ARMY FA NEWS RELEASE

2016/17 ISSUE 9 Date: 15th May 2017

REPRESENTATIVE

 

Army Football Masters

Congratulations to the Army Football Masters squad on being crowned champions at the 9th World Masters Games (WMG) held in New Zealand in April winning the Gold in the Over 30s category in an extremely successful tour. The Gold was secured after a 6-1 victory versus the New Zealand Defence Force. The WMG is the largest multi discipline sports event with approximately 25,000 competitors from 100 countries competing in 28 sports and 45 disciplines. It is recognised by the International Olympic Committee. The tour also included attending a memorial service on Anzac Day in Auckland. Major General Shaun Burley, Director of the Army Sports Control Board, met the competing Army teams involved in various sports at the closing ceremony. The next WMG will be in Japan in 2021.

 

Southern Counties Cup Double

 

Within the space of 24 hours both the Army Men and Women lifted the Southern Counties Cup competition last month. The men defeated Amateur FA 3-1 at Isthmian League Premier division Enfield Town’s ground. An early goal from LCpl Kyle Cassell (AAC) set the tone for Head Coach WO1 Dinger Bell’s side. A dominant second half saw further goals from Spr Jack May (R Signals) and Cpl Callum Wilkinson (RLC). The following evening the Women defeated Sussex FA at the Aldershot Military Stadium with a 3-2 victory although two Sussex goals in the final minute set the nerves racing as the visitors required a draw to win the competition. The Army goals were scored by LCpl Libby Dixon (AGC), LCpl Abi Hart (AGC) and LCpl Jemma Dinning (REME).

 

Thank You Juliette

 

The Sussex match saw SSgt Juliette Brown (RLC) retire from Army football as a player after making her debut in 1997. Juliette has completed over 100 appearances for the Army Womens team winning many accolades during that time including Army player of the season three times and, in 2013, the Royal Logistics Corps Sports personality of the year. She was congratulated on her retirement by Major General “Mitch” Mitchell MBE, Chairman of the Army FA.

 

Germany Tour

The Army Men and Women representative teams have been invited by the German Bundeswehr to fulfil fixtures as part of German Armed Forces Day in Augustdorf next month. The tour will be between 8th and 11th June.

 

 

 

 

 

 

UNIT FOOTBALL

 

1 Yorks Lift Army Challenge Cup

 

A terrific County Cup Finals Day in Aldershot saw 1 Yorkshire Regiment win the 117th Challenge Cup Final with an injury time winner from LCpl Luke McLaren securing a 3-2 win in an excellent match and cracking atmosphere. Yorks took an early lead through Pte Jake Sanderson but trailed at the interval. Pte Aidan Kirby levelled at the start of the second half. Pte Erick Dosa was named Man of the Match. Winning captain LCpl Darren Clarke received the prestigious trophy, competed for since 1888/89, from Army Sergeant Major Glenn Haughton. It was the 33rd successive season the competition was sponsored by our friends from Towergate Insurance.

Forces TV coverage: http://www.forces.net/sport/yorks-regiment-head-cup-treble-after-last-minute-win

 

1 Regt AAC Win “Minor Units” Derby

 

County Cup Finals day started with the Minor Units Final. Goals from man of the match Cfn Prem Limbu, Sgt Craig Cook and an own goal ensured 1 Regiment Army Air Corps were victors 3-0 versus 5 Regiment Army Air Corps

 

Reserve Cup Final

 

Congratulations to 154 (Scottish) Regiment RLC on winning the 2017 Army Reserve Challenge Cup defeating 152 (Northern Irish) Regiment RLC 1-0 after extra time in Aldershot. The Dunfermline based regiment will now play 1 Yorkshire Regiment in the “Army Super Cup Final on 8th October 2017 in Aldershot.

Forces TV coverage: http://www.forces.net/sport/football/scots-make-history-despite-injury-setback

 

Digital Version of County Cup Final Programme

If you wish to read the online version of the 2017 Army FA County Cup Finals Programme please click below:

http://en.calameo.com/read/0012302354f2dc577a204

 

BFG

The final of the BFG League Final saw 35 Engineer Regiment beat 1PWRR 3-2 earlier this week at Normandy Military Stadium.

 

The final of the BFG Cup will be played at Normandy Military Stadium on Wednesday 10 May 2017 between 1PWRR and 26 Royal Artillery.      

 

7 Regt Lift Lincolnshire Services Cup

 

Congratulations to Army FA Challenge Cup winners of 2015 and 2016 7 Regiment RLC. The Cottesmore based unit lifted the Lincolnshire Services League Cup defeating RAF side Waddington A 4-2 earlier this week at National League Champions Lincoln City’s Sincil Bank Ground.

 

 

Tuesday 17th May, Army Cyprus v Army Reserve Representative Team – Dhekelia Athletics Pitch KO 1800 hrs

Friday 20th May 16, BFC v Army Reserve Representative Team. RAF Akrotiri Station Football Pitch 1800 hrs

Tuesday 17th May, Army Cyprus v Army Reserve Representative Team – Dhekelia Athletics Pitch KO 1800 hrs

Friday 20th May 16, BFC v Army Reserve Representative Team. RAF Akrotiri Station Football Pitch 1800 hrs

 

ARMY SIXES

The Army Sixes will be held in Aldershot (Queens Avenue) on Wednesday 24th May 2017.

CORPS FOOTBALL

RLC at the Double

It has been an excellent season for the Royal Logistic Corps Men and Womens teams who have both won their respective league competitions. The RLC men have lifted the Massey Trophy Division 1 for the third successive season after Head Coach Capt Sean Birchnall’s side were confirmed champions recording a 5-1 victory at Larkhill on Friday versus Royal Artillery.

 

The RLC Women won the Corps League after defeating the RE 2-0 recently. Both men and womens teams have remained unbeaten this season in the 19 matches they have played scoring 61 goals in the process.

 

Infantry Lift Massey 2

A 3-0 success for the Infantry confirmed the Massey Division 2 title in Aldershot on Friday. It has been a good season for the Infantry who return to the top flight of Army Corps football after being relegated in 2015 via the play offs. They have also remained unbeaten during the campaign and reached the Woolwich Cup Final too.

 

Massey Play Offs

A 2-1 victory for the AAC on Friday versus REME means that the RAPTC require victory in their final league match in Stafford v Royal Signals to avoid automatic relegation and enter the play off final versus AGC on a date to be agreed. If they do not win the match the AAC will be in the play offs.

 

Recent Results

 

Friday 28 April

Massey Division 2

Int Corps 0-3 Infantry (Chicksands)

 

Friday 5 May

Massey Division 1

Royal Signals 2-3 RE (Stafford)

AAC 2-1 REME (Tidworth)

RA 1-5 RLC (Larkhill)

 

Massey Division 2

Infantry 3-0 RAC (Aldershot 3G)

 

Forthcoming Fixtures

 

QUADS (Hosted by REME at Lyneham) (1400hrs KO)

Monday 15th May

REME v RA

RE v R Signals

 

 

Wednesday 17th May

REME v RA

R Signals v RA

 

Friday 19th May

REME v R Signals

RA v RE

 

Fri 26 May

Massey Division 1 (1030hrs)

Royal Signals v RAPTC  Stafford

 

Please follow Full Time on: http://full-time.thefa.com/Index.do?league=5584420

for more information on Army Corps and Reserve football.

 

Womens End of Season Tournament

The End of Season Womens Tournament (EOST) will be held at the Aldershot Queens Avenue pitches on Wednesday 31st May.

 

WOMENS UNIT FOOTBALL

 

Army Womens Sixes

 

The 2017 Army Womens Sixes were held this week in Grantham. The tournament winners were DMG (N), who defeated Army Chefs 5-1 in the final.

 

Cup winners- 22 Signal Regiment
Cup runners up- 30 Signal Regiment
Plate winners- 15 Signal Regiment
Plate runners up- 1 Signal Regiment

COACHING

 

Forthcoming Courses:

 

FA Level 2 Block 1 “How We Coach” (FULL)

Aldershot (8 May)

 

FA Goalkeeping Coaching Award Level 1 (5 spaces)

Aldershot (15 May)

 

FA Level 2 Block 3 “How We Play” (21 spaces)

Aldershot (5 June)

 

FA Level 2 Block 2 “Future Player and How We Support” (11 spaces)

Aldershot (3 July)

 

Please click on the link below for further information on all Army FA Coaching courses:

https://eventspace.thefa.com/armyfa/participant/s.aspx?eventlen=55

 

REFEREES

 

Annual Awards Evening

 

The 2017 Army FA Referee Awards proved to be a success at RMAS Sandhurst. We are grateful to our sponsors MooD and to special guest FA Premier League Referee Stuart Attwell.

The following awards were made:

Dobsons Trophy

(Referee who has made most significant contribution to Army Football during the season):

Sgt Craig Jinks (R Signals) for BFG.

Le Breton Trophy

(Newcomer to show most potential and commitment: LCpl Michael Blake (RE) for UK South.

Army Caps (Select List Referees refereeing Representative fixture for first time)

SSgt Chris Hastings (AGC) and Sgt Colin Allan (Infantry)

A special presentation was also made to Major Gary Burton (REME) who leaves the Army after serving 28 years, 25 as a distinguished referee  and also serving various posts.

The evening was hosted by Chairman Lt Col Pete Conn RE.

Le Breton Trophy (newcomer to show most potential and commitment): LCpl Michael Blake (RE) for UK South.

Army Caps: SSgt Chris Hastings AGC and Sgt Colin Allan Infantry.

A special presentation was also made to Major Gary Burton who leaves the Army after serving 28 years, 25 as a distinguished referee and also serving various posts.

It was a good evening hosted by Chairman Lt Col Pete Conn RE

Le Breton Trophy (newcomer to show most potential and commitment): LCpl Michael Blake (RE) for UK South.

Army Caps: SSgt Chris Hastings AGC and Sgt Colin Allan Infantry.

A special presentation was also made to Major Gary Burton who leaves the Army after serving 28 years, 25 as a distinguished referee and also serving various posts.

It was a good evening hosted by Chairman Lt Col Pete Conn RE

 

Referee Courses

 

Dates for the 2017/18 Referee courses have been announced as follows:

4-7 September (Aldershot),13-16 November (Catterick), 22-25 January (Aldershot), 19-22 March (Stafford). For more information please visit: http://www.armyfa.com/refs/basic-courses

 

Appointments

 

Congratulations to the following Referees on prestigious recent appointments:

 

The FA Sunday Cup Final

Sunday 7 May 2017 (2pm)

Hardwick Social FC v New Salamis FC

At Sheffield United FC

Assistant Referee – Stephen Finch (Army FA)

BFG League Final (Wed 3 May 17)

Referee: Sgt Craig Jinks (Royal Signals), Assistants: Cpl Nelson Oppong (AGC) and Sgt Kabir Rai (RAMC)

 

BFG Cup Final (Wed 10 May 17)

Referee: Cpl Nelson Oppong (AGC), LCpl Ryan Haynes (RAMC), Sgt Kabir Rai (RAMC)

 

Promotions

 

Congratulations to the following Army FA officials who have recently successfully gained promotion:

 

Level 3

 

Cpl Declan O’Shea (REME) who also refereed the 2017 Army Challenge Cup Final.

Ben Bowles and Harry Scott have also gained their Level 3 promotion and have recently joined the Army.

 

We are awaiting for confirmations of Level 4 promotions from the FA.

 

Please contact graham.brookland@Armyfa.com if you wish to have a news item published.

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