt and Pacific Region participated in an annual Slo-Pitch softball tournament, “Cock of the Walk” at CFB Esquimalt. RP-Ops competed against six other naval units from across the base throughout the week of the tournament. Little did the other units know the only non-naval team would be taking the trophy home at the end of the week.
RP-Ops Esquimalt had a slow start, starting with only two nights of practice as a team before the tournament begun. During the round robin the team only won two of the six games played, just barely making the quarterfinals of the tournament. However, with fantastic coaching from the team leader MCpl James Burris, the RP-Ops team started to get in the groove and turned the games around by consistently fielding the ball well on defence. The team started winning every single game from this point on, beating HMCS Winnipeg in the semi-finals scoring 18-5 and taking the trophy home with a score of 22-16 in the finals against Fleet Diving Unit Pacific.
This sporting event was not only a great way for our military members to stay active, but initiate comradery between members of the unit, building Esprit de Corps, fostering team work, and developing a stronger relationship between Section Esquimalt and Region Pacific. Congratulations to RP-Ops Esquimalt for taking home the “Cock of the Walk” trophy with pride.