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A trio of mint performances

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RN were unlucky to give away a penalty two metres off their goal line, which put the Cavalry into the lead with 30 seconds remaining on the clock. Refusing to give up, the Navy immediately attacked and won a foul for a spot hit deep in their own half.

Suzuki set off at full pace for the Army goal and, helped by excellent marking by the rest of the Navy team and an unfortunate misunderstanding in the Army camp, calmly put the ball through the posts with just fi ve seconds left on the clock for a 5½-5 victory. The fi nal tournament of the

Inter-Services programme took place two weeks later when the Navy met the RAF to contest the Duke of York Cup, where the RN team of Aplin, Suzuki and Wilson were joined by Mne Mike Ball.

Starting with 1½ goals on handicap, the RAF were fi rst to score following the very fi rst throw-in.

The Senior Service were slow to respond but eventually started to fi nd their form and Aplin scored a good goal to open the Navy tally. Almost immediately afterwards the RAF added to their tally but, just before the end of the chukka, Suzuki converted a penalty to leave the Navy trailing 3½-2.

The second chukka was fast and furious but although both sides had an equal share of attacking runs, neither team scored.

In the second half the Navy moved up a gear. They dominated the third chukka. A really excellent goal by Ball was followed by a good attacking run by Suzuki which resulted in another Navy score and then a further penalty by Suzuki increased the Navy’s lead.

In the fi nal chukka Ball

scored once again to give the RN a convincing win 6-3½ at the fi nal bell.

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in reply and lost three of their first four batsmen for 0, so at 15-3 the situation was not good.

Skipper Burt steadied the ship with a fine 48 and had support from Pollard (21) and Hill (38 NO), but when Lt J Parker (Raleigh) was run out for 24, the writing was on the wall and the RN finished their innings 31 runs short of their target.

With the RAF defeating the Army in a rain-affected clash to take the IS title, it was left to the soldiers and sailors to fight for second and third place on the final day of the tournament. The RN managed to score 200, Mid K Hewitt (RAF Cranwell) (54), Pollard (36), Matt Thompson (Raleigh) (32) and a late flurry from ET(ME) S Louis (Edinburgh) 28 and for some, that looked a respectable total. An early caught-and-bowled by Parker was cause for optimism, but a second wicket partnership of 99 dampened spirits until three Army wickets were taken in quick succession, raising Navy hopes again. At 144 – 5, it was anybody’s game, but the experienced Army heads of Heyns and Houghton saw off the challenge and they reached the target without further loss for a five- wicket victory.

More sport on page 32


FOR the first time in its history, the RN Ice Hockey

Ice for RecFest Association

was invited to the UK RecFest tournament at

Ice Sheffi eld. The contest brings together 15 of the best recreational ice hockey teams in the country for a weekend of short but very intense games – each side would play eight matches over the weekend. As usual, the RNIHA had an

abundance of volunteers on the back of the recent tri-Service and Inter-Service tournaments. But as the week of the RecFest drew ever closer, the number of available personnel dwindled dramatically (due to operational needs of parent units) leaving fewer than ten players available. The team stepped on to the ice with seven skaters and two goalkeepers for the fi rst game of the day against Bradford Cannibals. The game ended in a 3-1 defeat for the RN, but it did shift a few cobwebs and set the pace for the rest of what would be a tiring day for the sailors and marines. This was followed by three victories (1-0 over


Madness, 2-0 over Cleveland Comets and by the same score over Sheffi eld Blaze) which put the Navy in fourth place overall after the fi rst day. That placed them in the top group to battle for the cup on day two. After a surprisingly sedate

Saturday night in Sheffi eld (probably due to the average age of the team being over 30 and the absence of a physio!), the team mustered at Ice Sheffi eld for the second and what would turn out to be the most physically-demanding day of the tournament. The team lost the services of PO(ET) K Wilson (MASF), who went to sea on the Sunday afternoon and was one of the more infl uential RN players on the fi rst day, and AB J Armstrong (RNAS Culdrose) who had a family emergency on the Sunday morning.

This left the Navy

with only fi ve skaters (minimum required) with no changes on the bench.

After some quick thinking by manager Kevin Cave and the outgoing and incoming general secretaries, Lt Cdr Al Bernard (UKHO) and Lt Adam Lappin (DMLS HQ Raleigh), player kit was borrowed so that one of our goalkeepers, Mne C Chaplen (42 Cdo), could play as a defenceman and AB D Patterson was contacted to play at short notice on his day off from PJT’s to help ease the team’s manning issue. The RN started day two as they

● Lt Adam Lappin charges down the Sheffi eld ice with the puck Picture: Grant Woolway

had ended day one: with some impressive defence and the ability to quickly convert an opposition’s mistake into a scoring chance for the Navy. The fi rst game against

Blackburn Falcons was a tightly- contested game which ended in a no-score draw.

unfortunately ended with some tired Navy skaters and a 3-0 defeat.


Then came a chance to settle a score from day one with another game against Bradford,

(joint favourites Invicta Knights and Whitley Bay Islanders), the Navy team had to face the fact that the day would not be able to etch the letters RNIHA on the cup this year but spirits were lifted by a motivational speech from a veteran of the sport in Canada, Lt Cdr Bernard. The Navy went out to face

Invicta with renewed vigour and outplayed the team from Kent for most of the game. The score was 0 -0 with only a minute to go and RN legs were beginning to feel the strain of having a short bench (Invicta had 17 skaters).

T Chamberlain (45 Cdo), was doing a sterling job in holding the Invicta attack at bay but with only 12 seconds left in the game he was beaten by a fortunate defl ection which sealed an Invicta victory of 1-0.

Navy stepped on to the ice against Whitley Bay with all the pressure

With only one game to go, the The RN goalkeeper, Mne With only two games to go

on the Geordies. The game started with all the action around the Whitley Bay goal and a good period of play by the now-fatigued Navy skaters, but the pace of the fastest team sport in the world was too much for the RN as their defence was once again breached by a late goal to give Whitley Bay a 1-0 victory. At the tournament’s conclusion, the RNIHA team fi nished fi fth out of the 15 – a good achievement for a lightly-manned team at their fi rst civilian national tournament. A special mention for their all-round efforts during the tournament must go to goalkeeper Chamberlain and defenceman J Rutter (845 NAS).

“The team has shown exceptional character to play the tournament in good spirits with a drastically-reduced number of players,” said Lt Lappin. “They have shown and upheld

the grit and determination – values that the RN is famous for. “Our teamwork and team spirit

were rewarded at the prizegiving with the ‘Team of the Tournament’ award, as voted for by the managers of the participating teams.” The team are looking for new

players of all standards. Training is currently at Gosport Ice Rink on Tuesdays at 2230 for players in Portsmouth; players in Plymouth and the West Country are invited to train at Bristol Ice Rink and players north of the Border can join the RAF training in Dundee during the week. Further details at www.rniha.

Swing of Sultans ... and deeps

LT OWEN Smith hits his way out of a bunker at the Marriott Meon Valley (pictured by LA(Phot) Darby Allen) during a highly- competitive 11th HMS Sultan golf open. A fi eld of 81 golfers took part in the 36-hole competition on the extremely challenging but beautifully-presented championship course, writes CPO Dave Elliott, this year’s open secretary.

Coming out on top in 2010 was CPO Mike Nickson with an overall medal nett minus ¾ Stableford score of 31 points. Runner-up Nathan Geddis narrowly fi nished ahead of WO2 Marty Wallace on count-back with a score of 36. The aim of the contest – open to all Sultan Service personnel as well as her affi liates – is to provide a unique opportunity for Service players to compete with retired personnel, civil servants, civilian support staff as well as a host of sponsors on the day. Ex-aircraft engineer Jon Temple, who left the RN more than 12 years ago and one of this year’s sponsors, commented: “It was terrifi c to be invited to play in such a fantastic competition and meet some of my old colleagues. The healthy banter of the day reminded me of the great times I had whilst I was serving.” Sultan enjoys one of the largest society groups in the region with over 70 members – details at www.sultangolfsociety.

Meanwhile in Scotland, the Westerwood Hotel, Cumbernauld, was the venue for the 2010 RN Submarine Command championships, a contest with more than 30 years’ history. This year, the competition took place on the Seve Ballesteros- designed course set in the beautiful surroundings of the Campsie Hills, 20 miles outside Glasgow, and was attended by more than 80 representatives of the Submarine Service past and present. The promise “to challenge you to every shot imaginable in the game of golf” was an understatement on this recently-modifi ed course.

Despite the challenging conditions imposed by horrendous weather, there were plenty of outstanding demonstrations of course management. Lt Steve Trotman (SCU HMS Collingwood) was crowned champion with an impressive gross score of 155, with LS Connor Macleod (HMS Vengeance(Starboard)) a close runner- up (161). The best nett score was CPO Al Mulholland (153) with CPO Fred McEvoy (HMNB Clyde) winning the Stableford competition (64 points); Buck Rogers (ex POMEM) retained the ex-submariner trophy with a nett score of 155; the submarine team prize went to HMS Ambush. A full list of results can be found on the competition website,

Organiser Lt Titch Evans thanks all participants and those who supported the event which raised over £600 for Help for Heroes.

Oar-inspiring journey

LT SARA Collen leads members of the RN Kayaking Association past warships on North West Wall in the opening minutes of a circumnavigation of Portsea Island.

The 13-mile trip began at the sailing centre on Whale Island and ended there some four hours later.

The aim was to introduce novices to sea paddling in calm conditions – and to acquaint them with the change from daytime to night

kayaking (the trip ended at 10pm).

The other aim of the paddle was to highlight the shortage of qualified instructors, desperately needed to oversee pool sessions on Tuesday evenings at HMS Collingwood.

Wood (Collingwood) allowed the kayakers to build up the necessary experience in preparation for instructor assessment. More details on the sport at

So four hours of sea paddling under Lt Cdr Joe

A course near Bristol will be the venue for the 2011 event hosted by WO1ET(MESM) Richard Thompson, MOD Abbey Wood.

Tireless went to ‘hell and back’ (their words not ours) for the Macmillan 2010 Longest Day Golf Challenge. The trio – Tony Burgess, Ken Donohoe and Adam Grimley – completed four rounds of the course in a little over 14 hours, walking 22 miles in the process.

The club waived all fees for the day and ensured the first tee was always clear for rounds two, three and four (oddly, there weren’t many people on the fairways for round one which teed off at 4.45am...).

Family members of all three deeps have suffered from cancer, hence the day’s golf which raised £1,200 for Macmillan.

And at Elfordleigh near Plymouth, three submariners from HMS

The favourable weather contributed to a challenging day’s golf and competition throughout the day was fi erce with a high standard played throughout.

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