RAF Women’s Manager Celebrates 'Fantastic' Football Title Win

The RAF were crowned champions after the Army were beaten in their final Inter Services match.

Sergeant Michelle Harvey-Perkins has called the RAF Women’s Football Inter Services win “fantastic” as they lifted the trophy in Portsmouth.

The team manager was on hand with a number of players to watch the final game of the competition between the Navy and the Army.

The result was dependent on the Army not winning for the RAF to be crowned champions, and a 2-0 Navy win meant the RAF won the title.

For Sgt Harvey-Perkins, winning without playing was a difficult experience.

She said: “It’s difficult in the stands. It is nerve-wracking and out of your control. You have done everything you can do.

“It’s fantastic but nobody wants to win it waiting on somebody else’s result.”

In the RAF’s two games, they drew with the Army before beating the Navy at home which is a result that Harvey-Perkins is proud of.

“We were unlucky to get a draw against the Army. I thought we really deserved the points from that game, but we stepped it up in our home game.

“We took the home advantage and played some of the football we were able to play. We stuck to our game plan and came away with the points.”

The Navy's win meant the RAF were not the only team lifting a trophy.

Despite the Navy’s loss last week, they bounced back to beat the Army for their first time in Inter Services history and Harvey-Perkins had praise for the senior service.

She said: “We then had to wait and hope that the Navy could do us a favour. We were confident because the Navy performed very well against us last week.

“I think actually they performed exceptionally against the Army and stepped it up.

“Sometimes, a wounded animal is more dangerous.”