RAILSTAFF JULY 2016
OROL capped their victory in this year’s RailSport Games five-a-side final with a beautifully lofted goal from behind the halfway line - a high quality finish to what had been a hard-fought day of competition. Teams representing companies from across the rail industry competed in the 23rd RailSport Games at Blackpool’s Stanley Park on 11 June. LOROL wrestled the title from defending champions Lucchini Unipart Rail with a 5-3 victory in the penultimate match of the day. Lucchini had won the previous two competitions and now head to Austria to represent Great Britain on the international stage. Both teams made it to the final with relative ease: Lucchini thumping Faiveley Transport 5-0 in the quarter finals and Northern Rail Dynamo 4-1 in the semis, while LOROL came past Merseyrail 6-3 and ScotRail 5-1. The depth of Irish Rail’s squad showed in a competitive final for the Over 35s six-a-side competition as they beat Keolis Amey Docklands 2-1 (pictured right). Trophies for the winners and runners up were presented by Rail Media’s managing director Tom O’Connor. Drizzly conditions in the North West presented a challenge for the cricket competition, but the sun shone through just enough to allow Thales Paddy’s Marauders to take hold of the final against Thales Tornadoes to win by just 13 runs. Like the cricket, the rounders final was a single company affair, with RVEL’s Smack My Patch Up getting the better of Son’s of Pitchers. The men’s badminton tournament was also keenly contested. Network Rail’s Craig Harrop won the singles event, beating Mike Koscow from London Underground. Craig was also in action with Duncan Fraser, formerly of East Coast Trains, to take the doubles’ trophy. Duncan Taylor continued the pair’s domination, winning the veterans title against Merseyrail’s Sheen Matthew. Rail Media’s Adam O’Connor and Chris Davies put in an admirable performance to finish third. On the other side of the sports hall, Dave Fox beat Network Rail’s Darren Morgan 3-2 in the final of the table tennis. Recovering from his loss in the singles final, Darren paired up with Network Rail colleague Matt Coups to win the doubles. RAILSTAFF.UK | @RAILSTAFFUK | FACEBOOK.COM/RAILSTAFF
Away from Stanley Park, Northern Rail’s John Pattison scored 611 pins to take the men’s Ten Pin Bowling title. The women’s competition was won by Louise Lamb from TransPennine Express. The Abellio Greater Anglia pairing of Phil Croydon and Jerry Chapter saw gold in the doubles and DB Schenker came first in the team event. The darts tournament took place in the nearby Talbot Club. Darius Festijo, Network Rail, beat LOROL’s Steve Morris to win the men’s singles. Di Kellow, of Great Western Railway, won the women’s singles against Merseyrail’s Sally Ralston. Darren Bowell from London Midland and Steve Morris teamed up to win the men’s doubles. In the mixed doubles, husband and wife team Derek and Sally Ralston retained the title they won last year. The individual chess tournament, held over two days, was won by Hassan Mugalu from Abellio Greater Anglia, while the team event went to a joint Abellio Greater Anglia and South West Trains, which included Hassan Mugalu, Peter Eldridge and Trevor Jones. Graham Bolt, Will Taylor and Mike Broad, Network Rail, were runners-up.
A history of sport on the railway RailSport celebrated its 23rd birthday this year, but the history of sporting competition among railway companies goes back well over 100 years. Records dating back to the 19th century reference the achievements of railway football teams, and a number of current professional teams can trace their roots back to the railway - even one of the largest, most successful teams in the world. Explains research fellow at the National Railway Museum Dr Oliver Betts, ‘Although arguably the biggest impact railways had on the development of British Football was in terms of transport, enabling away fixtures and travelling supporters, there was
RailStaff July 2016