Champagne Moments – Navy v RAF

RAF Captain, Stu Philpott, lifts the Babock Inter Service Trophy

The Emotion of Sport

Twickenham Stoop hosted its first Inter Service Rugby Union match on Friday 20 April when the Royal Navy played the Royal Air Force in the second round of the 2018 Championship.  It was a risk for both Unions, moving the game to a bigger venue, but the risk paid off. A great afternoon and evening of rugby culminated in one of the most thrilling matches in recent Service rugby history.  The fact that the RAF won the game to win the championship in their 100th year only added to the occasion.

Alligin Photography has always been interested in and invested in capturing the emotion of sport through great images.  This selection are all from Andrew Fosker of Seconds Left Images  Andrew has worked alongside Alligin Photography on a number of occasions and always delivers the results required.  A game going into evening played with a setting sun always gives some added scope to explore light, the staple of any photograpgher.

We will be releasing more images of the action and also some of the off field atmosphere but for our first offering I think Andrew's portfolio showcases what a great event the first IS matc hat the Stoop was.

Images © Andrew Fosker for Alligin Photography

Members of the Royal Navy Mariners team, John Court with his Marienrs Cap, behind the advertising screens. They started the day with a win for the Royal Navy at Kneller Hall
Navy fans were in good voice but by the end of the night it was the RAF supporters in the nearly 4000 strong crowd making most of the noise
The Twickenham Stoop and Twickeham share the limelight in the 2018 Inter Services
The band was from Her Majesty's Royal Marines but it turned out to be the RAF's day at the Stoop
Navy President Ben Key presents the RAF's winning captain, Chrissy Siczowa with her medal
1st April 2018 the RAF were 100 years old. They celebrated in style.
The South Stand was left empty but the evening setting sun helped create a great atmosphere in the stadium
Andy Byrne landed 16 points from the kicking tee
But he also had a great alround game to win the Man of the Match
Matt Tibbatts the RAF Number 8 and Scott Makepeace, the Navy lock, show how much Inter Service Rugby means.
The Final Try and the RAF scent victory

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