NAVY NEWS, JUNE 2010
Dallas defeat for U19s
NAVY footballers clocked up their 30th appearance in the world’s longest- running youth
The Senior Service has
its U19 squad to the Dallas Cup every year since its inception in
1980, writes Lt Rich Stephenson.
The 2010 cup saw 15 new
Rookies relish spur sport
WHAT’S this? A photographer with a fi sh and it’s not Sean Clee? Indeed. This is LA(Phot) Andy
was one of the beginners’ sporting events run by sailors north of the border.
Laidlaw and his catch is a 5lb spur dog shark, captured during a novices’ event on Loch Etive.
The day’s deep-sea angling
group of budding anglers started early, taking to the water at Taynuilt, 90 minutes’ drive from Faslane, on a fantastic spring day. They wasted no time in hanging a mashed up fi sh stew over the side of the boat to attract the fi sh. LReg ‘Fletch’ Fletcher was
Brian Emmers (HMS Illustrious) followed, catching the fi rst shark of the day – a young spur dog. It was LA(Phot) Laidlaw (FRPU North) who brought in the biggest catch of the
day, however. (pictured here by his colleague PO(Phot) Donny Osmond).
the fi rst angler to tighten into some bib and pouting, setting the standard for the rest of the day’s fi shing. It was not long before CPO
Led by PO Mal Malcolm, the
players in the squad; just three footballers were veterans of last year’s competition. A friendly match organised for
the day after the arrival had to be cancelled due to the poor state of the pitch; just a few days before, eight inches of snow fell over Dallas and temperatures were below freezing. Fortunately, as the days
progressed, the weather improved with sunny spells and temperatures that averaged between 16 and 25˚C.
With only four teams per group and only the winner going to the next round, the fi rst game is always deemed as one of the most important. The tournament opened against
North Dallas side Andromeda U18 Academy.
The locals started on top,
playing some neat football coming close with two early shots – one hitting the post. Having missed out on the friendly match, the sailors took time to settle down to the Americans’ style of play, and it wasn’t long before they were punished.
Andromeda were given too
much space to run in midfi eld and a half-chance shot – which held up in the wind – beat the Navy keeper ET(WE) Ash ‘Ned’ Kelley (HMS Manchester) in the top corner. As the RN settled down, they
Blades of steel (city)
THE RN made up the lion’s share of the Combined Services CS fencing team for the April’s Winton Cup.
With the recent publicity for RN fencers in the media thanks to Cdr Matt Clark’s television appearance coaching in HMS Ocean, it was a chance for the team’s ten sailors and Royal Marines to help the Armed Forces demonstrate that they are a force to be reckoned with. The Winton Cup is an annual inter-regional competition held in Sheffi eld, attracting many of the top fencers in the country and the standard is always high. Each region enters a team with a section of three male and female fencers for each weapon (épée, sabre and foil). The region which notches up the most victories over the six sections wins. The men’s épée team (includ-
ing Lt Jon Wright and Mne James Huntley) produced the best re- sults of the tournament, narrowly missing out on producing the second-best section result. The men’s sabre (including Lt Cdr Mark Barton and Lt Keith Bow- ers) also produced good results. In the women’s sections LET(ME) Gemma Wollaston led the women’s épée. Deployments left the women short of some key fencers, but this gave several naval fencers the chance to gain valuable experience of high level team fencing. Lt Caila Barnett, S/Lt Alex
Karvala, CPO(ET) Shelley Turrell, LNNs Leanne Parry and Vicki Thomas all gained their Combined Services colours. CS fencing President Air Vice
Marshal Nick Kurth watched the team’s performance and commented: “With the present operational tempo and scale of deployment, it is pleasing to see that the Combined Services can still compete on the national level. The team were excellent ambassadors for the Armed Forces and showed that high level sport is still very much alive in the Services.”
played some slick football, but the fi nal ball failed to threaten. After an encouraging
chat and tactical substitution by the manager, the Navy started the second half more positively. For the fi rst 20 minutes, the
sailors were on top – ET(ME) Andrew ‘Smudge’ Smith (HMS Sultan) coming close from a well- delivered free kick. Disappointingly,
Andromeda who scored the next goal – they were gifted a chance from a defensive error and the RN keeper was beaten from ten yards. Another loss of possession straight from a throw in deep in the RN half and it was 3-0, courtesy of a 25-yard strike. The next
group match was
against Indiana Invaders. Despite the previous day’s defeat, the Navy were in high spirits and looked like a different team. They played neat football all the
over pitch, communicating
well and linking passes together. Indiana were not as strong as Andromeda and they struggled to match the Navy’s speed and agility
● AB(CIS) Danny Henfrey challenges for the ball as ET(WE) Heyes looks on during the 1-0 victory over the Louisiana Fire Red
in midfi eld. Several long-range efforts were fi red towards the Indiana goal, but none were good enough to trouble their keeper. Half-way through the fi rst half,
the deadlock was broken. A well- delivered diagonal cross, helped on by the head of Logs(SC) Ashley ‘Crash’ Evans, landed perfectly for ET(ME) Phil Bryson (HMS Sultan) to volley neatly over the Invaders’ keeper.
but were unable to hold their lead to half time. Indecision in central defence in injury time allowed the Invaders’ forward through on goal and he slotted the ball past the over-stretched keeper. This was a ‘must win’ game for the sailors and they started the second-half as strongly as they did the fi rst. Too many easy chances were squandered by the Navy and they were punished by the Invaders. An untidy
penalty area by the Navy skipper gifted the Invaders a chance to go ahead from the spot: 2-1 to the Invaders.
challenge in the The RN remained in control,
With their heads low and decisions not going their way, the referee denying them what looked a clear penalty, the Navy looked unlikely to score. The Invaders fi nally ‘killed’ the game when they scored their third goal. The sailors failed to clear from a poorly-defended corner, the ball fell to a waiting Indiana player, who drilled it through the crowded area and into the net. After this defeat it was impossible to qualify for the next stages, while the RN’s fi nal opponents – Louisiana Fire Red – needed at least one point to reach the quarter fi nals. Manager WO2 Martin Wallace made a number of tactical changes to the starting line-up. A well-delivered set-piece saw the initial shot defl ected on to the crossbar, only to fall kindly for AB(CIS) Ash Williams (HMS Collingwood) to fi nish at close range.
Louisiana fought desperately to equalise before half-time and it was only the Navy keeper, ET(ME) Ryan Biggar (HMS
Northumberland) denying them. In the second period, the sailors continued to try to add to their lead. AB(CIS) Laurie ‘Macca’ MacGadie (HMS Collingwood) denied by the cross-bar after a superb 30-yard effort. Fire Red had the opportunity to score right at the end when the now-tired sailors were caught napping in defence, only for the ball to be headed wide. The whistle was blown and Louisiana, who thought they were in for an easy game, were denied a place in the quarter fi nal. The competition at the Dallas Cup gets tougher each year, with college and professional teams from all over the globe sending their youth teams to participate in this prestigious event. Having only won once, back in 1981, the Royal Navy rarely qualify through to the quarter fi nals, but are able to compete at the same level as their opponents. This year’s U19 overall winners were Chorrillo FC, a youth side from Panama’s League One champions.
Steve masters the Anglesey surf
A SUCCESSFUL and enjoyable Joint Services windsurfi ng wave sailing championships was held at Rhosneiger on Anglesey, writes Cdr Gerry
Twenty-two sailors from all three Services
were welcomed to the fi rst day of the event by half-mast-high waves, a southwesterly, Force 7 and driving rain.
Undaunted after a long winter lay-off, the fi rst day was touted as a warm-up session and most sailors were on the water practising jumps and wave rides on small wave boards and 4.7m sails. The second day offered light conditions and
an expression session was held for the novice fl eet.
The third day saw a southerly Force 5 to 6 and the competition started in earnest with both the open and novice fl eets achieving fi nals; as a result they were able to declare champions. Points in the open fl eet were scored through a wave ride, forward loop and back loop. With day four dominated by a fl at calm suitable only for frisbee throwing, the Joint Service Championship went to the Army with
AB (D) Steve Roberts (pictured in action, right)
securing second place for the Navy. On the fi nal day the wind cut back in with a southwesterly Force 5 to 6 and some good waves for a fi nal session before the fl eet headed back to their respective homes.
(Semi) naked ambition
WE’VE featured weightlifters on numerous occasion in recent years in these pages, but no
So enter LPT Jamie Stickley of HMS Collingwood (pictured above) to put that right. The clubz was placed sixth in
his first event, the South Coast Bodybuilding Championships at Portsmouth Guildhall. He began dieting for the competition three months earlier, weighing in initially at 117kg. That was only half the challenge. The other was learning how to pose (advice provided by a female ex-bodybuilder). Bodybuilding demands a very
strict diet: ten egg whites and oats for breakfast, then every two hours, 250g chicken/steak and up to 30g carbs with minimum fats up to 11pm. Before bed there were 15g oats with a protein shake.
washed down with up to 12 litres of water.
And all day long this was
Come the fi nal week of dieting, all carbs had to be cut out: three days of egg whites and turkey breast every two hours, one day of skinless jacket potatoes every hour for 12 hours; the fi nal few days comprised 60g rice with 1 dessert spoonful of jam or half a banana.
The net result? By the day of the show, Jamie was down to 97.4kg. “I was amazed at how much
weight I had dropped but I looked very good,” says the leading hand. “The whole day was an amazing experience and I hope I’ll be competing again next year.”
Giggers enjoy Scilly season
WITH HMS Campbeltown as guardship, rowers from BRNC, Culdrose, Raleigh and the Type 22 competed against 107 international teams at the Cornish Gig World Championships in the Isles of Scilly.
The blustery weather pro- duced choppy conditions which meant teams not only had to compete against each other but also the signifi cant swell. Raleigh’s female team pro- duced the overall best result of the weekend. With PO(DH) Lynne McCartin and DN Howell providing the power, they easily outperformed their rivals to fi n- ish 66th (from 90th last year). Culdrose were the best- performing RN men’s team in 96th place.
The most signifi cant improve- ment came courtesy of Camp- beltown, who had only had a few practice session. The men’s team outper- formed their seasoned rivals from Dartmouth and Raleigh.
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