Defending Champions Reign Supreme In Inter Services Hockey

The Army women and RAF men defended their respective titles on the south coast.

The Army and RAF have retained their Inter Service hockey titles in Portsmouth.

The three-day event saw many of the military’s top hockey players compete, but the reigning champions were too strong for the challengers for the second straight year.

The Army women and RAF men defended their respective titles on the south coast.

Meanwhile, the Navy won the men’s Masters category while the women’s Masters was won by the RAF.

Earlier in the competition, the RAF and Army women’s teams both delivered four-goal victories over the Navy meaning it was all to play for in their final fixture.

The RAF scored the first goal but with an under-strength squad due to injury, the Army came back in dominant fashion.

Lucy Valentine scored the decisive goal in the 2-1 victory, but the RAF did miss a penalty in the second half.

Chloe James' missed penalty was a defining momentum in the game for the RAF women.

In the men’s competition, the Navy were facing an RAF side missing England’s Liam Sanford in the second game, after an earlier draw between the Army and Navy.

It was the RAF who came out on top with three second-half strikes from Kyle Barnes, Ben Kirk and Tom Grimshaw.

The result meant a win in their final game against the Army would retain their title.

In that fixture, the Army took the lead in the early stages, but Kirk soon equalised and Grimshaw put the RAF in front before half-time.

Barnes grabbed the important third goal in the second half to seal the win and another year of bragging rights for the RAF.