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48 NAVY NEWS, MARCH 2010
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● Lord of leaping... One of the RN snowboarding team rises above
the Meribel slopes as the Navy post their fi rst 1-2-3 podium fi nish Brothers
at the Inter-Services Picture: PO(Phot) Donny Osmond, FRPU North
grapple
Panthers
AN HISTORIC three weeks
‘An episode
in the annals of Navy rugby
league saw the Brothers fi nally
join the ‘big boys’.
of which
The team reached the
third round of the Carnegie
Britain can
Challenge Cup – the rugby
league counterpart of the FA
be rightly
Cup – after a decade’s trying.
The Brothers are the sole
proud’
Services’ representative left
in the competition and have
been handed a home tie
– Channel
with Championship 1 side
Blackpool Panthers over the
Dash
weekend of March 6-7 (see
www.pitchero.com/clubs/
memorial
royalnavyrugbyleague/ for
match details nearer the date).
unveiled
The teams met at last year’s
Carnegie 9s in Leeds, where
the Panthers proved too strong
for the Brothers on the day.
The road to the third round
– where Championship and
Championship 1 sides such as
Keighley and Widnes enter the
fray – began with a long trek
north to Tyneside to take on
Northumbria University in the
fi rst round.
A higher than usual number
of fi rst team regulars were
missing through injury and
operational duties, giving
many players on the fringes of
selection a chance to shine,
writes WO1 Keith Humpleby,
RNRL spokesman.
Shine they did. A starting
line-up fi elding only four of
the team which beat the Army
in September effectively
‘The effect
Miracle in Meribel
controlled a students’ side
which had no real answer to the
must
RN’s power and fi tness.
Led by Lewis Taylor playing
at No13 RNRL ran in 11 tries,
have been
converting fi ve of them. The
Cpl Donna Hargreaves, who took Sports Association 2010 Alpine rapidly to the more challenging
students’ only reply was a late
terrifying’ –
THE Royal Navy snowboard
team’s most successful year fi rst place courtesy of a drop-off Championships. slopes.
consolation try to leave the fi nal
of competition saw a landmark jump in the fi nal straight to push This year the event underwent There is incredible off-piste
score 54-4.
triumph at
1-2-3 for the men on the slopes the RN offi cer into second place. the most signifi cant change in its
The action then switched to
skiing, as well as a half pipe,
of Meribel – and a fi rst podium In her first Alpine history, writes Lt Cdr Rob Taylor.
the poop deck of HMS Victory
boardercross course, some great
Narvik 70th
fi nish for the ladies. Championships, Lt Kelly proved Not only did it move from Les
where offi cials from the Rugby
freeriding and the 1992 Olympics
AET Ross Taylor from RNAS to be a force to be reckoned with Menuires to Tignes Val Claret, but
Football League and Leeds
downhill course should you feel
anniversary
Culdrose took the slopestyle for many years to come but was also a new tour operator partner
Carnegie joined RNRL staff to
up for it.
competition. unfortunate to break her arm in was introduced, Event Travel
make the second round draw.
Unlike previous venues for the
He was joined on the podium the fi nal slopestyle competition Company. There was also a new
Also present was the trophy
supplement
event Val Claret itself is a compact
by team captain – and the oldest the following day. instructor provider (Evolution 2)
itself, the magnifi cent silver
village with an excellent spread
competitor at the championships The triumphs were witnessed and equipment supplier (Favre
Challenge Cup.
of restaurants and bars, a place
– CPOPT Mark ‘Smudge’ Smith by Commander-in-Chief Fleet, Sports) as well as a new insurance
RNRL President Capt Steve
of the FLEET FOSNNI Youth Admiral Sir Trevor Soar, and the company (Rush Insurance).
where we established a strong RN Murdoch and Chairman Cdr
CCF Organisation. chairman of the RN Winter Sports With so many variables
community. Gareth Hughes drew the home
Completing this unique Association Capt Richard Stokes. changing it had all the ingredients
If you needed to stretch your and away sides respectively
whitewash of the other Services And a special ‘thank you’ must for potential chaos, but thankfully
legs the nearby town of Tignes Le with Craig Spence offi ciating on
was another Faslane-based also go to team coaches James the opposite was true.
marina Continued on page 47 marina Continued on page 46
boarder: AB(D) ‘Skins’ Rudkin Sweet and Stephane Wiehe who For those who don’t know
from the Northern Diving Group. worked miracles to bring the Tignes, it is served by the large ski
It was, says Smudge, “a sight to RNSB team justifi ed success. area L’Espace Killy, with over 300
treasure”. ■ Leading up to events in Meribel km of pistes.
The icing on the cake was were the RN championships, There are areas available
provided by Lt Alex Kelly (RNAS staged for the first time in Tignes. for all standards of skiers and
Culdrose). While the UK shivered under snowboarders from the absolute
She was leading the Combined repeated blankets of snow and beginner to the expert thrill
Services snowboarder cross event slid around on the ice causing seekers.
into the closing round. mayhem everywhere, it proved to A ski tranquille area allowed
Sadly, she was pipped by the be a bumper year for snow at the newcomers to get miles of snow
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more experienced RAF boarder (deep breath) Royal Navy Winter under their board/skis and progress
End of an
illustrious
ERA –
farewell to
the Tiffs
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● Major Huan Davies RM on his way to fi fth place in the IBM
Telemark Sprint Classic at Meribel Picture: Blueski Photography
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