Jersey élite chase 13 in a row
JERSEY coach Linda Andrews has used Malawi’s shock Commonwealth Games triumph over New Zealand to motivate her premier Island squad this week, as they look to extend their unbeaten record against Guernsey to 13 games.
The Caesareans have not lost a first-team inter-insular fixture since 2005, and while they will again look to use their superior experience on England Netball’s league ladder there remains an element of caution.
Guernsey were just one goal adrift in the closing stages of the Open A match in 2017, before finishing 45-40 down at Beau Sejour.
Team Jets currently sit two divisions above Guernsey Panthers, but both have endured torrid campaigns in 2017/18. The home squad for Sunday’s clash at Fort Regent still have a Premier League relegation play-off to come, while the Sarnians have already finished bottom of Division II South with just two wins from 11 games.
‘We are so looking forward to this weekend,’ said Andrews.
‘It will be jam-packed community event, showcasing the very best of netball in the Island.
‘The games have been a lot closer over the past few years and we anticipate the same edge-of-the-seat competition this year.
‘It is a one off event and no matter where you are playing all year round, it counts for nothing. I think this has been shown quite clearly in the Commonwealth Games with Malawi beating New Zealand and then Scotland so nearly beating Malawi. These are all one off opportunities and whoever takes their opportunity on the day will win the game.
‘The squads have prepared well and we will all draw on our experiences over the past few months, believing in each other, doing what we do best and playing with passion and pride in our Jersey colours.’
The Open A fixture brings to an end a whole weekend of inter-island rivalry, with five junior squads also battling for bragging rights tomorrow and on Sunday, alongside the over-30s and Open B.
Games start at 11 am on both days.
11 am: Under-11
12.15 pm: Under-16
2 pm: Under-14
3.15 pm: Open B
11 am: Under-12
12 noon Under-19
1.45 pm: Over 30
3.15 pm: Open A