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Thai fi ghters recognised

MUAY Thai has just received full approved status after being a grass roots sport for the past four years. The sport – also known as Thai

boxing – has established a fi rm following with training sessions at HMS Nelson and RNAS Yeovilton under the guidance of Assistant Master Khru Yai Gary Gregory.

unit fi ght nights in November and March and a trip to Thailand to train between March 12 and 27. For further information on all aspects of training and future events, contact the association chairman Lt Cdr Dave Goldsmith on 07757 184925 or Gary Gregory on 07979 276902.

Wight riders

A 58-mile slog around the Isle of Wight (one day between September 13 and 19 or October 11 and 17, depending on the weather) beckons for competitors in the Forces Windsurfi ng Challenge, a race between the three Services – with the added incentive of raising money for Help for Heroes and, in the Navy’s case, the RNRMC. The race is expected to last ten hours and will see the windsurfers actually cover 100 miles as they have to beat upwind and sail off the wind, plus cope with strong tides. More details at www.

Thai Association moves from its current home in Nelson gym to a newly-acquired gym in the dockyard, training each Tuesday and Thursday from 6pm-8pm. The RNMTA offers grass roots training to establishments and is open to everybody from the pure novice to experienced fi ghters. Future activities include inter-

This month the RN Muay

CTCRM reign in the rain

DUE to operational commitments only seven units were able to compete at this year’s Tunney Cup, the Royal Marines’ annual football tournament, writes Jacky McNamara.

After a cracking end-to-end game – superbly controlled by ex-Bootneck and RN referees’ secretary Barney Barnett – RM Poole emerged victorious 4-3. The afternoon saw CTCRM ease into the semis with a huge 9-1 win over CHF, while FPGRM played out a tense 1-1 draw with fi erce rivals 45 Cdo that rarely dipped below 100 mph. Wednesday morning brought

diffi cult windy conditions for the plate decider which saw CLR convincingly beat CHF 9-1. Both semis were well-contested with 45 Cdo and CTCRM eventually winning.

glorious sunshine with 42 Cdo outplaying CHF, winning 4-2 with a sound display from all offi cials, especially WO2 Robbie Buglass who was making his debut as a referee at the 2010 Tunney Cup. On Monday morning – before the 42 Cdo-CTCRM game – all the referees were treated to a ‘ceremonial free kick’ master class by FA referee instructor and retired RN ref George McCaffery. George very kindly gave up his time to assess and mentor our newly-qualifi ed referees throughout the week and we are extremely grateful to him. Tuesday kicked off in romping style with a ‘ding dong’ game between 42 Cdo and RM Poole – the winners going through to the semi-fi nal, the losers settling for a place in the plate fi nal

● Eventual winners CTCRM (in red) defend a 45 Cdo corner in the rain-soaked fi nal of the Tunney Cup Picture: PO(Phot) Christine Wood, CTCRM

play CLR in an evenly-contested match which nearly boiled over in the second half. CPO Mark Scarisbrick and his team did a fi ne job keeping a lid on proceedings, as tempers fl ared with the game ebbing and fl owing. CLR eventually came out on top by 4 goals to 3. In the annual veterans’ game The Laurels, led by Shaun ‘Fozzy’ Foster, edged out the Globes by

The plate fi nal saw 42 Cdo

5-4 in an entertaining game with players travelling great distances to play in this fi xture. The much-anticipated fi nal saw the 2010 Navy Cup winners 45 Cdo play the defending Tunney Cup holders CTCRM. The game was particularly special as it was to be C/Sgt Ian ‘Nobby’ Clark’s last as head coach of 45 Cdo; Nobby has been a stalwart of Corps football and will be sadly missed by all who had the pleasure of his company. The fi nal was a Tunney Cup

classic: a great game played in very wet conditions – just a shame that one team had to lose. RN Level 4 referee Raymond

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‘Pogo’ Paterson described it as the best game that he’d had the pleasure of taking part in for a long time – his legs were still sore on Sunday.

CTCRM fi nally emerged

victorious winning 5-4 after extra time with Mark Petch of 45 Cdo RM selected as the man of the match.

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An outstanding week was had by all and a big ‘thank you’ must go out to all those involved in the smooth running of this year’s tournament including, ‘Fozzy’ Foster, C/Sgt Ian ‘Dutchy’ Mulholland, Johno, BJ Farrimond, Tigs Lenton and the rest. ■ Taunton Town FC saw a record crowd at an ‘Armed Forces Charity Day’ in support of the RN and RM Charity, Army Benevolent Fund, RAF Benevolent Fund, Help for Heroes, and the Royal

British Legion. There were two great matches – after the match ball had been delivered in style, courtesy of a Lynx from 702 NAS, which departed trailing a White Ensign over the stadium. And so to the sporting action:

the fi rst match saw the families of Cpls Jonathan Horne and Tom Gaden of the Rifl es – killed in action in Afghanistan last year – take to the fi eld. The match was a 3-3 draw and decided on penalties, with the winning kick struck by Jonathan’s father.

The second match saw the

Royal Marines clash with Taunton Town (who play in the Southern Football League Division One South & West – four levels below the Football League).

The commandos edged home

winners 2-1 after some terrifi c attacking football in a hard-fought match.

The event – which raised in excess of £20,000 for the above- named charities – was organised by CPO Jim Kent (JSU Cheltenham), PO Andy Cload (Raleigh), and PO Mathew Steele (702 NAS). They received terrifi c support from the local cadet forces with battlefi eld and fi eld gun displays, and music by the Devon and Somerset Air Cadets Volunteer Band.

Players were joined by junior cadets as mascots and local Royal British Legion Standard Bearers.

Blazing saddles

CYCLISTS from HMS Raleigh took the UK National 24-hour time trial title for the second year running with a combined distance of 1,341 miles.

WO1 Garry ‘Scooby’ Drew, C/Sgt Stuart ‘Nutty’ Edwards and former CPO Bob Richards took on some of the best endurance cyclists in the UK to defend the title at Farndon, Cheshire. Each competitor was required to cycle as far as possible on pre- marked dual carriageways and A and B roads in a day. WO1 Drew took third place – and his fi rst national individual medal – by clocking up 467.64 miles (equivalent of Raleigh to Alnwick).

He would have covered an even greater distance but for a couple of problems with his bike. WO1 Drew was followed over the line by C/Sgt Edwards who took fourth place overall with 458.33 miles (that’s Raleigh to Jedburgh).

The contest kicked off in

Powerlifters raise the bar

NINE competitors from the RN and entitled civilians battled it out for the title of Scotland’s RN powerlifting bench press champion. The clear overall winner with a lift of 140 kg in the 90kg weight class was CPO(ET) Andy Laing, equalling the record set earlier in the year by Mid Nick Rikowski and setting a new Masters record. The 67.5kg class was won by ET(ME) Andy Burn with a lift of 100kg on his second attempt, missing out narrowly on 110kg on his third and fi nal attempt. The 82.5kg class was won by Lewis Bysouth with a lift of 110kg. He was closely followed by LMA Nolan Tonks with 60kg, a gutsy effort from a man who only took up weight training two months ago.

won the title and the overall best lifter title. He was followed by ET(ME)

In the 90kg class CPO Laing

James who unfortunately could not complete a 140kg lift on his second and third attempt. The 100kg class was won by Babcock’s Mick Rybarczyk with a lift of 140 kg.

Next came Calvin Szeles (also of Babcock) with a lift of 125kg. In third place CPO Lee Shaw hoisted a respectable 100kg. In the fi nal weight class (110kg) Eric Turner opened strongly with 150kg (matching Adam Cooper’s record in that class) his second attempt at 160kg was disallowed for changing the elected lifting position during the lift. His third attempt was a repeat at 160kg but luck was not with him and he missed at that weight. CTCRM hosted the South

West regional bench press competition.

When the scores were tallied, only one point separated placings from sixth to third and an incredible three tenths of a point separated fi rst and second positions.

The competition was won by Mne Mike Hemmingway (CLR) with an RN record-equalling lift of 150kg in the 110kg class to give him 82.40 points. In second place Cpl Rob Conde from CTCRM in the 100kg class lifted just 5kg fewer than the bigger man to achieve 82.03 points. Of important note is that both these lifters were competing in their fi rst powerlifting competition and were lifting against several experienced and nationally qualifi ed lifters. Cpl Rob Cooper placed third with a personal best of 135kg in the 100 kg class. Having progressed into the 125 kg class this year, Lt Adam Cooper set a new RN record by lifting 150kg, equalling the competition winner. However as powerlifting is scored proportionally based on a competitor’s body weight, this impressive lift was only good enough for fourth place. In fi fth place was Cpl Jim Cox with a lift of 130kg in the 100kg class. Later this year Jim will be competing for Great Britain in the single-lift Deadlift event at the World Drug-Free Powerlifting Association’s European Championships in Malta. In his fi rst powerlifting competition Cpl Malcolm Bell took sixth place with a 100kg lift in the 67.5kg class, followed by his training partner Mne Mike Whittle, also in the 67.5kg class with a 92.5kg lift.

He had been leading the race at the half-way point, but a couple of bad patches and the saddle coming off, hindered his progress. Bob Richards stepped into the breach as a member of the team


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fi lling a gap left by the RN’s main contender, CPO Sean Childs, who is currently taking time away from competitive cycling. Having been stuck on 399 miles, the VT Flagship employee was determined to break through the 400-mile barrier in 2010. He did – by some 16.36 miles in his 24 hours in the saddle, covering a distance equivalent of Raleigh to Chester-le-Street. The three riders’ tally ensured they held on to the title – although it took a little time for the realisation to sink in. “I had no idea what position I had fi nished in so I was absolutely delighted when I realised that we had retained the team title and that I had won my fi rst national medal,” said WO1 Drew. “Will I do it again? Defi nitely, with the aim of getting a little


Finally in eighth place was AB Nial Duncan (HMS Raleigh) who was also taking part in fi rst powerlifting competition. He lifted an impressive 102.5kg in the 90kg class and was unlucky not to complete a lift of 107.5 kg on his third attempt. The action now shifts to

HMS Temeraire and the RN Bench Press Championships on September 22. There will also be an Inter-Service full power and single lift Championships, in which each competitor may enter the bench press, deadlift, squat or all three disciplines. More details from RN

Powerlifting Association secretary Adam Cooper on 07904 160039.

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