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Football: Managers pleased with Games draw

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JERSEY'S men have been drawn against Muratti rivals Alderney for the second NatWest Island Games in succession.

Women

Group A: Gotland, Hitra, Menorca, Greenland

Group B: Aland, Western, Isle of Man, Ynys Mon

Group C: Jersey, Isle of Wight, Gibraltar

Men

Group A: Menorca, Orkney, Alderney, Jersey

Group B: Gotland, Froya, Greenland, Western Isles

Group C: Guernsey, Aland, Saaremaa, Shetland

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Group D: Isle of Man, Hitra, Ynys Mon, Falklands

The Caesareans, who finished a disappointing seventh on home soil two years ago, were yesterday placed in the same pool as their fellow Channel Islanders for Gotland 2017 – alongside 2015 bronze medallists Menorca and the Scottish isle of Orkney in Group A of the 16-team event.

Jersey's women will meet the Isle of Wight and Gibraltar in the group stages of their tournament as they bid to win back-to-back gold medals.

'Some of the other big teams have been drawn together – Guernsey's group looks tough – so I think it's a good draw for us,' said men's manager Martin Cassidy.

Women's manager Simon Petulla was also pleased, despite his side being placed in a reduced group of three once again.

'I would rather be in a group with four teams, but it was the same scenario for us last time and it obviously helped us,' he said. 'We were a little bit fresher when it came to the final.'

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