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42 NAVY NEWS, MAY 2002 Snort

Women complete RN double over RAF

THE ROYAL Navy women's football team followed the mens example by outplaying their RAF counterparts and running out 4 -2 winners at

the early possession, and it took just ten minutes for them to open their account through Navy woman of the match WOM Julie Hewitt (Northumberland). Hewitt hit the post two minutes

Victory Stadium. The Navy had the lions share of

later, but after 22 minutes the Navy doubled their lead with a superb finish from 12 yards by WSTD Carla Oliva (Nelson), who converted a cross from POWPT Michelle Bowen (Temerairc).

through the middle, brush- ing off three defenders before shooting calmly into the corner of the net.

Within three minutes WMEM Sian had


Blundell charged

note came in the 29th minute, but it simply spurred the Navy into a fourth strike when a well-worked corner led to POAEA Becky Webb (846 Sqn) scoring at the near post. The Air Force scored straight

The first RAF chance of any

after the break, and for the first time the RAF matched their hosts. Both teams created plenty of

Women were jumping for joy, but calmed down enough to collect the Simon Applcton trophy from Capt Caroline Stait RN (DDNM).

issue challenge ROYAL Navy and Royal Marines oarsmen and women are invited to try their luck at the Army Indoor Rowing Championships near Windsor on May 15. Rowers will use Concept II

Army oarsmen

indoor rowing machines to com- pete over 2,000 metres in the age group individual event, and for 1,000 metres each in the four-seat team event. All entrants will receive a T-shirt

previous events can be found at, or by writing to Army Indoor Rowing Championships, c/o Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, Cambcrley, Surrey GUI5 4NB.

to commemorate their efforts. Application forms and results of

chances, but by the time the RAF netted their second in 83 minutes after a defensive blunder it was too late to save the game. As the final whistle went the RN

• From left, Lt Cdr Don Crosbie, LS Murray Anderson and Lt Cdr Matt Offord, who all trav- elled down from Faslane to run in the London Marathon.

Scottish runners conquer London

THREE runners from the Clyde Naval Base ran in last month's London Marathon, prov- ing something to themselves and raising £10,000 between them for charity.

Lt Cdr Don Crosbie raised £3,000 for his four-year-old niece Phoebe, seriously injured in a a hit-and-run accident in Spain last year and now needing round-the-clock care. Don finished in 13,887th place in a time of

4h 17m. Lt Cdr Matt Offord ran for the National

Asthma Campaign, raising about £1,000. Matt, whose wife, Virginia, suffers from

Day Services, and in a joint effort with former PO Chris Weight, he raised around £5,000. Murray finished the race in 3h 20m and was placed 3,062nd.

Careers office forges links

THE ARMED Forces Careers Office (AFCO) in Edinburgh has been forging links with Livingston FC.

The Scottish side's under 18s

squad took a special two-day fit- ness and assessment programme at HMS Caledonia, and the AFCO

has taken publicity space on the squad minibus and on a pitch-side board. The Livingston youth players

also took on HMS Edinburgh in a friendly, which the youths won 3-0. A party from Livingston was then entertained on board the warship.

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good mixture of experience and youth, many of who were aiming to impress the county selectors who were out in force. The county's strength in depth

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with the men playing the tradition- al opener against Cornwall at Tehidy Park near Camborne. For once the fixture was blessed

squad players) took part in an enjoyable weekend, which includ- ed a Saturday warm-up against the club before the main event. The county side were again

Jonathon Reeve said: "I am delighted that FSL are continuing their support of Navy golf and the Association looks forward to work- ing with the company to our mutu- al advantage." The 2002 season got under way

with good weather and conditions were very good. Sixteen players (all the available

The match served as a welcome back to one or two Navy players, returning to competition after at least one year away for opera- tional reasons.

Seymour (899 Sqn) marked his return from over two years exchange duties in the USA by teaming up for a win with Lt Cdr Peter Smith (Boscombe Down). CWEA Steve King (HMS Gloucester) missed all of last year through deployment, and he took up where he left off with a cred- itable half, partnered by POWEA Al Shearer (CSST). A second halved match came

In the foursomes Lt Cdr Kevin

managed by ten-times Navy cham- pion Malcolm Edmunds, who nowadays is plying his trade on the

from LMA Scott Gilbert (RDMC), missing for much of last season, and Lt Cdr Mark Taylor (CINCFLEET). The pick of the singles featured three-time Navy champion Lt Terry

to a handicap of 2.4, clearly a case of following in father's footsteps. The match was always tight and

Taylor (NAS Culdrose) against the county team manager's son. Edmunds junior is 14, and plays

mance of the day in beating a very strong and experienced opponent by a stunning 6/4 margin. Other wins were recorded by

it was to both players' credit that the outcome, a win for Taylor, was not decided until the final green. Gilbert produced the perfor-

Shearer, Adam Hawkins (HMS Cumberland) and Mark Taylor. Overall, there arc encouraging

signs for the season ahead. The squad has been strength-

way on June 1 with a match against SPNRC at Southwick Park. Key dates are June 14: ladies championship, Cumberwell Park; June 19: Navy Cup final, China Fleet Club; July 15-19: men's championships, Woodhall Spa; and September 9-12: inter-Service championships, Celtic Manor. Information on any of the above

ened by the return of key players and there are signs of new young blood on the horizon. The ladies' season gets under

is available from the Secretary RNGA on Tcmeraire 27880.

severe brittle asthma, clocked a time of 3h 56m and came in 9,701st. LS Murray Anderson chose the Interlink

4-2 to 42 Commando in cup final

A DEBUT in the Navy Cup Final failed to overawe 42 Commando RM, who defeated

the start and spent the first ten minutes camped in the Royals' half.

HMS Heron 4-2. Heron took the initiative from

But in the eighth minute the Commando broke out and Mne Darren Timbers converted a defence-splitting long ball, Heron keeper AEM Gary Hewitt getting

his fingertips to the shot but failing to keep it out. . The Royals doubled their score

after 13 minutes, when poor mark- ing at a corner allowed man of the match Mne Mark Fisher to volley home from the penalty spot unchallenged. Another defensive error on 21

0-0 is enough

minutes allowed Mne Jamie Michaels to tuck the ball home from close range, and although Heron came close with a couple of

Hollingsworth followed up an

ROYAL Navy footballers lifted the Constantinople Cup for the first time since 1998 when they held out for a 0 - 0 draw against the Army on a waterlogged

the Navy never reached the levels achieved against the RAF at Dumbarton two weeks before when they thrashed their opponents 6-1 - but it was good enough to take the honours as inter-Services champions.

pitch at Aldershot. In a lacklustre performance,

The Army side, which had

not won the inter-Service championship for eight years, played the better football and went close on a number of occasions.

The RN defence was weakened

48 hours before the match when Capt Terry Price (HQ UKLF CSG) left for Afghanistan. But Cpl Shaunc Foster (RM

came in the fourth and 13th min- utes when a free kick from Cpl Richie Hope (HQ UKLF CSG) was tipped over the bar and a header from AEM John Delahaye (Heron) went close. The Navy had to survive the last

Poole) came in and proved a great asset to the back line. The Dark Blues' best chances

25 minutes with ten men when LPT Steve

O'Neil (HMS

Caledonia) went off after a second yellow card - but his team-mates battened down the hatches and held out for a vital draw.

free kicks, they went into the break 3-0 down. But the air station came out with

all guns blazing, and a burst of slick passing set up AEM Deane Hollingsworth, his goal-bound shot being cleared from the line by Mne Brian Ward. Another golden opportunity was

lost when a header went over the bar, but Heron pulled a goal back just before

the hour when

AEM John McCaffery header which was tipped on to the bar. Play went from end to end;

though there were few chances until 76 minutes, when Hollingsworth beat two defenders and fired home. The Royals were now in danger

of letting the trophy slip from their grasp - and they left it late to secure the win, substitute Mne Jeremy Coburn drilling the ball home in the final minute to wrap up a 4-2 win for the Commando.

Paul is king of the skeletons

LAPLAGNE in France hosted this year's RN skeleton bobsleigh championships,

with the British championships and the inter-Services Cup.

in conjunction

Services tournament with a view to building on last year's success, where the squad achieved its best overall results. With only two of last year's team available, the Navy performed with credit, running the RAF close for second place - though they were just edged out by a team which fea- tured Eric's wife Fit Lt Alex Coomber, who later won bronze in the Winter Olympics. Predictably, the Army - who

Gavins (HMNB Faslanc), who did particularly well as it is his first year at the sport, and fourth was Lt Neil Gordon (HMS Invincible), who was also in his novice year. The Navy entered the inter-

had three members of the GB World Cup team representing them - won the event. In the British championships,

Paul McAulay retained his overall ninth ranking, while Eric Coomber slipped to 11th from sixth. If you arc interested in taking

up the sport, contact Lt Cdr Coomber, Chief Fighter Control Instructor, HMAS Yeovilton. Novice courses are run every October/November.

TV beckons

THE TV company behind Big Brother is running a sports event this summer - and is looking for men to compete in front of the cameras.

International King of Sports fea- tures "a range of unusual and alternative sporting events from around the world" - a sense of humour is required for events such as 100m running backwards and downhill running slalom. Entries are requested as soon as

Endemol Entertainment's

possible, and further details are available on 020 7603 4969, or email

was won by Lt Paul McAulay (HMS Sandown), closely followed by Lt Cdr Eric Coomber (HMS Ycovilton), who had held the title since its inception three years ago. In third place was Mne Lee

The overall Navy championship

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