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46 NAVY NEWS, JANUARY 2011


● Mne Stu Pirie of RM Poole negotiates the slalom at Tignes Picture: Richard Olsen


Smells like Tignes spirit


“YOU have no angulation on your inner knee, your hip is too far back which means you are getting late on the gates. Do it again.” These are words which are often barked at even the best of the Royal Navy’s skiers as they’re put through their paces at the annual January training camp in France, writes Lt Rob Corcoran (COMATG).


THE Royal Navy Kayaking


regained the Inter-Service canoe polo crown amid stiff competition from the Army and a valiant attempt from the RAF at HMS Temeraire.


Association


And 2011 is no different. This month Arthur Steiner, who’s been coaching the RN team for 19 years, is once again turning sailors into racers ahead of February’s Inter-Service Championships. The men’s and ladies’ teams train together at the beginning of each new year for two weeks before competing for domestic honours at the RN Championships which will again be held at the excellent resort of Tignes.


Every member of the team competes in all four disciplines: slalom, giant slalom, super G and downhill – all of which demand a high level of technical ability, strength and fi tness to last the distance.


from holiday skiers to Inter-Service level in no more than four weeks.


Last year alone he took eight skiers out of their comfort zone


Mr Steiner’s training is of the highest standard with his impeccable attention to detail producing impressive results every year.


there is nowhere to hide and only the most committed will progress to Inter-Service level.


The excitement of alpine ski racing is more than worth the hard work that is needed to compete. If you are a competent skier who would like to take it to the next stage of screaming down the Olympic run in the Inter-Services at Meribel 2012 – and the benefi ts of world class ski coaching – contact team captain Lt Chris Sharrott (Christopher.Sharrott990@ mod.uk).


Constant training runs and feedback using video analysis means


RN and RM personnel gave up their weekend to represent the Navy in this closely-contested competition.


Canoe polo is a fast-paced game played in a pool or similar stretch of water, where two teams of fi ve battle it out for seven minutes each way.


With tactics similar to fi ve-a-side football but with many obvious differences, canoe polo is the only team sport discipline in canoeing. In the Inter-Service competition the three


Forces each enter three teams: men’s A and B team and a ladies’ team. There are three titles to win: highest-placed ladies, highest-placed men and the Inter-


Service Trophy, which points from games won by all three teams goes towards. The Navy held the title for more than ten


key players could not make the competition; and unfortunately the Navy narrowly lost out. 2010 was a different story. Strength in depth in the two men’s teams saw the gauntlet being laid down to the Army. Unfortunately a broken ankle whilst playing


hockey saw the ladies reduced to four and Lt Cdr Charlie Atkinson cheering from the poolside.


dominated the other two teams and even gave the RAF men food for thought. By the time the fi nal game was due to be


Despite being under strength, the RN ladies In 2009 operations meant that a number of


years, but a determined Army team, improving year after year, fi nally seized the trophy two years ago.


● Lt Cdr Joe Wood reaches for the ball in the decisive clash with the Army


played between the men’s RN A and Army A, the trophy was already in the bag and the two teams were just playing for the gold medal position of highest-placed team. With neither side having lost a game throughout the competition something had to give; and in the early stages of the fi rst period the Army conceded their fi rst goal. Going into the second half the score was 2-1 to the Navy and the scene looked set for a nail- biting seven minutes. The RN held their nerve, and tactically


dominated the Army throughout, winning 3-1 and taking the gold medal slot. The Army A team were awarded silver but a strong men’s Navy B team beat the RAF A team to the bronze. To fi nd out more about canoe polo or any other canoe sport discipline in the Navy, visit the RNKA’s website at www.rnka.co.uk.


The Early and late show


AFTER an early season dogged by fi xture cancellations, the seniors fi n


ally played their fi rst competitive fi x ture against the Amateur Football Alliance at the Corinthian Casuals Stadium, in


Tollworth, London. The Navy side set their stall out with a more attacking system than last year and teething problems were rather evident in the fi rst ten minutes, with AFA only remaining scoreless as a result of some heroic defending from the captain, Cpl Dave Carns (3 Cdo Bde), and veteran PO Phil Archbold. After three AFA attempts on


goal, the RN side fi nally probed on 15 minutes when a slick midfi eld passing movement resulted in a shot from LPT Berry, which was saved.


Three minutes later an AFA


● Lt Cdr Jon Platt helps the RN/RM kitesurfers to victory off the North Devon coast


Hi Ho! Silver kiting


THE biggest military kitesurfi ng event to date saw the Royal Navy and Royal Marines triumph over their Forces foes.


kitesurfi ng championships took place in challenging conditions (always a good euphemism...) at Westward Ho! in Devon. More


took part, but only the Senior Servicemen ruled the waves. Big air and powered tricks in gusty conditions were the order of the day and made for a great spectator event too as spectacular wipe outs (aka crashes) were


than 40 personnel The third Inter-Services guaranteed.


The RN team dominated in both the freestyle and slope style events with consistent performances ensuring the points were racked up, pushing the Army into second place while the RAF took home the wooden spoon. The event was fully supported by


the British Kitesurfi ng Association ensuring things ran like clockwork and essential safety cover was on hand.


fastest growing and most dynamic water sports in the RN – see www. kitenavy.com for more info.


Kitesurfi ng remains one of the


striker received a delightful through pass to fi nd himself one- on-one with the RN keeper, LPT Shortt, who saved bravely at his feet.


An almost-eventless 20 minutes


followed, until the AFA striker yet again troubled the RN defence by twisting and turning, only for his shot to hit the post. A disappointing and at times disjointed fi rst half for the RN ended end with the AFA shading the period. Some choice words at half time resulted in a rejuvenated RN emerging from the changing room. While the Navy started the second half in energetic fashion, it still took some 15 minutes to start playing with any degree of pattern.


They started to make headway, with Mne Husbands (CTCRM) collecting the ball from deep to embark on a blistering dribble which culminated in a blocked shot.


During this period Mne Fox (CTCRM) excelled, controlling


Onside with Lt Cdr Neil Horwood, RNFA


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the central midfi eld battle. After only two minutes on the pitch POPT Way attacked the AFA full- back and delivered a sumptuous cross from the byline,


narrowly passed over C/Sgt Hope’s head in the AFA box. The RN were now dominating and the next attack from the right hand side by AB Parry (Illustrious) arrived at C/Sgt Hope’s feet. He swivelled and delivered a thunderous drive towards the AFA goal which the AFA keeper saved superbly. The Navy’s dominance was


which


rewarded when Mne Husbands dribbled past two defenders and squared a delightful ball to Mne Mark Connett (HQRM Band), who slid the ball under the keeper.


Whilst the RN remained dominant,


dangerous. A fl ash counter-attack found AB Parry clearing the ball desperately off his own goal line, while in injury time, an AFA cross defl ected off Cpl Carns at considerable pace towards Shortt’s goal.


The U19s took to the road for their second match of the season. After suffering a defeat to Middlesex FA in their fi rst match they were determined to improve their performance and get a positive result. Manager WO2 Marty Wallace named four debutants in his team which took to the fi eld on a bright but cold late November Sunday against


Potters Bar FC in Hertfordshire. Both sides were eager to try to pass the ball well, but before the RN could get a foothold in the game some indecisive defending allowed an AFA striker to get a


a strong AFA side at AFA were always


shot on target in the third minute. The shot was well saved by new goalkeeper AET Jonny Curran (RNAS Yeovilton), but he could only parry it to the feet of an opposing player who tapped it in. Undeterred, the Navy began to compete well in all areas of the pitch. On nine minutes good interplay by debutant strikers Mne Dave Hedley (Nelson) and ET(ME) Lewis Early (Sultan) resulted in a possible penalty when Early was contacted in the box; the referee waved play on. Working well as a pair, Hedley


latched on to an Early fl ick on and shot narrowly wide. However, in defence, the Navy could not afford to lose concentration as the AFA were still dangerous on the break. Clearly on top, the RN won a


The second period started well for the Navy: good combination play on the right by ET(ME) Andy Smith(Ark Royal) and ET(ME) Josh Jones (Bulwark) created a half-chance for Mne Hedley which was well saved. On 52 minutes Curran saved superbly from a direct free kick which was heading for his top right corner. The Navy repaid in kind,


counter-attacking quickly


with Smith unleashing a fi erce shot from 25 yards which was tipped over by the AFA keeper. Further action at both ends saw AET Danny Brookwell (Culdrose) shoot narrowly wide and Curran produce two more fi ne saves. A couple of injuries and tactical substitutions gave the Navy fresh legs and drive to go for the win. Excellent work on the right from Hedley resulted in a cross which Early managed to get his head to. All on the sidelines thought he had got his hat-trick only to see the ball graze the bar and go over. A move which typifi ed the RN’s


corner on 24 minutes. ET(ME) Luke Smith’s excellent delivery was met sweetly by Early just inside the six-yard box to power a header into the top left hand corner of the AFA net.


On 26 minutes the RN won another corner on the left. The success of the last set piece was evident and the same routine was performed again. Lightning can indeed strike twice as Early bulleted a carbon-copy header in to put the Navy 2-1 ahead. The Navy defence were now more organised after early pressure from the opposition and dealt with most of the attacks well, but after 34 minutes, they failed to clear their lines properly and the ball broke to the opposition inside the Navy box. A mis-timed tackle saw the referee point to the spot. The penalty was well taken, sending AET Curran the wrong way and half-time arrived with the scores level.


attitude and desire was to prove decisive. Hedley again latched on to a fl ick-on. A last-gasp tackle looked to deny the opportunity, but man of the match Hedley never gave up and charged down the keeper’s challenge, won the resulting header and the ball broke to him two yards out so he could smash it in and seal a fi ne 3-2 victory. And fi nally, the shock of the fi rst round of the Navy Cup (according to the RNFA PRO who just happens to serve aboard her) was provided by HMS Sutherland’s demolition of CTCRM in a rearranged fi xture. The marines were clear


favourites given the number of players available for selection, but a spirited performance from Sutherland, who went two goals down before fi ghting back, saw the T23 lads play some intelligent football and triumph convincingly, 6-2.


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