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● Mne Hubbs chases the puck during the Destroyers’ heavy away defeat to the Milton Keynes Jesters Pictures: Chris Dickens, No laughing matter

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DESPITE their names, the Basingstoke Hyenas and Milton Keynes Jesters proved

opposition for a depleted RN Destroyers ice hockey team.

The Senior Service entertained the Hyenas on home ‘turf’


Final fl ight – the Harrier makes its last

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deadlock when Lt Lappin (HMS Nelson) fi red a slapshot from the neutral zone past the Hyenas goalkeeper. This served as the catalyst for the visitors and after the award of a penalty shot (quite rare these days), Basingstoke went in at the end of the fi rst period leading 3-1. The second period saw the teams evenly-matched with the visitors scoring early on in the period before LS(CIS) D Smalley (Illustrious) pulled a goal back with a shot straight from the face- off to the left of the Basingstoke goalkeeper sailing past his glove to light the lamp behind the net. The third period opened with the Hyenas scoring after 55 seconds to make the score 5-2 in their favour, which left the Navy having to dig deep to stop the

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Planet Ice in Gosport – and, in keeping with recent fi xtures, the face-off was at 11pm, writes Lt Adam Lappin, general secretary of the RNIHA. T

play to break the – to be serious

The game started at the usual high tempo as fresh legs stepped on to the ice to start the game but it took ten minutes of fast end-to-end

● Stand-in keeper AET David Jones thwarts the Jesters

game from disappearing over the horizon. James Morgan scored for the

their three-goal lead. RN manager Kev Cave scored a

Navy with a shot from the point (position just inside the attacking zone) that left the Basingstoke keeper searching the air for the puck with a move that would be right at home in Joanna’s. The visitors continued to add to their score and with ten minutes to go in the game the score was 6-3 to Basingstoke. ET(WE) Peter Shaughnessey

(Type 23 Pool), continuing his recent good form, showed some expert close-in stick handling to put the puck in the net to make the score 6-4, only for the visitors to score 30 seconds later to keep

late consolation, but his team were unable to break the Basingstoke defence so the game fi nished in a 7-5 defeat for the RNIHA. ‘Man’ of the match was Pte Lisa

few who travelled back to Pompey, returning at 4am!). It also gave the team the opportunity to celebrate a birthday of one of RNIHA’s stalwarts: Lt Cdr Al Bernard was celebrating the issue of his free bus pass (he was actually 42 but he looks older and his joints creak!). The game began (after a well- timed performance of a Village People song) with the home team enjoying an extra line on the bench (20 skaters to the RN’s 15 – the Navy suffered from the now- common ‘OPDEF’ of a lack of available goalkeepers). AET David Jones (RNAS

Yeovilton) again gave up his place as a skater to come to the rescue in goal for the RN – which would infl uence the fi nal score. The Jesters were obviously a bit

Weston (3 PWRR – on loan due to a RN keeper shortage) who despite the defeat was outstanding for the sailors between the pipes. The second clash saw the Navy team travel to Milton Keynes to face the Jesters in a return fi xture after


11pm, but there was chance for an overnight stay in a nearby hotel for the team (with the exception of a

their defeat to the RN in This match also started at

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funny (ho-ho) about their defeat the previous month and were out to prove a point by scoring a number of goals in quick succession in the opening period. They went unanswered for some time until LET(ME) Haywood (Edinburgh) scored his debut goal in a RN Destroyers shirt that left the Jesters goalkeeper stranded, watching helplessly as the puck hit the back of his net. Sadly this would be the last time the RN scored in this fi xture and the home team ended the game winners with a score of 8-1. Although AET Jones played another outstanding game as the stand-in keeper, it was Steve Baker who was given the RN man of the

THIS is something brand-new north of the Border. No, not bicycles – they’ve had them for some time. This is the inaugural RN Scotland cross-country mountain bike competition – and the chap in the saddle (PO Colin Abbot – pictured here by LA(Phot) Stu Hill, FRPU North) is on his way to victory as he pedals through the Ardgartan Forest. The race saw cyclists cover a challenging 14km (8½-mile)route over rough and muddy terrain, reaching a peak of 200m above sea level. Challenging as the course was,

it was made all the more diffi cult by the unpredictable Arrochar weather, which saw a relatively bright start transform into a torrential downpour, leaving the sailors soaked but their spirits undampened. PO Abbot was fi rst over the

fi nishing line in 41 25s – 178 seconds faster than his nearest challenger, Lt Cdr Gordon King. It took more than six months of planning to organise the event – permission had to be sought to ride through Ardgartan – but all the effort was worth it as some warming tea, coffee, soup and rolls were handed to competitors at the fi nish before Naval Base Commander Clyde, Cdre Chris Hockley, presented the prizes. “Despite the weather everyone

agreed that they had an excellent time,” said organiser LPT Dan Kerr. “The forests and mountains around Arrochar proved to be the perfect venue for the event and we feel fortunate that they are just on our doorstep. “We will certainly be having a

look at setting another date for the next competition, hopefully in the not too distant future.”

Dennis takes U23 trophy

HAVING led his U23 team through an undefeated season, Mne Dennis Scotthorne (42 Cdo RM) was awarded the Brian Weeks Memorial Trophy as U23 rugby union player of the year. Now in its fourth year, the

trophy keeps alive the memory of a stalwart of RNRU – and champion of young talent. In Dennis’ case, the award

acknowledges his contribution and leadership on and off the fi eld.

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