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Grass grows on ice
RN ice hockey players marina Continued from page 48
were heavily in action last
behalf of the RFL.
NAVY rock climbers took two
titles in the inaugural tri-Service
month, writes Lt Cdr Al
Capt Murdoch drew the RN
bouldering league.
Bernard, RNIHA general
out of the bag... and Cdr Hughes
their opponents, the Nottingham
Bouldering? Allow Surg Lt secretary. Outlaws.
Steve Glennie from BRNC to First, the Navy developmental This was always going to be
explain... side took on their Army a step up from the students so
Bouldering is a type of counterparts in Gosport – and RNRL coaches were glad to wel-
rock climbing which focuses triumphed 9-3, although the fi nal come back several fi rst teamers.
primarily on power, strength score did not really refl ect the even Despite the fi nal score of
and problem solving ability, and play seen throughout the game. 46-6 this was no Valentine’s
is done over crash mats but Then, two ‘grass roots’ sports Day Massacre especially as the
uses no ropes events, one in co-operation with Outlaws posted the fi rst points
Climbers perform at – or near HMS Collingwood at Gosport’s after just fi ve minutes.
– their absolute limit. Planet Ice and the other with HMS Gradually as the fi rst half wore
In recent years it has boomed Raleigh at the Plymouth Pavilions on the Brothers began to exert
with indoor facilities opening all were staged to raise awareness more and more control over the
over the country, and now even of RN sport, promote physical match, however.
draws from the ‘gym junkie’ fi tness and attract new players to Tries for Mark Robinson and
audience due to the muscle- ice hockey. the ever-infl uential Lewis Taylor –
building benefi ts it gives. The events were also a perfect both converted by Kev Botwood
The popularity of the sport opportunity for RN ice hockey, – nudged the home side ahead
led to the formation of a tri- enjoying new-found ‘recognised 12-6 as the break approached.
Service league this season. status’, to ‘give back’ to Navy Sport The killer blow came on the
Five events, held at different
after four years of fantastic support stroke of half-time. A great move
locations around the country
received from the Director Naval saw quick hands from Wayne
over fi ve months, culminated
Physical Development (DNPD) John and prop Jamie Goss get
at JSMTC Indefatigable in
and the RN/RM Sports Lottery. the ball out to left winger Aaron
It’s great that we have matured
● Lt Cdr Al Bernard tries in vain to stop a shot during the ‘grass roots’
Hanson who took his chance
Each climber’s best scores
to a point when we can run such
session for HMS Raleigh personnel at the Plymouth Pavilions
brilliantly to score. With Botwood
from three of the rounds
large-scale events.
Picture: Dave Sherfield, HMS Raleigh
converting magnifi cently from
counted towards their overall
This would not have been the touchline the Brothers were
possible without the continued events also raises hopes of entering side hosted the Invicta Knights at establishments competed for the ahead 18-6 at the break.
The Royal Navy entered a
help from Capt Farrage and his a women’s team in the next HM Gosport. title of Navy champions. RNRL dominated the second
small but competitive team
team at DNPD and I believe it Forces Championships in Sheffi eld The RN managed to dress one The contest was another fi ne period, allowing little opportunity
of climbers in this inaugural
is the RNIHA’s responsibility to in June. of its strongest sides of the year example of how much the sport for the Outlaws to get back in
participate in these events, to help Although there were no obvious while their travel-weary Kent has grown in the past four years the game. The Brothers spent
Indeed, only two Senior
promote RN sport in general – experienced players in attendance, opponents could only muster ten that it has reached a point where most of the half camped in their
Service boulderers were able
and our own in particular. there was suffi cient potential players. we can hold a major intra-RN opponent’s territory. The result
to attend the required three
Thirty-fi ve Phase 2 trainees displayed to be optimistic about The Navy took a substantial competition. of this pressure? Five more tries
competitions – but both claimed
from Collingwood and 20 from the future of the sport. early lead and dominated most Results were not available at shared among the backs and the
Raleigh participated in the events In recognition of this, the of the play in the fi rst and third the time of going to print but are dominant RN pack.
S/Lt Lee Packer
organised by LPTs Ormston RNIHA hopes to set up a periods on their way to a 14-6 available on the RNIHA website Johnny Platt scored one of his
(Collingwood) took the U25
(Collingwood) and Jefferson ‘beginners’ league in the South, win. ( and will be trademark hooker’s tries while
gong, and Surg Lt Glennie won
(Raleigh). playing similarly-skilled players We expect a very different and reported in the next edition. Jamie Goss stormed over from
the open category – both by
A great deal of enthusiasm from the RN, Army and RAF in much larger Invicta team to face Personnel interested in joining
20 metres, taking the defence
considerable margins.
was shown by all the trainees and friendly competition. us when we travel to Gillingham the team can visit our website, the
with him. Among the backs Tim
The fi nal competition was
it hoped that a few will decide It is also hoped to be able to for the return match. DII landing page or fi nd and join
Vonderavalu fi nished his chance
held alongside the Army
to take up the sport on a more play during the day to avoid one of The fi nal major event of the our group or fan page in Facebook.
well and Nick Bell came off the
bouldering championships at
regular basis. the major drawbacks of hockey in month was the fi rst RN Cup, where There’s some spare kit available for
bench to score his fi rst try since
JSMTC Indefatigable, where
The good proportion of female the UK – the unsociable hours. teams from the Royal Marines, loan but players are encouraged to
returning to the fold. Scrum half
the Navy fi rmly established
attendees at these grass roots Next, the Navy representative Fleet Air Arm and RN ships and have their own skates.
Botwood scored a try of his own
themselves as a force to be to add to his near-perfect seven
reckoned with. Guest entrants from eight conversions.
Surg Lt(D) Lucy Matthews and
Surg Lt Glennie took the ‘best
guest’ titles in women’s and
The taming of the screws
men’s categories... and fi rst
Épée epic
place overall.
More details on this fl edgling THE past two months gaining in confi dence, playing
sport can be found at www.
Onside with Lt Cdr Neil
some of their best football of the
in Bristol
have seen a number of
matches cancelled due to
season. With a bit more composure
Horwood, RNFA
in front of goal they could have FENCERS new and old from
the horrendous weather stretched their lead prior to half across the South-West joined the
that swept across the UK.
time. RN for the Bristol Royal Navy
But there has been some
The second period opened with
Fencing Competition.
A friendly event aimed at
footie action...
closing minutes, only for his strike was heading for a 1-0 RN victory,
Bridgwater putting the RN under
introducing beginner and
Opportunities for the senior
to be saved. a loose ball in midfi eld allowed
pressure and a mistake by Bavister
intermediate fencers to the
side have been limited since mid-
The game ended with the RN London to gain possession on 88
on 52 minutes nearly undid all the
boxing days
competition format, it has proved
side enjoying absolute domination minutes. A cross and a header later
Navy’s hard work. Marsh came to
so popular that it’s in its fourth
With the friendly against
and a well-deserved win. and the ball was in the back of the
the rescue with a great challenge
Gosport Borough cancelled due to
Following the victory, the Seniors Navy net.
just as the Bridgwater player was
Twenty-three teams from seven
HMS Lancaster has become the
the weather, the RN were delighted
lost 1-0 to Havant & Waterlooville The Royal Navy ladies played
about to shoot.
clubs in the Bristol and Bath
first Royal Navy unit to complete
at the prospect of getting their
before returning to winning ways a rearranged away fi xture against
On 65 minutes, Fraser slid a
area entered, with more than 100
the non-contact boxing tutor
boots back on for a competitive
with a comprehensive 3-0 win Bridgwater Town having not
great ball inside to Bavister who
fencers taking part.
fi xture against the Prison Service.
against Middlesex FA. had a competitive game since
made up for her earlier mistake
The aim of the day was not
In all, 20 personnel on the
In what has historically been a
In the Southern Counties Cup, November.
fi nding Ingram with a superb pass.
to fi nd a winner, rather to get as
Type 23 frigate (that’s one in
gruelling match, the RN side were
the Seniors have won three and With the Inter-Services fast
She made no mistake, needing
much fencing done as possible.
nine of the ship’s company)
keen to extend their unbeaten run
drawn one; they are riding top approaching it was vital that the
only one touch to control the
Teams of three fought against
have completed the preliminary,
which began in early November.
of the table with one match to ladies got some much-needed
ball and fi re past the Bridgwater
each other using the rolling 45
standard and bronze awards.
This fi xture also heralded the
go against the Army at Aldershot game time.
Impressive enough. Even more
debut of the striker, Mne Henry
Town FC on the March 17. Due to work commitments
Tired legs became a problem
format, and with 55 matches
impressive when you consider Before that there’s the small and an unfortunate injury during
on an increasingly heavy pitch
completed, everyone gained a lot
the frigate is chasing pirates half-
Husbands (45 Cdo).
matter of the Inter-Services clash the morning training session to
and this took its toll as both teams
of fencing experience.
way around the globe (see pages
On a pristine surface, the RN’s
with the RAF at Fratton Park on LA(SE) Amy King, the ladies were
tired in the closing stages, but the
As Rachael from Bath Sword
overwhelming early pressure paid
March 10. Kick-off is 7.30pm and only able to fi eld two recognized
RN held out for a fully-deserved
said: “A big thank you from all of
Indeed, completing the awards
dividends in the 11th minute.
admission is free. defenders, these were RPO
2-0 victory.
us! It was a great day of fencing,
was a battle in itself; lessons
A corner from AET Jamie
After a protracted period Michelle Garrett and AB(WS)
The U18s were on the wrong
and really useful for our beginner
often had to be cancelled due to
Thirkle (Sultan) was fl icked on at
without competitive fi xtures, the Lisa Fraser, who were assisted
end of a 3-1 scoreline against
fencers. We are all looking forward
boarding stations and clearing the
the near post and bundled into the
U23 development squad played by Logs(Pers) Naomi Marsh
London FA.
to next year’s event.”
upper deck just as sessions were
net by the ever-dependable C/Sgt
their second game of the season dropping back from midfi eld into
The RN veterans narrowly lost
Starting on time and fi nishing
getting started.
Richie Hope (CTCRM).
against London University – a a 3-5-2 formation, of which none
out to the Prison Service on a
at the planned time, no early exits
The team battled through
The lead was almost doubled
traditional precursor to the Inter- of the players had any experience.
heavy Burnaby Road pitch.
and with no dragging on, the drill
and progressed to complete the
one minute before the break.
Services competition. During the opening ten minutes
A second-minute strike settled
hall at HMS Flying Fox was full
bronze award before getting
Thirkle played a one-two with
The game started at pace with the lack of games combined with
the contest, which was played in
to capacity.
alongside in Dubai.
Hope on the edge of the Prison
the RN side applying the early the players settling into formation
the true spirit of the game.
Old rivalries fuelled some
All 20 pugilists passed with
Service box. The shot was saved,
pressure resulting in a number of proved noticeable: Bridgwater
In the Navy Cup, HMS Heron
closely-fought matches, and
flying colours.
but the keeper spilled the ball to
set pieces which kept the students’ Town enjoyed the majority of play
became the fi rst team to claim a
despite there being no prizes,
“It’s a great way to start and
Mne Shea Saunders (CTCRM),
defence busy. and looking dangerous especially
place in the fi nal beating Illustrious
some very competitive fencing.
people who would have never
who slotted home. Sadly, the ref
London University managed on the attack.
8-7 on penalties.
The day also raised £233 for
put on a pair of gloves enjoy it
ruled the Royal was offside.
to stifl e those early efforts and With 20 minutes on the clock,
At the time of going to press,
the British Heart Foundation
so much they want to continue,”
The highly-vocal Prison Service
applied a degree of pressure in the the RN started taking control of
the other semi between CTCRM
through a charity lunch made by
says Lancaster’s clubz LPT Daz
coach obviously gave his side
latter stages of the fi rst half with the game, playing some impressive
and 45 Cdo was still to be played.
LNN Leanne Parry.
Hoare (he’s also been busy on the
a bit of a roasting at half time;
AB Matt Hilbourne (Ark Royal) pass-and-move football.
Finally a big ‘well done’ to
“It was great to be able to help
footballing front – see right).
they began the second half very
being tested in goal on more than Two minutes later, a great
HMS Lancaster who achieved FA
get people fencing as it enables
“We have a few in the group
one occasion. move involving four Navy players Charter Status.
people of all ages to get some
who want to go one step further
The RN back four – who
The second half started brightly culminated in Ingram being The Red Rose becomes the
good exercise in an unusual
sport,” said Leanne.
and actually go to a boxing club
have remained consistent for the
with AET Marvin Brookes (RNAS played in down the left. She easily 11th RN team to receive this
“It’s much more physical than
now. This will certainly improve
bulk of the season – managed to
Culdrose) taking a more central beat the Bridgwater defender and prestigious award, presented to
people expect.”
the chances of RN boxing. comfortably soak up the pressure role in attack. His strength allowed drove at the goal, freeing up centre LPT Daz Hoare.
With team competitions for
“If as a team we can do it and Mne Adam Fowler (FPGRM) him to out-muscle the London forward Mansfi eld. The latter I’m now at sea with HMS
beginners and intermediates so
while on operations in the Gulf prevented an equaliser with a centre half and play a looping ball accepted Ingram’s pulled-back Sutherland.
rare, the RN fencing community
anyone can do it.” superb goal-line clearance. for LPT Ross McEvoy to steer pass to calmly slot the ball past a If you tire of reading about the
is organising similar events in
Matelots in Gibraltar can look At the other end, Saunders past the advancing keeper on 64 stunned Bridgwater keeper. mighty F81 each month, email
Portsmouth and Birmingham in
out for these awards – Daz is struck a direct free kick inches minutes. With every passing minute the your match reports with photos to
the next couple of months.
heading there next. wide. He would come close in the With the game looking as if it RN ladies were improving and
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