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Micky raises
● Brands new... Sgt Bill Callister gets used to the Brands Hatch Indy circuit for the fi rst time Picture: PO ‘Dutchy’ Holland, Phoenix CBRNDC School
the bench
THE inaugural RN/RM bench
press competition took place
at HMS Collingwood, courtesy
of the newly-formed RN/RM
Powerlifting Association.
The aim was to introduce
Senior Service personnel to
competitive powerlifting – bench
press comprises one of the three
disciplines (the others being dead
lift and squat).
The competition was open
to all RN/RM and invited
guests and was well attended.
All the competitors, divided
into different weight categories,
were allowed one lift in each
of the three rounds of the
yet victorious
competition, with the aim being
to progressively lift increasing
THE home of Army boxing
weights to achieve a maximum lift
in Aldershot was the venue for
by the third round.
the 2008 Combined Service
The event was honoured to
be attended by a guest lifter,
From the start, the odds were
the reigning British Drugs-
packed against the Senior Service,
Free Power Lifting Association
writes Lt Lucy Abel, RNBA.
(BDFPA) bench press world
The Army fi elded a full squad
champion, the Army’s WO Neil
but the Navy, struggling all season
for numbers, could manage to
There were 21 competitors
fi eld only eight of the 12 weight
– and each one lifted beyond
Faced with a 4-0 head start,
Setting the bench mark with
Weet ‘n’ windy at the Indyt ‘n’ windy at the Indy
an away venue and a 25-year title
RN/RM records were:
reign for the Army, the Navy team
LPT Sean Cole, winner 67.5kg
had their work cut out.
With only a week on the squad
LOM Tom Jones, winner 75kg
to prepare, MEM Gareth Smith
(pictured in pensive mood, above)
LOM Les Gregory, winner THE legendary Brands Hatch immediately made up places in the safety reasons. qualifi er, while Bill had an equally
opened the proceedings at 54kgs.
82.5kg (120kg) tarmac was the venue for rounds pack. Jamie continued to ride impressive race, climbing to 8th
Cautious at fi rst against
SGT Micky Yule, winner 90kg three and four of the North So too did Jamie and after a extremely well and fi nished as well.
opponent Pte Scott Southey
(160kg) Gloucester Road Racing Club, couple of laps he nipped past Bill 17th, just outside the points after It meant the Royal would start
(Army), Smith’s confi dence grew
Lt Cdr Simon Wynn, winner with the RN Automobile Club going into Druids. starting 27th on the grid. the fi nal in 15th place on the grid
as he shook off the ‘ring rust’.
100kg (167.5kg) represented in force. The two riders made up more Only Bill entered the open race with the FAA challenger one spot
In the third round he delivered
OM Kelly Davies, winner Sgt Bill Callister (UKLF CSG), places, but Bill struggled to on the second day of the meeting, behind.
a devastating rear hand from
Womens (30kg) LAETs Jamie Adam and Loz overtake the air mechanic – the held in violently changeable The weather meant Jamie on
which his opponent never
Power-lifting uses the ‘Wilkes
Seaman (both RNAS Yeovilton) two crossed the line just 2.45 weather – and road – conditions dry tyres decided not to race, but
recovered. The referee stepped in,
formula’ to calculate weight lifted
all roared around 1.2-mile Indy seconds apart, Jamie in 19th, Bill This made tyre choice really Bill did – despite truly atrocious
giving Smith (HMS Argyll) his
in relation to bodyweight; this
circuit, in very changeable weather one place behind. diffi cult for everyone there racing. conditions.
fi rst CSBA title.
allows competitors of different
conditions – from bright sunshine Next up was the F600: Both Bill went out for qualifying, The green beret made a
The Navy saw two further
bodyweights to compete directly
to torrential downpours. Jamie and Bill qualifi ed for the but had only managed three laps blinding start and was in 8th place
early stoppages in their favour.
against each other.
For the Phoenix Open – open to ‘A’ Final, while Loz was in the ‘B’ of a 20-minute session before the by Druids. Not realising that he
Welterweight AB Mark Flowers
The ‘lifter of the day’ trophy
any bike size – Bill and Jamie were Final. heavens opened. was in for his fi rst top-ten fi nish
(Ark Royal) employed his
went to Sgt Micky Yule (Defence
in the same qualifi er. The A event was not as hotly- He nevertheless qualified for in an ‘A’ Final, Bill encountered
superior skills and experience
Diving School) in the 90kg weight
Bill qualifi ed 37th – very contested between the RN and the Open A Final, put on wet visor problems and was struggling
to stop opponent L/Cpl Gav
class with an impressive lift of
acceptable as he had never raced RM as the open fi nal had been. tyres and clawed his way up from to see.
McGee in the third round with a
at Brands before – with Jamie Bill’s rear tyre had seen better 35th to 18th – despite the track After hitting another rider going
thundering left hook.
three places ahead of him. days and after trying to spit him drying out. into Clearways, he had to slow
Heavyweight Mne Joe Harvey
A promising
This put the pair in the ‘A’ Final, off no less than three times on the In the George White 600, Jamie to fi nish without crashing. He
(CSG RM) kept his cool against
where Bill made a good start and opening lap, he had to slow for stormed from 31st to 8th in his eventually fi nished in 11th.
Spr A Macdonald, who had
tried to unnerve him. A strong
rear hand to the head forced the
army boxer to his knees – Harvey
wasted no time fi nishing the job
and forcing a stoppage.
THE RN cricket season opened Despite fi ne performances from
in sweltering heat against team captain Mne Paul Ferguson
Incogniti over two days at
Texas Heat too hot
(RM Poole), AB Andy Neylon
Burnaby Road. (HMS Cornwall) and Mne Nick
The RNCC had a blend of McGarry (RNAS Yeovilton),
experience and youth and scored
was refl ected in the fact that IMG
their opposition were simply
heavily throughout, but ultimately too experienced, and all three
found the task of dismissing
45 Cdo on winning a close Onside with Capt Paul
went on to eventually qualify
lost on points, although Boxing
Incogniti a second time too much,
Navy Cup fi nal against
for the fi nal in this hard-fought
News writer Malcolm Meredith
despite a rapid scoring rate on the
HMS Heron.
Cunningham, RNFA
The U19s played one more
described Neylon as “probably
second day, giving them ample
The only goal of the match
the best RN boxer of the night”.
time to do so.
friendly game before departing
came in the 53rd minute when
AET Paul Ormston (Yeovilton)
The fi rst match for the
resulting in a fairly punishing
man of the match Mne Ian Danby
had the daunting prospect of
representative side saw the
schedule of fi ve games in nine
connected with a decisive pass
Football Alliance in the Home to play, thanks to an ET Jamie Welsh international L/Cpl Gareth
RN produce a commanding
from Mne Ian Syme on the left,
Counties League. Tipton (Sultan) strike, the game Jones (Army). This unusual
performance to fi nish victors by
The remainder of the tour saw
and calmly directed it past the
The squad headed across the was in the balance. spectacle of two southpaws saw
7 wickets.
the team take in the sights and
Heron (and RN) keeper AET Roy
Atlantic in buoyant mood aided Although Tipton ‘scored’ again Ormston box out of his skin to
Tight bowling and athletic
sounds of the US with a particularly
by a valuable coaching session to put the RN in front a rather force the Welshman on to his back
fi elding restricted the Free
memorable trip to the rodeo
Otherwise this was an evenly-
with Stuart Pearce (England dubious offside decision kept foot and resulted in the Navy
Foresters to 197–9, with fast
and witnessed some outstanding
contested affair, with LAEM
U21 Coach) and his assistant the sides level and it was Texas boxer claiming his fi rst CSBA title
bowler Lt J Parker (Raleigh) football in the latter stages of the
John Delahaye leading a stout
Steve Wigley on the day before Heat who eventually ran out 3-1 on a points victory at 86kg.
taking 4–25 as the stand-out contest with Liverpool winning This year saw the return of
Heron defence, and L/Cpl Garry
departure. winners.
the U19 ‘super group’ fi nal. Mne Mick O’Connell (CS GRM)
The RN reached their target
McGonnell giving an impressive
On arrival the squad were met Despite the lengthy preparations,
by a wonderful set of people who the pace of the game and the harsh The RN returned to the UK to claim a very impressive sixth
with eight overs to spare, thanks
performance for the Marines.
volunteer to host the players and climate had its effect on the team CSBA title, the fi rst at super
to Mne D Upton making a most
Maj Gen Garry Robison, Vice
to rejoin their respective units
staff throughout the contest and – imagine playing mid-afternoon heavyweight against Pte Lee John
sound 67, skipper Lt Cdr Paul
President of the RNFA, made
after two weeks together and
inevitably end up being surrogate in August in this country against (Army).
Snelling RN (ABW) hitting an
the presentation to the winning
benefi ting enormously from for
parents not to mention passionate players faster and fi tter than you O’Connell resisted the
unbeaten 61 and Lt A Ainsley RN
captain, Sgt Paul Barratt.
their experience, both as players
Navy fans. are at one of the biggest football invitation by the army boxer
(JACSC) scoring 22 not out off
The highlight of the past month,
and as young sailors.
After orientation and a light occasions of your life and you to get drawn into a brawl and
six balls.
however, came several thousand
It would be diffi cult to pick out a
pool-based training session we can probably guess what is going cleverly kept to his long range
The U25 side followed the
miles from home at the annual
particular highlight from this years
continued our preparations using through the mind of a 17 year old boxing. His tactics paid off as
seniors’ lead with a convincing
Dallas Cup International Youth
tour although the opportunity to
both indoor and outdoor facilities. sailor. John faded in the last round
victory against United Services
Soccer Tournament.
re-new old friendships and make
The time spent in Dallas is not The second game was against offering the marine a golden
This year’s event, the 29th, saw
new acquaintances continues to
all about playing football. The a strong team from Portland opportunity to stop his opponent
The RN batted first and posted
the greatest number of competitors
be a high point for both players
squad were fortunate enough to Oregon, Westside Metro Gunners. in the forth round.
a total of 187-9 with Lt Ainsley
to date drawn from all over the
watch the local side, FC Dallas The U19s battled well against
and staff alike.
Despite the Navy team winning
hitting an impressive 83.
football world with such great
play LA Galaxy whose team an exceptionally strong wind but
A healthy proportion of the
5-3 on competitive bouts on the
Then the bowlers dismissed
names as Liverpool, Eintracht
included a certain David Beckham, sadly lost the game 1-0 conceding
2008 squad will be young enough
night, the Army held on to the
the hosts for 100, spearheaded
Frankfurt and Sao Paulo to name
and also took in some culture with from a free kick which ended up
to return to Dallas next year, if
title with an overall 7-5 victory
by this season’s team captain
but a few.
a visit to the museum and site crossing the line via the underside
selected, and will no doubt benefi t
once the walkovers were taken
POAET Daisy Adams (782 NAS)
The RN U19 team has had the
of the Kennedy assassination in of the bar.
from this years experience.
into consideration.
2-32 and Mne Dave Upton great privilege of taking part in the downtown Dallas. This result left a huge mountain
Trials for the 2009 RN U18 and
But this did not dampen the
(Temeraire) 2-20. Dallas Cup since its inception by A warm up game against an ‘All to climb if the squad were to
U23 Squads will begin early next
spirits of the Royal Navy coach,
Ainsley had the final laugh kind invitation of the organising Star’ side from Mesquite resulted qualify beyond the group stages.
season – players eligible for the
Sgt Graham Alderson.
though as he returned figures of committee and 2008 was once in a 3-0 win with two goals from It is to the enormous credit of
Dallas Cup XXX in 2009 should
“We may not have taken the
3-8 as the RN cruised to victory. again to be an experience that the AET Antonio Musemeci (Sultan), the team that they battled valiantly
have DOB later than 01/08/89.
title, but the boxers of the Royal
Senior Service would not forget.■ TICKETS for the Army-Navy and a third from AET Marvin in the fi nal game against a highly- Recommendations of suitable Navy put on a brilliant display
encounter at Lords on Tuesday The squad had prepared well for Brooks (Culdrose). rated team from Florida, IMG RN/RM players should be performing at the highest level
July 29 are available from Lt Cdr the competition, particularly since The group stage began with a Soccer Academy and once again forwarded to CPO (PT) Paul at the home of Army boxing and
David Cooke on 023 9272 3741 the turn of the year culminating tough tie against Texas Heat. With came off the losers by 1-0. Willetts in the RNFA Offi ce at beating the army on competitive
or with a victory over the Amateur the score at 1-1 with 20 minutes The closeness of the competition HMS Temeraire bouts,” he said.
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