Fairbrother’s Man of the Match Performance – A Photographic Tribute

The final one of three mini photo essays from the Royal Navy v Marine Nationale (men and women) rugby on Wednesday last.

Up Close and Personal – Dave Fairbrother.  Fairy the feisty eight is used to making headlines – good and bad!  But gradually the pendulum is swinging in his favour and with back to back man of the match performances in the Navy’s last two matches when caps were being awarded you can not deny his importance to the Royal Navy cause.  Lee Crabb, of Scrumpix, kept his lens on him to bring you some of Dave Fairbrother’s best moments.

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Royal Navy Women’s Best Showing at ‘Entente Cordial’ Falls Just Short

Royal Navy Women before their annual encounter with the Marine National Feminines.  The teams play for the Entente Cordial Trophy and it was the seventh game in the series first started in 2011 with a 12-a-side game, also hosted at HMS Drake

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Sacré Bleu – Marine Nationale make it four in a row

Congratulations go to the Marine Nationale side who last night retained “Le Crunch’ Trophy with a hard earned 19 – 15 win over the Royal Navy at Brickfields, Plymouth last night.  They edge ahead in the series 7 – 6, the first time since the fixtures were re-introduced in 2005.  They also achieved for the first time a winning sequence of four matches.  This is quite an achievement considering the great difficulty both sides have had in winning away from home.  The Royal Navy have only achieved it once in 2008 (Paris) whilst the Marine Nationale are clearly getting better at travelling having won away in 2015 (Portsmouth) and last night.

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Work Rate From the Engine Room Sets Up Navy Win

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It was good to travel south to Glasgow to catch up with the Royal Navy team tonight in their game against Glasgow Hawks.  Some good rugby from both teams.  Matt Harvey (with ball) was deservedly named man of the match but he was matched in his work rate by his second row colleague Edd Pascoe.  The two are forming quite a second row partnership with Ben Fox also adding some good lineout variations.

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Royal Navy Win at Anniesland

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Diane Hodgkinson, Craig’s mother, presents winning captain, Kyle Mason, of the Royal Navy the Craig Hodgkinson Trophy after a thrilling 28-17 win over home team Glasgow hawks.  The Royal Navy turned around at half time 21 – 5 ahead after recovering from an early Hawks try set back to score three of their own through man of the match, Matt Harvey, Richie Cadywould and Eldon Myers.  The second half was more even and the Navy weathered a strong Hawks fight back to secure the win aided by a fourth try from Rhys Dimmock-Williams.  During the match money was raised for the Craig Hodgkinson Trust which helps provide defribulators in the community.  Craig a Royal Navy and Glasgow Hawks player sadly died of cardiomyopathy when playing for the Royal Navy in 2006.  Tonight was the first time the teams have met since the memorial game May 2007.

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No Work in the Midday Sun!

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One of the pair of buzzards that regularly hunt around the house decided that it was time to take in the surroundings which had that lovely warmth provided by a low sun .  Despite it being mid day it is not getting to high above the horizon at the moment but it makes for some wonderful light, certainly better than the harsh light of mid summer!  After a leisurely break on the post the buzzard was soon back to the air and found some success before deciding to move to other hunting grounds. 

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Myers Continues Happy Memories Against the RAF

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A productive evening with Lee Crabb of Scrumpix as we finalised a new workflow that will allow a seamless process between my base in Skye and his work on the South Coast (and save me some air miles).  The evening’s main event was stood on a chilly touchline at US Portsmouth RFC to watch the Royal Navy U23’s retain their Inter Services title against the RAF.  Despite the poor In Goal lighting, Lee managed to capture Eldon Myers scoring the only try in the Navy’s 10-0 win.  Eldon, who holds a couple of Senior XV caps, made his Senior debut against the RAF so clearly has happy memories playing against the Light Blues.  As much as it was an enjoyable trip in was good to return to the warmth of Skye after a couple of wintery days in the frozen South!!

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A Molten Morar Morning

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A pause from early morning work to enjoy a second cup of coffee and savour the lightening sky emerging over Morar.  For an all to brief a moment the thin cloud took on the form of those fluid basaltic flows where the sheets of fiery molten lava spread out and then cool to leave their mosaic of ripples and swirls in the volcanic rock.

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Sunbeams by Rhum

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A testing week in more ways than one as computer problems caused a significant revision to the week’s work.  A couple of days of rain storms gave way today to another great day, for so late in Autumn.  As the evening darkened so the clouds began to roll in from the West with the sun fighting it’s corner to ensure that every now and again those jewels, that are the evening sunbeams, provided some stunning illumination against the swirling mass of black and granite grey cumulus cloud.

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The Power of Light – Peace and Tranquility

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It was going to be an evening in front of the computer meeting the dreaded deadlines.  However a power cut put paid to that and since I have still yet to buy the generator I keep promising myself there was nothing else to do than pour a glass of wine, open the patio doors and spend and hour simply watching the sun go down as a very calm Sound of Sleat provided a reassuring sound track, gently lapping the rocks below.  The last week in October and still in short sleeves!  To the left, and out of shot a number of day boats were busy making the most of the weather and the fish must be about as earlier, with a mug of coffee, I had watched a pod of 15 dolphins cruise through the Sound, the second time in 4 days.  With the clear skies and lack of light pollution it looks like there will be good chance of the milky way being clearly viewable again tonight as it was yesterday evening.  Let’s hope the power is not put back on too soon!?

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