2018 UK Armed Forces Ice Hockey Tournament

IMG_0629

At the beginning of June, I travelled to Sheffield to photograph the annual UK Armed Forces Ice Hockey Tournament.  This was my fifth year as tournament photographer; I consider it a privilege to be a part of this prestigious military competition, which seems to get bigger and better every year.  Teams from across the three Services compete against each other over four days in two mini leagues to become Tri-Service Champions.  The evenings are reserved for the Inter-Service Championship, where the Royal Navy, Royal Air Force and the British Army battle it out for the highly coveted Inter-Service Championship Cup.

As tournament photographer, I average 14 games a day and a 13 hour shift in the freezing cold, you may ask, “WHY?”, well simply because I love it, photographing ice hockey is one of my great passions!

So as the teams descended upon Sheffield the stage was set….

New for this year and as a precursor to the tournament, we were treated to an exhibition game between the RAF Pumas Ladies and the Sheffield Shadows Ladies.  The game finished in a 4 – 2 win for the Shadows.

2Y9A8784KK25Tris2018_RAFPumasvShadows-222KK25Tris2018_RAFPumasvShadows-400KK25

Puck dropped on the 2018 tournament with a 2 – 1 win for the RLC Chiefs against RAF Lossie Jets.

2Y9A9162KK25

2Y9A9215KK252Y9A9872KK25Tris2018_Day1_ArmyAllStarsvRMBootnecks-35KK25Tris2018_Day1_ChiefsvVulcans-82KK25Tris2018_Day1_CosfordvSignals-14KK25Tris2018_Day1_InfantryvStallionsA-77KK25Tris2018_Day1_LossiejetsvVulcans-93KK25-2Tris2018_Day1_LossiejetsvVulcans-101KK25Tris2018_Day1_RAFBluewingsvInfantry-18KK252Y9A3127KK252Y9A3029KK252Y9A2871KK252Y9A2794KK252Y9A2600KK25Tris2018_Day1_RAFBluewingsvInfantry-23KK25Tris2018_Day1_RMBootnecksvStallionsB-78KK25Tris2018_Day1_RNYellowvSappers-2KK25Tris2018_Day1_SappersvRNBlue-18KK25Tris2018_Day1_SappersvStallionsA-2KK25Tris2018_Day1_SignalsvStallionsB-5KK25Tris2018_Day1_SignalsvStallionsB-19KK25Tris2018_Day1_VulcansvRNYellow-70KK25

Tuesday evening, the Royal Navy took to the ice in a striking new kit for the first Inter-Service Cup game against the RAF Aces.  The game took an unexpected turn when the Navy, long thought the underdogs in the competition, took an early lead. They continued to apply pressure to a shell-shocked RAF Aces team, inflicting a punishing 5 – 1 defeat and securing themselves a place in the Cup Final against the British Army Blades.

2Y9A0513KK252Y9A0518KK252Y9A0622KK252Y9A0778KK25Tris2018_Day1_RAFAcesvRoyalNavy-73KK25Tris2018_Day1_RAFAcesvRoyalNavy-242KK25Tris2018_Day1_RAFAcesvRoyalNavy-260KK25Tris2018_Day1_RAFAcesvRoyalNavy-263KK25Tris2018_Day1_RAFAcesvRoyalNavy-265KK25Tris2018_Day1_RAFAcesvRoyalNavy-268KK25Tris2018_Day1_RAFAcesvRoyalNavy-269KK25Tris2018_Day1_RAFAcesvRoyalNavy-363KK25Tris2018_Day1_RAFAcesvRoyalNavy-387KK252Y9A0815KK25

 

The RAF Bluewings and the RAF Vulcans headed into day two of the tournament top of their respective groups and whilst the Bluewings continued to claim yet more scalps, finishing the day unbeaten, the Vulcans faltered, as they encountered tough opposition from the Sappers and the Royal Navy Kings Blue.

Tris2018_Day2_ArmyAllStarsvRoyalSignals-35KK25Tris2018_Day2_ArmyAllStarsvRoyalSignals-56KK25Tris2018_Day2_BluewingsvSignals-6KK25Tris2018_Day2_BluewingsvSignals-15KK25Tris2018_Day3_ArmyAllStarsvStallionsB-31KK25Tris2018_Day3_RAFCosfordvRNYellow-43KK25Tris2018_Day2_InfantryvRMBootnecks-19KK25Tris2018_Day2_LossiejetsvRNYellow-84KK25Tris2018_Day2_RNBluevStallionsA-61KK25Tris2018_Day2_RoyalnavyyellowvRoyalnavyblue-11KK25Tris2018_Day2_SignalsvRMBootnecks-29KK25Tris2018_Day2_VulcansvRoyalNavyBlue-20KK25Tris2018_Day2_VulcansvSappers-4KK25Tris2018_Day2_VulcansvSappers-22KK25Tris2018_Day2_VulcansvSappers-79KK25

Wednesday evening and the RAF Aces faced the British Army Blades in the Inter-Service Cup.  Feeling bruised from the night before, the Aces hoped that they could take a good fight to the Blades.

As the RAFIHA photographer, I am lucky enough to be invited into the Aces locker room to document the preparations and anticipation ahead of the game.

IMG_9434KK25IMG_9441KK25IMG_9435KK25IMG_9437KK25IMG_9440KK25IMG_9442KK25IMG_9445KK25IMG_9447KK25IMG_9446KK25IMG_9450KK25IMG_9456KK25IMG_9461KK25IMG_9468KK25

The Blades came out hard and fast, putting five goals past the Aces in the first period, however, a brave fight back in the second period saw the Aces score four times, cutting the Blades’ lead down to two goals.  Disappointment for the Aces as the Army gathered strength in the third period, the game ended 9 – 5 to the British Army Blades.

Tris2018_Day2_RAFAcesvArmyBlades-256KK252Y9A2044KK252Y9A2474KK252Y9A2110KK252Y9A1873KK252Y9A2407KK252Y9A2523KK252Y9A3296KK252Y9A3246KK252Y9A3700KK25

Tris2018_Day3_SignalsvInfantry-61KK25Tris2018_Day3_RMBootnecksvSappers-20KK25Tris2018_Day3_RMBootnecksvRAFBluewings-83KK25Tris2018_Day3_RAFLossiejetsvRoyalNavyBlue-57KK25

And so, Thursday evening, the Inter-Service Cup Final no-one could have predicted – The Royal Navy vs The British Army Blades.  Could a shock be on the cards?!  With a record 6th win at stake, the Blades were never going to make it easy.  The game finished 4 – 2 to the Army – Inter-Service Champions 2018

Tris2018_Day3_RoyalNavyvArmyBlades-31

Tris2018_Day3_RoyalNavyvArmyBlades-427KK252Y9A4015KK252Y9A4006KK252Y9A4156KK25Tris2018_Day3_RoyalNavyvArmyBlades-73Tris2018_Day3_RoyalNavyvArmyBlades-482Tris2018_Day3_RoyalNavyvArmyBlades-6082Y9A4554KK25

2Y9A38142Y9A38762Y9A3884

Final day of the tournament and the teams played for the Cup, Plate, Bowl and Quaiche, The Royal Navy Kings Blue met the Infantry in the Tri-Service Cup Final, beating them convincingly 5 – 2 to be crowned the 2018 Tri-Service Champions.

Tris2018_Day4_RAFCosfordvRNYellow-84Tris2018_Day4_VulcansvStallions-18KK25Tris2018_Day4_VulcansvStallions-58Tris2018_Day4_RLCChiefsvRMBootnecks-26KK25Tris2018_Day4_RLCChiefsvRMBootnecks-94Tris2018_Day4_InfantryvRNBlue-122KK25Tris2018_Day4_InfantryvRNBlue-71KK25Tris2018_Day4_InfantryvRNBlue-193KK25Tris2018_Day4_InfantryvRNBlue-208KK25Tris2018_Day4_InfantryvRNBlue-216KK25Tris2018_Day4_InfantryvRNBlue-222KK25Tris2018_Day4_Presentations-47KK25Tris2018_Day4_Presentations-10Tris2018_Day4_Presentations-83KK25Tris2018_Day4_Presentations-29KK252Y9A5275Tris2018_Day4_Presentations-34KK25Tris2018_Day4_Presentations-37KK25Tris2018_Day4_Presentations-68KK25Tris2018_RoyalNavyBlue-2blog

Tri-Service Champions – The Royal Navy Kings Blue

Winners of the Tri-Service Plate – RLC Chiefs

Winners of the Tri-Service Bowl – RAF Vulcans

Winners of the Tri-Service Quaiche – Royal Navy Kings Yellow

Inter-Service Champions – The British Army Blades

All the images from the tournament can be viewed here http://www.everybodysmile.biz/trishthompsonphotography/clien

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: