No more medals, but Jersey impress in red-hot Ajaccio

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The boys’ tennis team had the toughest test as they took on the Azores for fifth place on a hot morning, with James Faudemer having what he described as his best match of the tournament winning 6-2, 6-4 to give Jersey the lead.

Returning very well, he found the perfect formula to close out his opponent and deny him chances.

‘After being 2-0 down in the first set he completely dominated the match against a high quality opponent,’ said coach Ian Morgan.

Next on court was Scott Clayton who lost the first set 6-1 and was 3-0 down in the second before he brought himself back in the game to take the second set 7-5 and then the third 6-4, securing the boys’ best ever finish, fifth, at this event after a three-hour marathon match.

They went on to win their doubles 7-5, 6-4 but there was a bit of an anti climax for the girls as Elba scratched their game, perhaps due to the fact that Kirsten McArthur and Eva Moynihan had already beaten them on the first day, thus handing Jersey seventh overall.

The sailors found themselves in light winds again for their programme, at a naval base in Ajaccio, as the final races took place.

Only two were held due to the conditions with Charles Perkins getting a great start in the first to grab his best finish of the regatta with 13th.

Taking 25th in the second race, Perkins finished 20th overall while Laurence Carter, who finished 27th and 24th in yesterday’s races, was 24th overall.

Fleur Moisan was consistent again with two 19th place finishes for 16th overall, while Laura-Jane Carter was 22nd and 16th for 22nd overall.

The only other sport for Jersey yesterday was track and field where they finished ninth in the girls’ section, a good achievement from a young team.

Jenna Murphy produced an excellent result, flying over 1.60m to take fourth place in the high jump – the 15-year-old went close to 1.65m which would have been a personal best, but couldn’t quite make it.

Ross Jeffs, with 11.63m, and Amy Dingle with 10.50m both earned PBs in the triple jump as did Nicola Milner who crossed the 3000m line in 11.44.00 min.

The 4 x 400m team of Lucy Crossman, Jessica Wildman, Jenna Murphy and Amy Dingle did well to finish 8th overall.

In last night’s closing ceremony in Ajaccio, featuring three times medallist Kerrie Smith and rugby sevens’ Aaron Young as Jersey’s flag bearers, chef d’expedition sportive Hugh Raymond said: ‘The Games finished as they started in searing heat, which we really didn’t expect – it’s about 34 degrees now.

‘The children performed way above their levels and credit to all the sports that took part for that.

‘There have been problems, with regards the accommodation, but once they’re up there playing their sports you soon forget about those.’ Derek de la Haye, assistant director of Education, Sport and Culture and guest at these Games described the event as ‘brilliant’.

‘It’s been excellent,’ he said.

‘Corsica is a beautiful place; the people were very kind and put an awful lot of effort into putting on a very good Games.

‘The Jersey team have all performed well, with many personal bests and the bonus of some medals but most importantly they were excellent ambassadors for the Island and I’m sure they will benefit greatly from the brilliant experience.’

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