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NAVY NEWS, JANUARY 2009 47
● Penalty cause... Youngsters from the British School in Salalah take
spot kicks against HMS Cumberland’s keeper
Our men in Oman
● Lord of leaping... Lt Mark Dixon (HMS Victorious) jumps as he blocks a shot from RAF Cpl Simon Beech while keeper Lt John Bishop
PLAYERS from HMS Cumberland’s football team hosted a coaching
(HMS Sultan) lunges and Lt Adam Duke (deputy AEO 771 NAS) guards the goal Pictures: Keith Woodland, HMS Collingwood
session for school children whilst in Salalah, Oman during an
operational stand-off.
The team coached 30 youngsters aged four to 11 from the British
School in the city.
Eight members of the ship’s company each ran a fun training stance
focusing on a different aspect of the game, ranging from dribbling and
passing to taking penalties against the frigate’s goalkeeper.
“It’s great to get the chance to do something different from
our normal operational work and to give something back to the
Indoor fi reworks
communities we visit,” said LPT Si Backhouse, Cumberland’s clubz
and organiser of the training session. HMS Collingwood took centre stage
LPT Sam Howard (SHAPE) and skipper LET the Army defence opened up and PO Fi Devlin
“The kids seemed to really enjoy it and we had a fabulous time
hosting the Inter-Service indoor
Danny Makaruk (Illustrious) were waspish in was allowed a bit of space to reverse push a
teaching them. There’s a wide age range here so the idea was to make it
fun, I hope the kids enjoyed it as much as we did.”
hockey championship with the
defence and decisive and creative in attack. rebound into the goal. One up for the fi rst time
A comfortable lead was opened up,with in many years, the atmosphere in Collingwood
After the session, Chris Peedell, the school’s headteacher, was
RN’s men’s senior side attempting more devastating fi nishing from the fi red-up gym lifted signifi cantly.
presented with a picture of Cumberland, while his pupils were each
to win the coveted title for the third
Stanton (seven) leaving the RN 8-1 up with The Army came back strongly and levelled
given junior England football shirts, donated by the Royal Navy
consecutive year.
fi ve minutes to go. the score, adding another one before half time
Football Association, as well as mementoes from the ship.
The women’s team also had high hopes
In the space of 90 seconds, however, the with goalkeeper, former Scottish international
The frigate is now back at sea conducting counter-piracy operations
of improving on the last two year’s successes
Army, led by Olympian Guy Fordham managed CPOMEA Wendy Frame (Dauntless), soaking
in the Gulf of Aden.
against the RAF. The U23 men, who’d won
to claw back four goals. up a great deal of pressure.
six IS indoor titles in the last eight years, were
The frayed nerves were evident again, but Another two Army goals were responded to
Five-star Lucy
hopeful of a ‘seventh in nine’ and Portsmouth
great composure and team spirit held, and a by a converted Navy short corner and another
beautifully-fi nished goal by Lt Sean Trevethan goal from open play.
or the Royal Marines were confi dent of
from Makaruk’s mazy run and pass ended the Even leading 5-3 the soldiers still didn’t look
reaching the West fi nals for a sixth successive
Army comeback. comfortable, and with the Army bench awarded
year by winning the colocated tri-Service IS
This score line also allowed for a cameo a yellow card resulting them being reduced to
THE RN’s top female boxer – Lt early in the bout, her shots failed Inter Command Competition(ISICT).
appearance from veteran Lt Matty Wesson, fi ve players on the pitch, the RN ladies thought
Lucy Abel – is now the fi fth fi nest to catch the judge’s eye. With the RAF and Army keen to spoil the
who is still adjusting to his “more coaching and the tables had turned.
pugilist in the world. Desperately playing catch-up show, the fi rst men’s game pitched the RN
less playing” role . With the fi nal score at 9-5, The team were unable to capitalise on this
The junior officer – ABA for the remaining rounds, she was against the boys in light blue, writes Lt Cdr Alan
the RN had retained the Indoor championship advantage and the Army ended the match 6-3
title and European Union Gold unable to defeat her opponent and Walker, RNHA.
and they were crowned ‘Indoor kings’ for the winners.
medal holder – headed to China missed out on a championship A frenetic pace was set as the teams felt each
third consecutive year. This was the best result the RN ladies team
and the World Women’s Boxing medal by a single point. other out, with the RAF opening the scoring,
Lt John Bishop, a newcomer in the RN have had for a decade – and a third successive
Championships. Despite missing the podium, despite several opportunities for the RN.
goal looks as if he will be giving the selectors second place overall.
Lucy was part of a four-strong Lucy is now ranked number fi ve Sustained pressure eventually resulted in a
a headache when the IS outdoors take place The U23 men meanwhile were in all sorts
England squad taking on the best in the world in her weight class mistake and the RN equalised through POAEA
in March. of trouble: no goalkeeper, two of the expected
boxers in the world. and number three in Europe – and Mark Stanton. This served as a springboard for
The women’s team worked extremely hard starting team unable to travel, never mind the
In all, 250 female fi ghters from this is all in just her third season of
the team, who then started to fi nd their range
to prepare for the contest and the fi rst match four Royals in Afghanistan...
48 nations donned gloves for the competitive boxing.
whilst comfortably defending against the skilful
against the RAF saw coach Shawn Hall’s With the squad down to the bare six –
largest world championships to With the likely inclusion of
RAF front line.
formula work to best effect. all outfi eld players, it was fortunate that
date. female boxing in the Olympic
This saw the RN take a 5-1 lead (with
The team confi dently moved the ball around three weeks earlier, in one of Collingwood’s
Having won her preliminary Games in 2012, Lucy will look
Stanton burying another three) into the fi nal
with the forwards opening up great space and recreation periods, RN coaches had identifi ed
bouts, Lucy faced the Hungarian to prepare for a position in the
four minutes. The RAF then fi nally stepped up
creating many chances. The fi rst of two goals two young men (awaiting draft) who showed a
champion in the quarter fi nals. Olympic squad after a well-
a gear and some thrilling attacks saw the score
came from a well-taken short corner with bit of promise for the future – and one of them
Despite stamping her authority deserved Christmas rest.
close to 5-4 with only 30 seconds remaining.
POAEA Kate ‘Bob’ Newcombe (Illustrious) was a goalie.
However, superb defence from the team as a
putting away a drag fl ick. The upshot was that both young men
whole managed to close the game out, although
After continuing to pile on the pressure a played and visibly improved as the contest
Summit to be
not without several frayed nerves from coaches
goal came from open play with a superb run progressed.
and supporters.
from CPO Susie Bythell (MASU) taking on Unfortunately, the RN U23 lost 4-2 to
Winning this game allowed the RN a long two defenders and allowing skipper Lt Sam an unconvincing RAF and then allowed an
break and the chance to watch the RAF and Imrie (Daring) to sweep a well-placed cross ordinary Army outfi t to win 6-7 – it could and
Army play a thrilling 6-6 draw. into the goal. should have been so different.
proud about
The RN took the ‘pitch’ against the soldiers The match ended 2-0 with the RAF never There was no such drama in the ISICT
and, despite facing a strong Army side with coming close. competition: Portsmouth Command qualifi ed
international pedigree, exuded confi dence The Army proceeded to destroy the RAF, so comfortably, taking time out to defeat the RAF
from the outset. Penetrating attacks from the the soldiers and sailors were determine where North in the Services Final.
THE RN and RM Mountaineering Club celebrated 60 years of
two defensive stalwarts, Lt Adam Duke (771 the trophy would end up. The team has therefore reached the West of
peak action when nearly 100 members met for an anniversary
NAS) and Lt Mark Dixon (Victorious), caused The RN started extremely well and the game England fi nals, the sixth successive year that a
weekend in north Wales.
many problems in the Army defence, whilst was very even until, on eight minutes, a gap in Navy Command team has done so.
Despite wet autumnal weather, the climbers enjoyed an active
weekend trekking, climbing and scrambling, plus a celebratory
dinner.
That evening saw various presentations from leading lights in
the club’s proud history, including recollections from its inaugural
events courtesy of founder member Bob Higgins.
Membership of the club is open to all Royal Navy/Royal
Marines personnel, including reserves, irrespective of their
mountaineering experience.
A series of weekend meets are organised throughout the
year, as well as a programme of indoor climbing training and
competition and a number of overseas climbing expeditions.
More details from membership@climbnavy.com
● RNRM mountaineers pose in front of ‘Adam and Eve’, the two
distinctive rocks atop the 3,000ft Tryfan in Snowdonia
● CPO(AEA) Susie Bythell (MASU), left, and team captain Lt Sam Imrie (HMS Daring) celebrate scoring against the RAF
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