52 NAVY NEWS, APRIL 2009
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● Up ‘n’ Fratton... AET Jamie Thirkle draws back his left
leg to hammer in his second goal in the 2-1 victory over
the Army at Fratton Park
Picture: LA(Phot) Simmo Simpson, FRPU East
JUST as their professional
counterparts did at Twickenham,
so the RN rugby union 1st XV
dispatched the French on English
soil – but by a far-less-emphatic
A large and vociferous crowd
at Burnaby Road saw the 12-man
RN side hold on to Babcock
Challenge trophy with a 31-
27 victory over their French
counterparts – and take a 4-1
lead in a series which has quickly
become established as a challenge
to match the Inter- Services.
The Marine Nationale set their
stall out early. A deftly-weighted
kick resulted in a score being
awarded to the French, despite
the covering attempts on Navy
fullback Andy Vance. With the
conversion the RN suddenly
found themselves 7-0 down.
However they were soon back
in the game; RN pressure paid
off and a cross kick by fl y half
Rob Lloyd was caught on the
full by fl yer Josh Drauniniu, who
literally fell over the line to score.
Unfortunately the conversion was
This fi rst try was nothing
compared to the RN’s second. In
response to a harsh penalty and
three points conceded, the Navy
RN turn full Thirkle
forwards upped the tempo and
with the better quality possession
the Navy backline had three clear
opportunities to score.
Just when all seemed lost and
the Marine Nationale had pushed
the RN all the way back in to
their own 22, a small opportunity
THE Senior team took the
well, and the score was not a true arose and the Brits pounced.
honours (2-1) at the most
Onside with Capt Paul
refl ection of play. It started with hooker Ben
important game of the
The U19s then travelled to Priddey popping the ball to allow
Waltham Abbey to face the Calum McCrae to hit the hole in
RNFA season – the home
Amateur Football Association the defence at pace. His angled
fi xture against the Army
for their penultimate match run found Navy tighthead John
played at Fratton Park
before departing for their Court who linked with fl yhalf
– life with
in Portsmouth in front of
RAF broke the deadlock, and the After half time the Met raised
annual pilgrimage to the youth Rob Lloyd to take the ball into
competition in Dallas. the French half.
2,000 noisy spectators.
Navy’s hopes, with a well-worked their game, began to contain the
Strong winds and a poor pitch Another deft kick was gathered
The evening was graced by the
goal. Navy, and got a foothold on the
made play diffi cult for both teams. by Marsh Cormack who linked
presence of the First and Second
The RN Seniors pressed game.
The Navy won a corner three with blindside fl anker Gareth
Sea Lords – among many other
exceptionally hard for a deserved Stand-in keeper CPO Wendy
minutes into the game and a set- Jones. As he was tackled he
senior offi cers – and guest of
equaliser but the RAF managed Frame was busy, but without
piece delivery from NA Devlin popped the ball back up to the
honour was Barry Bright, vice
to close out the game to claim the having to pull off any major saves.
(HMS Seahawk) swung the ball move’s instigator, Ben Priddey,
chairman of the FA, while a Royal
win. Our Man of the Match was This was the pattern for the
out to AEM Musumeci on the who ran the fi nal fi ve metres to
Marines Band added the icing on
Logs Shawn Benjamin, on debut next 20 minutes, with both sides
edge of the box. He drilled the ball score and tie the match at 10-10.
at the heart of the Navy defence. trying to get the important “next
through the crowd of players into A needless Navy penalty
The RN totally dominated
The women’s team enjoyed a goal”.
the back of the net. allowed the Marine Nationale to
the fi rst half, and two goals from
2-1 win against the Met Police Surg Lt Ingram had a shot
The Navy applied pressure set up a fi ve-metre lineout and
AET Jamie Thirkle, in the fourth
ladies, where a good performance which just cleared the crossbar,
to the struggling AFA defence exert some concerted pressure.
and 30th minutes, left the home
was as important as the result after after good work by Logs Bro
a couple of heavy defeats. to win the ball from the police left
throughout the fi rst half. AB A couple more penalties were
supporters buzzing at half time.
The team was boosted by back.
Yates (HMS Westminster) stole conceded with the pressure on the
The second period was much
the return of LS Julie Hewitt, On 72 minutes, Frame was
the ball and quickly delivered it Navy line unrelenting. Eventually
tighter, and Navy keeper LPT
although a 36-hour trip back from fi nally beaten after Mitch Garrett
to Musumeci who lost his marker they ran out of defenders and
Matt Shortt made a fantastic
Djibouti via Cyprus, Germany missed a header from the police’s
and rounded the keeper to give the conceded the pushover score.
point-blank stop within minutes
and Birmingham was far from right winger; the ball fell to the marina Continued on page 50 marina Continued on page 51
of the restart.
ideal preparation. Met’s forward, who drilled a low
Sensing a turn in their fortunes,
The Navy set out with a shot into the bottom corner.
the Army introduced some fresh
4-2-4 formation, and from the The RN reacted well to the goal
substitutes who really stretched
fi rst whistle showed their attacking and upped their workrate to close
our midfi eld and defence. It was
intent with a good through ball out the game the stronger of the
no surprise when they pulled one
from AB Kaylee Edwards allowing two sides. Hewitt, Garrett and
back after 65 minutes.
Surg Lt Steph Ingram to outpace Farthing all went close in the fi nal
This set up a tense fi nal quarter
the defence and cause the keeper fi ve minutes as the Navy pushed to
of the game, with both sides battling
to make a good save. get a goal to seal the win. www.navyrugbyunion.co.uk
hard, and chances at both ends.
Both teams were trying to use This was a much-needed result
The Navy’s heroic efforts won the
40 years of
the wings to develop attacks, and performance as the Navy
day, but not before Matt Shortt
and this led to an open fl owing looked forward to the RAF in their
made an incredible stretched save
game. In the 19th minute Surg Lt fi rst Inter-Service game.
the Sea King
to his right, deep into injury time.
Ingram ran at the defence, and her With the return of a few
David James would have been
pace led to a free kick on the edge players, the squad is looking more
proud of that one.
of the box. balanced than in the previous
Navy skipper POET(WE)
From there, the ball was rolled couple of seasons, with options in
Phil Archbold proudly lifted the
back to LS Hewitt, who drove the all positions.
Constantinople Cup with LPT
ball into the top right hand corner The U19s lost 3-0 to a powerful
Steve Young winning the Man of
of the net. London County team in the South
the Match award. A great evening.
The goal boosted the confi dence East Counties Cup.
Previously, we narrowly lost the
of the Navy players and led to a The RN were disappointed to
fi rst game of the 2009 Inter Service
period of good possession and concede from a long throw with
competition to the RAF (0-1).
attacking play, which led to our London capitalising on their
The fi rst half was evenly-
best goal of the season (so far) in physical size and power.
matched and Mne Dan Boere
the 34th minute. The Navy showed strong
and POPT Steve O’Neil both had
A Police corner was cut out by character to play themselves back
good chances, with LPT Shortt PO(REG) Garrett, who played into the game but unfortunately
once again excelling in the Navy a simple pass out to Logs Jenni could not take advantage of the
goal. Conning. She passed the ball opportunities which came their
Shortt was called into action into Surg Lt Ingram’s feet, who way.
three minutes after the interval controlled, turned and played The RN were again undone on
when he saved a 35-yard free kick a good pass into Hewitt as she the stroke of half time with a well-
... and the
that was hit with pace and power. advanced down the right fl ank. worked goal.
Boere responded for the RN Hewitt played the ball round Our younsters came out in the
with a long-range effort that went one side of the full back and ran second half ‘all guns blazing’ but
just over the crossbar. around the other, got into the box London stood fi rm and kept AET
On 50 minutes the Navy worked and delivered a perfect cross to the Musemeci (HMS Heron) and the
a short corner that gave LPT Steve edge of the six-yard box, where other RN forwards at bay.
Young an opportunity to score, but Logs Becky Brown was able to However the game was put
brave keeping from the RAF No.1 volley in at the near post for her beyond doubt late on with
denied him his chance of glory. fi rst RN goal. And what a fabulous London’s third goal.
With ten minutes remaining the team goal it was. The RN battled hard and played
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