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11 Royal Signals Winners – Army Cup Competition 2014

11SR beat the HMS Sultan and RAF Brize Norton in the Tri Service Cup! Results were: 4 – 1 v HMS Sultan and 4 – 3 v RAF Brize Norton. 

Royal Signals Winner of the 2014 Army CupResults

ARMY HOCKEY CUP TOURNAMENT 2014 ALDERSHOT

The Army Cup wasn’t as big in numbers as last year due to it falling on the Easter break. However, there were still some cracking games with 2 excellent finals on the last day! Thanks so much to everyone who pulled together a team or managed to bring their full side to the event; we were lucky on the last day with some great weather too which is never a The results were:

Majors

Brain MowerOn the first day, there was only one Quarter Final due to last minute withdrawals the week before. Wimbish Station played 1 Welsh Guards. The Guards managed to get a team together thanks to Capt Paul Robinson, with only one or two having played any hockey before! Expecting a massive defeat to Wimbish who had a lot of Corps (and Army!) players amongst them, they found themselves putting up a good fight! The final score was 6 – 1 to Wimbish and was a very enjoyable game. The Semi was 11 Sigs against Army HQ, the leaders of South region so far. What started off as a pretty even game ended with 11 Sigs pushing through and winning 7-2 heading straight for the final to play Wimbish. (36 Engr were due to play in the Semi, however, due to an unlucky CDT they lost a lot of players so had to withdraw!)

The final was an awesome game. Wimbish had a strong start netting 3 goals and looking like they were going to dominate. However, 11 Sigs turned the game around, doing lots of pass work and with Brian Mower on the bench ready to sub on they had the man power! They brought the score up with some fantastic goals so by half time they were equal. As the second half went on, 11 Sigs dominated the goal end and relentlessly had shots to goal but with there were some awesome saves by Sgt Griffin, Wimbish GK. One of Wimbish also did a flick which hit the goal post! There were lost shots and goals on both sides with a result of 5-5! I was sure it would go to penalty flicks. However, in the last part of the game with a yellow card to Wimbish, the Sigs had the opportunity and made the final result of 6-5. Well done 11 Sigs and well done to Wimbish, really great game to watch for a final and end to the tournament.

Winners: 11 Sigs
Runners Up: Wimbish Station

As winners of the Army Cup, 11 Sigs will be playing in the Tri Service Cup on 19 June 14, location TBC.Jason Smith

Minors

There was only one semi played in this tournament and it was 4 Med against HQ Londist. Similarly to 1 Welsh Guards, there were players who hadn’t done any hockey before and it was a great effort on their part to try something new and come along to field a team, which we thank them for as it makes the tournament. A good game with some great corners, passes and goals. 4 Med though won with a final score of 3-1 with great passes from Cpl Katy White and WO2 Mark Duffy keeping a tight defence. There were also some good little spectators on the side cheering on the 4 Med CO, Lt Col Terry Southwood, ‘’keep going Daddy!’’

Due to bye’s 5 Med got through straight to the final to play 4 Med. A great game, full of banter, friendly atmosphere and it was still competitive with both teams closely matched. However, 5 Med managed to hold on and finished the game with a final result of 3-1. Well done guys, fun game to watch.

Winners: 5 Med Regt
Runners Up: 4 Med Regt

Thanks very much to all who took part. The Army Cup will get better as operational commitments reduce and it’s great to see new players come through and get to experience hockey. The Army Cup Trophy is one of the oldest Hockey trophies in the world and it’s great that we can continue its legacy.

A Small gallery of Army Cup photos can be found on our Facebook page, Army Hockey UK.

Jason Smith

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