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48 NAVY NEWS, APRIL 2010

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Manchester

● RN U23 skipper LPT Ross McEvoy tries to evade an Army challenge during the Navy’s 3-0 triumph

Picture: LA(Phot) Jay Allen, FRPU East

U23s make history

Gore values – preparing sailors for the horrors of Helmand

time.

A week-long training camp in Gibraltar (with two 3-0 victories against local/Service opposition) proved the perfect preparation for the impending Inter-Service clashes.

A CLOSE-fought victory over the RAF and a trouncing of the Army ensured the U23s made history by lifting the Inter- Service title for the first

Onside with Lt Cdr Neil Horwood, RNFA

The second half started brightly once again with AET Brookes (820 NAS) and LPT McEvoy bossing things in central midfi eld ably supported by McLoughlin and LAET Philp (RNAS Culdrose) supporting in the wide midfi eld positions.

Barely were the team back from the Med than they were heading to RAF Cosford to face an Air Force side which had annihilated the Army 5-1.

After just six minutes, skipper LPT Ross McEvoy (Caledonia) found himself in space and drove a 35-yard screamer into the top right-hand corner leaving the RAF keeper stranded.

attempted to stretch the game with balls from distance to their centre-forward to hold, inviting support from midfi eld.

The Navy’s here – the revolution in board and search training

pairing of AET Buckler (RNAS Culdrose) and Mne Sampson (42 Cdo) coped admirably and cancelled out any threat. A change was forced on the RN line up when ETME Stockton (Daring) received a serious injury resulting in a trip to A&E but the team stuck to their game plan and were rewarded with a fantastic strike from the left boot of AB McLoughlin (Vanguard) direct from a free kick in the 35th minute and the RN were two goals to the good.

further rewarded with a third goal in the 42nd minute from AET Musumeci (RNAS Yeovilton) and the Navy were fi rmly in the driving seat.

A momentary lapse of concentration from the RN keeper allowed the RAF to claw a goal back immediately before half time.

The continued hard work was The RN central defensive

in their defensive third and LMEA Hodgson was on hand to strike at goal from distance with a defl ection leaving the Army keeper stranded on 63 minutes.

The RAF responded and

The RAF game plan continued with good service from their fl ank players to their target man but with the RN defensive centre half pairing remaining strong and excellent pressure from the Navy full backs, LPT Kerr (Neptune) and NA Devlin (Ark Royal) the Navy soaked up the RAF pressure. The Air Force were reduced to ten men with 15 minutes to go and although they managed to grab a second goal from a corner, they could not force an equaliser; the RN held on for a well-deserved 3-2 win.

at Burnaby Road and the visit of the Army. The Navy midfi eld soon began to get the ball out to the feet of the wide players in the channels. As the RN players continued to apply pressure, AET Isaksen drove forward down the right and fi red a fi erce shot which the Army keeper could only parry. AB McLoughlin was on hand to power home the loose ball and give the RN a 1-0 lead after 22 minutes. The soldiers attempted to

strike back but a commanding performance by ET Kenealy in goal ensured the pressure was absorbed whilst the RN forwards of AET Musemeci and LMEA Hodgson (Vanguard) worked tirelessly chasing down the ball in the attacking third.

And so to perfect conditions

The third goal came from a piece of individual genius by the RN centre-half AB Russell who carried the ball a full 30 yards, cutting through the Army midfi eld before slotting an inch-perfect ball through the advancing defence with the outside of his right boot for LMEA Hodsgson to fi nish with a quality drive across the keeper into the top corner on 70 minutes, ensuring the 3-0 victory was complete. Huge celebrations greeted

the fi nal whistle as the RN were crowned Inter-Service Champions for 2009/2010 for the fi rst time having fi nally broken the Army’s grip on the trophy. Elsewhere, the RN ladies earned a highly-creditable 2-2 draw against their Army counterparts at

courtesy of strikes from RPO Mitch Garrett and LPT Nat. And the RN veterans grabbed a 2-1 win over Hindhead veterans. A good turn-out for the Navy

saw 21 players available for selection by manager, Ian Rees. The game started with the RN

having the best of the opening exchanges, going close in the fi fth minute with Steve Johnson putting an easy chance over the bar – repeated three minutes later when a good header just cleared the woodwork.

Aldershot Military Stadium

Hindhead a free kick mid way into the RN half. The RN defence failed to deal with the cross and the ball fell kindly to the visiting forward who smashed the ball home to equalise. Undeterred the RN took only

two minutes to restore their lead. A great cross from Jamie Cooke found Johnson, who again volleyed home. Now pressing for a hat-trick, Johnson had a great header

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training for HMS

Hard WIRC for rowers

THE Royal Navy provided 11 rowers in a 34-strong Team GB contingent at WIRC – the World

Indoor Rowing Championships

(aka the ‘Crash B Sprints’) in Boston’s Agannis Arena. These were the 29th annual championships drawing more than 2,000 rowers to the Eastern Seaboard of the USA. At any one time, 108 sportsmen and women were in action, seeded and grouped by age and weight categories into 2,000m races every 20 minutes. Seven of the 11 RN rowers posted personal best times; the four who did not were more established, longer term competitors who regularly operate at the upper limit of their physical capabilities.

Competition over 2,000m on an indoor rowing machine (ergometer) can be daunting. All who compete – at whatever standard – know that they will have some demons to face through the course of the race, normally in the fi nal third. The fastest RN rower was LET

Ben Bates (HMS Endurance) with a personal best of 6m 26.4s as he fi nished 89th in the largest and most competitive category, the open men’s heavyweight. LNN Laura Thomasson (MDHU Portsmouth) was also in a very competitive category – women’s open lightweight – where she fi nished 52nd in 8m

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The second half saw the opposition growing increasingly frustrated. Gaps started to appear

It took sixteen minutes of play to see the fi rst goal. Man-of-the- match Johnson made amends for his fi rst two misses by giving the RN the lead with a great volley from a Brady corner. Ten minutes later a rash tackle from young Dutchy Holland gave

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