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Run every Royals power
mountain to squash win
FOUR mine clearance diving THE 2009 Inter-Command
offi cers represented the Royal Squash Championships were
Navy at the Original Mountain held at the Wyvern Centre in
Marathon (OMM) event in Elan HMS Drake.
Valley in central Wales. The Royal Marines, Naval
The teams of two comprised Air Command, Scotland and a
Lt Cdr Keith Mabbott (HMS combined Portsmouth/Plymouth
Illustrious) and Lt Cdr Tim side turned the 2009 event into a
O’Neill (Defence Diving School) four-team competition.
competing in the ‘B’ Class No command was able to
and Lt Cdr Nick Gwatkin (HMS provide suffi cient female players,
Collingwood) and Lt Cdr Simon so that competition did not run.
Kelly (MCM1), competing in the The event saw some of the
‘C’ Class. RN’s top players spread among
The event is a mix of fell the commands, but on paper it
running, orienteering and was Naval Air and marines who
mountain skills combined with appeared to have the strongest
endurance and involves teams squads.
of two battling over rough Portsmouth/Plymouth included
mountain terrain, over a route of the President of the RNSRA,
between 50 and 80 kilometres Cdre David Langbridge RN
(31 and 50 miles) which must (Abbey Wood) and Lt Cdr
be navigated without GPS Robin Young RN (Nelson),
and which is not known to the Royal Marines fi elded the
competitors until one minute current RN Champion, Capt
before their start time. Damien May RM (771 Sqn)
They carry a tent and stove and current Combined Services
with enough food for 36 hours
Air force edge fi rst kitesurfi ng contest
Under 25 Champion, Mne
and camp out at the overnight Nick Jezeph (RM Poole), NAC
stop. boasted POPT Jason Wallace,
Mabbott and O’Neill suffered AET Stephen Wallace – current
from a lack of preparation: RN Under 25 Champion – and
Lusty has been at sea for Ex
The RNRM Kitesurfi ng Association battled previous month at an event in Exmouth with contest with only a single position in one heat
POPT Si Backhouse (Yeovilton),
Joint Warrior 092 and with
against extreme conditions – and the best of RN/RM seeding Lt Cdr Bob Bowman and Lt separating fi rst and third places (1 – RAF, 2 –
all RN representative players.
constant jet fl ying in her Strike
the RAF and Army – off Anglesey. Cdr Jon Platt fi rst and second and Capt ‘Scully’ Army, 3 – RN/RM).
There was some very good
Carrier Role the fl ight deck
As current holders of the RNRM/RAF Scullion at number three. This was the fi rst tri-Service kitesurfi ng
squash played throughout the
ramp wasn’t available for hill
kitesurfi ng trophy, the matelots and Royals felt The team was bolstered by beginners contest and showed how much the sport has
competition and most of the
the weight of expectation on their shoulders for LH(Sea) Carla Rich and Lt Andy Worthington, progressed.
matches went according to
O’Neill came straight from
this inaugural tri-Service clash. along with the more experienced Sgt Steve “In the fi rst year of the RNRMKA’s
expectations, the Royals making
staffi ng a notorious ‘live-in
Organisers gathered at the world-class venue Mackay. existence the club has run a kite camp in the
short work of Portsmouth/
week’ at the Defence Diving
of Rhosneigr beach to decide whether the Unfortunately, Service commitments kept Canary Islands and competed twice against the
Plymouth and Scotland; both
School as well as nursing minor
conditions were safe enough to compete with other top riders away which cost the team. other Services,” said RNRMKA chairman Lt
sides were also overturned by
gale force winds and head-high swell. The heats were fi ercely-contested with Cdr Jon Platt.
As a result of that and twice
Having decided to continue with the each rider throwing down their best tricks “Our membership has already exceeded 40
Portsmouth easily overcame
becoming ‘navigationally
competition (and despite 35 knot winds and providing as much variety in their ride as and continues to grow. We hope to fi eld an
Scotland, but could not get to
challenged’ en route they
which proved too much for some), seven team possible to increase their score. even stronger team next year to reclaim the
terms with either the Royals or
literally limped home in 140th
members battled it out in individual heats in With all that wind, big air was the order of trophy.”
NAC. As a result, it was the fi nal
place out of 299 starters in a
the freestyle discipline. the day! More details from or Lt
match of the day, RM vs NAC
total time of 12 hours 39m and
RN/RM competitors were selected the Ultimately it was an exceedingly close Cdr Bowman at
that became the automatic fi nal.
46s. May as No.1 seed struggled
Gwatkin and Kelly fared initially against his young rival
better, putting in a consistent Stephen Wallace, but won in the
performance to fi nish 58th out fi fth, and Backhouse pushed
of 350 starters on a slightly Jezeph all the way before
shorter course in 9h 43s. succumbing in the fourth.
The match between Jason
Home of judo
Wallace and RN U25 player Mne
Craig Simms was the epic of the
day, Simms just edging it in the
for Ronda
LESS than a month after fi fth.
being the fi ercest of rivals,
The result of 0-5 did not
the respective Service’s
do justice to a very spirited
RN JUDO athlete LLogs(SC)
rugby league squads
NAC team, but the Royals fully
Ronda Crampton-Reid (HMS
deserved their Inter Command
Manchester) was the Navy’s
came together under the champions status for 2009.
representative in the British fl ag of the GB Combined
Cdre Langbridge, presented
Services’ team tour of Japan.
Services for the traditional
the Robin Bawtree trophy to the
The ten days were spread across
autumn fi xtures.
RM captain WO Stan Bloomer,
three locations and training in fi ve
and medals to the winners and
This season, the two fi xtures
different dojos (traditional judo
were played as curtain-raisers to
the England-France Four Nations
The tour, based in and around
clash at Keepmoat in Doncaster.
Tokyo, saw training sessions at
The CS Ladies were out to
Cup stays in
the Kodokan dojo – the spiritual
retain the Pankhurst Trophy,
home of judo – and the Tokei
having beaten their opponents the
University where the legends of
GB Students on the two previous
Judo, Yamashita and Sato run a
RN hands
stagings of the match whilst the
four-year judo degree course.
men started the day’s proceedings marina Continued from page 48
The standard of judo was
with a match against a well-drilled
exceptionally high: combining a
With one victory under their
and uncompromising GB Police
morning training session and an
belt, the RN looked to use home
team, coached by former Bradford
evening session, the experience
advantage in the deciding match
prop Jon Hamer.
gained was second-to-none.
of the competition against the
Four of the RN Wrenegades
Coupled with the philosophy
were selected for an Army-
of ‘train hard/play hard’, there
The dry conditions did much
dominated side. Whilst not scoring,
was opportunity to experience the
to lift the spirits of the Southern
the quartet – LPT Lou Clark and
culture and traditions of Japan on
Hemisphere players and from
ABs Sam Halford Sarah Sims and
and off the mat. It was a once-in-
the kick-off it was clear that both
Zoe Waring – all played their part
a-lifetime experience.
teams would compete to the fi nal
in a comprehensive defeat of the
Capt Barlow RM (CTCRM)
whistle, with the title at stake for
students by 48-4.
recently completed in the British
the RN and honour on the line
Despite the students taking
Judo Association National
for their Australian opponents.
an early lead, the superior fi tness
Championships, winning gold in
The Brits dominated the fi rst
and speed of the ladies proved too
the kyu grade event.
half through good ball handling
much for the students and so the
Meanwhile, RAF Cosford
and support play to lead by 34-0 ● Catch me if you can, part 3... RN skipper Danny Johnson powers away from the fuzz to score the fi nal
CS triumphed: a very satisfactory
hosted the Inter-Services
try in the Combined Services’ victory over GB Police at half time.
day’s work for the team and their
In the second period, a
coaching staff of Jason Grant and
Despite some key players being
a loose ball he sprinted 45 metres The fi nal two tries of the game Jamie Goss RM led the pack in resurgent Australian team
Wrenegades Coach LPT Darren
unable to attend, the Royal Navy
to touch down under the posts to would have graced any Super snuffi ng out a lot of the Police increased the intensity of their
produced some outstanding
make the conversion an easy one. League contest. momentum giving the backs game but they squandered
The CS Senior side featured
results from a relatively
The police responded again and First an inch-perfect kick was that extra bit of space, while opportunities and the RN’s
seven of the Brothers who
inexperienced team (results
the match developed into a see- put out from the CS midfi eld for S/Lt Atu Vuniwaqa came on at defence was just too good for
contributed massively in a match
saw affair with neither side being Logs Sili Buinimasi to leap way full back, defusing the police kicks them.
that was anybody’s game until the
More on the sport from CPO
able to exert full dominance on above the police defence and and making good metres on the Overall the match was a keenly-
last 20 minutes when the CS side’s
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the game. touchdown in one movement. return. fought battle with the home side
superior fi tness allowed them to
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RAF and CS skipper for the day The fi nal try of the match went ■ Once again the work of RNRL coming out on top 34-11 to retain
stretch the lead.
Chris Gordon scored another try to RN skipper Danny Johnson who has been rewarded by the sports the Babcock Commonwealth
Inter-Service results:
An early score for the police for CS whilst two further tries for gathered a loose ball in the CS half governing body with an invitation Cup.
Ladies heavyweight division: bronze – gave warning of their intentions the police saw the teams separated and sprinted through the broken to stage the live televised draw for Player of the Tournament went
LLogs Crampton-Reid; men under 60kg:
but once the CS side had settled, by only two points at the break. police line, covering well over 50 the second round of the Carnegie to RNZN No 8 Damian Gibbs
gold – AB Stocker (Nottingham); silver – PO
Miles (HMS Brocklesby); under 66kg:
they were quickly back on terms. Despite the CS coming close metres to beat the cover and touch Challenge Cup in Portsmouth in and top points scorer was RN full
bronze – Mne Orlik (42 Cdo); under 90kg: RNRL Young Player Of The to posting the fi rst points of the down under the posts; Buinimasi the New Year. back Mne Rob Lloyd.
silver – CPO Clark (MCTA Portsmouth);
Year, Logs Wilson Tulakepa (he’s second half, the police took the slotted over the conversion. Whilst the details are to be The Royal Navy team
bronze – Mne Rogerson (45 Cdo); under
100kg: gold – Lt Shaw (Ramsey); silver –
also been fi ghting fi res – see pages initiative to put themselves ahead Whilst the RN back division fi nalised the event will take place acknowledged the hard, and often
CPO Carson (Neptune); over 100kg: bronze 16-18), took a pass from RN by two points, this however was to featured on the scoreboard the in Portsmouth during the ‘Dogs’ unseen, work of its forwards and
– CPO Brown (Portland), LReg Beddington
skipper and Man of Steel Danny be their last score of the match. CS pack was in no small way on the evening of Tuesday January voted their own “Men of the
(Iron Duke); kyu grade lightweight: gold –
CPO May (DFTE Portsmouth), silver – AB
Johnson to beat the police defence LPT Jonny Platt came off responsible for controlling a big 26. Matches” over the tournament as
Ireson (771 NAS), bronze – Mne Orlik; kyu out wide and level the scores. the bench and scored a typical mobile and experienced police Further details will be prop forward AB Robbie Roberts
grade heavyweight: gold – CPO Brown,
Clearly enjoying himself, hooker’s try using his upper body pack. posted on the RNRL website (HMS Bulwark) and blindside
silver – AB Finlay (Ramsey); men’s dan
grade team: bronze; men’s kyu grade
Tulakepa scored his second try strength to touch down under the Starting props for the match at fl anker Mne Kieron Morton (RM
team: gold. shortly afterwards. Pouncing on posts. Capt Richard Sharp RM and Sgt royalnavyrugbyleague. Stonehouse).
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