Hockey

Royal Air Force dominates Inter Services Indoor Hockey Championships

The Royal Air Force dominated the Inter Services Indoor Hockey Championships, taking the women's, men's and under-25s titles in an action-packed finals day in Aldershot. 

The event, sponsored by BFBS, Forces News' parent company, saw Scotland international Air Specialist Emily Dark lead her RAF team to victory in the women's finals against the Army. 

The Edinburgh-based RAF Regiment reservist scored four goals to contribute to the Light Blues' dominant 7-0 display against the Army.

AS2 Emily Dark said: "It was so enjoyable. I love playing for Scotland but, coming here, I just had such a great time with the girls and it's a really different environment and it's so competitive, which is amazing."

The men's decider was once again the RAF versus the Army, which proved to be a far more open affair. 

The Army got the early advantage after Eli Hazelman scored for the Reds, but the RAF were quick to respond as Gary Clarke scored to put the Light Blues in control. 

As both sides continued to apply pressure on one another, it was the airmen who came out on top to defeat the Army 6-4.

The RAF's Men's Hockey captain, Corporal Scott Perry, credited his team's "discipline on the pitch" for their win today. 

He said: "I think it was just the discipline on the pitch, made same our formation, played our hockey and then, overall, that won the game." 

As the focus now turns to the outdoor version of the game, Cpl Perry predicts another Inter Services title for the Light Blues.

He said: "I think we are more happy outdoors than indoors, so really, really happy going forwards into next year, I think we'll take home another title."

As for the Under-25s decider, there was once again delight for the RAF as Jo Baker produced a winning finish to help them beat the Royal Navy 2-1 to take the overall victory in their tournament. 

A dominant display from the Light Blues, which saw them complete a clean sweep on finals day at the Inter Services Indoor Hockey Championships.