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Paignton feel the pain as RN dominate

THE RN rugby union women’s 1st XV opened their 2013 account with an impressive performance against Paignton Ladies at the Rectory. Right from the whistle, the RN

dominated Paignton and pushed them down to their 5m line, writes Maj Steve Melbourne, RNRU. The RN stole the Paignton line-out ball and pressurised their line, resulting in a try for scrum half Lt Caroline Oakes (857 NAS). AB Sam Alderson (HMS Scott) stepped up and kicked the conversion for a 7-0 lead. Runs by LET(WE) Emily

Atkins (HMS Portland) caused no end of trouble for Paignton and gave the Navy backs a good platform to work from. However, the Navy were penalised for not ‘rolling away’ and a quickly-taken penalty by Paignton pushed the RN back into their own half, with only staunch Navy defence stopping Paignton from scoring. The Navy responded through

Picture: LA(Phot) Abbie Herron, RNAS Yeovilton

Squatters take over Sail Loft

THE final RN powerlifting competition of 2012 took place at the Sail Loft Gym in Portsmouth in December. The aim of the contest was to give novice lifters a chance to compete alongside more experienced lifters in the squat, bench press and dead lift. The competition was open to all personnel across different weight categories and was well attended with 26 athletes taking part. Each competitor was allowed

three lifts per discipline, with the aim of a final maximum lift to contribute to their combined overall total. Lee Evans, representing the Royal Marines, managed an impressive 390kg in the 67.5kg class, an exceptional effort from a young man entirely new to the sport.

At 75kg was the man who founded the Royal Navy Powerlifting Association, POPT Sean Cole.

Cornwall flanker Lt Charlotte Fredrickson (849 NAS) who was playing at centre for this game. She showed her pace to set up the RN’s second try, scored by Lt Paula Bennett-Smith (NATO Northwood), which was again converted by Alderson, for a 14-0 half-time lead. The Navy Ladies started the second period strongly and only the ‘scramble’ Paignton defence stopped an early Navy try. However, it was at the cost of a

player as Paignton were reduced to 14 players for ten minutes. Playing with 14, Paignton continued to fight back, keeping the RN pinned in their own 15m for long periods. The Navy eventually ‘broke

out’ and the ball came along the line to winger ETWE Lauren Tobbell (HMS Portland), who showed her pace to take the ball deep into the Paignton half; only a last-ditch tackle stopped the Navy adding to their score. Navy Coach NA Chris Ellor

On your marks...

TWENTY-three records were set in the Yeovil- ton pool as HMS Heron hosted the RN’s annual swimming champion-

(RNAS Yeovilton) brought on AET Kate Broadbere (CHF HQ) for NNS Alice Kightley (Defence School of Health Care Education) in the second row. Nineteen minutes into the second period, Paignton gave away a penalty close to their line and a quick ‘tap’ led to a try for Fredrickson with Alderson scoring the conversion (21-0). The Navy made another replacement, with Bennett- Smith being substituted for the returning Kightley. Paignton continued to battle

first game as captain and I was impressed with how well she performed under pressure.” Man of the Match went to

“I was really pleased to see how well this development squad came together to win this game, particularly with several new players. “This was Caroline Penrose’s

and were rewarded for their endeavours just before full time as Paignton scored an unconverted try. Final score 21-5 to the RN. Assistant Coach Ellor said:

ships for the first time. The men’s swimming title was retained by the Royal Marines (99 pts) beating East (86 pts) and West (45 pts), writes Lt Cdr Alan Walker. In the 100m fly Cpl Matt

Edwards (CTCRM) and Lt Bolton (Devonport) knocked Commonwealth Games swimmer AB Jeremy Osbourne into third place. Lt Bolton also got a good second place in the 100m breaststroke. LPT Stu Mantle won both backstroke

events; he beat

newcomer Mne Mackenzie and local boy AET Dickinson in the 200m. Mne Steve


defended his 2011 100m breaststroke title in a faster time; AET King got close to him, as he also did in coming third behind Navy team skipper Nic Vaughan in the 200m freestyle. RNASA deputy chairman Al

Witt celebrated his promotion to commander by winning the 400m and 200m freestyle events. The 4x2 individual medley sorts the


AET Zoe Harrup (848 NAS). This was her first game of rugby and she won every lineout ball (both RN and Paignton) and put in some brilliant tackles. Next up for the women is another home tie, this time against Plymouth Albion on February 6.

men from

the boys; we saw why Jeremy Osbourne had taken it easier earlier when he cruised to victory over Inter-Services achievers, Mnes Hall and Hogan. The best race of the day was the

men’s two-length freestyle won by ET(ME) Olly Bott, with Hogan second. It was also good to see another PT branch ‘Billy the Fish’ emerge in the shape of LPT Keir

Woodhead from ARO Plymouth. The 100m freestyle


riband’ event was won by Edwards and Vaughan for the RM with Olly Bott coming through fast. Full results are to be found on the RNASA website. There were 30 male swimmers

taking part in the ten events and an empty lane was something of a rarity. By contrast there were only 11 swimmers in the ladies’ competition. A somewhat-worrying phenom- enon has become noticeable: the apparently-growing trend of late for Portsmouth Command to have difficulty in raising full teams for sports events – across the board. Perhaps it’s a passing phase, but the Portsmouth team comprised only three ladies where the West team at least had eight. Not to be at all put out by the size of her team, engineer Lt Emma Kearsey (Fleet HQ) swam an Inter-Services winning time in the 200m breaststroke. She also went on to win the punishing 4x1 individual medley and the 200m freestyle. Engineers rule ok? Emma’s three produced 18 points for her Portsmouth team. One point behind was Musn Caitlin O’Malley. She won the 100m backstroke,

the 100m

butterfly and came second in the 200m backstroke. This was pretty remarkable because she was swimming for the West women whilst also being team and match secretary for the mainly men’s team as RM Corps secretary. Lt Sarah Vines from Sultan was selected to swim in September’s Inter-Services but missed it due to family illness. Here she got two second places in the 50m free and

100m back to earn ten points to add to the six scored in winning the 100m Freestyle. The Pompey girls were not going down without a fight.

Despite the dispensation to be able to swim in three individual events, it seemed the West girls mostly decided to play safe and only get in the water for two – all except a very competitive AET Briggs (Yeovilton). That she produced 500m of sheer have-a-go slog to earn eight points for her three third places was due to an unpopular disquali- fication for going walkabout when clearly exhausted in the middle of one of her two 200m races. Her ‘DQ’ did not go down well with the spectators, who voiced their displeasure at such churlish- ness.

DSA Debbie Imm finished well in the 200 and 100m breaststrokes. Not really a breaststroker, Debbie seems to have inspired a workplace colleague, DSA Joanne Nightingale, to attend (and her dental surgeon boss to release them both). Jo cracked out a first in the 50m free and second in the 100m free. Navy Swimming salutes that SDS and practice manager – what a splendid example of ‘can do’ for RN Sport. LPT Vicky Jarvis was due to

depart HMS Somerset for HMS Collingwood – that is good news for RN coaches to be able to work on her times for the 2013 Inter- Services after she won the 100m breaststroke and took second in the 100m freestyle. Lt

Jenny Salt (Collingwood)

and the third member of the Portsmouth team earned third

Hatchet ratches it up

STEPHENSON’S hangar at HMS Sultan was the setting for the annual boxing clash with the engineering establishment warfare neighbours, HMS Collingwood. Thanks to the efforts of LPT Kennett,

the building was transformed from an old hangar into something more akin a great boxing venue such as the Royal Albert Hall and Madison Square Garden, writes PO(PT) Daz ‘The Hatchet’ Hoare, HMS Sultan boxing coach. Defending their title, Sultan had nine

a Gosport and Portsmouth

into the ring as well as competitors from Collingwood. First up was LET Ashworth against

ABC, step

Gosport lad Tom Gregory (pictured left). Ashworth was only in his second bout, Gregory in his 11th. There was a difference in the standard of

boxers lined up for a contest which saw fighters from HMS Nelson, Cambridge University, and

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boxers, but Ashworth took the fight to his opponent. At the end of the bout everyone believed Ashworth had done enough only to be robbed by a majority decision. Next up for Sultan was ETME Lowthorpe, facing his first contest against

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places in the 50 and 100m Freestyle so they are ready-made training partners… Spare a thought for Wtr Rebecca Mitchell (Neptune): she earned nine precious points for her West team.

Although a breaststroke

specialist, she swam freestyle in September’s Inter-Services after a knee-op.

All credit to her as she fights

her way back to breaststroke knee fitness with a careful third place in the 100m breaststroke to add to a second in the individual medley. LET Donnachie and MA Lobban earned a collective ten points for their West team. Portsmouth were defeated in both relays by the need to put four swimmers in each race; with just three, they could only watch as West swam away with the title.

Appearing in his swansong competition, Sean achieved a colossal 510kg total and a new personal best in the squat of 180kg. Newcomer David MacPhee put in a fine effort with a total of 470kg. The 82.5kg category was all-action with ten competitors vying for top honours. The eventual winner was MA Daniel Evans – in his first appearance for the RN, though no stranger to the sport – with an incredible 602.5kg total, unofficially breaking the British deadlift record with a herculean 277.5kg. Daniel also took the overall best lifter trophy; Royal Marine Sam Dew took second in this class with a total of 580kg.

At 90kg, representing the Silent Service, was Wes McGuinness who totalled 515kg.

The 100kg class was won by fellow submariner LMA Chris ‘Doc’ Martin, who produced a total of 580kg. Steven Blackmore, in his first competition, took second place with 535kg, showing a great deal of talent and promise for future meets.

As powerlifting is an equal opportunities sport, the ladies gave it their all. Lt Rachel Cunningham achieving an impressive 315kg total in the under 80kg class followed by Nat Sikora, a cross fit enthusiast, who totalled

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