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Thunder at
A VERY wet and damp Thruxton
hosted round sixteen of the
North Gloucester Road Racing
Championship with a clutch
of riders from the Royal Navy
Motorcycle Club.
There was a strong turn-out
from the Senior Service bikers
with CPO Gary Morris (HMS
Tight fi t –
Collingwood), LAET Jamie
Adam (RNAS Culdrose), Sgt
Bill Callister (UKLF CSG), L/Cpl
Exeter goes
Tom Carver (40 Cdo), and
Sean Carter (RMR) hitting the
Hampshire tarmac, writes PO
‘Dutchy’ Holland, Phoenix NBCD
Gary lined up for the 400cc
Streetstocks and Formula 400,
Jamie, Bill, and Tom were up
for the George White 600cc
(GW 600) and Fraser’s of
Gloucester (FoG), whilst Sean
took part in the Team Spidey
Sound of Thunder (I’ve no idea
what that is but my senses are
tingling – Ed).
The GW 600 was split into
two heats due to the number
of competitors. Tom qualifi ed
in 30th in the fi rst heat while
Bill and Jamie took part in the
second preliminary, qualifying
11th and 22nd respectively.
The FoG – again held over
two sessions – saw Bill and
Tom qualify sixth and 48th
respectively with Jamie in
Lords of
session two qualifying 28th.
● Rolling thunder... LAET Jamie Adam roars around the Thruxton circuit in the Fraser’s of
Gary qualifi ed 14th in the
leaping –
Gloucester race Picture: PO ‘Dutchy’ Holland, Phoenix NBCD School
Streetstocks and 29th in
the Formula 400, with Sean
qualifying in 12th in the Team
Spidey race.
Lions maul allcomers
All the qualifying took place
in the morning, on a very
wet track, with poor visibility
adding to the excitement (or
challenge depending upon your
All the riders had a good
day with the exception of
HE Lancaster Lions rugby union squad powered Jamie who had to make a few
their way around the Baltic, mauling their opponents
suspension adjustments ready
as they went.
for the afternoon’s racing.
Luckily, the weather
The frigate has one of the most The second match of Lancaster’s
drastically improved as the
active 15-a-side teams in the Fleet, tour proved a much sterner test
day progressed, with the
coming to the fore during the Red for the marauders: Kiel RFC.
afternoon’s events taking place
Rose’s Caribbean deployment last It was obvious from the kick-off
on a dry but cold track.
year. that this was going to be a tough
The GW 600 was up fi rst. Bill
They resumed battle on the game: Kiel were well-drilled and
got off to a good start but fell
rugby pitch during their autumn tackled hard.
back through the fi eld due to a
tour-of-duty in the Baltic, opening Lancaster, however, put the
steering damper problem and
with a clash on Norwegian soil. fi rst points on the board when
eventually fi nished 19th.
This was the fi rst outing of POET Dan Breward crossed in
Jamie and Tom raced in the
Lancaster’s multi-national team the corner for the fi rst try. Lt Lee
B fi nal with Jamie having a
(every home nation is represented kept up the form from his previous
blinder, moving up from 22nd
force – how
in the 15, as well as New Zealand game and missed the conversion.
to take the lead for a couple of
and Fiji). He was subsequently sacked from
laps before eventually fading to
to drive from
Oslo Rugby Club had played an kicking duties.
fi nish fi fth.
important cup semi-fi nal just the Lancaster’s strong runners Tag
Tom was taking things
ship to shore
day before the ship arrived, so only Tagicakibau at No.8 and centre
easy as this was his fi rst time
11 players were available. The ship LPT Homer were being closed
at Thruxton. After starting in
loaned two men, so the squads down more quickly in this game.
30th he climbed to 20th by the
locked horns for a 13-a-side clash. Kiel managed to raise their game
chequered fl ag.
With no experienced front row and were awarded two penalties
In the FoG, Bill lined up 12th
in the opposition the game was in quick succession which they
on the grid in the A Final – quite
played with uncontested scrums. converted to give the Germans a
an achievement considering the
Right from the whistle it was one-point lead.
Focus on
majority of the fi eld were riding
obvious that the Lions were the The penalties came with the
1000cc bikes.
much stronger team. Forging runs Lions in disarray, thanks in part to
After a storming start he fell
from AB(Logs) ‘Tag’ Tagicakibau stand-in scrum half WO2 George
back through the fi eld, as the
and LPT Stevie Homer easily Embleton being sin-binned for
1000cc bikes could fi nally use
in the Gulf
broke the lines of the defence an unfortunate kick to the head
their legs on the dry, ultra-fast
and tries were coming fast and (particularly unfortunate for the
Thruxton Circuit.
furious. opposition player...).
Bill eventually fi nished 22nd
The try count was high but the The sailors managed to re-
in round one, while Jamie
boot let the sailors down: DMEO arrange themselves and see off the
again rose through the fi eld to
Lt Matty Lee – the Lions’ New Kiel pressure until the break.
fi nish 13th in round two. Tom
Zealand ‘ringer’ – fi nished the The second period opened very
continued to improve, moving
match without kicking a single much as the fi rst had fi nished –
through the fi eld to fi nish 20th
Bye bye
point. two evenly-matched teams playing
● Norwegian blue... ‘Tag’ Tagicakibau powers through the Oslo lines
As Lancaster piled on the good, hard rugby.
during the Lions 68-0 victory Picture: LA(Phot) Nick ‘Whoopi’ Crusham
in round three.
Gary had a reasonable day
Basra – 845
points, the match turned into a Tag Tagicakibau continued to
in his fi nal races of the season
bit of an exhibition with the team make his big runs but made one Tom O’Connor. Although his kick slotted over for a 19-6 lead for
(he’s about to take two years
NAS bid
using the run-out to practise all tackle too many and managed to just sailed past the near post, the Lancaster.
out of racing joining HMS Echo).
facets of the game of rugby. break his shoulder. He wanted team had discovered a new kicker. Kiel came back hard in the last
In a closely-fought
The tackle of the day came to play on but one look at his Powerful, surging runs from few minutes. The ref had been
Streetstock race Gary fi nished
from Tag Tagicakibau. Not only shoulder ensured he was off. WO2 Arnie Palmer, POLOGS outstanding throughout the game
12th in class whilst in the
did the opposition player leave the The injury to Tag seemed to Bobby Rennie and Ted Bundy gave but the fi ve fi nal minutes lasted
Formula 400, following a stalled
to Iraq
fi eld with a cut to the head but LS spur on the Lions, however. a quick ball out to the backs which about 15 and resulted in Kiel
start, he came 31st.
Polly Perkins damaged his neck as The forwards picked up their eventually saw Stevie Homer go being awarded a controversial
Sean was making only
the man mountain took him out game and stormed forward into over the line for a try, converted last-minute try to narrow the fi nal
his second appearance this
as well. the opposition. The pressure told by O’Connor. score to 19-11 to the Lions.
season – and making his debut
The Lions ran out 68-0 victors and Kiel gave away a penalty in Further good running and Kiel hosted the sailors in
at Thruxton. He fi nished a
and celebrated at the British kicking range. pressure resulted in an excellent their clubhouse after the game
creditable 15th in the Team
Embassy (“the only place in Oslo As Matty Lee had been individual try in the corner for with more cheap beer and a free
Spidey race.
to sell cheap beer”). dropped, up stepped AB(CIS) Homer and once again O’Connor barbecue.
Published by Navy News, HMS Nelson, Portsmouth and printed by St Ives (Andover) plc.
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