Monthly Archives: November 2012

Navy Cup Page Goes Live

Last season’s President, Admiral Sir Trevor Soar, presents the Navy Cup to the winning HMS Seahawk captain.

The latest page, in an attempt to capture the history of NavyRugby, went live a couple of days ago.  It can be found on this site under the Navy Rugby menu.

In researching the information I have found that the engraving on the Navy Cup has an error and HMS Heron have won the cup on fewer occasions than might otherwise be claimed.  Further research is ongoing and it will be updated on the page when found.


HMS Sultan

HMS Sultan prepared for their semi final encounter with HMNB Portsmouth next week with a match away at Bournemouth.  They will have been well pleased with the performance and the 21-12 victory.

England Clinch Series Win at Army’s Home

England Women won 17-10 last night at the Army’s Rugby Stadium, Aldershot in front of a good sized crowd.  With the win Gary Street’s side go 2-0 up in the three match series and no doubt the England team will be looking to make it a ‘whitewash’ in the third match hat Twickenahm on Saturday. (KO17:00).  The Army Rugby Union can be well pleased with their staging of this match with both teams publicly praising the venue and the organisation.  Navy Rugby’s Tim Bailey was one of the Assistant Referees for the match and did not get a mention – which is exactly how it should be.  The Services have a long heritage of hosting International sides and the match at Aldershot rightly takes its place as the latest in the roll of honour.

Weather Worries

The planned Navy Women’s training with the WRU and the match against Bristol have both fallen foul of the weather.  Similarly the RAF’s match against Northampton today is subject to a morning pitch inspection.

That seems to be it for Navy Rep matches pre Christmas.  The Women are first up in the New Year with a match against Paignton (9 Jan @ Paignton) and the Mariners start their Inter Service preparations the week late against the Somerset Saxons (16 Jan Venue TBC).  Seniors are not in action until February and of court though the U23’s have finished they still may be Inter Service champions depending on Sunday’s result from RAF Halton.  Currently Navy have a +4 points difference so a RAF win, draw or loss by 3 points or less will be enough to win the title.  Army win by more than 4 and they retain the title.  Army win by 4 and it will depend on goals and tries and who shouts loudest!  Lets hope that before too long the championship regulations are published.

Resuscitation Starts After the Hospital Pass

For new Navy Women’s Head Coach, Dominic ‘Bali’ Salisbury, there could not have been a harder start to his tenure.  A match against the experienced touring Australians at a time when a number of senior players were unavailable for selection.  The hospital pass from predecessor Sam Cuff was clearly not intended but this week Bali has the chance to start the developing processes he wishes for the coming season.

RN(W) v ASRU Warriors – the hardest match possible to start a season (or indeed to become Head Coach)

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The Spirit of Ladysmith Lives On

Dogged Defence from Navy Captain Tom Davies

When HMS Terrible and HMS Powerful landed their guns to help the besieged British Army at Ladysmith during the Boer War two modern day legacies were born. The first was Naval Field Gun which nurtured so many matelots with the second legacy. A grim doggedness and cussedness that no challenge was too hard and no foe unable to be tamed.  At Aldershot tonight the Navy U23’s showed in achieving a fine 17-17 draw that the spirit lives on and any watching Field Gunner would have been proud of the modern generation.

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The Apprentice – Your Hired

Owen Slamon, when he was Head Coach RN U23s

Owen Salmon, currently on deployment in Afghanistan, has been named as the Navy Rugby’s new head coach for the Senior XV. He fill the vacancy left by the departure of Ash Coates due to professional commitments.  I will be writing an article on Ash next month but until then here are some details of Owen’s Navy Rugby apprenticeship.


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All of One Company

On the day that Navy Rugby announced he was standing down as Head Coach of the Senior XV, Ash Coates was on hand at HMS Sultan to assist with the U23s preparation for Friday’s match away to the Army at Aldershot.

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Congratulations Celtman – Award Winning Triathlon

Celtman 2012

Congratulations to Paul and Stuart who are the organisers of the Celtman Extreme Trialthlon on winning their Triathlon Event of the Year Award.  Entries are closed for the 2013 event which will be on 6 Jul.  For those who what to know more about this event then the Celtman facebook page, currently with Alligin Photography cover photography can be viewed here.

Images from the 2012 event are on my main site under Action : 2012 Celtman

My own reflections as a photographer on the event were written as a set of three blogs.  The last of which can be viewed here.   This last blog has links to the other blogs written on Celtman.

To the Celtman 2013 competitors – enjoy the winter training and I am looking forward to see you all in July.

Never Look Back, Don’t Doubt Tomorrow

All images from Friday’s match against the RAF U23 are available here.

Tom Davies – Royal Navy U23 captain

Two years ago Tom Davies was an influential member of the Royal Navy U23’s team that opened the 2010 Inter Service Championship with an away win over the Army at Aldershot.  On Friday he will lead the team out knowing that if they can repeat the feat they will be crowned IS Champions 2012.  Tom knows, more than anyone, never to take things for granted and that it will be a very special win if they can achieve it.  But in Tom the U23s have a leader who is from a slightly different mould.  With due acknowledgement to the ‘Nearly Deads’ their lyrics in the title seem apt.

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Navy Respond to Air Force’s Late Comeback

The opening round of the 2012 Inter Service U23 Championship saw a tense win for the Royal Navy.

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Premier Class

With most eyes focused on tomorrow’s opening game of the 2012 U23 Inter Service Championship it will not be just the emerging players of the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force who sit in the changing room with a nervous sense of excitement and anticipation.

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