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46 NAVY NEWS, APRIL 2010

Hard WIRC for rowers

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24.3s, slightly slower than her best time of the previous 12 months.

The men’s heavyweight 30-39

category featured three Senior Service rowers all of whom achieved personal bests: Lt Cdr Derek Powles (COMPORFLOT) prepared for the event with a wide range of endurance training and reaped the reward with 21st place in 6m 36.1s; WO1 Spencer Sheppard (DSTL Portsdown) fi nished 30th in 6m 52.3s, successfully converting nervous apprehension into delivery of strength and power; CPOET(MESM) Barry Greig (HMS Vanguard) followed up his victory in the Scottish Indoor Rowing Championships (see below), to fi nish 15th in 6m 29.7s – his fi rst sub 6m 30s time; he has the capacity to go much faster if he can continue to train and further refi ne his technique. The men’s heavyweight 40-49

Category featured two of Navy’s more experienced ‘ergers’, both of whom had previously competed at this event. POPT Alistair ‘Dick’ Treacy (BRNC/Sultan AIB) was seeded in the top 16 and thus was in a prime position on the front rank as he fi nished 13th in 6m 28.8s. Lt Cdr Jules Stevenson (DSTL Portsdown) just missed out on the top seeding group (he prefers it that way), as he gave his usual totally-committed performance, complete with obvious painful and dramatic conclusion, to fi nish 15th in 6m 33.9s; giving due consideration to age and weight, this was probably the best performance by a Royal Navy rower at the championships. Lt Louise Storey (NBC

Devonport) posted a personal best to fi nish 18th in the women’s 30-39 heavyweight race. Not far short of being eligible to race as a lightweight, her improvement from previous performances was the result of committing to a dedicated training regime.

category was Cdr Martin Claxton (NBC Clyde), who unfortunately picked up a heavy cold travelling to the event, so he was unable to exert his usual controlled effort to just beat the aforementioned Lt Wylie, as he fi nished 28th in 7m 17s. Team Manager Paul Winton (MCTA) followed up his fi fth place in the European Championships to fi nish 12th in this category with a time of 6m 44.5s.

Before heading to Boston, CPO

Greig could be found in Edinburgh with three Vanguard shipmates at the Scottish championships.

All four submariners posted personal bests, with CPO Greig’s 2m 58.3s enough to take the men’s heavyweight 30-39 1,000m sprint title, beating off a strong challenge from Sergei Suvoroff of Marine Tec University (Russia).

The men’s open 2,000m sprint featured AB Paul Deacon, the fastest Vanguard competitor finishing in 30th place on 6m 57.3s. He was followed 2.3s later by shipmate LS Dion Broadfoot in 33rd position. All four Vanguards rowed in the 2,000m team relay sprint – and grabbed bronze, just pipping Team Handsome to third place with a time of 5m 48.2s.

RN indoor rowing teams are planning to compete in regional, national and international events over the next two years.Details from Paul Winton on 9380 23644.

CPO John Eales also competed in this category and finished in a creditable fifth place.

Another rower who benefi ted from application and commitment to training was Lt Doug Wylie (HMS Temeraire), setting a good example as he achieved his fi rst sub-seven-minute 2k time of 6m 58.7s to fi nish 18th in the men’s 50-54 heavyweight. Lt Wylie has spent a lifetime involved in RN Sport, including membership of Field Gun Teams (both Royal Tournament and Brickwood’s), but a short while after his rowing race he was quoted thus: “That’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done!” Also competing in the same

RM take CC spoils

THE Royal Marines once again showed that they are a force to be reckoned with during the annual RN Cross Country Championships held on HMS Raleigh’s revamped course. Cpl Brian Cole (Stoke AFCO)

showed his strength as one of the best UK ultra-distance runners to take the senior men’s title, beating Cpl Mike Wilsmore (40 Cdo) into second place. The veteran’s competition

was won by Cpl Mark Croasdale (Carlisle AFCO). He crossed the fi nish line just 30 seconds ahead of Lt Cdr Tony Dunn (RNAS Culdrose). Mne Aiden Redmille (42 Cdo)

won the junior men’s title for the second year running, completing the course in just 19 minutes. Reigning champion Lt Linda

Lawrence (RNAS Culdrose) was the winner of the ladies event in a time of 21m 6s, narrowly beating Raleigh’s LPT Julie Stroud. Both ladies contributed to the overall win for Western Command. Incorporating the Inter- Command Championships, in total 60 competitors took part in the event.

● The Brothers’ Lee Jones attempts to penetrate the Blackpool Panthers’ line during the RNRL’s third-round cup defeat

Picture: LA(Phot) Alex Cave, FRPU East

Brothers mauled by Panthers

THE Navy’s Rugby League journey in this year’s Carnegie Challenge Cup came to an end at the hands of Co-op National League side Blackpool Panthers.

Despite not being in the highest echelons of the Championship, the Panthers were a well- drilled, experienced side based around veteran prop Andy Hobson who was at the heart of

their performance, writes WO1 Keith Humpleby, RNRL spokesman.

Royal Navy Director of Coaching WO1

Wayne Okell was full of praise for his team’s performance as they refused to take a backward step against the visitors from the North-West. Things looked very grim for the home side: the Brothers found themselves 12-0 down after barely six minutes. The RNRL regrouped and fought their way back into the game and were rewarded by a good score from John Humphrey who was

quickest to respond to Botwood’s grubber kick. Provider Botwood turned scorer putting over an excellent conversion almost from the touchline. The Panthers’ No.3 Casey Mayberry scored the second of his hat-trick to ease his side further ahead at 16-6 but again the Brothers responded magnifi cently. A great score for Tom Boyce at left centre was the highlight of an impressive 20-minute period before the break; his touchdown between the posts gave Botwood an easy conversion and at the break it was 16-12 to the visitors. The re-introduction of prop Hobson settled the Panthers again and they began the second half as they did the fi rst: with an all- out assault on the Brothers line was rewarded with a succession of converted tries to settle the match.

Once again the Brothers refused to lie down

and great work across the fi eld especially in the pack meant the Panthers knew they had been in a battle. Manasa Tamoi looked to have scored a

brilliant try as he plucked the ball out of the sky from a midfi eld bomb but Referee Everitt adjudged the ball to have been knocked on so the score was not given. A couple more tries, including Mayberry’s

third, gave a somewhat fl attering 50-12 score in favor of the Lancashire outfi t but the Brothers had the last word. A break on the Navy’s right from inside

their own half saw the ball go out wide to Aaron Hansen who beat the fi rst defender and sprinted for the line with two defenders closing on him, neat footwork saw him evade the defence to give his team and the RNRL faithful a great end to the match as the Brothers went down 50-16.

The new course is far more challenging then in previous years and has been prepared to a very high standard by Rob Newcombe, Raleigh’s groundsman. Feedback from all competitors was very positive.

The ladies and junior men ran one lap of the 4.8km course, while senior men and veterans completed two laps.

Fairway action for naval fl iers

THE China Fleet Golf and Country Club in Saltash is the venue for this year’s RN Air Command Championships over three days next month. Cost for the May 19-21

event is £130 including food, accommodation and the all- important golf.

The competition is open to

all serving FAA personnel, plus sailors and marines involved with all aspects of naval aviation. Details from tournament

cacmn@mod.uk. Closing date for interest is April 25.

Red hot Sussex

The Inter-URNU sports weekend – one of the highlights of the University Royal Naval Unit calendar – took place at HMS Temeraire with all URNUs gathering for two days of (mostly) friendly competition and a chance to showcase their team spirit. Inter-unit rivalry was strong with every URNU proudly displaying its mascot as the units gathered in the sports hall or rugby and hockey pitches to support their players, writes Lt Conor O’Neill, CO

HMS Tracker.

Some teams – it was rumoured – had been training for months, others had decided several days before to try their hand at sports they hadn’t played since school. Either way, the competition was fi erce, with all eyes fi rmly on the

The excellent weather on the fi rst day only heightened the enthusiasm of the rugby, hockey and sailing teams, with large crowds gathered to support the players. Despite heavy rain the following day, and a need to move the rugby to a different pitch, the teams performed admirably (and returned caked in mud to prove it), and morale remained high throughout.

winner’s cup which would be awarded based on aggregated scores from all the sports.

The rugby saw a massive upset as Northumbria’s team beat the long-term custodians of the cup, Wales, in a closely-fought fi nal which saw HMS Example’s CO, Lt Nelson McMillan, getting stuck in on the pitch. London URNU’s rowing team of Mid David Crocker and Mid Jenny Clow triumphed in a close event, not least thanks to Mid Crocker’s signifi cant height advantage. Saturday night witnessed an ’80s disco social in HMS Nelson organised by Sussex URNU, providing those who hadn’t played sport to get some exercise on the dancefl oor, and those who had a chance to relax and socialise after a tiring day. The evening raised £500 for the charity Afghan Heroes. The overall results were very tight, with only a few points between the top fi ve teams. Sussex were triumphant, with consistency of results across the board, followed closely by Wales and Bristol.

In the individual sports, the rugby was won by Northumbria (with Bristol as plate winners), hockey by Liverpool (with Southampton as plate winners), netball by Wales (plate winners Sussex), rowing and shooting by London, and sailing by Glasgow.

● Mids Harry Moores and Andy Ormerod-Cloke (Oxford) challenge Southampton’s Lt Tom Weaver for the ball

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