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NAVY NEWS, JULY 2009 47
Aussies did Basketballers
not rule
Scottish power
restore pride
marina Continued from page 48
THE Combined Services squash
team claimed two gold medals on
the other Services who have
their recent tour of Australia.
represented Great Britain, the
Competing in the Arafura
basis for what was in fact another
Games in Darwin, both the men’s
huge effort was built around the
team and Combined Services
strong defensive qualities of AB
No.1 Sam Miller claimed hard-
Logs(Pers) Terri Richards (RMB
fought gold medals against both
H
MS Neptune were crowned the best
establishment hockey team in the Armed
Forces after winning the Inter-Services Cup
Winners Cup in Portsmouth.
Stonehouse), AET Ruth Scott
the Australian Defence Force Neptune played games against As it was they came fourth.
(829 NAS) and AB Log (SC)
(ADF) and numerous other the Royal Engineers College Had the Navy been available for
Lauran Williams (Clyde).
players from around Australasia (Sappers) and Joint Force Harrier a worthwhile training get-together
Again, the fi tness and
and SE Asia. (an amalgamation of RAF before the event, the result might
outstanding skills of AB(CIS) Izzy
The CS team, comprising 16 of Wittering and RAF Cottesmore). have been a lot different.
Molyneux-Jacobs (also Clyde)
the best male and female players In what was a frustrating fi rst And so to the men’s Inter-
were in evidence, supported to
from across the three Services, game against the Sappers, Neptune Command contest in Portsmouth.
terrifi c effect by AB(CIS) Lou
spent 17 days on tour Down wasted numerous chances to take The Royal Marines took off
Thomas (Exeter). First caps were
Under, facing a rigorous squash control of the game. The Sappers fairly sharply and gave notice that
also awarded to AB Logs (SC)
itinerary. fought hard throughout and were they were after ‘their’ title and
Shemekar Bowens (Neptune)
Starting in Sydney, the squad awarded a short corner at the ‘their’ trophy for a seventh or
and Amy Durant (Waterfront
played a team consisting of a death, but failed to score. eighth successive season.
Portsmouth), both of whom
mixture of some of the strongest Lt Cdr Jamie Wells – Neptune’s Plymouth too fancied their
played their part in full.
players in the city. goalkeeper – was man of the match, chances and early results showed
Having returned to the
After a close match, the Sydney without whom the Scotsmen that they would be performing at
Inter-Services fold for the past
side eventually proved too strong, would have surely lost. a level or two at least above their
four years, things are getting
winning the match 10-6. Next up were the Sappers normal usual fourth or fifth place.
better each year for a ladies
Not to be discouraged, the against Joint Force Harrier, the Portsmouth had some stars but
squad which now has a fi rm
CS players then fl ew to Darwin game also ended in a draw so the the best ones were rusty from sea
coaching and management basis
to take on the ADF as part of a tournament was wide-open. service and could only manage
in basketball stalwarts Nigel
three-test series and claimed the Once again Neptune had a slow fourth place.
Cheesman, POPT(RI) Stacy Watt
fi rst test 6-3. start in the deciding game against Plymouth managed second,
(Collingwood) and soon to be S/
Then came the Northern Joint Force Harrier. A goal fi nally nicking Naval Air’s traditional
Lt ‘Spud’ Whitaker (Portsmouth
Territories Open where each of came towards the end of the fi rst placing, seven points (two wins Uni) – especially as there are so
the players competed individually. half which seemed to settle the and a draw) against two wins many players emerging.
With two players managing team. Neptune then pushed ahead and six points for the Air. With a number of junior
to reach the men’s semi-fi nals, in the second half and through Above it all rode the green players having to double-up
Army junior Rich Jones went on sustained pressure scored four machine yet again: played four, this year and with all matches
to narrowly lose in the fi nal 3-2 more goals to clinch a 5-2 victory. won four (12 points) while poor played in the one day, resources
against the local No.1. Neptune was captained Scotland – not a bad hockey were clearly stretched, but the
Next up were the Arafura superbly throughout by CPO Russ playing side – were relegated to Senior squad came together
Games, a huge international Garner and soundly directed by fifth without a single win. and collectively put in two quite
competition attracting over 50 the RN Scotland Coach Cpl Sam The sheer physical strength simply awesome performances.
countries to compete in over 60 Hartland RM. and fitness of the Royal Marines Leading in both matches they,
different sports. The tournament 2Lt Mcinally RM and Lt Cdr made the difference (sadly eventually lost to triple winners
included both individual and Wells were Neptune’s outstanding for RN Hockey they were all the Army by 81-64 and the RAF
team events. players of the tournament. in Afghanistan for the Inter by just 61-59.
The women’s team managed to Elsewhere, the full RN team Services in March where their With the ball in hand with
snatch a bronze medal right at the found themselves in a very strong presence was sorely missed.) just eight seconds to go against
end by defeating the ADF. pool – perhaps England Hockey From outdoors to indoors the RAF, this last match was
The Combined Services No.1 doing justice to Navy Hockey in and the ladies’ Inter-Command by far the most exciting of the
and former professional Sam its Centenary Season – in the championships with Portsmouth tournament and saw the benefi t
Miller proved too strong for County Championships. and Plymouth – led by RN of time on court coupled with
everyone in the men’s individual First up were Buckinghamshire. stalwarts Lt Dee McKenna and strength of character.
event. He took gold in a one- The RN paid the price for PO Ann Jones respectively – up Through some smart coaching
sided fi nal against the ADF men’s having played no Hockey in the first. It was the senior rating and a never-say-die approach
champion. intervening two months since the celebrating at the match’s end; there were some outstanding
The men’s team were equally Inter Services. A ding-dong battle she bagged two of the goals in a individual performances but
successful and claimed the gold ensued with Bucks running out 4-1 triumph. everyone came together as a team.
medal after a week of diffi cult 5-4 winners and the Navy feeling Plymouth remained on the Led from the front by new
matches. that they should have won with all ‘pitch’ as they faced a combined team captain LET(ME) Myron
Further success came when the the chances they had created. Air-Scotland side. Campbell (Ark Royal), ably
ADF, after losing the second test The RN were awful in their It proved to be a cracking supported by LMEA Blair
series, conceded the fi nal test. second match against Suffolk, match – and a tight one. It was Charles (Sultan), POWEA
who were playing their first match settled in Air-Scotland’s favour by
‘Jack’ Paxton (Collingwood),
Sultan’s spoils
of the day. The Navy quite literally a single goal from the long-limbed
L/Logs(Pers) Judson Cupid
ran out of legs on a hot afternoon Lt Hannah Mitchell.
(Nelson) and Cpl James
and one thought then that this was A tiring Air-Scotland side now
Woodcock (RM Poole), special
The RN fencing championships
a good Suffolk side which might faced Portsmouth in another
praise must also go to L/Logs CS
were held in HMS Temeraire with
go on to win the Portsmouth close match. An unstoppable shot
Hayden Alexander (Liverpool)
local teams taking the spoils.
round and qualify for the final. from veteran POET(ME) Cath
and Sgt Marty Page (RM Poole),
HMS Sultan won the
Day two dawned with a 9am Wojcik decided the tie – and the
both of whom returned to the
Inter-Unit Team competition,
start against Northampton. championship – with a 2-1 victory
playing fold to great effect after a
Portsmouth Command won the
Again the RN looked a bit rusty for the combined Air-Scottish
few years’ absence.
Inter-Command Team event and
– or was it hung over? – but team.
The aforementioned Zac Porter
the Team event for the Women’s
actually they were no worse nor And finally, this is the month
stepped up into the Senior squad
Foil.
any better than Northants. An when the centenary of RN
as did Mne George Morris, who
The weekend proved to be
even game resulted in the 1-1 hockey reaches its climax over the
set a fabulous personal example
hugely successful for Sultan,
half-time scoring becoming 2-1 to weekend of July 4-5.
having literally stepped off the
who provided eight of the nine
Northants. With the RN pushing Six matches are lined up over
plane from a six-month tour
fencers that made up Portsmouth
forward to equalise and leaving the two days in Portsmouth, the
in Afghanistan to represent his
Command, especially as the
gaps at the back, Northants got a highlight being the 2.30pm clash
Service – a brilliant effort.
fencing club has only recently
lucky break to run out unrealistic on the Saturday against England
The next key date in the
been re-established by LMEA
3-1 winners. A.
RNMBA calendar sees the Senior
Gemma Wollaston.
To end, another ding-dong game: Later that evening the Band of
squad participate in a high-level
The team’s commitment
the RN played Worcestershire at the Royal Marines will perform a
pre-season invitation tournament
was recognised in the RN
mid-day. 2-2 at half time, 4-4 at Sunset Ceremony at a reception
in Truro over the weekend of
Championships as it provided the
full time, there was no doubt that aboard HMS Victory to mark the
August 28-30, although sports
largest number of competitors
with the exception of the Suffolk end of the centenary season. Log
development basketball sessions ● Anatomy of a save... Neptune’s inspirational keeper Lt Cdr Jamie
and also took away the most
match, the Navy boys had been in on to www.navyhockey.co.uk for
Wells parries a shot from the Sappers during the 0-0 draw also take place at Raleigh on the
silverware.
the running. more details.
Picture: Keith Woodland, HMS Collingwood fi rst Saturday of every month.
Under 19s are Dallas wow-boys
THE Under 19s squad
half-time team talk inspired the Behind once again, the sailors goal. The Texans were awarded a
headed to Texas for the Onside with Lt Cdr Neil
Navy to a well-deserved draw. fought back and scored two late penalty 15 minutes from time to
29th consecutive year
With the wind against them, goals goals to clinch the win. Goals from make it 2-0 and a third goal fi ve
from AET Marvin Brooks (820 ET Craig ‘Ricky’ Hatton and fi ve minutes later made it 3-0. The
to compete in the Dallas
Horwood, RNFA
NAS) and ET ‘Ricky’ Hatton minutes later, AB Ross Hoyland Navy still battled on, never giving
Cup.
(Neptune) levelled the score and (Sutherland) sealed their quarter- up, displaying the fi ghting spirit
Teams from across the globe despite desperate attempts from fi nal place. they had shown throughout the
take part in this prestigious youth LAFC to grab the win, the Navy’s For the fi rst time since 2003, tournament. The match ended 3-2
tournament – including Man City,
time difference, the Navy side AET Tony Musumeci (Heron) and
defence remained solid. the Navy had reached the quarter after a late consolation goal by AB
Sao Paulo and AC Milan.
adjusted quickly to the US style NA David Devlin (Seahawk), the
The fi nal team in the group were fi nals and were drawn against the Graeme ‘Ruby’ Murray (Argyll).
Staff and players were hosted
of football and deservedly won the Navy side dismissed the ‘Blacks’
Orlando FC, another academy Dallas Texans. The Texans were There was obvious
by local families, some of which
game 3-0. and sealed three points.
side, this one affi liated to QPR and the state champions and had won disappointment for the staff
have been involved for more than
On to the cup and the RN’s fi rst Twenty four hours later, the
coached by ex-professional David all their group games. and players, but after playing
15 years.
group match came against Texas sailors were at Pizza Hut Park for
Bardsley. Once again at Pizza Hut Park, some superb football over the
It was down to business on the
Lightning Blacks at the Richland their next game against LAFC
Orlando needed to draw against on a perfect playing surface, tournament, they could be proud
second day with a friendly against
College Soccer Complex. Houstonians (Chelsea) – an the Navy to see them through to the young Navy side faced an of what they achieved. The Texans
local side, (and tournament
The pitches were in perfect American academy club side the quarter fi nals – only a win American team with an excellent went on to win the competition.
competitors) Solar SC. The
playing condition and despite the affi liated to Chelsea FC. would secure the Navy’s place. reputation. The Navy made a In between training and
‘scrimmage’ as the Americans
excessive wind it was a perfect day A team playing in a Chelsea The fi rst half saw both teams nervous start and were punished competitive games, the squad
call it, was a game of three 30
for football and a perfect start for strip were by association, likely to goal-less despite several clear by an early goal from the Texans. visited downtown Dallas, an NBA
minute periods – a chance for
the Navy. be good – and they were. At half chances by the Navy. Ten minutes 1-0 down at half time, the Navy basketball match between the
both managers to use all the squad
Set pieces played an important time, LAFC were winning 2-0 into the second half, Orlando came back on to the pitch still Dallas Mavericks and Utah Jazz,
players.
role in the game and with goals despite the Navy side having the breached the Navy’s solid defence playing like the better side, but and paid their respects at Dealey
Still suffering from a six-hour
from AET Sam Buckler (Seahawk), majority of the play. A spirited and scored a well-worked goal. could not fi nish their attempts on Plaza where JFK was assassinated.
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