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NAVY NEWS, MAY 2002 43 Sport Navy runners retain league title

ROYAL Navy runners defied the ele- ments to win the final race of the Westward League cross country sea- son, and with it secure the league title or the second year in succession.

RN Athletics Club were convincing win- ners in the mud of Exmouth, and even

club has, at last, got into the winning habit. With nine runners in the top 20, the

After ten years without a trophy, the

the B team managed a top three finish. POAEM Al Jones (RNAS Yeovilton)

needed a win to secure the individual title, but had to settle for second place in the race and second place overall as his main rival found the muddy condi- tions more to his liking. POPT Sean Childs (BRNC) has per-

formed consistently well throughout the season, and a third place at the Exmouth race gave him fourth place

a team throughout the season but came good in the final race with a third place. Lt Do Drummond (BRNC) was first

individually in the league. The ladies team has struggled to field

to challenge for higher honours next year.

home in sixth, with Lt Wendy Scott (HMS Raleigh) eighth and Lt Linda Lawrence (RNAS Culdrose) in 18th. This trio certainly have the potential

• HMS Kent returned from her record-breaking Armilla patrol with another first in the bag - the first ship of the Fleet to hit the coveted target of 100 per cent Sports Lottery membership. As the first ship's company to achieve the feat, each sailor on board was presented with a Sports Lottery coffee mug emblazoned with the lottery logo and the HMS Kent crest. Pictured is OM Dave Kahwati receiving his mug from Cdr Mike Barge, Assistant Director of Naval Sorts and Recreation.

Rowers prepare for ocean crossing

THREE men with a Naval background are part of a team which will attempt to break the record for the fastest unsup- ported eastbound Atlantic crossing. The Ocean Row project aims to

tion for the crew in poor weather conditions. The team is seeking sponsorship for their epic attempt for more details.

set out from Newfoundland in Canada next month and reach Falmouth 33 days later - a distance of 2,100 miles. Team leader Mark Stubbs, a firefighter in Poole, served in the Royal Marines and was involved in the Falklands War. Teesside chargehand dock oper-

ator Nigel Morris joined the Navy at 16 and was a member of the Portsmouth Field Gun team, leav- ing the Service in 1990. George Rock, a BT engineer

Navy rugby

link launched THE ROYAL Navy is sponsoring the Eastern Counties Youth Rugby Academy to the tune of £5,000 over the next two years.

from Tccssidc, also joined the Navy on leaving school, served in the Dcvonport Field Gun team and went into Civvy Street in 1986. They arc joined in the rowing

Atlantic Spirit, which weighs just 220kg - only half the weight of the crew - and can be propelled at up to ten knots. The watertight self-righting hull provides protected accommoda-

attempt by Robert Munslow, from Slough. They will use a 10m boat,

rugby match between an Academy side and Bury St Edmunds Ul(>s. which the Academy won 15-7. The partnership between the Academy and the Navy, pioneered by Cpl Phil Wccdon RM at the Naval Careers Office in Ipswich, extends beyond the direct funding - Royal Marines PYIs have pro- vided fitness and skills sessions, and a team-building weekend is to be arranged in the summer at the Royals'

my to develop and extend their work with 15 to 18-year-old play- ers in East Anglia. The deal was launched at a

Lympstone. training base at

Anglers head south for new challenges

A GROUP of Royal Navy and Royal Marines anglers have tried their hand at fishing the rivers of the Falklands.

Association (Game Section) tour, supported by the Sports Lottery and the Nuffield Trust, made full use of the the extensive military facilities to fish the rivers and estu- aries of both East and West Falkland. The best fish of the trip, and

The RN/RM Anglers lllb sea trout in the Warrah River

- one of more than 250 sea trout caught by the nine members of the touring party. Further details of RNRMAA

(Game Section) activities can be obtained

Secretary, Capt Stu Ellins, on Portsmouth Naval Base ext 22667.

In the swim

also the heaviest fish from Warrah River so far this season, was a 14lb 6oz sea trout, caught by S/Lt Ed Smith of HMS Dulverton, while CPOMEA Nick Tompkins of HMS Raleigh also captured a river record, a 51b lOoz sea trout, this time from San Carlos River on East Falkland. Lt Cdr Tony Wilkinson, of RN

air station Yeovilton, managed a personal record when he caught an

TWO swimmers whose club is sponsored by the Navy have been selected to swim for Scotland.

members of the Arbroath St Thomas Amateur Swimming Club, and swam in a competition against England. Both swimmers have shown an

Byron Pace and Bobby Scott arc from the Game Almost a clean sweep

A FAST and physical CTCRM side prevented the Britannia Royal Naval College side from making the perfect end to the rugby season., pipping both the Dartmouth A and B sides in the Devonport 7s.

last laugh, with strong per- formances in other sports ensuring they won the over- all Brickfields Trophy. The 7s losses were just a

But the students had the

interest in the Royal Navy and the range of opportunities it provides - both as a career, and for dedicat- ed sports men and women.

friends with their attractive style of play, capitalizing on their speed and mobility. Several members of the

strong RMC Sandhurst side early in the season prevent- ed the Navy team achieving all their targets. The team won many

Only a narrow defeat by a

blip on what has been the college's most successful season ever, winning both the Navy and Plymouth Area cups, and beating RAF College Cranwell.

team have been selected at U-20, U-21 and Navy A level, while MID Mucker was selected for the Combined Services U-21s - thanks in no small part to the support staff, headed by Lt Cdr Carlos Edwards and Lt Dave Jones.

Funding will enable the acade- - see

RAF sorted now bring on the Army

of around 1,000 at Burnaby Road in Portsmouth, the RAF came out at supersonic speed, and the Navy withstood early pressure, but early penalties went the way of the RAF, who took a 9-3 lead, and hoped to emulate the successes of the women and veterans earlier in

THE NAVY shot down the RAF on the rugby field to retain the Willis Hibernia Cup - and set up title- decider against the Army at Twickenham. In front of a partisan crowd

sure after the break, and two penalties and a try by right winger LAEM Simon Channing put the Navy into a 24-12 lead, and although a kick was charged down to give the RAF a try under the posts, the match ended in a 24-19 win for the Navy. The Navy veterans - the

James Philips, converted by scrum half AEM Dave Pascoe, put the Dark Blues in the driving seat, and another exchange of penalties put the half-time score at 13-12 to the hosts. The Navy applied all the pres-

the afternoon. A try by left winger Surg Lt

another converted Parker try. On 70 minutes, after another try

Ancient Mariners - allowed han- dling errors to undermine the good work of the team, and went down 11-3 to the RAF Vultures. The Navy women fared no bet-

ter, coming up against a stand-off whose tactical kicking was spot-on, and in a match of fierce tackles and fine skills, the RAF won 18-5. The senior team went on to play final

Twickenham when they took on Hampshire for the Wightlink Bowl. The civilians raced to a two-try advantage after only six minutes, but Lt Matt Parker, fed by L/Cpl James 'Bubba' Williams, replied with a storming try down the cen- tre, again converted by Pascoe. By half-time the country were

a • warm-up before

23-13 ahead, but a period of sus- tained pressure by the Navy team early in the second half led to

for each side, the Navy took the lead for the first time, S/Lt Andy Crompton edging his side 30-28 ahead, and with penalties swinging the balance back and forth, the Navy was still hanging on in the 89th minute when, with winger Channing lying injured with a bro- ken collarbone, Hampshire broke through to nick a 36-33 win. • The winner of the competition to be the Navy mascot at Twickenham was Christopher Philpot, of Plymouth. • HMS Sultan won the Portsmouth Area rugby cup, beat- ing HMS Heron 37-6 in the final, Sultan also provided the plate win- ners in the Portsmouth ARca 7s, the main prize going to HMS Collingwood and the Bowl going to the Defence Diving School. The Division 1 league title went

to SEME Bordon, who also won the Division 1/2 Cup; the other divisional winners were Heron (Div 2), Marchwood (Div 3) and Sultan 2nds (Div 4). Full report and pictures will be

posted on the Navy News website at wwwjiavynews .co .uk

i Action from the Royal Navy v RAF match at Portsmouth Picture: LA(PHOT) Adrian Hughes (HMS Sultan).

Chiefs thrive on Alpine slopes

TWO CPOs provided the Royal Navy element of a joint Services skiing expedition to Zell am Zee in the Austrian Alps.

CPO Dem Bones were placed in the

with a break for lunch, and new skills were painfully learned and then polished until, by the end of

known affectionately as the Alpine Ninjas, and were swiftly put through their paces by their RAF Regiment instructor Sgt Steve Hills. The pair skiied through the day,

CPOWEA Nobby Hall and least-experienced


the day, four of the Ninjas were promoted to the Trailblazcrs group.

ing ski instructor, Staff Sgt Jonathan Driver, Royal Signals Regt, the whole group was tested to the limit, with rapid runs from the top of the mountain followed by slower but more problematical formation skiing. The two navy men, along with

Under the guidance of the lead-

the rest of the group, were indebt- ed to Staff Sgt Driver for his expert tuition, and to Lt Col Sharp, Commanding Officer JSSU (AN) for allowing and releasing person- nel to take part in the venture.

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