2018 UK Armed Forces Ice Hockey Tournament

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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. Read More

Victory for the Vulcans as they take 2017 RAF Champions title

One of the great highlights of being the RAF Ice Hockey Association photographer is the annual RAF Championships which takes place in Dundee, at the end of summer each year.

RAF teams based across England and Scotland come together to compete for the highly coveted RAF Champions trophy.

So with my kit bag all packed and lots of layers to ward off the chill of the ice, I made the long trek from Norfolk to Dundee. Read More

2017 UK Armed Forces Ice Hockey Tournament

At the beginning of June, I travelled to Sheffield to photograph the annual UK Armed Forces Ice Hockey Tournament.  This was my fourth year as tournament photographer.  I am incredibly passionate about my ice hockey photography and I consider it a privilege to be a part of this prestigious military competition, which sees teams from the British Army, Royal Air Force and Royal Navy compete against each other to become Tri-Service Champions.  In addition, each evening, the Royal Navy Destroyers, RAF Aces and British Army Blades, battle it out for the Inter-Service Championship Cup.

So, what’s it like to be tournament photographer? – Four long, cold days rink side working hard, but worth every second to capture all the action and emotions; the agony of defeat and the ecstasy of triumph! Read More

UK Armed Forces Ice Hockey Tournament

At the beginning of June, I spent a week at Ice Sheffield photographing the annual UK Armed Forces Ice Hockey Tournament.  Four days packed with hockey, which saw teams from the British Army, Royal Air Force and Royal Navy compete in a round-robin competition for the Tri-Service Cup,  Plate and  Bowl.  Each evening, the Royal Navy Destroyers, RAF Aces and British Army Blades battled it out for the Inter-Service Championship Cup.  I am incredibly passionate about my ice hockey photography; this was my third year as tournament photographer, such an intensive (and cold!) week for me, but so much fun.

And so the stage was set…

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The puck dropped on the 2016 Tournament with an 11-2 win for the Army Sappers.

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Day One of the tournament saw some great hockey and ended with the reigning Tri-Service Champions, The RAF Bluewings, top of the leader board.

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Victory for the RAF Aces, as they beat the Royal Navy Destroyers 9-2. Hat tricks from Guscott and  Hutchinson secured a place in the Inter-Service Cup Final against the British Army Blades.

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Day two saw the Army teams step up a gear and the RAF Bluewings slipped from top spot

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The Royal Navy Destroyers endure a punishing 14 – 1 defeat at the hands of the British Army Blades in the Inter-Service Championship Cup.

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Day three of the tournament and the teams battled it out for placings in the finals of the Cup, Plate and Bowl.

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The one everyone had been waiting for, the Inter-Service Cup Final between the RAF Aces and the British Army Blades.

As the RAFIHA photographer, it was a privilege to be invited into the RAF Aces locker room to document the preparations and anticipation ahead of the big game.

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‘Not today…’

Heartbreak for the RAF Aces as they are defeated 7-2 by the British Army Blades, who retain the trophy for the fourth consecutive year.2Y9A89982Y9A9022

Final day of the tournament and the REME Stallions lift the trophy as they beat the Army All Stars in the final to become Tri-Service Champions 2016.2Y9A95312Y9A97232Y9A9780