Team Jersey's New Outfit
The winning Jersey Team
It was an auspicious start for Team Jersey’s colourful new strip when it was worn for the first time in a competitive match in the Inter Insular against Guernsey on June 16th. It was the thirty-first meeting between the two islands and Jersey retained the trophy on home soil after beating the visitors 30-18, exactly the same score-line as the previous year in Guernsey.
The home side got off to an excellent start in the triples, winning three of them, worth three points apiece, giving Jersey a 9-3 lead. The two rounds of doubles proved very competitive with neither side giving any quarter and both ended all square at three wins apiece. That meant twelve points each and Jersey maintaining their six point lead going into the final round of singles where there were another 12 points at stake.
Jersey needed just four wins to retain the trophy and they didn’t mess about, reeling off the results they needed in the first four games to be completed, with Mat Scholefield winning the decisive match when he beat Shane Brehaut 13-4. More victories followed with the visitors only picking up three points in total.
Guernsey Petanque Association chairman Dave Bartram identified the singles as his team’s Achilles heel. "We need to practice our singles," he said. "It’s the big message we need to take away from today. We’ll keep practising and one day soon we will be chasing your tails." The Jersey managed Andy Limbrick congratulated his side on a sterling performance.
Guernsey's Seb Renaud presents Jersey's Andy Limbrick with the Inter-Insular Trophy