Monthly Archives: December 2012

Sunset From Aird

A new image – Sunset From Aird – can be viewed by clicking here.  In the middle of December the sun sets between the two islands of Eigg and Rhum.  Although the horizon was obscured by a bank of cloud to the South West the cloud formations, coloured by the setting sun, added an extra dimension to the evening (late afternoon) view of Eigg.

Seahawk Pack too Powerful for Pompey

Captain Joji Volasaya lifts the Navy Cup as Seahawk win 43 – 8 to retain their trophy

A comfortable win for HMS Seahawk as they retain their Navy Cup title with victory over HMNB Portsmouth.  Brief match report with a selection of images below.  All the images will be available over the next couple of days.

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Buachaille Etive Mor

As you approach Glen Coe from the South you pass one of Scotland’s most famous mountains which stands guard over the glen’s entrance.  The pyramid of Stob Dearg at 1022m is an imposing site and behind runs the five mile ridge of ‘The GReat Herdsman’.  I have added two images of this iconic mountain to my Glen Coe gallery.  They can be viewed by clicking here.

Danny Irvine – A Great Man of Brixham and Navy Referees

If you are an active referee in the Navy and have refereed the Fishermen of Brixham then you know Danny Irvine.  My first trip to Brixham was as a young East Midlands Referee and when he found out I was also in the Royal Navy the rest of the evening took care of itself.  It was probably through Danny that I first appreciated the importance of tradition and history.  Earlier today Danny passed away, fittingly in his beloved Brixham.  A former Navy Referee and Life Member of the Society, harbourmaster of Dartmouth and lifelong Brixham RFC supporter he always had time for others and was prepared to give of himself.  Apart from his support of Navy Refereeing he also served on the Devon County Committee and for the Fisherman he had held the position of Fixture Secretary and Secretary before being elected President.

Danny was a true servant of the Game.  There are many players who benefitted from his support and wise counsel on they way up through the ranks.  As did many referees.  The amount of effort he put in to the administration of the Game throughout the South West was legendary.  He is survived by his wife Anne and two sons Sean and James.  He will be missed by all who were fortunate enough to know him.

The Funeral will be held at St Marys church on Friday 21st December at 2.00pm. A wake will be held at Brixham RFC afterwards.

A postscript from Peter Cunningham (Life Member RNRU & RNRURS)

Remember him well as Cox’n of, I think, LYNX in Singapore in the early 60s.  He seemed to have an arrangement with CENTURION that only Rugby players were drafted to LYNX.  They certainly didn’t lose many games and were one of the very few ships that gave HMNZS TARANAKI a decent game!

Seahawk First to Appreciate Army Sevens Success

The unbeaten Army Sevens Team receive their Army Sports Control Board – Sports Team of the Year Award.  Image courtesy of Army Rugby Union

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A Hard Day at the Office

Guess where?

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Army Make Heavy Weather of Retaining U23 Trophy

Navy Referee Duncan McClement awards the trophy clinching try to the Army U23s at RAF Halton



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