SPORT Top cars for top men
SERVING and injured Royal Marines spent a day on the Donington track in some of the world’s best sports cars courtesy of an invite from a former rally driver.
After breaking his neck 25 years ago, Graham Raphael has extensive
experience on having ‘a body that doesn’t fully function’ (his words) – and is inclined to help members of the British Armed Forces who’ve been injured on active service. Thanks to the links between RMR City of London and the capital’s branch of the Royal Marines Association, Graham said he’d love to see the green berets on Donington race track, test driving some top motors. How could I refuse, writes Capt ‘Scotty’ Mills RM, RMR City of London. I didn’t take too long to get 15 volunteers together – indeed I took
seven ranks from Hasler Coy, two ranks from Termoli Troop (40 Cdo RM), and the rest from the unit. The day started with an early drive to Donington Park via RMR
Birmingham, who kindly put us up for the night. We were met by the race team who took us through introductions
and registration in the Paddock Suite. Graham had pulled out all of the stops, and through his links with
the various car manufacturers he managed to get each dealer to send us their top motors.
The looks on the lads’ faces were a picture as car after car arrived on
low-loaders: Maserati Quattroporte, Aston Martin DB9, Rolls Royce Ghost, Audi R8, GT Spyder, Lotus Caterham, and many others. These were our toys for the day! Hoofi n’! Donington had also arranged for us to have several GT British
Tour rally car drivers to show us the ropes as we went through several familiarisation laps and high-speed circuits. The skill and expertise of the drivers was incredible as they pushed each car in turn to its limits. Then it was our turn, with each of us enjoying the experience of
driving at high speed around one of the UK’s premier race circuits with the rally drivers encouraging and guiding throughout. We also had the opportunity to conduct skid-pan training, a cross-
country driving course and also a trip to the Grand Prix Collection and museum.
All in all it was a fabulous opportunity – one which will live long in the memory banks of all who attended. This was a coming together of several arms of the Royal Marines, the RMA, RMR, Hasler Company, Termoli Troop 40 Cdo RM and UK Sport.
The generosity shown to us by the Donington Park team and Graham was incredible and there is a real tangible feeling that people really do want to help where they can.
Such activities do make a real difference as some of our men who are recovering from injury attempt to rebuild their lives.
Clay time at BRNC
A DEDICATED covered shooting enclosure is among the modifi cations made to the clay pigeon shooting range at Britannia Royal Naval College. The new covered enclosure comprises a concrete fl oor, wooden roof and walls on three sides with shooting bays at the front – replacing the original gravel base and makeshift shooting cages. It has been paid for with a grant from the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Sports Lottery. “These modifi cations are fantastic improvements to the range making it a challenging all-weather shooting ground,” said Lt Sam Stephens, BRNC’s head of navigation and, of greater relevance in this instance, the college’s ‘clay pigeon offi cer’. “As well as the regular club users we introduce around 40 people each term to the sport of clay shooting, both staff and the Offi cer Cadets, through grassroots sports sessions. “In the past year, seven people from Dartmouth have gone on to shoot for the Royal Navy, some of whom were completely new to the sport when they arrived at the College. “Clay target shooting is a great way of improving military skills
and also helps to build individual confi dence with weapons. The ability to pull a trigger and see the effect is a great way to learn.” The new facility, paid for by the RN and RM Sports Lottery,
BRNC’s welfare fund and the Britannia Association, was formally opened by the college’s CO Capt Jerry Kyd.
Bob’ll dazzle them at Olympia
The naval aviator was the sole RN representative facing up to the cream of the Army’s riders at the Service Jumping Championships. Using all the skills he has learnt as a student pilot on 848 Naval Air Squadron, he fl ew around the course and achieved a commendable fi fth place on horse Bob, an eight-year-old Irish sport horse which Stephen has owned and trained for seven of those years. An avid rider, the pilot has grown up with horses: “I got back into showjumping with the Royal Navy in 2011 and in my fi rst year with the Royal Navy and Royal Marine Equestrian Association show jumping team took part in the Royal Windsor Horse Show and also qualifi ed and jumped at
This is trainee Junglie pilot Lt Stephen Currie and his trusty steed Bob (note the wings on his cap!), wowing the crowd at the International Horse Show at Olympia.
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Olympia last year. “Olympia is considered by many top equestrian stars as the best indoor international horse show in the world and to be given the opportunity to not only jump in this historic arena, but to do it whilst proudly wearing the uniform of the Royal Navy is a unique and life-fulfi lling achievement. “My fi fth place this year is two up from last year, and hopefully in 2013 the Royal Navy can continue this upward trend.” Stephen continued: “This year,
moving around completing several different short courses before joining 848 NAS. “Due to the high work rate of the squadron and
the fl ying course I am on, I made the decision to leave Bob with my trusted trainer in Shropshire, and commuted weekends to train.” The presentation guest of honour was Rear Admiral Simon Charlier who is the President of the Combined Services Equestrian Association and also a very keen horseman.
Double blow for U19s RN U19 v Kent FA
The RN U19s played their second fi xture of the season at Victory Stadium and, after a frenetic start by both sides, the game fi nally settled down.
The Kent left back was making a number of powerful runs at the heart of the RN defence but the back four more than held their own with AB Bee (HMS Portland) only required to hold one driven ball at the RN goal.
He, along with other invited guests, was challenged to test his marksmanship on helium-fi lled balloons and exploding clays. A team of qualifi ed coaches is on hand at Dartmouth, among them club manager CPO Bill Amery. “In addition to Offi cer Cadets, we offer shooting to Royal Navy, Royal Marines and Royal Fleet Auxiliary groups from ships and establishments in the South West for team building and adventure training,” Bill explained Anyone interested in clay pigeon shooting can contact CPO Amery on ext 7252 or email BRNC-ISC. Picture: Craig Keating, BRNC
On 14 minutes the ball nestled in the back of the Kent net after some intricate play by the RN. ET Power (Raleigh) picked up the ball just inside the Kent half and he played a through ball into the path of AET Wharton (824 NAS). He held onto the ball and it looked like the chance was lost but he cut back onto his right foot and laid the ball off to AET Mellows (Sultan) who fi red it into the net. The goal fi red Kent into action. Their left back was allowed to carry the ball to the byline and he squared across the goal only for the ball to be missed by everybody. It was then retrieved on the Kent right from where it was pulled back to the edge of the 18-yard box and the shot was driven past Bee.
Kent started to take control of the game and a long ball over the top allowed a shot on target that was pushed away by Bee. From the resulting corner the cross bar was rattled and as the ball rebounded back into play the RN were let off as it hit the Kent forward and sailed over the bar. As the half-time whistle approached Kent got their noses in front for the fi rst time. A ball over the top enabled the centre forward to run through on Bee and with one touch he struck it through the keepers’ legs and into the back of the RN net. The second period opened with Kent straight on the attack, fi ring a shot over the top of the Navy goal.
The visitors enjoyed the lion’s share of possession and when the RN did have the ball it was often clearing their lines.
ONSIDE with Lt Cdr Neil Horwood, RNFA
On 54 minutes the sailors
gifted a goal to the visitors. A long throw was called for by Beech, but it appeared that both he and Bee went for it. Beech mis-kicked leaving Bee stranded and the ball bounced along the front of the goal and was tapped in to the RN net to the delight of the Kent entourage.
The RN were defl ated and it could have been worse two minutes later as, after a long run by the right back, the ball was squared and at the far post was a Kent player totally unmarked and he somehow managed to miss the open goal from one yard.
Amateur Football Alliance v RN U19
The RN U19 kicked off on an uneven surface at Colney Heath FC against the AFA on a crisp December afternoon.
WO1 Marty Wallace made a number of changes from the side beaten 5-1 by Kent and started with fi ve debutants.
The RN back four restricted
AFA to shots from distance and Bee was rarely troubled in the RN goal, although it took great work by ET Power (Raleigh) to deny AFA on the break after 14 minutes.
The RN had their fi rst real sight of goal on 20 minutes when a run by Power enabled a fi rst-time shot from Hodgson, but it sailed over the crossbar to safety. AFA had the ball in the RN net on 25 minutes but
disallowed by the assistant referee for offside.
On 34 minutes the RN took the lead; intricate play led to Power being tripped just inside his own half and from the resulting free kick Goode delivered a ball that the goal keeper fumbled, leaving Hodgson to nod into the unguarded net. Shortly after the break, AFA
were level. A goal kick from Bee was won in midfi eld by the AFA and as it dropped to the centre forward a speculative shot from distance went through the keeper’s hands and under the bar to level. The RN were clearly rattled by this uncharacteristic error from one of their most consistent performers this season and another foul on the edge of the box gave AFA another chance but the free kick was fi red over the bar. A run down the left was blocked for an AFA corner and Bee did well to save at his near post before a good passing move gave AFA another opening but this was denied with a tremendous saving tackle by Goode at the expense of another corner. As the RN struggled to get out of their half it was not surprising that AFA took the lead on 58 minutes. An unstoppable shot was fi red in from 20 yards; it struck Bee’s upright before nestling in the far corner of the net. The keeper later atoned for his earlier error with a couple of fi ne saves. Firstly the AFA left winger cut in and tried to curl the ball round him but he did well to push the ball away; then another long range effort bounced awkwardly to the left of Bee and he pulled off a great one-handed save to keep the score at 2-1.
In stoppage time the RN had a
chance to grab a point as Clayton burst into the box and pulled the ball back across the face of the goal. There was no-one able to get the vital touch and the ball was cleared. Marty was disappointed that his side had not managed to get a result from the game but having given debuts to seven players as he builds the squad for Dallas next month, he knows only too well that his squad is a ‘work in progress’ as they knuckle down in 2013.
I have been Picture: Kit Houghton
Hatchet ratchets it up
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Collingwood’s AB Owens. Lowthorpe started the bout
well, but half-way through the opening round Owens started getting the upper hand, giving Lowthorpe two standing counts before the fi ght was stopped. Just before the interval ET(ME) Handley was boxing Plastow from Cambridge University. Over the three rounds Plastow charged in, head down, attacking the body, while Handley struggled to get him off and was caught on the rope numerous times. Handley tried to counter box as much as possible but it was not enough as Plastow won a unanimous descion. After the break Sultan’s ETME Mckee stepped into the ring against Wakeford, the uni team captain. In the fi rst, both boxers were throwing some great shots with loads of power in them. In the next round, Wakeford managed to land some telling blows knocking down Mckee, more off-balance than hurt by the shot. Just before the end of the round, Wakeford landed a fl urry of punches which led to a stoppage. Mckee can learn from this and come good for the Navy Cup this month.
Next up for Sultan was team captain LAET Graham against Collingwood’s AB Bennett. This was the moment when Sultan needed a good performance from their team captain – and they got it. Straight from the bell, Graham
was in high spirits and started landing some big bombs from distance.
In the second round, the Sultan man started to move through the gears, landing some really telling blows to head and body. The referee gave Bennett a standing count half-way through the round. Bennett was allowed to continue, but the bout did not go much further with Graham making the referee intervene and stop the bout with Graham crowned the champion. In the next clash, two Sultan lads and friends were matched against each other after both coming off losses. The bout started well for AET
Marriott who took the fi ght to his opponent, ETME Dumbril. The second was much the same with Marriott attacking the body, but in the third Dumbril started doubling up on his jab followed by a rear hand. That started to confuse
Marriott and took him out of his game plan. In the end Dumbril was awarded a unanimous decision. Next up: ETME Cook (HMS Lancaster) against Chung from Titchfi eld; both lads had boxed four times with four defeats, although Cook had been robbed a few times.
The bout started at a frantic pace with neither boxer giving an inch. It stayed that way for the rest of the encounter with both fi ghters showing a great deal of courage and determination. Cook was landing some great combinations throughout. At the sound of the bell both lads got a standing ovation. Chung in the red corner won a majority decision by the closest of margins. To bring the night to a close
Sultan’s LET Gilchrist faced AB Pearson.
After an even fi rst round which saw both boxers throwing numerous jabs, the second switched to the pair opting for power.
Pearson caught Gilchrist fl ush, thus bringing a stop to the bout. In another great night of
Portsmouth and Titchfi eld ABC (8); 3 Collingwood and Cambridge University (5); 4 Nelson (1).
1 Sultan (11 pts); 2 Gosport,
have now won fi ve fi ght nights on the bounce.
FEBRUARY 2013 : 43 …Which means that Sultan Mid-way through the second
boxing the fi nal standings were as follows:
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