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NAVY NEWS, MARCH 2009 51
In the presence
of greatness
NORMALLY we don’t
feature training sessions
too often in the sports
pages, preferring to focus
on competitive clashes.
But it’s not every day you are
coached by some of the leading
proponents of the sport.
And it’s even rarer to have said
coaching on the flight deck of an
aircraft carrier.
With HMS Ark Royal berthed
in the shadow of the Liver
Building, the coaching staff from
Liverpool FC climbed aboard for
a unique training session on the
● AB Chris Rudkin demonstrates his snowboarding skills during a
‘slopestyle’ training session at the Inter-Services
flight deck.
Picture: Dominic King
Besides balls, the coaches – led
by 60s and 70s Anfield star Brian
Leaving their ’mark
Hall (voted No.75 on the club’s list
of all-time greats; Kenny Dalglish,
Steven Gerrard and Ian Rush top
the table) and Scott (brother of
Robbie) Fowler – brought along
years of pioneering rehabilitation marina Continued from page 52
a replica of the 2005 Champions
a bad fall and was no longer able
overseen by Headley Court
League trophy.
to continue.
followed – and allowed her to
Having been royally hosted by
Carol Strong fared rather
resume both her naval career and
Ark, the footballers responded in
better, taking bronze in both the
her sport.
kind by inviting the sailors to
ladies’ slalom and super-combined
That said, it was only last year
Anfield. They were given a tour
slalom.
that RN telemark team captain
of the famous stadium by two
She also bagged sixth place
Maj Huan Davies suggested the
Liverpool legends, Ron Yeats and
in the giant slalom, ahead of Lt
medical officer resume competitive
Ian Callaghan, and touched the
Holly Henderson, Lt Cdr Sam
skiing.
iconic ‘This is Anfield’ sign before
Dunbar and Musn Claire Sawyer
“I’m conscious of the fact that
walking out on to the pitch ahead
who crossed the line in 12th, 13th
in the Royal Navy telemark skiing
of the team’s derby clash with
● Coach ship... Liverpool FC coaches work out with Ark Royal’s footballers on the carriers fl ight deck
and 14th positions respectively.
is associated with iron thighs and
Everton (a 1-1 draw as it turned
during the visit to Merseyside Picture: LA(Phot) Gregg Macready, HMS Ark Royal
For the men, Lt Sharrott came
‘Royal’, but there are more dark
out).
home in seventh place.
blue Royal Navy personnel in the
“What an experience,” The Senior team’s game against
In the super giant slalom, Lt
GB team than Royal Marines,”
enthused Cdr Al ‘Rocky’ Salmon, Havant & Waterlooville Academy
said Lt Morgan.
Onside with Capt Paul
Hopkins was the highest-placed Commander Air. “I have been a was very keenly contested and
RN competitor in sixth, two
The net result of all this was
Liverpool fan all my life and I’m
Cunningham, RNFA
our men deserved a fi rst-half lead
places ahead of Strong, who in
victory at the Inter-Services
not usually star-struck, but to be through Mne Dan Boere, although
turn was two places in front of
Telemark Championships in
in the presence of true Liverpool H&W were guilty of missing a
Musn Sawyer.
Rauris, Austria, over fi ve days of
gentlemen is an honour.” twice-taken penalty early in the
With few top-place finishes, the
racing.
Away from Merseyside... With game which could have infl uenced
RN ended the contest in third
That led to selection for the
the Inter-Services drawing near, after an excellent move and fi ne selection after the match. the outcome.
place behind the RAF and overall
GB squad and a crack at the
all the RN representative sides fi nish from AB Ross Hoyland I don’t often report veterans’ The opposition made amends
winners the Army.
World Cup Finals in Norway this
have had busy fi xture lists. (Raleigh). matches, but our more mature early in the second half with an
And in St Moritz... The RN
month.
The women lost 4-2 to a strong Half time came at the wrong representatives enjoyed a 4-2 equaliser and the remainder of
were on course to take the Prince
“The Austrian women whom
Keynsham side that included moment for the Navy, who were victory over the Prison Service the game saw some good play but
Philip Trophy as Inter-Service
I’d skied against during the Inter-
international players; Surg Lt well on top. Surrey must have with two goals from Kevin no more goals. LPT Dave Berry
champions on the legendary
Services invited me to train with
Steph Ingram scored both Navy received some stern words as Maddox, one from Fraser Quirke (Coaching Staff Man of the Match)
Cresta Run.
them between competitions and
goals towards the end of the they came back strongly after the and a ‘screws’ own goal. Go vets! and LAET Russ Hardwell once
That was until the final round really helped me with my skating match. interval. The U23s have also been busy. again put in fi ne performances.
and a crash for Royal Marine and jump technique,” Lt Morgan Our women also lost 2-0 to After 15 minutes of sustained Their match against England This year’s home Inter-Service
Maj Jamie Summers, who came explained. Portsmouth Ladies. A strong fi rst- pressure, the opposition were Schools at the FA Headquarters, game is on Wednesday March 11,
off his toboggan at Shuttlecock, “While the competitive urge half performance from the RN rewarded with two quick goals. Lilleshall, was abandoned after 55 kick off at 7.30pm. The match is
a notorious bend on the three- is strong, the whole World Cup was goalless, despite some good The Navy then made three minutes due to a frozen pitch; the due to be played at Fratton Park
quarter-mile ice run. circuit is pretty tight-knit and looks chances, notably a header against changes introducing Evans score at the time was 0-0. against the Army and entry will be
Before that crash, the Senior after its own. So far it has been a the bar from Ingram which could (Neptune), Spinks (Collingwood) They then enjoyed a 2-0 victory free.
Service held a 1.07 second fantastic experience and I’m really have sent the sailors into half time and Nick Faucher (Somerset); against London University with Please come along to support
advantage over the Crabs (the looking forward to the fi nal races one-up and would have boosted this revitalised our youngsters and fi rst-half goals from Mne Hibditch the Navy for what is our biggest
Army were out of contention of the season.” confi dence. But ultimately, the the game opened up and Navy (FPGRM) and LMEA Mitchell match of the season, where we are
thanks to a smash at Shuttlecock As for her fellow RN slicker passing and general match pressure resulted in a well taken (Sultan). This was a strong team honoured that Lord Triesman, the
in the first round). telemarkers, they came second at fi tness of the Pompey women saw goal by Craig Hatton (Neptune) performance where AETs Gibson Chairman of the FA will be our
We’ve saved the best until last, the Inter-Services in Austria, with them turn out winners of this after an excellent pass from and Buckler (Culdrose) also guest of honour.
however, and Lt Rachel Morgan Maj Davies taking a third-place entertaining game which saw some Faucher. caught the eye. In addition the Inter-Services
who this month represents her podium fi nish in the individual promising debuts. Surrey were very complimentary That means the team remain women’s home match will be
nation following a triumph in the men’s combined race. The fi rst home fi xture for the to the RN in the post-match undefeated this season and the played against the Army on the
Alps. More details on winter sports U18s in the South East Counties speeches, stating it was the players can be proud of their March 19, kick-off 2.30pm at
The officer is an experienced are available from Cdr Gary Cup was a narrow 3-2 defeat to a strongest RN youth team they had achievements to date. But with Victory Stadium (Temeraire).
skier having represented the RN Skinns at HMS Temeraire (9380 strong Surrey County team. played against for many years. the business end of the season The redesigned RNFA website
between 1999 and 2002 – when 27880). In the fi rst half the RN were This all bodes well as we approaching, with a tour to will be going live on March 4 and
a serious accident potentially For telemarking, contact Maj disappointed to concede after continue to prepare for the Dallas Gibraltar followed by the Inter- any queries should be directed
curbed her sport. Davies at DMOC or CPO Paul some poor marking. They reacted Cup. The fi rst nine players of the Services, no-one is taking anything to the RNFA offi ce on 02392
Surgery, support and two Treanor at Haslar. well and deserved their equaliser squad were informed of their for granted. 723974.
Paddle power almost victorious
SIX ducks, all in a row... This is the RN men’s (obviously – Ed)
canoe polo team who came within a whisker of the Inter-Services
title on home ‘turf’.
The men – left to right, Lt Matt Twisleton, PO Lee Chapman, Lt
Paul Bastiens, LA Taff Dolan, CPO Gus Gusterton and PO(ACMN)
Taff Davies – went into the second day of the competition at HMS
Temeraire with one hand on the trophy.
Unfortunately, they still had the Army to face – and the soldiers
ran out 3-2 winners following a tough tussle.
In all, 75 competitors took to the pool in Portsmouth over the
two days of the event – like water polo but in canoes, hence
the name – which was skilfully organised by Yeovilton’s Lt Matt
Twisleton.
The soldiers and airmen were impressed not only by Temeraire’s
facilities but also the accommodation on offer over the weekend.
The Royal Navy didn’t end the weekend trophy-less.
AET Steve Riley (RNAS Culdrose) collected the CS Ally Ramsay
Trophy as the person who had made the greatest contribution to
Service kayaking in the past 12 months.
Steve is one of the best marathon and sprint competitors in the
Services.
More details on the sport – and kayaking in general – from the
intranet site (www.navykayaking.dii.r.mil.uk) or Lt Cdr Joe Wood,
RNKA secretary (9380 22590).
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