Hockey: RAF Men & Army Women Continue Inter-Services Domination

The Royal Air Force men and Army women have taken the Inter-Services Indoor Hockey titles after seeing off their forces rivals in Aldershot...

The Royal Air Force men and Army women have taken the Inter-Services Indoor Hockey titles after seeing off their forces rivals in Aldershot.

The RAF men retained the trophy after seeing off the Royal Navy, with both sides going into their showdown in buoyant mood, having seen off the Army.

Inter-Services Indoor Hockey Championship 2017

Despite taking the game to the defending champions, the Navy were up against an Air Force side loaded with talent, and it was they who drew first blood.

The airmen launched a devastating counter attack to take the lead, with Tom Godding lashing in the opening goal.

Another Air Force assault then resulted in goal number two. The umpire spotted an illegal use of the stick, giving him no option but to award a penalty.

Scott Perry made no mistake as his team took control.

Inter-Services Indoor Hockey Championship 2017

Although missing England international Liam Sandford, the airmen still had too much firepower for their opponents, with Kyle Mark sweeping them further in front.

The Navy did manage to claw a goal back early in the second half as they looked to gain a foothold in the contest.

But the rampant RAF players continued to exploit the Senior Service's defensive frailties as the game opened up.

A sweet strike from Tom Fowler made it 4-1 to take the match away from the Navy.

It was ultimately to finish 7-3, meaning the Air Force notched a clean sweep of the indoor and outdoor titles. The RAF's captain, Flight Lieutenant Tom Godding, said:

"We're really, really happy. If we carry on that mentality into the outdoor season... It [will be] really good for RAF hockey."

"We've got a really good bunch of players. We've got young guys coming through [and] we've got the more experienced guys who are really quite keen to stick around because it's quite an exciting camp to be in at the moment."

The Army women, meanwhile, continued their domination of the tournament with an emphatic 13-0 win over the Royal Navy.

It means they also added the indoor title to the outdoor one they won earlier in the year.

Having hammered the Air Force women 8-1 in their first fixture, the Army enjoyed another goal glut.

Amanda Potgeiter gave them the lead, before the South African struck home from a short corner to double her account.

Inter-Services Indoor Hockey Championship 2017

The Navy were left chasing shadows as Army skipper Cheryl Valentine added goal number three, before Captain Emma Lee-Smith opened her account to put her side 4-0 up.

She then added another on the stroke of half-time as the Navy wilted under the pressure.

The second half saw Capt Lee-Smith notch a seven-goal haul as the Army finished champions. She said: 

"It wasn't just the result [we were pleased with], it was the performance."

By virtue of their victories the Army women and RAF men now move forward to compete in the South West Regional Championships in the coming weeks.

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