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Royal Navy ice hockey team crowned champions

14 June 2019
The Royal Navy Destroyers ice hockey team are finally champions of the Inter Service Cup again after breaking six years of domination by the army.

It has been 11 years since the navy lifted the trophy but after an intense penalty shoot-out against the holders, the British Army Blades, the long wait was finally over as Able Seaman William Stennett struck to take victory from the spot at iceSheffield.

It was a closely-matched finale as the Destroyers broke the deadlock after 10 minutes before the Blades fought back and got a goal to tie the game at half time.

After the restart, the Royal Navy side asserted their authority and team captain, Engineer Technician Gary Parker, struck to put them in front again before the Army equalised with three minutes to go to set up overtime and, subsequently, penalties.

Both sides missed their first penalties and, after Leading Seaman Jamie Fitzpatrick netted, AB Stennett stepped up and hit the winner with the Army failing to convert at all in the shootout. 

I am incredibly proud of every single player in that room that puts on a Destroyers jersey

Chief Petty Officer Paul Shannon

In the opening game, the Destroyers breezed past the RAF Aces 11-3, before they atoned for last year's disappointment in a repeat of 2018's final against the Blades.

Destroyers manager, Chief Petty Officer Paul Shannon, said: "We have worked tremendously hard as an association over the past four years to get to this position and the goal now is to come back next year and retain this title.

"I am incredibly proud of every single player in that room that puts on a Destroyers jersey and this means so much to every one of them."

The win meant the navy lifted their second piece of silverware in the space of a week, after another victory in the Tri-Service Cup - which was also against the Army.

Royal Navy Kings triumphed in the Tri-Service Cup - coming out on top against 14 teams and beating fellow Naval Service outfit, the Royal Marines Bootnecks, in the last four.

They retained the title with a 7-0 smashing of the Army Sappers.

The two Naval Service teams were separated in the early phases of the tournament with seven teams in two groups vying for a place in the play-offs. 

The Kings won all six of their games to finish top of their table, while the Bootnecks put two opening draws behind them and won their remaining four games to finish second and advance. 

The placings meant to the Naval Service sides would face each other in the semi-final and, in a closely-fought game, the Kings won 2-0 to knockout the Bootnecks.

Team captain ET Parker won the tournament's Most Valued Player award for the fourth time. 

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