‘Hockey’s coming home…’

As the summer holidays draw to a close, it’s that time of year again for my annual trip north of the border for the RAF Ice Hockey Championships; always one of the great highlights of being the RAF Ice Hockey Association photographer.  

So with my kit bag packed and lots of layers to ward off that Scottish chill, I made the long trek from Norfolk to Dundee (taking in a few sights along the way), to photograph the RAF teams based across England and Scotland competing for the highly coveted RAF Champions Trophy.

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Day one of the Championships saw a mini Trade tournament, a fun warm up to the main event.  The players were split into 6 different trade teams, Officers, Guests of the RAFIHA, Logistics and Support, Force Protection, Armaments & GEF and Engineers.  The Trades Trophy was won for a 3rd consecutive year by the Logistics and Support team.

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Day two, the RAF Vulcans began the defence of their title, but the Lossie Jets Red and the Bluewings were incredibly strong and both chalked up big wins.

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Inside the locker room…

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Day 3 and the Vulcans and the Lossie Jets Black competed in the 3rd/4th place playoff

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Just before the final, our new President, AVM Mike Quigley, was invited to ‘kit up’ and take to the ice to have a little knock about with the puck, he did so well!

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The Bluewings faced the Lossie Jets Red in the Final.  It was a hard fought battle, but Lossie had the edge, beating the Bluewings 6-4 to bring the trophy home to Scotland.

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A fantastic awards dinner rounded off a great week of hockey!

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RAF Champions – RAF Lossie Jets Red

Runners up – RAF Bluewings

3rd – RAF Vulcans

4th – RAF Lossie Jets Black

 

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