Jersey surge up table

TEAM JERSEY continued their surge up the NatWest Island Games table last night as eight golds gave them the edge over the Isle of Man for second place.

The cycling team of Sue Townsend, Kim Ashton and Jo Le Cocq won the team time trial event, with Sue Townsend also taking individual silver (01253440)
The cycling team of Sue Townsend, Kim Ashton and Jo Le Cocq won the team time trial event, with Sue Townsend also taking individual silver (01253440)

TEAM JERSEY continued their surge up the NatWest Island Games table last night as eight golds gave them the edge over the Isle of Man for second place.

Some tremendous performances did the Island proud and a final push today would secure second spot, an improvement on their third place in Aland two years ago when they won 80 medals in total.

They already have 73 in the bag, with a full day of competition still to come before tonight’s closing ceremony in Cowes.

It was a case of ‘at the double’ for Jersey’s ladies. There were two golds for 15-year-old swimmer Emily Bashforth – including a Games and junior Island record in the 100m freestyle – with one of them won in joining Lotte De Wit, Charlotte Manning and Ebony Jacklin in a 4 x 100m individual medley success.

Sixteen-year-old athlete Shadine Duquemin took just one throw to secure her second gold of the week at the Fairway athletics track – to become the youngest athlete to break an Island Games record in winning the discus on a night of high drama on the track.

Mary Norman also won two golds on the shooting range, one as an individual and another with partner Nikki Holmes over the 25m sport pistol discipline. Norman now has eight medals to her name this week.

The double theme continued in the squash with golds for both the women and men in their respective doubles finals; Kate Cadigan and Sarah Taylor following Mark Le Roux’s and Mike Hopkins’ lead to the gold standard.

Only athletics have provided Team Jersey with more golds than squash so far.

There was another gold to further underline what a great week it’s been for the cycling team and the women in particular, the ladies taking the time trial team gold after Sue Townsend took individual silver, Kim Ashton placed fourth and Jo Le Cocq 11th.

It wasn’t all good news, however, with Jersey’s footballers losing their grip on the Games title after an unfortunate 1-0 semi-final loss to hosts Isle of Man. To rub it in, Guernsey, who already top the overall table by a clear margin of golds, will bid to pick up the title in Newport today after beating Aland 3-2. Jersey play Aland for the bronze medal today.

But to end on a bright note Jersey’s men did win their first basketball encounter of the week against Froya.

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